Why we recommend the August Smart Lock Pro
The August Smart Lock Pro is our top pick for a smart lock because it has all the features we look for: convenience, extra security measures, and lots of smart home and security integrations. It works with Apple’s Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant, as well as Nest, SimpliSafe, Wink, IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings, and many more.
Features and flaws of August Smart Lock Pro
Older versions of the August Smart Lock have a few advantages, such as longer battery life and lower costs. However, we prefer the August Smart Lock Pro to the second and third generation locks because it comes with a full range of connectivity options (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Z-Wave) and expanded integration options. Basically, you can do more with the Pro, and it comes with better security.
August’s unique DoorSense feature determines if the door is actually closed before locking it. Some other locks have an autolock feature, but in those cases if you forget to close the door behind you, the deadbolt will extend anyway. The DoorSense feature tells you that the door is both shut and locked.
The one downside to the August Smart Lock Pro is that it requires a separate Wi-Fi bridge to connect it with other smart devices and remotely access it from your smartphone. We’d love to see the Wi-Fi connection built into the lock itself, but for now, this is the next best thing.
August Smart Lock Pro installation
August smart locks are easy to install because they cover the thumbturn of your existing deadbolt rather than replacing it entirely. This is great if you want to keep your keys, but we recommend making sure you have a strong deadbolt installed.
>>Learn more: Check out our full August Smart Lock Pro review for more details.
ASecureLife’s recommendation: The August Smart Lock Pro is the best pick if you want to keep your existing deadbolt and key. It also gives you the most options in terms of home automation integration.