Nowadays it feels like everything in our homes is connected to the internet, from our kettles to our TV's, but one of the areas with smart technology that is thriving is smart security and especially smart locks.
Smart locks have come a long way in both technology and design. The best smart locks on the market are not only super effective, but they also look like designer pieces that give a touch of style to your front door.
From August to Kwikset to Yale, there is a wide range of smart lock input methods and designs, from touchscreens that completely omit the keyway, to those that you do not even know are smart locks from the outside. The key is to discover which smart lock works well for you, your door and your home.
We have compiled this manual for the best smart locks on the market and unlike these products you do not need a special code to access our expert advice on which locks are right for you.
Smart lock Nest x Yale
An excellent smart lock … if you own other Nest products
Dimensions: Outside: 2.59 "x 4.59" x .08 "(6.58 x 11.65 x 1.79 cm) / Interior: 2.78 x 7.03" x 2.02 "(7.06 x 17.86 x 5.12 cm) Weight: 2.42 lbs (1.03 kg) Power: 4 AA batteries (included) Battery life: 1 year
As the name suggests, the Nest x Yale slot can be integrated with your Nest Smart Home products, so this device reaches far beyond your front door. It is an excellent smart lock anywhere, but especially if your home is furnished with other Nest devices.
Setup is often a bottleneck when it comes to smart locks, but the Nest x Yale lock is easy to install and connect to your Internet (if you think about Nest Connect, in other words).
The lock has a keyboard on the outside, so you pick up a code to enter your house, instead of inserting a key. This is great if you push the keys all the way into your pockets or handbag.
A nice feature is "one-touch locking", with which you can lock your door by pressing the Yale logo. To unlock with the same method, press the logo again and follow a few more steps before your door is opened for you. There is also the option to lock the Nest x Yale at a pre-set time, especially useful if you often forget to close your door at night.
The Next x Yale lock is available in satin nickel, oil rubbed bronze and polished brass, so it does not matter what your style is, you should find something that fits.
Read our smart review of the Nest x Yale slot
Schlage Sense Smart Lock
A solid smart lock that is a bit on the side
Dimensions: Exterior: 3 "x 5" x 1 "/ Interior: 3" x 8 "x 2" | Power: 4 AA batteries (included)
Easy to install
Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit integration
The Schalge Sense is another easy to install and use slim lock, although its size is a bit on the bulky side.
You can lock and unlock your doors directly from the app or by entering codes on the keypad. There is a deadbolt on the inner part of the lock when you want to lock the door from your house.
With the app you can create and delete codes, useful if you want to generate codes for house guests. However, if you want to use this function, you must do so via Wi-Fi or via the built-in Bluetooth of the slot. In our own tests we used the app to lock our front door at night, after we had already gone to bed and under the covers.
The app leaves something to be desired, and you will have to be patient to deal with broken connections every now and then.
The Schlage Sense works with Apple's HomeKit, so you can control your lock with devices such as an Apple TV, iPad or HomePod loudspeaker via the HomeKit app.
The slot also supports Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can only use your voice to unlock and lock the device.
August Smart Lock Pro
Wi-Fi connected smarts in a discrete package
Dimensions: 3.4 "x 3.4" Power: 4 AA batteries (included) necessary: Wi-Fi bridge
Sold with wifi bridge
The August Smart Lock Pro is one of the best looking smart locks on the market, but from the outside you would never know that it is there.
That's because your night lock looks exactly the same on the outside (in fact, this is the same one you've always had), while the August Smart Lock Pro puck is on the inside. This provides a discreet lock that you still use your existing keys, if you want.
With the August app you can see if your door is closed and locked. If you leave the house and approach it again, it will be unlocked automatically when you are 20-30 feet away from your door, allowing easy access without a key.
Conversely, the lock is automatically screwed into place when you leave the house hastily and you can check if your door is safe with your smartphone.
You can also send keyless codes to visitors or to everyone who regularly visits your home, and keep track of who comes in and out of your door. Finally, you can operate the August Smart Lock Pro with the voice assistant of your choice: Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant.
You need a Wi-Fi bridge to unlock the full potential of the August Smart Lock Pro and a device called the Connect is included when you buy the lock.
Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock
No key required with this interface with touch screen only
Dimensions: 3.5 "x 5.4" x 9.9 "| Weight: 3.01 pounds Power: 1 9V battery
Create up to 16 access codes
Some may miss a key
As the name suggests, the Kwikset Obsidian is a great looking smart slot. It cuddles tightly against the door for a low profile and has a glassy shine that adds a touch of elegance to every door.
It is completely keywayless, meaning there is no place to insert a key. Instead, codes are entered via the touch screen; you can create up to 16 access codes for family and friends.
The lock also includes a patented Kwikset security feature called SecureScreen that basically prevents anyone from seeing where you touched the screen to enter your code (it generates random numbers you need to press before entering your actual access code).
This is to prevent someone from just looking at where your fingerprints are sweeping and copying the code that way. The Kwikset Obsidian distinguishes itself in more than one way from the smart lock crowd.