Smart locks have long promised a convenient upgrade from traditional door latches, allowing homeowners to open or secure their doors both automatically and remotely. However, the adoption rate of previous generations of smart locks has been modest, largely due to their high prices, concerns about the battery life required to run the door’s internal mechanisms, and their size, aesthetically pleasing. When installed, some Smart Locks look like warts – contemporary and stylish warts, but also noticeable. The latest from Level Home Level lock, the smallest Smart Lock and a design that was awarded the Red Dot and the iF Design Award in 2021, is arguably the best attempt to win home owners over to the smart home side of security.
As a user of the higher-level Level Lock Touch Edition, I was already impressed by the inconspicuous design of their locking system and its intelligent locking system, which connects to mobile devices to form a bolt platform that appears to be a normal bolt. Of course, Level’s intelligent locking systems can be set so that they are automatically locked and unlocked in order to coordinate with the coming and going of the residents via a key card, voice, proximity to mobile devices or by touching the lock – all advantages for you Households like our own, with steep stairs to and from our front door occasionally forgetting to lock while carrying an armload of groceries or other supplies particularly benefit from an intelligent lock).
This latest design is an even smaller and more affordable locking system priced at $ 249 compared to the $ 329 of its Touch Edition brothers, an already small design. The main difference between the two is that the higher tier model has touch lock and unlock options and comes with access key cards. The latest model foregoes these extras and retains most of the other more important features, including the ability to give friends or family access through their phone, voice, or an additional physical key, alongside HomeKit, Works with Alexa compatibility, and connectivity with the Sidewalk-enabled Ring -Devices. In our months with a Touch Edition installed, it was remarkably low-key, which means it just worked and we never really thought about it.
Of course, even at $ 249 and with a very sleek design, the Level is still a more expensive investment than non-smart options. The best standard bolt lock costs a fraction of an intelligent unit. But if you identify yourself as an early adopter of smart home technology who wants a remote control paired with the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) AAA-rated security, both the Level Touch and this newer Level Lock could be your entry point into the Smart-Enabled area.