A smart lock on the front door is the ultimate convenience. You don’t have to worry about carrying – or indeed losing – your keys, and through an app, individual codes can be given to a cleaner or dog walker; they’re also perfect for short stay rentals. And if you’re not sure whether you locked the door on the way out, no sweat – just pull up the app.
Yale Unity Entrance Lock with Connect Bridge
The quality built, completely keyless Unity Entrance Lock includes one very important feature that not all smart locks have – it deadlocks. The lock can be fitted to new doors or retro-fitted to an existing door and is controlled via an app, where virtual keys can be assigned to multiple users (again, via the app), and GPS and GeoFencing technology will unlock the door on your arrival home. When the Yale Connect Bridge is paired with the lock, all the locking and unlocking can be controlled remotely and lock status can be checked. If you forget your phone, no problem – there are two key tags included that can be slipped into a wallet or bag.
Voice assistant compatible? Google Assistant and Alexa.
Nuki Lock 2.0
The USP of the battery-operated Nuki Lock 2.0 is that there is no need to replace an existing lock, making installation a breeze. It’s designed to slip over a standard cylinder on the internal side of a door, with everything needed to complete the job – including tools – supplied in the box. Once installed, the lock is operated through the Nuki app, although it can also be locked and unlocked manually from the inside. There’s a handy auto unlock feature on the app that will trigger and unlock the door when the smartphone is close enough – handy if you’ve got kids or shopping in your arms. If you add the Nuki Bridge (you can buy this set with the lock), the lock can be used with Google Assistant, Apple Home and Alexa for voice assistance. A keypad for code access is sold separately.
Voice assistant compatible? Google, Alexa and Siri.