I think the keys have a (devilish) mind and often act on their own. They tend to get lost when you need them the most. If you have a traditional door lock, you must have felt this quite often. Smart door locks help you avoid just that. They are much convenient to use, and the smart element means they do not have to worry about carrying a bunch of keys with you (no phone scratches, you see). All you have to do is carry the connected phone or remember the key code to your smart door lock, and you will be sorted.
Smart locks with keypads tend to do better since it gives you the convenience of leaving your phone at home. Apart from that, they bring a host of convenience.
For instance, you can share the key code with your trusted family and acquaintances when needed. Besides that, you can change the code from time to time, thus keeping up with security practices. More importantly, you can opt to receive notifications on your phone whenever the lock is engaged.
Here are our recommendations for the best smart locks with keypads that you can buy. But before that,
If you want a smart keyless lock that is easy to set up and convenient to you, you can't go wrong with the Yale Assure Lock SL. And with a slim and compact outdoor unit, the Assure Lock SL is also quite the looker. The best part is that it plays well with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri. Operating this smart lock is simple. You can use the twist the knob to lock the door, or you can use the Yale Secure app to lock/unlock it.
The Yale Secure app adds a few nifty features. For example, it adds the convenience of opening and closing the door via Bluetooth. Plus, you can also play around with the lock settings.
You can also add Wi-Fi smarts if you connect it to the Connect bridge, which you need to buy separately. With it activated, you can generate and key codes and delete them once the work is complete. Secondly, it adds Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa's voice control to the mix.
Overall, the Assure Lock SL lock functions well. This lock comes with enough space for 250 PINs. However, it doesn't provide you with a backup plan if the battery runs out.
In that case, you will have to call in a locksmith if you happen to lock yourself out. And even though it's a premium product with a $299 price tag, it doesn't let you schedule PIN codes for a particular time. You still will have to delete the PINs once the work is done manually.
2. Google Nest X Yale Lock
Smart Assistant Compatibility: Google Nest and primarily compatible with Google Nest
If you use Google Assistant on your phone or already own a couple of Nest devices, then the Nest X Yale makes a good buy. As you may already know, Yale is a popular name in locks, and this time, it has combined the smarts of Google in this lock. And it's safe to say that the result seems pretty satisfactory. For one, this smart lock boasts of a simple installation process. Secondly, the outdoor unit looks slim, sleek, and compact.
Using this smart lock is pretty easy. Once connected to the app, you can use it to look and unlock the door. Or, you can use the conventional method as well. For example, you can twist the bolt to lock it. And when you need to unlock it, tap the Yale logo, which will light up the keypad.
The Nest X Yale has what the company calls One-touch Locking, where you can press on the Yale logo to lock the door. Cool, right?
The Nest Connect, which costs around $30, adds more smartness to the lock. For example, you will be able to operate it remotely. More importantly, you will be able to generate temporary access codes.
Unlike the one above, the Nest X Yale lets you open the lock even when the battery runs out. Here, you will have to touch a 9V battery to the lower panel of the lock to charge it temporarily. Once done, you can enter the PIN.
However, it's not without its share of flaws. For one, it doesn't play well with other assistants. So if you use Alexa devices primarily or rely on the Apple Homekit, this smart lock is not for you.
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3. Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt
Smart Assistant Compatibility: Amazon Alexa, Amazon Key and Google Assistant
The Encode smart lock is one of the newest smart locks from Schlage to hit the market. It's beautiful and stylish and blends with the looks of most doors quite easily. What makes it stand apart from the two locks above is that it comes with a traditional keyhole. That gives you the convenience of unlocking the door in case of mechanical mishaps or dead batteries.
And that's not all. You get the convenience of Amazon Key. For those uninitiated, Amazon Key lets delivery personnel leave packages inside your house. The good news is that it's not a hard and fast rule, and you can choose to opt-out if you are not comfortable with someone entering your house in your absence.
Unlike the other two locks, this one doesn't require a hub or a driver for app control. And it works well with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and the in-house Schlage Home app.
Similar to other Schlage smart lock, this lock also packs the nifty Connect Auto-Lock feature. This best part is that of the Encode lock, the Auto-Lock buffer time can be modified and go as far as 4 minutes. As per the folks at CNET, voice commands on both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa work fast and quick.
Do note that there's no support for Apple HomeKit as yet.
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4. Lockly Vision
Smart Assistant Compatibility: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
The Lockly Vision offers a barrage of features for a smart lock. It packs a physical key slot, a fingerprint scanner, and the digital keypad is unlike any in this list. The latter is the primary highlight of this smart lock. The digital keypad scrambles the digits each time you turn on the display. This makes it difficult for intruders and snoopers to guess your keycode. Another important feature is the fingerprint reader, which can remember up to 99 different fingerprints. And hey, there's a built-in camera as well.
And that's not the end of the story. This smart lock plays well with smart assistants such as Amazon Alexa or my Google Assistant. It also ships with two conventional keys.
The app is simple to operate and has considerable security features built-in. Apart from locking and unlocking the door, it lets you add/delete PIN codes and fingerprints. As for the latter, the app sends you a notification each time someone attempts to open the door with the fingerprint scanner.
And if that's not enough, the app also sends a notification each time someone touches the magnetic plate covering the keyhole. Cool, I must say.
Voice commands and the camera only works if you connect the Lockly Vision to the Vision Connect Hub, which acts as the hub between the lock and the router.
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Hello, Smart Entry
It goes without a doubt that smart locks are convenient to use. However, similar to your smartphone's PIN or your Google account's password, you will have to exercise caution when you set your PIN.
Regardless of the smart lock's security level, it can't do enough to protect your house from broken into if you do not keep a strong and unique PIN.
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