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Our Guide to The Best Smart Locks in 2020
For decades locks haven’t really changed too much. It’s only in recent years that there have been technological advances in the lock industry, resulting in an entirely new category of locks.
This new category of locks is, of course, the smart locks. Thanks to technology you can now unlock your front door at the push of a button on your smartphone, even if you’re not physically there.
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the best smart locks currently available in 2020 as well as some useful tips and information that will hopefully make it easier for you to choose your perfect smart lock.

Check out our top picks

Our Favorite
IOTC DECO 79 01103
The Yale Assure Lock SL (YRD256)
The Best Overall Smart Lock
In our opinion, this is the best smart lock out there today. It allows you keyless entry and it can be connected to other smart devices in your home.
Second Favorite
ABUS 20/70 DISKUS Padlock
The Yale Assure Lever (YRL256)
A Great Smart Lock With a Handle
Very similar to our favorite choice, the YRL256 is more of a replacement for a door handle as it has a lever, rather than just a deadbolt lock.

The Top 5 Best Smart Locks - Our Review


We’ve taken a look at a number of different smart locks on the market and we’ve come up with a list of our top 5 best smart locks on the market in 2020.
We looked at lots of different criteria, such as how much security each lock provides, what kind of entry systems they use, the price of the smart lock, how aesthetic they are and also what kind of materials they are made from.
Below you’ll find our honest opinions of each of these devices.

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#1: Yale Assure Lock SL (YRD256) Smart Lock
Yale is perhaps the most well-known and trusted brand of locks in the world, so it’s no wonder their smart lock comes in first place. The Yale Assure Lock SL allows you to connect your smartphone to the lock via WiFi, meaning you can use voice control through Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant to lock or unlock your door.
This lock is also connected through August, which allows you to do things with the lock even when you’re not at home. For example, if you want to add or remove a certain access code you can with just a few taps on your phone. This is useful if you have guests round and need to grant them access when you’re not there.
There is an official Yale app but we found it to be a little buggy, so stick with the August Connect app.
One smart feature we like is that it uses DoorSense technology; before engaging the deadlock it will first check if the door is open or closed, preventing it from getting damaged. The build quality is excellent and it feels very expensive to touch. The keypad has a glass face, which is easy to keep clean and looks excellent.
The only major downside with this smart lock is that if you forget the codes or something malfunctions, you’re locked out. You’ll have to damage the lock to get back in.
The ANSI Grade rating of this smart lock deadbolt is grade 2, which is pretty good.
Pros:
Yale is a well-known brand
Good security rating
Unlock with your smartphone
Use August Connect for more functionality
Cons:
If the battery dies or it malfunctions you are locked out
Best Padlock Under $35 - Stanley Hardware S828- 160 CD8820 Review
#2: Yale Assure Lever (YRL256) Smart Lock
The Yale Assure Lever is very similar to the SL version, the major difference being it has a handle, making it a great replacement for a regular door deadlock.
Many of the features are the same between the two versions; you can pair it up via Bluetooth or WiFi to control the operation of the lock via an app, as well as connect it to HomeKit with the August Connect app. We were able to connect up a smart lamp to the smart lock, which resulted in the light being turned on when the door unlocked. Pretty cool.
Installation is easy, all you need is a screwdriver and some patience. We’d highly recommend watching the video guide on how to install it as if you mess it up you have to start all over again.
Size-wise it’s a little larger due to the latch mechanism but we found it to be nice and quiet when operating. It was also very reliable with no issues found in our testing.
Once again, a major flaw is that there is no keyhole. If the lock breaks on you for whatever reason, it’s going to lock you out. The only way to get inside in that situation is to permanently damage the device.
There is, however, a version of this smart lock that incorporates a keyhole, which will eliminate that problem.
This smart lock also has an ANSI Grade rating of 2, which is because it uses the same deadbolt as the previous model.
Pros:
Has a handle for opening
Easy to install and get started with
Keyhole is an optional extra
Cons:
The app can sometimes play up
Best Padlock Under $35 - Stanley Hardware S828- 160 CD8820 Review
#3: Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro Smart Lock
This smart lock is made by a less well-known brand but it is still of very high quality. The design is great, with soft-to-touch buttons and a rubber flap that opens up to reveal a keyhole.
Perhaps the best thing about this smart lock is the fact that it has multiple options when it comes to entry. The first, and best in our opinion, is the fingerprint scanner. You can set up the smart lock to allow entry by scanning your fingerprint. Simply place your finger on the reader and it will either grant or deny you access, which is indicated by the colored ring. You can store up to 2 fingerprints per person.
It also has a hidden keyhole, which is revealed by pulling down the front face. This is a great backup option, should any of the other methods of entry cease to work.
You can also enter a code to gain entry and it has a really smart feature that lets you enter random digits at first, in case somebody is watching over your shoulder. The security features have really been thought about with this device.
Using your phone you can get notifications about when the door is locked or unlocked which is handy if you need to know who’s been coming in and out.
In order for it to be installed the original door deadlock will need to be removed and replaced with this smart lock.
The Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro does not currently have an ANSI Grade rating, so we can’t be sure of how good the deadlock on it is in comparison to the other models that do have a rating.
Pros:
Multiple options for entry
Fingerprint scanner
Hidden keyhole
Good security features
Cons:
No ANSI rating
Best Padlock Under $35 - Stanley Hardware S828- 160 CD8820 Review
#4: Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt Smart Lock
Out of all the smart locks we tested, the Schlage Encode is perhaps the most simple, hassle-free smart lock to use. It’s very straightforward with no frills, you simply enter your key code to obtain access and press the button on the front to lock the door. Keeping with the theme of simplicity, this smart lock only offers access via the keypad of through WiFi, which is all some people need.
If the lock is purposefully damaged, or somebody attempts to smash through the door then a very loud alarm will sound, as this smart lock has a built-in alarm. Very useful for scaring off thieves and alerting neighbors.
The thing we found to be most satisfying is that it works out of the box without any adaptors to set up, unlike most smart locks that require some sort of adapter to begin using it. You are then able to get notifications via the Schlage Home app, telling you when the lock has been opened and closed. Surprisingly the battery life is very good and can go for months without a recharge.
If you’re after a simple but effective smart lock this is the one for you. The Encode retails for around $250 on Amazon which is reasonably priced for the quality of the smart lock.
Impressively the Schlage Encode smart lock has a deadbolt with a Grade 1 ANSI rating. Grade 1 is the highest grade given when testing the strength and durability of deadbolts.
Pros:
Very simple to use
Reasonably priced
Has WiFi and keypad access
ANSI Grade 1 rating
Built-in alarm
Cons:
Might not offer enough functionality to suit everybody
Best Padlock Under $35 - Stanley Hardware S828- 160 CD8820 Review
#5: August 3rd Generation Smart Lock
Last but not least on our list of the best smart locks, we have the 3rd Gen August Smart Lock. This smart lock offers great value for money as it’s sold at a really great price to suit all budgets.
There are some drawbacks to it, which is perhaps why it’s not as expensive as some of the other models.
As with the other August smart locks, the installation guide is very helpful and easy to follow, making the installation an absolute breeze. The only option when it comes to locking or unlocking the device is through WiFi or Bluetooth; there is no keypad or keyhole with this smart lock (although there is a keypad offered as an optional extra).
The issue with relying solely on a wireless connection is that if something malfunctions or the battery ends up dying, you are once again locked out from your house with only one way of getting in; that is to destroy the lock.
The reliability and convenience of this smart lock did not impress us much at all. In order to make it more convenient, you need to set up the auto-unlock feature, which will automatically unlock the door when you get close by. We found that it would sometimes unlock randomly, even if we weren’t that close by. In some instances, it refused to unlock on its own unless we used the app.
Considering the price and simplicity it offers it isn’t a bad smart lock but it could certainly do with some tweaking. You can pick up a 3rd Gen August Smart Lock for just over $100 on Amazon, making it a really great smart lock for those on a budget.
The 3rd Generation Smart Lock by August also scored an excellent 1 when graded by ANSI.
Pros:
Excellent value for money
Straightforward installation guide
Simple to use
Cons:
Not always reliable
No physical way to unlock or lock the door

#1: Yale Assure Lock SL (YRD256) Smart Lock
Best Padlock Under $35 - Stanley Hardware S828- 160 CD8820 Review
Yale is perhaps the most well-known and trusted brand of locks in the world, so it’s no wonder their smart lock comes in first place. The Yale Assure Lock SL allows you to connect your smartphone to the lock via WiFi, meaning you can use voice control through Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant to lock or unlock your door.
This lock is also connected through August, which allows you to do things with the lock even when you’re not at home. For example, if you want to add or remove a certain access code you can with just a few taps on your phone. This is useful if you have guests round and need to grant them access when you’re not there.
There is an official Yale app but we found it to be a little buggy, so stick with the August Connect app.
One smart feature we like is that it uses DoorSense technology; before engaging the deadlock it will first check if the door is open or closed, preventing it from getting damaged. The build quality is excellent and it feels very expensive to touch. The keypad has a glass face, which is easy to keep clean and looks excellent.
The only major downside with this smart lock is that if you forget the codes or something malfunctions, you’re locked out. You’ll have to damage the lock to get back in.
The ANSI Grade rating of this smart lock deadbolt is grade 2, which is pretty good.
Pros:
Yale is a well-known brand
Good security rating
Unlock with your smartphone
Use August Connect for more functionality
Cons:
If the battery dies or it malfunctions you are locked out
#2: Yale Assure Lever (YRL256) Smart Lock
Best Padlock Under $35 - Stanley Hardware S828- 160 CD8820 Review
The Yale Assure Lever is very similar to the SL version, the major difference being it has a handle, making it a great replacement for a regular door deadlock.
Many of the features are the same between the two versions; you can pair it up via Bluetooth or WiFi to control the operation of the lock via an app, as well as connect it to HomeKit with the August Connect app. We were able to connect up a smart lamp to the smart lock, which resulted in the light being turned on when the door unlocked. Pretty cool.
Installation is easy, all you need is a screwdriver and some patience. We’d highly recommend watching the video guide on how to install it as if you mess it up you have to start all over again.
Size-wise it’s a little larger due to the latch mechanism but we found it to be nice and quiet when operating. It was also very reliable with no issues found in our testing.
Once again, a major flaw is that there is no keyhole. If the lock breaks on you for whatever reason, it’s going to lock you out. The only way to get inside in that situation is to permanently damage the device.
There is, however, a version of this smart lock that incorporates a keyhole, which will eliminate that problem.
This smart lock also has an ANSI Grade rating of 2, which is because it uses the same deadbolt as the previous model.
Pros:
Has a handle for opening
Easy to install and get started with
Keyhole is an optional extra
Cons:
The app can sometimes play up
#3: Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro Smart Lock
Best Padlock Under $35 - Stanley Hardware S828- 160 CD8820 Review
This smart lock is made by a less well-known brand but it is still of very high quality. The design is great, with soft-to-touch buttons and a rubber flap that opens up to reveal a keyhole.
Perhaps the best thing about this smart lock is the fact that it has multiple options when it comes to entry. The first, and best in our opinion, is the fingerprint scanner. You can set up the smart lock to allow entry by scanning your fingerprint. Simply place your finger on the reader and it will either grant or deny you access, which is indicated by the colored ring. You can store up to 2 fingerprints per person.
It also has a hidden keyhole, which is revealed by pulling down the front face. This is a great backup option, should any of the other methods of entry cease to work.
You can also enter a code to gain entry and it has a really smart feature that lets you enter random digits at first, in case somebody is watching over your shoulder. The security features have really been thought about with this device.
Using your phone you can get notifications about when the door is locked or unlocked which is handy if you need to know who’s been coming in and out.
In order for it to be installed the original door deadlock will need to be removed and replaced with this smart lock.
The Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro does not currently have an ANSI Grade rating, so we can’t be sure of how good the deadlock on it is in comparison to the other models that do have a rating.
Pros:
Multiple options for entry
Fingerprint scanner
Hidden keyhole
Good security features
Cons:
No ANSI rating
#4: Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt Smart Lock
Best Padlock Under $35 - Stanley Hardware S828- 160 CD8820 Review
Out of all the smart locks we tested, the Schlage Encode is perhaps the most simple, hassle-free smart lock to use. It’s very straightforward with no frills, you simply enter your key code to obtain access and press the button on the front to lock the door. Keeping with the theme of simplicity, this smart lock only offers access via the keypad of through WiFi, which is all some people need.
If the lock is purposefully damaged, or somebody attempts to smash through the door then a very loud alarm will sound, as this smart lock has a built-in alarm. Very useful for scaring off thieves and alerting neighbors.
The thing we found to be most satisfying is that it works out of the box without any adaptors to set up, unlike most smart locks that require some sort of adapter to begin using it. You are then able to get notifications via the Schlage Home app, telling you when the lock has been opened and closed. Surprisingly the battery life is very good and can go for months without a recharge.
If you’re after a simple but effective smart lock this is the one for you. The Encode retails for around $250 on Amazon which is reasonably priced for the quality of the smart lock.
Impressively the Schlage Encode smart lock has a deadbolt with a Grade 1 ANSI rating. Grade 1 is the highest grade given when testing the strength and durability of deadbolts.
Pros:
Very simple to use
Reasonably priced
Has WiFi and keypad access
ANSI Grade 1 rating
Built-in alarm
Cons:
Might not offer enough functionality to suit everybody
#5: August 3rd Generation Smart Lock
Best Padlock Under $35 - Stanley Hardware S828- 160 CD8820 Review
Last but not least on our list of the best smart locks, we have the 3rd Gen August Smart Lock. This smart lock offers great value for money as it’s sold at a really great price to suit all budgets.
There are some drawbacks to it, which is perhaps why it’s not as expensive as some of the other models.
As with the other August smart locks, the installation guide is very helpful and easy to follow, making the installation an absolute breeze. The only option when it comes to locking or unlocking the device is through WiFi or Bluetooth; there is no keypad or keyhole with this smart lock (although there is a keypad offered as an optional extra).
The issue with relying solely on a wireless connection is that if something malfunctions or the battery ends up dying, you are once again locked out from your house with only one way of getting in; that is to destroy the lock.
The reliability and convenience of this smart lock did not impress us much at all. In order to make it more convenient, you need to set up the auto-unlock feature, which will automatically unlock the door when you get close by. We found that it would sometimes unlock randomly, even if we weren’t that close by. In some instances, it refused to unlock on its own unless we used the app.
Considering the price and simplicity it offers it isn’t a bad smart lock but it could certainly do with some tweaking. You can pick up a 3rd Gen August Smart Lock for just over $100 on Amazon, making it a really great smart lock for those on a budget.
The 3rd Generation Smart Lock by August also scored an excellent 1 when graded by ANSI.
Pros:
Excellent value for money
Straightforward installation guide
Simple to use
Cons:
Not always reliable
No physical way to unlock or lock the door

Very Important Things to Consider With Smart Locks


Before you ditch your standard door lock and buy a shiny new smart lock we feel that there are a number of points you need to consider carefully. Smart locks are not for everyone and can have negative consequences if used incorrectly.
Below are some of the key things you should consider before buying a smart lock.

Who Should Use Smart Locks
Smart locks are not going to be suitable for everybody. If you have issues with technology then we’d advise you stay clear of smart locks as they take a certain level of technical knowledge to set up them up and use them correctly.
Even if you get somebody who knows about technology, such as a relative, to set it up for you, you may still run into issues down the line if the technology malfunctions or you have an issue with the device. This is fine if your TV is playing up, but with a smart lock, you’re locked out of your house until it can be fixed.
Smart locks are somewhat experimental, you need to remember technology doesn’t always work as intended, so if you’re the kind of person to get frustrated easily if it doesn’t work all the time, stay away.
It would be a good idea to stick with a standard deadbolt lock if you are planning to secure a high-risk door, as smart locks are not typically as secure as the major deadbolt locks. That’s fine for most people but if you’re guarding business premises with important equipment inside you might want to stick with what you’ve got.
Benefits of Smart Locks
Smart locks do come with a multitude of benefits over their less technical counterparts. For a start, smart locks offer many different ways to unlock the door.
Some come with physical keys that can be used as a backup option if you forget a code or the wireless system malfunctions.
Many of the smart locks have a keypad system, where you only need to remember a key code to gain entry. You can also create temporary keys that are useful for letting guests in.
Most of the smart lock manufacturers have produced their own applications for use on smartphones, which enables you to create and destroy keycodes whenever you want. You can also get a notification on the app whenever somebody locks or unlocks the door, giving you peace of mind.
The core benefit of a smart lock is that it allows you more flexibility when choosing how you want to use the system. If you don’t like using keys and will forget the key codes you can simply get one that lets you use your fingerprint to get access.
Drawbacks of Smart Locks
As with any system, there are drawbacks and smart locks are no exception. In fact, some of the features of smart locks that are considered to be beneficial can also prove to be major issues.
Some smart locks don’t use physical keys or have a backup system, so if you forget the key code or the lock malfunctions you are essentially locked out. The only way you’ll be able to get back in is by damaging the lock, rendering it useless. This puts some people off as smart locks can be temperamental and they’re not cheap to replace.
They are also not the most secure locks on the market. There are some that are better than others, but in most cases, a standard deadbolt lock will provide better security than a smart lock. Just something to consider when using a smart lock to secure somewhere important.
If you’re not very good with technology then it might be wise to stick to an old fashioned lock, as smart locks require a certain degree of technical understanding to set up, configure and use.
Smart Lock Buying Tips
Before you buy a smart lock you need to think about what you want from it. How do you want to be able to unlock it? If you only want to use a physical key in a keyhole then perhaps a smart lock isn’t the best choice.
If you’re only interested in using a keycode combination then don’t buy one that has a bunch of other features as well. Some smart locks will come with additional features, such as being able to see who entered and at what time, as well as adding, removing or creating temporary codes. If you don’t need any of that, don’t bother getting one with those things.
Look at the installation instructions and decide if it’s something you can do yourself, or if you’ll need somebody to help you with it.
Always check the reviews from other users before buying a smart lock as it’ll give you a good insight into how the smart lock performed after lots of use. Other people’s opinions and feedback after using it day in day out is immensely valuable.
Are Smart Locks Better Than Normal Locks
In terms of raw security, normal deadbolt locks tend to be better, but this isn’t set in stone. Some smart locks offer high levels of security, both in terms of allowing access to authorized people and how well they will resist attacks and tampering.
Of course, a smart lock is better at keeping track of who enters and when due to the applications you can use to monitor what’s going on. With a standard lock, this doesn’t exist.
Standard locks also typically only have a couple of entry methods, such as with a physical key or perhaps a keypad. Smart locks offer many different ways of unlocking a door, including fingerprint scanning, physical keys, keycodes, application access over the internet and more.
Have a think about how much of that you need and if it will be of use to you.
For some people, a smart lock will be a better choice than a normal lock but for others, the opposite will be true. It’s all down to your personal preference and use for the lock.
The Threat of Cyber Lock Pickers
In this day and age, cybercrime is a major threat and as we rely more and more on technology the threat it poses to everyday people increases. All too often we hear about big corporations losing their data to hackers, or cybercriminals breaking into people’s bank accounts or computers.
We need to consider the impact of cybercrime on smart locks as many of them are internet-connected these days. Could it be the case that one day it may be feasible for a hacker to hold us to random from getting inside our own homes? It might sound far fetched but it could one day be a possibility.
The other way cybercriminals could commit crimes with smart locks is by actively unlocking doors and physically robbing places. This would require more effort but it may be possible if an individual is determined enough.
Thankfully most of the software produced by the smart lock companies is secure but it only takes one major flaw to cause issues.
Don’t let this potential threat put you off from buying a smart lock, as to my knowledge there hasn’t been a case where this has happened to somebody. It’s just a good idea to consider the possibility and be prepared.

Conclusion

Smart locks are an exciting addition to the standard deadbolt locks on the market as they offer new possibilities thanks to technology.
They are fairly new, so it’s understandable they will have quirks and issues but hopefully, over time, the standard of smart locks on the market will improve and we’ll be given new innovative ways of unlocking doors.
When considering whether or not you should buy a smart lock, think about all of the points in this article

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