Smart Door Locks: A Comparison
When it comes to advances in your security technology, smart locks are the latest innovation in being able to control your security without keys. Not only that, but you can program the locks to open and close without you needing to be present.
The advent of smart security technology means that you can keep your property safe, while also being able to open and close your home with a push of a button. Thanks to this increase in technology, you have improved control, so if you want to open your door at a specific time (perhaps to let in your housekeeper or the dog walker), you can do so without having to worry about leaving spare keys lying around.
The integration of smart locks with security software, panic hardware, and fire alarms, means that you can protect your home in the event of any kind of emergency situation. When it comes to the brands offering smart locks, there are four major players that cover a wide range of price points and needs.
They offer the opportunity for you to integrate it with your security cameras, your burglar alarm control systems, as well as offering a range of entry options – from using a biometric, like a fingerprint, to keypad security code or a deadlock.
All of these locks are compatible with two of the major automation systems, Control4 and Crestron. These allow you to sync and control your home using Apple HomeKit or Alexa, via app or smart device.
Yale offers a huge range of options for you to personalize your smart lock experience. This includes features like Digital Door Viewers and Assure Lock and a range of design and touchscreen options. This is a great opportunity if you are looking to make your remote locking system as bespoke as possible, without having to pay for any extras.
Depending on the look and feel of the products, you can personalize the locks based on color, material, and style – many of them resemble a traditional lock, while still offering smart lock security. The main ranges are the Yale Real Living series, and the Nest X Yale locks.
The Yale Real Living smart locks for doors come in several forms, depending on the kind of security that you are looking for. At the simpler end of the scale, you can choose to replace your existing deadbolt with a keypad that allows you to remotely control the lock. You can also assign codes for the door remotely, giving you the freedom to share access while knowing who has access to your property.
For people looking for something more advanced, then the Nest X Yale Lock works with Google Assistant, allowing you to access your security on any smart device. By linking in with Google, you can also set a timer for the lock on Routines, to automate access into your home. The use of app technology means that you can lock or unlock using your app. The most advanced offering is the Assure Lock, which offers both a deadlock and a touchscreen option. This also offers enhanced security options, that you can easily link to your existing security.
● Easy DIY Installation
● Offers remote locking & unlocking
● Provides you with a keypad option
● Syncs with home automation
● Can be controlled via an app
Yale Price & Packages
Prices for the Yale smart locks start around $199 for the Assure Lock touchscreen model. The Nest X Yale lock can generally be found around $229-279, and the more sophisticated systems are anywhere over $450. As Yale doesn’t sell directly via the website, there’s the opportunity to take advantage of package deals and discounts that are sold through third-parties. These can also include packaging a range of locks, or potentially offering upgrades such as lever handles.
Kwikset offers one of the widest range of products. They offer Home Connect Technology and offers the chance for customers to replace their existing home lock with a wireless system.
One of the more renowned smart lock technology offerings comes from the Kevo system, which offers Touch-to-Open smart locking features, and the Kevo Plus, which allows for remote access. However, if you’re looking for something a little more straightforward, the Traditional Deadbolt with Home connect allows for Z-wave technology, with an easy installation process.
Kwikset defines its electronic locks in one of two ways. The electronic locks offer features such as keyless entry and personalized access codes, while the electronic smart locks offer more advanced features. The Kwikset locks work with tech-advanced features such as Home Connect Technology, Z-wave, Zigbee, and wireless communication with many other devices. This technology provides you with the ability to monitor and control access to your property from any location.
● App-based remote lock and unlocking
● Full security system integration
● Home automation syncing
● Keypad lock and unlocking
Kwikset Price & Packages
Thanks to the huge range of options that you can choose for your Kwikset smart lock, you’ll find that the prices are similarly varied. At the lower end of the spectrum is the Kwikset Convert Smart Lock conversion kits, which are around $129. One of the more advanced locks is the Kwikset Premis Touchscreen Smart Lock, which costs around $200. You will also find where you buy your locks affects how much you’ll pay. Kwikset’s smart locking systems are sold by third-party retailers, so you’ll find that you can benefit from deals and discounts if you look around.
Schlage is one of the most established and respected door lock companies in the country, and they have increased their offerings with smart locks. In comparison to other providers, Schlage offers a wider range of more advanced technology, as well as giving you the opportunity to define your aesthetic.
Schlage offers a huge range of connectivity options, using both Bluetooth Smart technology and their own in-house Schlage Connect. This means that you can pair the locks with existing security technology, and allow greater ease and reliability in your connection.
● Easily syncs with existing home security
● Offers home automation options
● Locks can be connected via Bluetooth
● Remote locking and unlocking
Schlage Price & Packages
There are a number of ranges in the Schlage smart lock series, from the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt to the Latitude Passage Lever. As you might expect, this means that you’re going to have a variety of price points depending on the style of lock you choose and any customizing that you opt for. Prices for the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt range from $169 to $199, while the Latitude Passage Lever can then be added as an upgrade. The Schlage Connect is priced from $145 to $199, and there are many options to upgrade it depending on your needs. Schlage locks are sold via third-party retailers.
Founded in 1946, the Baldwin lock company has been a firm fixture as part of the country’s lock history. Their smart lock series is known as Baldwin Evolved, and offers elegant, high-tech options for your home security. While the Baldwin Evolved price point is notably higher than other brands, you’ll find that their offerings will fit into just about any home style. They offer 24 handsets available in one of 18 different finishes. You can also customize your deadbolt-only model, as well as your Evolved fob.
Baldwin’s smart lock technology operates on a touch-to-open convenience, as well as allowing you to access your lock and technology via your phone or computer. The keys use Bluetooth technology, as well as providing you the opportunity to issue eKeys for when you want to allow others to come and go, but keep track of who has access. Keeping your smartphone or fob in your pocket means that the door will lock when you’re within range. You will also be able to provide people with temporary codes, allowing you to provide anyone you need with access to the property.
The locks are powered by Kevo-technology, which allows for powerful digital security as well as providing you with the opportunity to automate your locks or sync with an existing home security system.
● Elegant, iconic style
● Impressive security and encryption
● Remote locking and unlocking
● Key fob technology
Baldwin Price & Packages
As you might expect from Baldwin, their offerings come in at a higher price point. The Evolved series is around a $300 premium on traditional Baldwin locks and handle sets, which makes it a premium offering. Depending on your style and finish, the retail price point is going to be between $750 to $1000, depending on your third-party retailer.
As you can see, there is a wide variety of options and price points if you’re considering making the switch from a traditional lock to a smart lock. I hope this guide has given you the information you need to make an educated decision on which one is right for you.