My smart home keeps getting smarter all the time. I’ve got multiple smart cameras, a smart security system (Canary), smart lights (Philips Hue), a smart doorbell (Ring Video Doorbell Pro), a smart alarm clock (Beddi), a smart speaker (Amazon Echo), smart digital art frames (Electric Objects EO1) and the list goes on. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get around to researching smart locks!
Smart locks have been around for enough time that they’re no longer awe-inducing — they’re just expected. But they have taken off in a big way for some really good reasons: you can use your phone as a key, you can issue digital keys to guests from anywhere in the world and you can easily monitor who comes and goes (and when) from your house. Basically, they’re awesome for parents and kids probably wish they didn’t exist.
In today’s top 3 list — and as part of DailyTekk’s ongoing mission to being you the best, most useful new tech products for your everyday life — I’ve chosen what I feel are the 3 best smart locks you can buy in mid-to-late 2016. If you’ve been doing your research you’ll certainly recognize the company names below, although you might not have heard about a couple of the newer models I’ve mentioned. So let me know down in the comments which smart lock looks best for you!
Yale Real Living Assure Smart Lock
When it comes to smart locks, there’s one company who seems to rank highest in user reviews on Amazon and that is Yale (so many Yale smart locks get 4.5 out of 5 stars that I find it pretty remarkable). There are several different models of Yale smart locks to choose from; seemingly one for any whim a person might have. There are Yale locks with traditional keys and many with digital only locking and unlocking. There are some with handles and some without, some with physical buttons and some with touch screens and several different metal and finish options to choose from. So, truly, it looks like you can’t really go wrong with any Yale smart lock.
That said, there’s a new version that’s coming out soon (as of the time of this writing) called the Yale Real Living Assure Lock with Bluetooth. This lock is ...