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Best Smart Locks SafeWise Buyers Guide

2018’s Top Electronic Keyless Door Locks

Carrying around a physical keychain may soon be a thing of the past. Now, with dozens of smart and electronic locks to choose from, you can enter your home with a push of a button.

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Types Of Electronic Door Locks

Most electronic door locks come with one or more means of entry, which include RFID, keypad, biometric (fingerprint), or Bluetooth.

Early electronic locks

Early electronic locks use keypads with a pin number for entry. Keypads are still popular, although newer models use touchscreen panels instead of buttons and include security features to help prevent burglars from figuring out the code.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) locks use a key fob or card for entry. With RFID technology, you may not have to remove the key fob from your pocket or purse, meaning no more fumbling in the dark or trying to find your keys when your arms are full to enter your home.

Bluetooth-enabled locks

Bluetooth-enabled locks operate in a similar way, sensing your smartphone’s Bluetooth ID and opening when you approach. Most Bluetooth and RFID locks also use a secondary means of electronic entry, in case your battery dies or you lose your key fob or cell phone.

Biometric entry

Biometric entry uses fingerprint identification to open the lock. If you’ve used this feature on your smartphone or laptop, you understand how it works. All you do is program your fingerprint, or those you want to have access to your home, and the system knows this is an acceptable person to unlock for.

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Top 10 Electronic Doorlocks

It may seem like a high-tech spy movie when you gain access by scanning your fingerprint, but the future is here! Check out the best of the best smart and electronic locks for your home below.

Model

Pros

Cons

Price

Pros

iOS and Android Compatible

Nest Compatibility

Guest Keys

Smart/Wireless

Cons

Expensive

Pros

250 Code Storage

Compatibility

Smart/Wireless

Backup Key

Cons

Features Vary

Expensive

Pros

Affordable

Auto-Lock

Universal

Cons

Lower-Tech

Less User Codes

Not Smart

Pros

Accolades

Smart

Sleek

Compatibility

Cons

No Key

Expensive

Pros

Biometric/RFID/PIN Entry

Touchscreen

Smart

Fits Over Handles

Cons

Very Expensive

Not For Doorknobs

Pros

Compatibility

Touchscreen

Alert Modes

Backup Key

Cons

Expensive

Semi Smart

Limited Access Codes

Pros

Affordable

Smart

Unlocks When Senses Your Presence

Matches Your Keys

Cons

Need Add-On For Universal Control

New To Market

Pros

Stylish

Smart

Compatibility

Contacts

Cons

New To Market

Pre-Order

Expensive

Need Add-Ons

Pros

Unique

Strong

Bundling

Smart

Cons

New To Market

Pre-Order

Expensive

Pros

Customization

Compatibility

Auto-Lock

Shareable

Cons

No Key

Only Sold By Licensed Dealers

Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock

Kwikset is a well-known name in home locks, and its keyless smart lock combines the look of their conventional keyed locks with high-tech functionality. The Kevo was one of the first smart deadbolts on the market and uses both Bluetooth and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, so users can unlock their doors via smart devices or with the keyfob that comes with the system.

Other locks can sync with home automation products, but the Kwikset Kovo is the only one we’ve found that works with Nest devices.

iOS and Android Compatible. Use iOS or Andoid devices to operate this lock. When the lock senses your smartphone is near, it will automatically unlock for you.

Guest Keys. You can grant two devices full access eKeys and share an unlimited number of guest eKeys with friends and family.

Security. A “Lost Phone” reset option disables access to your lock from your phone, should anyone with one of your eKeys holders lose their device.

Key Options. Use your phone to unlock this device or the physical key.

Nest Compatible. Kevo works with the Nest Learning Thermostat, a programmable thermostat that provides remote control and automation of your home’s heating and cooling system. You can use this to set your temperature preferences and optimize your energy usage.

Kevo Plus. For a one-time $99 fee, you can upgrade to this plan that gives you more options like remote locking/unlocking and front door opening notifications.

Expensive. The Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock is almost $200.

Yale Real Living Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt

If you want maximum flexibility to connect your smart lock to your home's smart devices, the Yale Real Living Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt is a strong contender. When you unlock your door, you can configure settings to have lights and even the coffee pot turn on. The lock also features a modern touchscreen and convention keyhole to give you more entry options. Share your codes with friends and family and store up to 250 different pins for this device!

The Yale Real Living Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt stores more codes than any other lock—250!

Compatibility. The Yale lock is compatible with Zigbee and Z-Wave independent mesh networks, Crestron’s proprietary mesh network, infiNET Ex, and the user-friendly Crestron Pyng hub. Yale also integrates with Honeywell, Control4, Alarm.com, Elk, and a number of other home automation and home security systems.

Wireless. By controlling the lock through an independent mesh network, the Yale lock connects to your smartphone, tablet, or PC without using your bandwidth.

Code Capacity. Store up to 250 personalized codes in your system.

Backup Key. In case you don’t have internet or lost your phone, you can get into your home with a standard key.

Privacy Mode. Lock everyone out when you select 'privacy mode.' Voice Control. Use the voice guided programming to set up your lock.

Voice Control. Use the voice guided programming to set up your lock.

Features Vary. The features vary depending on which Yale partner system you have at home.

Expensive. You'll spend close to $300 on this lock.

SoHoMiLL YL 99 Keyless Electronic Keypad Lock

The SoHoMiLL YL 99 Keyless Electronic Keypad lock is affordable and a step up from a traditional lock and key device. With a price tag of just $50, is the perfect “starter” electronic door lock. While the SoHoMiLL YL 99 Keyless Electronic Keypad doesn’t offer Bluetooth connectivity or smart function, it is a highly rated lock (4 stars on Amazon).

This is the cheapest electric lock on our list and will provide you with high security at an affordable price.

Affordable. Buy this smart lock for $50.

Auto-Lock. This device will lock your door three seconds after you enter.

Universal. This lock works on right and left hinged doors.

Not As High Tech. The push button design of this door lock is less impressive than smart technology enabled touchscreens.

Less User Codes. SoHoMiLL YL 99 Keyless Electronic Keypad Lock only stores up to eight codes. Other models can store hundreds.

August Smart Lock

The August Smart Key lock discretely replaces most single cylinder deadbolts to provide secure access to your home via iOS or Android devices. The app sends you reminders if the lock’s AA batteries are low, and allows you to set authorized users who can enter your home. For all of these functions, the lock communicates through a secure BlueTooth connection, so it won’t use up your bandwidth.

You install this lock on the inside of the door, so people outside can’t tamper with it.

Accolades. Wired, Fortune, and the Wall Street Journal have all raved about August Smart Lock.

Smart. Use the free app to control your door from afar, grant access, and share locking codes.

Sleek. This lock installs on the inside of your door and has a keyless, modern design.

Key Entry. The outside of your door will still have a deadbolt that you can enter using a regular key.

Compatibility. You can use your Apple Watch to control the August Smart Lock with Apple’s HomeKit app, but this upgrade will cost $249 rather than $199.

Extra Products. Buy the August Doorbell Camera, August Keypad, and August Connect to gain more home automation functions.

Expensive. This door lock costs $199 and up.

Samsung SHS-P718 Digital Door Lock

Samsung offers a variety of door locks, but this is one of our favorites. That’s because the Samsung SHS-P718 Digital Door Lock integrates with Samsung’s smart home solutions, including video cameras, security sensors, and more. It also offers access through an app. Get visitor check-in information, notifications, and more with this smart technology.

The unique design of this lock makes it ideal for doors with handles instead of knobs.

Biometric/RFID/PIN Entry. Use a pin, your fingerprint, or RFID key fob to enter your home.

Touchscreen. The touchscreen is permanent and high-tech.

Smart. Use the app to control your door lock.

Fits Over Door Handles. The Samsung SHS-P718 Digital Door Lock has room for your door handle to move up and down.

Expensive. This lock costs over $400.

Not For Doorknobs. Samsung has other products for increased compatibility, but this specific model is not meant for homes with doorknobs.

Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt

Get convenience, security, and quality with the Schlage Connect Camelot Deadbolt. This particular device boasts BHMA/ANSI Grade 1 certifications—the highest lock security rating available on the American National Standards Institute grading system. In addition to its accolades, the Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt has an audible alarm sensor that lets you know when someone opened the door, a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen, and an auto-locking feature.

The Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt makes a loud beep when someone enters your home to give you an audible notification.

Compatibility. Connect the Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt to your home automation products.

Alert Modes. Get an alert if your door senses activity, tampering, or forced entry.

Touchscreen. Don’t worry about numbers rubbing off of this high tech screen.

Key Option. If you forget a code, you can enter your home with a standard key.

Expensive. Each lock costs $199.

Limited Access Codes. Store up to 30 access codes. Other brands hold hundreds.

Semi Smart. While this lock connects to home automation, it doesn’t have an app for more enhanced control.

Lockitron Bolt

This new company has made a splash with its high-tech door locks. The Lockitron Bolt in particular has a modern design, keyless entry, and smart capabilities to give homeowners ease of use and peace of mind. For instance, when your Lockitron Bolt senses your smart device is near, it’ll unlock the door for you—freeing up your hands if you’re carrying groceries or other supplies.

Key Match allows you to get a brand new Lockitron Bolt for your home that fits your current keys—eliminating the need to get new keys made

Affordable. This lock costs $99, which is hundreds less than other brands.

Smart. Get notifications if someone enters your home and more with the Lockitron app.

Lockitron Sense. Your door will automatically open when it senses you’re close.

Works With Keys. Key Match allows you to get a Lockitron Bolt made for your existing keys.

Basic. To control this device from anywhere, you’ll need to add on the Lockitron Bridge.

New To Market. Lockitron started mailing out products in early 2016, so the company is still very young.

Sesame

The famous password, “Open Sesame!” was the inspiration for this new lock company, and its quickly becoming popular in the home security world. With sleek design in a variety of muted and modern colors, the Sesame lock looks as good as it operates. Use the app to grant access to friends and family, unlock the system yourself, or to check on security notifications.

Sesame locks comes in a slew of modern and refreshing colors.

Stylish. Sesame has a modern design and fresh, muted color choices.

Smart. When you buy the wireless access point, you can use the app to get security notifications, check if your door is locked, and more.

Compatibility. Sesame claims that the devices fit all deadbolts and can be installed easily yourself.

Contacts. Allow certain people to access your home through the app.

Pre-Order. As of June 2016, there was a 6—8-week shipping delay.

New To Market. Sesame is a new company with products that are barely on the market.

Expensive. These locks are $149 on their own and $199 with a wireless access point.

Need Access Point. In order to use some features (like checking if your door is locked), you’ll need the access point.

HAVEN

The HAVEN smart door lock is brand new to the market and devices are on preorder for a Fall 2016 shipment. While you might have to wait a little while to get one, it should be worth it. The HAVEN door lock is a completely unique design that screws into your threshold instead of your deadbolt. It’s made of aluminum and steel to prevent people from kicking your door down or gaining unpermitted access to your home.

Instead of working in a deadbolt, the HAVEN door lock sits on your threshold to prevent kick-ins and break-ins.

Unique. Instead of screwing into a deadbolt, this door lock anchors to your door’s threshold.

Strong Materials. HAVEN door locks are made of aluminum, steel, and Nylon 66 to prevent your door from being kicked in.

Bundling. You can save when you bundle a lock and key.

Smart. Connect to the Lockitron app with your Apple or Droid devices.

Pre-Order. Devices are set to ship Fall 2016 (as of June 2016), so you’ll have to be patient.

New To Market. HAVEN is getting ready to ship its first devices.

Expensive. These locks are $219.

ENTR Mul-T-Lock

Like having choices? The ENTR Mul-T-Lock allows you to use your fingerprint, key fob, or app to get into your home. Much like other models, this particular lock also allows you to give access codes to those you trust and revoke access whenever you want. Whether you’re coming and going, the ENTR Mul-T-Lock will lock itself once the door is closed for a few seconds.

You can use the app, your fingerprint, or key fobs with this door lock.

Customization. Unlock your home with your fingerprint, the app, or a passcode.

Shareable. Grant friends and family access to your home and change who is able to come and go whenever you please.

Auto-Lock. Your door will automatically lock itself to keep you and your home safe.

Compatibility. The ENTR Mul-T-Lock is compatible with any door.

Keyless. You won’t be able to default to a physical key to gain entry to your home.

Only Sold By Licensed Dealers. Dealers aren’t located in every state, so you might not be able to get this lock.

Your front door is your first line of defense against unwanted visitors. Purchase any of these top smart and electronic locks to keep your home safer and make your life easier. If you’re interested in how to fortify your home further, read about top home security systems including video cameras, home automation, and more.

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