With smart technology all around us, it’s no surprise that traditional locks are becoming antiquated. If you want technology to turn on your lights and tell you the weather, you should consider getting a keypad lock too. There are many great reasons to update your entryway. Whether you tend to misplace your keys or plan to make your apartment into an Airbnb, the best keypad locks are convenient and safe. Maybe your brother is arriving at your apartment before you make it home from work. Instead of racing to meet him, you can just give him the code to your front door. Here are four of the best keypad locks that will keep you safe and happy.
Fits on most doors: Kwikset Powerbolt 2 Door Lock
AUTOMATICALLY CLOSES AFTER 30 SECONDS
Basic choice since less is more. Amazon
This keypad lock is very simple, and that’s what we like about it. The set up is easy (all it takes is a screwdriver), but the lock is serious. This is a deadbolt lock with customizable entry codes. You can even program six individual codes that can be temporary (for the plumber) or permanent (for family). The SmartKey technology allows you to re-key the lock yourself quite quickly, and you can also match all the other keypad locks in your house. Now you can finally stop carrying six keys on your keychain.
Reversible handles: Schlage Camelot Keypad
Easy to use and battery-powered. Amazon
This Schlage keypad entry lock is another straightforward option, but this one comes with a handle. It has a reversible lever, so you can install it to open with your right or left hand. You can put it on any door measuring 1 and ⅜ inches to 1 and ¾ inches thickness—which is most doors. The batteries are included with your purchase, and it’s preprogrammed with two codes. No need to fumble around setting up numbers for all your family members. When you’re coming home at night you’ll be able to see what you’re doing because the keypad lights up too.
Low battery indicator: Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt
WORKS WITH ALEXA
Best value choice. Amazon
If you want a few more bells and whistles, this Schlage keypad lock has a lot going for it. It has all the great features of the simpler locks—easy install, guaranteed fit—but it also uses Wifi and works with Alexa. In case your friend beats you to your apartment, you can let them in remotely. Give them their own code if you want, and don’t worry about running out. You can manage up to 100 codes—we can’t even think of 100 people to have over. If you’re worried about germs, there’s a voice control option, and the alarm technology will let you know if something fishy is going on.
Most intelligent features. Amazon
The Ultraloq is another keypad that has some very high tech features. It has advanced fingerprint identification, so you can use your finger if you don’t want to remember a code. Maybe you want to unlock the door before you carry the groceries in; just knock on your phone four times and the connected U-tec app will open the door for you. This one also has a handle that can be installed on the left or the right. For those of you that live in rainy Seattle, this little device is also weatherproof.