How to Choose a Smart Door Lock

Posted March 20th, 2023 by SimpliSafe

Today, there are plenty of ways to lock your front door, one being with a smart door lock. Though many people are comfortable with a good ole’ fashioned lock and key, they can be inconvenient for a number of reasons. Not only can it be frustrating if you misplace the keys to your home, but a traditional lock and key are easier for thieves to bypass and break into your home. A smart door lock is a simple way to solve these concerns. But what smart door lock to choose?

We’re here to help.

What is a Smart Door Lock?

A smart door lock is an electronic lock system that connects to your home’s WiFi as well as your home security system and can be controlled by a mobile app. This means that you can lock (and unlock!) your door from anywhere, giving you added peace of mind. No more leaving the house wondering, “Hey, did I forget to lock the door?”

What to Know About Smart Door Locks

Before choosing a smart door lock, it’s helpful to know whether or not the technology is right for you. To start, it’s beneficial to understand all the features that are included with a smart door lock. Though features can vary from one smart door lock to the next, some of the most common features include:

  • A pin pad that allows you to unlock your door without a key

  • The option to assign different access codes for a variety of home visitors 

  • The ability to lock and unlock the door from your mobile device

  • A feature to set a specific time to lock your door automatically

  • The ability to sync with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

  • The ability to operate with or without WiFi

And one of the best features? Even with a smart door lock, you still have the option to continue using your old key, making the addition an easy-to-use product for everyone in your home. 

How Much Does a Smart Door Lock Cost?

Smart door locks can cost anywhere between $100 to $300. While it’s important to consider price when evaluating product options, it’s just as important to seek out features that fit with your life and needs. Remember, there’s no price on security! 

How Long Does a Smart Door Lock Last?

Though there are plenty of benefits to a traditional lock and key, they can be finicky and expensive to replace. With a smart door lock, there’s no worry of key loss thanks to the pin pad and mobile app features.. Additionally, smart door locks are designed to last years of use.  SimpliSafe’s smart door lock was tested to withstand 100,000 turns! 

Self-Installation Vs. Professional-Installation?

Another factor to consider when deciding on a smart door lock option is whether you would like to have a self-installed or professionally-installed lock. The good news is that most smart door locks can be installed by yourself in just a few basic steps. However, if self-installation sound too overwhelming, many companies offer professional-installation options, including SimpliSafe. 

Time to purchase!

In addition to considering features, costs, and installation options, there are a few other questions you should ask yourself to help you decide which smart door lock is right for you and your home: 

  • Will the device work without WiFi in case your power goes out?

  • Will the device be compatible with the rest of your smart devices?

  • Will the pin pad and mobile options be easy for your family and visitors to navigate? 

At SimpliSafe, our smart door lock checks all the boxes. Starting at just $99, you’ll get a smart door lock that will keep your home secure without sacrificing ease of use. Plus, by pairing the smart door lock with a video doorbell and an outdoor security camera, you can take your smart home to the next level!