Smart locks are a great way to add some convenience when coming and going from your house, and if you want one that works with your Google Home, there are some great options to consider.
There are a few different styles of smart locks to choose from, so the “best” one for you may be different than the “best” one for someone else, depending on your wants and needs. However, if you’re simply just looking for the best one that works well with your Google Home, we have you covered.
Nest x Yale Lock ($249)
If you want your smart lock to work with Google Home, there’s really no better choice than the Nest x Yale Lock. It’s made by a Google-owned company (Nest) in partnership with a reputable door lock company (Yale).
Since it’s a Nest product, there is no doubt that it will work seamlessly with your Google Home. However, be sure that you also get the Nest Connect, which will be an extra $30 (or if you already have a Nest Secure system, you can use that). Either one of these devices allows for the lock to connect to your Wi-Fi in order to control it with your Google Home, as well as remotely from your phone.
With the Google Home, you can lock the door from across the house or just check on its status to make sure if it’s locked or not. You can even add the lock to Google Assistant Routines.
Perhaps the only downside is that it doesn’t come with a traditional keyhole for manual override if that’s your thing. Otherwise, if the batteries were to die, you can hold a 9V battery to the terminals at the bottom of the lock and then enter in your passcode to unlock the door.
Keep Your Existing Deadbolt: August Smart Lock ($150)
If you’d rather keep your existing deadbolt so that you don’t have to change out the keys (or if you just like the look of your current lock), your best bet is to go with the August Smart Lock.
This device allows you to keep your existing deadbolt, which also means it looks just like a normal lock from the outside. The August Smart Lock simply just replaces the inside mechanism to give your existing lock the necessary smarts.
To make it work with your Google Home, however, you’ll need the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, which is an added cost, but at the end of the day, you’ll still end up spending about the same amount as most other smart locks on the market. Once you have it up and running though, you can control the lock remotely and tell your Google Home to lock the door using your voice.
If You Have a Smarthome Hub: Schlage Connect ($199)
While the previous two models require their own little bridge hub to work with the Google Home, the Schlage Connect can be connected to just about any Z-Wave smarthome hub that you may already have.
Once connected to your smarthome hub of choice, you can control the lock remotely from your phone and even use your voice to lock the door using your Google Home.
Plus, it comes with both a keypad and a physical keyhole for the best of both worlds.