Are Keyless Door Locks Worth The Hype?

An estimated 41.9% of homes in the U.S. used smart home devices in 2021, which is expected to grow to 48.5% by 2025, according to an eMarketer study. One component of that growth is the use of keyless door locks. As their name implies, these door locks eliminate the problem associated with losing or forgetting a key, replacing it with the help of a code, app (or, in some cases, biometrics).

Several styles are available, including keypad locks that require the use of a PIN and Wi-Fi-enabled locks that allow users to lock and unlock doors from an app. The biometric options typically use a fingerprint to open a door, while others use facial recognition.

With the average cost of keyless door locks ranging from $50 to $800, according to Angi, what could make them worth investing in, especially at the higher end of those costs? Is the convenience of not carrying a key worth it? We'll help you weigh the pros and cons.

Consider the benefits

Ultimately it is a personal decision to install a keyless door lock, but if you're not sold on these door locks yet, you may want to think again.

The value they offer really depends on the features you choose and how you use them. For anyone that's had a child locked out of the house after school because they forgot a key, these locks can be super helpful. With the click of a toggle on an app, it is possible to unlock the door. The same goes for checking if a door is locked, even if you are halfway to work. It's convenient and easy to do.

For some, getting in and out of the door without having to rummage through a purse with your hands full makes them worth it. Brinks Home also notes that some of these locks easily integrate with other smart home devices, like digital assistance that enables you to use voice commands to access the door.

There could be some limitations

While keyless door locks seem helpful, it's still essential to consider how well they work in your life. First, be sure to compare all of your options. CNET encourages comparing the features of several models before choosing, including connectivity methods such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Z-wave. Choose a model that works for your specific needs.

Also, think about the process of installing them before buying. Installing locks could be a DIY project a handy person can complete in a few hours. Others may require more advanced support. Also, think about the power source you'll use for them. Many are battery-operated, while others work off electricity. If they work off electricity and the power goes out, you may be locked out of your home unless you have a hidden key.

For those that want the convenience of easy access to their home, including features like being able to let the delivery person in from work, these tools could be worth the investment. They can be stylish, modern, and highly reliable, depending on which model you choose.