Our Smart Home Picks – Door Locks

By Kylee Niederhauser

Smart door locks are an innovative and convenient addition to any home, offering enhanced security and convenience to homeowners and vacation rental property owners alike. With the ability to remotely lock and unlock doors, manage access codes, and monitor activity, smart door locks offer peace of mind and flexibility for those who need to grant access to their property to others.

Whether it’s for vacation rental guests, housekeeping staff, or friends and family, smart door locks provide a seamless and secure solution for managing access. Here are a few of our favorite options currently on the market:

Budget Option (our top pick) – Kwikset Halo

This Kwikset model is our go-to smart lock for vacation rental properties. We originally saw battery longevity issues, but firmware updates fixed that – but quality batteries are important, too!

Splurge Option – Schlage Encode

This smart lock is arguably the most popular option in the short term rental industry. The Encode looks slick and is very reliable. We bumped it down to number 2 on our list only because it’s high demand led to high prices (and sometimes inventory shortages).

Runner Up – Yale Assure

The Yale is good quality lock, but sometimes guests get confused having to “wake” the keypad before entering the code. We also don’t love that it has a secondary, plug-in wifi gateway that sometimes guests unplug or bump un-intentionally (vs the Schlage and Kwikset models which are completely self-contained).

For Locked Closets

In our vacation rental properties, we often need to lock off hallway closets for turnover supplies. Sometimes our clients choose to lock off a closet for owner storage as well. In both of these cases we like to install these keypad door handles. Please note that this style of lock should not be used on front doors or bedroom doors.

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