One area of smart home technology that is becoming increasingly popular is smart security, including smart video doorbells, smart cameras and smart locks.
In recent years, smart locks have come a long way in both technology and design. The best smart locks on the market are not only very effective, but they also look like design furniture that gives style to your front door.
In August, from Kwikset to Yale, a wide range of smart lock input methods and models will be available, including touch screens that completely remove the keyway, and those you don’t even know are smart locks on the outside. The key is to find out which smart lock works well for you, your door and your home.
We’ve put together this guide to the best smart locks on the market in 2020. But unlike these products, you don’t need a special code to get your expert advice on which lock is right for you.
The Nest x Yale lock integrates with your Nest smart home products, so this device extends far beyond the front door. It’s a versatile smart lock, though mostly if your home is decorated with other Nest appliances.
Installation is often tied to smart locks, but the Nest x Yale lock is easy to install and connect to the Internet (if you need Nest Connect). The lock has a keypad on the outside, so you enter the code to enter the house instead of setting the key. This is great if the keys are pushed down into your pockets or purse.
One neat feature is the one-touch lock, which allows you to lock the door just by pressing the Yale logo. To unlock in the same way, press the logo again and follow a few steps before your door is opened for you. There is also the option to have a Nest x Yale lock at a pre-set time, which is especially useful if you forget to lock the door often at night.
The Next x Yale lock is available in satin nickel, oil-polished bronze and polished brass, so whatever your style, you should find something to suit.
Read the full review: Nest x Yale Smart Lock
The Schalge Sense is another easy to install and use smart lock, even though its size runs a little on the big side.
You can lock and unlock your door directly from the app or by entering codes on the keypad. There is a dead end inside the lock when you want to lock the door from inside your home.
The app allows you to create and delete codes, which is handy if you want to create codes for house guests. However, to use this feature, you must do so via a Wi-Fi connection or the lock’s built-in Bluetooth. In our own testing, we used the app to lock the front door at night when we had already gotten into bed and under the covers.
The app leaves much to be desired, and you need patience to deal with lost connections from time to time.
Schlage Sense works with Apple’s HomeKit, so you can control locking on devices like an Apple TV, iPad, or HomePod speaker through the HomeKit app.
The lock also supports Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can only use your voice to unlock and lock your device.
Read the full review: Schlage Sense Smart lock
The August Smart Lock Pro is one of the best style locks on the market, although from the outside you never know it’s there.
This is because the dead bolt looks exactly the same on the outside (actually it’s the same one you’ve always had), while the August Smart Lock Pro disc sits on the inside. This makes for an unobtrusive lock that allows you to still use existing keys if you wish.
The August app lets you see if your door is closed and locked. If you leave the house and approach it again, the device will open automatically when you are 20-30 meters from your door, giving you easy, keyless access.
Similarly, the lock will automatically lock in place if you leave the house in a hurry and you can check that your door is safe with your smartphone.
You can also send a keyless code to visitors or anyone who visits your home regularly, and keep track of who is coming in and out of your door. Finally, you can manage your August Smart Lock Pro with a voice assistant of your choice: Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant.
You need a Wi-Fi bridge to take advantage of the full potential of the August Smart Lock Pro, and a device called Connect is included when you purchase the lock.
Read the full review: August Smart Lock Pro
Kwikset Obsidian is a gorgeous smart lock. It hugs tightly against the door with a low profile, and has a glassy sheen that adds a touch of elegance to any door. It is completely keyless, just a touch screen for entering access codes. You can create up to 16 logins for family and friends.
The lock also includes a security feature in the patented Kwikset called SecureScreen, which basically prevents someone from seeing where you touched the screen to enter the code (it generates random numbers that you have to press before entering the actual input code).
This prevents someone from simply looking at your fingerprint stains and copying the code this way. Kwikset Obsidian stands out among smart locks in more ways than one.
It may look like a straight-forward lock, but that’s the appeal of the Ultion Smart – at first glance, it looks like a traditional lock that doesn’t seem to be in place in any old door.
But Ultion is full of technology, from voice activation to geolocking, even working as a key to Apple Watch. And there is still the option to use the real key if the connection fails. For home renters such as AirBnB users, it is also compatible with a wireless keyboard for a PIN.
The Ultion SMART Bluetooth model can be purchased for £ 229, while the Zigbee / Z-Wave model costs £ 259 and the Apple HomeKit version £ 259.
For more information, visit Ultion Lock site.