Improve the accessibility of your property, keep tabs on comings and goings, beef-up security, or simply add another device to your smart home set.
There are absolutely loads of reasons to consider fitting your home or business with a smart lock, aside from the novelty factor of being able to open your place with your phone or fingerprint. That is a pretty convincing reason, though.
By investing in a smart lock, you can greatly improve the accessibility of your property, keep tabs on comings and goings, beef-up security, or simply add another device to your smart home set.
Owing to the popularity of smart home security systems, the market is loaded with high quality smart locks, promising all kinds of functionality. Picking the best device from this selection isn’t easy though, especially with so many brands and features to consider.
To keep things simple, we’ve gone through all of the latest and greatest products, and put together a list of the best smart locks in the UK. The devices we have chosen offer up a selection of different functions, ranging from the simple to the not-so-simple. We think we’ve picked something to cover everyone.
These are the best smart locks for 2019.
It’s easy to install (working with existing deadbolts), painless to set up, and provides reliable keyless entry, with unlimited virtual keys. You can even share these keys with friends, family, or even the delivery guy for 10 minutes.
The accompanying app is intuitive and easy to use, providing quick and easy access to features like auto-lock, which can be a life saver. Yes, the August Smart Lock Pro is one of the priciest smart lock kits on the market, but we can confidently say it’s one of the best.
Installation isn’t as easy as some others on this list, but it’s pretty straightforward nonetheless. Once this device is installed, you get reliable keyless entry and a lock that works well with SmartThings.
The Conexis L1 allows you to send virtual keys to friends and family, including time-limited keys for those that are restricted to certain timeframes.
Yale’s app is also highly user-friendly and makes running the show pretty straightforward.
3. Schlage SenseA good option for those who rent out their home on sites like Airbnb.
The Shlage Sense isn’t as “smart” as other smart locks in our list, but it does what it does – offer keyless entry – exceptionally well. The lock will let you see who has come and gone from your property and at what time, whether they use a key or a PIN. It’s therefore a good option for those who rent out their home on sites like Airbnb.
The Sense is easy on the eyes, so you won’t have to sacrifice the nice look of your home for the beefed-up security. Schlage’s accompanying app is a breeze to use and there’s also a physical override for emergencies, something which is conspicuously absent from many top-contenders in the marketplace.
4. Yale ENTROffers up modern design alongside some impressive technology, at a good price.
The Yale ENTR is a lock that offers up modern design alongside some impressive technology. The ENTR is easy to install, and gives you the option to enter your home using the app, remote control, PIN pad, or fingerprint scanner, making it one of the most versatile smart locks in this list.
Yale’s app makes managing entry quick and easy, with options for guest keys, time restrictions, and access limitations set out clearly.
5. Ultraloq UL3Advanced fingerprint technology uses a scratchproof, dustproof, and waterproof sensor.
It offers access to your property via your smartphone, fingerprint, and code (and a key, if you find yourself in a tight spot). The UL3’s “knock to open” feature is also great, allowing you to tap your phone with your hand to open your door.
The lock can store up to 95 different codes, and each code can be from 4-7 digits long. The fingerprint sensor is as fast as any we’ve seen, providing quick and easy access.
The UL3 is easy to install, weatherproof, and has a surprisingly good battery-life.
6. ZKTeco DL-L7000The fact that this device supports over 500 fingerprints makes it the perfect device for commercial use.
You can gain access to your home or property via a fingerprint scanner, password input, and traditional key. The lock supports over 500 fingerprints, making it a good choice for commercial users.
The lock itself is easy enough to fit and while it is a bit chunkier than other locks on the market, it isn’t unnecessarily ugly. It might not suit homes with a more traditional aesthetic, though.
Battery life is solid and there’s an alarm equipped as well, which will alert you to low battery and interference. If you’re keen to stay on top of who is coming and going in your place, you can rely on the lock to keep good records.
7. Yale KeylessAccess your home via a PIN code, key card, key tag, remote fob, and Smartphone app.
The Keyless is a brilliant smartlock that may look simple, but is in fact surprisingly advanced. It comes with a touchscreen for PIN access, and if this doesn’t work for you, there is always the key card, key tag, remote fob, and Smartphone app.
The lock itself is neatly designed and easy to install. It’s also built with a tamper alarm, bank level encryption, and incorrect pin code features. All these features combine to keep you safe.