Technology is shaping our every day lives in ways we never thought possible. One of the most recent ways is through our front door. Gone are the days of traditional metal keys, and replaced with smart locks. With so many options, how do you know which one is the easiest to install?
We’ve put together a list of the 7 best smart locks that are easy to install. This list will help you narrow down the ever-growing field of smart locks by informing you of the installation difficulty, features and price.
Ultraloq UL3 Fingerprint and Touchscreen Keyless Smart Lever Door Lock
Ultraloq UL3 Fingerprint and Touchscreen is a smart lock for the future. The brushed nickel finishing with its black touchscreen show off a beautiful piece of machinery that will surely be noticed upon entry by guests.
The Ultraloq UL3 is a little more time consuming to install than other products on this list. Included with the purchase are around 8 screws, batteries, and a stencil.
The Ultraloq UL3 separates itself from the industry with it’s integrated fingerprint access. This allows the owner to gain entry through fingerprint scanning. It can hold up to 95 fingerprints. The rest of the features are below:
- Keypad touchscreen that holds up to 95 codes
- anti peep password
- Hidden keyhole allows an extra layer of security in case battery dies
- Battery life allows up to 8,000 accesses granted
- Fingerprint entry is waterproof and rustproof
- Reversible handle for right-handed or left-handed
The only downside to the Ultraloq UL3 is the lack of Bluetooth connectivity. While other competitors include smartphone apps and wireless connectivity, Ultraloq passed on these options.
Outside of the lack of Bluetooth connectivity, the Ultraloq UL3 is a top of the line smart lock. When you add in the competitive price and the extra feature of the fingerprint access, it’s easy to see this as a top-rated smart lock.
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
The legendary lock manufacture enters into the fray with their smart tech. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt maintains traditional aesthetics. Schlage offers various colors and finishes to choose from.
Installation is fairly simple. Being battery operated, you can install the Schlage Sense Smart lock in a few minutes using simple at-home tools like a screwdriver.
While the Schlage Sense Smart lock is priced middle of the pack, the features it offers are at the top:
- Hands-free voice control when paired with Amazon’s Alexa
- Smartphone app for both iOS and Amazon
- Secure encryption
- Unlock and lock from anywhere via smartphone
The Schlage Sense offer’s everything you can want in a smart lock. It’s name brand reputation pushes the price towards the top of this list. The Schlage Sense does everything well, yet it doesn’t set itself apart from the competition.
Yale Security Assure Lock SL Slim Touchscreen Deadbolt with Motorized Deadbolt
Yale Security’s addition to the smart lock market is a good one. With the Yale Security Assure Smart Lock you upgrade your door to a high tech entryway. Yale Security powers the smart lock with a battery, so installation is simple.
The design is simplistic yet maintains modern amenities and is 100% keyless. Installation requires nothing more than a screwdriver and is very easy. As long as the door is 1-3/8 inch to 2-1/4 inch, installation is fast and free of problems.
Yale Security clearly knows what they’re doing with this pleasing smart lock. The features include:
- Backlit touchscreen keypad
- 3 finger tap automatically locks the door
- Carries up to 25 unique pin codes
- All code lockout ensures complete privacy
- Tamper-resistant battery cover
- Auto re-lock options
The Yale Security Assure smart lock is a minimalist’s dream. One of the slimmest screens on the market ensures stylistic acceptance. This smart lock small, simplistic and priced competitively.
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
August is going with the more aesthetic and minimalist with their smart lock. This doesn’t mean the install is easier. In fact, in the context of the other smart locks on this list, August’s is the most labor-intensive.
According to the Amazon profile, the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is extremely easy to install. The August Smart Lock uses the existing cylinder deadbolt for installation so it only takes a few minutes.
The install is definitely more involved with August’s Smart Lock than its competitors on this list. Yet, August still puts out a great product. Along with the ability to connect to Alexa the features with this product are extensive:
- Track Activity via smartphone on either Android or iOS.
- Mobile interaction allows you to check whether your door is locked or unlocked from anywhere via your cellular device
- Integrated with Alexa from Amazon
- Allows you to use your existing keys and keyhole in case of emergency
- 10-minute installation
The August Smart Lock Pro is a top of the line smart lock. The price reflects this as it’s the most expensive on the list. Surely the ease of installation plus the ability to connect to Alexa plays a role. If you have the finances, you can’t get much better or more simplistic.
Kwikset Obsidian Slim Modern Electronic Touchscreen Keyless Deadbolt
Kwikset is surely one of the first names to come into mind when thinking about locking mechanisms. Traditionally a giant in the industry, when it comes to advance technology like smart locks, Kwikset stays in front.
The new Kwikset Obsidian Slim Modernsmart lock leads the industry. The sleek design is simple and easy to use. Installation is a breeze and requires all of one tool: A screwdriver.
As updated as Kwikset’s smart lock is, it fails to offer any wireless connectivity. This means you can’t use your cellular device to connect to lock. Outside of that, the features with this smart lock are great:
- Secure glass touch screen
- Keyless entry
- Up to 16 customizable codes plus master code
- 9V backup power ensures you always have access to the screen
The Kwikset Obsidian Slim smart lock is a great value. It offers most of the features offered by the competitors as well as easy installation. With simple aesthetics, you can’t get much more value.
TurboLock TL-100 Bluetooth Smart Lock
The TurboLock TL-100 is the cheapest option on this list. It also lacks the big name brand that is littered throughout this list as well. With that being said, the TurboLock TL-100 performs and is very easy to install.
Installation is a breeze with the TurboLock TL-100. It can be done using simple household tools and following the instructions.
The features include:
- Bluetooth connectivity to smartphones using an app
- Passive mode: when activated allows guests to enter by pressing any key
- Weather sealed design ensures durability
- Backup emergency power
The TurboLock TL-100 is a great buy. With pricing at the bottom of the list and features similar to the top of the list, getting a smart lock for under $100 is always a great move.
AmazonBasics Electronic Deadbolt Door Lock
The AmazonBasics Electronic Deadbolt Door Lock is a great value. The installation process is on par with some of the other ones on this list making it very simple. The AmazonBasics Electronic Smart lock is also the cheapest.
The AmazonBasics smart lock is bare bones. It doesn’t have any flashy screens. Its aesthetic design is very minimum.
Amazon includes two keys and a cylinder cover in the box along with the actual lock. The company ensures an easy installation.
The AmazonBasics Electronic Deadbolt features:
- 50 programmable user passwords
- Vacation mode
- low battery alert
- auto-lock functionality
Similar to the TurboLock, the AmazonBasics smart lock is pretty…well basic. It’s not as pleasing to look at but has a few more features than the TurboLock. Priced under $100 as well, you can’t go wrong here.