Smart locks make it much simpler to gain access to a home. Doors can open from an app, and even from just touching the lock or door. These five smart door locks open either via a fingerprint, using a biometric technology that identifies a specific person, or by connecting to an app.
We've seen this technology used on other devices, from biometric gym and bike locks for example. Here, though, they can help someone unlock a door at work, at home or even at a trusted friend's space.
Launched at CES 2021, the Lockly Duo makes use of a fingerprint sensor right on the front that lets you unlock the door with a tap. Of course you can also use a voice assistant, as well as a iOS and Android app. The Lockly Duo is set to be released in early 2021, with a $399.99 price.
But if you want to get your hands on a lock now, the $229.99 Lockly Secure Plus also works to read your fingerprint as well. The sensor is actually on the side of the lock with the Secure Plus, and you can actually select either a right reader or a left one instead. We tested this lock — and installed it as well — giving it high marks for how well its made, and how the lock works with most standard doors.
Ardwolf A50 can store up to 200 unique IDsArdwolf
The $186.99 Ardwolf A50 can store up to 200 unique IDs into the lock, allowing them to gain access to a space with their fingerprint. The sensor has a 360-degree sensor meaning that it can read the print more accurately. Designed for outdoor use, it can also be installed inside for an office space as well.
There are backups too, aside from the fingerprint mode, which include using a code or even physical keys. And this lock will sound an alarm, by blinking red, if the battery voltage has started to dip low.
Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open Bluetooth smart lock opens with the touch of a fingerKwikset
Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open Bluetooth smart lock
This lock, courtesy of well-known lock company Kwikset, doesn't use biometric technology but still opens with a touch of the finger. The Kevo Touch-to-Open Bluetooth smart lock opens after it's been touched, and then connects with a mobile app on a smartphone. There, it reads, via Bluetooth, an e-Key inside the app. Once confirmed, the lock opens letting someone through the door.
There are two generations of this lock — both of which can still be purchased online — with the 2nd Gen available for about $200.
Level Lock Level Touch Lock also opens with a keycardGearBrain
Level Lock Level Touch Lock
The Level Touch opens a door with a touch of the finger, but like the Kwikset Kevo, it doesn't use biometrics. Instead this $329 lock — which looks like a standard door lock — also connects to an app via Bluetooth to authenticate the person coming in the door. You can also use a keycard and physical keys to gain access as well, and it works with Apple HomeKit too.
The U-tec Lever UltraLoq works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and IFTTTU-tec
U-tec Lever UltraLoq
The $189.99 Ultraloq Lever lock is a keyless lock that opens via a smartphone app, code, actual key — and yes a fingerprint. The sensor is built into the front of the lock, and with a micro USB port, you can add a quick jolt of juice to this lock just in case batteries are dead and you need inside. (The physical backup keys can help with this too.) The lock also keeps a log of who has come in through the locked door, and the entire device works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT.
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