Key-Free Smart Lock with Z-Wave

Why we love it

When planning out a smart home strategy, you need to pick a communication protocol and stick with it in order to increase the chances of all your smart devices being able to be controlled from one (or at least only a few) places. We went with the Z-Wave protocol in our properties because it works with the Wink hub (which we’ve found to be the best designed and most intuitive hub/app experience so far) and it’s also widely available in generic lights, outlets and electronics.

For a smart lock, we knew we wanted it to be linked with our smart home hub so that we could lock and unlock it from anywhere, and we also wanted to make sure we weren’t having to deal with keys or with something that requires people to download the app (like the August lock, which we also love but use in other use cases when it’s not the only way in).

Most smart locks from major lock manufacturers aren’t the prettiest, but this one met the mark of being Z-Wave compatible (and therefore controllable from anywhere via our Wink app) and is pretty simple and modern looking. I only wish it came in black–but the oil-rubbed bronze is actually very dark and blends in fairly well with other black hardware.

We pair this lock (which works as a deadbolt) with this Kwikset passage lever.

From Yale:

  • Slimmest touchscreen deadbolt on the market from the #1 smart lock brand in 2017, voted by CEPro
  • Lock and unlock, manage pin codes and receive notifications from anywhere with most Z-Wave smart home systems including Samsung SmartThings and wink
  • Unlock using by entering your unique pin code on the backlit, touchscreen keypad – lock the door behind you by simply tapping the keypad
  • 9V battery Terminal prevents lock-out due to dead batteries
  • Quiet motorized deadbolt, all-code lockout for privacy, weather resistant gasket and tamper resistant battery cover

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