Indoor Smart Lock

2019 Buyers Guide

Indoor Smart Lock Guide

In the market for a smart lock to fit on an interior door to keep your roommates, brother/sister or kids out of a certain room?

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

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Most smart locks that you have seen on the market are designed for exterior doors and deadbolts with both a hole for a handle as well as the deadbolt. What if you are needing to lock an interior door to keep a roommate/brother/sister out or maybe even your wine room, etc?

You are in luck with a few locks designed for this specific purpose in mind.

Budget Option

Turbolock TL-111 Pro

The Bluetooth Turbolock Tl-111 lets you program up to nine user passcodes and one admin passcode along with sharing encrypted eKeys directly with friends or reviewing activity on the lock.

4 AAA batteries should give you a year of battery life, and in case of those failing you can use the  micro-USB port on the lock to temporarily power up the lock and get you inside.

App: Turbolock Plus Android / iOS

The company also offers the TurboLock TL-99 but the lock and its app have not received good reviews from users so we have left it off this list for now.

Turbolock

Alternative

If for some reason you cannot replace your actual door knob this is lock offers an additional possibility for you.

Retail Price $109.99
(Available for: $109.99)
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WAFU Tiger Lock


Lock Type: Other Floor or On door
Finish Options: Pewter
Connectivity Options: Bluetooth
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • Audio alerts for low batteries.
  • Comes with a remote key fob to easily unlock.
  • Cannot be seen from exterior door.
  • Has an emergency indoor unlocking mechanism.
Cons
  • For Bluetooth access you have to have an additional USB accessory devices
  • Not a ton of reviews from people who have used both the lock and the Bluetooth accessory
  • You have to drill holes in your door in order to use the lock

The Wafu Tiger lock is one of the few “Tiger” style locks available for purchase today.

Perfect for interior doors or cabinets that wouldn’t fit traditional smart locks the Wafu version comes with additional key fobs for remote opening and locking as well as the ability to purchase a USB Bluetooth accessory that can lock and unlock the device using your phone.

The lock has a few drawbacks including no access code support for the app and a short battery life of only 6 months on two AA batteries that are not even included in the package.

That being said if you really need this style lock for your door this is one of the only commercially available locks on the market for you and worth a shot.

Your WAFU Tiger Lock options:
remote locking smart lock option icon

Add remote locking

Do you want the added convenience of locking and unlocking your door or cabinet from your phone? Add this additional Bluetooth USB device.

Additional Knob/Handle/Lever Smart Locks

Although designed for exterior door use, these locks will also work on a single drilled hole handled/knob lock typical of an interior door handle and due to their popularity will be better supported than the two locks listed above.

Retail Price $299.00
(Available for: $299.00)
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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 Security YRL236-CBA-619 Assure Key Free Smart Keypad Lever Lock, Satin Nickel
Yale Security YRL236-ZW2-619 Assure Smart Keypad Lever Lock, Satin Nickel
Yale Security YRL256-ZW2-619 Assure Smart Lever Lock with Z-Wave, Satin Nickel
Yale Security YRL256-CBA-619 Assure Connected by August WiFi + Bluetooth Smart Touchscreen Lever Lock, Satin Nickel
$279.00
$199.00
from $149.00
$299.00
23 Reviews
23 Reviews
57 Reviews
57 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 Security YRL236-CBA-619 Assure Key Free Smart Keypad Lever Lock, Satin Nickel
$279.00
23 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 Security YRL236-ZW2-619 Assure Smart Keypad Lever Lock, Satin Nickel
$199.00
23 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 Security YRL256-ZW2-619 Assure Smart Lever Lock with Z-Wave, Satin Nickel
from $149.00
57 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 Security YRL256-CBA-619 Assure Connected by August WiFi + Bluetooth Smart Touchscreen Lever Lock, Satin Nickel
$299.00
57 Reviews
Wifi Connectivity
Bluetooth Connectivity
Zigbee Connectivity
Z-Wave Connectivity
Homekit Siri Support
Yes
Google Assistant Support
Yes
Alexa Support
Yes
Physical Buttons
Touchscreen

smart lock hub option icon

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.

Retail Price $249.99
(Available for: from $199.99)
Our Review

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Lockly (pin genie) Secure


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement and Handle or Knob Replacement
Finish Options: Bronze and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub
Google Assistant: Yes with add-on hub
Alexa Support: Yes with add-on hub
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • Users can send time-restricted codes via text or email to grant guest access.
  • The patented Pin Genie digital touchscreen scrambles codes so prying eyes can’t detect your code.
  • The lock comes with a backup 9v battery for use in the case of battery failure.
  • ‘Do not disturb’ mode disables the access keypad at any time.
  • Suitable for outdoor use and is proven to work between 4 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fingerprint access for up to 99 users.
Cons
  • The touch screen can be difficult to view in direct sunlight, especially with scrambled layouts.
  • The smartphone app can be a little tricky.
  • Poor customer service means that problems can take a long time to resolve.
  • Need additional Wifi hub for remote locking and integration with Alexa and Google Home.

The Lockly Secure lock keeps things simple, with all the no-frills features that a smart lock needs. While it boasts fewer accessibility features than some rival products, the product is more reliable and secure than most.

Connection to the lock is via Bluetooth – not WiFi out of the box (you will need to add a Wifi bridge to get these capabilities)- but users can also use access codes or the hard keys which come with the lock.

Lockly also boasts tremendous battery life, but provides a backup 9V battery for emergency use.

At its mid-range price point, this smart lock performs extremely well, without the bugs and problematic performance of most rivals and with a large range of features that competitors are missing.

Your Lockly (pin genie) Secure options:
Comparisons

Your first decision with the Lockly product link is to choose between Handle or Deadbolt replacement then if you need the fingerprint access feature (These are called Lockly Plus)

Title
Lockly Secure: Deadbolt
Lockly Secure Plus: Deadbolt
Lockly Secure: Handle
Lockly Secure Plus: Handle
Lockly Keyless Entry Smart Lock, PIN Genie Door Lock (PGD 728) with Discreet Peek-Proof Touchscreen Keypad, Bluetooth Enabled, Auto Lock, Battery Backup & Easy Installation (Venetian Bronze)
Lockly Bluetooth Keyless Entry Smart Door Lock (PGD 728F) Patented Keypad/Alarm System | Advanced 3D Fingerprint Reader | iOS and Android Compatible (VenetianBronze)
Lockly Bluetooth Keyless Entry Door Latch Smart Lock (PGD628) | Advanced Touchscreen System | Discrete PIN Code | iOS Android App | Auto Lock | Battery Backup & DIY Install (SatinNickel)
Lockly Bluetooth Keyless Fingerprint Smart Lock (PGD628F) | Advanced LED Touchscreen Panel | Discrete PIN Code Input | iOS Android | Auto Lock | Designed for Latch Door (VenetianBronze)
from $199.99
from $240.00
from $229.99
$279.99
161 Reviews
118 Reviews
22 Reviews
11 Reviews
Lock Type
Deadbolt Replacement
Deadbolt replacement w/ fingerprint access
Handle replacement
Handle replacement w/ Fingerprint access
Fingerprint Access
Remote Locking?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
With Wifi Bridge add-on
With Wifi Bridge add-on
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Alexa Support?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
With Wifi Bridge add-on
With Wifi Bridge add-on
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Google Assistant Support?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
With Wifi Bridge add-on
With Wifi Bridge add-on
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Siri / Homekit Support
from $199.99
from $240.00
from $229.99
$279.99
Title
Lockly Secure: Deadbolt
Lockly Keyless Entry Smart Lock, PIN Genie Door Lock (PGD 728) with Discreet Peek-Proof Touchscreen Keypad, Bluetooth Enabled, Auto Lock, Battery Backup & Easy Installation (Venetian Bronze)
from $199.99
161 Reviews
Lock Type
Deadbolt Replacement
Fingerprint Access
Remote Locking?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Alexa Support?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Google Assistant Support?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Siri / Homekit Support
from $199.99
Title
Lockly Secure Plus: Deadbolt
Lockly Bluetooth Keyless Entry Smart Door Lock (PGD 728F) Patented Keypad/Alarm System | Advanced 3D Fingerprint Reader | iOS and Android Compatible (VenetianBronze)
from $240.00
118 Reviews
Lock Type
Deadbolt replacement w/ fingerprint access
Fingerprint Access
Remote Locking?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Alexa Support?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Google Assistant Support?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Siri / Homekit Support
from $240.00
Title
Lockly Secure: Handle
Lockly Bluetooth Keyless Entry Door Latch Smart Lock (PGD628) | Advanced Touchscreen System | Discrete PIN Code | iOS Android App | Auto Lock | Battery Backup & DIY Install (SatinNickel)
from $229.99
22 Reviews
Lock Type
Handle replacement
Fingerprint Access
Remote Locking?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Alexa Support?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Google Assistant Support?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Siri / Homekit Support
from $229.99
Title
Lockly Secure Plus: Handle
Lockly Bluetooth Keyless Fingerprint Smart Lock (PGD628F) | Advanced LED Touchscreen Panel | Discrete PIN Code Input | iOS Android | Auto Lock | Designed for Latch Door (VenetianBronze)
$279.99
11 Reviews
Lock Type
Handle replacement w/ Fingerprint access
Fingerprint Access
Remote Locking?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Alexa Support?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Google Assistant Support?
With Wifi Bridge add-on
Siri / Homekit Support
$279.99

lock finish

Option 1) Pick a finish

Pick out the look that matches your door and house style.

remote locking smart lock option icon

Option 2) Add Remote Locking

If you are looking to add Alexa and Google Assistant support along with long distance remote locking you will need to add a Wifi Bridge:

Lockly Wi-fi hub
$79.99

smart lock hub option icon

Option 4) Add a compatible smart home hub

If you decide to add a Wifi Bridge you can hook up and interact with your lock from your Alexa or Google Home enabled device.

Retail Price $249.99
(Available for: from $180.58)
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Ultraloq UL3 Bluetooth


Lock Type: Handle or Knob Replacement
Finish Options: Bronze and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Bluetooth
Alexa Support: Yes, within Bluetooth range
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • Original launched on Indiegogo
  • iOS and Android app have decent number of reviews and overall score.
Cons
  • If you are in Bluetooth range the lock says it supports Alexa integrations with its own Alexa skill. Many customers have had difficulty in getting this to work.
  • Only supports long-distance control and access logs with an additional Wi-fi accessory bridge.
  • Fingerprint access is a plus for some and a minus in terms of security for others. We could not find information on how and where they store the fingerprints on the device.
  • Some users complain about some general quality issues and reliability of the fingerprint reader.
  • If you already have a deadbolt this is meant to only replace your handle/lever so will need to buy the deadbolt cover accessory.

The Ultraloq UL3 seems to have two types of reviews 5 stars or 1 stars.

The 5 star reviews praise its wide range of features and good looks with the people getting 1 star complaining about build quality and never getting the lock to actually function in the first place.

So overall if you get a good working lock than you should be in luck. Customer service seems to be solid from this company with users with defunct units getting their returns and refunds processed quickly and support staff helping them walk though any connectivity or other issues.

If you are looking for remote control, access and monitoring along with Alexa support this lock does have this feature. The only requirement an additional WiFi bridge unit.

If you don’t have the additional Wifi accessory you will be limited to adding codes, etc only when you are in Bluetooth range of your lock.

Some common user complaints include reliability issues with the fingerprint scanner and the Alexa skill not connecting properly so you can control the lock with your voice.

With the strong customer support backing it along with the number of 5 star reviews from customers getting the lock up and running successfully we can recommend this lock as a solid choice especially if you require fingerprint access.

Your Ultraloq UL3 Bluetooth options:
Comparisons
lock finish

Option 1) Pick a finish

Pick out the look that matches your door and house style.

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