Best Smart lock in 2019 for HomeKit, Alexa, Google

Best Smart lock for me?

A connected home with multiple smart devices making our life easier is looking like the future. You may have already invested in smart lights or some smart plugs and now looking to upgrade your existing dumb lock with a new shiny smart lock. This guide will help find the best smart lock of 2019 both for the US, Europe and UK market.

So before we get into our top picks for a smart lock in 2019, lets first understand what is a smart lock and things you should look out for.

What is a smart lock

Smart locks provide a new home security experience with the ability to customise who can access your home and when, lock or unlock your door from anywhere with your smartphone, and even unlock the door with your voice.Best smart lock

Smart locks explained

As with most smart home products, you will come across different jargon and options and the smart lock is no different. But have reading this article it won’t be too difficult to understand the difference between Zigbee and deadbolt.

Lock Type

Locks come with different mechanisms and some smart locks will only work with that type. So when you are looking for the right smart lock, you need to make sure it fits your lock.

For instance, the August Smart Lock Pro Connect will only work with a deadbolt and you will typically find this lock in the US.

Smart Home Compatibility

HomeKit, Alexa or Google assistant? Whichever you use or thinking of using then it’s important to choose the best smart lock that works with your smart home platform. You also need to watch out for a smart lock company offering support in the future. Don’t buy on a promise and then be let down = expensive mistake.

It is also worth noting that most smart locks connected to HomeKit will not allow connectivity to Android once you have decided to go down the HomeKit route.

Connectivity

In order for you to interact with your smart lock, you need connectivity to it. Most smart locks use either Bluetooth or Wifi, with the newer devices using Bluetooth 5. However you can get smart locks that work with Z-Wave Plus or Zigbee.

App

Companion apps are an important factor when choosing the best smart lock for you. For instance, if you have all iOS devices in your home, then you need one that works with iOS. However, if you have a mixture of devices across Android and iOS, then it’s important to make sure the smart lock supports both.

Manual key option

While you are looking to buy a smart lock, some people still prefer one that works with a traditional key for peace of mind. When you are looking at the best smart lock for you, make sure you look into the manual key override option.

One important point to check, some smart locks work by having the key in place to lock and unlock. When you are choosing a smart look, make sure you can have 2 keys inserted at the same time.

Smart lock Installation

When choosing the best smart lock for your circumstances, you need to take into account installation effort. Some smart locks only require you to fit the smart device over an existing lock, whereas others require you to change the lock. Also note that some smart locks will only fit certain sizes and lock types.

If you are in doubt about your lock type, it is always worth speaking to a locksmith or smart lock installer.

So now you know the difference between your different smart locks and what to look out for. Let’s get into our top picks for best smart lock of 2019.

Ultion Smart Lock Ultion Smart lock homekit support

  • Lock Type: Deadbolt, Multi-point and Mortice
  • Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Apple HomeKit
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, Z-Wave, Zigbee
  • Number Pad: Optional
  • App: Android and iOS
  • Manual key option: Yes
  • Installation: You need to change your lock out. Installation is just like changing a standard lock.
  • Price: £259
  • Availability: UK only at this time
  • Buy smart lock: Link to retailer

Brisant secure, the company behind Ultion lock and has taken the Danalock and built this into its door furniture (the outside bit of the door lock). The company claims it will make installation easier and offer its Ultion 3 star security cylinder.

Ultion smart will support any locking system that uses a euro-cylinder. You will also be able to get a version that supports mortice locks.

The Ultion smart works with Alexa, IFFTT and Zigbee smart hubs like Samsung SmartThings. You will also be able to use Ultion smart with HomeKit and get remote access when using an Apple TV or HomePod as a hub.

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August Smart Lock Pro ConnectAugust smart lock

  • Lock Type: Deadbolt
  • Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave Plus
  • Number Pad: Optional
  • App: Yes
  • Manual key option: Yes, via existing lock
  • Installation: Fits over existing deadbolt
  • Availability: US, UK, Europe
  • Price: £299
  • Buy smart lock: Link to retailer

The August Smart Lock Pro Connect has it all. This lock is compatible with all of the major smart-home platforms, so you can open it with Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit; it also looks great, although the circular back of the lock may confuse some users. The device is easy to install on most single-cylinder deadbolts. The app is easy to use and simply allows you to add additional users who can open the door without a key. For those who don’t have a phone, the optional $60 August Smart Keypad provides another way to get in without a key.

NUKI SMART LOCK 2.0Nuki best smart lock

  • Lock Type: Euro Style/Profile Double Cylinders
  • Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5, Zigbee
  • Number Pad: Optional
  • App: Android and iOS
  • Manual key option:
  • Installation: Fits over existing lock
  • Availability: Europe
  • Price: £249
  • Buy smart lock: Link to retailer

The lock is still made for Euro Style/Profile Double Cylinders. It is also compatible with knob and oval cylinders. it uses Bluetooth 5.0 for better range and has a Zigbee radio It The Nuki 2.0 is also compatible with Apple HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant It also comes with a little sensor that detects when the door is physically open or closed.

Overall, the Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 is a great option if you want to simply retrofit to your existing compatible lock system. It offers some great smart home compatible options,

Nest x YaleNest x Yale best smart lock

  • Lock Type: Deadbolt
  • Smart Home Compatibility: Amazon Alexa
  • Connectivity: Wifi
  • App: iOS and Android
  • Manual key option: Yes
  • Installation: Fits over existing lock
  • Price: $299
  • Availability: US only
  • Buy smart lock: Link to retailer

The smart lock from Yale in partnership with nest — is an easy way to get a range of products working together within the same app. The lock is beautifully designed, and can be controlled through its keypad or the Nest app. It’s compatible with Google Assistant, but not Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit, and remote operation requires a separate Wi-Fi adapter.

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Schlage Sense Smart DeadboltBest smart lock Schlage

  • Lock Type: Deadbolt
  • Smart Home Compatibility: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit – You need a separate hub
  • Connectivity: Wifi
  • App: iOS and Android
  • Manual key option: Yes
  • Installation: Fits over existing lock
  • Price: $199
  • Availability: US only
  • Buy smart lock: Link to retailer

The Schlage Sense is a great smart lock if you use a deadbolt lock system.  This lock also comes equipped with built-in alarm sensors that will issue an alert if it senses an attack, which is great for those concerned about their smart lock being hacked.

It’s also Apple HomeKit compatible, which means you can ask Siri to lock or unlock your door. You can also use the smart lock with Google Home and Amazon Alexa. But to make it work with any of them or access remotely you need the Schlage Sense WiFi adapter.

So, that’s a wrap and hopefully this has helped you decide which is the best smart lock for you. One final tip, its worth buying based on recommendations, but make sure you weigh up all the options before purchasing.

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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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