Smart Locks are a good addition to your Google Home-controlled smart home. These locks let you control the lock from your phone using simple voice commands. More importantly, the smart assistant compatibility adds a ton of convenience.
So if your house has a majority of Google Home devices, here are the best smart locks that you can invest in. But first,
The Wyze lock is one of the inexpensive locks on this list. It may not be one of the sharpest-looking locks out there, but it delivers a decent performance for its price. For instance, you can use voice commands to lock the door or check the door’s status. It features a deadlock, and the Connect module makes it easy to connect to the home Wi-Fi. Moreover, it comes with a nifty geofencing feature that unlocks the door automatically when you are near it. Cool, right?
The highlight of this Wyze smart lock is its quiet mechanism. At the same time, setting it up is a piece of cake, just like any Wyze device.
The companion app opens the door to a bevy of features. It gives you a detailed log of all the activities. It has 2FA authentication built-in so that no unauthorized person can tweak the lock settings by downloading the app.
As noted earlier, the lock delivers a good performance. The built-in sensor kicks in immediately if the door is ajar. Plus, the auto-lock engages almost instantly.
If you do not want to spend a ton of money, but want a reliable smart lock with Google Assistant, the Wyze Smart lock is a good pick.
The August Smart Lock Pro is not like any other smart locks out there. This one doesn’t have keypads or a fingerprint reader. Instead, it is a small twist knob that you need to turn left to unlock or right to lock. It’s small and compact and measures approximately 3.4 x 2.22 x 3.4 inches. The lock has ridges along the sides to help in a better grip.
The Smart Lock Pro needs the Connect module to function. And it’s this Connect module that connects to your home Wi-Fi. Provided that the area near the Connect module has an appropriate Wi-Fi network, this smart knob delivers an impressive performance. It works with ease, be it the swift unlocking or the mechanical twist of the knob.
The best part is that the knob is compatible with quite a few assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Nest, Apple Homekit apart from Google Home. You can use simple voice commands to check its status or lock the door. However, the Smart Lock Pro can’t automatically unlock via voice commands. On the upside, you can set some smart routines as well.
If you do not want the traditional knob, then the Yale Assure Lock SL lock is a good alternative. It’s a keyless lock, has a slim and sleek build, and has a small twist to unlock the door from inside. The best part is that it’s easy to install. And that’s not all. You can also use Bluetooth or the Yale Secure companion app to lock and unlock the door.
The Lock SL needs a Connect bridge to function, and you will need to buy one separately. As you may have guessed, the bridge lets you connect the lock to your home Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi connection brings plenty of smarts to the table.
For example, you can generate temporary key codes for guests or house helps. And once the visit is over, you can delete the PINs. For now, you can create up to 250 PINs. However, there’s no option of PIN scheduling, even when it’s a premium product.
When it comes to Google Assistant integration, you can ask a few basic commands, such as asking the door’s status or locking the door automatically.
4 AA batteries power it. One of the major demerits of this lock is that it doesn’t have a backup plan if the battery runs out. And you may have to call a locksmith if you are locked out when that happens.
The Google Nest X Yale brings the smartness of Google Assistant and the security of Yale locks. It boasts of a simple installation process, and that’s probably one of the best things about the lock. Like some of its counterparts here, the lock is slim and compact. Plus, using it is easy and simple. You can either use the app to lock it or unlock it traditionally. Twist the knob, and that’s about it.
One of the highlights of the Nest X Yale is the one-touch locking features. You have to press the Yale logo on the outdoor unit to lock it up. Again, like other locks, Google Assistant will not lock the door when asked. It can only unlock the door.
It comes with a nifty number pad that lets you enter PINs. While setting it up, you will need to add a master PIN to begin the setup process. Once done, you can set up temporary PINs for your guest. It needs a hub to connect, and thankfully, it’s included in the box.
As you may have expected, the Google Nest X Yale has tight integration with Google Assistant. However, this smart lock doesn’t play well with other assistants like Alexa and Apple HomeKit.
If you have an Android phone (and plan to use one in the long run), it makes sense to connect your house with Google Assistant-compatible devices. This way, all your smart home devices will be in a single ecosystem.
The Google Next X Yale lock is a good pick, even though it’s a little expensive to pick the best. Users like it for its easy installation process and good battery life, and of course, the simple locking mechanism.