Forget about keys and open the front door with your smartphone like a boss with these 5 smart locks


Unlocking your car doors with your smartphone sounds rad, right? The next logical step on your way to 2017 technological supercoolery is entering or locking up your house or office using just an app on your phone or tablet, secured with all sorts of mechanisms – from lock screen codes or patterns to biometric security like fingerprints and iris scanning. To do that, you'll have to install a smart lock. They come in many shapes and sizes and offer all kinds of unique functionality. But most importantly, they are sturdy, secure, and convenient. We have rounded up five of the better options on the market for you to check out.

These smart locks are made out of durable materials, feature bespoke cybersecurity systems (so the overly smart kid next door won't be able to break in with his leet computer skills), and give you the freedom to completely forget about keys – including the one you leave under the welcome doormat (especially that one). With smart locks, sharing or restricting access becomes the same thing as sharing gift codes or your Steam and Netflix accounts. It's the future, but it's already available to us and you are invited to give it a try!

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt


The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt has an illuminated touchscreen that provides easy accessibility and eliminates the hassle of fumbling around for your keys. Pairing it with the Schlage Sense app (iOS only) gives even more opportunities for control. Moreover, the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt integrates with Apple HomeKit, meaning you can unlock your door by talking to Siri on your iPhone (or other Apple device). As for physical security, the lock is designed to meet the highest industry standards for strength and durability, so it's going to give intruders enough hard time breaking in to ensure some peace of mind on your side.

Dimensions2.1 x 3 x 8.2 inches
Batteries4 AA batteries required
Operating systemsiOS
ConnectivityBluetooth Smart


Pros

  • Great Apple HomeKit and iOS integration

Cons

  • No other operating system support

August Smart Lock


A great example of a modern smart lock, the August lets you lock and unlock your door, create "virtual keys" for guests, and keep track of who comes and goes – all from a smartphone app. The August can automatically lock and unlock as you go outside or approach the door. The product also boasts Apple HomeKit integration for easy operation and checking of the lock’s status.

Dimensions3.4 x 3.4 x 2.2 inches
Batteries4 AA batteries required
Operating systemsAndroid, iOS
ConnectivityLow Energy Bluetooth


Pros

  • Lots of functionality

Cons

  • Might not suit your house

Ultraloq UL3


With the Ultraloq UL3, your smartphone becomes your key. Unlocking the door means using the Ultraloq App on your phone, although some may prefer the fingerprint sensor (scratchproof, dustproof and waterproof) that's built into it. Regardless, the gadget uses Bluetooth Low Energy, which ensures a reliable connection that keeps working even in the event of power or internet outages. Additionally, the Ultraloq App has some cool superpowers that let you manage users, log who enters, and clone user profiles when adding more Ultraloqs.

Dimensions7 x 6.3 x 3.5 inches
Batteries3AA batteries required
Operating systemsAndroid, iOS
ConnectivityLow Energy Bluetooth


Pros

  • Has superb fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • Touchscreen difficult to see in the sun

Kwikset Kevo


Kevo is so smart, it will recognize you approaching the front door and unlock it upon touch, meaning your phone can stay in your pocket or purse. And when your phone is indoors, Kevo will maintain your home's security and prevent it from being unlocked without your permission. The SmartKey Security built in it offers strong resistance against forced entry techniques and other entry methods, such as lock picking and lock bumping. The lock is finished in Satin Nickel for a clean, modern look that will suite a modern office, apartment, or house.

Dimensions10.3 x 5.9 x 3.7 inches
Batteries4 AA batteries required
Operating systemsAndroid, iOS
ConnectivityLow Energy Bluetooth


Pros

  • Offers convenient door entry

Cons

  • Doesn't support Apple HomeKit

Master Lock Bluetooth Outdoor Padlock


If you want to lock up stuff 2017 style, this Bluetooth-secured outdoor padlock is the way to go. It combines the toughness of Master Lock padlocks with the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity. Use your smartphone to unlock your lock, share access with guests, and monitor activity from a single, straightforward app. And if your phone is not available, simply enter your directional code on the keypad.

Dimensions5.3 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches
BatteriesUnknown type
Operating systemsAndroid, iOS
ConnectivityBluetooth


Pros

  • It's the padlock from the future... available now!

Cons

  • Can be bypassed with enough brute force

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13 Comments

1. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

You do know quite a lot of these smart locks are violently insecure don't you?

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ Care to elaborate why? It'll make your posts more credible.

4. civicsr2cool

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

you can replicate nfc and bluetooth certs easy

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7165; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Bluetooth ones are much harder to crack, especially when you also have get the protocol correct. Some even have time stamps, and other forms of encryption. So if you think Bluetooth locks are easy, think again.

6. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

As well as what civicsr2cool said, its more fundamental than that, quite a lot of these smart locks don't even use encryption to send the key across, you could just sniff the packets and can see the key in plaintext, and send it yourself.

5. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

This is the dumbest argument I hear about the smart home. So if someone wants to get into your home they going to hack your locks? My guess is they will bust out a window and gain entry. Or simply spend a few minutes picking the lock. Locks only keep out honest people.

7. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

You're right its the same with car. People locked and installed arlarm for their cars. So what? It take only 5 sec or less to smash window and snatch a packback.

9. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Had my house broken into. They used a crowbar to completely destroy the lock as the frame around the door is usually wooden. Another time it happened to me years ago they used some tool to Squeeze the lock that it fell apart. These guys will get in if they want. The only thing is that this may make it easy for them. And they may specifically target your home if they do have a way to get into a smart lock without looking suspicious.

2. adecvat

Posts: 638; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Why this things has so small lock mechanism?

8. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

10. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Have we really become that lazy that we can't spent

12. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

(to continue my #10 comment) less than 5 seconds finding our keys to unlock things*?

13. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Says a non-homeowner

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