Top 5 Smart Door Locks Comparison

1. Schlage Connect Camelot 2. Kwikset Kevo 985 2nd Gen 3. August Smart Lock 2nd Gen 4. Yale Z-Wave 5. Schlage Camelot
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General Information

Manufacturer Schlage Lock Company Kwikset August Yale Security Schlage Lock Company
Weight (pounds) 3.8 3.5 0.86 4.4 5.3
Width (inches) 13.9 13.2 12.2 13 12.6
Class Residential Residential Residential Residential Residential
Number of Color Options 5 6 2 3 6

Product Specifications

Electronic
Power Supply 4 AA Batteries 4 AA Batteries 4 AA Batteries 4 AAA Batteries PP3 Battery
Batteries Included
Deadbolt Type Single Cylinder Single Cylinder Single Cylinder Single Cylinder Single Cylinder
Door Thickness 1-3/8" to 1-3/4" 1-3/4" Retrofits the existing deadbolt and is suitable for most single-cylinder deadbolts 1 3/8" to 2 1/4" 1-3/8" to 1-3/4"
Deadbolt Included
Keypad
Maximum Number of Keypad Codes 30 N/A N/A 250 19
ANSI/BHMA Rating ANSI Grade I ANSI Grade II ANSI/BHMA Grade II ANSI Grade II

Convenience

Easy Installation
Keys Included 1 2 N/A 2 2
Connectivity Z-Wave Bluetooth Bluetooth Z-Wave
Phone Compatibility iOS and Android iOS and Android iOS and Android iOS and Android
Low Battery Indicator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Works with Amazon Alexa Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Special Features

Fingerprint-resistant Touchscreen Touch to Lock/Unlock Auto Lock and Unlock Voice-guided Programming Function Silicon-coated Keypad
Three Alerts Location Detector Access Control Weather-resistant Design Pre-programmed with 2 Access Codes
100% Pick-proof Advanced Smartkey Security Access History Illuminated Keypad Back-lit keypad
Built-in Alarm Technology Access History Gasketed for Outdoor Use

Warranty&Suppport

Warranty 1-year electronic warranty; limited lifetime mechanical and finish 1-year electronic warranty; limited lifetime mechanical and finish 1-year warranty 1-year electronic warranty; limited lifetime mechanical and finish 3-year electronic warranty; limited lifetime mechanical and finish
User Manual
Customer Support

2018 Home Smart Locks Reviews

1. Schlage Connect Camelot

The Schlage company was established in 1920 and ever since it has been dedicated to manufacturing the best security products. Currently, it is considered one of the most reliable security product companies, so there’s no surprise that one of the smart locks produced by the company is our top pick. Connect Camelot is very popular for many reasons including the fact that it features an intuitive designed, a simple installation, and a durable construction.

Design

The lock will protect your house for many years as it is rated by the American National Standards Institute with the highest grade. At 3.8 pounds it is not too heavy yet it is solid enough to withstand the test of time. Additionally, the touchscreen comes in one color option - matte black - and its surface has anti-fingerprint properties.
  • Exterior and interior dimensions: 3" x 5" x 1"/ 3" x 8" x 2"
  • Door thickness: fits doors with a thickness range between 1-3/8" and 1-3/4"
  • 5 color options: it is available in a wide range of colors - bright brass, matte black, satin nickel, bright chrome, or aged bronze.

Performance

The fact that you can introduce up to 30 codes makes this lock very versatile. You can set a different code for every family member or guest. When the code is no longer needed, you can simply delete it from the memory without any hassle. As a back-up, you can use one of the included physical keys. 4AA batteries are necessary to operate the lock and when it’s time to replace them, an indicator light will let you know about this. Unfortunately, this model has no battery backup.

Features

For increased security, the manufacturer added an incorporable alarm with 3 security options. Activity setting – every time the door is opened you will hear 2 short beeps. Tamper setting – in case there’s a subtle activity on the lock, a 90-dB alarm will sound for 15 seconds. Forced Entry – when you’re away and there's a break in, your neighbors will be announced by a 90 dB alarm that will sound for 3 minutes. Here are some other nice features this model comes with:
  • Automatic lock: this feature enables the door to lock automatically after 30 seconds. Therefore, in case you forget to lock it, you don’t have to hurry back and check it.
  • Z-Wave technology: the lock works with Z-Wave but you have to purchase a hub if you want to use the lock with your smartphone.
  • Led backlight: allows you to insert the code even if it’s completely dark.
  • Anti-pick shield: provides protection against lock tampering.

PROS

CONS

Features 2 unique pre-programmed codes Not the most compact locking system
Alarm is loud enough to deter burglars and make you hear it even if you are sleeping
You can program up to 30 individual, unique codes
Intuitive use and easy DIY installation
Comes in multiple color options

VERDICT

The potential for this smart system is good enough as it is, but in combination with Z-Wave compatible smart home hubs, it widens even further. It is definitely the safest security option to go for if you want to keep burglars at bay, and its intuitive use and easy installation which you can do on your own boost its appeal to the max. It is our number one recommendation, so we confidently advise you to use it if you want to get all security-related worries off of your mind.

2. Kwikset Kevo 985 2nd Gen

Ever since 1946 Kwikset has been dedicated to manufacturing residential locks that help increase the security level. Constantly improving their products and adding more features to make them both safer and easier to use, the company has managed to become one of the most popular ones. The Kevo 985 2nd Gen lock is one of the best you can go with, being both dependable and versatile.

Design

In comparison to the first generation of the smart lock deadbolt, the second generation has a smaller and sleeker interior design. It offers the highest level of security as it is ANSI and BHMA grade 1 certified. It is lightweight and comes in multiple finishes to match your preferences. Therefore, you can select between Venetian bronze, satin nickel, polished brass, lifetime polished brass, antique brass, and iron black. It features a single cylinder deadbolt and it is suitable for doors with a thickness of 1-3/4 inches. Both the deadbolt and the latch are adjustable to fit the door.

Performance

In terms of performance, the lock is absolutely impressive. It is the ideal choice if you want to make your house a smart one. This model is Bluetooth enabled and so you only need your smartphone to lock or unlock the door. The Kevo app is very user-friendly and provides a reliable connection.
  • Touch-to-open: with your smartphone in your pocket or purse the only thing you have to do is to touch the deadbolt and it will automatically unlock the door.
  • Temporary eKeys: you can send eKeys to visitors to lock and unlock the door during their stay.
  • Remote locking and unlocking: allows you to grant access to your fiends while comfortably seating on the couch.
  • Lock/unlock status notification: sends you notification every time the door is locked and unlocked.

Features

The smart device comes with plenty of features that make it more convenient to use. A great advantage is the fact that it is compatible with many smart home solutions like Amazon Alexa, Nest, Ring Doorbell, and so on.
  • Knows your location: for extra security, the system won’t unlock the door when your phone is inside the house.
  • Confirmation light ring: when unlocking the light ring flashes green and when locking it flashes red.
  • Auto lock: you can set it to lock automatically 30 seconds after you leave.
  • Audible beeps: they let you know when the door is locking or unlocking. You can turn the beeps off if you want.

PROS

CONS

You only need to touch it to lock or unlock the door Kevo Plus hardware required for other smart features except for Bluetooth connectivity
Allows you to access the history of who entered and left your home A bit pricey when compared to other products in its category
Two keys are still provided in case you have family members who want to open the door the old-fashioned way
Fast response time surpasses what most similar systems on the market offer
Easy to install – you can do it on your own

VERDICT

With a touch to open technology that will make your life a whole lot easier, especially when carrying heavy loads of groceries, this Kevo door locking system is anything a conscientious homeowner could ask for. It might be a bit pricey, indeed, but this isn’t to say that it is not worth every cent as the truth is at the opposite side of the spectrum.

3. August Smart Lock 2nd Gen

From the beginning, August Home, the manufacturing company of this smart locking system knew how important it is for homeowners not only to enjoy enhanced security at home, but to make an addition which is aesthetically pleasing as well. From this mindset was the August 2nd Gen born, one of the best systems you could install in terms of door locking optimization, an anti-burglar system which is worth every cent. However, do be warned that it is not a cheap purchase to make, but it is one we are sure will provide you with the sense of safety and security you are yearning for.

Among all the retrofit systems out there, the August 2nd Gen is definitely the easiest to install, an aspect worth mentioning as it implies you won’t spend a lot of time on the procedure itself, and you won’t have to pay for a professional installation either. Furthermore, it has one of the most intuitive to use apps at the moment, meaning you will have an easy time remotely changing settings, keeping surveillance, and adapting it to your needs at that moment.

For your convenience, it uses geolocation, meaning that it uses GPS information to determine when you leave and arrive home to automatically lock and unlock the door. Thus, if you are the forgetful type, you do not have to worry whether or not you locked the door when you leave home, and if you come back with your hands filled with groceries, opening the door won’t be a complicated operation naymore.

PROS

CONS

It installs quickly and without much hassle Requires the purchase of extra equipment for smart home hardware integration
Unique, innovative technology use through geofencing feature
App allows you to easily configure keys, permanent as well as temporary ones
Bluetooth connectivity and iOS plus Android smartphone compatibility
Low battery indicator keeps you updated with the current status of the battery’s power

VERDICT

Although a relatively new apparition on the market as the manufacturing company is approximately only five years old, the Augusta 2nd Gen is one of the most appealing purchases you could make if a break-in free environment is what you want to enjoy at home. Sure, it might be a bit of a costly investment, but it is one worth making nonetheless considering the amazing security it provides and its ease of use.

4. Yale Z-Wave

In terms of how big of an improvement it can bring to your home’s security, the Yale Z-Wave is, by, far, one of the best options to go for. This is not to say that it does not have some flaws, however. Woefully, without the existence of a home automation system, there are some features to which you will not have access, features that would have made using it more convenient. Furthermore, unlike other security systems in its category, it does not boast the most discrete design.

But these two flaws are completely minor when looking at the bigger picture and considering the safety enhancement it brings to the table. ANSI graded II for its exceptional performance, it is indeed a trustworthy product to go for. Also, it is reasonably priced when compared to most of the door locking systems on the market. One of its most convenient features is the automatic locking which activates after 30 seconds since the door has been opened.

Another upside worth mentioning is that the installation process is made incredibly intuitive and easy due to the voice-activated technology which walks you through all the steps. Thus, you do not need anyone’s help to install it. You can easily add key codes whenever you want, key fobs are not used with it, and you can activate advanced settings hassle-free during the installation process as well.

PROS

CONS

Voice-activated setup helps you easily program the keypad as desired Some of its features only work if it is integrated with a home automation system
Automatic lock feature ensured that after 30 seconds of being unlocked, the security device will lock on its own Bulky body does not make it very aesthetically appealing
Does not use key fobs, which is a major added convenience for most users
ANSI/BHMA Grade II rated for its safety in use
Comes in three finishes which allow you to pick the one that matches the door and knob

VERDICT

Although its integration with a home automation system and the plethora of features you get to enjoy if you perform this integration are a major plus for this locking system, those who do not have home automation might feel limited in its operation. However, even standalone it performs exceptionally when it comes to enhancing home security, so you should not see this small flaw as a major downside.

5. Schlage Camelot

If you want to make sure that no one who you do not give permission to will ever enter your home, all this without having to spend a ton of money out of your pocket, then the Camelot from Schlage is definitely the right pick for you. It might not be the prettiest locking system out there, but considering the asking price for it and the numerous features it is accompanied by, this is not a downside worth taking into consideration.

One of its most appealing traits, by far, is the Vacation mode you can set it on which allows you to disable all user codes when you are away from home for a longer period of time. Of course, this is not the only aspect where it shines as it is worth mentioning the fact that its deadbolt can be adjusted to fit the depth of the pre-existing hole.

Another pleasing element of this system is the low battery icon which indicates, ahead of time, that the battery is slowly being depleted of power. This means that you will be warned in advance and not be caught off-guard, not allowing intruders to break in due to your lack of attention. Overall, after putting into balance its asking price and the technology it uses, as well as the features it is accompanied by, we must admit this is a security device which quite impressed us and that we recommend to all homeowners.

PROS

CONS

Illuminated touchpad makes it easy for you to enter the code even under poor lighting conditions Bulky aspect makes it quite unpleasing from the aesthetic point of view
Vacation mode allows you to disable guest codes when you are away
Low battery icon announces you ahead of time that the battery power is running out
Deadbolt is slightly adjustable, allowing you to customize it to the depth of the pre-existing hole
Good price to performance ratio – one fo the more affordable products in this niche

VERDICT

Affordable and convenient from numerous points of view, this Schlage security product is one worth your money. Although there are numerous features worth boasting when it comes to this system, the one we were impressed by the most is definitely the Vacation mode which allows a 100% security proofing as you can even disable guest codes when you are away.

6. Ultraloq UL3 BT

Another great option you can consider is this smart door locking system from Ultralog-q. If you need a high level of security for your door, then this model is exactly what you need. Once installed, you will know who locks the door and when. This lock is Bluetooth enabled which makes it more secure in comparison to the other models which use WiFi connectivity. The Ultralocq app is available for both iOS and Android smartphones. In case you have an Android device, you can also knock on your phone 4 times or skate it to unlock the door.

Unlike many other models, this one uses an advanced fingerprint technology. This means you can open the lock just by touching it. The built-in sensor is scratch-proof, dust-proof, waterproof. The system won’t need more than 0.5 seconds to identify you. Additionally, you can gain access by introducing the correct code. This model features an anti-peep password. For more convenience, you also have the mechanical key as a back-up.

The casing is made of strong zinc alloy and is rated IP65 which means that is protected from dust and water. Therefore, you can install the lock both indoors and outdoors. It provides great performance and flexibility, so you never have to worry again about losing or forgetting your key. The system features a long battery life, allowing accessup to 8000 times. When the batteries run low, you will receive an alert on both OLED display and app.

PROS

CONS

Fetaures 5 opening methods For deleting or changing an user you need to use the app
Doesn’t require Internet connectivity Can’t sent an eKey to another smartphone
Weatherproof encasing
Comes with an advanced fingerprint reader that can store 95 fingerprints
The door lever is reversible

VERDICT

Nice option if you’re looking for a highly advanced door locking system. It uses fingerprint technology and is smartphone compatible. It comes with many built-in features that are meant to make things easier while keeping your home protected from the possible intruders. Nice and simple design and very highly responsive touchscreen. There are some drawbacks but all in all, it worth the investment.

7. Samsung Ezon SHS-3321

Once installed, this smart lock will keep your house safe no matter if you’re at home or away. The unit features a modern design, offering you the possibility to choose between 2 deadbolt sizes. Due to the fact that it is a digital door lock, this model is very easy to use. In order to change the batteries, you only have to remove the back and replace them. You can also reset the code from the back.

You can gain access by introducing the right code, using the key fob, or the tag. It features an automatic locking, making it more convenient in case you’re in a hurry and you simply forget to lock the door. Even if the batteries run out, you will be able to open the door as there’s a 9V battery that offers enough power to enter the house and change the batteries. However, the unit features a low battery indicator that will announce when you have to replace the batteries.

This model also features a fire detection sensor, so in case there’s a fire in the house, you will know for sure. You can adjust the volume according to your preferences and you can also switch it to the mute mode. As about the installation, you won’t find any difficulties in performing this job. For peace of mind, the manufacturer warrants it for a period of 1 year.

PROS

CONS

Comes with a low battery indicator that stays on about 2 weeks Doesn’t have a hard key option
Includes a fire detection sensor Lacks some advanced features like Wi-Fi connectivity, voice command, fingertip recognition, etc.
It is equipped with a battery back-up, so even if there’s no battery left you will gain access
Features a random security mode and a double authentication mode
Locks the door automatically, so there’s no need to worry in case you forget to lock the door

VERDICT

This is a popular model that due to its simple and intuitive design. It comes packed with some nice features although in comparison to other models it is less advanced. It does a great job at keeping the intruders away with the anti-theft mode, the double authentication mode, and the random security code. It may be a little pit pricey, but overall it worth the investment.

8. Akaso SW805

This model made by Akaso doesn’t only look stylish, it also makes locking and unlocking a breeze. The zinc alloy construction increases its overall durability while the many built-in features allow you to enjoy the ultimate technology in this industry. It comes with a touchscreen keypad that illuminates to better see the button even if it’s dark outside.

It features multiple ways to unlock the door which is really great. You can use the PIN code, the app, or even the provided physical key. The independent PIN codes allow you to provide access to your guests and visitors for a certain period of time or only for a few hours. Adding and deleting the codes is very easy and convenient. The user-friendly app allows you to provide access even if you’re not at home. Also, it keeps you informed about who comes and leaves home, so you can monitor your kids for example and rest assured knowing they have arrived home.

The lock includes 2 traditional keys which can be used as a backup. In case you enter the incorrect code 5 times consequently, you won’t be able to enter any other code for 5 minutes. Additionally, the door locks automatically every time you go out. Another great feature is the intrusion alarm that starts when the lock is opened using other methods than the ones provided .

PROS

CONS

Nice design with backlit keyboard The provided instructions are rather poor
Features a low battery indicator and comes with a battery backup A little bit noisy when the door locks automatically
Locks automatically every time you go out
You can provide temporary codes for guests and friends
Features dead lock button that block the access for the outside

VERDICT

The lock features a simple operation even if the provided instructions are not very helpful. It comes with many nice features that are meant to increase the safety level of your house. The design makes it suitable for any modern house or apartment. However, you may find it a little annoying when it closes off as it is rather loud.

How We Selected and Ranked

Although there are many locks out there, not all of them provide the same performance. A good lock doesn’t only increase the security level of your home but it is easy to use for the entire family. So, when we selected and ranked the products, we took into account both these aspects and some more.
Rating Criteria How It Affects Performance Best Model
ANSI/BHMA Rating ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) set 3 standard grades for the security and durability of locks with grade 1 being the highest possible and grade 3 the minimum acceptable. Not all devices meet ANSI/BHMA standards, so from this point of view they are less secure. Schlage Connect Camelot
Connectivity Some devices are more advanced and they can be controlled with your smartphone. In general, they are compatible with both iOS and Android operating systems and come with user-friendly apps. Some of them can be connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but there are devices that work with the Z-Wave technology. Each of these wireless connections has both advantages and disadvantages, so deciding which one is the best is rather difficult. But this is not the point. Your choice should be based according to your needs and preferences. However, most devices that use Z-Wave require you to separately purchase a hub that controls the Z-Wave devices. Kwikset Kevo 985 2nd Gen, August Smart Lock 2nd Gen
Door Thickness Requirements In general, the available locksets are not suitable for any type of door. The thickness of the door is the major factor that influences the compatibility of the device. Luckily, most devices are pretty versatile from this point of view because they can be installed on door frames with different thickness. Some models simply retrofit the existing deadbolt. August Smart Lock 2nd Gen, Yale Z-Wave
Design The design is not the most important aspect but if you want the locking mechanism to fit into the house decor, it’s worth paying attention to this little detail. Some devices feature a modern design while others are more traditional. For a perfect match, you should also consider the style and color of the door. Most models come in multiple color options, so choosing one shouldn’t be too difficult. Kwikset Kevo 985 2nd Gen, Schlage Camelot, Schlage Connect Camelot
Warranty The warranty of a product is a guarantee that if it gets defective, it will be repaired or replaced for free. The locksets made by trusted brands come with a warranty that covers both mechanical and finish defects. Some manufacturers also offer a warranty that covers electronics defects. August Smart Lock 2nd Gen, Schlage Camelot

Frequently Asked Questions

? What Happens If Too Many Incorrect Codes Have Been Entered?
The answer to this question depends on the model of smart lock you have installed. This information is usually provided in the user manual. The solution for some locks, as those made by Schlage, is to wait for 30 seconds until you re-enter the code.
? Are Single Cylinder Deadbolts Better Than Double Cylinder Deadbolts?
The single cylinder deadbolts are not necessarily better but they are certainly more convenient. The main reason for this is because they require a key for locking and unlocking the door from the exterior and not from both the exterior and interior as double cylinder deadbolts need. Therefore, single cylinder deadbolts are more common and less expensive. Also, they are considered safer in case of a fire.
? The Door Locks Still Work When the Phone Battery Drains Out?
Yes, all smart door locks can work even if the smartphone battery drains out. You just have to use the physical key included and open the door in the old fashion way.
? How Long Does the Battery Last?
The battery life depends on the smart lock model and the quality of the battery. In general, most batteries last between 3 and 6 months until they need a replacement. For more convenience, when the battery runs low, many of the available smart locks feature a low battery indicator that announces you to replace the battery. Some of them also announce you via the mobile app.