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5 Best Smart Locks for Your Home

posted by on March 04, 2015 in Guides & Reviews, Health and Home, Home Safety & Security, Home Improvement, Automation Systems :: 30 comments

Kwikset KevoSmart door locks are arguably one of the nicest of smart home comforts. They can automatically detect your presence via the Bluetooth connection in your smartphone (or a Bluetooth keyfob) and unlock your front door for you. They let you send electronic keys to your friends that work only during times that you specify. Some will even connect to your larger home automation system, telling your smart thermostat when you’re away so it can enter its energy-saving mode. And did I mention they all look really cool and futuristic, and tend to get a lot of compliments from guests?

If you’re considering buying a smart door lock, you should first know your options. There are two main types available: locks that connect to your home Internet connection via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-only locks. Wi-Fi locks offer more functions (like being able to see whether your door is locked in real time), but are inherently less safe because they’re always connected to the Internet. Bluetooth-only locks offer more security, but at the expense of features. Bluetooth also tends to cause a lot of minor but annoying lag in the unlocking process.

Armed with that basic knowledge, you’re ready to go shopping. Our staff at Techlicious has rounded up the most popular and intriguing smart door locks that are currently available, and a few that will be available soon. Take a look, and see which one of these cool high-tech locks is right for your family’s home.


August Smart Door LockAugust Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock is one of the most popular locks currently available. It’s smart enough to know when you’re coming and going, knowing not to unlock the door if you’re passing by it inside your house. The base August lock is Bluetooth-only, but you can purchase the optional August Connect ($49.99, coming soon) to add on Wi-Fi features like remote buzz ins and real-time unlock alerts. It’s powered by 4AA batteries, and can send your phone low-battery alerts when needed. It is also Works with Nest certified as of January 2015.

The August Smart Lock, which replaces your current deadbolt lock, is currently available in your choice of Dark Grey, August Red, Champagne and Silver colors on Amazon.com for $249.99.


Kwikset Kevo LocksKwikset Kevo & Kevo Plus

The Kwikset Kevo is rather discreet for a smart door lock – it doesn’t look much different than a standard deadbolt, save for the ring of blue lights around it. The Bluetooth-only lock, which replaces your existing deadbolt, works by touch – tap the lock, and it’ll unlock so long as your smartphone or keyfob is nearby. Each Kwikset Kevo now comes with 2 physical keys, 2 electronic keys (eKeys) and free unlimited 24-hour guest keys. Extra eKeys are available for $1.99 through the Kevo app as an in-app purchase.

Kwikset Kevo Plus is an upgrade that will be available to new and existing Kevo customers later this year (pricing isn't available). The upgrade kit includes a Bluetooth gateway that enables the Kevo to connect to your home's WiFi network and the Internet. With that in place, you'll be able to remotely unlock the door and get real time updates on who had entered your home.

The Kwikset Kevo is available in Lifetime Polished Brass, Satin Nickel and Venetian Bronze finishes on Amazon.com for $219 each. For more information, read Techlicious’s review of the Kwikset Kevo.


Lockitron Smart Door LockLockitron Bolt

At just $99, the Lockitron Bolt is the least expensive smart door lock on our list. The Bluetooth-only lock, which replaces your existing deadbolt lock, offers the basics, sensing your approach and automatically unlocking for you when you arrive home. It’s a good option for renters, as the physical lock’s setting can be easily matched to any key. You can add on the optional Lockitron Bridge ($79) for Wi-Fi functionality, allowing the device to deliver real-time unlocking alerts. There are no advanced smart home features like Works with Nest, however.

The Lockitron Bolt will be available in Satin Nickel and Polished Brass finishes as a public beta device when the preview device launches later this month. A production variant will be available in various finishes later this spring. Both cost just $99 and can be pre-ordered at lockitron.com.

Update: the first Lockitron Bolt products shipped on November 24, 2015.


Goji Smart LockGoji Smart Lock

UPDATE: We do not recommend you order the Goji Smart Lock.  Since we wrote this article, two promised ship dates have passed without anyone receiving their product. And, early backers have said that they're having trouble getting their money back. 

The Goji Smart Lock, with its own on-lock welcome screen, is packed with features. The device works both via Bluetooth for smartphone and fob proximity unlocking and via Wi-Fi for remote control functionality. No worries if you somehow lock yourself out without your phone – Goji maintains a customer service call center for lockout requests. Each Goji comes with 4 electronic keys and 2 mechanical backup keys.

The Goji Smart Lock will be available in Silver, Gold and Copper finishes when it launches in April 2015. The device will retail for $299; you can pre-order yours on gojiaccess.com and pay just $278. Extra keyfobs are available for $40 each, or $75 for two.


Haven Smart Door LockHaven

Unlike the other locks listed, Haven is anchored to the base of your front door, its strongest point. It acts as a mechanical barrier to entry, released via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. There’s also a physical footplate that can release the lock in an emergency. Haven is compatible with the Nest thermostat (Works with Nest) and Apple HomeKit; Z-wave compatibility is being “researched.”

The Haven Smart Lock will be available in fall 2015. It is currently available for pre-order at havenlock.com for $219.

Update: The Haven Smart Lock ship date has been delayed. We do not recommend you buy this product until the first orders have shipped. 


[Image credits: Kwikset, August, Lockitron, Goji, Haven]

Updated on 12/22/2015



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Security Issues

From Rey Carr on March 04, 2015 :: 6:04 pm

You didn’t mention it in any of the reviews, but what might happen if someone gets a hold of your smartphone and then uses it to access your house? Is there a way to prevent this from happening? (I didn’t go to any of the lock websites to check the details about this security issue.)

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Yes, you can prevent a

From Suzanne Kantra on March 04, 2015 :: 6:35 pm

Yes, you can prevent a thief from using your phone to gain access to your home. Since the locks are digital, you can easily deauthorize your phone by making a call or logging into your account with another device.

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Phones are not toys

From Bill on March 19, 2016 :: 2:32 pm

Like my gun, my phone is only stolen from me by prying it from my cold dead fingers.  Only morons lose their phones.

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yup!

From Melissa Rand on March 24, 2016 :: 5:44 pm

I 2nd that!

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Password

From Gavin Granger on June 01, 2016 :: 5:54 pm

I can only speak about the Mul-T-Lock ENTR and you can password protect the application and if you do use your phone you can re-enroll your new smartphone and that will remove the access from the password protected application.

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nice post.

From tripti on March 05, 2015 :: 11:00 am

Unlike the other locks listed, Haven is anchored to the base of your front door, its strongest point.

Thanks for sharing this informative post, I thought these would be available India also. smile

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weather

From Jim on March 06, 2015 :: 11:18 am

Are these locks guaranteed to work in -40C?

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Geez, if it's -40c just

From Josh Kirschner on March 06, 2015 :: 12:42 pm

Geez, if it’s -40c just leave your door unlocked. Who’s going to be breaking in in that weather? grin

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Goji Smart Lock is my

From James Beveridge on April 03, 2015 :: 3:47 am

Goji Smart Lock is my favorite, not just in the list – but probably it’s the finest smart lock I have used. Interestingly, the Goji’s built-in camera lets me see on my smartphone as to who is trying to open it.

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Hey, Goji sales dude...

From Jeff Perkins on April 16, 2015 :: 4:32 pm

DO you mean the Goji that is not available yet?

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Prove it.

From David Burman on July 18, 2015 :: 9:10 pm

James,
It’s not that I don’t trust you, but I don’t trust you.  Goji is not shipping product yet, so I am very interested in how you have this amazing lock that is your favorite????
Why don’t you post a picture of your lock on your door and a recent newspaper.  I would bet that you work for or with Goji

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Goji guy is a liar

From Tina on February 06, 2016 :: 1:36 am

I pre-ordered 3 locks since summer of 2014 and I never heard from them about shipping. The latest email I got after sending over 20 emails to get my over $800 refund back was that, the company has gone bankrupt. I need my money. Guys never pre-order

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Such a liar.

From Me on June 02, 2016 :: 9:00 am

There NO GOJI. Goji never produced any lock for customers. I prepaid $900 and still they did not refund my money back to me. Guys don’t listen to this guy talking about goji had his favorite Goji are fraud. They took money from people and never send them locks.

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goji

From goji on April 19, 2015 :: 2:43 pm

How can you put goji in this article. There isn’t one lock that has even been shipped. They have the worst customer service and its a company scamming people. The only reason they can scam si easily is because of people like you pushing products that don’t exist. They have been taking peoples money and been delaying for over 2 years and don’t give refunds. They say they do but they don’t process the refund so when you purchase a goji lock you don’t get a product and have to hope your credit card company will refund you. This is white collar crime and something needs to be done about it.

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You should not be advertising Goji Lock - it is a SCAM

From Adam Benkovic on June 23, 2015 :: 10:02 pm

Goji lock is a complete scam.  They state that they are delivering from ‘now till August’ for the past month and yet still not one single person has recieved their lock.

Additionally they are unable to post a photo of a final product, obviously because they simply do not have a final product.

I think it is very wrong of you to advertise this sham of a company when they are clearly stealing from anyone who doesn’t do their homework first and pre-orders from their site.

This type of behaviour should not be allowed little own advertised!

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GOJI LOCK

From Beverley Fulton on September 27, 2015 :: 12:11 am

I, like many others fell for this SCAM. Unlike others I did receive a refund, however it took 2 years. This is a SCAM. Please do not order a lock from this so called company.

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How did you receive a

From Tina on February 06, 2016 :: 1:42 am

How did you receive a refund? I need them to refund me it been 2014 and need my money.

-I pre-ordered 3 locks since summer of 2014 and I never heard from them about shipping. The latest email I got after sending over 20 emails to get my over $800 refund back was that, the company has gone bankrupt. I need my money. Guys never pre-order-

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Smart Goji

From Randy North on October 16, 2015 :: 9:19 am

Ohhh just superb, Goji really you have written and explaining ideas are awesome. Enjoying and love your blog writing, videos, thinking…

Thank you so much for sharing

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Kevo Crapo

From Bob on October 25, 2015 :: 2:21 pm

You forgot to mention the Kevo only works with a small number of Android phones.  Not even the reference Nexus 5!  Plus they charge you every time you “make” a key for a friend.  Garbage!

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Goji

From Tony Mokbel on November 01, 2015 :: 11:59 am

Hey there, I have heard a lot of complaints against the Goji and would not recommend it! Just check the BBB, you will see tons of them! Stay away. Remember that these devices are new and will take some time, before they’re perfect or even close to it. However, staying away from the Goji is recommended!

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Remote Control Deadbolts

From Anna Kilbourne on November 02, 2015 :: 10:26 pm

Anything connected to the IoT can be hacked.
Even with Bluetooth LE connectivity, you have to stand within five feet from your door and wait up to ten seconds while your Bluetooth app syncs with the lock. Hardly convenient. These smart locks are supposed to be about convenience. I enjoy pulling into my driveway and unlocking my garage and front door’s deadbolt with a push of a button from 80 feet away. My key fob is attached to my visor, so I don’t misplace it. Has anyone misplaced their smart phone with a dead battery? Good luck. .

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Goji

From Jack on December 22, 2015 :: 12:28 am

Wasn’t there something about Goji being a scam?

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We've updated our story to

From Suzanne Kantra on December 22, 2015 :: 12:43 pm

We’ve updated our story to indicate that we do not recommend Goji. Since we wrote the ariticle two ship dates have passed without Goji fulfilling orders and early backers have had trouble getting a refund.

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More Styles of Smart Locks

From lee Wen on January 01, 2016 :: 3:12 am

Recommend some more smart locks.Pls check:

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/1026183

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Goji Lock Scam

From Beverley Fulton on January 01, 2016 :: 4:33 am

Goji have declared bankruptcy but were still taking orders the day they declared.

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What about Mul-t-lock ENTR?

From Bruno on January 01, 2016 :: 5:56 pm

I’m really interested on Mul-t-lock’s ENTR. Seems very good, although expensive.

Has anyone have anything to share about ENTR?

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Refund for Goji Locks

From Beverley Fulton on February 06, 2016 :: 2:38 am

Hi, I managed to get my refund for 3 locks before they declared Bankruptcy. I contacted my Credit Card Provider. The first 2 people I spoke to said they couldn’t do anything the 3rd person I spoke to said maybe. I then insisted that they put a claim in. I did produce the email and Facebook post from Goji that said they would refund. Good luck to everyone. It isn’t fair that these Mongrels may get away with stealing your hard earned dollars.

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Omg

From Me on March 24, 2016 :: 5:57 pm

Thank you for writing this. I paid with my amex and will have them follow up on this too. If I knew, I would have done this long ago.

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Remote door lock

From Keith Elcomb on March 14, 2016 :: 1:19 pm

Our company - Arbel Electronics Ltd - manufactures and sells remote door locking and unlocking systems. Usable via internet or smartphone.
These have been in production for 24months and are used by Local Authorities.
They also monitor temperatures and footfall plus lots of other customisable features.
Drop me an email - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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I 2nd that!!!!

From Melissa Rand on March 24, 2016 :: 5:43 pm

I 2nd that!!!!

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