There are a lot of smart, electronic door locks available on the market that will allow you keyless access to your home or office. Which one is right for you? Are you best served with a Z-Wave enabled door lock or is a more simplified electronic keypad lock the better fit? The Smarthome Door Locks Buyer Guide is here to help give you make a decision between our three most popular door lock types. Keyed Locks with Keypads (A), Keyed Locks with RF Keyfob Control (B) and Keyed Locks with Remote Access (C).
Keyed Locks with Keypads
If you're looking to add some intelligence to your standard keyed door lock but don't need all the bells and whistles then a Keyed Lock with Keypad is your solution. These locks are quick to setup and install in retrofit, or new, installations and offer basic conveniences to their users. Here are some of the various features to look for when making a decision:
Programmable Unique Code - allow for users to simply enter an access code to unlock their door; no key is required.
Keypad - consists of backlit (allow you to see at night) push-buttons with numerical digits 0 - 9 plus a lock and unlock button. Keypad layout can vary from lock to lock ranging from each digit having its own push-button or multiple digits sharing push-buttons.
Multiple Users - how many unique access codes do you want to assign? Do you want everyone in the family to have their own unique code? Do you want an emergency code you can give a neighbor? These are important questions to ask yourself when determining which lock is going to be best for you. Electronic door locks vary in the amount of max users (access codes) you can program so make sure the maximum users in the lock you chose offers enough.
Lifespan - electronic locks are battery powered with varying average lifespans per set of batteries. As a safeguard all electronic door locks will begin to beep as their battery power begins to run low in order to provide adequate time to swap in new batteries
Color Choices - all electronic door locks will come in a variety of color finishes. Take into account the color of lock you will want on your door and this will help narrow your choices down.
Deadbolt, Handle, Doorknob - do you simply need a deadbolt or are you looking for a full solution including a handle or doorknob to open the door? This is an important question to know the answer to because all three are options.
Product Image Description Kwikset Signature Series SmartCode Deadbolt - Satin Nickel MiLocks Touchpad Lockset Deadbolt - Brass MiLocks Touchpad Lockset with Doorknob - Brass Product SKU 51409SN 5183B 5184B Keyless Access Yes Yes Yes Maximum Users 2 6 6 Programmable Access Codes Yes
Lock Style Deadbolt Deadbolt Lockset Doorknob Power Source 4x - AA batteries 4x - AA batteries 4x - AA batteries Battery Lifespan 1+ year
Average of 15 Activations Per Day
18,000 Activations 18,000 Activations
Keyed Locks with RF Keyfob Control
This style of electronic door locks will provide you with many the same features options as the Keyed Lock with Keypad but adds at least one additional convenient feature:
RF Keyfob - the RF (radio frequency) keyfob functions similarly to that of a car keyfob in that you'll have the option to lock and unlock your door from a distance with the push of a button. The range will vary on manufacturer but will typically be approximately 30 to 50 feet. The keyfobs will vary in size depending upon manufacturer but will all be small enough to easily fit on a key ring.
# of Keyfobs - each RF keyfob controled lock will come with at least one fob. All of these models will be capable of having additional keyfobs added to them at any time so be sure to take into account the maximum amount of users each lock will work with.
Multiple Methods of Access - these locks give users three ways to lock and unlock their door: RF keyfob, keypad access code and traditional key.
Other Compatibility - select MiLocks models can be incorporated into an INSTEON network with the addition of an INSTEON MorningLinc. This will give you the ability to lock and unlock your MiLock RF Door Lock using an INSTEON controlled device.
Product Image Description SimpliciKey Deadbolt with Electronic Keypad, Satin Nickel MiLocks 3-in-1 Keyless Entry Deadbolt with RF Remote Control - Satin Nickel MiLocks BQF-01SN Touchpad Deadbolt and Remote Control Handleset Combo - Satin Nickel Product SKU 86200SN 51892SN 51895S Keyless Access Yes - Keypad and Keyfob Yes - Keypad, Keyfob, INSTEON-Compatible* Yes - Keypad, Keyfob, INSTEON-Compatible* Keyfob Range 50 Feet 30 Feet 30 Feet Keyfobs Included 2 1 1 Maximum Users 16 20 (10 Keyfobs & 10 Numerical Keypad Codes) 20 (10 Keyfobs & 10 Numerical Keypad Codes) Programmable Access Codes Yes
Lock Style Deadbolt Deadbolt Deadbolt & Handle Power Source 4x - AA batteries 4x - AA batteries 4x - AA batteries Battery LifespanLifespan 1+ year
Average of 15 Activations Per Day
18,000 Activations 18,000 Activations
* Requires INSTEON MorningLinc
Keyed Locks with Remote Access
If you're a techie and looking for a lock to match your lifestyle then a door lock that you can access remotely from a smart device or computer might just be the one for you. These locks offer all the features available in the previous locks discussed plus much more. They all have a built-in wireless protocol, most commonly Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Z-Wave.
Bluetooth - has the shortest working range of the 3 but is easiest to setup. These locks require you to pair a smartphone or fob to the door lock through an app so that when you are within range of the door it will recognize your device and grant you access by simply touching the lock.
Wi-Fi - has an unlimited range once it is connected to your wireless router. As long as you have access to the Internet you'll have access to your door lock to lock and unlock remotely.
Z-Wave offers the most advanced options. As part of Z-wave home automation system you can use other Z-wave controllers to lock and unlock your door. Like Wi-Fi it can have unlimited range as long as you have access to the Internet and the device is part of a Z-Wave network or controller with Wi-Fi access.
Remote Access & Fees - a feature available in certain wireless locks that allow the users to access and control the functions of the door lock from anywhere in the world provided they have internet access. Some models and technologies require a monthly fee in order to have this access available to you as well as other features such as notifications.
Notifications - wirelessly communicating locks are able to communicate back to you just as you’re able to communicate with them. These locks can talk to you in the form of email and/or push-notifications to alert you to when they are unlocked and locked; an incredibly convenient feature for knowing when a child or house guest may have gotten home. For certain locks these notifications are only available when paying for the remote access fee.
Product Image Description Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Door Lock - Bright Brass LockState Connect RemoteLock Wi-Fi Keyless Lever Lock, Polished Brass Kwikset SmartCode Z-Wave Deadbolt, Satin Nickel Product SKU 51033 53258PB 51046SN Keyless Access Yes - Keyfob, Bluetooth Yes - Keypad, Wi-Fi Yes - Keypad, Z-Wave Compatibility iOS Web-enabled devices, iOS, Android Web-enabled devices, iOS, Android Maximum Users Unlimited - electronic keys and keyfobs sold separately 250 30 Programmable Access Codes Yes
Lock Style Deadbolt Deadbolt with Handle Deadbolt Power Source 4x - AA batteries 4x - AA batteries 4x - AA batteries Mobile Notifications Yes Yes Yes Remote Access Fee No Yes Depends