7 Best fingerprint smart door locks that don’t need a key
These smart door locks open up with a touch of the finger from Lockly, Level Lock, Ardwolf, Kwikset and U-tec
Smart locks make it much simpler to gain access to a home. Doors can open from an app and even from just touching the lock or door. These smart door locks open either via a fingerprint, using a biometric technology that identifies a specific person, or by connecting to an app, using a keypad, or using the old-fashioned way, with a key. And some allow you to use voice commands to lock and maybe unlock your smart door lock.
We've seen this technology used on other devices, from biometric gyms and bike locks, for example. Here, though, they can help someone unlock a door at work, at home, or even at a trusted friend's space.
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Kwikset is no stranger to fingerprint smart locks. The Kevo Touch-to-Open Bluetooth smart lock and the 2nd Gen were on our list, but both have been discontinued. Kwikset has a fingerprint smart lock to replace the Kevo Touch, and it's their Halo Touch Fingerprint Wi-Fi enabled smart lock. It, too, can open after it's been touched and then connect with a mobile app on a smartphone. But it can also lock and unlock your door using a few other options: keys and voice commands. The Halo Touch is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled devices. Users can use voice commands to lock the smart lock but can only use voice commands with Google Assistant-enabled devices and a PIN to unlock the Halo Touch.
The Halo Touch Fingerprint Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Lock comes in two designs - contemporary and traditional - and two finishes - satin nickel and matte black. This fingerprint smart lock is available online via Amazon, The Home Depot, and Build.com. You can also get it at retail locations. The cost is $249 for matte black and $241 for satin nickel finishes.
(Read our full review of Kwikset Halo Touch Fingerprint Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Lock Review.)
Lockly Vision Elite Video Smart Lock GearBrain
Lockly is a manufacturer of smart locks with industry-leading biometric fingerprint sensors. This technology is built-in to their smart locks and smart locks that can double as a video doorbell. This year, the company released its new Lockly Vision Elite ($499), which combines the most popular home security solutions into a sleek, secure device. An evolution of its predecessor, Vision Elite features 1080p streaming/recorded video quality, an all-new night vision mode, motion detection with AI false alert prevention, and even an integrated solar panel to help keep the battery charged. Vision Elite also features Lockly’s patented PIN Genie rotating keypad and so much more.
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In addition to its line of combo smart locks/video doorbells, Lockly has a full lineup of smart locks with a fingerprint sensor and unique touchscreen technology. For only the $249.99, there are the Lockly Secure Plus smart locks, and Lockly Secure Pro lines start at $299. Each has a sensor on the side of the lock, but with the Secure Plus, you can actually select either a right reader or a left one instead. The Pro version only comes with the reader on the right-hand side. We've tested these locks — and installed them as well — giving it high marks for how well it's made and how the lock works with most standard doors. They are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled devices.
Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch Smart LockYale
A new addition to our list of best fingerprint smart locks is Yale's new Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch smart deadbolt door lock. Yale’s first-ever fingerprint-powered smart lock can lock and unlock the door with your fingerprint. Users can register up to 20 different prints for easier access, in addition to enjoying multiple other ways to manage their door: using the lock’s touchscreen or keypad, their favorite voice assistant, the Yale Access app, or even a traditional key with keyed models. And if you have an Apple Watch, you will be able to lock and unlock your Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch.
The Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch costs $199.99 for Bluetooth and Apple HomeKit versions and $279.99 for smart locks that work on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple HomeKit. It's available on Yale's site, Amazon, and Best Buy. Also, users can add a Yale Wi-Fi Smart Module for additional benefits, such as remote locking and unlocking, granting guest access from anywhere, and voice assistant control via third-party integrations with top smart home platforms, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and AppleHome Kit.
Lastly, Assure Lock 2 Touch is available in a keyed or key-free touchscreen model in three timeless finishes: black suede, oil-rubbed bronze, and satin nickel.
BenjiLock by Hampton Fingerprint Door LockBernjiLock by Hampton
The BenjiLock by Hampton Fingerprint Door Lock is a smart deadbolt lock that can be unlocked with a fingerprint, a passcode, or a traditional key. It features a state-of-the-art fingerprint sensor that can store up to 10 fingerprints and up to 25 passcodes. The lock also has an illuminated capacitive touchscreen and a randomizing digital keypad to eliminate touch patterns.
The BenjiLock Fingerprint Door Lock is easy to install and program and operates on four AA batteries. It is also ANSI Grade 2 certified, which means it meets high standards for security and durability. It is easy to install and program and comes in two finishes: Satin Nickel and Tuscan Bronze. But what makes this smart lock different from the other smart fingerprint door locks is the connectivity. BerjiLocks do not work on a wireless connection but do offer three ways for you to operate it: fingerprint, key, or codes.
The BenjiLock Fingerprint Door Lock is a convenient and secure way to lock and unlock your home. It is a good choice for families with children, people with disabilities, and anyone who wants the added convenience of keyless entry without any wireless connectivity.
Level locks will also be part of the new system, with the smart locks controllable through the Ring app if installed by Lennar Level
One of the first fingerprint smart door locks we tested was Level Touch, a smart lock that opens a door with a touch of the finger. But unlike the Kwikset Halo Touch, it doesn't use biometrics. Instead, this $329 lock — which looks like a standard door lock — also connects to an app via Bluetooth to authenticate the person coming in the door. You can also use a keycard and physical keys to gain access as well, and it works with Apple HomeKit, too.
However, the best fingerprint smart lock from Level is their new Level Lock Plus. This next-gen smart lock features Apple Home keys, a new feature that allows you to unlock a supported smart lock with your iPhone (with iOS 15) or Apple Watch. It uses NFC technology to transfer your unique digital key to the lock securely. But you can also use touch, keys, Level app, key cards, and the Level Keypad (which is sold separately.)
UltraLoq U-Bolt Locks work with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and IFTTTUltraloq
Another new addition to our list of best fingerprint smart locks is Ultraloq's U-Bolt series. The U-Bolt series of smart locks is a line of keyless deadbolt locks that offer a variety of ways to unlock your door besides a fingerprint. You can use a passcode, smartphone app, and remote control. The locks are also compatible with smart home systems like Amazon Alexa, Samsung Smarthings, IFTTT, and Google Assistant, so you can use voice commands to lock and unlock your door.
The U-Bolt series is available in three different models:
All of the U-Bolt locks are easy to install and use. They also come with a variety of security features, such as a tamper alarm and a dual-authentication system. And meet ANSI A156.36 Grade 1 Standards.
In addition to the U-Bolt series, the company offers the $189.99 Ultraloq Lever lock, a keyless lever lock that opens doors via a smartphone app, code, actual key — and yes, a fingerprint. The sensor is built into the front of the lock, and with a micro USB port, you can add a quick jolt of juice to this lock just in case batteries are dead and you need them inside. (The physical backup keys can help with this, too.) The lock also keeps a log of who has come in through the locked door and works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT. Depending on which version you get, you can connect the U-Bolt lock to your Z-Wave smart home security systems or hubs.
The U-Bolt series of locks range in price from $99.99 for the U-Bolt lock to $159.99 for the Z-Wave version. Also there are two finishes, satin nickel and matte black.
Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility find engine. It will help you find, buy and connect any smart lock including ones that are compatible with your smart home security system or smart devices.
Also, if you need help installing any of these smart locks with fingerprint sensors, you can contact our partner, HelloTech. GearBrain has an affiliate relationship with HelloTech, and proceeds from buying their services help defray the cost of our content.
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