With summer upon us, many of us will be traveling to vacation destinations in the coming months. That means leaving your home and all of your possessions behind. How can you be sure your valuables are safe, and is there a way to do it conveniently and intuitively? Check out these three smart-home door locks, which we’ve featured before.
- Kwikset SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt
Mode of entry: Punch in PIN code to retract tapered dead bolt, or add lock to Z-Wave or ZigBee network and use smartphone app to lock or unlock it from anywhere.
Key management: Issue up to 30 access codes, and use app to revoke them.
Neat trick: Randomized numbers that appear before you can enter PIN ensure even wear marks on keypad to thwart thieves.
Security: Grade 2
Price: about $249
- Schlage Sense
Mode of entry: Oh, the choices! Punch in PIN code on keypad, beckon Siri to unlock door via Bluetooth as you approach, or (if lock connects to Apple TV) use app from anywhere.
Key management: Use app to create/delete up to 30 guest PIN codes and schedule when they’re valid. Grant trusted guests app access (allowing them to control any HomeKit device in house).
Neat trick: Only smart lock to take commands from Siri, thanks to Apple HomeKit integration.
Security: Grade 1
Price: about $229
- Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt
Mode of entry: Punch in PIN code to retract tapered dead bolt, or add lock to Z-Wave network and use smartphone app to lock or unlock door from anywhere.
Key management: Grant up to 25 individual access codes and manage with app.
Neat trick: No key at all! Impossible to pick! Even more impossible to lose your keys! (Tip: Change weak batteries promptly.)
Security: Grade 2
Price: about $275