Best Door Locks

September 07,2019
Best Door Locks

At The Home Security Experts, we discuss the importance of home security systems in great detail. Smart homeowners understand that home security is more than just living in a nice neighborhood or locking your doors, it is about protecting your home, valuables, and, most importantly, your family from the criminals that seek to do you harm and take what is rightfully yours. However, despite the emphasis that we so frequently place on the importance of monitored home security systems, it is important to remember that the first line of defense for your home is none other than your front door.

While Hollywood likes to show criminals entering homes via fire escapes, windows, and other exotic points of entry, the truth is that most criminals would love it if they could just walk through the front door. For proof, just look at the fact that many daytime home robberies involve the thief kicking down the front door or using a crowbar to jimmy the door open. That's why the very first step you should take to secure your home is to purchase a high-quality front door lock.

ANSI Grading System

The American National Standards Institute, also known as ANSI, is a professional organization that rates the types of door locks according to a three-point quality and strength scale. Read along to learn about the differences in rankings and about why you should care.

Grade 1

Grade 1 is the highest quality lock available to consumers today. These locks are considered to have the highest level of security of residential locks, and also meet commercial building requirements for lock strength. The only sort of locks that meet this level of certification are commercial grade lever locks. They must be capable of performing through 800,000 openings and must pass a 30 lb weight test.

Grade 2

This level of lock is considered to meet the minimum standard for "light commercial building requirements" and it exceeds the security needs of your average residential unit. These locks must be capable of operating correctly through 400,000 openings and must pass a 250 lb weight test, making them excellent front door locks.

Grade 3

This is the lowest grade lock found on the market, and unfortunately is the average quality lock found on most new residential construction projects. These devices provide the minimum amount of security required for a residential property. They must be built to withstand 200,000 openings and a weight test of 150 lbs.

Best Safety Door Locks

1. Kwickset Double Cylinder Deadbolt Review

This ANSI Grade 1 deadbolt lock is a fantastic choice for homeowners interested in a high-quality, durable that is capable of providing well-rounded protection against intruders and unwanted guests. Unlike many of the technologically advanced models reviewed in this article, this reasonable priced lock is easy to use and does not require extra infrastructure or tools like a power supply or extra batteries to operate.

Price: $80

Pros:

  • Comes stock with a SmartKey cylinder that makes re-keying a breeze.
  • Very easy to use and does not require external or internal power source.
  • Reasonably priced unit.

Cons:

  • Does not come with any extra features.
  • No ability to open the door without manually inserting the key.

2. Kwikset SmartKey Tavaris Handleset

The Kwikset SmartKey Tavaris Single Cylinder Handleset, which comes equipped with the very popular Vedani Lever, is an excellent choice for homeowners with an expanded budget and desire for a front door lock that provides ease of entry and flexibility. This unit comes with the SmartKey technology, which allows the homeowner to easily rekey the lock at a moment's notice. In addition, it features a fully-reversible lever, meaning that it can be easily installed on either a right handed or left handed door.

Price: $232

Pros:

  • Fully reversible lever; the unit can be easily installed on either a left handed or right handed door.
  • Comes equipped with SmartKey technology, so the door can be re-keyed by the user in just a few short minutes without the need to hire a locksmith.
  • Comes with a standard lifetime warranty.

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive if not found on sale.

3. Schlage BE469NXCAM619 Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt

This high-end electronic door lock is one of the top models reviewed today. This unit comes equipped with a sturdy, fingerprint-resistant screen that prevents a fingerprint pattern from emerging and from thieves using this information to enter your home. The keyless door lock also has an auto-lock feature that opens and closes the door as you as you enter the correct code. It is also unique for the fact that it has a motion detector sensor and alarm on the front of the door, alerting those inside of the home that someone is outside your front door.

Price: $200

Pros:

  • Come with top-of-the-line motion sensor and alarm, letting your family know when someone is standing at your front door, even if they don't announce themselves.
  • Convenient auto lock feature that opens the door as soon as the code has been inputted.
  • Comes with fingerprint-resistant screen, which prevents thieves from figuring out your passcode.

Cons:

  • At $200, this unit is fairly expensive.
  • Reportedly has difficulty operating consistently with some major battery brands.

4. iTouchless Stainless Steel Fingerprint Door Lock

The last item reviewed today, this bio-matic fingerprint deadbolt door lock is the best choice for homeowners interested in safety and convenience. This easy to use and program unit allows a homeowner to enter their home simply using their pre-registered fingerprint; but, for situations where the power goes out or you have gloves on, you can easily use the manual mechanical key to enter the house.

Price: $350

Pros:

  • The fingerprint technology makes this the most convenient door lock reviewed today by far.
  • Includes two backup keys plus the ability to register a total of 150 different fingerprint users.
  • Can be configured for left handed or right handed doors.

Cons:

  • There are reports of the lock breaking down regularly after a short amount of use.

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