10 Best Smart Door Locks for Airbnb of 2019

by Matthew Wilson

If you rent your property out or have an Airbnb property, it would be beneficial to have a smart 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 best smart door lock for Airbnb or rental property use.

By analyzing the number of permissible passcodes, the design, ease of integration with apps or web application, etc. we have determined the ten best smart door locks for an Airbnb or rental property.

List of 10 Best Smart Locks for Airbnb on the Market Today:

1. August Smart Lock Pro + Connect

August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, 3rd gen technology - Silver, works with Alexa

 

The first model in review is an Airbnb integrated lock, the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. This smart 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. The full list of features for the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is as follows:

Features
  • Compatible with Alexa for voice control
  • Comes with August Connect Wi-Fi bridge for smart hub connectivity
  • Utilizes DoorSense to tell you your door is securely closed and locked
  • 24/7 Activity Feed and [requires iOS (9.0 or higher) or Android (5.0 or higher) smartphones]
  • Designed to easily attach to your existing deadbolt while also allowing you to still use your keys
  • Auto locks behind you, auto unlocks as you approach

August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, 3rd gen technology - Silver, works with Alexa

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

Pros / Cons
  • App compatibility makes interfacing with the smart lock simple and easy; also compatible with Alexa from Amazon
  • 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
  • N/A

Conclusion

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

2. Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode

Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode 913 UL Electronic Deadbolt featuring SmartKey in Satin Nickel

 

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

Additionally, this motorized deadbolt unit has a back lit keypad for entering passcodes rather than using keys for entry. The full list of features for the Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode is as follows:

Features
  • Keyless entry touch pad
  • Motorized deadbolt (also includes traditional key function)
  • 10-digit, back lit audible keypad
  • One touch locking, 30 second auto lock option
  • 16 customizable access codes for increased security
  • BHMA Grade 2 certified, UL certified with 20 minute fire rating
  • Fits standard doors (1.375″ – 2″ thick)
  • Runs on four AA batteries (not included)

Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode 913 UL Electronic Deadbolt featuring SmartKey in Satin Nickel

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 smart lock. Also, consumers find that it is aesthetically pleasing as well as easy to operate/use.

Pros / Cons
  • 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 back lit keypad is great for use at night and in low light
  • Batteries are not included
  • Replaces existing deadbolt lock instead of fitting on top of it

Conclusion

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.

3. August Smart Lock

August Smart Lock - Keyless Home Entry with Your Smartphone - Silver

 

The third model in review is another offering from August. The August Smart 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 need to connect to smart 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. The full list of features is as follows:

Features
  • Can add an August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge (sold separately) to remotely lock/unlock and monitor your door (and to use with Alexa, Google Assistant, Airbnb)
  • Secure, keyless entry
  • Works with existing single-cylinder deadbolts
  • Send guest keys from anywhere instantly, from the August app (grant access for a few weeks, a few hours, a few minutes,etc.)
  • August uses Door Sense to tell you the door is completely closed and locked
  • Auto lock and unlock when you come and go

August Smart Lock - Keyless Home Entry with Your Smartphone - Silver

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

Pros / Cons
  • App compatibility makes interfacing with the smart lock simple and easy; also compatible with Alexa from Amazon
  • 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
  • N/A

Conclusion

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

4. Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm

Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Satin Nickel, BE469 CAM 619, Works with Alexa via SmartThings, Wink or Iris

 

Coming in at the fourth spot on the list is another smart lock for Airbnb or rental property use. The Schlage 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. The full list of features for the Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot is as follows:

Features
  • Compatible with Alexa for voice control
  • Touch Screen keypad and lock cylinder on exterior and thumb turn interior
  • Fits doors with thickness range of 1.37″-1.75″
  • Stores up to 30 personalized codes at one time
  • Built in alarm with 3 alert settings
  • Requires four AA alkaline batteries
  • Z wave technology connects to your home automation system and lets you lock or unlock your door remotely via the web or smartphone
  • ANSI Grade 1 Highest Residential Security

Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Satin Nickel, BE469 CAM 619, Works with Alexa via SmartThings, Wink or Iris

Consumers are mixed on 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.

Pros / Cons
  • The unit holds up to 30 personalized codes at once allowing for each member of a family/company to have their own 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
  • N/A

Conclusion

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.

5. August Smart Keypad

August Smart Keypad

 

Next up in the list of reviews is another August unit. The August Smart Keypad is the perfect accompanying piece to any August smart lock system. This August Smart Keypad cannot stand on its own.

It is only to be used in conjunction with an August smart lock. It is highly useful for keyless entry at rental properties. The full list of features for the August Smart Keypad is as follows:

Features
  • Secure, code-based home entry
  • Intended to be used as accessory for the August Smart Lock
  • Mounts outside and works with any August Smart Lock
  • Create unique codes instantly from your smartphone anytime
  • Locks door with simple push of button

August Smart Keypad

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.

Pros / Cons
  • The keypad is helpful for children and other welcome guests without smartphones to access the Smart Lock
  • Compatible with any August Smart Lock, making it very versatile
  • Simple button lock makes securing your door simple
  • Only to be used as an accessory with existing August Smart Lock

Conclusion

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

6. Ultraloq UL3 Smart Lock

Ultraloq UL3 BT Bluetooth Enabled Fingerprint and Touchscreen Smart Lock (Satin Nickel) | 5-in-1 Keyless Entry | Secure Finger ID | Anti-peep Code | Works with iOS and Android | Match Home Aesthetics

 

The next model in review is the Ultraloq UL3 Smart Lock. This unit makes a good smart 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. The full list of features for the Ultraloq UL3 Smart Lock is as follows:

Features
  • 5-in-1 Keyless entry smart lock: fingerprint, code, smartphone, knock to open, key
  • Advanced fingerprint identification, anti-peep touch keypad technology
  • View logs via Ultraloq App
  • Auto-relock/passage/lockout
  • Reversible handle
  • Weatherproof, intuitive OLED display (long battery life, low battery alarm)
  • Single latch (optional deadbolt cover plate required for replacing existing deadbolt)
  • 18 month electronic and lifetime mechanical warranty

Ultraloq UL3 BT Bluetooth Enabled Fingerprint and Touchscreen Smart Lock (Satin Nickel) | 5-in-1 Keyless Entry | Secure Finger ID | Anti-peep Code | Works with iOS and Android | Match Home Aesthetics

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. Though consumers are pretty enamored by the fingerprint technology.

Pros / Cons
  • 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
  • N/A

Conclusion

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

7. Yale Security YRD226-CBA-619 Assure

Yale Security YRD226-CBA-619 Assure Connected by August Touchscreen Smart Lock, Satin Nickel

 

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 and straightforward installation.

This model too operates via smartphone app and also sports Door Sense to let you know if your door is closed securely. The full list of features for the Yale Security YRD226-CBA-619 Assure is as follows:

Features
  • Replaces your existing deadbolt with a touchscreen keypad lock so you can lock and unlock your door without the hassle of keys
  • Lock, unlock, share access, customize lock settings and see who comes and goes from anywhere using the August app
  • Unlocks automatically as you approach
  • Lock, unlock and check lock status with voice assistants including Alexa
  • Includes Door Sense sensor that lets you know If your door is open or closed
  • Seamlessly integrates with Airbnb and HomeAway for simplified check-in and check-outs

Yale Security YRD226-CBA-619 Assure Connected by August Touchscreen Smart Lock, Satin Nickel

Consumers love this model from Yale Security. Many rave about the 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.

Pros / Cons
  • Integration with Airbnb is seamless for easier check-ins and check-outs at your rental properties
  • Interacts with August app allowing you to monitor your door’s activity on the go
  • Does not attach to existing deadbolt but instead replaces it

Conclusion

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

8. OAKS Electronic Deadbolt Smart Door Lock

Oaks Smart Lock, Electronic Front Door Deadbolt, Bluetooth, Code and Fob Entry, Keyless Access, Smart Phone App Unlock, Great for Airbnb & Vacation Rentals, Easy to Install (Black)

 

Landing at the eighth spot in the list is the OAKS Electronic Deadbolt Smart Door Lock. This model is almost identical to the Yale Security model just previously reviewed. It too sports a touchscreen and traditional key hole on the exterior of the smart lock deadbolt.

Just as with other models, this unit connects to smartphones via bluetooth and allows you to track the activity around your property with logs. The full list of features for the OAKS Electronic Deadbolt Smart Door Lock is as follows:

Features
  • Fully optimized for smartphones (unlock and lock your door simply from your smartphone)
  • Passcode access for visitors without the smartphone app
  • Comes with two traditional keys
  • Battery dead alarm and emergency USB power supply
  • Auto-Lock sensor is included
  • Easy install design – replaces existing knobs, no wiring or drilling required
  • 1 year electronic access and lifetime mechanical warranty

Oaks Smart Lock, Electronic Front Door Deadbolt, Bluetooth, Code and Fob Entry, Keyless Access, Smart Phone App Unlock, Great for Airbnb & Vacation Rentals, Easy to Install (Black)

This product from OAKS is a home run amongst consumers. As one consumer states, this model is a must have for any rental property or office. Additionally, consumers find that it is aesthetically pleasing and easy to interact with.

Pros / Cons
  • Simple monitoring via the smartphone app
  • Designed to be easily installed without any wiring or drilling required
  • Comes with warranties protecting you from damaged goods
  • Replaces existing deadbolt rather than attaching to it

Conclusion

If you enjoy sleek, modern aesthetics, this OAKS Electronic Deadbolt Smart Door Lock may be for you. It performs similarly to many of the keypad models on the list just with a modern appeal.

9. InteTrend Smart Lock

[Newest] Smart Lock, InteTrend Bluetooth Enabled Electronic Deadbolt with Touchscreen - Keyless Entry Door Lock with Auto-Lock Function for Home/Hotel/Apartment

 

The next model in review is another model utilizing a modern aesthetic. The InteTrend Smart Lock is nearly identical to the OAKS model reviewed previously.

There is a touchscreen keypad on the exterior face so that you can leave the traditional keys out of it (although traditional key use is still possible with this model).

With the ability to send passcodes to others, worrying about physical keys and keeping track of them is no longer an issue. The full list of features is as follows:

Features
  • Keyless entry smart lock
  • Lock and unlock with smartphone, keypad, or mechanical key
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Touchscreen for passcodes
  • Zinc alloy, anti-impact design is suitable for harsh environments
  • Fits doors with thickness ranging from 1.49″-1.88″
  • Auto-lock time period (5s – 120s); built-in alarm speaker for unusual entry
  • 30 days hassle-free money-back with one year warranty and free life-time technical support

[Newest] Smart Lock, InteTrend Bluetooth Enabled Electronic Deadbolt with Touchscreen - Keyless Entry Door Lock with Auto-Lock Function for Home/Hotel/Apartment

Consumers speak very highly of this smart lock from InteTrend. The most commonly noted feature is the easy installation of the unit. Additionally, once you have synced with the app, it is very easy to operate and monitor.

Pros / Cons
  • Easy monitoring and locking/unlocking via smartphone
  • Fits most standard door sizes
  • Has both a money back guarantee and one year warranty for ensured quality
  • N/A

Conclusion

The InteTrend Smart Lock is another smart lock for those looking for modern door lock options. The keypad is super easy to use and its installation is no crazy effort.

10. Samsung SHS-3321 Digital Door Lock

Samsung SHS-3321 Digital Door Lock, Black, Keyless, Electronic, Deadbolt

 

The final model in review is the Samsung SHS-3321 Digital Door Lock. This unit is by far the most high-tech model in review. This unit not only sports a touchscreen keypad, it also reads radio-frequency ID tags, making it a highly useful model for high traffic areas.

There is also no traditional key hole, which prevents picking or breaking in. The full list of features for the Samsung SHS-3321 Digital Door Lock is as follows:

Features
  • Program up to 71 user codes and RF ID tags
  • Fits doors 35mm to 55mm thick
  • Automatic locking (shut the door and the magnetic sensor automatically locks the door)
  • Compatible with certain NFC items
  • Battery operated with emergency power contact
  • Simple installation design requiring no drilling or wiring

Samsung SHS-3321 Digital Door Lock, Black, Keyless, Electronic, Deadbolt

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 modification to your door may be necessary to make the unit fit properly.

Pros / Cons
  • Programs a 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 to most standard doors
  • N/A

Conclusion

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

Factors to Consider When Buying a Smart Door Lock for Airbnb

The following is a list of Factors to Consider When Buying Smart Door Lock for Airbnb:

Type of entry

The type of entry the smart lock provides is the first and most important factor to consider when buying a smart lock for your Airbnb property. As we can deduce from the review list, there a few entry types available. First, you have the app controlled smart 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 smart lock type.

Replacing deadbolt or installing on top of it

The next factor to consider is whether or not you have to replace your deadbolt entirely or simply add the smart 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 Smart Lock Pro.

Type of interfacing/connectivity

A final factor to consider when buying a smart lock for an Airbnb property is the way in which you interface with the smart 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 smart lock and whether or not you wish to have the ability to send codes, etc. will help you determine the right smart lock unit for your property.

Smart Door Locks for Airbnb 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 seems to be the most readily linkable devices for connecting with Alexa and Google Home, etc. So in short, unless you go with the August Smart 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 key holes 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 really comes down to whether or not you wish to have physical keys.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the best smart deadbolt lock for Airbnb or rental properties is the August Smart 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 smart lock is not best for everyone. Some folks may prefer a keypad model and still others may require a physical key hole.

Regardless of whether or not the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is the model for you, you are sure to find something that suits your needs here in 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 smart lock for your property today!

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