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Best smart locks in 2022

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Best smart locks in 2022
August 03, 2022 08:28PM
Best smart locks in 2022

Ever lost your keys? Ever wished the doors would lock themselves at night? Welcome to the world of the smart lock, where digital and secure keys operate your doors whenever and from wherever you choose. From letting in the cleaner once a week to allowing the postman to drop off an awkward package when you’re out, the smart lock makes perfect sense in today’s hectic world, where immediate access and remote control are often far more useful than we might first admit. The best smart locks in our roundup are not only as secure as standard door locks, but far, far more useful.To get more news about best wifi enabled smart lock, you can visit securamsys.com official website.

The best smart locks work by replacing part of your existing locking system with a ‘smart’ element that can unlock the door – in some cases physically retracting the bolts, in others allowing the keyholder to do so using the manual handle. To unlock the smart lock, you will need a key, which can range from a standard metal key to a digital version in a mobile app, a credit card or fob. The latter options contain a unique, virtual key that’s ideally encrypted to prevent interception. This authenticates you to the lock and allows you to control it. Some smart locks take this a step further, using keypads so a master code unlocks the door (if your keys are lost, or your phone battery is exhausted, for example), and in some cases fingerprint readers. The best smart locks have backup options so you can still open the door if the batteries in the lock go flat, the wifi is down, or a brand’s servers suffer an outage.
We set out to test a wide range of locks that are available and compatible with UK locksets - many US brands are not. We installed the locks into our test door(s), and connected them to an accompanying app and/or wider smart home platform like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home or Apple Homekit. We then carried out a range of methods of opening (if available), over an extended period to check for consistency and any connectivity issues. We didn’t physically attack the locks to check for robustness or try to break in using aggressive digital hacking techniques.

The smart locks on the list are a broad selection of UK-specific locks that fit a range of British doors, an area of potential confusion we’ll dip into fully further down. We chose several locks from the established market leader for high-quality door locks, Yale, as well as some newer challengers.The Brisant Ultion Nuki is the product of a partnership between UK security brand Brisant, and European smart home firm Nuki – the latter providing the tech, the former providing the security nous. The result is quietly impressive. Designed to be user-installed, the kit comes with a variety of fitting options to suit most sizes of multi-point locking systems. Three screws later (and having inserted a new Brisant Euro cylinder core), and you have a smart lock.

The clever bits are numerous, but keeping your existing exterior handle is one of them, as is the fact that you can always use an old-fashioned key if you have to. Indeed, the biggest faff in setup is syncing all the various elements – we had the lock, a wifi hub, a key fob, a separate number pad and a smartphone. These can all be used to open the door, a fact that makes it very unlikely you’ll be accidentally locked out. The attention to detail is impressive, and the quality is equally so.The Avia smart lock is made by Mighton, which has decades of experience in home security products, including smart window locks and the like. This experience shines though, with the lock offering a robust replacement for a multipoint Euro cylinder lock, along with insurance ratings and a £1000 guarantee against break-ins. The cylinder is a three-star Euro cylinder and works just like a normal key-operated lock if you want it to, while the overall package has been tested to PAS 24 2016, which is the British Standard for windows and doors.

Installation is straightforward, as with the Nuki, and indeed the two locks share the same lock barrel, so are equally secure from that perspective. The Avia smart lock is a more old-school visual design compared to the Nuki, but otherwise surprisingly similar in operation. This is probably partly due to the Apple HomeKit connection but also down to it being a solid product. Indeed, the robustness of the Avia is standout, another appreciated element being the manual thumbturn that non-smart-lock devotees can use to open the door from inside in an emergency. The car key-style fob that also opens the door is a neat touch.

Overall, we were impressed with the build quality, connectivity and flexibility of the Avia, easily ranking it in a podium position. Ease of use here is the real benefit and it’s easy to pretend the lock isn’t smart at all, ideal for homes where some members of the family are not convinced by cutting-edge technology. If you’re looking for an Apple-compatible, robust, and insurance-approved Euro cylinder smart lock, this is worth a serious look.The Linus lock is one of Yale’s most recent forays into smart locks, and takes a more US-style approach to tackle the problem of smartening up home security. Indeed, the similarities to the US-only August One locks are considerable. The premise here is that the exterior Euro cylinder lock and handle remain untouched, while the interior handle is removed, a key inserted into the lock, and the Linus Smartlock screwed on top. When triggered, Linus turns the key on the inside, unlocking the door. It’s an ingenious solution and with the supplied screws and backplate it’s easy enough to attach to the interior of a Euro cylinder door. The main benefit (apart from easy installation), is that the insurance rating of your lock should be unaffected, and the Linus can be removed at a later date without major work – ideal for a rental situation.

The Yale Linus lock offers Bluetooth proximity unlocking, which works well enough, and geofenced lock/unlock, which also works but seems a little unnecessary. In the latter case, alerts through the app keep you posted on whether the lock thinks you are at home (unlocked), or away (locked), but there are warnings such as not to turn your phone off while away otherwise the location data can be inaccurate. Fortunately, the Linus deactivates the feature if it’s lost your location (by going underground for example), or the app quits or crashes, which is sensible, but means functionality is spotty. Overall, it’s an ingenious take on the smart lock genre, and one with wide connectivity to boot.
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