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2019 Buyers Guide

Smart Deadbolt Locks

Looking to replace your existing deadbolt lock with a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled smart lock?

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

Schlage EncodeSchlage Encode logo
$222.98
August Smart Lock Pro 3rd GenAugust Smart Lock Pro 3rd Gen logo
$200.00
AKASO Smart LockAKASO Smart Lock logo
$149.99
Sesame Smart Lock 2nd GenSesame Smart Lock 2nd Gen logo
$149.99

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Deadbolt Lock Type
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So your door has two separate holes in it, one for your handle and one for your deadbolt? If so you are in the right place.

You have several options here based on the current smart locks on the market.

  1. Replace entire deadbolt with smart lock mechanism
    - These locks will provide you with a new set of keys
  2. Replace just the interior deadbolt mechanism only
    - From the exterior your door will look the same
    - Typically you can keep your existing lock keys
  3. Deadbolt Attachment
    - This is a rare type and only 1 lock on the market does this (Sesame which uses 3M tape to attach to your existing deadbolt).
Deadbolt Option

Things to Consider:

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.

One thing to keep in mind is with a Bluetooth lock you will only be able to add codes when you are near the door and not remotely. If you are looking to manage your codes from a long distance you will want a lock that has either Wi-Fi built in or connects with a hub that does so that it can connect to your home router.

Access Codes

Integration with smart home ecosystems

Do you already have an Alexa, Apple TV or a smart home hub like SmartThings or Wink 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 deadbolt locks by each of their compatible systems.

Connectivity Path 2

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

This feature is mostly driven by the connectivity options of the lock:

Bluetooth: No - Only within range
Wi-Fi: Yes
Zigbee and Z-Wave: Yes, via additional hub
Wi-fi Bridge: Many locks sell an additional Wi-Fi add-on that connects to your home router and enables this feature.

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.

Our Quick Picks

Out of all the smart deadbolt locks on the market we have selected a few of the top ranked models to get you started.

Lock
Akaso Bluetooth Lock
August Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge
Schlage Encode
AKASO Smart Lock, Smart Electronic Door Lock APP Code Touch Screen Keypad Deadbolt Entrance Smart...
August Home ASL-03, AC-R1 Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge Bundle, 100, Silver
Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Century Trim in Matte Black (BE489WB CEN 622)
Best For
Budget friendly touchscreen
Top Rated - Apple Users
Remote locking out of the box
Lock Type
Deadbolt Replacement
Interior Replacement
Deadbolt Replacement
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Apple Homekit, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub, and Z-Wave Plus
Wi-Fi
Alexa Integration
No
Yes
Yes
Siri / Homekit Integration
No
Yes
No
Google Home / Assistant
No
Yes
Yes
User Reviews
133 Reviews
1,912 Reviews
356 Reviews
$149.99
$193.48
$222.98
Lock
Akaso Bluetooth Lock
AKASO Smart Lock, Smart Electronic Door Lock APP Code Touch Screen Keypad Deadbolt Entrance Smart...
Best For
Budget friendly touchscreen
Lock Type
Deadbolt Replacement
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration
No
Siri / Homekit Integration
No
Google Home / Assistant
No
User Reviews
133 Reviews
$149.99
Our Review
Lock
August Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge
August Home ASL-03, AC-R1 Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge Bundle, 100, Silver
Best For
Top Rated - Apple Users
Lock Type
Interior Replacement
Connectivity
Apple Homekit, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub, and Z-Wave Plus
Alexa Integration
Yes
Siri / Homekit Integration
Yes
Google Home / Assistant
Yes
User Reviews
1,912 Reviews
$193.48
Our Review
Lock
Schlage Encode
Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Century Trim in Matte Black (BE489WB CEN 622)
Best For
Remote locking out of the box
Lock Type
Deadbolt Replacement
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Alexa Integration
Yes
Siri / Homekit Integration
No
Google Home / Assistant
Yes
User Reviews
356 Reviews
$222.98
Our Review

Deadbolt Replacement

#1 Deadbolt Type: Complete Replacement

This type of lock will replace your entire deadbolt mechanism.

A few notes;

-  Typically these locks will provide you with a new set of keys or backup keys in case your locks battery goes down or you don't have your phone on you.

 

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#2 Deadbolt Type: Interior Replacement

This type of lock will replace just the interior portion of your deadbolt lock leaving the exterior in place.

A few notes;

-  Typically with these type of locks you are able to keep your existing deadbolt keys so is perfect for those renting or don't want to deal with new keys for everyone.
- An added security benefit of this type is that you from the exterior of your home no one can tell that you have a smart lock enabled door.

 

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#3 Deadbolt Type: Interior Attachment

This type of lock is built especially for you renters out there.

This lock uses heavy duty 3M tape to adhere to your existing deadbolt. A mechanism inside the smart lock attaches onto your lock's turning knob, then uses its motor to turn the knob and lock/unlock the door for you.

Deadbolt Smart Lock Comparison

Retail Price $159.99
(Available for: $149.99)
Our Review

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AKASO Smart Lock


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Black
Connectivity Options: Bluetooth
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • 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.
Cons
  • 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

This AKASO model comes with all the standard smart lock features, including a 9V backup battery and smart key support. Mechanically the lock is strong and robust, and it’s very pleasing on the eye with its sleek black touchscreen surface.

Unfortunately, app integration is poor and secure codes sent to users don’t always work, and you can only change codes when you are within Bluetooth range making it unreliable for remote use.

Despite its mid-range price point, the lock suffers too many bugs to be a favorite over its similarly-priced rivals. If AKASO focuses on app integration and access code improvements, we could see a very polished product for their next release.

Retail Price $149.00
(Available for: $96.92)
Our Review

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August Smart Lock 3rd Gen


Lock Type: Interior Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Black and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub
Google Assistant: Yes with add-on hub
Siri Support: Yes with add-on hub
Alexa Support: Yes
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • Ridiculously easy install with only a screwdriver, plus helpful videos if you get stuck.
  • Perfect option for renters because you keep your own keys and it doesn’t change the look of the exterior.
  • Sturdy, high-quality build with solid metal exterior.
  • The app is easy to configure and use.
  • Ability to give temporary digital keys makes this a great option for vacation rentals.
Cons
  • The wifi bridge is sold separately, meaning none of the remote access features can be used until you spend the extra money.
  • The auto-lock feature makes it too easy to lock yourself out if you’re just stepping out for a moment, however it can be disabled.
  • Spotty connection for auto-unlock, especially for those using Android.
  • Locks and bridges are 1:1, so if you’re outfitting multiple doors, it can get expensive.

August has clearly taken customer feedback to heart and applied everything they’ve learned to the August Smart Lock 3rd Generation. It does everything you could want from a smart lock. Run out the door in the morning and let it auto-lock behind you, remotely send the babysitter a temporary key, have the door auto-unlock as you approach so you don’t have to stop and search your pockets, or tell Alexa/Google to lock your door at night rather than getting out of bed to double check.

The cherry on top is that it does all of this without modifying the look of your home or requiring you to change the locking mechanism.

Your August Smart Lock 3rd Gen options:
Comparisons

How does the standard 3rd gen model stack up to the Pro model?

Title
Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen)
Smart Lock (3rd Gen)
Smart Lock (3rd Gen) + Connect
Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen) + Connect
August Home AUG-SL-CON-S03 Silver August Smart Lock Pro, 3rd Generation-Dark Gray, Apple HomeKit...
August Home AUG-SL04-M01-S04 Silver August Smart Lock, 3rd Generation Technology
August Home Smart Lock + Connect, Satin Nickel
August Home ASL-03, AC-R1 Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge Bundle, 100, Silver
Price
$200.00
$96.92
$182.26
$193.48
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-
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Rating
381 Reviews
1,134 Reviews
152 Reviews
1,912 Reviews
iOS App
Android App
Remote Locking
Keypad & Access Codes?
Requires add-on
Requires add-on
Requires add-on
Requires add-on
Smart Home Integration?
Alexa Support?
Siri / Homekit Support?
Google Assistant Support?
Title
Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen)
August Home AUG-SL-CON-S03 Silver August Smart Lock Pro, 3rd Generation-Dark Gray, Apple HomeKit...
Price
$200.00
-
Rating
381 Reviews
iOS App
Android App
Remote Locking
Keypad & Access Codes?
Requires add-on
Smart Home Integration?
Alexa Support?
Siri / Homekit Support?
Google Assistant Support?
Title
Smart Lock (3rd Gen)
August Home AUG-SL04-M01-S04 Silver August Smart Lock, 3rd Generation Technology
Price
$96.92
-
Rating
1,134 Reviews
iOS App
Android App
Remote Locking
Keypad & Access Codes?
Requires add-on
Smart Home Integration?
Alexa Support?
Siri / Homekit Support?
Google Assistant Support?
Title
Smart Lock (3rd Gen) + Connect
August Home Smart Lock + Connect, Satin Nickel
Price
$182.26
-
Rating
152 Reviews
iOS App
Android App
Remote Locking
Keypad & Access Codes?
Requires add-on
Smart Home Integration?
Alexa Support?
Siri / Homekit Support?
Google Assistant Support?
-
Title
Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen) + Connect
August Home ASL-03, AC-R1 Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge Bundle, 100, Silver
Price
$193.48
-
Rating
1,912 Reviews
iOS App
Android App
Remote Locking
Keypad & Access Codes?
Requires add-on
Smart Home Integration?
Alexa Support?
Siri / Homekit Support?
Google Assistant Support?
-

lock finish

Option 1) Pick a finish

Just want the lock? Pick out the look that matches your door and house style.

remote locking smart lock option icon

Option 2) Add Remote Locking

Do you want the added convenience of remote locking options and integrations with other smart home hubs? Add either the Connect Bridge or the August Door Cam to add this feature to your lock.

smart lock keypad

Option 3) Add a Keypad & Access Codes

Need one-use and timed codes for deliveries or for guests? Add their accessory to enable this for your August lock.

smart lock hub option icon

Option 4) Add a compatible smart home hub

These hubs integrate with the August and help connect your door to other security or other smart devices in your home for a complete smart home system.

Retail Price $229.00
(Available for: $200.00)
Our Review

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August Smart Lock Pro 3rd Gen


Lock Type: Interior Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Black and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Apple Homekit, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub, and Z-Wave Plus
Google Assistant: Yes with add-on hub
Siri Support: Yes
Alexa Support: Yes
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • Seamless integration with Alexa, Google, Siri, Homekit, and Z-Wave Plus.
  • Easy to create and manage digital keys, making it ideal for vacation rentals.
  • Simple installation with only a screwdriver, plus instructional videos if you get stuck.
  • No changes to the exterior, keeping HOAs and landlords happy
  • Sturdy, high-quality build with solid metal exterior.
Cons
  • The auto-unlock feature can be unreliable (especially with Android), and opening directly from the app can take longer than a key.
  • The app does not always show real-time information.
  • If you run into problems, it can be difficult to get in touch with customer service.
  • Larger than the base model, so it can cause issues when there is a tight fit (measure first!)

The August Smart Lock Pro 3rd Generation is all about seamless integration with the rest of your smart home. If this is the only smart product you ever plan on buying, save the extra money and get the base model. Otherwise, only the pro lets you connect through Z-Wave Plus, Siri, and Homekit (both support Alexa and Google Home).

Like the base version, you can use the app to tailor how this lock functions for you. Enable and disable auto-lock or unlock features, view and control access remotely (as long as you have the Wi-Fi bridge), get low battery alerts, and know when the door is closed or locked.

Your August Smart Lock Pro 3rd Gen options:
Comparisons

How does the standard 3rd gen model stack up to the Pro model?

Title
Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen)
Smart Lock (3rd Gen)
Smart Lock (3rd Gen) + Connect
Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen) + Connect
August Home AUG-SL-CON-S03 Silver August Smart Lock Pro, 3rd Generation-Dark Gray, Apple HomeKit...
August Home AUG-SL04-M01-S04 Silver August Smart Lock, 3rd Generation Technology
August Home Smart Lock + Connect, Satin Nickel
August Home ASL-03, AC-R1 Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge Bundle, 100, Silver
Price
$200.00
$96.92
$182.26
$193.48
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-
-
-
Rating
381 Reviews
1,134 Reviews
152 Reviews
1,912 Reviews
iOS App
Android App
Remote Locking
Keypad & Access Codes?
Requires add-on
Requires add-on
Requires add-on
Requires add-on
Smart Home Integration?
Alexa Support?
Siri / Homekit Support?
Google Assistant Support?
Title
Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen)
August Home AUG-SL-CON-S03 Silver August Smart Lock Pro, 3rd Generation-Dark Gray, Apple HomeKit...
Price
$200.00
-
Rating
381 Reviews
iOS App
Android App
Remote Locking
Keypad & Access Codes?
Requires add-on
Smart Home Integration?
Alexa Support?
Siri / Homekit Support?
Google Assistant Support?
Title
Smart Lock (3rd Gen)
August Home AUG-SL04-M01-S04 Silver August Smart Lock, 3rd Generation Technology
Price
$96.92
-
Rating
1,134 Reviews
iOS App
Android App
Remote Locking
Keypad & Access Codes?
Requires add-on
Smart Home Integration?
Alexa Support?
Siri / Homekit Support?
Google Assistant Support?
Title
Smart Lock (3rd Gen) + Connect
August Home Smart Lock + Connect, Satin Nickel
Price
$182.26
-
Rating
152 Reviews
iOS App
Android App
Remote Locking
Keypad & Access Codes?
Requires add-on
Smart Home Integration?
Alexa Support?
Siri / Homekit Support?
Google Assistant Support?
-
Title
Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen) + Connect
August Home ASL-03, AC-R1 Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge Bundle, 100, Silver
Price
$193.48
-
Rating
1,912 Reviews
iOS App
Android App
Remote Locking
Keypad & Access Codes?
Requires add-on
Smart Home Integration?
Alexa Support?
Siri / Homekit Support?
Google Assistant Support?
-

lock finish

Option 1) Pick a finish

Just want the lock? Pick out the look that matches your door and house style.

remote locking smart lock option icon

Option 2) Add Remote Locking

Do you want the added convenience of remote locking options and integrations with other smart home hubs? Add either the Connect Bridge or the August Door Cam to add this feature to your lock.

smart lock keypad

Option 3) Add a Keypad & Access Codes

Need one-use and timed codes for deliveries or for guests? Add their accessory to enable this for your August lock.

smart lock hub option icon

Option 4) Add a compatible smart home hub

These hubs integrate with the August and help connect your door to other security or other smart devices in your home for a complete smart home system.

Retail Price $168.00
(Available for: $228.95)
Our Review

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Danalock V3


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement and Interior Deadbolt Replacement
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
Pros
  • 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.
Cons
  • 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.

The Danalock V3 is a good all-rounder in the smart lock game. There are four versions (Homekit, Z-Wave, Zigbee, and Bluetooth-only) so you can align it with your smart home setup. It takes 10 minutes to install, and the auto-unlock and twist-assist features make it feel truly ‘smart’. Danalock supports unlimited occupants and users can share digital keys to grant temporary access to visitors.

Unfortunately, the auto-unlock and digital keys features remain unavailable on the Homekit version. Combined with reports of inconsistent performance from buyers, the Danalock V3 falls just below our top-tier recommendations.

Your Danalock V3 options:
Comparisons

How do the different Danalock V3 models compare?

Danalock V3 Bluetooth Smart Lock
Danalock V3 Bluetooth & Z-Wave Smart Lock
Danalock V3 Bluetooth & Zigbee Smart Lock
Danalock V3 BTHK Silver US (HomeKit)
Danalock V3 Bluetooth Smart Lock
Danalock V3 Bluetooth & Z-Wave Smart Lock
Danalock V3 Bluetooth & Zigbee Smart Lock
Danalock V3 BTHK Silver US (HomeKit)
$172.95
$228.95
$212.03
$215.78
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16 Reviews
7 Reviews
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Connectivity Type
Bluetooth
Bluetooth & Z-Wave
Bluetooth & Zigbee
Bluetooth & Homekit
Alexa Support
Siri Voice Commands
Google Assistant Support?
Custom code support?
Keypad Support
Needs add-on keypad accessory.
Needs add-on keypad accessory.
Needs add-on keypad accessory.
Only by sharing access to your HomeKit
Works with iOS App? (9.0 or later)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes Only compatible with Danalock app (iOS) for locking and unlocking. Set up and operate the Danalock with Apple's Home app.
Works with Android app (5.1 or later?)
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Auto Unlock?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Only Apple's automation features are available
$172.95
$228.95
$212.03
$215.78
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Danalock V3 Bluetooth Smart Lock
Danalock V3 Bluetooth Smart Lock
$172.95
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Connectivity Type
Bluetooth
Alexa Support
Siri Voice Commands
Google Assistant Support?
Custom code support?
Keypad Support
Needs add-on keypad accessory.
Works with iOS App? (9.0 or later)
Yes
Works with Android app (5.1 or later?)
Yes
Auto Unlock?
Yes
$172.95
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Danalock V3 Bluetooth & Z-Wave Smart Lock
Danalock V3 Bluetooth & Z-Wave Smart Lock
$228.95
16 Reviews
Connectivity Type
Bluetooth & Z-Wave
Alexa Support
Siri Voice Commands
Google Assistant Support?
Custom code support?
Keypad Support
Needs add-on keypad accessory.
Works with iOS App? (9.0 or later)
Yes
Works with Android app (5.1 or later?)
Yes
Auto Unlock?
Yes
$228.95
Danalock V3 Bluetooth & Zigbee Smart Lock
Danalock V3 Bluetooth & Zigbee Smart Lock
$212.03
7 Reviews
Connectivity Type
Bluetooth & Zigbee
Alexa Support
Siri Voice Commands
Google Assistant Support?
Custom code support?
Keypad Support
Needs add-on keypad accessory.
Works with iOS App? (9.0 or later)
Yes
Works with Android app (5.1 or later?)
Yes
Auto Unlock?
Yes
$212.03
Danalock V3 BTHK Silver US (HomeKit)
Danalock V3 BTHK Silver US (HomeKit)
$215.78
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Connectivity Type
Bluetooth & Homekit
Alexa Support
Siri Voice Commands
Google Assistant Support?
Custom code support?
Keypad Support
Only by sharing access to your HomeKit
Works with iOS App? (9.0 or later)
Yes Only compatible with Danalock app (iOS) for locking and unlocking. Set up and operate the Danalock with Apple's Home app.
Works with Android app (5.1 or later?)
No
Auto Unlock?
Only Apple's automation features are available
$215.78
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remote locking smart lock option icon

Option 2) Add Remote Locking

Do you want the added convenience of remote locking options and integrations with other smart home hubs? Choose either the locks with Zigbee or Z-Wave support and add a smart home hub from below.

smart lock keypad

Option 3) Add a Keypad & Access Codes

Need one-use and timed codes for deliveries or for guests? Add their accessory to enable this for your Danalock lock or save a bit of $$ and buy as a package.

smart lock hub option icon

Option 4) Add a compatible smart home hub

These hubs integrate with the Danalock and help with remote controlling the locks and connecting your door to other security or other smart devices in your home for a complete smart home system.

Retail Price $359.00
(Available for: $249.00)
Our Review

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Gate Labs Camera Smart Lock


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Nickel
Connectivity Options: Wi-Fi
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • Users can quickly change the passcode for your door from your phone.
  • Track comings and goings by assigning unique pin codes to different people.
  • Simple and easy to install, with the necessary tools and extra thickness adjusters arriving with the product.
  • Unlock the door using the Android or IOS apps, or using the pin code.
  • Features a hard key for backup in the event of failure or dead batteries.
Cons
  • Can only lock or unlock manually when there is motion detected at the door.
  • Can only view video when the motion detector is activated.
  • Just installs on the deadbolt so if your lever/knob is a different color it could clash with its aesthetics.
  • No night vision and the camera is affected by the glow from the LED lights.
  • No video sharing or saving without a paid monthly plan (costs between $4.99-$7.99 a month)

The Gate Smart Lock is all about visibility and accessibility – for the right people of course! It includes a built-in camera, two-way audio and a pin number unlocking feature. Probably Gate’s strongest asset is the sheer number of ways it can be unlocked and of course the built-in video monitoring.

Whether using pin, smartphone app (IOS and Android) or the old-fashioned back-up hard key, you’ll never have to worry about being locked out. Assign different pins to different people, and record who has accessed your door at what time: perfect for offices or multiple occupancy houses (note: scheduled access codes require an add-on monthly service).

Integrations with other smart home systems like Alexa, Siri and others is non-existent so is a good choice if you are looking just for a smart video door lock without having to buy a lock and video camera or deal with other integrations headaches with smart home hubs or home security services this could be a good choice for you. If these are important to you would suggest you look at other locks.

An important note If you want to have scheduled access or video sharing and saved history you will have to upgrade to a paid monthly service plan starting at $4.99 a month.

Retail Price $229.00
(Available for: $163.48)
Our Review

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Kevo Contemporary 2nd Gen


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Black, Bronze, Chrome, and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub
Alexa Support: Yes with add-on hub
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • Wide range of finish options
  • Touch to open with proximity technology
  • Unlimited ekeys with Anytime, 24 hour access, scheduled and an activity log of all access
  • Integration with a fair number of other connected devices including Alexa, Nest and Ring
  • Responsive customer service with numerous users getting replacement locks
Cons
  • Alexa integration only with the Kevo Plug added Wi-Fi hub
  • Customers have complained about inconsistent connectivity and tap to unlock.
  • Users have complained about getting locked out of their house after unlocking the deadbolt inside before stepping out
  • Complaints on battery life and being able to quickly change out the batteries once dead.

The Kwikset Kevo Contempory Model has several features going for it with its touch to open technology, add-on key fobs for additional users and options Wi-fi hub for remote monitoring and access and to connect with other connected devices like Alexa and your Nest thermostat.

From many user reviews it seems like the technology does not always match up to its promise with many users complaining about slow connectivity from their phone to the door, and overall being unreliable from both a hardware and app perspective.

On the positive users have praised Kwikset for their customer service with people receiving replacement units and help walking through issues.

If you choose to add the Wi-fi hub this opens up more possibilities and users have positive results when using together with the lock.

Bottom line is that while Kwikset continues to improve on the model lineup each generation you will find more bang for your buck somewhere else until they fix all of the kinks.

Your Kevo Contemporary 2nd Gen options:
Comparisons

How do the 3 versions in the Kwikset Kevo smart lock line compare to each other?

Kevo Traditional (2nd Gen)
Kevo Contemporary (2nd Gen)
Kevo Convert (2nd Gen)
Kwikset - Kevo 99250-202 Kevo 2nd Gen Bluetooth Touch-to-Open Smart Keyless Entry Electronic...
Kwikset 99250-206 Kevo Contemporary Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Smart Square Door Lock Deadbolt...
Kwikset 99250-102 Satin Nickel Kevo 2nd Gen Deadbolt Convert
$133.41
$163.48
$104.99
1,195 Reviews
92 Reviews
103 Reviews
Tap to open
eKeys
Keep existing keys?
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Long distance control & monitoring?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Wi-fi
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Kevo Traditional (2nd Gen)
Kwikset - Kevo 99250-202 Kevo 2nd Gen Bluetooth Touch-to-Open Smart Keyless Entry Electronic...
$133.41
1,195 Reviews
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eKeys
Keep existing keys?
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Long distance control & monitoring?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Wi-fi
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Kevo Contemporary (2nd Gen)
Kwikset 99250-206 Kevo Contemporary Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Smart Square Door Lock Deadbolt...
$163.48
92 Reviews
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eKeys
Keep existing keys?
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Long distance control & monitoring?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Wi-fi
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Kevo Convert (2nd Gen)
Kwikset 99250-102 Satin Nickel Kevo 2nd Gen Deadbolt Convert
$104.99
103 Reviews
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eKeys
Keep existing keys?
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Long distance control & monitoring?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Wi-fi
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub

remote locking smart lock option icon

Option 2) Add key fobs

Do you want the ability to give lock access to other members of your family or neighbors? Add an add-on key fob for added convenience.

smart lock hub option icon

Option 3) Add Remote monitoring & Alexa integration

By adding the Kevo Plus Connected Hub you are able to connect and control your lock using Alexa while also monitoring, locking and unlocking your door from anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Retail Price $149.00
(Available for: $104.99)
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Kevo Convert


Lock Type: Interior Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Bronze and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub
Alexa Support: Yes with add-on hub
iOS App: Yes
Pros
  • Lets you keep your existing keys
  • No visible exterior signs that you have a smart lock installed.
  • Customer service is high from Kwikset
  • Constantly refining app software for complete Kevo lock line-up
  • Wide range of eKey options with scheduled, 24 hour and unlimted access for family members.
  • Key fob and Wi-fi hub integration for added smart home device and Alexa compatibility and backup option.
Cons
  • Users complain of slow connectivity between app and lock
  • Doesn’t have a tap to unlock feature like the other locks in the Kevo lineup
  • Customers have noted they don’t trust the lock so always keep their key on them anyway.

The Kevo Convert offers renters and those wanting to keep their smart home capabilities discrete a budget option.

The model uses the same app as the other Kevo devices and users enjoy the eKey capabilities as well as the add-on key fobs and Wi-fi hub that allow you to open and unlock your door using Alexa and tie in with your Ring doorbell, Nest thermostat and other smart devices.

Unfortunately, app response time is slow, and you can only change codes when you are within Bluetooth range making it unreliable for remote use without the $99 extra hub.

Overall the Convert suffers from the same reliability issues as the others in the line-up and until Kwikset fixes these issues with the connectivity it is best to look elsewhere unless the eKey and ability to keep your own physical keys is the main selling point for you.

Your Kevo Convert options:
Comparisons

How do the 3 versions in the Kwikset Kevo smart lock line compare to each other?

Kevo Traditional (2nd Gen)
Kevo Contemporary (2nd Gen)
Kevo Convert (2nd Gen)
Kwikset - Kevo 99250-202 Kevo 2nd Gen Bluetooth Touch-to-Open Smart Keyless Entry Electronic...
Kwikset 99250-206 Kevo Contemporary Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Smart Square Door Lock Deadbolt...
Kwikset 99250-102 Satin Nickel Kevo 2nd Gen Deadbolt Convert
$133.41
$163.48
$104.99
1,195 Reviews
92 Reviews
103 Reviews
Tap to open
eKeys
Keep existing keys?
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Long distance control & monitoring?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Wi-fi
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Kevo Traditional (2nd Gen)
Kwikset - Kevo 99250-202 Kevo 2nd Gen Bluetooth Touch-to-Open Smart Keyless Entry Electronic...
$133.41
1,195 Reviews
Tap to open
eKeys
Keep existing keys?
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Long distance control & monitoring?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Wi-fi
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Kevo Contemporary (2nd Gen)
Kwikset 99250-206 Kevo Contemporary Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Smart Square Door Lock Deadbolt...
$163.48
92 Reviews
Tap to open
eKeys
Keep existing keys?
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Long distance control & monitoring?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Wi-fi
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Kevo Convert (2nd Gen)
Kwikset 99250-102 Satin Nickel Kevo 2nd Gen Deadbolt Convert
$104.99
103 Reviews
Tap to open
eKeys
Keep existing keys?
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Long distance control & monitoring?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Wi-fi
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub

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 key fobs

Do you want the ability to give lock access to other members of your family or neighbors? Add an add-on key fob.

smart lock hub option icon

Option 3) Add Remote monitoring & Alexa integration

By adding the Kevo Plus Connected Hub you are able to connect and control your lock using Alexa while also monitoring, locking and unlocking your door from anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Retail Price $179.00
(Available for: $165.00)
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Kwikset 910


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement
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
Pros
  • 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.
Cons
  • 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.

The Kwiset 910 could be a great fit for you if you are looking for basic access codes access for your family (up to 30 total) or are already using a Zigbee or Z-Wave smart home hub or security offering.

The majority of the “smart” lock capabilities are only enabled if you have a hub or security system since the lock does not have a dedicated app on its own.

Once you are connected to your hub or smart security system like ADT or Alarm.com you will use their integrations to control and check on the door status or initiate a remote locking action or routine. If you want Alexa or voice control out of the box you should look at other options.

Additional pros include the number of available options and finishes from contemporary or traditional style along with the Signature series which removes the keypad while allowing you to hide the fact your door is smart lock enabled.

Bottom line is if you are looking for simple code control along with possibility of integrating with the most popular smart home hub and security systems the 910 could be a good fit for you.

Your Kwikset 910 options:
Comparisons

How do the different versions of the 910 smartlock compare?

Title
910 Contemporary Z-Wave
910 Traditional Z-Wave
910 Signature Z-Wave
910 Traditional Zigbee
Kwikset 99100-080 SmartCode 910 Z-Wave Plus Contemporary Deadbolt, Satin Nickel
Kwikset 910 Door Lock for U.S., 910TRL ZW 15 SMT (Satin Nickle), by Kwikset, Cert ID: ZC08-15060007
The Traditional Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect technology enables the lock to...
Kwikset 99100-044 SmartCode ZigBee Touchpad Smart Lock featuring SmartKey, Satin Nickel, Works with...
178 Reviews
928 Reviews
144 Reviews
24 Reviews
$160.35
$183.48
$132.14
$167.65
Connectivity
Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus
Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus
Z-Wave
Zigbee
Integration with Alexa?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Visible from exterior?
Integration with hubs like Wink, SmartThings and Vera?
Access Codes
Title
910 Contemporary Z-Wave
Kwikset 99100-080 SmartCode 910 Z-Wave Plus Contemporary Deadbolt, Satin Nickel
178 Reviews
$160.35
Connectivity
Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus
Integration with Alexa?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Visible from exterior?
Integration with hubs like Wink, SmartThings and Vera?
Access Codes
Title
910 Traditional Z-Wave
Kwikset 910 Door Lock for U.S., 910TRL ZW 15 SMT (Satin Nickle), by Kwikset, Cert ID: ZC08-15060007
928 Reviews
$183.48
Connectivity
Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus
Integration with Alexa?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Visible from exterior?
Integration with hubs like Wink, SmartThings and Vera?
Access Codes
Title
910 Signature Z-Wave
The Traditional Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect technology enables the lock to...
144 Reviews
$132.14
Connectivity
Z-Wave
Integration with Alexa?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Visible from exterior?
Integration with hubs like Wink, SmartThings and Vera?
Access Codes
Title
910 Traditional Zigbee
Kwikset 99100-044 SmartCode ZigBee Touchpad Smart Lock featuring SmartKey, Satin Nickel, Works with...
24 Reviews
$167.65
Connectivity
Zigbee
Integration with Alexa?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Visible from exterior?
Integration with hubs like Wink, SmartThings and Vera?
Access Codes

smart lock hub option icon

Option 4) Add a compatible smart home hub and voice control

These hubs integrate with the Kwikset 910 locks and will provide Alexa integration and help connect your door to other security or other products in your home for a complete smart home system.

Retail Price $229.99
(Available for: $179.00)
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Kwikset 916


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Brass, Bronze, Chrome, and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Z-Wave, Z-Wave Plus, and Zigbee
Alexa Support: Yes with add-on hub
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • Can work with Alexa if you already have a smart home hub like SmartThings or Vera setup in your house.
  • Users praise the easy installation process.
  • Could be a positive or negative but you have to program codes directly on the lock itself for security reasons. Peace of mind for those security minded folks but not helpful if trying to use the lock to remotely manage codes or if wanting to use for Airbnb, etc
Cons
  • Inconsistent battery life. Some users say they have used their batteries for multiple years where others only a few months. This also is impacted by how flush your door and lock mechanism is and how hard it has to work.
  • If you dont have a smart home hub you are limited in that you cannot lock and manage the lock remotely. Also the hub integration allows you to lock the door and check its status but does not let you unlock the door or add new user access codes.
  • Some users have complained about lock reliability with the lock failing to work reliably after a year or more of operation (Kwikset does have a very generous Warranty that should help offset concerns on this front)
  • Changing batteries can be a bit of a hassle with the battery pack area being more difficult to access than it should be.
  • The SmartThings app only controls basic locking and unlocking. For more advanced features a developer app is required so out of the box you won’t be able to unlock all functionality through the standard app.
  • No a huge deal but the 4 AA batteries are not included.

The Kwikset smart lock is a decent tool for homes that are looking for basic smart lock functionality and becomes a much better choice if you already have a Zigbee or Z-Wave smart home hub in your home.

Features like pin access codes, auto-lock and a touchscreen panel come out of the box. If you don’t already have a smart home hub than we suggest you look elsewhere for locks with more features at a similar price point.

If you do have a smart home hub than the door opens up more options like Alexa integration (Siri/Homekit not supported) and features like setting automation schedules or integrations with other settings like turning off your lights when at the same time as locking your door.

Even with a smart home hub their are a few things to be aware of with the 916, you can not add new access codes remotely or unlock the door remotely. This is done for security reasons. If you really need this option we recommend looking at another lock.

Overall the 916 is a mid-range priced lock with mid-range features. it wont win any awards but could be a functional winner for you if you are looking for basic smart lock functionality from a reputable company.

Your Kwikset 916 options:
Comparisons

How does the standard 3rd gen model stack up to the Pro model?

Title
916 Z-Wave Traditional
916 Zigbee Traditional
916 Z-Wave Contemporary
Kwikset 99160-020 Smartcode 916 Traditional Smart Lock Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt Door Lock...
Kwikset 99160-009 SmartCode ZigBee Touchscreen Smart Lock works with Echo Plus & Alexa, featuring...
Kwikset 99160-018 SmartCode 916 Contemporary Z-Wave Plus Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt, Polished...
$196.00
$212.49
$214.11
Style
Traditional
Traditional
Contemporary
Zigbee
Z-Wave
Alexa Integration?
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Sire / Homekit / Homepod Integration?
Title
916 Z-Wave Traditional
Kwikset 99160-020 Smartcode 916 Traditional Smart Lock Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt Door Lock...
$196.00
Style
Traditional
Zigbee
Z-Wave
Alexa Integration?
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Sire / Homekit / Homepod Integration?
Title
916 Zigbee Traditional
Kwikset 99160-009 SmartCode ZigBee Touchscreen Smart Lock works with Echo Plus & Alexa, featuring...
$212.49
Style
Traditional
Zigbee
Z-Wave
Alexa Integration?
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Sire / Homekit / Homepod Integration?
Title
916 Z-Wave Contemporary
Kwikset 99160-018 SmartCode 916 Contemporary Z-Wave Plus Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt, Polished...
$214.11
Style
Contemporary
Zigbee
Z-Wave
Alexa Integration?
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Sire / Homekit / Homepod Integration?

smart lock hub option icon

Option 2) Add a compatible smart home hub

These hubs integrate with the Kwikset 916 and help connect your door to other security or other smart devices in your home for a complete smart home system or with Alexa.

Retail Price $229.00
(Available for: $230.90)
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Kwikset Kevo (Traditional) 2nd Gen


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Brass, Bronze, and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub
Alexa Support: Yes with add-on hub
iOS App: Yes
Android App: No
Pros
  • Wide range of finish options
  • Touch to open with proximity technology
  • Unlimited ekeys with Anytime, 24 hour access, scheduled and an activity log of all access
  • Integration with a fair number of other connected devices including Alexa, Nest and Ring
  • Responsive customer service with numerous users getting replacement locks
Cons
  • Alexa integration only with the Kevo Plug added Wi-Fi hub
  • Users complain about buggy app and inconsistent touch unlocking
  • Customers complain about slow connectivity between app and lock
  • Users have been locked out from the auto-lock technology

The Kwikset Kevo Contempory Model has several features going for it with its touch to open technology, add-on key fobs for additional users and options Wi-fi hub for remote monitoring and access and to connect with other connected devices like Alexa and your Nest thermostat.

From many user reviews it seems like the technology does not always match up to its promise with many users complaining about slow connectivity from their phone to the door, and overall being unreliable from both a hardware and app perspective.

On the positive users have praised Kwikset for their customer service with people receiving replacement units and help walking through issues.

If you choose to add the Wi-fi hub this opens up more possibilities and users have positive results when using together with the lock.

Bottom line is that while Kwikset continues to improve on the model lineup each generation you will find more bang for your buck somewhere else until they fix all of the kinks.

Your Kwikset Kevo (Traditional) 2nd Gen options:
Comparisons

How do the 3 versions in the Kwikset Kevo smart lock line compare to each other?

Kevo Traditional (2nd Gen)
Kevo Contemporary (2nd Gen)
Kevo Convert (2nd Gen)
Kwikset - Kevo 99250-202 Kevo 2nd Gen Bluetooth Touch-to-Open Smart Keyless Entry Electronic...
Kwikset 99250-206 Kevo Contemporary Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Smart Square Door Lock Deadbolt...
Kwikset 99250-102 Satin Nickel Kevo 2nd Gen Deadbolt Convert
$133.41
$163.48
$104.99
1,195 Reviews
92 Reviews
103 Reviews
Tap to open
eKeys
Keep existing keys?
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Long distance control & monitoring?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Wi-fi
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Kevo Traditional (2nd Gen)
Kwikset - Kevo 99250-202 Kevo 2nd Gen Bluetooth Touch-to-Open Smart Keyless Entry Electronic...
$133.41
1,195 Reviews
Tap to open
eKeys
Keep existing keys?
Bluetooth
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Long distance control & monitoring?
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub
Wi-fi
Yes, with add-on Wi-fi hub