Best smart locks for Google Home 2023: smarter safety
These are the smart locks you want when you have a Google Home hanging around.
Smart locks are a must-have for the modern home, and the best Google Home smart locks make it easier to add convenient controls and security. Not only do smart locks provide instant notifications when your door unlocks and work with smart speakers, but they also allow you to easily give family members, friends, or guests access to your home.
Here are the best Google Home smart locks you can add to your home today.
Protect your family when home and away
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Assistant's best friend
This Nest x Yale Lock works from anywhere through Google Assistant. It ties in beautifully with other Nest products with automated features like disabling your Nest Secure alarm when you come home. It can also unlock automatically with your phone and has a sleek number pad for backup.
August's third-generation smart lock is a real treat. It unlocks automatically with your phone and has a deadbolt thumb turn on the front, so you can still use it manually from inside. Just keep in mind, that you'll also need to pick up the August Connect bridge for smart assistant commands to work!
Schlage has been making security products since 1920, so you know you can trust its take on a smart lock, and the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is no exception. It's available in two distinct styles — Camelot and Century — and even comes with an optional door handle that pairs perfectly with it. Just make sure you get the Wi-Fi Adapter for smart assistant functionality!
The Sesame Smart Lock sits on top of your existing single-turn deadbolt lock, rather than replacing it. This design means easy installation (and removal) without the need for any tools. Paired with the Wi-Fi Access Point, it can connect to Google Assistant for remote operation and voice control.
The Yale Assure Lever Lock is one of the few available on the market that can function as an entry or interior door lock. This lock uses the traditional lever design, along with a physical knob that locks things down. A touchscreen keypad sits on the opposite side, bypassing the need to have a key; just keep in mind that this lock does not have a deadbolt.
The latest, fourth-generation Wi-Fi Smart Lock from August features a slimmer profile, and it no longer requires the separate Connect Hub for smart home connectivity. It comes in an easy-to-install, stylish circular housing, and unlike its cheaper counterpart, the Pro supports HomeKit and Alexa as well, in case you live in a cross-platform household.
The Ultraloq Z-Wave Smart Lock offers a lot of functionality tying into more than just Google Home, if you haven't settled on just one type of smart network. Taking minutes to install and offering fingerprint ID, an anti-peep keypad, along with auto unlock and shake to open facilities, it's highly practical while looking pretty modern too.
Minimalist yet practical
The Owlet Home Smart Lock takes 10 minutes to set up and allows you to keep your original keys. From there, it has an auto-lock and lock with remote access feature, along with voice controls via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. It's simple to set up temporary access for family and friends too. Just keep an eye out for it only being compatible with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi routers.
Smarter security for your Google Home
The best Google Home smart locks offer voice controls like locking and unlocking your door remotely; however, many need a bridge or a hub to function. The Nest x Yale Lock with Nest Connect works independently by connecting directly to your Wi-Fi network, making it the easiest to set up if you combine it with other Nest products. As a result, it has quickly become one of the most useful smart locks out there.
The other locks on the list require bridges or hubs to function, but the fourth-generation August Wi-Fi Smart Lock packs in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you don't have to go out and find it separately. Plus, the latest August lock works with all the smart home platforms, including Alexa and HomeKit, so everyone in your home can access it even if they prefer the comforts of another virtual assistant.
Remember that many smart door lock options also work with Apple HomeKit, making it even more valuable for your home. They all work with the best iPhones including the very best right now -- the iPhone 14 Pro.
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