If you’re ready to update your home’s locks with smart locks, you’re going to have to make a few decisions: Do you want to replace your entire lock? How much do you want to spend? Do you care about the finish? Do you want it to connect to other smart home products?
Here are three smart lock options from top brands that you should research as part of your shopping experience.
August Smart Locks
August smart locks are a great option for someone that isn’t able, or willing, to replace their entire lock system because it allows you to replace just the inside latch on the lock. This means that if you have roommates or family members that still want to use the old key, they can. For those using the smart features of the lock, you can control it with an app, or you can set it to respond to your proximity, using Bluetooth.
The locks can be pricey – it’ll cost you at least $200 to get the lock. There are other great features to this lock though, including its ability to connect to the Apple HomeKit and Apple Watch – and you can control your locks using Siri on your phone or watch. There are a few add add-ons you can get, too, if you are looking to have an integrated system: the August Connect, a Smart Keypad, and a Doorbell Cam. There are even packages that include the smart lock and and some of the add-ons. You can get the August Lock in a few finishes, including gray and red.
If you are looking to replace your entire lock, you should look to a brand that released the first-ever smart lock: Kwikset. Its Kevo is a favorite among smart home experts, and there are several models available. The lock uses your smartphone as your key, similar to the August Lock, and allows you to lock and unlock your home with just a touch, as long as your phone is in your pocket or purse. There are options besides smartphones, too. If you don’t have a smartphone or don’t want to connect your smartphone, you can use a Fob to connect to your lock in the same way. There is, of course, also a key option as a backup. The Kevo app is available for on Apple iOS and select Android 5.0 devices. Kevo works with Nest, and with Apple Watch. You can get it in a nickel, bronze, or brass finish. It runs between $150 – $200.
The Schlage Deadbolt runs you about $229, but offers a lot of locking and unlocking flexibility. You can open your door by using the Schlage app, using a regular key, punching in a code, or using Siri. Schlage’s flexibility falls short when it comes to operating systems, though, and it only works for Bluetooth with Apple products – sorry Droid users! But it works with HomeKit, Apple TV, and all Apple phones and tablets, so if you are an Apple user, you are set. You can get the lock in bronze, nickel, or black.
Photo by: Kwikset