Leave the keys at home with your New Smart Lock.
Imagine how great it would be if after a late night out, you didn’t have to fumble around in your coat pockets for your keys and just walked up to your home entryway and had it unlock automatically. Or imagine if your parents who are visiting from out of town arrive at your house, while you are still an hour away and stuck in traffic, but with a few quick swipes of your phone, you let them in. Or in another scenario, you avoid any potential package thieves by letting your Amazon delivery person in to deliver a package directly inside your home. All of this is possible with today’s latest Smart Locks! The Smart Lock market has reached a mature state in recent years, with established brands releasing iterative generations of Smart Locks. Here are our top picks for the best Smart Locks on the market today.
1. Kwikset SmartCode 914 Keypad Smart Lock in Venetian Bronze + Amazon Cloud Cam, works with Amazon Key
Kwikset SmartCode 914 Keypad Smart Lock with included Amazon Cloud Cam, is a great solution that works with the Amazon Key solution. With Amazon Key, in select areas, you can opt-in to in-home delivery for your Amazon orders. This lock works hand-in-hand with the Amazon Cloud Cam so as soon as your door is unlocked for a delivery person, all of the activity is filmed so you can monitor the delivery with peace of mind. As well, you can unlock your door from anywhere at any time via the Amazon Key App or via your Alexa device. You can also designate temporary guest access if a friend needs to drop by, while you are out.
This lock also features a conventional backup key slot and a numeric code pad for backup options in case wifi ever goes out or if the lock were to run out of power. What’s great is you can change the keypad code as well via the Amazon Key App.
2. August Smart Lock, 3rd Gen technology – Dark Gray, Works with Alexa
With the August Smart Lock, now on its third generation, the mechanism actually installs over your existing lock from the inside. This means that you keep your existing lock and keys. Because it installs over your existing lock, installation only takes ten minutes. This could be a great solution for a leased unit in which you do not want to spend time reinstalling the original lock when you move out. With the August App, you can also share keys for any length of time to allow access to your home.
The August Smart Lock unlocks automatically as soon as you are home using Bluetooth technology. It also has an auto-lock feature that will lock the door as soon as it is closed or up to a period of 30 minutes after opening if you so choose.
(Note that the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge is required for remote unlocking over the internet and standard functionality for the lock is with Bluetooth)
3. Kwikset Kevo (2nd Gen) Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Smart Lock, Works with Amazon Alexa via Kevo Plus, in Satin Nickel
The Kevo was an earlier release of the Smart Lock concept that was very popular due to its low-key, traditional design and appearance. The lock pairs with your phone via Bluetooth and you can unlock the door with your finger by touching the lock when your phone is near. It can also open with a conventional key as well. What’s interesting about the Kevo solution is there are key fobs available that allow for keyless operation without a smartphone. The Kevo is a great option if you want a lock that is just a slight and simple upgrade from your traditional lock.
4. Ultraloq UL3 BT Bluetooth Enabled Fingerprint and Touchscreen Smart Lock (Satin Nickel) | 5-in-1 Keyless Entry | Secure Finger ID | Anti-peep Code | Works with iOS and Android | Match Home Aesthetics
The Ultraloq UL3 BT Smart Lock comes with the added feature of a fingerprint scanner, allowing users to unlock the door with their finger, key, phone, or keypad code. A fingerprint scanner is a convenient option that does not require any connectivity with your phone. It features a knock to open feature for iOS devices. Knock 4 times on your phone when you are nearby and the lock will open. For Android phones, there is a shake to open feature.
5. Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Camelot Trim Satin Nickel (BE479 CAM 619), Works with Alexa – BE479AA V CAM 619
Schlage is an established brand in the traditional lock market that has branched out to Smart Locks. Out of the box functionality allows you to unlock your door via a keypad code or via a Bluetooth connection with your phone. With the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter (ASIN: B07453MLPX) you can unlock the door when you are not around via an internet connection. An interesting alternative to the Schlage Sense Wifi Adapter is you can use an Apple TV as a hub and the built-in Apple HomeKit to unlock, passing on some cost savings if your home already includes an Apple TV.