Updated October 11, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Electronic Deadbolts

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in December of 2017. If you have family members who are always forgetting their keys or you struggle to find your own when you get home at night, it's time to consider an electronic deadbolt. These smart door locks make it easy for you to enter while still keeping your home safe and secure. Some models even offer the option to give out one-time codes to service people, like contractors or house cleaners. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Yale Assure YRD226

2. Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro

3. Schlage Encode

Editor's Notes

October 08, 2020:

While security is obviously important, most people who want to add an electronic deadbolt to their homes are doing so because of the convenience they offer, so we specifically looked for features that enhanced that. With this in mind, the Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro is one of our favorite options and we think one of the best choices for most homeowners. With the ability to be opened via biometrics, a pin code, remotely via an app, through physical proximity of a connected device, or even by voice when paired with Alexa, it certainly ranks as one of the highest in regards to entry methods. It also include a mechanical backup in case all of the other methods were to somehow simultaneously fail. Add to that the reasonable price and most can agree that it offers a lot of value for your money.

Despite the many benefits of the Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro, we do realize that some may prefer something with a slightly more traditional aesthetic. If you fall into this category but still want a versatile option that can be unlocked in a variety of ways, we recommend considering the Yale Assure YRD226, Schlage Encode, and Schlage Connect Camelot. Of course, even these are going to be immediately recognizable as more than just a standard lock, so if you really want something that is nearly unnoticeable as offering anything more than a traditional mechanical key-based entry, and you don't care if it connects to an app or smart home hub, you may want to check out the Schlage Connect Camelot, which can be unlocked using the included remotes.

Those who want something very affordable that still offers pin code entry can look to the AmazonBasics PL1S3910. Be aware though, that this model, too, won't pair with a smartphone or home automation systems for remote locking and unlocking.

June 03, 2019:

The typical user upgrading to an electronic deadbolt may be interested in all the bells and whistles and functionality this new technology has to offer, but even a technophobe can benefit from a simpler option.

Although there are some concerns about the long-term durability of the remotes that come with the Lock State LS and the Morning Industry RF, we decided to include them because they're a great choice for users who may struggle to see the keypads, and/or don't want to deal with smart technology. Plus the remotes are easily replaceable.

The Yale Assure YRD226 features the a fore-mentioned bells and whistles along with the brand reputation of a company that knows how to make a good deadbolt. Among it's more advanced features this lock will sense your smart phone approaching and unlock for true hands-free convenience.

Special Honors

Level Bolt If you are fond of your current visible hardware, then the Level Bolt is a smart choice. It works with all of your existing components, except the strike plate, so you won't see any aesthetic difference, but adds all the connected features you could hope for. This includes voice control, remote operation, automatic locking and unlocking, and more. level.co

4. Kwikset SmartCode Contemporary 914

5. Schlage Connect Camelot

6. AmazonBasics PL1S3910

7. Yale Assure

8. August Smart Lock Pro

9. Lock State LS

10. Morning Industry RF-01P


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on October 11, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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