Over the past few months I researched smart door locks to upgrade our traditional front door lock. We don’t have an overhang over our front door and I park my car outside the garage (this is a problem when it rains!). Keys are annoying to use when I am holding grocery bags. And our kids often needed help using a traditional key to open the front door.
We needed something faster and easier than a key. So a smart lock seemed like an excellent idea! I read a lot of reviews and we ended up purchasing a Yale Touchscreen Lock and so far it is working wonderfully for us!
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An everyday scenario in our family: my car is on (my car is 10 years old so I still use a key) and we are ready to leave for school. But the kids forgot their snack, book, or water bottle and they need to run back into the house. So I turn my car off and they go to unlock the door. But they can’t quite work the lock. So I get out to help them and now we are all running late.
Now that we have a touchscreen keypad, our kids type in the 8-digit code to go back in the house. On their way out they touch the check mark to lock the door and we are on our way!
Why We Selected a Keyless Door Lock
We purchased and installed the Yale Assure Lock SL. The keypad is less than an inch thick, and is thin enough for our existing storm door to fit over it without a problem. We like the minimal design and that the screen goes black when not in use.
The brand was reputable and I found a lot of reviews on the product. We stayed on budget paying under $170 for our keyless lock. We went with a basic model with no smart-integration, but they do have integration options that include Homekit, Alexa, etc. We love technology and have a lot of smart-tech products in our home, but didn’t find it necessary for our door lock.
The keypad holds up to an 8-digit pin code and unique pin codes can be created for neighbors, family, etc. The backlit numbers are easy to read and there is a pleasant chime sound when each number is touched (it also gives a different sound if the code is incorrect, so our kids know to try again).
The Yale Assure Lock SL is operated by batteries that are housed inside of the door. This seems to be pretty standard for smart locks, and you can use a 9V battery as a backup underneath the keypad if the standard batteries unexpectedly stop working.
Overall we are very pleased with our new electronic keyless door lock! It makes getting into the house easier and our kids feel more responsible locking and unlocking the door without support. Ideally I wanted a fingerprint door lock, but reviews were mixed on many of those. And the model I liked didn’t fit with our storm door. Hope this review helps you decide on a keyless door lock for your home!