Discover the Pros and Cons of the Leading Smart Locks

Smart locks are creating waves in the home security industry. They are gaining traction because they offer increased protection as well as convenience for busy households. With the ability to pair to Wifi or Bluetooth technology, some keyless entry systems are able to sync with your smart home technology for further ease of use. Many smart locks allow for remote access so you can lock or unlock your home from anywhere. There are a number of automated smart entry systems now on the market but not all are created equal. This article will explore the pros and cons of some of the most well-known smart locks so you can find the one that’s right for you. 

Level Lock – Touch Edition

This discreet lock has a lot going on beneath the surface. Although small in size, within the interior, there is a complete deadbolt system. Easy to install and capable of multiple entry options, this smart lock offers a lot in a seemingly innocuous package. With “touch to unlock” access, Bluetooth pairing, and works with Apple HomeKit, the Level Lock comes with all the bells and whistles. 

Pros: Multiple access options. Bluetooth pairing capabilities. Geofencing. Physical keys provided. Extremely easy to install. 

Cons: One of the pricier options. 

Kwikset Halo Touchscreen

This keyless entry system is almost entirely reliant on fingerprint scanning. With the option of loading up to 100 fingerprints, owners can register family and friends to have access to their home. However, as the Kwikset has prioritized the fingerprint scanner, it has not allowed for a variety of additional access capacities. There is no passcode function or keypad should someone not have their fingerprint registered which could become an issue if the house has a lot of visitors that require entry. 

Pros: A large fingerprint registry allows for multiple verified entrants. 

Cons: Fingerprint scanning setup can be very time-consuming. The lack of a keypad means new users may not be able to use the system until verified. 

August Home Smart Lock Pro + Connect

This minimalist design is perfect for homes that want something more modern looking. The August Home Smart Lock Pro is capable of pairing with Wifi and Bluetooth so you can control the lock from your phone. The August is equipped with geofencing capabilities so it will lock your door immediately should you leave your house. This high-tech system does come with a steeper price tag as it requires a bridging device to pair with your smart devices. 

Pros: Sleek and contemporary design that doesn’t look like a traditional deadbolt. Able to pair with smart home technology. Can be controlled remotely. 

Cons: Pricier and requires some additional setup to connect to home devices.

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

A sturdy option, the Schlage offers both a keypad and smartphone option for entry. Although a more pronounced looking lock, the Schlage has multiple access choices. Owners are able to install the system themselves and if they run into issues, Schlage offers a support team.  Although Sense Smart is able to pair with smart technology, it requires a bridging device to do so, thus adding to the cost. 

Pros: Affordable price. Has geofencing capabilities to unlock as you approach the door. 

Cons: Overt in its design, the smart lock can look clunky on a more traditional door design. Requires an additional system for smart technology pairing. 

Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Deadbolt

Similar in design to the Schlage, the Yale is outfitted with a keypad. Offering touchscreen access, this smart lock allows for quick access and easy installation. Yale offers helpful video instructions through their website and Youtube channel on how best to set up your system. The Yale Assure can be paired with your smart home technology. This keyless entry device can be locked or unlocked remotely. With an additional alarm option, the Assure will sound if someone is trying to get into your home without verification. 

Pros: Easy pairing with smart tech. Easy installation. 

Cons: Higher price tag and requires a monthly subscription. 

With so many options available, it might feel overwhelming to choose the best smart lock for your home. When looking at a keyless entry system, it’s important to consider your lifestyle, your needs, and your current setup. If you are busy, constantly having people in and out of the house, it would be pertinent to choose a system that allows multiple entries and remote access. If you have a smart home system, installing a lock that pairs with your existing devices would make for ease of use throughout your house. Smart locks are designed for increased security and quality of life. By weighing the pros and cons of each of the leading key-free mechanisms, you’ll be able to determine which one is right for you. 

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