Of all the smart home gadgets out there,?smart locks?are some of the best problem-solvers when it comes to everyday annoyances. Forget your keys? No problem. Need to let in a friend or service provider? Easy-peasy. Forgot to lock the door before tucked into bed? Don't worry. You can manage all of that with the tap of a button or an easy voice command with a smart lock at your door.?
Picking the right smart lock for your home depends on a few things. For some, scheduling and user code limits will be important. For others, having a lock that can be retrofit and not replace the deadbolt is a must-have. We've tested the best-selling smart locks on the market today and these are our favorites.?
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The $279 August Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle includes a retrofit August Smart Lock Pro, a Connect Wi-Fi module and a DoorSense open/close sensor.?
This smart lock supports Z-Wave (hub not included) and works with Apple HomeKit. With the Wi-Fi module set up, you'll get Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, as well as remote access to your lock for when you're not home.?
The Smart Lock Pro is a capable, easy-to-install smart lock and the winner of our CNET Editors' Choice Award.?
Read our full review of the August Smart Lock Pro.?
August's $219 third-generation Smart Lock + Connect bundle comes with a DoorSense open/close sensor and Connect Wi-Fi module. The low profile, retrofit design means you won't need to replace your deadbolt, making it great for renters.?
The August Smart Lock with the Connect setup works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and is controllable remotely through the August mobile app. You won't get Apple HomeKit compatibility or Z-Wave smarts for connecting to a hub. Still, it's a moderately priced, capable smart lock.?
Read our full review of the August Smart Lock.?
Yale's SL Touchscreen Deadbolt has a small, sleek design that looks good on nearly every door, and it comes in three finishes. The newest $299 bundle includes August smarts with a Connected by August Kit (Wi-Fi module and DoorSense sensors) and works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit.?
There's also a version with interchangeable modules for Zigbee or Z-Wave if you need to connect your lock to a smart home hub. Those modules cost $50 each.?
Read our full review of the Yale Assure SL Touchscreen Deadbolt.?
The $249 Schlage Encode doesn't do it all. You won't get HomeKit compatibility, and you're limited to 100 user codes. Still, I'm a big fan because you won't need a Z-wave or Zigbee hub or Wi-Fi module to connect this lock to your smart home.?
It includes built-in Wi-Fi and works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant with simple account linking through their apps. It's also compatible with Amazon Key for in-home delivery services. It's available in both modern and traditional styles and multiple finishes.?
Read our full review of the Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt.?
Other models we've tested
: Nest and Yale partnered up for a Google-centric smart lock. This $279 smart lock has the good looks of Yale's earlier models, but it isn't quite as capable when it comes to smart home integration.?
Kevo Plus connect module.: Kwikset's $222 second-gen Kevo is a good Bluetooth smart lock and a simple answer to smartening your door if you don't need remote access. If you do, you'll need to purchase the
Alexa.?: Schlage's $175 Sense smart lock is affordable but clunky, and not as simple to set up as its Encode sibling. You'll also need a Schlage Wi-Fi adapter to connect with Google Assistant or
Things to remember
Smart locks add convenience, but it's important to remember that this is first and foremost a security device. It's important to take security features seriously. Use a PIN for any voice unlocking, and make sure you only give access codes to people you trust. Enabling the auto relock feature is also a good idea, so the door will lock behind you if you forget.?
If your smart home is based in Wi-Fi voice assistants and you don't use hubs, I'd recommend a lock that works with Wi-Fi (or at least a Wi-Fi adapter). Consider whether you'd like a keypad and can replace your deadbolt (you'll need new physical keys), or prefer a simpler, retrofit design.?
No matter which smart lock you choose, adding one to your smart home offers a lot of advantages. With these tips and a good smart lock on your door, managing access for family members, roommates, service providers and guests is a breeze.?