A smart lock for your front door is a great way to add some convenience to your daily routine, and if you want to be able to control it with your voice with your echo, there are some good options that work well with Alexa.
Keep in mind that there are different smart locks to choose from that come with different features, so the "best" for you may be different than the "best" for someone else. With that said, we will go over some different locks that come with different functions.
Kwikset Kevo ($ 229)
Whether you want a smart lock that works with Alexa, is one of the best in the market Kwikset Kevo. It uses touch-to-open technology and it has a discreet style that doesn't stand out like a sore thumb.
The Touch-to-Open feature is our favorite thing about Kevo, because you just tap the lock's body and it continues to lock or unlock. To do so, it detects if the phone is nearby and uses it as a sort of approval. It can even detect if you are out or inside your house so no one tries to unlock your door while you are at home.
It is one of the more expensive smart locks on the market, but you usually find it on sale at a good discount. But to use it with your Amazon Echo, you need Kevo Plus, which is a single $ 99 purchase that comes with a gateway hub to connect it to your network. Otherwise, it only works via Bluetooth with your phone.
Keep your existing death ball: August Smart Lock ($ 149)
If you're a fan of not replacing your existing deadbolt (either because you like the look of it or just don't want to replace the keys), your best bet is August Smart Lock.
All you do is replace the inner mechanism with the August lock and the outer part remains the same, so it looks like a normal lock from the outside. But you are pretty much left with a full-fledged smart lock.
As with Kevo, you need a separate hub in the form of the August Connect Wi-Fi bridge to use it with your Amazon Echo. However, this still makes August lock cheaper everywhere than Kevo, which makes it a good option if you have a budget.
If you have a smarthome hub: Schlage Connect (199 $)
If you already have a smarthome hub, there are many Z-Wave smart locks that you can choose from, but Schlage Connect is our favorite.
Although this requires a pre-existing smarthome hub, Connect will work with just about any of those supporting Z-Wave, so there is a lot of flexibility here, especially since the other smart locks require their own proprietary hub. And as long as your smarthome hub works with Alexa, Connect will too.
Connect also has a keypad, which makes it possible to enter without needing the phone or a physical key. We think that a keyboard is a very nice feature to have regardless of smart lock status, and it is especially useful if you have children (who usually lose their keys and may not have their own smartphone yet).