Best Smart Locks for Google Home iMore 2020
If you want to go all-in with smart home gadgets, smart locks are worth the investment. Not only do they keep your home safe and secure, but they can be controlled remotely and allow you to easily give family members, friends, or guests access to them. Here are the best smart locks that can be controlled using Google Assistant and can pair perfectly with your Google Home!
- Assistant's best friend: Nest x Yale Lock with Nest Connect
- Budget choice: August Smart Lock
- So classy: Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
- Easy installation: Candy House Sesame (Gen 2)
- Indoor security: Yale Assure Lever Touchscreen
- Maximum security: August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
This smart lock can be controlled 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, you'll also need to pick up the August Connect bridge for Assistant commands to work!
Schlage has been making security products since 1920, so you know you can trust its take on a smart lock. 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 Assistant functionality!
The Sesame Smart Lock sits on top of your existing single-turn deadbolt lock, rather than replacing it. This 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 a 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.
All the smart lock listed above support Google Assistant for voice controls like locking and unlocking your door remotely; however, a lot of them 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 and if you combine it with other Nest products. 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 both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you don't have to go out and find it separately. Plus, the latest August lock works with all of 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.
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