The Best Smart Locks in Singapore 2023
By Amirah Zakiyyah
Updated Jan 2023
Remember all those times when you've reached your front door only to spend the next few minutes digging around in pockets or bags for your keys? Been there, done that. We have the solution for you if you're on the hunt for easier ways to get in and out of your house. Say goodbye to your regular ol' key and hello to smart locks!
#1 Best Overall: August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock has been included in countless lists and for good reason. Though not much has changed from the previous August models, its easy installation, great app and smart home integration make it a top favourite.
This smart lock is a cylinder in shape wrapped around with a ridge pattern that rotates to lock and unlock your deadbolt. August tweaked the size of the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, making it 45 per cent smaller than its predecessors. Removing a chunk of metal on your door's interior may not do much, but how bulbous your smart lock looks may make or break your aesthetic.
Installing the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is a breeze because all you need is a screwdriver and 10 minutes of your time. Once you've removed the thumb latch on your door's interior, fit on the August plate and the lock's adapter, before clipping on the Wi-Fi Smart Lock with locking wings attached.
Let's start with the obvious. As stated in its name, this smart lock has Wi-Fi built-in unlike August's earlier models that require the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge if you're operating your lock remotely. The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock comes with a DoorSense sensor (so you'll know if your door is left open or closed), Smart Alerts (be notified when a person locks or unlocks the door or even left it ajar), Auto-lock (August can automatically lock the door once it shuts and you can set the lock to chime when it locks or unlocks), Auto-unlock (uses Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to switch your lock to the "Away" mode and back to the "Home" mode where it automatically unlocks your door when you're a few metres away) and Guest Access (create temporary or recurring keys for family members or friends via the August app to grant them access to your home for a limited period of time).
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock supports Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri for voice control and smart home integration.
For something pretty techy, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock runs on two CR123 batteries. Though August estimates the batteries to last over three to six months, its battery life also depends on how often you lock or unlock your door over Wi-Fi connections.
Overall, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock takes up less space while keeping the exterior of your lock traditional. You also won't add extra costs on a connect module to get remote access benefits.
Shop the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock here.
#2 Best for Simplicity: Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt
The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt may be a mouthful to pronounce (it's "sch-layg", by the way) but it also pays homage to "less is more". With this smart lock, there's no need for a plug-in adapter.
This smart lock features an age-old design concept that comes in two styles (Century Trim that's more squarish and Camelot with scalloped edges) and each style comes with four finishes (Satin Nickel, Matte Black, Bright Chrome, and Aged Bronze).
The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt is a no-brainer to install. It has a feature that snaps the face of the lock onto your deadbolt which is a pretty big deal as it frees your hand to attach the back half of the lock without worrying the front falling off. You'll also need a screwdriver and 15 minutes to set up this smart lock.
The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt is an attractive smart lock with a built-in alarm that blares out an earsplitting siren when someone tampers with your lock. Aside from that, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt can hold up to 100 codes (including those that are used just once or work based on a preset schedule) and virtual keys (where guests are given a code when they've installed the Schlage Home app). There's also Wi-Fi built-in enabling you to connect the smart lock directly to your home.
The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt can be integrated with Alexa, Google Home and the Amazon Key program.
Similar to the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt also uses batteries. Replacement of the batteries varies on how often you use the smart lock.
Overall, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt is a reliable smart lock with a simple design, and that's also easy to set up.
Shop the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt here.
#3 Best for Budget: Wyze Lock
People who like the idea of smart locks but don't want to invest too much in one will enjoy the Wyze Lock.
The Wyze Lock, about the size of an iPhone XS, fits on the back of your door and replaces the thumb-latch handle on the back of your existing lock. Batteries are hidden on the back panel which is held in place by magnets.
Setting the Wyze Lock requires only 15 minutes and a screwdriver. After taking off the backplate of your deadbolt, attach the Wyze installation plate using two screws, pop on the Wyze Lock and tighten that with two more screws. Then, the lock has to calibrate (let the app do the work) and you're done!
The app is pretty fantastic. Not only does it supports two-factor authentication, adding an extra level of security, but you can also open or close the door with a tap on your smartphone, and be notified when a lock is open. The same app offers an auto-lock feature and a setting to schedule automatic unlocking when you return home. There's also a Simple Sharing function that lets you grant guests access to your home. Lock history can also be viewed to check entries and exits.
The Wyze Lock is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
This smart lock doesn't connect directly to your Wi-Fi. Instead, you have to plug the Wyze Lock Gateway into an outlet somewhere and pair it with your Wyze Lock. Moreover, you can't unlock the Wyze Lock using your fingerprint and it doesn't allow you to put usage limits on how long someone has access to your lock.
Overall, the Wyze Lock works when you're on a budget but it has some compromises which may limit its usefulness.
Shop the Wyze Lock here.
#4 Best for Nest Users: Nest x Yale Smart Lock
With over 180 years of history-making locks, Yale has come so far from its humble beginnings in a small lock shop in the US. While the Nest x Yale Smart Lock is on the pricier side, keep in mind you're investing in both security and convenience.
The Nest x Yale Smart Lock's design emphasises on sleek and classy. This lock consists of a small front panel, a keypad that lights up and a large black component that attaches to the back of your door. They come in three finishes (black, satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze) with the same smooth, organic feel.
Installing the Nest x Yale Smart Lock is straightforward. When you first get the lock, download the Nest app. After that, create an account, head over to the settings to "Add Product" and find your Nest x Yale Smart Lock. To install the lock, follow the instructions as indicated in the video. It's estimated that 15 to 30 minutes will be needed to install the smart lock.
If you already own other Nest products, the Nest x Yale Smart Lock will show up in the bottom row of devices in the Nest app. With just a tap, you're taken straight to the controls for the lock, set up new codes and so on. You can also check the lock's history and even switch the lock to "privacy mode" which disables the keypad and requires users to unlock your door using the app. "One-touch locking" makes locking or unlocking your door a very easy task. To lock the door, press the Yale logo and to unlock, press the logo, punch in your code and press the “√” button. The Nest x Yale Smart Lock is battery operated but the great thing is even if they run out, the smart lock can be temporarily powered when you touch the 9-volt battery found at the bottom of the front panel. Just make sure you have access to a battery so you won't get locked out!
Alas, Nest doesn't integrate well with other smart home systems except if you're a Google or Nest household.
While the keypad is easy to use, there isn't much feedback once you've pressed a button. The keypad will prove even more difficult to operate if sounds are disabled.
Overall, the Nest x Yale Smart Lock is the go-to choice if you use Google Assistant a lot or you have two or more Nest products.
Shop the Nest x Yale Smart Lock here.
#5 Best Touchscreen Security: Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock
Never forget about your keys with the Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock because this smart lock is keyless.
The Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock lives in a minimalist paradise. It's a shiny, black, square slab you affix to your front door. Depending on where you put the lock, it gives off a different vibe. Place it on a simple, modern-design door, the Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock looks impressive. Put it on an older, wooden door, the lock appears out of place.
Thanks to colour-coded screws that caters to different door thicknesses, the installation of the Obsidian should be simple. It comes with pieces you need to uninstall your deadbolt. After mounting the exterior touchscreen and interior latch, the Obsidian is ready for use.
Normally, touchscreen locks get smudges over the numbers you use most. The Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock solves this issue with the SecureScreen feature where it prompts you to touch random digits (and these digits are randomised every time) before you enter your code to unlock.
To control the Obsidian remotely, you'll have to spend extra money to connect it to a smart home Hub with Z-wave or Samsung's SmartThings Hub. Once connected, you can monitor the lock using your smartphone or with Alexa or Google Assistant.
Though the Obsidian has an option to auto-lock after 30 seconds, it doesn't come with security alarms to tell you if the door is left ajar or forced open.
Overall, you can bid adieu to your keys as the Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock has one of the most secure touchscreen options.
Shop the Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock here.
No matter who you are, smart locks are worth the expense. Beyond the obvious keyless benefits, you're also adding an extra layer of safeguarding while ensuring the safety of your loved ones as the utmost priority.
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