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5 Smart Door Locks to Buy in 2019

5 Smart Door Locks to Buy in 2019
Yale Assure Lock SL YRD256. Image: ASSA ABLOY/Yale.
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Smart locks prevent you from fumbling with physical keys and can also allow you to grant temporary access to someone such as a house sitter or delivery person. But, the market is growing, and it can be difficult to determine which one to buy. This list gives you above-average possibilities.

[1] August Smart Lock Pro + Connect

August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. Image: August Home.
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. Image: August Home.

One of the nice things about the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is the several options for use. For example, this smart lock with the August Connect wall-mounted module syncs with well-known voice activation assistants like Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant so you can command your smart speaker to control the lock.

Other options include locking or unlocking the door using a complementing app or enabling an auto-unlock feature that releases the lock function when you approach the door.

August app. Image: August.
August app. Image: August.

This smart lock is also very convenient because it attaches to an existing deadbolt and allows people to keep using physical keys if desired. Anticipate a fast and painless installation process.

[2] Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

The Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt comes equipped with either Zigbee or Z-Wave network technology compatibility depending on which kind suits your smart home. If you buy a smart lock for a rental property, there are many things to consider including safety standards and types of locks. This model allows distributing up to 30 access codes to authorized people, making it a great fit if you frequently rent out your property to short-term occupants. 

People only need a screwdriver to install this smart lock, and it includes a fingerprint-resistant keypad. There are also features for controlling the lock from anywhere or using a voice assistant to do so. This model has secure encryption that’s among the best in the industry, too.

[3] Sesame Smart Lock

A recent report projects a market worth for the smart lock market of more than $24 billion by 2024. Manufacturers appeal to the demand by creating smart locks to align with a variety of consumer priorities, including affordability. The Sesame Smart Lock from Candy House is one of the lowest-priced smart locks available, and it can be installed within seconds without tools.

The lock fits most conventional cylindrical deadbolts used in the United States and Canada, along with those in several other countries. Sesame uses an app to grant access, and you can look at entry records anytime for peace of mind.

When using the Sesame Smart Lock, you can go into the app and set guest access for a defined window of time. Alternatively, give administrative access to someone you trust and allow them to permit or deny access to others through the app.

[4] Ultraloq UL3 BT Smart Lock 

The Ultraloq UL3 BT from U-Tec offers a wide variety of familiar and distinctive ways to open a door fitted with this Bluetooth smart lock. People can use the complementing app, the fingerprint reader, or type an entry code on the keypad. Indeed, access control is one of the coolest and most-wanted features of smart locks, and this model offers even more possibilities. 

Depending on whether they have Android or iOS phones, people can shake their smartphones to get in a door without opening the app, or they can knock four times on the phone for entry. Additionally, the smart lock has sensors, so it recognizes when people reach for the keypad or fingerprint reader and turns those portions on for quick access.

[5] Yale Assure Lock SL YRD256

Yale Assure Lock SL YRD256
The Yale Assure Lock SL YRD256 is entirely keyless. Image: Yale.

Most smart locks are battery powered, and that feature typically allows for ease of installation since it doesn’t require working with a home’s wiring. The Yale Assure Lock SL YRD256 goes a step further than many other locks that use batteries and offers an emergency battery backup port on the bottom that allows operating the lock with a 9V battery.

The backlit keypad has numbers that won’t wear off with use. Plus, the lock “wakes up” when a person’s hand brushes the lock face, making the access process as speedy and streamlined as possible. It’s also possible to add or remove users through the keypad.

When you order the lock with the optional Yale Apple HomeKit, Zigbee, or Z-Wave network module, authorized users can lock or unlock a door from anywhere by using an app. A network module will also connect the lock to popular smart home automation systems.

Enjoy the Convenience of a Smart Lock This Year

Maybe you decided 2019 is the year you’ll make some meaningful upgrades to your abode. If installing a smart lock is on the to-do list, you could finally stop carrying jangling keys that are easy to lose. This list features some top-grade smart lock models to consider.

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