Take Security To The Next Level With Smart Home Locks

Dated: 01/10/2018

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Take Security To The Next Level With Smart Home Locks

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Are you still hiding a fake rock on your doorstep with a spare key? Stop putting your home at risk for an easy burglary, and upgrade your locks!

Security is important for practically everybody, but if you’re still using traditional locks for your doors and windows you may be falling behind the curve. Smart home technology is quickly changing the way we use many household items, and the locks that protect our homes are no exception. Current smart home locks allow for remote locking and unlocking of doors via phone, touch-based recognition, and seamless integration with other smart devices.

Learning more about smart home locks and how they are evolving can help you make your home as secure as possible. Below, our guide to smart locks will help you understand the best options on the market today, and what might be available in a few years.

Smart Home Locks, Brand-by-Brand

The following are a few of the most popular smart home lock brands, along with brief overviews of what makes each one unique:

Schlage

One of the most established names in lockmaking for decades, Schlage has stayed up to date by creating some of the most versatile smart locks on the market. Compatible with Apple HomeKit, the voice command features and ability to easily assign guest codes make this an ideal model for those who entertain frequently or who have regular cleaning staff visit.

Kwikset

By far one of the most high-tech and convenient options on our list, the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt recognizes the touch of authorized users and lets them in simply by tapping their finger on the lock itself.

August

The latest offerings from August are easy to install and beautiful to look at. They’re also compatible with both Google’s Nest and Apple’s HomeKit, which makes them a great choice no matter which tech giant you happen to be bound to for life.

Yale

These models feature touchscreens, voice controls in multiple languages, and compatibility with Z-Wave. It makes the list due to its sophistication and ease of use. However, even with high reviews, many techies wish the price for upgraded Yale home kits were more consumer-friendly and the smart locks offered an associated app.

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Features alone do not make or break smart home locks. Another important factor to weigh is the cost of each lock you are considering. Below are the costs for each of the brands listed above:

Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt: approximately $220

Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt: approximately $180 at Amazon, ~$220 through most other retailers.

August Smart Lock, HomeKit Enabled: approximately $125 through Amazon, or $195 at Walmart.

Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt: approximately $170 on Amazon.com, or ~$90 through Amazon marketplace.

Many large electronic and department stores also offer a variety of smart home locks, so if you want to try it out in-store head over to your local Best Buy. Usually large-scale retailers are able to match online prices.

The Future of Smart Home Locks

These brands are of the best smart home locks available today, but the market for smart locks is expanding rapidly, especially in the US and Canada. As such, it is likely that smart home locks will continue to evolve in the coming years to include additional features and increased compatibility with other systems. Look for integration with remote access gate systems, home security cameras, and alarms.

The world is changing quickly, but your safety should remain a constant. You’ve worked hard to make your home modern, streamlined, and energy efficient—now invest in tools that will help you keep it safe.

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