We have years of experience testing and reviewing smart locks for homes—including most locks on this list—so we wanted to see if they can handle the world of Airbnb rentals. Although we don't personally host short-term rentals, we found tons of Airbnb-centric tools to help you manage yours.
As we researched smart locks for this review, we prioritized products with the following:
- Mobile apps
- Native Airbnb integration
A keypad is a must because Airbnb's Off-Platform Policy prohibits "requiring guests to use other websites or apps to physically access their listing." Since you're using a smart lock to skip giving a physical key out, this makes a keypad the best way to grant access to guests.
Our top picks use mobile apps to streamline code creation. (Manually programming a keypad without an app is a pain, trust us.) Apps also enable quick access for you, your cleaners, and other contractors (if applicable). Fortunately, Airbnb allows third-party apps for guests as long as they're optional, so you can also provide a mobile key for guests to enter their rental.
Native Airbnb integration means you can create and sync codes easily without copying and pasting between apps. We also explore how the locks fit into Airbnb PMS services like Guesty and Hostfully. Some of our picks don't integrate with Airbnb directly, like Wyze Lock Bolt, but they offer low prices and unique features to make up for it.
We don't consider price as much as with regular smart locks because they add value and convenience to your Airbnb listing. Look at it this way: a modest $5 increase in your nightly rate can provide a return on your $300 smart lock investment after 60 days. (You may need a higher rate if you start using a paid subscription to manage your lock, like RemoteLock.)
Check out our full methodology to learn more about how we research, test, and review products.