It’s been years since keyless entry was installed in cars, and finally, our homes are catching up with these incredibly helpful smart locks. But with all the options on the market, which one will be best for you? Well in this review we break down the top five smart locks on the market for 2020, based on price, performance, and situations they will be used in.
We’ll be taking a look at products in every budget range, so regardless of whether you’re on a tighter budget and want the best value or are looking for the best of the best, we’ll have an option for you.
August Smart Lock
Number 5 on our list is August home smart lock. If home security on a budget is your main goal, the August home smart lock is a great option that delivers a feature-packed product, with all the functions necessary to keep your house secure without paying hundreds of dollars in the process.
The smart lock installs in minutes to your existing deadbolt and can be paired with Alexa or Google Home for voice integration. It runs on the August app, which can be controlled via smartphone for things such as keyless entry, a log of who has come and gone, and who may be allowed access. You can even send guest keys to friends or family from anywhere in the world right through the app. This is perfect for Airbnb rentals.
The August home smart lock also includes support for door Sense technology to alert you if your door has been left open by accident.
Big things sometimes come in small packages, and the August home smart lock definitely deserves a glance from anyone looking for a budget smart lock that won’t break the bank.
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
Next on our list is the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. It is well-suited to those who are looking for a less expensive alternative to the higher lock on this list, yet still offers excellent quality.
The Schlage Sense comes in three colors: aged bronze, satin nickel, and matte black, and installs effortlessly in minutes with a screwdriver. It can be paired with the Apple HomeKit, Alexa, or Google Assistant, for hands-free voice control and smartphone management.
With the Schlage Sense app, you can control everything from the four-digit pin to the alarm mode, access codes, and the auto-lock functionality.
The Schlage Sense can also be expanded with extra accessories such as the sense Wi-Fi adapter, for locking and unlocking from anywhere around the world. Pairing it with Alexa allows you to set your custom voice commands to lock the door via verbal command.
This smartlock is a bit on the bulky side, which may be detrimental for those who want a more subtle look. The illuminated touchscreen is helpful in low-light conditions, but there’s also an included keyhole for old-fashioned operation if desired.
This mid-range lock doesn’t skimp on quality or security and boasts a ton of impressive features and functions.
August Smart Lock Pro +
Number three on our list is the August home smart lock pro +. It might look simple, but the August home smart lock pro plus is one fantastic product thanks mainly to its mixture of simplicity and functionality.
We featured it on this list as the best value per dollar option in terms of features versus price tag, and it’s easy to see why. This particular lock pairs with Alexa Home Kit, Google Assistant, and many more apps for voice control, and can be monitored from your mobile phone at all times.
The August app software allows you to skim a 24/7 activity feed to find out who has been coming or going, and it even locks and unlocks as you approach or leave your workplace or house.
This home smart-lock can be easily affixed to an existing deadbolt in just minutes with a screwdriver; no need to worry about fussing with an entirely new lock unit. Keep your existing lock and keys and use your existing keys at any time. Its retrofit installation works with most standard single cylinder deadbolts
You can add accessories to the smart lock, such as the optional door sense module, which can tell you if you’ve accidentally left the door open -perfect for a house with small children.
If it’s excellent value and excellent quality you’re looking for, this is the lock for you.
Yale Assure Lock SL
Number two on our list is the Yale assure SL lock. If you’d rather move away from the hassle of having to use your keys to enter and exit your home, the Yale assure SL lock is the best keyless option you can ask for. It eliminates the need for keys by relying on a low-profile design with a simple and attractive PIN touch interface, although the touchscreen can sometimes fail to register button presses.
You can access from anywhere when you have an Apple TV (4TH GEN or later) near your front door, or lock and unlock your door by asking Siri or with the Apple Home app when you’re at home.
The slim design of this smart lock is unobtrusive and stylish and can be installed quickly and easily with some regular tools. It will fit on practically any door 1 3/8 inch to 2 1/4 inch thick with a 2 1/8 inch face borehole.
The Yale assure SL runs on four double-A batteries and includes a low battery indicator for easy notification, plus a pair of nine-volt jumpstart nodes at the bottom in case the cells lose their charge. You won’t have to worry about getting locked out due to dead batteries – The lock features a 9V terminal under the keypad for emergency charging.
Our top pick for those who prefer a durable and reliable keyless lock system.
Lockly Fingerprint Bluetooth Keyless Entry Door Smart Lock
Number one on our list is the Lockly Fingerprint Bluetooth Keyless Entry Door Smart Lock. If you’re looking for the ultimate in home-based security and price is no issue, we can’t recommend the Lockly secured plus enough.
Biometric security is fast becoming a standard, and Lockly’s Bluetooth keyless entry smart door lock is a revolutionary take on that security thanks to its built-in 3d fingerprint sensor, which can recognize and store up to 99 individual fingerprints.
Lockly employs patented pin genie technology, which makes it almost impossible for anyone to guess your access code by shuffling the individual number locations on the backlit keypad. The unique algorithm reshuffles numbers after each use and prevents others from copying your smart code, keeping your home safe. Touchscreen keypad will be disabled after three wrong attempts and can only be activated by entering the right code twice.
This deadbolt style lock can also be controlled via a smartphone app, which doubles as a history log to keep track of who has come and gone from your home or workplace.
The lock is easy to install and runs on four double-A batteries which last up to a year with regular use. The Lockly Secure Latch comes with the new smart lock, screws, strike plate, assembly, and even a new latch assembly. It fits any door with a 2 1⁄8” (54mm) diameter face and fits doors from 1 3/8″ to 2″ thick.
It comes in three styles: Venetian bronze, matte black, and satin nickel, to complement any door.
Lockly has included two physical keys for backup purposes if required and can be powered via 9 volts under the handle for temporary activation.
The only negatives we noticed are the lack of integration with smart devices, HomeKit, and voice command support. Nevertheless, it’s an incredible combination of high-grade technology, luxurious craftsmanship, and ease of use.