Best Smart Locks (March 2017)

Introduction

Best Smart Locks 2017

Hello and welcome to my guide to the best smart locks in March 2017.

I believe that this page offers the most up to date information and the most detailed guides to the hottest smart locks that you can buy today.

Because there is so much information on this page, I have included lots of links so that you can get to the information that you want as fast as possible.

Just click on the section that you want to visit.

Comparison Table 1: Smart Locks That Open With Number Pads
Comparison Table 2: Smart Locks That Open With Smartphones
Comparison Table 3: Smart Locks That Use Fingerprint Technology
Definition: What is a smart lock?
Guide: The 10 Features of the Perfect Smart Lock

What is a “smart lock”? 

A smart lock is a lock that is powered by batteries and it allows you to open a door without using a key.

The smartest smart locks integrate with software apps to provide a user with lots of information about a lock, such as who is using it and when they are using it.

The best smart locks provide additional functions such as the ability to remotely unlock these locks even when we are not at home.

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According to Wikipedia “Smart locks, like the traditional locks, need two main parts to work. The lock and the key. In the case of these electronic locks, the key is not a physical key but a smartphone or a special key fob configured explicitly for this purpose which wirelessly will perform the authentication needed to automatically unlock the door.”

And why do you need one?

Smart locks provide you with much more choice and flexibility than a traditional lock.

I guess that one of the most attractive features is that they all offer us the ability to open our front doors with using a key.

This is great because it means that it is one less thing for us to remember to take with us when we leave the house!
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The very best smart locks have a grade 1 security rating from ANSI (American National Standards Institute) which is the best rating for any lock, traditional or otherwise, to have.

These ratings give us the confidence when we are buying smart locks that they will keep our homes nice and secure.

Most smart locks have an anti tamper alarm so that if someone is trying to force entry into your home, not only will an alarm sound but you will also be notified via an app on your phone.

Smart locks notify you via an app when someone uses the lock.

Can you imagine how lovely it would be to be told via a simple message that your children are home safely, instead of having to rely on them texting you?!

Or the peace of mind and control this would give you if a smart lock was installed in the home of your elderly parents who might live a long way away?

Instead of worrying about who is visiting your parents and when, you would have that information at the tips of your fingers.

And just like with your kids, this information would be available to you without having to communicate directly with your parents.

I also think that we should be upgrading our traditional locks for smart locks because technology is improving most other areas of our lives and so why not reap the benefits that smart locks provide?

In particular, those smart locks that are compatible with other smart devices in our homes allowing, for example, lights to come on and the heating turned on when our smart lock is activated.

Which all in all can make our lives simpler.

The 10 Features of the Perfect Smart Lock

 

(1) Security Rating
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Your perfect smart lock should have an “ANSI” rating. ANSI stands for American National Standards Institute and is a organisation that sets quality standards for a wide variety of products in the USA.

There are three grades of lock security; one, two and three. Grade One is the highest standard for locks on residential doors.

(2) Emergency Back Up
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Since all smart locks are battery powered, they all need an emergency backup in those situations when the batteries run out or for when there is a power failure.

Most smart locks come with a traditional or mechanical key that can be used in these situations.

(3) Home Automation
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Smart locks are part of a growing trend of smart devices that can be bought for our homes and that provide us with more control and better security.

These devices work best when they can connect to one another and the very best smart locks allow us to do this easily.

Other smart locks have terminals that you can connect a 9V battery in when there is no battery power.

(4) Auto Lock
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This feature enables a smart lock to lock automatically when a door has closed. In the very best smart locks, this feature can be turned on or off and the length of time before the lock “auto locks” can be adjusted.

(5) Easy Install
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Most smart locks just need a Phillips screwdriver to install them.

Also, with some smart locks you can use your existing “deadbolt” which means will make your installation even simpler.

(6) Anti- Tamper Alarm
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The best smart locks include an alarm that will notify the owner when the lock is being tampered with- when an unknown person is trying to force entry into your home.

All smart locks are powered by batteries which means that you don’t have any wires to connect.

(7) Weatherproof
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Most smart locks are going to be located on the outside of your front door. That means that they need to be able to function in very hot weather, very cold weather and rain.

(8) Different Colours
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Smart locks need to come in different colors so that we can choose a color that best suits our home.

(9) Remote Unlock
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The best smart locks can be controlled via a smartphone app from anywhere in the world. This includes being able to remotely unlock them.

(10) Lifetime Warranty
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When you buy a smart lock you need to know that if you install it correctly and maintain it that it will last.

Some of the best smart locks provide a limited lifetime warranty to give you peace of mind.

The Three Types of Smart Lock

There are a huge range of smart locks on the market and of course, they all differ in one way or another in terms of the features that they offer.

This page also contains some tables which will help you in finding the smart lock that is perfect for you, by comparing some of their main features.

I have created 3 comparison tables for you and each table contains smart locks that differ according to how the lock can be opened.

There are three main types of alternative methods of opening a smart lock;

(1) Using a smartphone

(2) Via a touchscreen number pad and

(3) Fingerprint recognition.

Smartphone

Smart locks that allow you to open via a smartphone have free apps that can be downloaded. All of these locks have an app for an iPhone and some Android phones.

Once the app is downloaded, the lock and phone connect to each other via Bluetooth (a wireless technology) meaning that the lock can be opened “hands free.”

So, in the table below are 3 smart locks each of which uses a smartphone as the main method of entry.

The table gives you a very quick glimpse at how their main features compare with one another.

I have written a full review for each lock and to read the review, click on the photo of the lock.

In order to make the table easier to read, I have “hidden” some of it. If you want to look at it, just click on the “Show More” link.

Kwitset Kevo 2nd Generation
Kwikset Kevo
August Smart Lock
August Smart Lock
Danalock Version 2 Smartlock
Danalock Version 2
SmartphoneiOS &
Android
iOS &
Android
iOS &
Android
Mechanical Key
Fob/ Tag*
Home Automation
Auto Lock
Remote Unlock

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Easy Install
Alarm
Weatherproof
Different Colors
LaunchedAugust 2016October 2015January 2016
Price

Number Pad

Locks which feature a number pad require you to “type in” a PIN (personal identification number) that can be anywhere from 4-8 digits long.

These locks allow several PINs to be stored and used. Enough so that every person who uses the door has their own code.

I think of the locks that I have reviewed, the minimum number of PINs that a lock could store is 25 and the maximum is about 250.

I personally think that 25 different codes is enough for most of our needs!

So, in the table below are 4 smart locks each of which uses a numbered as the main method of entry.

The table gives you a very quick glimpse at how their main features compare with one another.

I have written a full review for each lock and to read the review, click on the photo of the lock.

In order to make the table easier to read, I have “hidden” some of it. If you want to look at it, just click on the “Show More” link.

Samsung Ezon SHS 3321
Samsung Ezon
Schlage Smart Lock model 469 NX
Schlage Connect
Yale YRD 240 Smart Lock
Yale YRD 240
Ultraloq ul3
Ultraloq UL3
PIN Code4-12 digits4-8 digits4-8 digits4-8 digits
ANSI Rating
Mechanical Key
Fob/ Tag
Home Automation
Auto Lock
Remote Unlock

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Samsung Ezon SHS 3321
Samsung Ezon
Schlage Smart Lock model 469 NX
Schlage Connect
Yale YRD 240 Smart Lock
Yale YRD 240
Ultraloq ul3
Ultraloq UL3
Easy Install
Alarm
Weatherproof
Different Colors
LaunchedOctober 2012May 2013August 2013August 2016
Price

Fingerprint

This is a new and developing technology in smart locks.

Although there are numerous ways to make locks that use smartphones or PINs safe and secure, the use of a person’s fingerprints is even more secure.

This is because everyone has a unique fingerprint, which makes this type of identification much harder to hack or copy.

The table gives you a very quick glimpse at how their main features compare with one another.

I have written a full review for each lock and to read the review, click on the photo of the lock.

In order to make the table easier to read, I have “hidden” some of it. If you want to look at it, just click on the “Show More” link.

Ultralog UL3
Ultraloq UL3
Ardwolf A20 Smart Lock
Ardwolf A20
Ultralog UL3
Ultraloq UL3 BT
Smartphone
Mechanical Key
Fob/ Tag
Fingerprint
Home Automation
Auto Lock
Remote Unlock

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Easy Install
Alarm
Weatherproof
Different Colors
LaunchedAugust 2016March 2016August 2016
Price

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