The 6 Best Keyless Entry Systems of 2021

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A simple keypad that can hold up to 19 unique entry codes, plus a lever to open the door once access is granted.
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This system allows you to enable the keyless entry system with Amazon Alexa via voice commands or via the web.
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What makes this fingerprint lock stand out is its sleek looks, long battery life, and expansive access capabilities.
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Best with No Key Access:
SCHLAGE Touch Camelot Lock at Amazon
Is a reliable, solid choice for keyless home entry with a backup battery option.
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Installation is simple since the unit operates wirelessly, and has a slide-down cover to protect the keypad from bad weather.
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Don't worry about losing your key with this five-button capacitive touch keypad lock.
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People install keyless locks for a number of reasons (maybe now's a good time to replace that interior door with your exterior door like you've always wanted if you don't feel like swapping out keyed doorknobs and deadbolts and rather just start anew). Some people want to guarantee they'll have access to a building in the case of an emergency, or find them easier to use on a property where many people need access. Others want a system that can't be picked like a traditional key-locking system. Keyless locks can be useful for people with certain kinds of motor issues that make using keys hard.

These systems may use a keypad, smart technology, or fingerprints. Some may also include a backup key. You’ll want to decided which type of entry method is best for you, and if you need additional functionality like temporary access options. And just because you're trading in the keys doesn't mean you can't feel (and be) safe. Case-in-point, security cameras, wireless security systems, or some other home security system, so long as the parts communicate effectively.

We tested and researched top-rated options to find the best keyless entry systems.

Best Overall: SCHLAGE Camelot Keypad Entry with Flex-Lock

SCHLAGE Camelot Keypad Entry with Flex-Lock

Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 6.8-inches | Material: Brushed chrome | Battery Type: 1 9V | Security Grade: Not listed

What We Like
  • Long battery life

  • Flex-lock feature

  • Comes in various colors

What We Don't Like
  • Installation instructions could be better

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 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. Pair it with good security lights for your home and/or motion sensor lights, and you can feel safe and sound.

Best for Smart Homes: SCHLAGE Z-Wave Camelot Deadbolt

Camelot Matte Black Connect Smart Door Lock with Alarm

Dimensions: 4.5 x 5.13 x 9.25-inches | Material: Metal | Battery Type: 4 AA | Security Grade: 1 ANSI

What We Like
  • Compatible with home automation systems

  • Grade 1 ANSI rating

  • Fingerprint-resistant touch screen

What We Don't Like
  • Requires a hub; sold separately

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 (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.

Best for Fingerprint Access: ULTRALOQ Fingerprint and Touchscreen Keyless Lock

ULTRALOQ Fingerprint and Touchscreen Keyless Lock

Dimensions: 4.5 x 5.13 x 9.25-inches | Material: Metal | Battery Type: 4 AA | Security Grade: 1 ANSI

What We Like
  • Reversible handle

  • Easy installation

  • Long battery life

  • Holds up to 99 fingerprints

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

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 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. Leveling off your home with a good security camera along with this fingerprint lock should have you pretty solid.

Best with No Key Access: SCHLAGE Touch Camelot Lock

SCHLAGE Touch Camelot Lock

Dimensions: 3.06 x 3 x 5.38-inches | Material: Not listed | Battery Type: 4 AA | Security Grade: 1

What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Prevents lock picking and bumping

  • Fingerprint-resistant touch screen

What We Don't Like
  • Inoperable if the battery dies

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. 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.

Best for Garage: Chamberlain Clicker Universal Keyless Entry KLIK2U-P2

Chamberlain Clicker Universal Keyless Entry KLIK2U-P2

Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.5 x 2.5-inches | Material: Not listed | Battery Type: 1 AA | Security Grade: 1

What We Like
  • Easy installation

  • Operates wirelessly

  • Affordable

  • Batteries included

What We Don't Like
  • Program instructions could be better

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 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.

Best for RV: AP Products Electric Travel Trailer Lock

AP Products Electric Travel Trailer Lock

Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 4-inches | Material: Zinc | Battery Type: 4 AA | Security Grade: 1

What We Like
  • Wireless lock

  • Features keyed and keyless entry

  • Easy installation

What We Don't Like
  • Buttons can be unreliable

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 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. 

Final Verdict

Our best overall pick is the SCHLAGE Camelot Keypad Entry (view at Amazon), a tried-and-true system that has a long battery life and the option for a Flex-Lock. If you're looking for something smart home compatible, we recommend the Camelot Matte Black Connect Smart Door Lock (view at Home Depot).

What to Look for in a Keyless Entry System

Entry method

Keypads are a popular option for families, as they’re easy for kids to remember, but the downside is that anyone who has the code can access your home. On the other hand, locks that use your smartphone are more secure, but what happens if you forget your phone? Consider the pros and cons of each type when shopping.

Backup keys

Most keyless entry systems include a backup key slot in case they malfunction, but there are some truly keyless products available. If you want to ensure that your house has maximum protection against lock bumping or picking, you might want to look into these entirely keyless options.

Additional functionality

Some keyless entry systems simply grant access to your home, but others come with additional features for added convenience. For instance, some smart locks allow you to grant temporary access to guests or service professionals and even monitor who locks or unlocks the door and when.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Erica Puisis, a freelance writer who has contributed to The Spruce since 2017. She specializes in interior design and has experience covering smart home products. To make this list, she considered each pick's entry method, backup keys, and any additional functions.

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