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Best Smart Locks in 2018 For Maximizing Your Security

No more lost keys, forgotten keys or unauthorized access to your house or office. Smart locks, are a new layer of security that can be added to your house for an affordable price tag. In this article, we are going to take a look at the 5 best smart locks for this year. Let’s start.

5. ZKTeco ML10ID

Our Ratings:

Durability
75%
Quality
85%
Ease Of Use
70%

The ZKTeco ML10 ID is a fantastic, budget-friendly smart lock that is capable enough to compete with many of the existing high-end smart locks but for a considerably lower price.

From a design perspective, this unit has a rugged, compact, and sleek look, that is really easy to install, while its handle has a reversible design, so it can be suitable for every door.

To be more precise, thanks to its reversible design, both the left-handed and the right-handed people would have a good grip.

When it comes to the installation, the manufacturer warns and at the same time recommends that you should drill two holes while the lock is being installed. However, if your door can’t be drilled, then take in mind that this lock can’t be installed.

Now, let’s talk about the features.

The ML10 ID offers two ways of authentication, the first is by using an RFID card, while the second is with your fingerprint, with the intention to maximize your house security as much as possible.

In addition, this lock can recognize up to 40 users, which I really like, due to the fact that the registered data will be immediately stored in the device and even in the event of a power outage this unit won’t let new users to register.

I’d also recommend you download the ZKBioBT smart app, with which you can set a time zone function, keep track of who has entered and left your house, or open the door with a single tap on your smartphone.

Moving on, the ZKTeco ML10 ID is powered by four AA alkaline batteries that can last for a long period of time, and what’s really interesting is that if the battery is going low, this lock will push you a warning notification so you will know when you should change them.

Overall,the ZKTeco ML10 ID deserves your attention because it is affordable and it can significantly improve the protection of your house.

4. Kwikset Premis

 

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
75%
Ease Of Use
80%

The Kwikset Premis is an innovative smart lock that looks as good as it performs and customers are constantly purchasing it. That’s why, let’s get started right away in order to find out what’s so special about this smart lock.

From a design perspective, the Premis is available in two colors of which you can choose from, such as the satin nickel which is the one we currently have, or the Venetian bronze but regardless of your choice both of them are unique in their own way.

This particular model has a glossy satin nickel body, which would definitely be a good addition to any door on one side, while on the other, because of its shape, you can install this lock very quickly which is a great thing since nobody wants to lose any time with that.

In addition, I’d also want to suggest you download the Premis smart app, which has dozens of interesting features, but for now, I will only tell you that you can see instructions that will help you install it properly. Even though I doubt that you will have any trouble, you can also visit their website because there are several demos which you can find useful.

Aside from the instructions, the app will let you see the status of the lock, can record who has entered and left your house, and much more!

But now, let’s talk about the performance.

The Kwikset Premis has many security options such as the Auto Lock, which will automatically lock the alarm for 30 seconds, so if there is an intruder, that person will definitely have some hard time.

There are others as well, for example, the Master code which will prevent the users from adding or modifying their existing codes, the secure mode, which is really cool since it will disable the user codes with a single touch on a button, as well as the code alarm. Well, the code alarm will push loud noise if someone has mistaken its code three times in a row with the intention to prevent the potential thefts to the maximum level.

To conclude, the Kwikset Premis, is worthy of considering, because it offers a great value for its price tag, so give it a try and assure yourself of its quality.

3. Schlage Z-Wave BE469CAM619

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Ease Of Use
90%

The Schlage Z-Wave BE469CAM619 has been on the market for a couple of years now, but it has somehow managed to maintain its position as one of the most demanded smart locks. Stick with me in the following couple of minutes, in order to find out what’s the secret behind its success.

From a design perspective, this model comes in 6 different color editions and in 3 styles, but the one that we are currently reviewing is the Camelot style finished in satin nickel.

But, do not hesitate to choose your favorite model since all of them look as good as they perform.

This unit is built from high-quality materials, that will ensure that the thieves are going to think twice before they start doing anything.

To be more precise, the Schlage is ANSI Grade 1 certified, which is at the same time the highest residential rating, so you shouldn’t worry about anything.

At the front, you will notice its black-colored touchscreen, while slightly below, there is the regular keyhole, so you will have 2 options of unlocking.

Moving on, this unit works with Alexa, and if you find that the regular keyhole is boring, well, I’d like you to know that you can operate through your smartphone, thanks to the Z-Wave technology, so with a single tap, the door will be immediately unlocked.

Now, let’s talk about the features.

The Schlage integrates a built-in alarm with three alert modes, such as the activity, tamper, and forced entry, so you will be fully informed if you find yourself in an undesirable situation.

Moving on, each member of your family can have their own 4-digit code, and if some of your relatives want to come to your house, you can also program a temporary code, which is definitely a great feature to have.

I would also want to inform you that this lock is powered by 4 AA batteries which are included in the box. They last really long, and when the batteries are going low, the lock will inform you, so you know when you have to change them.

Overall, I strongly recommend you consider the Schlage Z-Wave BE469CAM619, especially if you want to invest in a midrange smart lock.

2. PIN Genie PGD728

 

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
95%
Ease Of Use
90%

I know that finding the best smartlock is a pretty hard job, but bear with me because we are almost done.

The PIN Genie PGD728 is a must-have if you want to invest in a versatile smart lock that packs a stylish design with numerous functionalities which will ensure that your house will be secured like never before!

From a design perspective the PGD728 is available in two color versions, such as the Venetian bronze and the satin nickel and even though we are currently reviewing the Venetian bronze model, I’d like to inform you that both of them will add a beauty to your door.

At the front, slightly above the embedded circular form, there is the sleek touchscreen that is bright enough to let you have a clear sight regardless if you leave your house in the morning, or maybe coming back after a long day during the night.

In addition, this unit has a keypad switch as well, which can be accessed from the inside of your home, so you can disable the outer keypad if you’d like so nobody, except you, would have access to your property.

When it comes to the installation, all you need to have in front of you is a drill, screwdriver, and the instruction manual, which is very straight-forward, so I think that you won’t have any troubles while installing.

Before we move to the next section, I’d like to inform you that you can use a 9-Volt battery if you’d like, since there is a battery socket on the underside of the lock, because this unit doesn’t come with included batteries. But, the manufacturer has included many other things, such as 2 backup keys, a VIP card, plate screws, and much more.

But now, let’s talk about the performance.

The PGD728 can be operated with Bluetooth and through the smart app, which is compatible with both iOS and Android. The app will monitor non-stop and will distribute information of the users that have entered or left from your house, and if you are waiting for some guests, you can also assign a temporary password, so nobody else, except the ones that you like, will be able to come to your house.

Moving on, there is also an auto-lock option & a built-in alarm, which will furtherly enhance your home’s security, but what I really like is that you can set up 8 codes, and this little thing will remember all of them!

To conclude, you should definitely take the PIN Genie PGD728 into consideration, because this lock is a great all-rounder.

1. August Smart Lock Pro + Connect

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
100%
Ease Of Use
85%

The August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is one of the best smart locks that you can find on the market, due to the fact that, this lock includes everything that will drastically improve your house safety.

From a design perspective, this particular model sports a silver-finished construction, but you can also choose its dark-grey version if you find it as a more compatible option with your door.
However, keep in mind that both of them perform the same, so the color is the only thing where they differ from each other.

According to the manufacturer, the installation process is butter-smooth since you can install it in about 10 minutes with a single screwdriver, which I found to be really convenient since this lock will be attached really quickly.

Moreover, the August Smart Lock Pro works with Alexa, and Google Assistant as well, so after you’re done with the installation if you have any of these smart home gadgets, you can instantly taste the benefits of the new era.

Now, let’s talk about the features.

The August can be operated through your smartphone as well, and do not hesitate to download its smart app, because it has many useful features, which will equip you with endless security options for your ultimate user experience.

For example, you can track the activity of your doorstep, which by default means that you will have a clue of what’s going on, regardless if you’re at home or outside.

As a proof of how safe it is, I’d like to inform you that from the moment that you leave your house, this lock will instantly lock your door, so you don’t have to stress yourself, whether you’ve forgotten to lock your door or not.

Another good thing about this lock, s its ability to maintain a consistent Bluetooth range of up to 10 meters, so as you can see, you would never be restricted in terms of operation.

Overall, I’d recommend you seriously consider the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, and if you ever decide to purchase it, you will never regret that decision!

 

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Diane Myers

Diane Myers

I am Diane, and i love writing and reviewing home & kitchen products. I've always been a fan of technology, so i can say that i love writing!

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