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.

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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.

Best of

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.

HomekitBest lock to use for HomekitSchlage SenseAugust Smart Lock Pro
Best lock to use with Alexa* August Smart Lock ProKwikset Kevo
Best Lock for use with SmartThingsBudget: Kwikset 910 $142Overall: Schlage Connect $170
Lock with top rated Itunes / iOS app:August - All ModelsItunes App (4.5/5 with 9343 Reviews)
Lock with top rated Android / Google Play appKwikset KevoAndroid App (3.5/5 with 1970 Reviews)
Cheapest Lock with good reviews:Schlage Connect $170August 3rd Gen $149

 By Publication for best overall and Editors Choice:

PC Mag
August Smart Lock Pro, Schlage Sense
CNETAugust Smart Lock Pro
WirecutterKwikset Kevo Smart Lock 2nd Gen
TechHiveSchlage Sense

*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:

LockWiFi BridgeCost
AugustAugust Connect$59
Kwikset KevoKevo Plus$99

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.

Additional

  • 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

Vorty Door

Cloud Integration Platforms

Closed / No Longer Available

Example Installation

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.

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Smart Doorbells

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.

 


Pre-order

  • Chui - Chui is an intelligent doorbell that uses facial recognition to make your home keyless, secure, and individualized. Will include integration capabilities with other connected door locks

DIY

 

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.

Kisi
Office Access

KISI

Monitor access logs, share keys with employees, and unlock the door remotely with KISI

Latch Access Control
Multi family apartment buildings

Latch

Door access, automated deliveries, and access sharing for residents and easy management for building managers and owners.

PointCentral
Property Managers

PointCentral

Enterprise-scale tool for property managers, allowing one person to manage thousands of homes.

ResortLock
Rental Properties

ResortLock

ResortLock eliminates many of the hassles of managing a rental property, including managing guest keys, lost keys, early or late check in/outs,...

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.

Ola smart Lock
Fingerprint smart lock

OLA

"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

Westinghouse Nucli Smart Lock
Voice messages and Fingerprint Access Features

Westinghouse Nucli

Complete with fingerprint recognition, camera, voice mail & real time voice communication  - Indiegogo

Gate Smart Lock
Camera Equipped

Gate

Gate features a keypad lock, a motion activated camera with live streaming capabilities and a call button. - Indiegogo

Array Smart Lock
Solar Powered

Array

ARRAY has a rechargeable, lithium polymer battery. It also has a built-in solar panel and can be powered by the sun if your door gets direct sunlight.

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Background Information

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?