Sure, you could lock up at night with a plain old deadbolt or door chain. Or, you could do things a with a little more sophistication by installing a smart lock. Not only do these nifty gadgets keep thieves out, they also integrate with your existing smart home setup to give you full control over your front door.
However, it can be nerve-wracking to choose the piece of tech that will guard your home. With so many smart locks out there it’s hard to find which one is best. That’s why The Burn-In rounded up the five best smart locks of 2020.
August Smart Lock Pro
Are you surprised that a smart lock from a manufacturer you might not be familiar with is first on the list? If so, it’s time to acquaint yourself with August. The company makes a variety of smart home products, but its Smart Lock Pro is hands-down the best. It is unobtrusive and extremely easy to install.
Better yet, it is compatible with all three major digital assistants (Google, Alexa, and Siri). It uses a deadbolt style for maximum security and lets users open the door with their smartphone—no keys required. For an extra $60, a keypad can be added to grant access to visitors and those without a smartphone. Due to that, this is a great choice for homeowners and those who want to rent out their property through a service like Airbnb.
Yale Real Living Assure SL
For those who are looking for a smart lock that doesn’t need a key, the Assure SL is a great option. This lock also functions with all three digital assistants for easy opening from your phone or connected speaker. However, it also has a built-in keypad that makes getting into your home a breeze.
The Assure SL has a sleek, attractive design that doesn’t scream “tech nerd” but lets people know you’re caught up with the latest trends. It’s also a great choice for renters and homeowners alike.
Those familiar with the physical lock-and-key world probably recognize the name Kwikset. The company has been at the forefront of home security for years. It isn’t surprising that it has expanded into the smart home world.
Kwikset’s Premis smart lock is a great choice for those who are still a little skeptical of relying on tech alone. It features a traditional deadbolt lock in addition to a digital keypad. If for some reason the tech fails, you’ll always be able to rely on the physical lock to get in.
Lockly Secure Plus
This smart lock is unique from the others on the list because it includes a built-in fingerprint reader that gives you another way to get in. Another noteworthy feature is that the keypad shifts the numbers around at random. This means that would-be burglars can’t sneak in by looking at the fingerprints on the screen.
Meanwhile, Lockly Secure Plus is unique in that it is a lever lock rather than a deadbolt. That makes it a good choice for those who don’t have a deadbolt already installed and don’t want to do an expensive project.
SimpliSafe Smart Lock
For those who already make use of other smart home security projects from SimpliSafe, this smart lock is a no-brainer. It is easy to install and uses the existing lock hardware you already have on your door.
While it does require a SimpliSafe security system, those who already have one will find that this lock integrates with it perfectly.