Compatibility of smart home devices with Amazon Alexa lifts them one level up on the scale of smart home gadgets, so we decided to take a look at the Best Smart Locks that work with Alexa Voice Assistant.
Connectivity to Amazon Alexa gives you the extra convenience of checking the door directly from your sofa. No need to pause your favorite film just to check if the door is locked, or to open the door to friends while you are preparing the dinner in the kitchen. There are some really excellent models of smart locks, at the top of the niche, which work with Amazon Alexa.
Additionally, you can connect other third-party devices with Alexa and completely smarten up your home.
The best smart locks that work with Alexa are August Smart Lock (3rd gen), Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt, Yale Assure Lock, and Kwikset Obsidian Amazon Key.
Check out the possibilities of Alexa connected smart locks and chose the one that suits your needs the best.
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List of the Best Smart Locks that Support Amazon Alexa
August Smart Lock, 3rd Generation
August Smart Lock 3rd Generation is compatible with Amazon Alexa, but that is not all. It works well with all Amazon smart speakers: Echo Show, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, even Alexa enabled Sonos devices.
With August Alexa integration you can ask Alexa if the front door is locked, or tell her to unlock the door. Unlocking is possible by setting up the PIN at Alexa. All you need to do is to connect all the devices via Wi-Fi and pair them to work together.
August Smart Lock 3rd Generation is upgraded with the DoorSense feature which brings door sensor functionality to your Smart Lock. It can track if your door is open and send you an alert if the door is left ajar.
If you wish to send permanent, recurring and temporary keys to your guests, you will need a mobile app. This smart lock has an auto-unlock feature, which uses your phone’s location to track when you get close to home and unlocks as you approach the door. Similarly, August Smart Lock auto-locks your door when you leave. These features are available only via the mobile app.
August Smart Lock 3rd generation has a wide range of third-party device integrations. It is also compatible with Google Home, Nest, Xfinity, Wink, Logitech Harmony, and others.
Lacks of this lock are that it doesn’t have an alarm to deter intruders from entering your home nor it detects when someone tampers with a bolt or tries to force the door open. You will also need a Wi-Fi bridge required for remote access and third-party integrations.
Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt
Camelot by Schlage is another top pick on the market of the smart locks.
It is Amazon Alexa compatible, and its users can use the Alexa app to enable or disable voice unlock feature for their Schlage smart locks. This functionality is an improvement to Schlage and Amazon Alexa’s current features. It includes voice locking and checking the status of the front door via Alexa-enabled smart devices.
Same as for August smart lock, you will have to set up the PIN for Alexa, and say it when it requests.
How does it work? When you tell Alexa to unlock the door, it will ask you for a PIN, and you will have to say it.
There are three attempts if you answer the wrong PIN. If you say incorrect PIN all three times, the door will stay locked for Alexa, you will have to open it via the mobile app or manually. Change the PIN occasionally for security reasons, as someone can overhear it if the window is open while you are saying it to Alexa.
One of the advantages of Schlage Sense is a built-in alarm that activates when someone tries to force the door open.
The mobile app of Sense is simple. Like for other smart locks you can add and remove up to 30 guests, You can assign guests codes and share them via text message or email. This feature is very convenient because guests don’t have to download an app to their phones.
The lock can also be used manually. This means you can unlock the door with a key, in case you lose your phone or batteries run out unexpectedly.
Aside from Amazon Alexa, Schlage Sense is compatible with and Google Assistant.
With all excellent features, this lock still can’t detect when your door is open, and it doesn’t work directly with any video doorbells, but Amazon Alexa can control the lock and Ring Video Doorbell separately.
Yale Assure Lock
The Yale is among renowned manufacturers of smart locks that manufactures locks compatible with Amazon Alexa.
The Alexa lock skill allows Yale users to lock the door and check the lock status of their home entrance. With the addition of the unlock skill, Yale Assure Locks can also be unlocked using Alexa’s voice commands.
As for other brands of smart locks, you will have to say your four-digit code to Alexa every time you want to unlock the door.
Advantage of the Yale Assure Lock is an attractive futuristic outlook with a touchscreen. It is smaller and less bulky than other smart locks. It also has improved security because it completely eliminated traditional key support.
Yale Assure can also be controlled by Apple’s Home app for iOS or via Siri, aside from its compatibility with Amazon Alexa. Lack of this lock is that the inner side is robust and doesn’t have such a beautiful appearance as outer part, and it is quite expensive when you compare its price with other smart locks.
Kwikset Obsidian Amazon Key
This smart lock is one of the best smart locks currently available in the market.
It is compatible with Amazon Alexa, and you can ask Alexa to lock or unlock your door by enabling the Key smart home skill. The skill is very responsive and will do what you said in a second. If you have other smart gadgets at home, you can also ask Alexa to show Cloud Cam’s live feed on your Fire Tablet, Amazon Fire TV, Echo Spot, or Echo Show.
This smart lock is the second keyless option within Alexa compatible smart locks. Remove of a keyhole gives you additional security because there is no way of breaking into the house. The lock also has an alarm that sounds when someone tries to break it off, just like Schlage Sense.
Kwikset Obsidian Amazon Key has SecureScreen technology to prevent the detection of user code via fingerprints on the touchscreen. This technology helps assure against unwanted entry by having users press two random numbers before pressing their security codes.
You can create up to 30 user codes for family members and friends.
The lock’s Z-Wave capabilities allow it to work with smart hubs such as Samsung SmartThings, Control4, Vera, Crestron and Savant in addition to Amazon Alexa. However, Obsidian requires a smart hub to add smartphone controls.
What is Amazon’s Door Lock API?
A Door Lock API is Amazon Alexa’s skill that allows simplified use of commands. Before Door Lock API was enabled, you had to use the device name when talking to Alexa.
For example, if you have an August smart lock, you had to say “Alexa, ask August to lock my front door.” With Door Lock API you can simplify the command to “Alexa, lock my front door.”
Can I connect my lock directly to Alexa or I need a hub?
Most of the smart locks require a hub to connect to Alexa. For example, August Smart Lock and Smart Lock Pro can be purchased in the combo pack with Connect Wi-Fi Bridge which will enable connectivity with Alexa.
If you decide to purchase Schlage, you have to keep in mind that, you will need the Schlage Sense Wi-fi Adapter to connect your Schlage Sense lock. But to communicate with Schlage Connect or the Connected Keypad locks, you will need a Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub.
Yale Smart lock requires to be either Z-wave or Zigbee connected to Samsung SmartThings Hub and application which will enable it to connect with Amazon Alexa. Yale x Nest smart lock is not compatible with Alexa, but you can join it with some other Nest smart devices, such as a smart doorbell with the camera directly.
If you wish to connect the Kwikset Kevo line of smart locks to Alexa, you will need Kevo Plus hub, and for Obsidian you will need a smart hub to add smartphone controls. However, Z-Wave capabilities allow it to work with different smart hubs.
What are other smart locks that work with Alexa?
There are smart locks made by other manufacturers, less famous, which are also Amazon Alexa compatible.
Philia PSD-100-ZB Smart Keyless Door Lock is one of them. It works with Z-wave and Bluetooth and is compatible with Alexa and SmartThings. But this smart lock is more suitable for indoor, than for outdoor use.
Signstek Smart Z-Wave Keypad Door Lock is compatible with Alexa via gateways, not directly, so you will have to use SmartThings, Iris or Wink for the connection. This lock does not use Bluetooth nor Wi-Fi.
Igloohome Smart Lock Deadbolt 02 works with both Alexa and Google Home, and has this little advantage: it is synchronized with Airbnb so hosts can sync their calendars with Igloohome account so that PIN codes are automatically created for guests.
HAIFUAN D6300B Digital Smart Door Lock works with Alexa via Gateway which is sold separately. It uses Card, Code, Key, and application for handling the lock, too.