Smart locks are rapidly growing in popularity, and for good reason, they offer a way to conveniently access and monitor your home while adding an additional layer of security. With so many options on the market choosing the right smart lock can be a tough task, that's why I've put together a list of the best smart locks of 2018 along with a buyers guide so you can find a smart lock that will fit your needs and lifestyle.
Below is our list of the best smart locks 2018, If you're new to smart locks make sure to check out our buyers guide at the bottom of this page before making a purchase.
Best Smart Locks 2018
August Smart Lock Pro
WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-wave
Does not replace deadbolt
Yale Key Free Smart Lock
1. Schlage Connect - Best overall Smart lock
Schlage has been producing quality locks since the 1920's so it should come as no surprise that they're able to create one of the best smart locks on the market.
The Schlage Connect is one of the most popular and best selling smart locks currently available, and for good reason, the Schlage Connect hits every aspect of a perfect smart lock, with the highest security rating, great user interface and an easy installation process this lock is sets itself apart from the competition.
With the Schlage Connect you have the option of choosing from 6 different finishes along with two different styles, a modern century and a more classic Camelot, so you're sure to find a model that matches your homes decor perfectibility. Apart from the ascetic aspects of this lock, the Schlage Connect features a responsive touchscreen with a fingerprint-proof finish so you won't have to worry about possible burgles trying to access your door from fingerprint smudges. The lock itself is hefty and feels constructed of high-quality materials the only drawback is the interior housing of the lock (the part that is visible from the inside of your home) is a little bigger than most other smart locks on the market.
The Schlage Connect replaces your existing deadbolt so an installation process is required, fortunately, the installation process is extremely simple, people without much handyman experience should have no problem getting this lock set up with a simple Flathead screwdriver and about a half hour of work.
One drawback of the Schlage Connect is it does not have a dedicated app to control the lock, instead, you will need a Z-wave home automation network for wireless monitoring and control. Z- Wave acts a bridge between your homes WiFi and your smart devices giving you the ability to control all your smart devices through a single mobile app. The only downside is you will need to purchase a Z-wave compatible smart hub such as Wink or Smart things. The Schlage Connect can, of course, be used as a stand along lock but for all the extra features a Z-wave network provides we strongly recommend going that route.
For those not using the smart hub accessing the locks alarms settings through the lock itself can be slightly confusing and time-consuming of course this problem can be eliminated by simply using the smart hub, but it is a flaw worth mentioning.
The Schlage Z-wave works flawlessly day in and day out, punching in your code is simple and fast thanks to a responsive touchscreen, if you'd like to go the mobile route Z-Wave automation provides you with an array of features. With the auto lock feature activated you'll never have to scratch your head and wonder if you remembered to lock your door again.
Security should be your number one priority when choosing a smart lock, after all, that's a lock primary job. Fortunately, the Schlage Z-Wave is one of the most secure smart locks on the market.
The Schlage Z-wave prides itself in being one of the most secure locks on the market, this lock has earned the badge of ANSI/BHMA Grade 1, which is the highest security rating a smart lock can receive. In addition to this rating, the Z-Wave also has additional features that can detect lock picking or forced entry and sound an alarm making it one the most secure locks on the market.
If you plan on purchasing a smart lock the Schlage Connect is the way to go, the lock offers an array of convenient features as well as a security grade that will truly give you peace of mind. The Schlage Connect does lack Bluetooth connection and requires a smart hub for wireless access, however, we believe the benefits of Z-Wave integration make it well worth it to purchase a smart hub. If you're looking for a more all in one package check out the August Smart lock Pro below, the August smart lock comes included with its own connection bridge for wireless access.
2. August Smart Lock Pro - Keep Your Existing Deadbolt
If you're looking for a more all in one smart lock the August Smart lock pro is your best choice. This smart lock is one of the few on the market that comes included with a WiFi bridge so you'll have full access to the tons of features this lock provides right off the bat, unlike other locks that require a smart hub to be purchased on the side.
The August smart lock pro has a slim cylinder design, with color options of either silver or dark gray. As you can tell by the looks this smart lock is designed much different than most other models on the market, this is because the August Smart Lock pro goes on top of your existing deadbolt. This means the August Pro rests on the interior side of your door, and your existing lock will remain on the exterior. This design means you will not have to replace your existing deadbolt, making the installation process much easier and faster. The only limiting factor to this design is your current lock must be a single-cylinder deadbolt but not mortise, rim cylinder or interconnected locks.
One very unique feature included with this smart lock is Door sense, door sense is a separate small white sensor that must be installed in your door frame, after being calibrated door sense will allow you to check if your door is open or closed. Through the August app, you can also set notifications if your door is left open for a set amount of time. Although this feature may seem a little unnecessary it can provide some extra peace of mind for parents who find their kids constantly leaving the door open.
The August Smart Lock Pro uses Bluetooth, and connects to your homes WiFi through a bridge (shown above) that way, you can see the status of your lock, lock it and unlock it remotely, from anywhere. Setting up the bridge is a fairly simple process and must be plugged into an outlet near the lock, fortunately, there's no guessing if the connection is strong enough the app will notify you if the bridge location needs to be adjusted.
The August Smart Lock pro is one of the few locks on the market that includes a WiFi bridge, locks like the Schlage Z-Wave require a pre-existing smart hub for control over their locks when away from home.
The August Smart Lock pro third generation is must smoother in use than its predecessors, with one of the most responsive and intuitive user interfaces on the market. Auto Unlock is one of our favorite features on the August Smart Lock pro and the system works perfectly. The lock senses when you're in range and greets you with an open door, so no need to fumble for your keys or phone if you have your hands full. Auto lock also seems to work nicely and the lock timer can be adjusted to you're liking, or turned off complacently.
our only design complaint is the lock seems to run through batteries at a faster rate than other locks on the market, of course, you'll be constantly notified when the batteries are running low expect to replace a set of AA batteries every two to three months.
The August Smart Lock pro is one of the most impressive smart locks on the market. This product is packed full of features that can be accessed right off the bat, thanks to its included WiFi bridge. Door sense is another unique feature that Yes, you are paying more up front, but we believe it's well worth it for the number of features this lock provides.
3. Kwikset Premis - Perfect For Apple Lovers
Kwikset is another lock company that has been in the lock business for long time. The company is fairly new to smart locks, but has been able to produce a solid contender.
The Kwikset Premis is perfect for all you apple fanatics out there and actually only for you, as this lock only connects with apple devices.
The Kwikset Premis offers a stylish minimalist design that is available in two colors, Satin Nickel or Venetian Bronze. The lock itself feels durable along with a high quality touchpad, another design highlight of this lock is that the interior housing of this lock is also significantly smaller than previous generations as well as Schlage Z-wave, so this lock will be much less of an eyesore on the inner side of your door. The Kwikset Premis smart lock requires you to replace your existing deadbolt, however, this process is made simple thanks to the in-depth instruction manual provided by Kwikset.
With this smart lock, you have two options as far as mobile connectivity, Bluetooth or WiFi. With a Bluetooth connection, you can connect straight to the lock through your mobile phone with no external bridge required, however, you are limited in range to control or monitor the lock. If you'd like control over this lock from a further range you have the option to use Apple TV as a bridge to connect the Kwikset Premis to your home's WiFi, allowing you to monitor or control the lock from anywhere. When it comes to controlling the lock you have a few options, the first being the traditional keypad entry. The second way is through Siri, just make sure your device is running IOS 9.3 or later. Lastly, the lock can be controlled through the Premis app.
It's important to note that the Kwikset app, as well as Apple Homekit, is only compatible with Apple devices, however, if you're a nonapple user who enjoys the design of the lock Kwikset offers other models such as the Kwikset offers SmartCode 915 (standalone) and SmartCode 916 (Zigbee or Z-Wave)
The Kwikset Premis works excellently day in and day out, the smaller interior design of the lock not only is more aesthetically pleasing but it also aids in a quieter locking process. We loved the fact that this lock is compatible with Siri and found it extremely useful to simply tell Siri to lock or unlock the door, you can even check the status of your door by simply asking Siri.
The Kwikset App also has an awesome user interface, the app is full of features that make it simple to assign or delete new codes and also customize time frames of when certain codes can be used. The app will notify you every time your door is opened or closed and by who.
The Kwikset Premis is a solid smart lock through and through, although the features and performance on this device are nothing that has not been done before, the fantastic user interface as well as security make the Kwikset Premis a top contender. If you're an Apple lover and already own apple TV this smart lock is a perfect choice.
4. Yale Key Free Smart Lock- Ditch your Keys Forever
For those people who are sick and tired of losing their keys and want to do away with them completely the Yale Key Free smart lock has you covered. The Yale Key Free Smart Lock is truly Keyless smart lock.
The Yale Key Free Smart Lock offers an array of useful features that can be accessed right off the bat
The Yale Key Free Smart Lock makes use of a modern minimalist design, with a much smaller interior housing than most other smart locks on the market. This smart lock comes in three finishes Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze. Unlike a majority of other smart locks on the market, the touch screen on Yale's Key Free Smart Lock is easy to read and very responsive, you'll never have to worry about reentering your code because of a miss calibrated touchscreen. Installing the Yale Key Free Smart lock is a breeze as the lock walks you through a step by step voice-guided instructions that make the process much smoother than reading a small print on a piece of paper, of course, a paper copy of the instructions is included if you need additional help.
Similar to the Schlage Z-Wave and Kwikset Premis the Yale Key Free Smart requires an existing smart hub for control over the lock when away from home, fortunately, the Yale Key Free smart lock does offer Bluetooth connection through the Yale app so as long as you're in rage you can control the lock and adjust the settings.
Since the Yale Key Free Smart Lock truly is a key less lock there is no option to manually override the lock with a physical key. The lock sends repeated warnings when the batteries are running low and there is an option to charge the lock through a 9-volt battery from outside, however, having a physical key would give a little more piece of mind in the case of an emergency. If you like the design of the Yale Key Free Smart Lock, Yale does offer similar models that do include a key entry such as
The Yale Keyless Smart lock performs flawlessly in every aspect of testing. Entering your home with this smart lock is fast and simple thanks to a responsive and easy to use the touchscreen. When leaving your home you can set the auto lock option ranging from 10 to 240 seconds, additionally, there's a one-touch locking option that allows you to lock your door by simply touching the screen, so there's no need to re-enter your pin when leaving your home.
The one design complaint we had for this lock is you can only add pin codes through app not remove them, to remove a code you must manually go through the settings on the lock screen. This issue may not be a big deal for some, but for others that are constantly having guests over it can be annoying.
If you want to make the transition into a fully digital lock system and never have to worry about losing your keys again the Yale Key Free Smart lock is the way to go. This lock offers a stylish minimalist design along with an array of features that make this smart lock a solid contender.
5. pin genie - Worlds First Peep proof and Hidden Camera Proof Smart Lock
Pin Genie began as a start up company and relatively new to the smart lock market, you may be skeptical trusting a new brand with your homes security, however pin genie has earned it's spot as a top smart lock with it's great performance and patterned peep proof keypad system.
The Pin Genie has an attractive modern design and comes in two finishes, bronze and stainless steel. The circle shape at the bottom of the lock is a key hole cover and can be simply pushed up, if you choose to manually enter the lock. Like a majority of other smart locks on the market Pin Genie does replace your existing deadbolt, however this process is made simple thanks to a very detailed instruction manual.
One area the pin genie lacks in is it's ability to connect to WiFi or Z-Wave meaning this smart lock cannot be controlled or monitored when away from home, however the pin genie is able to connect through Bluetooth so as long as you're in range you can check the status of the lock, or open or close it.
Pin Genie's patented touchscreen algorithm makes it impossible for someone looking over your shoulder or a hidden camera to capture your pin. The system works by randomly distributing the 10 numbers (0-9) into four buttons with three numbers in each button, after each use the numbers are shuffled, making it impossible for any on-lookers to know your pin.
Through and Through this smart lock performs excellent the peep proof touchscreen works wonderfully and only takes a few extra seconds to enter your pin. Although this smart lock does not offer Wifi connectivity you still can share virtual keys through the Pin Genie app that will unlock the lock when your guests in Bluetooth range. We loved this additional feature and it was easy to integrate. The Safe mode option is also a nice feature for when you choose to be away from home for extended periods of time.
Although new to the market this lock offers some fantastic features and an all around great design that makes this smart lock a noteworthy contender. We were very impressed with just how well the peep proof system worked and the overall performance of the lock. The only major downsides are this lock does not offer WiFi connectivity or Z-Wave integration, however if these features are't a big deal to you Pin Genie is great overall smart lock.
What to know before buying a smart lock
Smart locks can help make your home more secure by giving you the power to lock and unlock your door remotely, these smart devices have been growing massively in popularity, and for good reason, they provide safer and more convenient access to your home. Before you decide to make the switch over and purchase a smart lock there are some things you should know.
Make Sure Your Door is Compatible
It's important to note that smart locks aren't right for every door, you don't want to make the mistake of spending upwards of $150 just to realize the lock you bought won't fit, to combat this problem there are some simple steps you can take to make sure you get the right fit, but first you must understand the basics of how these locks work. Smart locks work by using a motor to automatically turn a deadbolt into a socket, this works great if there's nothing in the way, however, if there is you run the risk of damaging your smart lock as well as risking your homes security.
Make sure to fix your door before purchasing a smart lock if you must:
- Push your door in to turn the deadbolt
- Your current deadbolt does not lock all the way
Depending on your door these two problems should't be a huge hassle to fix. With the right tool kit and a little research you should have no problem fixing these yourself, however there is always the option to hire a professional.
Smart locks need a way to communicate with your mobile, to do this smart locks rely on either a Bluetooth or WiFi connection. Each connection type has pros and cons, and it's important to know what you're getting with the connection type you choose.
Bluetooth is the easiest way to connect your devices to your smart lock. Unlike Wifi, Bluetooth connections can connect directly to your device without the need for a bridge. Although this may be a much simpler process it does limit you to a close range to operate the lock. So if you want to control or check your lock while you're not at home I'd recommend going the WiFi route. The Biggest advantage Bluetooth has over WiFi is battery life, Bluetooth uses a very little amount of power to operate on your lock so you'll have to replace your batteries much less often.
The other way a smart lock can connect to your device is through WiFi, to do this your smart lock will need an external bridge ( The August Smart Lock Pro is currently the only smart lock that includes a bridge) locks such as the Schlage Z-Wave will need a smart hub such as wink while other smart locks such as Kwikset Primes can use Apple TV as a bridge. The biggest advantage of having a wifi connection is being able to control or check the status of your lock from anywhere. If you continually worry about remembering to lock your door the peace of mind knowing that you can check your lock through your smartphone is a great feeling.
Smart Home Integration
Leading the way in smart home automation is Z-Wave, Z-Wave is a mesh network using low-energy radio waves to that allows smart devices to communicate with one another. Hundreds of appliances ranging from fire alarms to garage doors and everything in between are compatable with Z-wave. To set up a Z-wave automation network you will need a smart hub such as wink or smart things, but once the system is up and running you'll be surprised over just how much control you can over your home through a single app.
Another popular option for setting up a smart home is Apple's HomeKit. This is designed to connect locks such as the Kwikset Primis and August Smart Lock Pro to a network of other smart products such lights, thermostats, and audio that can all be controlled through your IOS device. Apple Home Kit also allows you to control your smart devices with Siri voice commands.
Think About Your Lifestyle
Before punishing a smart lock it's important to take a moment to think about your lifestyle and try to find a lock that has the features that will suit you the best.
How many unique access codes will you be assigning? are you continually having relatives over? Or maybe babysitters or dog walkers? Most smart locks should easily meet your needs however it's always a good idea to check how many customization codes a smart lock can access before purchasing. Auto lock is another great feature that not every smart lock on the market supports, If you're always scratching your head wondering if you remembered to lock your door this feature can prove very useful. Lastly door sense is another feature that only the August Smart Lock Pro provides, this feature will tell you weather your door is actually left open or not while other locks will simply tell you if the lock is turned. This additional feature can provide a great deal of peace of mind for some.
Every smart lock does require an installation process of some type, however, depending on the lock the process can be much different. If you purchase a smart lock that has an interior component (the part visible from the inside of your door) you're most likely going to have to replace your old lock including the strike plate. Fortunately this process is fairly simple and can be done with a simple screwdriver, no need to drill additional holes. Other smart locks on the market such as the august smart lock pro can be installed over your existing deadbolt, so there's no need to complacently gut your existing lock.
Wrapping it Up
Smart locks are an excellent way to add some convince as well as peace of mind to your life. Unlike a majority of other tech products on the market, there is not a ton of variation with smart locks, they all do the same basic functionality, while some may have more features it really does come down to preference. Some people may prefer not having to replace their existing deadbolt while others may not have a problem with it, the same goes for features, it just comes down to your lifestyle.
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