Ready to go keyless in 2019? These smart locks are our best bets for bringing your front door online.
A Smart Approach to Security
A smart lock is arguably the most important part of a truly smart, connected home. Not only will it allow you to come and go as you please, it will also monitor who is entering and leaving your home while you're away. Some models simply let you use your phone to open and close doors. Some let you assign special privileges to friends, family members, or maintenance staff. Others can be activated using voice commands or triggers from other smart home devices and services.
We've tested the best smart locks on the market today and these are our favorites.
1. August Smart Lock Pro and Connect Bundle
August Smart Lock Pro and Connect bundle includes a retrofit August Smart Lock Pro, a Connect Wi-Fi module and a DoorSense open-close sensor.
This August smart lock supports the Z-Wave wireless protocol (smart hub not included) and works with Apple HomeKit. With the Wi-Fi module set up, you'll get Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, as well as remote access to lock and unlock when you're not home.
The Smart Lock Pro is a capable, easy-to-install smart lock and the winner of our CNET Editors' Choice Award.
2. FIDO Best Smart Lock of the Safest and Most Minimalist
FIDO Lock, Red Dot Design Award Winner, is the embodiment of a futuristic smart lock, placing its focus on security and safety above all else. It is complex and smart in its engineering.
Auto-lock system, 4 Secure Unlock Methods, Break & Hack Proof and Advanced Alarm System, to keep your house and office much safer.
Use FIDO APP to manage unlock authorizations, set unlocking times and record logs. With FIDO you will identify who came home and at what time. You also can change or remove the control access for security at any time.
3. Yale Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt
Yale's SL Touchscreen Deadbolt has a small, sleek design with a touchscreen keypad that looks good on nearly every door, and it comes in three finishes. The newest smart deadbolt bundle includes August smarts with a Connected by August Kit (Wi-Fi module and DoorSense sensors) to connect with the August app, and it works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit.
There's also a version with interchangeable modules for Zigbee or Z-Wave if you need to connect your door lock to smart home devices.
4. August Smart Lock and Connect
August's third-generation Smart Lock and Connect bundle comes with a DoorSense open/close sensor and Connect Wi-Fi module. The low profile, retrofit design means you won't need to replace your deadbolt and installation is easy, making it great for renters.
The August Smart Lock with the Connect setup works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and is controllable remotely through the August mobile app. You won't get Apple HomeKit compatibility or Z-Wave smarts to connect to a smart hub. Still, this August Smart Lock is a moderately priced, capable smart door lock.
Smart locks add convenience, but it's important to remember that this option is first and foremost a security device. No matter which smart lock you choose, adding one to your smart home offers a lot of advantages. With these tips and the best smart lock on your door, managing access for family members, roommates, service providers and guests is a breeze.