I review smart locks for a living — these are the 5 best Black Friday deals

A photo of the August Smart Lock with a man holding the door
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As more Black Friday deals continue to pour in I've seen some serious discounts taken off some of the best smart home upgrades. A smart lock is one of the most useful investments you can make to streamline your home security setup. I use one every single day to effortlessly enter my home.

If my parents or a friend need to enter my place while I'm out I can unlock the door remotely. And when my OCD starts acting up I can open an app or ask a smart assistant for the status of my door to see if it's locked or ajar.

I've spent the past five years testing smart locks and have purchased several throughout my life. Things you should keep in mind when looking for a good smart lock are its feature set, smart home platform compatibility and build quality.

Although any lock will break if you try hard enough you want a model that is ANSI/BHMA rated. This scale measures impact and toughness resistance with Grade 1 being the best and Grade 3 being acceptable. Below you'll find the smart locks that I recommend because they meet my standards and provide a variety of ways to control your door.

7 Black Friday smart lock deals I'd buy

August Wi-Fi smart lock: was $229 now $169 @ Amazon

August Wi-Fi smart lock: was $229 now $169 @ Amazon
Our favorite smart lock overall has been marked down by 26%; we love its ease of installation as it converts the interior half of your deadbolt without replacing your exterior lock. It automatically locks and unlocks your door and works seamlessly with every major smart home system. Best of all, you can still use your original door keys.

AqaraU100 Smart Lock: was $229 now $132 @ Amazon

Aqara U100 Smart Lock: was $229 now $132 @ Amazon
The Aqara U100 Smart Lock is loaded with ways to access your home like a built-in fingerprint scanner, keypad app or mechanical key. Plus, you can unlock with your iPhone or Apple Watch, even if they're out of power. 

Yale Security Assure Lock 2 with Wi-Fi: was $239 now $151 @ Amazon

Yale Security Assure Lock 2 with Wi-Fi: was $239 now $151 @ Amazon 
The expansive support for multiple smart home standards makes the Yale Assure Lock 2 one of the best smart locks available. It works with Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit and SmartThings and most importantly Matter.

Schlage Encode Plus: was $330 now $299 @ Amazon

Schlage Encode Plus: was $330 now $299 @ Amazon
The Encode Plus has a higher price than the other smart locks I've tested, but it's also far more durable. It has the highest ANSI rating for locks to withstand heavy strikes and over 200,000 deadbolt cycles. This model has the same features as the competition but stands above it for its Apple HomeKey support. You can unlock the door just by pressing your Apple Watch (or iPhone) against it.

eufy Security Smart Lock C220: was $149 now $99 @ Amazon

eufy Security Smart Lock C220: was $149 now $99 @ Amazon
Your finger is the only key you’ll need for Eufy's smart lock. While it's the fastest way to get in (at under 0.3 seconds), you can also open the door by entering a keypad code, through the app or using a smart assistant. Its anti-peep keypad adds random digits so thieves can’t guess your code.

ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro: was $249 now $148 @ Amazon

ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro: was $249 now $148 @ Amazon

Sleek yet secure this lock is jam-packed with smarts. Ultraloq's web management app lets you control and check the status of your door remotely from any PC or tablet. It automatically locks and unlocks your door based on its built-in sensor and lets you know if your door is left ajar. Plus its fingerprint reader is highly accurate but has a large sweet spot for you to throw a digit over it from a variety of angles.

Lockly Flex Touch: was $189 now $106 @ Amazon

Lockly Flex Touch: was $189 now $106 @ Amazon

If you don't want anyone to know you have a smart lock, the Lockly Flex Touch is for you. Its fingerprint reader sits just below the lock hidden from view. Beyond app control, it can store up to 99 fingerprints and works with a traditional key. However, you'll need a smart home hub to control it remotely over the internet.

Hunter Fenollol
Senior Editor, Smart Home

Hunter Fenollol is a Senior Editor for Tom’s Guide. He specializes in smart home gadgets and appliances. Prior to joining the team, Hunter reviewed computers, wearables, and mixed reality gear for publications that include CNN Underscored, Popular Mechanics, and Laptop Magazine. When he’s not testing out the latest cooking gadgets, you can likely find him playing a round of golf or out with friends feeding his paycheck to a QuickHit slot machine.

Hunter started his career as an intern at Tom’s Guide back in 2019 while in college. He graduated from Long Island University Post with a degree in Communications and minor in Advertising. He has been vlogging ever since the iPhone 4 took front-facing cameras mainstream.