The best keyless door locks

Pick the lock of your dreams with our guide to the best keyless door locks out there right now

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It’s funny how everyday objects can go from absolutely integral to replaceable in a matter of years, but rather than letting that get us down, we think the advent of smart home technology is something to be celebrated, and the best keyless door locks are a prime example of where it works excellently. 

The best smart locks offer security, flexibility and ease, ticking basically all the boxes for the 21st century home. Seeing as that encompasses the whole of our top five list, to make things quick, our top pick is the Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt, for its streamlined modern look; complete lack of a key slot, making it less vulnerable to jimmying; and simple but vital backup system.

In fact, it’s just the first of three picks from Yale – they certainly know their way around a lock, after all – but it’s far from the only option out there. From touch-sensitive locks that yield when you arrive with your phone to HomeKit-friendly smart options, there’s a lot to consider, so keep reading to find your perfect fit. 

The best keyless door lock

1. Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt

For absolutely no chance of being stuck without a key, this is our best smart lock

Specifications
Best for: Style
In/out: Both
Connectivity: Z-Wave/Zigbee
Integration: Alexa, Samsung, SmartThings, Wink
Reasons to buy
+ Stylish compact design + No key slot; can’t be forced 

This Yale keyless lock looks very modern with its glossy, compact casing, slightly curved body and minimal interface, so if you don’t want gadgets getting in the way of your kerb appeal, this is a great option. Small but solid, reviewers could feel the quality of the build, and there are lots of thoughtful design inclusions like an internal part-protecting rubber gasket and 9V battery backup.

They also found it was easy to operate entirely from the keypad, although if you have a Z-Wave home hub, the lock can be programmed to work with it for more functionality, such as time constraints. Best of all, perhaps, it’s ultra-secure thanks to its complete lack of a key slot, which means it can’t be jimmied by determined ne’er-do-wells.

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

2. Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Easy to install and Apple-friendly: makes sense to us

Specifications
Best for: Simple installation
In/out: Both
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Integration: Apple HomeKit, Nest
Reasons to buy
+ Works with Apple HomeKit/Siri voice commands + Lots of access options 

The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt might not look as refined as the Yale Touchscreen offering above, but it more than makes up for it in functionality. The one downside to this connected door lock is that there’s no option for Android users, but for iPhone and iPad users, it’s a dream, with a reviewer-approved user-friendly app and Siri voice commands. If you’re happy to programme it manually, however, there’s the choice for that too, and either way you can programme access codes, set up access schedules, and more. 

Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock

3. Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock

An elegant-looking and tamper-proof alarm with loads of upgrade options

Specifications
Best for: Tamper alarm
In/out: Both
Connectivity: Z-Wave
Integration: Z-Wave
Reasons to buy
+ Good upgrade options + Inbuilt tamper alarm 

This mirror-finish smart lock looks a little more traditional than many of the other options on this list, which may be a good thing when it comes to deterring would-be sneaks, not to mention the fact that it looks very elegant indeed. While reviewers found it works admirably as-is, it’s the upgrade options that make this such a versatile smart home gadget – keep it manual, add a Yale module to link in with your smartphone, or purchase a remote fob pack which allows you to control your door from afar.

There’s also a tamper alarm for extra peace of mind and easy fitting over your existing night latch, making this a great option whether you’re keeping it simple or bumping up the smart security.  

Yale Assure Lock

4. Yale Assure Lock

Create PINs for all and sundry with this smart lock and app collab

Specifications
Best for: Smart integration
In/out: Both
Connectivity: Z-Wave Wifi
Integration: Apple HomeKit, Alexa
Reasons to buy
+ Compatible with Apple HomeKit and Alexa + Use the secure app to create unique PINs 

Our third Yale option, and one that sits quite comfortably between the appeal of the first two models, the Yale Assure Lock SL looks beautiful and works like a charm. It’s HomeKit enabled and works with Siri, both great news for Apple-loving families, and reviewers loved the secure app that lets you create unique PINs for friends and family members. Even better, if you’ve got an Apple TV box near your front door, you can access the lock from absolutely anywhere. For anyone who gets excited about gadgets, and appreciates a slick-looking home product, this voice-enabled door lock is sure to be the one. 

Kwikset Kevo

5. Kwikset Kevo

There’s no keypad, but the options for entry certainly aren’t lacking

Specifications
Best for: No keypad
In/out: Out
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Integration: Nest
Reasons to buy
+ No keypad; access code can’t be guessed + Touch-to-open with app 

The most traditional-looking lock on our list, the Kwikset Kevo is the only model not to boast a keypad, so if it’s a compact, non-intrusive look you’re going for, this may be your best bet. It’s also a good option if you’re nervous about thieves guessing or scoping out the code to your front door, with its amazing touch-to-open functionality that recognises your fingerprint and lets you in with a single tap when you have the Kevo app running on your phone. All sound a bit high-tech? Don’t have the latest version of Android or iOS? You can also use the Kevo fob. 

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