What Are the Best Keyless Door Locks in 2018 for Your Airbnb?

This is a popular subject among Airbnb hosts. What makes it popular?

A keyless door saves you the hassle of exchanging keys in person. I automate all of my check-in and check-out processes. This is especially true for those who go down the business path of Airbnb Rental Arbitrage and aren’t necessarily local.

The conventional forms of a mechanical locking mechanism for doors have been categorized, cataloged, and listed online for almost every make and model available.

Having a standard lock just doesn’t cut it these days, and can even become a huge security risk.

Here are some suggestions for the best keyless door locks currently out on the marketplace.

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Best Keyless Door Locks #3: The Kwikset 916 Smartcode Touchscreen with Deadbolt

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comes in 3 colors: gold, silver, and black

This easy to install lock is “Amazon Certified” and works with Alexa recognition for locking the door. (Although, an unlock feature has yet to be implemented.) Reviewers mention that the device has eaten batteries, but for the most part, the lock should stay powered between ten and twelve months.

The Kwikset 916 can is easily installed within minutes by just using a screwdriver and offers SmartKey re-key technology. Wireless communication to the device allows you to set up unique codes for your Airbnb visitors as well as receive security updates about the device.

With a Z-Wave lock you know who is coming and going in and out of the house, have 30+ unique codes to hand out to visitors and activate them at different times, as well as turn off specific passwords at any time.

Final Verdict: An Easy to Install and Program Battery Eater.

This lock is great for ease of use, but hosts should be concerned with some of the battery problems mentioned. This is especially true for any long-distance hosts and hosts without the ability to check on the battery every few weeks. The application can quickly improve by reporting to the host the battery life of the lock.

Overall the Z-Wave deadbolt for the Kwikset has one of the most customizable and extensive programming systems that I’ve come across. The ability to program specific keycodes for guests and disable the code after their departure time is invaluable. It has definitely earned its spot on the best keyless door locks list.

The possibilities to lock individual parts of the home are endless, allowing your guests the privacy they deserve.

Best Keyless Door Locks #2: Schlage Camelot Keypad Entry With Flex-Lock

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Smart lock that comes in 4 different colors.

This popular choice for an Airbnb with outside locks has a simple nine-digit keypad, a primary lock emergency lock for the host, and a lever. It’s known for exceptional battery life and Flex-Lock ability.

Flex-Lock allows Airbnb hosts or guests to enable and disable the automatic locking system. This lets guests keep the door unlocked for bringing in their luggage, groceries, or having the kids go outside and play.

Pro-tip: I program the last 4 digits of my guest’s phone number as their passcode. For example: if their number ends in 2231, their passcode is 2231. This works well with international guests as well.

The downside to the system is that some users have reported difficulty if knowing the system is in automatic lock mode. There is no indicator on the lock itself that tells the guest if the door has been locked or not. However, this can be easily fixed by testing out the lock itself, so we’re keeping it on the best keyless door locks list.

The keypad can hold up to nineteen unique entry codes and allows the host for key entry in the event of a battery failure or emergency. This emergency key entry is surprisingly what a lot of battery-powered locks lack.

Final Verdict: Is… it locked?

It’s a little concerning how many users reported the inability to tell when the flex-lock for this device was active. Besides these reports, if not messing with anything other than the keypad, this device is a great middle price range option.

You’d be hard-pressed to find something this affordable with still a lot of programmable options. Being able to use a variety of codes can allow multiple groups to have a code at one time.

Best Keyless Door Locks #1: August Smart Lock 2nd Generation

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2nd generation

(You might be wondering what is the difference between 2nd and 3rd generation? the difference is very little. I’d go with the 2nd generation and save yourself a Benjamin!).

Say goodbye to the problems of the past. It’s easy installment and a way to keep tabs on battery life. The August Smart Lock boosts itself to the top of the best keyless door locks list.

A lot of other smart locks promise easy installment, but the August Smart Lock has the easiest installation.

The lock is also capable of working with the existing interior hardware and only replaces the deadbolts that are on the interior side.

The best character in the lock hands down is the ability to receive warnings via their app for when the battery life of the lock is below a certain threshold. Your smartphone is the smart key, and you can share locking codes with your potential guests.

Since this device will not change the original hardware of the door, you can still use the unique key to enter the apartment or living space. It’s also perfect for any power outages that may happen while your renters are staying at your place.

Final Verdict: It’s Great When When It Works

If you happen to have a problem with this lock, unfortunately, the customer service for the product is notoriously bad. It’s on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, but it honestly does offer a lot of excellent services if you don’t wish to deal with the hassle of pushing in pin numbers.

Which form of keyless door lock do you think is the best?

These best smart locks for airbnb are just three curated options from the many that exist out on the marketplace. In the end, you’ll need to choose what’s best for you and your Airbnb needs.

Our advances in technology are only furthering our ability to make Airbnb Rental Arbitrage simple and hassle-free. 

To save you some time, below are the links to the best keyless door locks from Amazon:

  1. Kwikset 916 Smartcode Touchscreen
  2. Schlage Camelot Keypad
  3. August Smart Lock- 2nd Generation

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  • Clifford
    Posted at 21:04h, 02 January Reply

    August lock has no key pad. So you have to give guests a key or somehow set them up with an app or what? Seems like more trouble than it is worth compared to a net enabled unit w simple keypad.

    • Sam Zuo
      Posted at 01:22h, 03 January Reply

      Hi Clifford,

      Correct. August has no keypad. Guests would need to download a mobile app in order to access the property and there is no key involved. We’re working on an updated piece for 2019, so stay tuned for that!

      • Clifford
        Posted at 18:17h, 09 January Reply

        Thanks and looking forward to the next piece!!

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