Locksmiths are quickly delving into the world of smart home security. With so many options available on the market, it can be difficult to choose what’s best. Key features to look for in a smart home lock are security, price, and integration with other smart home devices. If you’re ready to stop wondering where you left your keys, a smart home lock might be the thing to make your life easier. Here are three of the best of the best of smart home locks from which to choose.
August Smart Home Lock
Coming in at around $200, this is one of the most affordable entries into the smart home lock category. With its ease of installation, your locksmith will have you digitally and mechanically secure in no time. The August smart home lock replaces the thumb turn on the inside of your deadbolt, so it is as secure as your current deadbolt.
The lock comes with an app for easy locking/unlocking and will automatically lock the door when you leave home. You can easily give out temporary keys to guests, and the device creates a log of who unlocks the door, giving you added security. Pair the device with a $79 August Connect WiFi adapter and the lock will also work with Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, and Apple’s Siri.
Yale Real Living Assure Lock
With a total cost somewhere north of $300 for all features, this is not the cheapest lock you can buy, but it is one of the most secure. The Yale Real Living Assure Lock features no physical lock whatsoever. You might worry at the lack of a physical key, but this greatly adds to your security, offering no way to easily pick or drill the lock.
The Assure lock offers five digital keys, with unlimited extras being available for only $2 each. With the addition of a network module, you can connect the lock to many popular smart home hubs including the Apple HomeKit, allowing easy voice control and integration with other smart home devices in your home.
The Schlage Sense is priced at around $300 and is one of the most durable and secure locks you can buy. The lock features ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 certification, which is the highest security rating for a residential lock. The device logs each use, and even records whether a key, code, or mobile app opened it – a feature few other locks deliver. The lock comes with a configurable auto-lock feature for greater security as well.
Add the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter and you can pair it with Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s HomeKit for voice commands and integration with other smart home features. The Schlage
Sense comes with a lifetime warranty for the mechanical components and the exterior finish, and a three-year warranty for the electronic components – the industry leader for warranty of a smart lock.
Your locksmith can walk you through some of the added features these locks offer, and how losing your keys may be one of the best things to happen for the security of your home.