Investing in a smart lock is a fantastic way of increasing the security of your home, but it is imperative that you make the right decision for your home. After all, just like a regular lock, you’re trusting a smart lock with your possessions and, most importantly, your safety. We've reviewed the best smart locks from top brands.
Rated most secure
The Schlage Sense is the most secure smart lock we tested. It detects when people use codes, keys or the mobile app to unlock the door. We like that it has an ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 certification, the highest residential security rating a lock can earn. The Sense replaces your existing deadbolt. We like how quickly the lock responds to the app, which also lets you set up auto-lock, which secures the door if you forget to lock it after you come in.
Attractive and easy-to-use
The August Smart Lock Pro is an advanced smart lock that comes with a variety of innovative features such as the ability to detect when your door is open. It's also compatible with more smart home devices than other smart lock. Our testing revealed that this lock is easier to use than the competition. This smart lock comes bundled with the August Connect, a device that adds remote access over the internet.
Keyless entry for ultimate protection
This deadbolt lock will take a little longer to install than a retrofitted one, but it’s actually a very straightforward process thanks to the in-app guidance. Because this is a WiFi-compatible smart lock, you can keep track of its use remotely. This means managing codes from a distance and even getting alerts if the door is not closed properly. This makes it perfect for those with holiday rentals, as well as busy homes with plenty of visitors.
Turn your smartphone into a key
Despite being an affordable lock, the August Smart Lock has exceptional features and smart home compatibility. This lock comes with an innovative universal adapter plate that makes installation fast and easy. There is a sensor to the lock that uses a magnet on or in your doorframe to tell if the door is open. The mobile app is easy to use though you need to buy the August Connect before it works with a smart home system or allows remote access.
Detects lock picks
The Schlage Connect is the best Z-Wave lock. The Connect has a unique tamper alarm that detects lock picking attempts, not just forced entry like some other smart locks. The lock replaces your current deadbolt and meets standards for ANSI/BHMA Grade 1, which is the highest level of physical security a lock can achieve. It also has an auto-lock feature that locks your door after 30 seconds.
For those on a budget
The touchpad on the Obsidian has is the only thing you see on the outside of your door, there are no distracting keyholes. It is secure against lockpicking and has a Grade 2 ANSI/BHMA rating. This stunning smart door lock is very easy to use with or without a smart hub, though it works best when used as part of a smart home system.
Choosing the best smart lock for your home
As much as your classic house key may feel comforting and familiar, investing in a smart lock makes a whole lot of sense. Offering you a virtual key to your home via your smartphone or home assistant means you can always keep track of your home, even when you’re not in. That means no more stressing because you can’t remember if you locked the door. You can also allow people such as dog walkers and baby sitters into your home as and when you choose, which is great if you’re not quite comfortable trusting them with a permanent key, and you know better than to leave your spare under the doormat. This is also perfect for those with vacation rentals such as Airbnb properties, as you can add and remove guest codes at your convenience, or even set an expiry timer.