The 7 Best Keyless Entry Systems to Buy in 2018

Make getting in your door easier and safer

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Keyless entry systems use a digital keypad, biometrics, or your cell phone to unlock and grant access. There are both deadbolt and handle lock replacements. Some are rated for home security by the ANSI, providing an extra layer of confidence in your keyless entry system.

Truly keyless systems are a little harder to come by, as many still retain a key slot for emergency access. However, such keyless systems are sought after by individuals seeking the maximum protection against lock bumping or...MORE picking. Some keyless entry systems integrate with common smart home automation systems to deliver a high-tech way to unlock your door, grant access to visitors, and monitor activity.

No matter which type of keyless entry system you choose, you can enjoy the convenience and ease that comes from unlocking your door without ever using a key. Here are the best keyless entry systems to buy this year. 

 

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    For a tried-and-true keyless entry system, the best overall choice is the Schlage Camelot Keypad Entry with Flex-Lock.

    This popular lock for home use has a simple keypad with digits zero to nine, plus a lever to open the door once access is granted. What sets this unit apart is the exceptionally long battery life, as well as the Flex-Lock option.

    With Flex-Lock, you can disable the automatic locking feature of the system by flipping the thumb turn on the interior side of the door to the vertical...MORE position. If you are bringing in groceries, expecting company, or have kids frequently going in and out, this can be a useful feature. However, some users mentioned that it can be hard to tell if the system is in automatic lock mode unless you memorize what the horizontal versus vertical position of the thumb turn means. For everyday home users, this shouldn’t prove to be too challenging.

    The Camelot Keypad will hold up to 19 unique entry codes and does feature keyed entry access in the event of battery failure or other emergency. This Schlage lock is not the sleekest or most stylish keyless entry system on the market, but it is one of the most well-reviewed and widely used keypad locks.

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    For a simple keyless entry system on a budget, a deadbolt keypad lock like the Kwikset 92640 is a great choice.

    This affordably-priced deadbolt lock is backed by the Kwikset name, a leading producer of door locks and hardware. The Kwikset 92640 stands out for its low price tag, but also for its slim profile and simple appearance. The unit locks automatically after 10 to 99 seconds, according to user preference. It’s powered by four AA batteries and users report that installation is simple.

    This...MORE model from Kwikset allows only six unique entry codes but does offer one-time access codes that can be given to visitors. The number of entry codes is limited in comparison to many other keyless entry systems but still offers sufficient options to meet the security needs of most households.

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    For a keyless entry system that incorporates the best of smart home technology, the Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt is a top choice.

    The Connect version of the popular Schlage Camelot lock allows you to use the keyless entry system in tandem with Amazon Alexa or many Z-Wave enabled home automation systems. This means you can use voice commands to unlock the door, or remotely unlock it via the web. Depending on what type of home automation system you want to use the lock with...MORE (such as Wink or SmartThings) you will need to purchase a hub.

    But once you have your lock in place and integrated with your smart home system, you’ll enjoy the freedom and flexibility to unlock your door from anywhere, provide codes to pet sitters, or unlock the door for visitors. This lock also has received a Grade I ANSI rating, the highest home residential security rating.

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    If you’re looking for an advanced keyless entry system using biometrics, the Ultraloq UL3 Fingerprint and Touchscreen Keyless Lock is the answer. This futuristic-looking keyless entry system has a reversible handle for easy installation, plus a hidden back-up key slot.

    What makes this fingerprint lock stand out is its sleek looks, long battery life, and expansive access capabilities. Program up to 99 different access codes and 99 different fingerprints. This gives you the ability to grant access...MORE to as many visitors as you wish — or restrict it to just your household. Many users report that fingerprint access was more convenient than punching in a number code every time they returned home.

    However, a few people had difficulty getting the lock to consistently read their fingerprint. Some users overcame this problem by programming their fingerprint multiple times at different angles. If you want a deadbolt cover, you will need to purchase this separately. Overall, the Ultraloq UL3 Keyless Lock is a great choice for a biometrics keyless entry system.

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    If you’re concerned about the security weakness that comes with keyed entry access, then a completely keyless entry system is the way to go. Our top recommendation is the Schlage Touch Camelot Lock.

    This keypad-only entry system has no key lock — meaning the lock is not susceptible to being picked by would-be thieves. It also won’t allow intruders to gain access by means of lock bumping.

    The unit relies on battery power, and since there is no key slot, it becomes inoperable if the battery dies....MORE However, Schlage put emergency battery contacts on the exterior of the unit. So if you do somehow lose power, simply hold a 9V battery up to the contacts and the unit will power on — granting you access. Like many Schlage locks, the Touch Camelot lock is a reliable, solid choice for keyless home entry.

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    If you’re looking to gain access to your garage without a key — and don’t want to rely on just the controller in your vehicle — then you need a keyless entry system for your garage. The Clicker Universal Garage Entry Keypad is our overall choice for keyless entry to your garage.

    This simple keypad features a slide-down cover to keep the keypad out of the elements and fully functional. This model from Chamberlain stands out thanks to its ability to integrate with most automatic garage door openers...MORE manufactured since 1993.

    Installation is simple, since the unit operates wirelessly and runs on a 9V battery. Once installed, program a four-digit code and begin enjoying keyless entry to your garage. This is great for giving kids or visitors access to your home through the garage without the need for a key.

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    When you’re enjoying the great outdoors in your RV, free yourself from the worry of carrying a key with the keyless entry system from AP Products.

    The Electric Travel Trailer Lock is designed to replace most RV door locks, and it features a five-button capacitive touch keypad with digits one through eight and one special character. The keypad is backlit to assist you in finding the right buttons even after dark. The lock is wireless and runs on four AA batteries.

    Some users found the capacitive...MORE touch buttons to be a little unreliable, but overall this is the best keyless entry system available for an RV. It also does feature keyed entry access, in the event that the keypad fails. 

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