Quality home door locks on their own are not exactly the cheapest product you will find for your home so finding a "smart" one with additional connectivity chips, batteries are even more expensive.
That being said as the smart lock market matures and the number of door locks being sold has increased in popularity we have also seen their prices begin to fall.
For this guide we have only listed locks with a price of under $179 retail price.
We will continue to scour the web looking for the best deals on the locks and post any specials or sales that we find here.
Our Quick Picks
In general with the budget offerings you will lose touchscreen capability and lose long range remote monitoring and control (usually locks can be outfitted with this for an extra $50-$80 add-on device but then you would be out of our sub $179 total budget price point)
Here our some of our favorite budget friendly picks based on some common filters for people in the market.
Things to consider
Your door Fit
One of the first things to consider before falling in love with one particular model is to make sure it fits with your door in size and lock type.
Locks typically come in a few standard configurations
- Attach on your deadbolt (only 1 model on the market is like this)
- Interior deadbolt replacement where on the outside your door looks the same but the interior deadbolt section controls the lock and is replaced
- Complete deadbolt replacement
- Handle / Lever / Knob replacement where you only have one hole on your door
- Integrated lock where your deadbolt and handle are in one mechanism where they lock but are separated on the door
- Mortise - a fully integrated system
You can click on the images below to filter down the cheapest door locks that fit each particular door type.
If you are looking for the ability to add access codes for your kids and guests or to make sure the delivery gets into your home safely there are several options these locks accomplish this.
Some have them built-in and will include either push buttons or commonly a touchscreen that will light up as you approach.
The other option is to add a keypad accessory that is installed next to your door and communications to the lock.
The third is via the locks smart phone app which can act as a key for other users.
For the cheapest smart locks the offerings will mostly be via app and possibly with a button keypad. Touchscreen and accessory keypads will push the prices higher than our price limit.
Integration with smart home ecosystems
Do you already have an Alexa, Apple TV or a smart home hub in your home?
Many of the smart locks on the market let you:
- Check status of your lock from your phone
- Lock and unlock the door using voice control
- Have your lock be a part of a "recipe" like a good night mode that turns off lights, locks door and sets security system.
Click on the buttons below to filter the budget friendly smart lock options by which systems they are compatible with.
Additional Smart Lock Features
Smart locks also come with a range of other features that could be the deciding factor for your purchase.
Check or manage your lock while away from your home
One of the most sought after smart lock features is the ability to add access codes and monitor the activity of your home or apartment while you are away at work or on vacation.
Automatically lock behind you or unlock as you approach
With this feature you can have your door automatically lock behind you after a certain amount of time (typically 30 seconds) or have it use your phone's GPS and Bluetooth to automatically unlock the door as you approach.
Fingerprint or Touchscreen
Use your fingerprint to open your door or a touchscreen
With this feature you can either open the door using an access code and a back-lit touchscreen or your fingerprint to securely open your doors.
Budget Friendly Lock Comparison (Under $179.00 Retail Price)
(Available for: Price not available)
AKASO Smart Lock
Finish Options: Black
Connectivity Options: Bluetooth
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
- The auto lock feature automatically locks the door after 30 seconds whenever someone enters or leaves the building.
- The deadbolt feature prevents access from outside until it is securely released from the inside – a valuable security perk.
- “Low battery” alerts so you never run out of charge (if you do a backup 9v recharge system allows you to get in).
- Can use physical key or codes to get in
- Built-in intrusion alarm will sound during any lock tampering.
- The locking mechanism can be buggy and inconsistent, meaning the door sometimes remains unlocked.
- Access codes do not always work properly.
- Poor customer service means that problems can take a long time to resolve.
- Users must be within Bluetooth range of the lock to adjust any settings.
- No Wifi Access for remote locking from a distance.
- Lack of integrations with smart home ecosystems
- Uses 3rd part app
(Available for: $229.99)
Finish Options: Nickel
Connectivity Options: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub, Z-Wave Plus, and Zigbee
Siri Support: Yes with add-on hub
Alexa Support: Yes
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
- Four tailored versions for integration with popular smart home hubs: HomeKit & Bluetooth, Z-Wave & Bluetooth, Zigbee & Bluetooth, and Bluetooth-only.
- Simple installation and calibration, with extensive documentation to speed things up.
- A range of smart features including auto-unlock, twist assist, and geofencing
- Estimated 12 months battery life.
- Can be paired with the Danapad, a manual keypad enabling keyless entry for visitors – without downloading an app.
- Remote locking with versions that have Z-Wave or Zigbee and future integration with their to be released DanaBridge.
- No remote controlling options, though this should be corrected when the Danabridge V3 Plug launches this year.
- No native compatibility with Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
- Loud noise during locking and unlocking.
- Homekit version does not support auto-unlock or digital key sharing features.
Your Danalock V3 options:
How do the different Danalock V3 models compare?
(Available for: $174.47)
Finish Options: Bronze, Chrome, and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Z-Wave, Z-Wave Plus, and Zigbee
Alexa Support: Yes with add-on hub
iOS App: No
Android App: No
- Plays well with top ranking smart home hubs like Wink, SmartThings and Vera
- Wide range of finish and style choices
- Backed by solid Kwikset warranty
- Integrated with wide range of Z-Wave or Zigbee security systems like ADT, Alarm.com with many users saying this is the best feature.
- No dedicated smart phone app so any app integration will come from your smart home hub like SmartThings app
- Cannot set new access codes remotely
- A few user complaints on battery life and build quality.
Your Kwikset 910 options:
How do the different versions of the 910 smartlock compare?
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