August Smart Locks

The August Smart Lock Pro is our pick for the best smart lock of 2018 because of its simple installation, compatibility with multiple smart home systems, excellent design, and easy-to-use app. The August Smart Lock Pro gives you everything you need to add smart, wireless access to your home for you, your family, and your chosen guests.

Our Pick

August Smart Lock Pro

The best smart lock for those looking for an easy way to add smart, wireless access to their home

With its simple installation and rock-solid locking mechanism, you can be sure your August Smart Lock Pro will be up and running reliably in no time. And thanks to its compatibility with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, you can use your voice to control your smart lock via all three of the popular virtual assistants.

Who should buy this smart lock

The August Smart Lock Pro is for anyone looking to simplify the process of entering and leaving their home. If you get tired of fumbling with keys, worrying about whether your locked the door when you left the house, buying new spare keys for your children, or precariously placing a spare key in one of those entirely unsafe fake rocks, this smart lock is for you.

Should I get the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect?

While you can purchase the August Smart Lock Pro without the August Connect Wi-Fi bridge, we don't recommend it. By purchasing the lock as a package deal with the Connect Wi-Fi bridge included, you'll be able to lock, unlock, and check on the status of your door when you're away from home.

Reasons to buy

  • Simple installation
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit
  • Long battery life
  • Automatically locks and unlocks your door for you

Reasons not to buy

  • Only works with single-cylinder deadbolts

The best smart lock for those looking for an easy way to add smart, wireless access to their home

The August Smart Lock's appearance is immediately striking and will give any door a futuristic look, with your choice of dark gray or silver finishes. You can use your smartphone to remotely unlock or lock your door, or you can set up a proximity lock: Your door will unlock when you get approach with your phone and lock when you move away.

August lets you create virtual keys for friends and family staying at your place, and keep tabs on the comings and goings of your household using a built-in 24/7 activity log.

August's Smart Lock is listed among the Wirecutter's choices for best smart lock, especially for those who prefer to keep their existing hardware (I'm looking at you, renters!).

The August Smart Lock requires no wiring and installs using an existing deadbolt. It's also HomeKit-enabled, so you can control it with Siri and the Home app for iOS; works with Alexa, so you can control it with your Alexa-enabled devices; and works with the Google Assistant, so you can control it with your Google Home and other Google Assistant-enabled devices.

Alternatives to the August Smart Lock Pro

There are quite a few alternatives worth checking out if you feel the August Smart Lock Pro isn't for you. The Kwikset Premis is another HomeKit-enabled lock with a capacitive touchscreen. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is also HomeKit-enabled and features three different finishes, so you can better match the interior and exterior of your home. Nest and Yale launched the Nest × Yale Lock, which gives you a key-free deadbolt for your home and works well with the Nest ecosystem. The long-running Kwikset Kevo also gets a mention, thanks to its touch-to-open functionality and long-running popularity. Lastly, Schlage's Connect smart lock offers touchscreen functionality and a built-in alarm to dissuade would-be thieves from breaking into your home.


Nest × Yale Lock

The best smart lock for folks who don't need Apple HomeKit support

Nest teamed up with Yale to create this tamper-proof, key-free deadbolt for your home. The keypad gives you an easy way to share passcodes with those you trust, but you can always access and unlock your door while you're away from home using the Nest app.

The Nest × Yale Lock supports notifications, letting you know when someone operates the lock. You can set up passcodes that expire after a period of time if you plan on having guests or need a maintenance person to gain temporary access to your home. What's more, the lock uses geofencing tools to automatically lock when you're not around — no more forgotten doors! The lock replaces your deadbolt, offering a tamper-proof and secure solution to keep your door locked up tight. If the lock ever senses tampering, it will send you a notification. There's also a handy feature I'm particularly excited about: If your lock ever loses power, you can use a 9-volt battery to quickly charge and unlock the door. The Nest × Yale Lock is perfect for anyone that has Nest products in their home. It's built to integrate with the system and requires the Nest Connect or Nest Guard in order to interface with the rest of your Nest system and connect with the Nest app.

Value Pick

Schlage Connect

The best smart lock for those looking to add smart, wireless access to their home without breaking the bank.

The Schlage Connect smart lock works with Amazon Alexa, Z-Wave, and Wink. Its simple installation and built-in alarm will make entry simple — but only for those who have been granted access to your home.

This smart lock has a touchscreen keypad for entering your entry code. There's also a vacation mode to disable all codes while you're away. The two-piece system is available in aged bronze, polished bright brass, or a satin nickel finish to suit your home's style. If you enjoy receiving up-to-the-minute information about the activity in your home, have a look at the Schlage Connect.

Bottom line

The August Smart Lock Pro provides the most functionality for the most people, it's incredibly easy to install, and purchasing it opens you up to August's entire line of smart home products — including a smart keypad and doorbell camera. It's reliable, it's stylish, and it's perfect for anyone looking to add smart, wireless access to their home.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Mikah Sargent is a senior editor at Mobile Nations. When he's not bothering his chihuahuas, Mikah spends entirely too much time and money on HomeKit products. You can follow him on Twitter at @mikahsargent if you're so inclined.

Joe Keller is a senior editor at iMore. He's a big fan of HomeKit gadgets, and especially fond of security. He knows how important a quality and reliable lock is.

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