Best WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Door Locks
Find and compare the right digital deadbolt for your home. Remotely lock and control access to your door from your Android or iPhone.
June 4, 2018
Smart door locks offer sophisticated “access control” features to any home or business. Proximity sensors like Bluetooth and NFC can enable a door to unlock whenever an authorized user’s smartphone approaches. Users can also remotely lock and unlock the door, or share access with any number of others, using mobile apps. Physical keypads provide a backup with many locks, but are no longer the main way to let yourself in.
The following Channel Guide will help you:
- Determine which connectivity type you need? (WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, or Cellular)
- Get app reviews, and see if the lock can integrate with your smart home hub and other connected devices.
- Filter based on monthly fees, or if the handle has electronic key code capabilities.
We have tracked down the reviews and integrations from around the web and featured top locks based on home hub integrations, app reviews and pricing.
|Best lock to use for Homekit||Schlage Sense||August Smart Lock Pro|
|Best lock to use with Alexa*||August Smart Lock Pro||Kwikset Kevo|
|Best Lock for use with SmartThings||Budget: Kwikset 910 $142||Overall: Schlage Connect $170|
|Lock with top rated Itunes / iOS app:||August - All Models||Itunes App (4.5/5 with 9343 Reviews)|
|Lock with top rated Android / Google Play app||Kwikset Kevo||Android App (3.5/5 with 1970 Reviews)|
|Cheapest Lock with good reviews:||Schlage Connect $170||August 3rd Gen $149|
By Publication for best overall and Editors Choice:
|PC Mag||August Smart Lock Pro, Schlage Sense|
|CNET||August Smart Lock Pro|
|Wirecutter||Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock 2nd Gen|
*WiFi Bridge and remote locking capabilities:
One thing to note is that if you want to have remote access, and integrate with Alexa you are going to need an extra WiFi bridge device.
Below are the corresponding devices and their additional costs for each of the popular smart locks:
Smart Door Locks
Many companies are active in the smart door lock market, including traditional lock makers as well as startups. Here are some options that are currently available for purchase for this upcoming 2017 Holiday season.
- Auto lock & auto unlock, no more fumbling for keys. - Keep your existing hardware
- Stop hiding keys under the mat. Create virtual keys for family and guests.
- Keep tabs on loved ones with instant notifications and 24/7 activity log.
- Check your doors status when you are away from home
- Provide key codes to friends and family and use auto lock feature when you leave the house
- You need the Connect Wifi Bridge accessory device ($79) to control it remotely
- Interchangeable shells so you can easily change out the look of the lock
- Battery life is about 3-4 months before needing recharge. Works with Apple Homekit
- Bluetooth and Wifi Connectivity. Designed by famous architect Bjarke Ingels firm
- Bluetooth Connectivity with touch to open capabilities
- Integration with Nest, Ring, IFTTT
- eKeys for guests, mailman, etc that can be set for 24 hour period, on a schedule, etc. View activity log of people using door
- No need to replace your existing exterior deadbolt with this lock. The interior mechanism handles the smart lock
- Digital Keys that can be restricted for use based on time, and activity tracker for the locks open and closes with add on accessory
- Not compatible with other home automation systems
- The RemoteLock connects to your existing WiFi router. No additional equipment needed!
- Receive emails or text messages when your guests arrive, or anyone accesses your property. Up to 1000 user codes or guest codes available to store in its memory
- Integrate with your Airbnb listing in under a minute
- Top rated on Amazon, and gives you chance to add up to 30 user codes at a time
- Work with most connected home hubs including Amazon Alexa, Smart Things, Iris and Wink
- Audible alarms for tamper and activity alerts and notifications
- You can install the Sesame smart lock directly over your existing deadbolt lock
- View your the locks history and give access codes to others
- Bluetooth connectivity and auto lock and unlock capabilities
- Nuki (European market focused)
- Teodoor (Crowdfunding - pre order)
- Amazon Key - This kit allows Prime members to get packages delivered directly into their home using a combination of a compatible smart lock (Currently include Kwikset Convert, Kwikset 914 and Yale Assure) and an indoor security camera that records the package being delivered.
Requires Z-Wave Hub like SmartThings, Wink
Electricmagnetic Strike Lock
Cloud Integration Platforms
- Alarm.Com Access Control (List of compatible hardware)
- ADT Access and Smart Locks
- Lowes Iris compatible door locks
Closed / No Longer Available
Still not quite sure how these smart locks are installed on your existing door? Take a look at the video embedded below to get a better idea.
DIY & Open-Source Smart Door Locks
While the safekeeping of your home may best be left to professionals with expertise in digital encryption and other security tools, it's quite possible to create your own smart door locks that can be opened via Bluetooth, RFID or even a text message. Here are a few projects that will walk you through the process.
Smart doorbells add a few additional features to the typical smart lock, like providing streaming video of who's at your door and using facial recognition software to detect authorized users. Here are the options.
Access Control Platforms
For owners of commercial and vacation properties, it may be worth investing in more than a standalone smart lock. Access control platforms make it easy to manage multiple locks at multiple locations, each with their own shifting set of users.
Pre-Order & Crowdfunding
The market for smart door locks is rife with innovation, and many promising gadgets are launched via crowdfunding and pre-order campaigns. If the feature set you need isn't available yet, you may be able to support a project that will deliver it soon.
Fingerprint smart lock
"Ola is the first smart lock on the market to incorporate Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and capacitive fingerprint technology, making Ola not only keyless but phoneless." - Kickstarter
There are generally two main categories of smart locks currently on the market. Many consist of devices you are able to attach to your current deadbolt, or replace only certain parts of your lock for it to work. The August Smart Lock is an example of this that replaces the interior thumb latch but not the entire deadbolt itself. The other category of smart locks require a complete deadbolt replacements. Most connected models allow you to remotely access your door's information from your smartphone or Desktop web app, while others require you to be physically next to the lock for the smartphone to verify your access and let you in.
Some things to look out for:
- Does it require access to a 3rd party smart home hub like SmartThings, Wink, Alexa in order to work properly
- What are the backup options for the lock when the power or Internet go down? Can you use a backup key to get into the house?