Don't you hate it when you get home after a long day of work and discover that you've misplaced your house key?
Keys have a nasty habit of getting lost, and always at the worst time. Locksmithing is a $2 billion-per year industry. That's a lot of people getting locked out of their homes and cars.
Thankfully, the wifi door lock was invented! With a wifi lock, you can open your door using your fingerprint, a smartphone or tablet, or a simple combination. They're as secure as any regular lock, but impossible to pick.
We've closely studied every wifi deadbolt and door lock on the market and thoughtfully tested many of them. And frankly, we love using our phones or mere presence (via an app) to completely eliminate keys altogether. Some of these wifi door locks even allow you to grant access to guests from your phone and provide them with timed access to your home.
So, stop fumbling through your pockets for your keys just use your smartphone and a wifi door lock for simple keyless entry.
Here is our list of the best wifi door locks currently available.
Compatible with most locking systems, even non-Kwikset locks
Gives you access via your smartphone/Bluetooth
Easy to install, turns your deadbolt into a Smart Lock, inexpensive, compatible with Bluetooth and WiFi, works with other smart home products (August, Nest, Ring, etc.), and remote monitoring available.
Not yet available, release date TBA.
Design: This is a beautifully designed product, with a satin nickel finish that looks simple and elegant on your front door.
Installation: This is what makes this particular locking system so awesome: it's wonderfully easy to install. In fact, it's intended to be installed using your existing deadbolt. All it does is provide the electronic system to connect your smartphone to your regular deadbolt, making that basic lock a "smart lock" in a matter of minutes. The lock hardware remains the same—it's just getting an upgrade!
Performance: The Convert works with your Kevo app, but it's also compatible with other smart devices and home automation systems. It can be used by both Android and iOS smartphones—basically anything that connects to Bluetooth can access the lock and open it.
Price: At $150, this is a pricey addition to your home. However, given that it will take your existing deadbolt system and turn it into a smart lock, it's a great choice for anyone who wants to upgrade their security measures.
The perfect lock for those who do everything with their smartphone
Instant access with the press of a button, secure automatic locking
Very versatile software, lots of built-in features
Lock optimized for smartphone use, simple password unlock for when you don’t have your phone on you, emergency unlock feature, easy installation, comes with two keys as backup, automatic locking, low-battery alarm, emergency power supply built in, and provides real-time protection and monitoring.
App isn’t very user-friendly; setting access codes and passwords can be difficult.
Design: This lock is designed to replace your existing lock, and its primary function is to connect to your smartphone (via the app) and grant access through your phone. It can, however, be opened using the access codes/passwords that you pre-set into it (via the app), and it comes with two keys as a back-up in case you get locked out of your phone or forget the password.
The lock runs on battery power, but it does have an emergency power supply in case the battery runs out before you can change it. You can also open the door using a 9V battery (on the instant battery charging terminal) if it comes down to it. Thankfully, with the “low battery alarm”, you’ll always know when it’s time to change out your batteries.
Installation: Installation is a breeze—simply remove your existing lock and replace it with the AKASO Smart Lock. The lock comes with a built-in deadbolt to ensure maximum security for your home.
Setting up the passwords and access codes from your smartphone is where most users struggle. The app doesn’t have a user-friendly interface, and many people struggle to figure out how to program the various codes.
Performance: This smart lock is ideal for anyone with any smartphone (Android and iOS-compatible), and you’ll find the app offers a broad range of features—automatic locking, emergency unlocking, auto-lock after 5 failed entries, real-time monitoring and alerts, a complete log of entries and exits, low battery alerts, temporary access codes, and more. If you can figure out how to use the app, you’ll find it’s a great option for a smart lock!
However, be warned: the lock is optimized for smartphone use, but it tends to be a bit glitchy when you try to enter your passcode on the touchpad. You may find that those not opening the door via their smartphone will struggle to gain access because of the iffy system.
Price: At $160, this is one of the lower-priced smart locks. It’s durable, reliable, and great for smartphone users, but you do need to know that it has a couple of flaws in the design.
Slim design makes it a perfect addition to apartments/condos
Up to 25 different user codes available
Durable, feels solid
Audio voice prompts make setup and configuration easy, sleek and beautiful, can be integrated into existing Z-Wave home automation systems, lighted touchscreen number pad for convenient all-hours access, and built for both indoor and outdoor use.
No application available for remote control/access.
Design: This is a simple, sturdy lock that is built to last. It has a rubber gasket to protect it from rain, snow, and sleet, making it an ideal lock for outdoor use. With a satin nickel, brass, or bronze finish, it's a good-looking locking mechanism.
Note: Security rating is ANSI-2, only the second-highest.
Installation: Installation is a bit more challenging than some of the locks on this list, but the instruction manual will walk you through the process without too much fuss. Just be patient when setting up the Z-Wave feature--it can take a while to connect.
Performance: With this lock, you can have up to 25 different access codes, allowing for multiple users to enter with their own unique code. The programming is quick and easy, done via the touchscreen. Audio voice prompts will make it easy to set up.
Be warned: the lock must be connected to an existing Z-Wave home automation system, and can only be remote-controlled via the third-party app. There is no app to control the smart lock; if you don't have a Z-Wave system, you can only lock/unlock via the keypad. It's a beautifully simple lock to operate--enter your 4 to 8-digit code, and you're in! The one-touch lock and auto-lock features ensure that your home is safe!
The lock is powered by 4 AA batteries, but should they run out of juice, there is a place at the bottom of the lock where you can touch a 9V battery to give it enough power to enter the master code. You'll get about 1 year of use from the AA batteries.
Price: For the nearly $200 price tag, this is a decent option. You'll pay more than you would for other similar locking systems, but what makes it a good choice is the fact that it's so easy to program and operate!
What Reviewers Say:
"I love this lock. It was very easy to install and works great with my Samsung Smarthub. It opens by key, code or smartphone. I am using the front door to enter my home more often, just so I can use this lock!"
"This lock is fantastic. It's a little intimidating when you open the package, but it is actually fairly straightforward. The only thing I didn't do which was optional was replace the equipped lock cylinder (I didn't have a compatible one - and was hoping to reuse a cylinder from an existing lock). Programming is easy, I think repeating your menu selection as you select options is a little annoying but given there are not LCDs and stuff, the reiteration is probably necessary for more. I downloaded the manual in PDF form and store in on OneDrive for quick reference - the booklet is otherwise too small to keep around safely. It looks great, it works flawlessly after two months, and is fun to use - if I can say such a thing about a lock. I'm probably going to get another to put on my garage side entry. Great work Yale, love it!"
Durable, versatile, and compatible with any entrance
Excellent user control via Ultraloq app
5-in-1 functions, fingerprint-compatible, sleek touchscreen, logs available to view via Ultraloq app, reversible handle, compatible with any door or lock, weatherproof, long battery life, lifetime mechanical warranty, and Bluetooth-enabled.
Fingerprint scanner iffy and prone to failure.
Design: This smart lock comes with a solid door handle that is not only easy to install, but it’s fully reversible so it can be installed on any right- or left-opening doors. The nickel plating comes in a sleek satin finish that looks absolutely gorgeous on your door, giving it an elegant appearance that is enhanced by the touchscreen keypad.
Installation: Installation is a breeze with this smart lock. It’s designed for DIYers, so it’s built for easy installation in existing locking holes. The reversible handle allows you to install it on any exterior door, and the single-latch locking mechanism is compatible with just about any lock. It’s even compatible with deadbolts, though it requires an additional deadbolt cover plate.
Performance: Performance is where this smart lock shines!
First off, it’s Bluetooth-enabled, so you can connect to it via your smartphone and any home systems like Google Home, Nest, or Alexa. You can open the door from your smartphone using the Ultraloq app, or you’ll even be able to access the history and logs to see the traffic through your door.
The lock comes with a user-friendly touchscreen that gives you easy access to input your PIN code, but there’s also a key slot in case of electronic malfunction. The fingerprint scanner has been known to give users difficulty—some even go so far as to recommend AVOIDING the fingerprint functionality because it tends to be glitchy.
The smart lock will warn you when the battery is low, though you can expect up to a year of regular use without running out of battery life. It uses three AA batteries to light up the touchscreen and OLED display for maximum user convenience.
The “Anti-peep” design eliminates any risk of wear on the touchscreen, so strangers won’t be able to steal your password by looking at which keys are worn out more. Better still, you can type in any number of random digits and the lock will still open as long as the correct password is somewhere included in that set of numbers.
Price: At $200, this is slightly on the pricier side, but worth every penny for the maximum convenience and excellent functionality it provides. Plus, it comes with an 18-month electronic warranty and a lifetime mechanical warranty to ensure your home is as safe as possible.
Versatile; can set emergency code to let someone in the house
Automatically locks after 30 seconds even if you forget to lock it
Locks with the push of a button
Easy to install on both left and right-handed doors, one-touch locking design, up to 8 codes, multiple security features, highly durable, and allows for Z-Wave wireless access.
Door must be perfectly lined up, or lock struggles to open.
Design: The housing of the lock is built from sturdy metal, with a satin nickel finish (warning: the lock will weather/bronze over time). The lock housing is resistant to tampering, though some users have complained that the plastic interior components are less reliable. However, the durable materials used to make the deadbolt itself are designed to handle years of regular use. It's an excellent lock built to last.
Installation: Installation is very easy, and you'll find that this locking system is compatible with both right- and left-hand door handles. The extra-long screws give the lock added support and strength, ensuring that it sits snug in your door.
Performance: Worried that you forgot to lock the front door? No longer! This bad boy auto-locks after 30 seconds, guaranteeing that your home is secure no matter how forgetful you are. It's a one-touch locking system, with the ability to accommodate various users--up to 8 different codes at a time. It does require 4 AA batteries to operate, so you'd better stock up on a set or two of rechargeables. The back-lit keypad makes it easy to see what you're pressing even in dim light, and if you forget your code, there's a SmartKey re-keying feature to help you get in.
It's also compatible with Z-Wave Home Automation technology, so you can connect it to all of your other automated devices (light switch, thermostat, etc.). It's fully accessible from anywhere in the world courtesy of your existing Z-Wave automation system.
Price: For just under $200, this is one pricier smart locks around. However, given its solid deadbolt and a reliable design, it's a product you can trust to keep your home safe.
Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to open your lock straight from your smartphone
Unique look is charming and intriguing
Packed with convenient automated features, easy to access using both iOS and Android smartphones, can be integrated into existing deadbolt systems, and very DIY-friendly.
Pricey and still a tad "buggy" with occasional software/app flaws.
Even when you work from home, sometimes people need access. But, you still need to secure the space. This smart lock is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and allows you to easily control who has access to your home and manage how long their access lasts - right from your handheld device! The lock is also powered by 4xAA batteries, so it's always on.
Design: Make no mistake: this is a big lock! It's larger and thicker than your average door handle, and it will look a bit odd. However, it's built to last, with a durable tamper-proof exterior that will protect your home from burglars.
Installation: This lock is designed to be installed with existing deadbolt locking systems. It's simply the locking mechanism, without the actual deadbolt itself. Simply remove the thumbturn and mount the August smart lock to your door. Voila!
Performance: One of the best things about this Bluetooth door lock is the fact that you can check the lock history via the smartphone app. You'll be able to see when the lock was opened via the app, making it easy to monitor your family's comings and goings. The app has a lot of functions: instant invites to allow guest access, time-restricted access, and more! You can send as many "e-keys" as you want.
The iOS app is best, as the Android app has a few bugs in the software. The fact that it's Bluetooth means there's a bit of lag when trying to connect/open the door. However, you can also connect with it via your home wireless connection, making it a useful WiFi door lock. The latest generation of August Smart Lock is now compatible with Amazon's Alexa voice control service. You can lock, unlock, or check on the lock via the August Home Skill app on Alexa. Be warned, you'll need the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge to make it work.
Lost power or your Bluetooth won't connect? No worries: the lock comes with a key that will allow you to open it in case of emergencies.
Price: At $250, it's the most expensive smart lock on this list. However, for users who HAVE to have the latest gadgets, it's a lock worth having. The convenience of a Bluetooth door lock makes it a tech-friendly security solution, and it's the best of the truly "smart" locks.
What Reviewers Say:
The August smart lock allows you to give timed access. For example, you would give your family 24/7 access to your front door but the maid would get only a couple of hours. The August smart lock is accompanied by an app that allows you to see the logs of those who have entered your home. It doesn't even need to have your WiFi active as it can still be controlled without it. In case of a power failure you also don't need to worry as it runs on 4 x AA batteries. Many people really like this. Here's what they think.
"The August lock has been quite reliable and does better than described. The packaging and instructions, fit and finish are great. It works with a good variety of lock vendors and it's been well thought out. For those of you, like me, were worried about the grinding noises other motorized locks make when lock/unlocking fear not - August is quite quiet. I bought the August lock for the auto-unlocking when approaching the door with your associated phone. It works pretty much all the time, but will not work for quick trips out to the car and back to the door, you really need to leave. You quickly get in the habit of leaving your keys, so I've been locked out of the house once because I enabled the auto-lock feature and shut the door. Thankfully I the Apple Watch app could talk to my iPhone inside the house so I could unlock the door using the watch app. A casualty of convenience and not August."
"Product works as expected. No issues."
"Compared to Lockitron which worked only maybe 20% of the time and involved weird steps to be made and Schlage where you can tell its a special lock from the outside because of the keypad...I standby August as being the best option available on the market today when it comes to Smart Locks!"
Packed with security features (auto-locking, Z-Wave connectivity, etc.) to enhance home security
The Schlage Connect is integrated with existing Z-Wave home automation systems, fingerprint-proof touchscreen pad, and allows you to set longer codes for enhanced security. Easy to install and encased in a sturdy burglar-proof casing.
Some models received by consumers were defective.
Design: This lock features a simple keypad, with two pre-installed 4-digit codes and the ability to add up to 30 - four to eight-digit codes. Rated ANSI-1 (highest level) security, this lock has a durable, fingerprint-resistant touchscreen that makes it easy to enter your access code. The satin nickel finish makes it a classy-looking lock, and it's durable and tamper-proof. The deadbolt locking mechanism ensures no one is getting into your home!
Installation: This lock is beautifully easy to install! It will take about as much time and effort as any regular deadbolt, and will easily sync with your Z-Wave system via the smart lock app SmartThings. A few users have struggled with Z-Wave setup, but the instruction manual gives a detailed step-by-step guide on how to do it right.
Performance: The lock is highly reliable, durable, and built to last. It has an amazing battery life, and comes with a single master key to use in case of emergencies or battery failure. It will alert you if someone tampers with it or breaks into your house, or even if someone is trying to open it with the wrong codes. Should someone try to break in, there's a super-loud alarm built in. It's high-grade security at its best.
Price: At $155, this is a pricey deadbolt to install on your front door! But, if you want only the best smart lock, you'd do well to consider it an investment in your home security.
What Reviewers Say:
"Works exactly as advertised. Looks very classy and clean on the outside of the door. Inside, it is a little bulky but you get used to it. After a week, it looks completely normal. Programming was straightforward as long as you follow the instructions to the letter. It does work with SmartThings. Very easy to pair it to the hub. It becomes a "thing" that you can then set up with Smart Apps. I have mine set to make sure the door is locked at a specific time. If I every forget to lock it, it will lock itself at night. I plan to come up with some more creative uses."
"This product is just awesome! It looks amazing on my door, it sure will impress visits and maybe deter robbers, lol. Install was a breeze, the instructions are perfect, step by step. Programing was real easy, just follow the instructions. I can't wait to test out Z-Wave once smartthings version2 is released."
"This lock was easy to install. The faceplate is very sleek and modern and high quality. The exterior keypad is solid black, and the numbers are only visible when you press the keypad to unlock it. And the numbers are illuminated in blue."