Have you ever lost your keys? I know, I know. It’s a low-hanging fruit. Who hasn’t, right? Maybe that is why smart home locks became so popular. Variations of this type of locks started popping up several years ago but let’s be honest, when it comes to security you don’t want experimental. Whether you’re trying to open your garage door with your Z-Wave network, or see what doors are opened and when, the z wave network can be used.
Now, the whole Smart Home market has improved significantly, including door locks technologies. As a result, we have several strong competitors like Yale Security, Schlage Lock Company, August and Kwikset that are constantly improving their products and integrations.
Before we go on any further, we must address a common issue. A smart lock is not a safer lock. It can be picked or hacked just as easily. But it gives you convenience and the power to monitor who enters your home and when, without worrying about giving out keys to friends, family, housekeepers or anyone else who needs to enter your home.
In any case, smart locks is certainly a step further and we want to help you pick the right one.
Yale Assure Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt
The first on our choppin block is Yale’s Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt. Their locks come in various shapes – non-connected, Z-Wave, bluetooth, keyless, touchscreen and push-button edition. That’s great because while your needs my differ, Yale may have the solution for most users.
We are looking specifically at the touchscreen model because of the one-tap lock and, more importantly, no possible traces of usage for someone trying to guess the code based on the numbers that have worn off the most.
The installation is very simple but, in case you need it, Yale comes with a voice assistant that will guide you through the process. The lock has up to 250 programmable (4 to 8 number) pin codes to give you the flexibility to grant or revoke access for different people.
It works great as a part of a home network because in addition to the Z-Wave connection, the lock has also Alexa integration (for status updates, not unlocking of the door), plus 50 more including the VeraPlus hub, SmartThings, Alarm.com security products and more). However, the lock does not work in a tandem with your smartphone.
Please note that this is a new edition of Yale’s Touchscreen Deadbolt lock. The older version received an average 3.9 rating on Amazon from 456 buyer reviews.
Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt
Next up, Schlage, a century-old company that a few years back started developing classy, extremely safe and immensely popular smart locks. Their new Z-Wave Connect Touchscreen is one of the smartest deadbolt door locks in the market we have seen. As hardware goes, Schlage lock replaces your old lock, so there is some installing to be done. But once set up, it’s a reliable option. And an easy-to-use one, at that.
First, the basics. This model can be set up for 30 different key codes, which is a step down from the Yale model but will suffice the majority of users regardless. The lock connects to your home hub (VeraPlus, SmartThings, etc.) and grants you full access. You can also connect through your smartphone, which is useful in several ways. For example, you can lock/unlock your home remotely if you need to let someone in while you’re not home or set it up to recognize you automatically, so even with hands full of shopping bags, you will have no trouble entering your home.
Most importantly, Schlage has many extra features that make is one of the best products on the market. Like the 30-second auto-lock feature, or a vacation mode which prevents any code entry. Smart and simple. Plus, there is a triple alarm feature which notifies you about any activity, any tampering or a forced entry to your home.
Kwikset Z-Wave SmartCode Deadbolt
Kwikset model replaces your old home lock but, but if you are worried whether you can do it yourself, note that the installation is effortless. Just like the Schlage, it comes with the potential of 30 different pass codes as well as locks itself after 30 seconds, giving you the seamless security.
Kwikset comes in many designs and in general is smaller than most competitors. However, despite the minimalist design, not everyone will be fond of push-buttons. Like most, Kwikset offers a lifetime warranty on the mechanical parts and a 1-year electronics warranty.
Kwikset also connects to your home control hub for easy passcode management or remote control through device pairing. What’s different about Kwikset is that its SmartCode Deadbolt has a Re-Key feature which allows you to change the lock in seconds through the front panel without having to buy a new lock.
August Smart Lock Pro, 3rd Generation
August Smart Lock is the only lock on this list that adds an additional layer of security to your door without a full-on replacement. Depending on your current setup, it can be either an advantage or a drawback. The 3rd Gen edition now comes with Z-Wave technology.
August Smart Lock requires a hub to connect to Alexa or Google Home, which enables voice commands to check the status of your lock as well as locking it (not unlocking). And while we’re on the subject, August is very proud of their DoorSense feature which tells whether the door is closed and locked. It’s different from the competitors whose locks simply tell you whether the deadbolt has been activated (which can happen on open doors).
There are a few locks here that will all fit in with your z wave setup and integrate with your network. We’ve created a few posts at this point and this should allow you to do everything you need to have a great z wave setup in your home.
We also have a post on smart locks — however these are specifically compatible with the Z wave network — something that seems to be growing and growing as time moves on. If you’re interested in z wave click here to see what it is about.
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