Eliminate some of the worry from your life with a smart deadbolt system designed to keep you, your family, and your home safe.
Wow! It feels good to be on the way out of town. You just put your bag in the overhead bin, and your plane takes off in 20 minutes. Miraculously, there is an empty seat beside you, and your kids' favorite movie is on the in-flight entertainment system. Vacation, here we come! You can already feel the relaxation in your breath.
Except, no, that can't be. Did you forget to lock your front door on the way out? In all the excitement, you don't remember. And your neighbor with the extra key won't be home from work until late tonight.
In years past, this situation would trigger a 9-hour bout of anxiety. You, however, just installed a smart deadbolt system. You pull out your phone, check to make sure no one entered your home since you left, enter a command, and bingo! Your home is locked up, safe and secure. Ready for takeoff.
There are a variety of smart deadbolt systems on the market, and while there are many similarities, there are some substantial differences, too. Here is a crash course to help you figure out which system is right for you.
How does a smart deadbolt work
To be truthful, a smart deadbolt is a blend of old and new technology. The deadbolt portion is the same as it has been for decades, as is the way it works. There is nothing magical in that (unless you appreciate the magic of springs and pins, which are pretty cool).
The "smart" in the system is the technology you can use to lock and unlock that deadbolt. In other words, you don't have to use a physical key to turn the lock. That can be pretty handy when you have your hands full of groceries and it's raining.
A smart lock system uses Bluetooth, wi-fi, a pin-based touchpad, or some combination of those to secure your door. Some give you the option of using an old-fashioned key, as well. Bluetooth and wi-fi-based systems may use your phone in place of a key, and some will automatically unlock the door for you when you approach or lock it when you leave.
7 smart deadbolt systems to accommodate any lifestyle
1. U-tec Ultraloq UL3 BT
The Ultraloq offers entry via Bluetooth, fingerprint, touchscreen, or "knock to open" from your phone. If those all fail, for some reason, there is the option of using a mechanical key. Ultraloq can store up to 95 fingerprints and 95 touchscreen passcodes. Additionally, it offers all the other expected smart lock options such as an entry log, temporary "keys," and easy DIY installation.
2. igloohome smart deadbolt lock 02
The igloohome includes a touchpad, Bluetooth entry, and the option of using a physical key. Like most smart lock systems, igloohome allows you to make temporary passwords, keeps a log of entries, and has multiple built-in security features. What makes the igloohome stand out is the optional AirBnB synchronization; this service automatically generates a PIN, so AirBnB guests get a unique "key" to coincide with their rental.
The big problem with most smart deadbolt systems is that they don't work very well for apartment dwellers. You still need to be physically present to let someone like a dog walker, for instance, into the building before they can get to your apartment. IkiLock circumvents this issue by including a remotely operable plug that will trigger your building's intercom to open the main door.
Gate isn't just a smart lock; it includes a motion-activated camera and 2-way audio. Of course, Gate also has the remote locking and unlocking capabilities, temporary passwords, and ease of installation you would expect in a smart deadbolt system.
5. August Smart Lock
Perhaps the most convenient part of the August Smart Lock is the easy installation or the compatibility with Siri—or maybe both. In any case, August is an interior installation, so from the outside, no one will even know you have a smart lock.
6. Schlage Sense
Schlage has long been a name in home security products. The Schlage Sense connects to Siri, or you can use the illuminated touchscreen to lock and unlock your door. For the technological dinosaur in your family, you can also use an old-fashioned key. And it says it's easy to install on your own.
7. Kwikset Kevo
You already know Kwikset. They began manufacturing residential locks in 1946 and haven't stopped since. Kevo is a one-touch locking system, but you have the option of using a key should you forget your phone somewhere. And as long as you have a Philips head screwdriver, you can install the Kevo on your own.
One important part of keeping your home safe is homeowners or renters insurance. Get in touch with your local Pekin Insurance agent to determine your policy needs and ensure your home is taken care of.
Do you use a smart deadbolt on your doors? What do you think about them? Share your experiences in the comments.