The best smart locks for 2019

Cupertino, September 13, 2019

Of all the gadgets for the smart home, smart locks are among the best solutions to the problem of daily trouble. Forget your keys? No problem. Need to unlock the door to let in a friend or service provider? Easy peasy. Did you forget to lock the door before going to bed? Do not worry. The smart locks are there to save the day.

With a smart lock at your door, you can handle all this easily voice command or by simply pressing a button, offering you security, convenience, automation and peace of mind. But which smart lock is best for you?

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Choosing the best smart lock for your home depends on several things. For some, the planning and limitations of the user code will be important. For others, it is essential to have a door lock that can be changed and not replace the deadbolt of the door. We have tested the best smart locks on the market today and these are our favorites.

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The August Smart Lock Pro + Connect set, worth $ 279, includes a subsequent 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. Once the Wi-Fi module is set up, you'll get Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, as well as remote access to your lock when you're not at home.

Smart Lock Pro is a powerful, easy-to-install smart lock and the winner of our CNET Editors Choice Award.

Read our full review of the Lock Pro.

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The third-generation Smart Lock + Connect kit, worth $ 219, comes with a DoorSense open / close sensor and a Connect Wi-Fi module. The low profile retrofit design means you You do not need to replace your deadbolt, making it an ideal solution for tenants.

August Smart Lock with the installation of Connect works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and can be remotely controlled via the August mobile application. You will not get Apple HomeKit compatibility or smart Z-Wave to connect to a smart hub. Yet, this August Smart Lock is a smart door lock at a moderate price.

Read our full review of the August smart lock.

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The Yale SL Touch Screen Deadbolt features a sleek, small design with a touch screen keypad that fits almost any door. It is available in three finishes. The latest offer of $ 299 includes August smartphones with a Connected by August kit (Wi-Fi module and DoorSense sensors) to connect to the August application, and working with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit.

There is also a version with interchangeable modules for Zigbee or Z-Wave if you need to connect your door lock to a smart home hub. These modules cost $ 50 each.

Read our full review of Yale's Assure SL touchscreen deadbolt.

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The $ 249 Schlage Encode is not everything. You will not get HomeKit compatibility, and you are limited to 100 user codes. Nevertheless, I am a big fan because you do not need a Z-wave or Zigbee hub or a Wi-Fi module to connect this door lock to your smart home.

It includes built-in Wi-Fi and works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant with a simple account link via their apps. It is also compatible with Amazon Key for home delivery services. The elegant keyboard design is available in both modern and traditional styles and in multiple finishes.

Read our full review of Schlage's Wi-Fi Encode Intelligent Deadbolt.

Other models we tested

In our search for the best smart lock, here are some of the other products we've tested:

Nest Yale Lock: Nest and Yale teamed up for a smart lock centered on Google. This $ 279 smart door lock has the same look as previous Yale models, but is not as good at home automation.

Hampton Connected Array Door Lock: This $ 299 lock has a solar-powered backup battery and built-in Wi-Fi, but it's expensive and does not work with HomeKit or Google Assistant.

Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth DeadboltKevo's $ 222 second-generation Kwikset is a good Bluetooth smart lock and a simple solution to comfort your door if you do not need remote access. If you do, you will need to purchase the Kevo Plus Connection Module. You can use the mobile app or the key ring for keyless entry.

Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt: Schlage's $ 175 Smart Sense Lock is affordable, but it's hard to install and as easy to install as its Encode brother. You will also need a Schlage Wi-Fi adapter to connect to Google Assistant or Alexa.

Things to remember

Smart locks are convenient, but it's important to remember that this is primarily a security feature. It is important to take security features seriously. Use a PIN code for any voice unlocking and make sure to give only access codes to open the door to trusted people. Activating the auto-reclosing feature is also a good idea, so the door will lock behind you if you forget.

If your smart home is based on Wi-Fi voice assist and you do not use hubs, I'd recommend a lock that works with Wi-Fi (or at least one Wi-Fi adapter). Determine whether you want a keyboard and can replace your deadbolt (you'll need a new physical key), or prefer a simpler, newer design.

Whatever intelligent lock you choose, adding one to your smart home offers many benefits. With these tips and the best smart lock on your door, access management for family members, roommates, service providers and guests is a kid's game.

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