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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 Z-Wave Smart Locks 1 image
$181.72
Kwikset 910Kwikset 910 logo Z-Wave Smart Locks 2 image
$174.47
Yale Assure Lever LockYale Assure Lever Lock logo Z-Wave Smart Locks 3 image
$299.00
Schlage ConnectSchlage Connect logo Z-Wave Smart Locks 4 image
$177.78

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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 Home Kit Compatible and...
SCHLAGE BE469ZP CAM 619 Connect Smart Deadbolt with alarm with Camelot Trim in Satin Nickel, Z-Wave...
Yale Assure Lever - Smart Touchscreen Lever with Z-Wave Plus - Works with Ring Alarm, Samsung...
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
576 Reviews
921 Reviews
108 Reviews
1,064 Reviews
Price
$181.72
$239.82
$284.48
Price not available
Lock
August Pro 3rd Generation
August AUG-SL-CON-S03 Silver Smart Lock Pro, 3rd Generation-Dark Gray, Apple Home Kit Compatible and...
Best For
Most Popular
Lock Type
Interior Deadbolt Replacement
Alexa Integration?
Needs Wi-fi bridge
Siri / Homekit Integration?
Yes
User Reviews
576 Reviews
Price
$181.72
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...
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
921 Reviews
Price
$239.82
Where to Buy
Our Review
Lock
Yale Assure Lever Lock
Yale Assure Lever - Smart Touchscreen Lever with Z-Wave Plus - Works with Ring Alarm, Samsung...
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
108 Reviews
Price
$284.48
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
1,064 Reviews
Price
Price not available
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

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