There are thousands of locks on the market, some standard security, some high security and some manual and others electronic. Here at the NGCL we have been looking into the best locks around and found the few below to meet our high standards!
The Schlage Encode is a smart deadbolt; you can connect to it from anywhere meaning you have total control. One benefit of getting an Encode is that you don’t need to buy a separate hub or bridge to lock it from your phone; it will just connect to your home Wi-Fi. You can specify who has access and you can add up to 100 recurring and temporary lock codes that you can change anytime you like. You can also send virtual keys to any guests via email or text. It’s relatively easy to fit and has a low battery indicator, so you know when it needs changing. There have been some reports that the battery life isn’t great, so you’ll have to change the batteries every couple of months.
By using the free Schlage app you can receive notifications when someone enters the house, you can give every member of the house a personal code. This means you will know when your children enter the house. You can also lock the door from anywhere, so even if you are sat at work and notice someone has left the door open you can lock it there and then.
Mul-T-Lock have separated themselves from other smart locks on the market by adding the fingerprint access option. The fingerprint wall reader allows you to save up to 20 different fingerprints, meaning you can allow your parents, a dog walker or babysitter to enter your house without the need for a key. You’ll never forget your fingerprint like you could a key or, as can happen these days with smart locks, run out of battery on your phone and be locked out!
Of course like all the smart locks on the market, it offers you control of your lock with a smartphone app. The Mul-T-Lock app works with Bluetooth, so you don’t have to be worried about having no Wi-Fi or phone signal. You can have 20 virtual keys and these can be easily changed or deleted from the app. So you never have to worry that someone unsavoury may have your key.
You can also choose to have a touchpad wall reader; this means that every member of your family can have their own code to enter the house. Again, these can easily be changed or revoked if you feel your security is threatened, or someone may have told people the codes. You can even request to have remote control of your lock; this was made for people with limited mobility in mind. Think of a car key, it’s like that but for your door!
Medeco Locks are the only non-smart locks on our list. It is a fact that smart locks are considered safer than manual locks; however Medeco locks are used in the White House. Any lock that is used to keep the president safe is worth being on this list. They offer deadbolt, rim and mortice cylinders, key cabinets, key in knob and key in lever cylinders, padlocks, cam locks and many more security solutions.
They are fairly pricey considering they aren’t smart locks, but the company is incredibly reputable and the locks have a reputation of being the best there is.
Yale Assure Lock SL
Yale boasts that this is the ‘slimmest’ electronic lock around, so if you’re looking for something stylish, this might be your best bet. The Assure Lock is a touchscreen deadbolt which allows you to have keyless entry. You won’t have to search around your bag for your keys or phone, simply put in the 4-8 digit code and you’re in and to lock the door you just have to tap the keypad.
This particular model won’t connect to your Wi-Fi or give you access with an app, you’d have to upgrade for that, you can connect it to a smart device, but it’s more complicated than the others. But you can program in up to 250 codes, which is way more than most other smart locks.