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Recommended retail or typical retail price.
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Lock mechanism type
Matching the lock type to your existing lock should make installation easier. Key turner models fit over the existing lock and key. Some mortice locks have latch and deadbolt mechanisms installed.
Ease of use score
We assess manual detail and clarity, set-up, app setup and navigation, ease of access using the primary unlock method and ease of access using the backup system.
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App privacy and security score
This covers five points: Can the lock be set up without an app? Is an online account needed for the app? What personal details are requested for the online account? What are the online account password rules? What security is available when launching the app?
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We record the speed of the primary method of entry, followed by the speed of a secondary method of entry. We also consider any issues using the app if one is available, such as poor performance or complicated navigation.
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Back-up entry option. The lock mechanism will still work with a key if you lose your phone, forget the code or if the lock's smart features fail altogether. Keyless units may require a locksmith to access if a problem occurs.
An older lock design with a large 'pocket' (a rectangular block) that sits inside the door. Replacing a deadbolt with a mortice lock is possible but carving out the extra pocket space is a lot of work.
Is Wi-Fi connectivity built into the lock? Some models offer Wi-Fi with an optional bridge either sold separately or as part of a bundle.
Fingerprint unlock (biometrics)
Key fobs included
Models without key fobs don't support this unlock option.
Optional activation of two methods of entry required for added security - for example, a PIN and key fob or fingerprint and smartphone.
For PIN code locks, anti-peep lets you add a random selection of numbers before and after the actual code to confuse anyone that may be watching. As long as the correct code is entered somewhere in the middle, the lock will open.
Automatically opens the lock when your smartphone is within a certain radius of the door. Works with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Unlock the door via the internet when you're away from home or outside the Bluetooth range. Some models offer this feature if you add an optional Wi-Fi bridge, either sold separately or as part of a bundle.
Included in this review
- CHOICE Expert Rating
- Ease of use score
- Unlock score
- Unlock range score
- App privacy and security score
- Good points
- Bad points
- Tester comments
- Lock type
- Mortice lock
- Month and year tested
- PIN unlock
- Fingerprint unlock biometrics
- Smartphone app unlock
- Key fobs included
- Remote access
- Guest access
- Autolock window seconds
- Adjust autolock window
- Unlock attempts limit
- Lockdown duration (seconds)
- Double unlock
- Access logs
- Internet connection required to access logs
- Away mode
- Passage mode
- Google Home
- Push notifications
- Set up without app
- Back-up power
- Interior handle
- Door thickness (mm)
- Lock backset (mm)
- Bolt hole diameter (mm)
- Spindle hole diameter (mm)
- Battery type
- Battery indicator
- Batteries supplied
- Online account required for app
- Personal details required for app
- Internet connection required for app
- Country of origin