The Best Smart Locks (Under $200) For Sale on Amazon in 2018
Not all smart locks are created equally.
Simple electronic deadbolts let you unlock a door by punching a code (like the "employees only" door at a fast food restaurant). Other locks can electronically sense when a "key" is waved in front of it (like a hotel door).
High-end smart locks are designed to work with home automation systems like Alexa and HomeKit. These locks use WiFi (sometimes adapters are required) to work with video doorbells, home security cameras, etc.
Some locks can issue temporary access codes that eliminate the need for spare keys and others are designed to use your traditional keys as a backup.
Smart locks aren't perfect. They're expensive, they can be hacked and their batteries need to be changed several times per year. If you aren't handy or tech savvy, a true smart lock might not be worth it. You can score a great electronic deadbolt from Schlage or Kwikset for between $50 and $100.
If you're looking for a more advanced smart lock, here are the best-reviewed models selling for less than $200 on Amazon:
Avg. Price: $178 | Bargain Price: $122
This Schlage smart lock installs quickly and is easy to use, according to several happy customers. Some reviewers had trouble resetting the lock's codes or keeping the lock synced with a smart home hub. The lock's battery life has mixed reviews, but this really depends on the quality of the batteries used.
Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Satin Nickel, BE469 CAM 619, Works with Alexa via SmartThings, Wink or Iris
Avg. Price: $168 | Bargain Price: $134
Schlage's Camelot lock is handsome and easy to install, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers had a hard time pairing the lock with their Z-Wave hub and others wished the lock wasn't so noisy. A few customers who live in humid places said this lock malfunctioned because of internal moisture.
Lockly Bluetooth Keyless Entry Door Smart Lock (PGD728) | Advanced Electronic Touchscreen System | Discrete PIN Code Input | iOS and Android Compatible | Auto Lock | Battery Backup & DIY Installation
Avg. Price: $200 | Bargain Price: $175
Pin Genie’s smart lock has a unique security feature: The numeric pad changes its configuration each time its used (making it harder for someone to see your code). Many Amazon's customers praised Pin Genie's installation manual and video, but some reviewers wish that it was easier to assign temporary passcodes.
AKASO Smart Lock, Smart Electronic Door Lock APP Code Touch Screen Keypad Deadbolt Entrance Smart Electronic Digital Door Lock with Key Remote Keypad for Home Hotels Apartment
Avg. Price: $160 | Bargain Price: $150
Akaso's Bluetooth smart lock is easy to install (despite vague directions), according to several Amazon customers. Many reviewers said that it was easy to set up temporary passcodes (for Airbnb guests, for example), but some reviewers found Akaso's app to be clumsy.