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Best smart locks in 2020

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If you need to let someone into your house, but don't want to come near them, one of the best smart locks could be your answer. That's because you can control smart locks from your smartphone, so you can lock and unlock your front door remotely. 

Smart locks are also useful for when you're not home, too. If you're out and about — admittedly, not all that likely these days — a smart lock can send you an alert when someone arrives home and unlocks the door. Also, most smart locks let you create temporary virtual keys, which you can program to only work during specific hours. So, if you have a dog walker or caregiver, you can be assured that they can only get in when you want them there.

Lastly, the best smart locks also connect to other smart home devices, so when you open your door, it can send a signal to turn on your smart lights and change your thermostat. And, if you link it to Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant, you can ask those services to lock your door on your way out.

What are the best smart locks?

Based on our testing, the best smart lock overall is the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. The successor to the August Smart Lock Pro, the Wi-Fi Smart Lock is 45 percent smaller and has Wi-Fi built in, so you no longer need to install a separate device to connect the lock to your home network. 

Otherwise, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock has all the same features as its predecessor: It's easy to install, easy to use, and supports all of the major smart home systems, such as Alexa and Google Assistant. The Wi-Fi Smart Lock looks attractive and doesn’t replace your old lock cylinder, so you don’t have to swap out your old keys. Rather, you replace just the inside of your deadbolt — the part you turn with your hand. 

August's smart lock works with a huge range of other smart home devices, including HomeKit, Nest, Honeywell, Xfinity, Simplisafe, SmartThings, and Control4, so it's a good bet you can integrate it into your smart home ecosystem.

For those on a budget, the best smart lock is the August Smart Lock. It’s significantly cheaper than the Pro version, but has most of the same features, with the only major omission being Apple HomeKit support. However, you’ll want to also purchase the August Connect to link it to your Wi-Fi network, so that you can monitor and control the lock remotely and link it with other smart-home devices.

Eufy's new Smart Lock Touch ($249) has both a keypad and a fingerprint sensor, giving you multiple ways to unlock your door. It can also be unlocked via the Eufy app on your phone. It can also automatically lock when it senses that your door has been closed. Stay tuned for our review.

Here are the best smart locks you can buy right now.

The best smart locks you can buy today

Best smart locks: August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock (Image credit: August)

1. August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

The best smart lock overall

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Number Pad: Optional | Alarm: No | Codes: Unlimited | App: Yes

Smaller size
Wi-Fi built in
Easy to use
Works with lots of smart home devices
Keypad sold separately

There wasn't much to improve on August's smart lock, but the company went ahead and tweaked its original to make it smaller and easier to use. The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is 45 percent smaller than the original, so it looks less bulbous on your door, and now has Wi-Fi built in, so you don't need to install the August Connect bridge to link your lock to your home network.

Everything we liked about the August Pro is here: A simple installation process, features such as DoorSense (which lets you know if your door has been left ajar), and interoperability with a huge range of other smart home systems, from Alexa to Google Assistant to Xfinity. And, the August Wi-Fi lets you keep the keys from your existing deadbolt.

Read our full August Wi-Fi Smart Lock review.

Best smart lock: August Smart Lock Pro

August Smart Lock Pro (Image credit: August)

2. August Smart Lock Pro

Older, but still good

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave Plus | Number Pad: Optional | Alarm: No | Codes: Unlimited | App: Yes

Easy to install
Works with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant and more
Convenient Auto-Lock and Auto-Unlock features
No alarm, no Amazon Key support

While it's been supplanted by the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, the August Smart Lock Pro Connect is still very capable, and is now being offered for less. This device is compatible with all of the major smart-home platforms, so you can open the Smart Lock Pro Connect with Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit; it also looks great, although the circular back of the lock may confuse some users.

The device is easy to install on most single-cylinder deadbolts. The app is easy to use and simply allows you to add additional users who can open the door without a key. For those who don’t have a phone, the optional $60 August Smart Keypad provides another way to get in without a key.

Because it has Z-Wave built in, the August Smart Lock Pro may also appeal to smart home power users, who want to be able to control their devices locally in the event their Internet connection is lost.

Read our full August Smart Lock Pro review.
  

Best smart lock: Schlage Encode

Schlage Encode (Image credit: Schlage)

3. Schlage Encode

A great smart lock with a built-in alarm

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Number Pad: Included | Alarm: Yes | Codes: 100 | App: Yes

Supports Amazon Key
Simple installation and setup
Built-in alarm
No support for Apple HomeKit

If someone tries you tamper with your lock, a loud alarm is a good deterrent. The Schlage Encode is our pick for the best smart lock with an alarm, as it will blare out an earsplitting siren in the attempt of a break-in.

As well as being a great combination of a manual, keycode and remote-controlled lock, the Schlage Encode supports the Amazon Key service, which allows an Amazon delivery person to open the door when they arrive and place your packages inside the house. That feature makes them less likely to be stolen. Amazon Key does require a compatible security camera, which costs extra. The lock supports Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can integrate it with your Smart Home system easily, but there is no support for Apple's HomeKit.

Read our full Schlage Encode smart lock review.
 

Best smart lock: Yale Real Living Assure SL

Yale Real Living Assure SL. Credit: Yale (Image credit: Yale)

4. Yale Real Living Assure SL

The best keyless smart lock

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home, Homekit, SmartThings | Connectivity: Bluetooth, Zigbee, Z-Wave Plus | Number Pad: Yes | Alarm: No | Codes: 250 | App: Yes

Support for Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit
Attractive, simple design
Touch screen sometimes takes a couple of touches to respond

The support for multiple smart home standards make the Yale Real Living Assure SL one of the best smart locks available. It works with Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit and SmartThings. That means you can control it from your smartphone, whether you have one of the best iPhones or best Android phones, or a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo, Google Nest Mini or Google Nest Hub Max.

The Assure SL is an attractive, well-designed lock that is easy to install. There is no manual key option, though: it’s a keycode, app or nothing. If the battery runs out, you can give it a temporary boost by touching a 9v battery to two contacts underneath the keypad.

Read our full Yale Assure SL review.
 

Best smart lock: August Smart Lock

August Smart Lock. Credit: August (Image credit: August)

5. August Smart Lock

The best smart lock value

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home | Connectivity: Bluetooth, Z-Wave Plus | Number Pad: Optional | Alarm: No | Codes: Unlimited | App: Yes

Easy to install
Works with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant and more
Auto-Lock and Auto-Unlock features
August Connect module sold separately
No Apple HomeKit nor Amazon Key support

If you want to add some smarts to your home without spending too much, the August Smart Lock has most of the features you'll need, at a reasonable price. You can pick up this smart, full-featured lock for under $150.

If you rent your home, the August Smart Lock is the best smart lock, as it’s very simple to install on top of an extant deadlock without replacing the cylinder or key. There’s no need to replace the cylinder; it will continue to work with your existing keys, keeping your landlord happy. And, when you move out, you can quickly and easily remove the lock and replace it with the old one, keeping your deposit safe.

Note that you will also need the $65 August Connect module if you want to control and monitor the lock remotely. That module can handle multiple locks, so it’s a great low-cost pick for adding remote control to several doors at once. The only thing missing is support for Apple Homekit.

Read our full August Smart Lock review.
   

Best smart lock: Kwikset Halo

Kwikset Halo (Image credit: Tom's Guide)

6. Kwikset Halo

The best smart lock with a rekeyable lock

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant | Connectivity: Wi-Fi | Number Pad: Yes | Alarm: No | Codes: Unlimited | App: Android/iOS

Intuitive app
Easy-to-manage key codes
SmartKey system lets you rekey the lock
Touch screen can be slow to respond
SmartScreen security feature isn't obvious to novice users

While smart locks make it easy to unlock and lock your door using a smartphone or keypad, sometimes you just want a plain old key. But, if you have a rental property, this can be an issue if you're worried that someone has made a bunch of copies. 

That's why we like the Kwikset Halo; it has a rekeyable lock, which was dead simple to use. Plus, this lock connects directly to your Wi-Fi network, is compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, and has some good theft-deterrent features built into its touchscreen. 

Read our full Kwikset Halo review.

Best smart lock: Lockly Secure Plus

Lockly Secure Plus. Credit: Lockly (Image credit: Lockly)

7. Lockly Secure Plus

Best smart lock with fingerprint reader

Lock Type: Deadbolt or lever | Smart Home Compatibility: Lockly | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Number Pad: Included | Alarm: No | Codes: Unlimited | App: Yes

Lock can be opened with a fingerprint
Includes a manual lock
Can’t unlock remotely without buying WiFi adapter
No built-in support for Alexa, Google Home or HomeKit

With the Lockly Secure Plus, the only key you’ll need is your finger; one touch to the fingerprint reader on the right side of the lock body opens the lock. You can also open the door by entering a code, and cleverly, the touchscreen keypad shifts the numbers around, so thieves can’t guess your code by looking at finger smudges.

Another unusual feature is that the Secure Plus is a lever lock; most smart locks are deadbolts. However, the Locky Secure Plus doesn’t support other smart home systems. For that, you'll need either a $70 Wi-Fi adapter, or to spring for the $299 Lockly Secure Pro, a separate model with built-in Wi-Fi that lets it connect to Alexa and Google Home.

Read our full Lockly Secure Plus review.
  

Best smart lock: Nest X Yale

Nest X Yale. Credit: Yale (Image credit: Nest)

8. Nest X Yale

Keyless Google Assistant smart lock

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: Google Home &Assistant, Nest | Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi | Number Pad: Included | Alarm: No | Codes: Unlimited | App: Yes

Simple installation process
integrates with other Nest devices
No support for Amazon Alexa or HomeKit

“Google, lock the front door.” If you are a Google household, you want a lock that speaks to the Google Assistant smart home system. The best smart lock that offers this feature is the Nest X Yale, a neatly designed lock that works very well with Google Assistant. Locks from August and Schlage also support Google Assistant, but the Nest X Yale is the more elegant, all-in-one solution if you are invested in the Nest or Google Assistant systems.

Read our full Nest X Yale review.

Best smart lock: Kwikset Premis

Kwikset Premis. Credit: Kwikset (Image credit: Kwikset)

9. Kwikset Premis

A simple Apple HomeKit deadbolt

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: Homekit | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Number Pad: Yes | Alarm: No | Codes: 30 | App: Yes

Support for keycodes and remote operation
Supports Apple HomeKit
Rekeyable lock
No support for Alexa or Google Home
no Android app

The Premis is a smart, simple lock for those who want to offer entry with keys, codes and a smartphone app. The low-profile keypad looks smart, but still offers a manual key option for the luddites in your house; Homekit support means that you can control it through Siri or the Premis app. The latter also allows you to create keycodes that provide limited access, such as allowing the dog walker in during the day, but not at night. There is no support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant nor Google Home, though, so you can’t check the lock from your Amazon Echo.

Read our full Kwikset Premis review.
 

Best smart lock: Kwikset Obsidian

Kwikset Obsidian. Credit: Kwikset (Image credit: Kwikset)

10. Kwikset Obsidian

Minimalist keyless smart lock

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: Z-Wave | Connectivity: Z-Wave | Number Pad: Included | Alarm: No | Codes: 30 | App: Yes

Clear installation process
Clean, striking design
Sometimes takes a few touches to respond
Requires Z-Wave hub to work with Alexa, Google Assistant

You’ll never forget your keys with this lock, because there aren’t any. The Kwikset Obsidian with Home Connect is a keycode, deadbolt lock with a smart, minimalist keypad that lights up on touch. Tap in a code (it can hold up to 30) and this best smart lock opens. Using the Obsidian is a simple way to control access to a basement or home office without worrying about keys.

A feature called SecureScreen prompts you to touch random digits before you enter your code, so others can’t guess your code by fingerprint smudges. However, in order to control or monitor the lock remotely, you’ll need a compatible Z-Wave hub, such as Samsung SmartThings. If the four AA batteries run out at the wrong moment, you can give the lock a boost by touching a 9V battery to the two terminals underneath the touch panel.

Read our full Kwikset Obsidian review.

Best smart locks: Level Lock

Level Lock (Image credit: Level)

11. Level Lock

An "invisible" smart lock

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: HomeKit | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Number Pad: None | Alarm: No | Codes: Unlimited | App: Android/iOS

Fits completely inside door
HomeKit-compatible
Doesn’t work with Alexa, Google Assistant
No door-open alert

The Level Lock smart lock distinguishes itself from all other smart locks in that, once installed, its mechanism is completely hidden from sight. That's because all of its workings fit neatly inside your door. So, not only does this mean you don't have to mar the appearance of your door with a gadget, but it also means that you're not advertising to others that you have a smart lock. And, because the Level Lock uses your door's hardware, you can still continue to use your keys to lock and unlock the door.

The Level Lock works with HomeKit, but does not work with Alexa or Google Assistant. And, because it only has Bluetooth built in, you'll need a HomeKit smart home hub nearby if you want to remotely monitor and control the lock. These limitations aside, the Level Lock performed well in our tests. 

Read our full Level Lock review.

Best smart lock: Wyze smart lock

Wyze smart lock (Image credit: Wyze)

12. Wyze Smart Lock

An inexpensive but incomplete smart lock

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Smart Home Compatibility: None | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Number Pad: Included | Alarm: No | Codes: Unlimited | App: Android/iOS

Simple, clean design
Easy to install, does not require new keys
Option to add a keypad for entry codes
No support for Alexa/Google/Homekit at present
Requires the included Gateway to connect to Wi-Fi

Wyze made a name for itself by making many of the best cheap smart home devices. The Wyze smart lock is the company's third product, and is very good—and very cheap—too. 

The Wyze smart lock was easy to set up and even easier to use, and integrates well with Wyze's other products. However, as of our review, it had yet to support any other smart home systems, such as Alexa and Google Assistant, which limits its usefulness.

Read our full Wyze smart lock review.

What to look for when buying a smart lock

When shopping for a smart lock, there are a few factors to consider.

Lock Type: Smart locks come in two types: deadbolt and lever-style. The former is designed to replace your existing deadbolt, while the latter has the lock and door-opening lever in one. Deadbolts are the most common, but lever locks are becoming more common.

Design: Your smart lock should blend in with your home decor. Most locks are available in a variety of styles and finishes, such as brass, silver, and bronze. 

Connectivity: In order to control and monitor a smart lock remotely, you have to connect it to your home network. This can be done in one of several ways. Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth are the most popular radios built into smart locks, as they require little power.

Most smart locks require that you connect the lock to a bridge of some kind, like the August Connect module, or a smart home hub, such as the Samsung SmartThings or Amazon Echo Plus. Relatively few smart locks have Wi-Fi built in, as it requires a lot of power, and will have you changing batteries more frequently.

Smart home compatibility: The better smart locks should be able to work with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Homekit, which allows you to tie them in to other smart home devices. So, for example, if you say "Siri, Goodnight," Apple's assistant will turn off your lights and lock your doors automatically. If you have a home security system, you can also connect some locks to it, so that they'll automatically lock when you leave home.

How we test smart locks

The only way you can really test a smart lock is to install it on your door and see how well it works. The first thing we look at is the ease of installation. A smart lock should be simple enough for anyone with a screwdriver and a modicum of know-how to put on their front door. Most smart locks currently require a Wi-Fi bridge in order to operate them remotely, so this adds an extra layer to the setup process.

Next, we see how well the lock works in everyday operation. Can you use it as easily as a traditional door lock? How intuitive is the app? What features does it come with? The best smart locks will let you create a number of temporary "keys," which you can send to others to open the door. Ideally, you should be able to schedule for when these keys will work. For example, if you have a dog walker, you should be able to program the virtual key for that person to work only during daytime hours during the week.

We also look to see what other smart home devices are compatible with the smart lock. At a minimum it should work with Alexa and/or Google Assistant, so that you can not only lock your door by voice, but query the assistant to actually see if the door is locked. Even better is when a smart lock can work with smart lights and security systems, to create a fully automated smart home.

  • actionlock
    Thanks for sharing this helpful information about smart locks on the market. All the smart locks you have described above are very secure and their features are awesome.
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  • stkelly612
    Is there any of these that would maybe be able to provide a Bluetooth alert to a phone if tampered with? I want to use one of these on a closet door as a gun safe of sorts, but would be great to know if someone (kids) are screwing with it.
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  • REMOTIZER
    I enjoy tapping my key fob velcroed to my car's visor as I pull into my driveway. My front door's key fob uses RFID, similar to the key fobs cars and garage door openers have used for decades. At DEF CON 2016, they proved just how easy it is to hack a Bluetooth or "IP" enabled "smart locks". At under $50, I've enjoyed mine since 2005.
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  • Whacko Wayneo
    Schlage Connect does have an App for local interface. I use a Wink 2 Hub for remote access with the Wink app.
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  • rcfant89
    What do you think about the Ultraloq UL3 BT: https://goo.gl/WB8fjt ?

    All of these (minus the padlock) are deadbolts, what about non deadbolt locks? I need a regular door handle smart lock. The one linked above seems to be the best I can find but I am disappointed that it can't be remotely accessed (from work, not Bluetooth range).

    I know they say they are rolling out a bridge for the device but that's not until October, best case scenario and costs another 50 bucks and needs a power outlet.

    I'd really love a smartlock with the following specs:
    1. Weatherproof (for outside door)
    2. Regular door handle/knob, no deadbolt (for garage/building door)
    3. Fingerprint + Pinpad
    4. Remote accessible

    Can you recommend something better than the above?
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  • mprospero
    19921607 said:
    What do you think about the Ultraloq UL3 BT: https://goo.gl/WB8fjt ?

    All of these (minus the padlock) are deadbolts, what about non deadbolt locks? I need a regular door handle smart lock. The one linked above seems to be the best I can find but I am disappointed that it can't be remotely accessed (from work, not Bluetooth range).

    I know they say they are rolling out a bridge for the device but that's not until October, best case scenario and costs another 50 bucks and needs a power outlet.

    I'd really love a smartlock with the following specs:
    1. Weatherproof (for outside door)
    2. Regular door handle/knob, no deadbolt (for garage/building door)
    3. Fingerprint + Pinpad
    4. Remote accessible

    Can you recommend something better than the above?

    We haven't tested them yet, but here are several options from Schlage, Kwikset, and Yale that may fit your criteria:
    http://www.schlage.com/en/home/products/FE599NXCAMFFFACC.html
    http://www.kwikset.com/products/styles/smartcode-lever-with-home-connect.aspx
    http://www.yalehome.com/en/yale/yalehome/residential/yale-real-living/levers/

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  • rcfant89
    Thanks. I like the last one. It's $240 and doesn't have fingerprint readers though. Hmmmm. Thanks for the reply.
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  • johnavil
    Of all the top three locks, the August wins it hands down for me. The fact that is has an app and unlimited codes seals the deal. PLUS I don't have to put an ugly keypad lock on the outside of my door. The Smart lock mounted to the inside of my front door in less than 15 minutes. I was even surprised that I didn't have to drill any new holes. The only thing that took a while was for me to figure out that the round panel was held on with magnets and that's where the batteries were.

    Other than that. It's super sleek, simple and linked with my Alexa and Apple homekit easily.
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  • koreamigo
    20323273 said:
    I can't post links.

    What's wrong? Anyway, if you check out that link. You will see this:

    if you use APP, your password and all your private door security information will be upload to the web server. So it is providing a very good chance for the bad guys to hack the server and get all your info. And the APP admin can get all your door opening information. And if you lost phone, your house would be insecure, because someone may use your phone to open door.

    And other information.
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