Smart locks have long promised a convenient upgrade from traditional door latches, allowing homeowners to automatically and remotely open or secure the door. But the application rate of earlier generations of smart locks was modest, mostly due to high prices, concerns about the battery life required to operate the internal door mechanisms, and aesthetically, due to their size. Installed, some smart locks look like nipples – modern and contemporary nipples, but also conspicuous. The latest level of Home Home Lock levels, the smallest smart lock and the esteemed design Red Dot and the iF Design Award 2021 are probably the best attempt to attract homeowners towards smart home security.
As a higher level user Level Lock Touch Edition, I was already impressed by the inconspicuous design of their locking system and its smart locking system, which connects to mobile devices on a screw platform which seems to be a normal handle. In line with the course, Level’s smart locking systems can be set to automatically lock and unlock to coordinate passenger arrivals and departures using a key card, voice, proximity to a mobile device or touching a lock – all good for a household like our own where steep stairs to and from our front door mean we occasionally forget to lock while carrying a pile of groceries or other supplies (households with children who regularly forget to lock the door will especially benefit from a smart lock).
This latest design is an even smaller and more affordable locking system priced at $ 249 versus $ 329 from its Touch Edition brothers, an already small design. The main difference between the two is the higher-level model, which includes the ability to lock and unlock by touch, and comes with access cards, and the latest model waives these additions while retaining most other essential features, including the ability to give friends or family access physical key, along with HomeKit, works with Alexa compatibility and connectivity to Ring devices that have Sidewalk. In our months of using the Touch Edition installed, it was extremely unsightly, which means it just works and we never really thought about it.
Of course, even with $ 249 and a very elegant design, the Level is still a more expensive investment than non-smart options. The best standard lock with zipper it costs a fraction of a smart unit. But if you identify as an early adopter of smart home technology who wants remote work paired with the safety of the AAA-rated Association of Hardware Manufacturers (BHMA), both Level Touch and newer Level Lock it can be your entry point into a smartly enabled area.