Smart locks use wireless technology to lock and unlock entry to your home, business or other secured location. They also boast varying features from monitoring and alerts to remote access for individuals of your choosing. Convenience and flexibility are two top features that recommend these options over traditional lock-and-key security configurations. If you’re considering a smart lock or an upgrade to your existing system, here is an overview with the main pros and cons of three top selling smart locks for 2016.
Manufactured by Kwikset and partnered with UniKey for software, this lock has the distinction of seniority in this still burgeoning field. Overall, it’s an affordable option with some very nice features, but the security it provides is less than stellar.
- Excellent customer service.
- Reliable indoor/outdoor sensor ensures someone can’t enter your home if you have left your phone too close to your entryway.
- Comes with keys for optional mechanical standard lock features giving you more options and catering to family members who aren’t ready for “smart” technology.
- Tap for entry feature is a welcome convenience when your arms are full.
- No auto-lock feature which is typically standard on smart locks.
- Rates lower on security than many other smart lock offerings.
- No remote access, unless you purchase the optional accessory Kevo Plus.
- Requires Bluetooth 4.0.
Schlage is another veteran in lock-making. The Schlage Sense is an Apple HomeKit-compatible smart lock that offers user-friendly features and an impressive warranty. It also allows you to assign up to 30 codes for service members, guests and other individuals who need temporary access to your home.
- Detects the use of a key or keypad to unlock the door.
- Sends alerts for at-risk security issues.
- Attempted physical break in activates a built-in siren.
- Doesn’t include a key fob.
- Under par support resources.
- No Android mobile app available.
This convenient smart lock attaches to your own deadbolt, and offers a selection of accessories to customize your lock. The mobile app is quite versatile allowing you to perform a range of useful functions remotely.
- Works with Bluetooth and Z-Wave for added choice and flexibility.
- Excellent encryption to fend off electronic attacks and hackers.
- Auto-unlock feature lets you unlock your door as you’re approaching your home.
- Offers an optional companion garage door controller.
- Relies on the strength of your deadbolt for security.
- No detection features for attempted forced entry.
- Limited support options.
There is no shortage of smart lock options for 2016, and these three are just the tip of the iceberg. For more information, top-rated service and professional installation call on All United Locksmith today.