Oct 20th, 2020

Traditional door locks work just fine, but sometimes, it can be a bit inconvenient. Say you’re coming home from shopping and have your hands full, or if you’re out of town and you need someone to come over and check on things, but they don’t have the key. This is where smart locks can come in handy.

There are many options in the market today, but if you’re looking for a new smart lock for your home, then take a look at the list below where we’ve compiled some of the best smart locks of 2020.

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

When it comes to smart locks, we know that it can be intimidating with regards to the installation process, but that’s where August’s smart locks shine. As long as your door uses a traditional deadbolt, all you need to do is install the August smart lock over it and you’re done. This can be accomplished in minutes and will save you the time and cost of hiring a locksmith. It works with a bunch of digital assistants and smart home platforms, so you should be covered regardless of whether you’re an iOS or Android user.

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August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
  • A key that works everywhere. Lock the front door. And unlock it. From anywhere.
  • Connected right out of the box. August Wi-Fi Smart Lock requires no additional bridge to connect to Wi-Fi, so you get full voice and remote access functionality without the fuss. Requires 2.4GHz Wi-Fi...
  • Upgrade your existing lock. Easily attaches to your existing deadbolt on the inside of your door - so you can continue to use your existing keys.

August Smart Lock Pro

This is another option from August and one of the main differences is that the Pro version comes with longer battery life than the WiFi model. If you’re concerned about having to swap out batteries, then the Pro model could be a better option. For the most part, it does whatever the WiFi model does, including support for digital keys, notifications to let you know when the door has been opened or closed, and also the same quick and easy installation that August claims can be done in just 10 minutes or less.

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August Smart Lock Pro
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately). Wireless requirements-2.4GHertz Wi-Fi network. Connect Wi-Fi Bridge included.
  • Control and monitor your door from anywhere. Lock and unlock your door, control keyless access and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your phone. Alexa can also provide notifications when your...
  • Be sure you’re secure with DoorSense. Only August has DoorSense to tell you if your door is securely closed and locked. Holding force: 600 pounds

Schlage Encode

In case the quick and easy access of August’s smart locks feel a bit too simple for your tastes and you want perhaps a slightly more comprehensive security option, then Schlage’s Encode could be an option worth visiting. It installs over your deadbolt system and comes with a touch-capacitive numpad where you have to enter a code for it to unlock. Users can also generate codes that they can give to relatives/friends or Airbnb guests.

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Schlage Encode
  • Built-in WiFi allows you to lock/unlock from anywhere - no additional accessories required. Pair with the Schlage Home app or Key by Amazon app to create and manage up to 100 access codes for trusted...
  • WORKS WITH ALEXA. Check the status of your lock and lock / unlock your door. In addition, Alexa will let you know when your battery is running low or set-up smart reorders through Amazon Dash...
  • Fingerprint-resistant, capacitive touchscreen with easy one-touch locking. Optional voice control offers hands-free convenience when using voice-enabled products

Yale Real Living Assure SL

When it comes to locks, Yale is a name that has been in the business for a very long time, so it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that the company has since expanded its portfolio to include smart locks, like the Yale Real Living Assure SL. This is another numpad system but one of the main differences is that this has no key option. Yale claims that by not offering a key, there will essentially be no locks to pick, making it more secure.

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Yale Real Living Assure SL
  • Slimmest touchscreen deadbolt on the market from the #1 smart lock brand in 2017, voted by CEPro
  • Unlock your door without the hassle of keys using the touchscreen keypad lock the door behind you by simply tapping the keypad or by enabling auto relock
  • Create up to 25 unique pin codes to share with friends and family

Nest X Yale

If you’re invested in the Google Home ecosystem and want a smart lock that plays nicely with Google Home and Google Assistant, then the Nest X Yale lock could be for you. This is a collab between Google and Yale and it features a minimalist design with a touchpad design that you have to enter a code to unlock the door. This is also a key-free design that will make it more secure against more traditional lockpicking methods.

Nest X Yale
  • A tamper‑proof, key‑free deadbolt that connects
  • Lock and check your door status with your voice
  • You can unlock your door from your phone

Yale Assure Lever

So far most of the smart locks we’ve listed are based on the assumption that your door uses a deadbolt system. If you don’t have a deadbolt system, then Yale’s Assure Lever could be an alternative as this uses a more traditional lever/doorknob design. This is once again, another key-free design that also supports Bluetooth so it can unlock when it detects your phone is near, or users can also enter a passcode on the numpad.

Yale Assure Lever
  • Replaces your existing lever or knob on doors with a single hole (no deadbolt) that are 1-3/8" to 1-3/4" thick with just a screwdriver
  • No more fumbling with keys, the Assure Lever can unlock automatically via Bluetooth as you approach the door with your smartphone (optional feature) - No phone? Just enter your code on the touchscreen...
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Home Kit (Siri) so you can lock and unlock using just your voice. Alexa can also provide notifications when your battery is running low so you can...

ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro Smart Lock

The problem with passcodes is that it can be guessed or leaked. If you prefer a more secure way of entry that uses biometrics, then the ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro might be the lock for you. It features a fingerprint scanner that will authenticate the user, but there is also a numpad if you want to use codes. Unlike other models that feature a touch-based numpad, the U-Bolt Pro uses rubber buttons that are more tactile and more reassuring to the touch.

ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro Smart Lock
  • 6-in-1 Keyless Entry Smart Lock: Fingerprint + Anti-peep Keypad + Smartphone + Auto Unlock + Shake to Open + Mechanical Key
  • Anti-peep Keypad: You can type in any number of random digits, and can still gain access as long as the 1 correct password is embedded in the longer set of numbers
  • Auto lock / unlock: Locks automatically as you leave and unlocks when you arrive

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