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Best smart locks to buy for your home in 2020

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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
  • UPGRADE YOUR EXISTING DEADBOLT: August smart locks fit on the inside of your door, making your regular deadbolt smarter, more...
  • GRANT ACCESS WITH THE AUGUST APP: Forget key copying. Quickly and easily share permanent, scheduled or temporary access to...

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.

August Smart Lock Pro
  • Control and monitor your door from anywhere.
  • Always know who is coming and going.

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
  • Note: Measure your door's backset, cross bore and thickness to ensure you find the right fit

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.

Yale Real Living Assure SL
  • Lose your keys, for good: Unlock your door using your entry code on the keypad, and leave the bulky keychain behind. For use...
  • Auto-Lock for peace of mind: You didn’t forget to lock the door, your lock did it for you. Rest easy knowing that your door...

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.

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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...
  • Lock, unlock, share access and see who comes and goes from anywhere using the Yale Access App - no additional hub needed,...

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.

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ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro Smart Lock
  • 7-in-1 Keyless Entry Door Lock: Touch and Go 360° Fingerprint ID + Anti-peep Keypad + Smartphone App + Auto Unlock + Shake...
  • 360° Live Fingerprint ID: Just one touch to unlock your smart lock. No more fumbling around for keys. Stores up to 100...

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Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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