Best Smart Locks for Airbnb

If you rent your property out or have an Airbnb property, it would be beneficial to have a lock. This is majorly helpful for property renters who can instead give passcodes rather than keys to their guests/customers. We have used our expertise in the field to determine the smart door locks for Airbnb or rental property use.

By analyzing the number of permissible passcodes, the design, ease of integration with apps or web applications, etc.

1. Yale Assure Lock

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This next model in review, the Yale Security YRD226-CBA-619 Assure, is another touchscreen keypad model.

Like the previous keypad models reviewed, this unit entirely replaces your existing deadbolt unit via simple installation. This model also operates via a smartphone app and sports Door Sense to let you know if your door is closed securely.

Consumers love this model from Yale Security. Many rave about smartphone connectivity and the ability to connect to an in-home smart hub like Alexa. Additionally, it is said to be perfect for those still not prepared to give up traditional keys.

The Yale Security YRD226-CBA-619 Assure is a great lock to replace your current traditional deadbolt. The large touchscreen keypad allows for easy use and simple locking and unlocking of your property.

Pros

  • Integration with Airbnb is seamless for easier check-ins and check-outs at your rental properties
  • Interacts with the August app allowing you to monitor your door’s activity on the go

Cons

  • Does not attach to the existing deadbolt but instead replaces it

2. August Smart Lock Pro

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The first model in review is an Airbnb integrated lock, the August Lock Pro + Connect. This lock from August easily attaches to your existing deadbolt lock and is operable via smartphone. It is also compatible with Alexa, allowing you to control your front door lock by voice.

Consumers are very satisfied with the August Lock Pro + Connect. Smartphone connectivity is a commonly noted top feature of the lock.

And while the Connect Wi-Fi bridge is noted as convenient, apparently there is some issue when it is placed beyond 10 feet from the lock.

The August Lock Pro + Connect is one of, if not the, best models on the market. By having full control via smartphone, you can hand out fewer keys and keep an eye on who is coming and going from your property.

Pros

  • App compatibility makes interfacing with the smart lock simple and easy
  • Simple installation only requires a screwdriver and should take no more than 10 minutes
  • The auto-locking and unlocking mechanism allows you to enter and leave worry-free

Cons

  • A bit pricey

3. Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode

Next up in the list of reviews is the Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode. This smart lock is different from the previously mentioned August Lock Pro + Connect in that it replaces your existing deadbolt lock.

Additionally, this motorized deadbolt unit has a backlit keypad for entering passcodes rather than using keys for entry.

Consumers are generally satisfied with this unit from Kwikset. One consumer notes that they have not used a normal key in over three years thanks to the trusty lock. Also, consumers find that it is aesthetically pleasing as well as easy to operate/use.

The Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode is a phenomenal keyless entry unit for your door. With an easy-to-use keypad, you will never have to worry about guests losing keys again.

Pros

  • Simple installation requiring only a screwdriver (no wiring)
  • The 16 customizable access codes allow you to fully control and change your codes for maximum security
  • The backlit keypad is great for use at night and in low light

Cons

  • Batteries are not included
  • Replace the existing deadbolt lock instead of fitting it on top of it

4. August Smart Lock

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The third model in review is another offering from August. The August Lock is the lesser version of the August model reviewed at number one.

While it maintains much of the same functionality, it does not come with the Connect Wi-Fi bridge, which is needed to connect to hubs like Alexa and Google Home. However, like the other August model in review, this version is also able to be controlled and monitored via smartphone.

For the most part, consumers are satisfied with this lock. Some consumers noted issues with the remote operation but also noted that upon software updates the issues resolved themselves. This unit comes highly recommended.

The August Lock is as serviceable a unit as the August Lock Pro but it does not come with the Wi-Fi bridge, which is why it falls to three in the review list.

Pros

  • App compatibility makes interfacing with the smart lock simple and easy
  • Simple installation only requires a screwdriver and should take no more than 10 minutes
  • Auto-locking and unlocking mechanism allows you to enter and leave worry-free

Cons

  • Auto-Lock/Unlock feature is not very useful. It works but is very slow.

5. SCHLAGE Connect Camelot

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Coming in at the fourth spot on the list is another smart lock for Airbnb or rental property use.

The Schlage Lock Z-Wave Connect Camelot is similar to the Kwikset model reviewed at number two except that the keypad is a matte-finished (prevents fingerprints) touchscreen. While you can punch in passcodes on the touchscreen, traditional key use is also possible.

Consumers are mixed about the quality of this smart lock. Some claim to have issues with the unit when it gets wet or when there is humidity and moisture in the air. However, many others report successful home management using this lock.

If you like the idea of an external keypad for entry, the Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot model is ideal. With its touchscreen keypad, there is never a worry of buttons sticking or becoming useless.

Pros

  • The unit holds up to 30 personalized codes at once allowing for each member of a family/company to have their code
  • There is a built-in alarm with three settings to deter intruders
  • Simple integration with either the web or smartphone makes remote use a breeze

Cons

  • A bit loud

6. August Smart Keypad

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Next up on the list of reviews is another August unit. The August Keypad is the perfect accompanying piece to any August lock system. This August Keypad cannot stand on its own. It is only to be used in conjunction with an August lock. It is highly useful for keyless entry at rental properties.

Consumers have some positive things to say regarding this keypad but there are also quite a few negative reactions to the product. Some consumers claim it is not worth the price as it is unreliable and laggy, reacting to keypresses seconds after the fact.

The August Keypad can be helpful to add to an existing August lock system. However, with the negative feedback, it has received, be cautious if deciding to add it to your repertoire.

Pros

  • The keypad is helpful for children and other welcome guests without smartphones to access the Lock
  • Compatible with any August Lock, making it very versatile
  • A simple button lock makes securing your door simple

Cons

  • Only to be used as an accessory with the existing August Lock

7. ULTRALOQ UL3

The next model in review is the Ultraloq UL3 Lock. This unit makes a good lock for Airbnb or rental properties thanks to its touchscreen keypad and fingerprint technology.

This unit also sports a 5-in-1 design that allows you to enter a property one of five varying ways using this lock. Mixed reviews dominate the consumer opinion realm regarding this model.

While some note its ease of use and simple function, others claim that it does not hold up very long. Consumers are pretty enamored by fingerprint technology.

The Ultraloq UL3 Lock is the perfect lock system for a rental property that sees many people coming and going. With the ability to use fingerprints, keys, or passcodes, this is one of the more versatile locks available.

Pros

  • 5-in-1 design allows you to access your home however you, please
  • The app keeps a log so you can monitor the activity of your door
  • Fingerprint technology allows for the highest form of security

Cons

  • Sharp edges

8. Samsung SHS-3321

This unit is by far the most high-tech model in a review. This unit not only sports a touchscreen keypad, but it also reads radio-frequency ID tags, making it a highly useful model for high-traffic areas. There is also no traditional keyhole, which prevents picking or breaking in.

Consumers have mostly positive feedback regarding this Samsung lock but there are a few negative notes to keep an eye on. Many find that this lock is highly useful, especially with its compatibility with NFC devices.

However, some state that modifications to your door may be necessary to make the unit fit properly.

The Samsung SHS-3321 Digital Door Lock is one of the highest technology models in review. It can read RFID tags as well as interface with NFC devices, making it a very versatile and strong lock option.

Pros

  • Programs 71 user codes and also reads RF ID tags, allowing a large number of guests to have access
  • Automatic locking mechanism so that you do not have to worry about whether or not the door is locked
  • Fits most standard doors

Cons

  • A bit pricey

Factors to Consider

Type Of Entry

The type of entry the lock provides is the first and most important factor to consider when buying a lock for your Airbnb property. As we can deduce from the review list, there are a few entry types available. First, you have an app-controlled lock with no exterior piece to interact with.

Second is the keypad type model by which you can either punch in a passcode or use a traditional key. Third, you have the keypad types with no traditional key use possible.

And finally, there is the fingerprint and keypad combination unit.

The type of entry you wish to provide to your property will largely dictate the direction you choose to head in terms of the lock type.

Replacing the Deadbolt Or Installing it On Top Of It

The next factor to consider is whether or not you have to replace your deadbolt entirely or simply add the lock to your existing deadbolt.

Many of the keypad models in review here require the replacement of your existing deadbolt.

Although replacement may be required, installation is intended to be simple and hassle-free for each model reviewed.

However, some people may not wish to replace their deadbolt entirely and for those people, we would suggest models such as the August Lock Pro.

Low Battery Indicator

You should get a lock with a low battery indicator. Locks that connect to apps will usually send you a message through the app when their battery needs to be replaced. You’ll get notifications through your home hub from models that integrate with those systems. Budget locks often have a blinking light and alarm to alert you of a problem.

Type Of Interfacing/Connectivity

A final factor to consider when buying a lock for an Airbnb property is how you interface with the lock. Many of the models reviewed, if not all of them, utilize a mobile app or webpage to operate and monitor the lock.

Some models do so via Bluetooth while others simply use a Wi-Fi bridge (August Connect) to link your devices. There are even models that interface with NFC devices (Samsung).

Knowing how you wish to interact with your lock and whether or not you wish to have the ability to send codes, etc. will help you determine the right lock unit for your property.

FAQ

Do I need to buy any additional parts to use with a smart home hub?

For many of the models listed, the way you connect to a compatible device such as Alexa requires a Wi-Fi bridge. Keep in mind that not all models are compatible with smart home technology and that many of the keypad models are not able to be voice-controlled.

The August models seem to be the most readily linkable devices for connecting with Alexa Google Home, etc.

So in short, unless you go with the August Lock Pro + Connect, you will likely need a third-party device or extra piece to permit voice control.

Are touch keypads or button keypads more reliable?

Once upon a technological time, this may have been a debate. However, with the advancements in tech in recent years many things, such as touchscreen keypads, are much more reliable than they once were.

The thing with physical button keypads is that they can stick with poor weather and dirt build-up or malfunction as buttons entirely. The touchscreen keypads bypass these issues with their lack of crevices and creases to jam buttons.

Should I make sure the model I purchase comes with traditional key use?

Whether or not you choose to purchase a model with traditional key use is entirely a personal choice. However, for those who rent properties and do not wish to constantly provide guests/customers with physical keys, a keyless pad without traditional key use might be ideal.

The models with traditional keyholes are susceptible to picking, whereas models without them cannot be picked without a passcode (or by being hacked, which is much more difficult than picking a lock).

Finally, the models that connect to your smartphone almost make keys obsolete, and so it comes down to whether or not you wish to have physical keys.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the lock for Airbnb or rental properties is the August Lock Pro + Connect. Coming as a package with the Wi-Fi bridge sets this lock apart from the competition because of its simple use and ease of connectivity to devices such as Alexa.

However, this lock is not best for everyone. Some folks may prefer a keypad model and still others may require a physical keyhole.

Regardless of whether or not the August Lock Pro + Connect is the model for you, you are sure to find something that suits your needs here on the list. By examining the details and differences of the best models on the market, we have prepared you to make a conscious shopping decision to the best of your abilities.

What are you waiting for? Get that lock for your property today!

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