A connected smart door lock offers security and flexibility. It also lets you control access to your home with your phone and provide temporary guest access to anyone.
An excellent smart door lock needs to be at least as secure as a traditional deadbolt lock and add more convenience to your daily use in order to justify the price.
You might think installation is difficult but the majority of the smart locks we have tried have been self-install with a basic screwdriver and a quick 15 minutes. But while every lock is different, some installations go smoother than others.
A best smart lock has:
- Easy Setup: A Smart Lock which retrofits to your existing deadbolt in around 10 minutes without complicated install
- Remote Control For Your Door: A Smart lock which can be controlled and monitored remotely with Connect or Doorbell Cam.
- Know When Your Door is Closed: A Smart Locks which knows when your door is closed and locked.
Here are the main features of the smart locks we think is most important.
Wireless Connectivity and Unlocking
Most Smart Locks have either Bluetooth, Z-Wave or Wi-Fi or combination of these technologies to enable smart door unlocking based on proximity of cell phone or via phone app.
Numeric Keypad and Biometric Unlock
Some of the Smart Locks provide numeric keypads or fingerprint biometric sensors to enable unlocking without a phone or app. It helps you to enable access to multiple people in family without separate remotes
Guest Access without keys
Most smart locks enable you to provide temporary access for your guests without providing actual keys or permanent codes
Most of the locks offer one or more integrations with Amazon Alexa/Echo, IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings Hub, etc for home automation. It enables voice control and geo-fencing features for your smart locks