Think your neighborhood is among the safest ones in the state? Or are the police highly efficient at catching criminals where you live?

There must’ve been at least one moment in your life where you didn’t feel safe at home.

It may be due to reports of robberies in the neighborhood, or because you heard a soft thud coming from downstairs while sleeping in the night. With all the talk of safety measures, smart locks are the next big thing to keep you safe!

Companies like August Home, Kwikset, and Schlage are building smart and efficient security solutions. However, they’re products can seem pretty similar at first glance. So how do you choose the best one?

I’ve already mentioned the best companies that are in the business of making smart locks: August Home, Kwikset, and Schlage.

In this article, I’ll go on to compare their best models, and see which one comes out on top.

The Top 3 Smart Locks

Best Design

August Smart Lock With Built-In Wi-Fi

Our first contender is the smart lock by August Home. It promises not only to keep the wrong kind of people out, but also to let the right people in. That’s an interesting way to sell your smart locks.

This smart lock has a compact design. August has managed to slim down their latest model design to 45% smaller than its predecessors. It’s a compact circular object that’s easy to install on your front door.

The August Smart Lock comes with built-in Wi-Fi. You can access it from anywhere in the world using the August Smart Lock app on your smartphone.

This also means that you can let your housekeeper or nanny get in while you’re at work or away for some time.

Installing the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is a breeze. All you need is a screwdriver to remove the deadbolt plate from inside. You also need to download the August app, which is available on both iOS and Android.

This smart lock is also compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri for voice commands.

Moreover, it also allows multiple users to generate their unique virtual keys for free.

If it detects your phone has moved 200 metres away from your home, it will instantly lock the deadbolt, even if you forgot to!

What else can you ask for?

Pros Cons
Compact designHigh price point
Easy installationShort battery life
Compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, and SiriNo way to open from outside without phone
Has advanced security features

Our Verdict

The August Smart Lock is a fantastic option – I personally love the small size and trusted reputation of the brand. But it comes at a higher cost than other solutions.

Plus, you do still have to carry your keys, in case it loses power and locks you out of your home. After paying so much, this can be a bit of a downside.

Best Functionality

Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock

Our next contender is the Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock. Coming from Kwikset, a company which has been in the locksmith business for the better part of the century.

This smart lock has an advanced touch-to-open feature. Your door only gets unlocked when you touch the surface of the smart lock.

On the exterior of the door, this smart lock replaces your deadbolt panel. It has a keyhole, as well as a circle of blue light around it.

If  you have the Kwikset Kevo app in your phone, as soon as you come near the door the lock uses bluetooth connectivity to recognize your device.

Once this is done, the blue screen lights up, and you have to touch the lock to open the door. Magic

This innovative safety feature requires you to be present at the door to open it.

In terms of connecting to the app through Bluetooth, I’d say that the Kevo Smart Lock does well enough. Unlike other smart locks, it generally doesn’t fail to recognize your device or connect to it.

Installing the Kevo Smart Lock can take up all of your afternoon, especially if you’re doing it yourself. It requires you to remove the entire locking mechanism from your door and then install it. It’s better if you hire an expert.

It also allows you to assign electronic keys to your family members or guests who need to enter the house. Plus, having a keyhole is great for a backup plan.

Moreover, it can be connected to Alexa. But you’ll need a Kevo Plus subscription to access the wide range of smart home features.

Pros Cons
Allows smart home integrationDoesn’t have keypad option for failsafe
Doesn’t unlock until touchedRequires additional payment for smart home features
Can assign multiple electronic keys
Also has keyhole for backup access

Our Verdict

The Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock is a valuable addition to any home. However, it still leaves room for error and getting locked out of your home if you’ve not got the app handy. A sort of ‘Smart, but too smart’ type issue!

Otherwise, the lock is fantastic and also incredibly subtle. I love how it looks like a standard deadbolt lock, until it recognises you and lights up.

The All-Rounder

Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt

The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt comes from a company with a century-long experience of manufacturing locks and security solutions.

They’re experienced and talented craftsmen who put their heart and soul in each product.

It has a little bit of something for everyone: a keyhole, for starters. Then, it also has a keypad, which makes it highly convenient.

The keypad also makes it easier for letting your guests in, or allowing your friends to enter when you’re not there.

It also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity. This allows you to open the door using the Schlage app.

It has a compact and sleek design. Its smart home features allow connectivity with Alexa and Google Assistant. You can control your smart lock with your voice.

By using the app, you can generate a maximum of one hundred permanent or temporary access codes.

Plus, it also gives you the freedom to schedule start and end times for each code. This way, your housekeeper can only come in between 10 AM and 11 AM.

Pros Cons
Easy to installHigh price point
Compatible with Alexa, Amazon Key, Google AssistantNot compatible with Apple HomeKit
Allows up to 100 access codes with scheduling options
Multiple options to unlock door

Our Verdict

This smart deadbolt device provides numerous ways to unlock the door. You can’t stay locked out, unless you really want to.

The icing on the cake is that you can also assign names with each code and the smart lock will inform you who has entered.

This is one of the most advanced security features that you’ll find in any smart lock. The flexibility and control that you get over the access codes is truly unmatched.

 

Comparing The 3 Best Smart Locks

Now that you have all the details, it’s time to pit the 3 against each other and see which one comes out on top.

Ease of Installation

Generally, it’s easy to install smart locks and their installation method is similar to traditional deadbolt locks.

The August Smart Lock can be installed in 10 minutes only. The Kevo and Schlage Smart Locks may require a little more time to install.

Battery Life

Smart locks require power to run, which is provided by batteries. If you don’t replace the batteries on time and the power runs out, good luck getting back inside.

The August Smart Lock has a short battery life, which makes it unreliable in this regard.

On the other hand, our other two candidates have a good battery life. However, it’s best to incorporate changing batteries into your routine on a regular basis.

Compatibility

Compatibility is important for integration with other home security solutions. The smart lock must be able to connect to the internet, otherwise you won’t be able to access many of its features.

In this regard, I’d put my money on the August Smart Lock! It allows easy and efficient integration with numerous devices.

Auto-Unlock Quality

Most smart locks are programmed to unlock the door as soon as they get a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi signal. But this isn’t really safe in my book, because you can fall prey to intruders!

Therefore, my pick for this feature would be the Kwikset Touch-to-Open Deadbolt! It doesn’t unlock until you press the lock yourself.

Failsafe Features

No matter how smart your lock, it’s bound to fail at some point. There are numerous ways for smart locks to fail.

Therefore it’s best to look for options that have efficient failsafe solutions. This is to ensure that you can get inside your home safely.

For this purpose, you can choose the Kevo or Schlage Smart Locks.

Guest Access

Guest access is one of the major factors that people consider when choosing a smart lock.

It can be useful for letting your housekeeper in. Maybe a friend needs to crash at your place for a few hours when you’re at work.

If you’re considering guest access features, both the Kevo and Schlage Smart Locks provide them.

However, Schlage takes it one step further by allowing you to create 100 access codes, along with scheduling each one individually.

Conclusion

Smart locks are a welcome addition to any house. They allow you to sleep peacefully.

Moreover, you can monitor your home’s security from anywhere.

I’ve shortlisted the best smart lock systems for you. But if I needed one for my home, I’d go for the Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt! It packs a lot more features than the other two.

Plus, if I’m paying $249 for a smart lock, I’d want it to have every possible unlocking method – keyhole, keypad, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and voice control.

Plus, I really love the access code assignment and scheduling features.

I hope this article helps you choose the best smart lock for your home.

If you want to read more about smart technology, check out other similar comparison articles on our site.

Thanks a lot for reading, and have an amazing day!

-Craig