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Best Home Security Systems (2023): Reviews Of 16 Top Companies

Do you need help finding the best home security system but are overwhelmed with your options? Our team of experts has over 75 years of combined experience researching, testing, and using home security systems. We’ve reviewed the top professionally monitored security companies to help you choose the most reliable system at the best price.

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Best Smart Lock: Schlage vs Kwikset Kevo vs August vs Danalock & More

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Now you no longer have to worry about those duplicate keys you gave to your sitter or house cleaner. You can say goodbye to leaving a key under the mat for guests. Smart locks are growing in popularity, thanks to the convenience and added security they give you. But what are the various features available, and what’s the best one for your home (or business)? Let’s unlock the findings in our best smart locks review!

3 Components Of A Smart Lock

What is a smart lock exactly, and how do they work?

A smart lock consists of three components:

Deadbolt lock – Locks the door using a key or motor.

Motor – The motor operates the deadbolt (instead of a standard key).

Transceiver – Connects to a smartphone app or home automation system and sends and receives a remote signal to the motor to open or close the deadbolt.

Our reviews focus on Bluetooth-enabled smart locks, meaning you can lock and unlock your front deadbolt using your smartphone. All of the locks in our reviews also have features where you can connect your lock to become a remote WiFi deadbolt — i.e., you can lock or unlock your door no matter where you are. The WiFi mechanism differs with each smart lock.

What’s The Best Smart Lock?

Instead of giving our top picks ranked, we have a winner for three categories: keypad, sans keypad, and works with your existing lock. We then share a couple of other notable locks that are worth considering for their lower price points (but not as superior in safety or features).

Best Keypad: Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt Review

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Unlike other smart locks, Schlage detects when someone unlocks the door with a key or via the keypad, rather than merely tracking when someone uses the app to unlock the door.

Hands-free voice control requires Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter and Alexa device (sold individually)
Free iOS and Android smartphone app lets you manage codes, set schedules and view usage history
Lock and unlock from anywhere by pairing with the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter (sold separately)
Pair with Apple HomeKit devices to use with iOS and Siri voice control only.

This lock also has a built-in siren that activates when someone tries to force your door open, which gives you peace of mind during the nighttime or when not at home. Although Schlage doesn’t have an auto-unlock feature, we don’t see that as a negative (other than inconvenience). Rather, it’s an added security measure in our book.

ProsConsANSI/BHMA Grade 1 certified deadbolt (highest level)No key fob availableBuilt-in alarmRemote access only available via Apple TVEasy installation
App tells you who enters and when (via smartphone and keypad/keys)
Comes in 3 styles
Unlimited free e-keys
Assign up to 30 keypad codes for guest access via App (easy to disable or delete when necessary)
Compatible with Apple TV and Apple Homekit
3-year electronic warranty (best of all reviewed)

Pricing & Tech Specs


4 AA batteries included

Dimensions: Exterior 3″ x 5”; Interior 2″ x 3″ x 8”

Best Non-Keypad: Kwikset Kevo 2nd Gen Review

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The Kwikset 2nd Gen Bluetooth deadbolt’s best feature is its unique touch mechanism, where you don’t have to open the app to lock or unlock your door — you simply touch your smartphone to the lock. It’s a good option for those who want the functionality of keyless entry without a physical key but don’t have to use a code to get in.

You can easily customize your e-key settings for family, friends, and others who need access to your home, but additional e-keys are an added charge. Unlike Schlage, you can add on a key fob. Kwikset’s deadbolt lock is Grade 2 level security — a high level, but not as high as our number one pick.

ProsConsANSI/BHMA Grade 2 certified deadboltNo built-in sirenCompatible with iOS and select Android devicesOnly monitors when someone unlocks your door using the app (no key use or tamper monitoring)Easy to install and configure with standard keys (2 included)No keypad availableKey fob (additional charge)WiFi adapter for remote access is an additional fee24-hour guest e-key access and customized e-key access for pet sitters, housekeepers, etc.Additional e-keys are extra changeCompatible with Nest, Honeywell, Ring, and Skybell smart doorbellsOnly available in black
1-year electronic warranty

Pricing & Tech Specs


4 AA batteries included

Dimensions: 5.75″ x 2.75″ x 2″

Best Existing Deadbolt: August Smart Lock 4th Gen Review

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Unlike our top two winners, the August Smart Lock Pro doesn’t replace your existing deadbolt, just the thumb turn inside the door. That way, you can upgrade the smart functionality and keep the exterior of your door hardware the same. What’s the safety factor here? This keyless door lock relies on the safety quality of your existing deadbolt, so make sure you have a premiere deadbolt already in place.

The app makes granting access a breeze with fully customizable settings, but it doesn’t track when someone uses a key to unlock your door or if someone tries to tamper with your lock. Still, the August Smart Lock has a robust set of features, including auto-unlock and voice assistant, syncing with more smart home platforms (Z-Wave, Apple HomeKit, etc.) than some of the companies in our other smart lock reviews.

ProsConsCompatible with iOS and Android devices as well as Alexa, Siri and Google HomeNot compatible with some deadbolt typesEasy DIY retrofit installation (you only replace the interior of your deadbolt)No built-in sirenApp tells you who enters and whenDoesn’t monitor when someone unlocks your door with a key or tampers with your lock or doorSend unlimited free e-keys to family, sitters, and guests and control their accessNo key fob is availableKeypad add-on (additional fee)August Connect WiFi Bridge adapter for remote access is an added feeCompatible with August doorbell cam, Z-Wave, Apple Homekit, Apple watch, Nest Secure, Honeywell and XFINITY Home app
1-year electronics warranty

Pricing & Tech Specs

Smart Lock Pro: $299.98

Smart Lock Pro + WiFi Connect Bridge:

4 AA batteries included

Dimensions: 3.3″ x 3.3″ x 2.2”

Read Our Full August Smart Lock Review

Smart Lock Comparison Table

Schlage SensesKwikset Kevo 2nd GenAugust Smart Lock 4th GenDanalock v3SimpliSafe Smart LockPricing$259.99$200.45$299.98$273.60$99.00ANSI/BHMA Certified LockGrade 1Grade 2N/AN/AN/AInstallation TypeReplaces deadboltReplaces deadboltRetrofits existing deadboltRetrofits existing deadboltRetrofits existing deadboltBuilt-in SirenKeypadAdd-onAdd-onKey FobAdd-onAdd-onAdd-onAuto LockAuto UnlockE-keysUnlimited2 freeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedWiFi Remote AccessApple TVAdd-onAdd-onZ-Wave & AppAppCompatible PlatformsApple TV, Apple HomekitNest, HoneywellApple Homekit, Nest, Honeywell, XFINITYZ-Wave, ZigbeeAlexa, Google HomeCompatible Doorbell CamsRing, SkybellAugust Doorbell CamZ-Wave compatibleSimpliSafe Doorbell ProWarranty3 years1 year1 year1 year3 years

What About Danalock & SimpliSafe Smart Lock?

Below are some other smart locks for you to consider. Although they didn’t make our top picks, one may be the right fit for your particular needs.

Danalock V3 Bluetooth Smart Lock Review

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Similar to August, Danalock works with your existing deadbolt. Danalock’s 3rd generation Bluetooth smart lock is an improvement from previous models, but not all bugs have been resolved. In the end, this smart lock isn’t as popular as others listed in this review, so we’d probably suggest you consider one of those over Danalock.

ProsConsCompatible with iOS and AndroidMay not work with some types of deadboltsKeypad add-onRetrofit installation, but not as easy as our other reviewed smart locksRemote WiFi access available via home automation sync or app on an in-house smartphone/tabletNo built-in alarmCompatible with Z-Wave, Nest, Apple WatchDoesn’t log when someone uses a key or tries to force the lock (unless synced with home automation platform)1-year electronics warranty

Pricing & Tech Specs


4 CR123A batteries

Dimensions: 2.5″ x 2.5″ x 2.83″

SimpliSafe Smart Lock Review

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SimpliSafe’s Smart Lock will keep track of anyone who locks or unlocks your door, so you’ll know when the kids get home from school or when the cleaner finishes up for the day (monitoring plan required).

SimpliSafe Smart Lock notifies you if the wrong PIN is entered 5 times. After 15 attempts, it will remain locked for 30 minutes, and if you have a monitoring plan, SimpliSafe will call you. You can lock and unlock it using the PIN pad, key fob, or your smartphone. You can also create unique access codes for the dog walker, family members, contractors, etc.

ProsConsCompatible with iOS and AndroidMust have a single-cylinder deadbolt to workAffordable equipment priceNo built-in sirenNo drilling needed, just a screwdriverRequires a monthly monitoring fee to monitor the lock through an appSecurity system add-onsNo bypass key for backup if battery fails60-day money back guaranteeDeadbolt won’t extend until the door is shut, so it won’t damage your door frame mid close



Monitoring Options

Important to know…You can purchase a SimpliSafe Smart Lock without adding on a monitoring plan. However, you won’t be able to monitor it yourself or be notified if the lock is unlocked unless you pay a monthly monitoring fee.

StandardInteractivePrice Per Month$17.99$27.9924/7 Professional MonitoringCellular ConnectionEnvironmental MonitoringMobile AppUnlimited Camera RecordingHome Automation

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Upgrade Your Home Security Beyond Smart Locks

Smart locks have come a long way over the last few years. But if you really want to protect your household, you should consider going beyond just a smart lock. There are many easy, DIY home security options. In fact, some of our best smart locks sync with our top-rated smart doorbell cameras.

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Which States Are The Most Dangerous For Drunk Driving In 2023?

Despite the increased use of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft and marketing efforts by alcohol brands to ensure you have a designated driver, fatal car crashes caused by drunk driving still occur at high rates. This is especially true during the holidays. But which states have the highest rates, and how can you lower your chance of getting hurt?

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