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2019 Buyers Guide

Z-Wave Smart Locks

In the market for a door lock that is compatible with your Z-Wave or Z-Wave Plus smart home hub?

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
$204.00
Kwikset 910Kwikset 910 logo
$190.00
Yale Assure Lever LockYale Assure Lever Lock logo
$299.00
Schlage ConnectSchlage Connect logo
from $206.78

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Z-Wave Lock Overview
Z-Wave Door Lock Icon

Z-wave enabled smart locks are some of the most popular locks in the market due to their integration with popular smart home hub and controller devices on the market.

If you are looking for a full home automation and control features a Z-Wave lock will provide this much more than a Bluetooth lock and in some cases even a Wi-Fi enabled lock.

Z-Wave Lock Pros

  • Largest number of integrations with hubs and other smart home products on the market
  • The new Z-Wave Plus offers excellent battery life, communication range and the ability to mesh connect and OTA updates

Z-Wave Lock Cons:

  • Won't communicate directly with your smart phone.
  • Typically you are going to need to have an additional Z-Wave hub to get all of the features.

Z-Wave vs Z-Wave Plus?

What is the difference and should it impact your lock purchasing decision?

Z-Wave plus is essentially just the next generation of the protocol that has some benefits including decreased power consumption and farther range.

Luckily they designed it to be backwards compatible with existing Z-Wave products, so if you have older Z-Wave products you are in luck that they will still retain their old functionality. If you have the choice we recommended everyone get Z-Wave Plus for all new products moving forward to get the new features and increase their useful lifespan.

What is the best Z-Wave 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 for people in the market.

Lock
August Pro 3rd Generation
Schlage Connect Z-Wave Plus Contemporary "Century"
Yale Assure Lever Lock
910 Traditional Z-Wave
August AUG-SL-CON-S03 Silver Smart Lock Pro, 3rd Generation-Dark Gray, Apple HomeKit Compatible and Z-Wave Plus Enabled
Schlage BE469ZP CAM 619 Connect Smart Deadbolt with Alarm with Camelot Trim in Satin Nickel, Z-Wave Plus Enabled
Yale Security YRL256-ZW2-619 Assure Smart Lever Lock with Z-Wave, Satin Nickel
Kwikset 910 Door Lock for U.S., 910TRL ZW 15 SMT (Satin Nickle), by Kwikset, Cert ID: ZC08-15060007
Best For
Most Popular
Needing a keypad and touchscreen
If you need to replace handle / knob only
Budget Option
Lock Type
Interior Deadbolt Replacement
Deadbolt Replacement
Handle or Knob Replacement
Deadbolt Replacement
Alexa Integration?
Needs Wi-fi bridge
Yes, if you have a hub
Yes, if you have a hub
Yes with add-on hub
Siri / Homekit Integration?
Yes
Yes, but requires technical knowledge
Yes, if you have a hub
No
User Reviews
367 Reviews
47 Reviews
57 Reviews
912 Reviews
Price
$204.00
from $197.00
from $149.00
from $129.99
Lock
August Pro 3rd Generation
August AUG-SL-CON-S03 Silver Smart Lock Pro, 3rd Generation-Dark Gray, Apple HomeKit Compatible and Z-Wave Plus Enabled
Best For
Most Popular
Lock Type
Interior Deadbolt Replacement
Alexa Integration?
Needs Wi-fi bridge
Siri / Homekit Integration?
Yes
User Reviews
367 Reviews
Price
$204.00
Where to Buy
Our Review
Lock
Schlage Connect Z-Wave Plus Contemporary "Century"
Schlage BE469ZP CAM 619 Connect Smart Deadbolt with Alarm with Camelot Trim in Satin Nickel, Z-Wave Plus Enabled
Best For
Needing a keypad and touchscreen
Lock Type
Deadbolt Replacement
Alexa Integration?
Yes, if you have a hub
Siri / Homekit Integration?
Yes, but requires technical knowledge
User Reviews
47 Reviews
Price
from $197.00
Where to Buy
Our Review
Lock
Yale Assure Lever Lock
Yale Security YRL256-ZW2-619 Assure Smart Lever Lock with Z-Wave, Satin Nickel
Best For
If you need to replace handle / knob only
Lock Type
Handle or Knob Replacement
Alexa Integration?
Yes, if you have a hub
Siri / Homekit Integration?
Yes, if you have a hub
User Reviews
57 Reviews
Price
from $149.00
Where to Buy
Our Review
Lock
910 Traditional Z-Wave
Kwikset 910 Door Lock for U.S., 910TRL ZW 15 SMT (Satin Nickle), by Kwikset, Cert ID: ZC08-15060007
Best For
Budget Option
Lock Type
Deadbolt Replacement
Alexa Integration?
Yes with add-on hub
Siri / Homekit Integration?
No
User Reviews
912 Reviews
Price
from $129.99
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 Z-Wave 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

Since you are searching for a Z-Wave lock you more than likely already have a Z-Wave enabled hub in your home.

Once connected to your home hub and router the locks will 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 the Z-Wave locks by each of their compatible systems.

Z-Wave Connectivity

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 Z-Wave connected locks will work well to manage and control your lock while away from home. 

The locks will connect to your smart home hub like SmartThings or Wink and then to your home Wifi network so that it can be managed while you are away from home.

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 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.

Z-Wave Lock Comparison

Retail Price $229.00
(Available for: $204.00)
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 AUG-SL-CON-S03 Silver Smart Lock Pro, 3rd Generation-Dark Gray, Apple HomeKit Compatible and Z-Wave Plus Enabled
August Smart Lock - Keyless Home Entry with Your Smartphone - Silver
august Smart Lock + Connect, Satin Nickel
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, 3rd gen technology - Silver, works with Alexa
Price
$204.00
$99.99
$179.00
$210.00
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Rating
367 Reviews
1,246 Reviews
125 Reviews
2,154 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 AUG-SL-CON-S03 Silver Smart Lock Pro, 3rd Generation-Dark Gray, Apple HomeKit Compatible and Z-Wave Plus Enabled
Price
$204.00
-
Rating
367 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 Smart Lock - Keyless Home Entry with Your Smartphone - Silver
Price
$99.99
-
Rating
1,246 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 Smart Lock + Connect, Satin Nickel
Price
$179.00
-
Rating
125 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 Smart Lock Pro + Connect, 3rd gen technology - Silver, works with Alexa
Price
$210.00
-
Rating
2,154 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.

Sale August Smart Keypad
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
$211.64
$215.78
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16 Reviews
6 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
$211.64
$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
$211.64
6 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
$211.64
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 $179.00
(Available for: $190.00)
Our Review

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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 wirelessly communicate with other devices in home. The lock allows the user (through a third-party smart home controller) to remotely check the door lock status, lock or unlock the door and receive notifications via email or text. The smart lock provides discreet security as it looks like a standard deadbolt on the outside. It is easy to install, program and use, and operates on 4 AA batteries.
Kwikset 99100-044 SmartCode ZigBee Touchpad Smart Lock works with Echo Plus & Alexa, featuring SmartKey, Satin Nickel
176 Reviews
912 Reviews
141 Reviews
22 Reviews
$160.35
from $129.99
from $129.99
$174.20
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
176 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
912 Reviews
from $129.99
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 wirelessly communicate with other devices in home. The lock allows the user (through a third-party smart home controller) to remotely check the door lock status, lock or unlock the door and receive notifications via email or text. The smart lock provides discreet security as it looks like a standard deadbolt on the outside. It is easy to install, program and use, and operates on 4 AA batteries.
141 Reviews
from $129.99
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 works with Echo Plus & Alexa, featuring SmartKey, Satin Nickel
22 Reviews
$174.20
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: $182.98)
Our Review

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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 with SmartKey Security and Z-Wave Plus, Satin Nickel
Kwikset 99160-009 SmartCode ZigBee Touchscreen Smart Lock works with Echo Plus & Alexa, featuring SmartKey, Venetian Bronze
Kwikset 99160-018 SmartCode 916 Contemporary Z-Wave Plus Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt, Polished Chrome
$196.50
$212.49
$192.64
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 with SmartKey Security and Z-Wave Plus, Satin Nickel
$196.50
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 SmartKey, Venetian Bronze
$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 Chrome
$192.64
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: from $127.99)
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Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Black and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Z-Wave Plus and Zigbee
Alexa Support: Yes with add-on hub
iOS App: No
Android App: No
Pros
  • The sleek obsidian color and design will fit in to any home.
  • Can easily install onto the existing deadbolt in a short amount of time.
  • SecureScreen patented technology prevents dirty fingerprints lingering on-screen and revealing your pin code.
  • Connected version gives you 30 customizable user codes so family and friends can gain access.
  • Users can plug in a 9V battery for backup power in case of failure.
Cons
  • No backup key included.
  • Short battery life means they need replaced several times a year.
  • Battery replacement is quite complex and unintuitive, with hard-to-remove battery casing.
  • You cannot remotely add access codes from your smart home hub
  • No standalone app (you use your Z-Wave or Zigbee connected hub like Smarthings or Wink)

Kwikset have created a stylish alternative to the conventional lock. For those prone to losing keys, the Obsidian Smart Lock provides a sleek alternative for a reasonable price. The patented SecureScreen technology is also a nice touch, making sure that your pin number isn’t revealed by grubby fingerprints.

Thirty customizable user codes make the Kwikset a great tool for multiple occupancy home. The lock’s only real weakness is a short battery life compounded by a hard-to-remove battery casing.

The lock comes with both Zigbee or Z-Wave plus connectivity so you can integrate with smart home hubs. The lock however does not come outfitted with a stand-alone mobile app so you are limited in what you can do like adding access codes remotely from your phone.

If you value style over practicality, however, then the Kwikset Obsidian is as attractive as they come!

Your Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock options:
lock finish

Option 1) Pick a finish

Just want the lock? In this model the difference in style mostly comes from the interior look not the exterior which is mostly just the keypad outside of the edges.

smart lock keypad

Option 3) Add a matching door handle

Need to add a matching lever for a new door?

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 $199.00
(Available for: from $206.78)
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Schlage Connect


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Black, Brass, Bronze, Chrome, and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Z-Wave Plus and Zigbee
Google Assistant: Yes with add-on hub
Alexa Support: Yes with add-on hub
iOS App: No
Android App: No
Pros
  • The Connect has a wide range of styles (Contemporary and Traditional) along with finishes (Brass, Black, Chrome, Bronze and Nickel)
  • Will work with a wide range of smart home hubs and security services like Vivint, Alarm.com, etc
  • Users rave about ease of installation on door.
  • Users get to choose the length of their pins (from 4-8 digits)
Cons
  • Without an additional compatible smart home hub you are left with just being able to add and modify codes on the lock itself and you wont have any remote monitoring or locking ability.
  • A few customers have complained of slow customer service responses.
  • Doesnt have a dedicated app and does not work with the Schlage Home App (It only works with Encode and Sense locks)

The Schlage Connect comes outfitted in two model types Zigbee and Z-Wave Plus and without its own dedicated app is deeply tied to connected systems to get the most functionality out of it.

If you don’t already have a subscription to a smart home security system like Alarm.com or have any interest in adding a hub and doing deeper integrations with your home (ie: unlock your house when the garage door opens.) then you will be left with a smart lock that does the basics (auto-lock, access codes) but not much more than that.

The installation is dead simple with just a Phillips screwdriver and taking about 15-25 minutes and (then an additional 20-30 minutes to pair the device with your smart home hub.)

One thing to look out for when purchasing is the integration differences between the Zigbee and Z-Wave version. For example the Z-Wave version supports Google Assistant while the Zigbee version does not.

Overall the Schlage Connect has won good reviews from its customers with its consistent reliability, integrations and easy install. An overall winner in our book.

Your Schlage Connect options:
Comparisons

How do the different models of the Schlage Connect lock compare?

Product Model
Connect Zigbee Traditional "Camalot"
Connect Zigbee Contemporary "Century"
Connect Z-Wave Plus Traditional "Camalot"
Connect Z-Wave Plus Contemporary "Century"
Connect Z-Wave w/ handle
Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Camelot trim in Satin Nickel, Zigbee Certified - BE468GBAK CAM 619
Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Century trim in Satin Nickel, Zigbee Certified - BE468GBAK CEN 619
Schlage BE469ZP CAM 619 Connect Smart Deadbolt with Alarm with Camelot Trim in Satin Nickel, Z-Wave Plus Enabled
Schlage Lock Company BE469ZP CEN 716 Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with alarm with Century Trim in Aged Bronze, Z-Wave Plus enabled,
Schlage Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm and Handleset Grip with Latitude Lever, Satin Nickel, FE469NX LAT 619 CEN
135 Reviews
135 Reviews
47 Reviews
47 Reviews
930 Reviews
$195.97
$199.99
from $197.00
$202.99
from $259.00
Connectivity
Zigbee
Zigbee
Z-Wave Plus
Z-Wave Plus
Z-Wave Plus
With Handle
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Smart Hub Integration?
Access Codes
Long Distance access codes & monitoring?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Yes, with additional smart home hub
$195.97
$199.99
from $197.00
$202.99
from $259.00
Product Model
Connect Zigbee Traditional "Camalot"
Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Camelot trim in Satin Nickel, Zigbee Certified - BE468GBAK CAM 619
135 Reviews
$195.97
Connectivity
Zigbee
With Handle
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Smart Hub Integration?
Access Codes
Long Distance access codes & monitoring?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
$195.97
Product Model
Connect Zigbee Contemporary "Century"
Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Century trim in Satin Nickel, Zigbee Certified - BE468GBAK CEN 619
135 Reviews
$199.99
Connectivity
Zigbee
With Handle
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Smart Hub Integration?
Access Codes
Long Distance access codes & monitoring?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
$199.99
Product Model
Connect Z-Wave Plus Traditional "Camalot"
Schlage BE469ZP CAM 619 Connect Smart Deadbolt with Alarm with Camelot Trim in Satin Nickel, Z-Wave Plus Enabled
47 Reviews
from $197.00
Connectivity
Z-Wave Plus
With Handle
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Smart Hub Integration?
Access Codes
Long Distance access codes & monitoring?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
from $197.00
Product Model
Connect Z-Wave Plus Contemporary "Century"
Schlage Lock Company BE469ZP CEN 716 Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with alarm with Century Trim in Aged Bronze, Z-Wave Plus enabled,
47 Reviews
$202.99
Connectivity
Z-Wave Plus
With Handle
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Smart Hub Integration?
Access Codes
Long Distance access codes & monitoring?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
$202.99
Product Model
Connect Z-Wave w/ handle
Schlage Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm and Handleset Grip with Latitude Lever, Satin Nickel, FE469NX LAT 619 CEN
930 Reviews
from $259.00
Connectivity
Z-Wave Plus
With Handle
Alexa Integration?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
Smart Hub Integration?
Access Codes
Long Distance access codes & monitoring?
Yes, with additional smart home hub
from $259.00

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 $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

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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.

Retail Price $299.99
(Available for: from $163.99)
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Yale Assure Lock SL


Lock Type: Deadbolt Replacement
Finish Options: Brass, Bronze, and Nickel
Connectivity Options: Apple Homekit, Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub, Z-Wave, Z-Wave Plus, and Zigbee
Google Assistant: Yes with add-on hub
Siri Support: Yes
Alexa Support: Yes with add-on hub
iOS App: Yes
Android App: Yes
Pros
  • With all of its radio offerings it can connect with almost any of your smart home hubs and security systems on the market today.
  • Small and clean design with a decent number of finish options.
Cons
  • Need to have a plan on what kind of system you want to build and integrate with in your home as the connectivity options are only offered one at a time.
  • No backup physical key. If your lock battery dies, you can recharge from outside using a 9v battery backup.
  • Reliant on August Connect Wifi bridge (Yale acquired August the company) so if you have tried August Wifi connection and didn’t like it you will be disappointed here as well.
  • Doesn’t really have a strong stand-alone app and if you use the August Wifi bridge will be using their software.
  • Retail price is on the expensive side of the market.

The Yale Assure SL lock features a clean touchscreen design.

You will get the most out of the unit if you already have an Apple TV (4th Gen and above) for the Homekit version or a smart home hub or security system like Wink, SmartThings, Alarm.com that you can integrate with and monitor and control the lock while you are away from your home or apartment.

The higher price might set you back especially if you don’t already have a smart hub or security system in place and need to add that to your order. (Note: The Wifi version offers a nice middle ground as the price is only a bit higher and will get you remote monitoring and control).

The Yale apps are not their strong suit and will be different depending on if you are on iOS or Android. You will be relying some on your 3rd party software support like for Wink or SmartThings if you really want to get the advanced features outside of setting and managing access codes.

Overall a solid if a little pricey offering from Yale with a range of connectivity options to fit your exact needs along with the normal range of smart lock features.

Your Yale Assure Lock SL options:
Comparisons

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

Title
Homekit Enabled
Z-Wave Enabled
Zigbee Enabled
Wifi hub (Connected by August)
Yale Assure Lock SL - Key Free Smart Lock with Touchscreen Keypad - Works with Apple HomeKit and Siri (YRD256iM10BP) in Oil Rubbed Bronze
Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-Wave Plus - Key Free Door Lock with Touchscreen Keypad - Works with SmartThings, Wink and More (YRD256ZW20BP) in Oil Rubbed Bronze
Yale Assure Lock SL with ZigBee - Key Free Smart Lock with Touchscreen Keypad Works with Echo Plus & Xfinity Home - YRD256HA20BP - Oil Rubbed Bronze
Yale Security YRD256-CBA-0BP Yale Assure SL Connected by August Touchscreen Smart Lock, Oil Rubbed Bronze
from $163.99
$219.99
from $149.99
from $128.99
462 Reviews
463 Reviews
463 Reviews
463 Reviews
Homekit / Siri Enabled
Alexa Support
No
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Yes
WiFi Support (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Zigbee Support (Echo Plus, Xfinity Home)
Z-Wave Support (SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com)
Remote Locking
Yes, with Apple TV (4th Gen or later)
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Yes
Title
Homekit Enabled
Yale Assure Lock SL - Key Free Smart Lock with Touchscreen Keypad - Works with Apple HomeKit and Siri (YRD256iM10BP) in Oil Rubbed Bronze
from $163.99
462 Reviews
Homekit / Siri Enabled
Alexa Support
No
WiFi Support (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Zigbee Support (Echo Plus, Xfinity Home)
Z-Wave Support (SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com)
Remote Locking
Yes, with Apple TV (4th Gen or later)
Title
Z-Wave Enabled
Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-Wave Plus - Key Free Door Lock with Touchscreen Keypad - Works with SmartThings, Wink and More (YRD256ZW20BP) in Oil Rubbed Bronze
$219.99
463 Reviews
Homekit / Siri Enabled
Alexa Support
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
WiFi Support (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Zigbee Support (Echo Plus, Xfinity Home)
Z-Wave Support (SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com)
Remote Locking
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Title
Zigbee Enabled
Yale Assure Lock SL with ZigBee - Key Free Smart Lock with Touchscreen Keypad Works with Echo Plus & Xfinity Home - YRD256HA20BP - Oil Rubbed Bronze
from $149.99
463 Reviews
Homekit / Siri Enabled
Alexa Support
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
WiFi Support (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Zigbee Support (Echo Plus, Xfinity Home)
Z-Wave Support (SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com)
Remote Locking
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Title
Wifi hub (Connected by August)
Yale Security YRD256-CBA-0BP Yale Assure SL Connected by August Touchscreen Smart Lock, Oil Rubbed Bronze
from $128.99
463 Reviews
Homekit / Siri Enabled
Alexa Support
Yes
WiFi Support (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Zigbee Support (Echo Plus, Xfinity Home)
Z-Wave Support (SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com)
Remote Locking
Yes

remote locking smart lock option icon

Option 2) Add remote locking and voice control

Do you want the added convenience of remote locking options and integrations with other smart home hubs? Add either the Wifi Bridge version or you will need to get an Apple TV (4th Gen and above) for the Homekit version or an SmartThings/Wink type hub for the Zigbee & Z-Wave versions.

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