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2019 Buyers Guide

Homekit Smart Locks

In the market for a smart lock that is Apple Homekit enabled?

Below we dive into your options and what you should look out for when making a purchase.

August Smart Lock Pro 3rd GenAugust Smart Lock Pro 3rd Gen logo Homekit Smart Lock 1 image
$181.72
Schlage SenseSchlage Sense logo Homekit Smart Lock 2 image
$197.67
Kwikset PremisKwikset Premis logo Homekit Smart Lock 3 image
$159.92
Yale Assure Lock SLYale Assure Lock SL logo Homekit Smart Lock 4 image
$227.93
Homekit Lock Overview
Homekit-Connectivity

If you are already all in on your Siri and Apple Homekit ecosystem for your home it makes sense to round it out with a Homekit enabled lock out of the box

Homekit Lock Pros

  • Will work with your Apple Watch, Apple TV, etc and control it from your iPhone
  • Use Siri voice controls
  • If you have a HomePod or 4th Gen or up Apple TV you will be able to control your lock while you are away from your home or apartment.

Homekit Lock Cons:

  • Integrations with other smart home hub devices will be limited. If this is a priority we suggest you look at either a Wi-Fi or Z-Wave enabled locks.

What is the best Homekit enabled smart lock to buy?

The smart lock market has a large range of options and configurations to choose from ranging from door fit and installation to making sure it works well with other smart home devices and your phone. But which one should you buy?

Here are the main points to consider when shopping for a new lock for your door, as well as the best smart locks we've tested.

Our Quick Picks

Short on time? Here our some of our favorite picks based on some common filters.

Lock
Yale Assure Lock SL
August Pro 3rd Gen
Schlage Sense
Yale Assure Lock SL - Key Free Smart Lock with Touchscreen Keypad - Works with Apple HomeKit and...
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Hub - Wi-Fi Smart Lock for Keyless Entry - Works with Alexa, Google...
SCHLAGE Sense Smart Deadbolt with Century Trim in Satin Nickel (BE479 CEN 619)
Best For
Budget option & for touchscreen
Good standalone app
Specific finish options
Lock Type
Deadbolt Replacement
Interior Deadbolt Replacement
Deadbolt Replacement
Alexa Integration?
No
Yes, with Wi-Fi hub add-on
Yes, with Wi-Fi hub add-on
Siri / Homekit Integration?
Yes
Yes
Yes, in Bluetooth range of out the box
User Reviews
145 Reviews
5,172 Reviews
1,470 Reviews
Price
$227.93
$167.00
$173.74
Lock
Yale Assure Lock SL
Yale Assure Lock SL - Key Free Smart Lock with Touchscreen Keypad - Works with Apple HomeKit and...
Best For
Budget option & for touchscreen
Lock Type
Deadbolt Replacement
Alexa Integration?
No
Siri / Homekit Integration?
Yes
User Reviews
145 Reviews
Price
$227.93
Where to Buy
Our Review
Lock
August Pro 3rd Gen
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Hub - Wi-Fi Smart Lock for Keyless Entry - Works with Alexa, Google...
Best For
Good standalone app
Lock Type
Interior Deadbolt Replacement
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with Wi-Fi hub add-on
Siri / Homekit Integration?
Yes
User Reviews
5,172 Reviews
Price
$167.00
Where to Buy
Our Review
Lock
Schlage Sense
SCHLAGE Sense Smart Deadbolt with Century Trim in Satin Nickel (BE479 CEN 619)
Best For
Specific finish options
Lock Type
Deadbolt Replacement
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with Wi-Fi hub add-on
Siri / Homekit Integration?
Yes, in Bluetooth range of out the box
User Reviews
1,470 Reviews
Price
$173.74
Where to Buy
Our Review

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

  1. Attach on your deadbolt (only 1 model on the market is like this)
  2. Interior deadbolt replacement where on the outside your door looks the same but the interior deadbolt section controls the lock and is replaced
  3. Complete deadbolt replacement
  4. Handle / Lever / Knob replacement where you only have one hole on your door
  5. Integrated lock where your deadbolt and handle are in one mechanism where they lock but are separated on the door
  6. Mortise - a fully integrated system

You can click on the images below to filter down the Bluetooth door locks that fit each particular door type.

Handle / Knob

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Deadbolt Replacement

Deadbolt Replacement

Interior Deadbolt Replacement

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Mortise

Mortise Smart Lock

Access Codes

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.

Access Codes

Integration with smart home ecosystems

Do you already have a 4th Gen Apple TV or HomePod 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.
Homekit

Additional Smart Lock Features

Smart locks also come with a range of other features that could be the deciding factor for your purchase.

Features Remote Lock

Remote Locking

Check or manage your lock while away from your home

Most of the time Bluetooth connectivity is not going to be the best option for you if you want this out of the box without having to purchase an additional bridge device or smart home hub.

At the moment only one lock has the ability to generate and manage keys remotely without an additional device.

Features Autolock

Proximity Locking

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.

Features Fingerprint

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.

Homekit Lock Comparison

Homekit Smart Lock 5 image
Retail Price $299.00
(Available for: $299.00)
Our Review
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Homekit Smart Lock 8 imageInterior View
Homekit Smart Lock 9 imageExterior View

Yale Assure Lever Lock


Lock Type: Handle or Knob Replacement
Finish Options: Bronze and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Apple Homekit, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub, Z-Wave, and Zigbee
Google Assistant: Yes with add-on hub
Siri Support: Yes
Alexa Support: Yes
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • Multiple connectivity options including Wifi and Bluetooth via the August Connect version or Z-Wave and Zigbee to connect to your existing smart home hub or security systems.
  • The August Connect version will use the August app for everything which has nice benefits for integrations and access codes, etc.
  • Remotely locking with all of the connected versions.
  • Can get a version with physical buttons if you don’t like touchscreens and would like to save on some battery life.
Cons
  • Could be a benefit but not having a physical key slot or backup key could be seen as a downside
  • Confusing branding between Yale and August (Yale’s parent company purchased August in 2017) in terms of figuring out what apps to use, what will connect with what.
  • No real dedicated app for the Yale Assure line. Reliant on 3rd party apps for control and they each have their own levels of ability with regards to access codes, remote locking, etc.
  • Only a few finish options are available.

Once you get past the confusing line-up of Yale Assure and August connectivity this lever lock offers a full feature set and could be a perfect fit for you if you are looking for a clean lever/handle replacement.

The lock offers several types of connectivity options which can be confusing including a Z-Wave and Zigbee version which will work well for those of you already with a home hub or smart security system like Alarm.com or SmartThings. The second option is to go with the August Connect version which connects via Bluetooth and Wifi via a small hub that plugs into a wall socket. This version gives you remote locking and monitoring out of the box without another hub.

If you are really needing a backup physical key you will need to look elsewhere as this lock has no key access at all.

The lock does not have its own dedicated smart phone app and relies heavily on either the August app if you have that version or your smart home hub app. This has some positives if you are already familiar with those systems but confusing if this is your first “smart” product.

Additional options for you include either a touch screen or physical button version.

Overall the Yale Assure lever is a solid option that has good user reviews and a wide range of connectivity options to fit your exact needs.

Your Yale Assure Lever Lock options:
Comparisons

How do the different Yale lever locks compare to each other?

Version
Buttons with August Connect
Buttons with Z-Wave
Touchscreen with Z-Wave
Touchscreen with August Connect
Yale Assure Lever, Wi-Fi Smart Door Lever (for doors with no deadbolt) - Works with Yale Access App,...
Yale Assure Smart Keypad Lever with Z-Wave Plus, Works with Ring Alarm, Samsung SmartThings, Wink...
Yale Assure Lever - Smart Touchscreen Lever with Z-Wave Plus - Works with Ring Alarm, Samsung...
Yale Assure Lever, Wi-Fi Smart Lever - Works with the Yale Access App, Amazon Alexa, Google...
$279.00
$282.16
$284.48
$299.00
32 Reviews
4 Reviews
108 Reviews
108 Reviews
Wifi Connectivity
Bluetooth Connectivity
Zigbee Connectivity
Z-Wave Connectivity
Homekit Siri Support
Yes
Possible via your smart home hub
Possible via your smart home hub
Yes
Google Assistant Support
Yes
Possible via your smart home hub
Possible via your smart home hub
Yes
Alexa Support
Yes
Possible via your smart home hub
Possible via your smart home hub
Yes
Physical Buttons
Touchscreen
Version
Buttons with August Connect
Yale Assure Lever, Wi-Fi Smart Door Lever (for doors with no deadbolt) - Works with Yale Access App,...
$279.00
32 Reviews
Wifi Connectivity
Bluetooth Connectivity
Zigbee Connectivity
Z-Wave Connectivity
Homekit Siri Support
Yes
Google Assistant Support
Yes
Alexa Support
Yes
Physical Buttons
Touchscreen
Version
Buttons with Z-Wave
Yale Assure Smart Keypad Lever with Z-Wave Plus, Works with Ring Alarm, Samsung SmartThings, Wink...
$282.16
4 Reviews
Wifi Connectivity
Bluetooth Connectivity
Zigbee Connectivity
Z-Wave Connectivity
Homekit Siri Support
Possible via your smart home hub
Google Assistant Support
Possible via your smart home hub
Alexa Support
Possible via your smart home hub
Physical Buttons
Touchscreen
Version
Touchscreen with Z-Wave
Yale Assure Lever - Smart Touchscreen Lever with Z-Wave Plus - Works with Ring Alarm, Samsung...
$284.48
108 Reviews
Wifi Connectivity
Bluetooth Connectivity
Zigbee Connectivity
Z-Wave Connectivity
Homekit Siri Support
Possible via your smart home hub
Google Assistant Support
Possible via your smart home hub
Alexa Support
Possible via your smart home hub
Physical Buttons
Touchscreen
Version
Touchscreen with August Connect
Yale Assure Lever, Wi-Fi Smart Lever - Works with the Yale Access App, Amazon Alexa, Google...
$299.00
108 Reviews
Wifi Connectivity
Bluetooth Connectivity
Zigbee Connectivity
Z-Wave Connectivity
Homekit Siri Support
Yes
Google Assistant Support
Yes
Alexa Support
Yes
Physical Buttons
Touchscreen

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Option 2) Add a compatible smart home hub

Got the Z-Wave version but don’t have a smart home hub yet? Here are some of your options.

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