Wyze Smart Lock Review 2020
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The Wyze Lock is a budget-friendly alternative to the August Smart Lock Pro or August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. Much like the August, the Wyze Lock modifies your existing deadbolt to turn it into a smart lock. And good news for your wallet: the Wyze Lock saves you more than $100 compared to the August. Plus, you still get some of the same cool features.
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Wyze Smart Lock features
The Wyze Lock has some compelling features, but they don’t always work correctly.
If you don’t want to rip out your existing deadbolt just to get a smart lock, then the Wyze Lock is an easy alternative. It modifies just the backend of your deadbolt, so you can keep your same door keys.
The Wyze Lock isn’t perfect. Some of its features can be a little glitchy. But for the cost, we think it’s an affordable way to put a smart lock on your doors—especially lesser-used doors you don’t want to buy a big, expensive lock for.
Wyze Smart Lock features:
- Allows remote control from anywhere through the Wyze app
- Works with Amazon Alexa
- Locks and unlocks your door automatically
- Retrofits your existing deadbolt
- Installs quickly and easily
- Detects your door’s position (open or closed)
- Uses AA batteries
- Accessory keypad available
Locks and unlocks your door automatically
Your phone is going to be your main key to the Wyze Lock. Since this lock only modifies the backend of your deadbolt, it doesn’t come with a keypad option. You can buy a keypad separately, but if you choose not to, then you’ll probably use your phone the most.
But don’t think you have to dig your phone out of your pocket every time you come home or leave the house. The Wyze Lock has automatic lock and unlock features that can operate the deadbolt for you.
The downside is that the auto-lock and -unlock don’t always work perfectly. The auto-unlock doesn’t always unlock the door reliably. Sometimes the lock stays locked, even if you’re standing right in front of the door. And the auto-lock feature can potentially lock you out of your house if you set it to lock the door whenever someone closes it.
On the whole, auto-lock and -unlock are nice to have but sometimes glitchy in practice.
Senses if your door is open or closed
Weirdly, a lot of smart door locks can’t tell if your door is open or closed. And the ones that do usually require you to put an extra sensor on your door first. But the Wyze Lock has a built-in sensor that shows you in the app if your door is open or closed.
The Wyze Lock also has a built-in alarm that will beep if your door is left open for too long. The next time your kid walks out the back door and leaves it just a little bit open, you’ll know about it.
As with most things Wyze Lock, this feature doesn’t work perfectly 100% of the time. Sometimes, the sensor says the door is open when it’s closed, or vice versa. But again—for the price, we can forgive some flaws.
Uses AA batteries
Both the Wyze Lock and the optional Wyze keypad use basic AA batteries. You won’t have to go hunting in the special section of the battery aisle to find something that works. Some door locks use 9V batteries that you’re less likely to already have sitting in a drawer.
Wyze Smart Lock pricing
It doesn’t get much cheaper than the Wyze Lock.
We’ve mentioned the Wyze Lock’s pricing a few times already, and for good reason—it’s cheap. Most smart door locks cost at least $200, but you can snag the Wyze Lock for a mere $107.98 at the time of writing.
Considering the Wyze Lock costs at least $100 less than other smart locks on the market, we can accept its flaws as minor inconveniences.
This lock would work best for doors you don’t use as often (like a back or side door) that you don’t want to spend big bucks on for a smart lock. For your front door, you might want to go with a higher-quality model, like the August Smart Lock Pro or August Wi-Fi Smart Lock.
Wyze Smart Lock home automation
The Wyze Lock has decent home automation options but no Google Assistant integration.
Before you can get the Wyze Lock up and running, you’ll also have to set up the Wyze bridge that links the smart lock to your Wi-Fi network. It’s a little annoying to have to use a separate bridge for your door lock, especially considering the Wyze bridge doesn’t work with any other Wyze products. It’s just for the lock.
If you prefer a smart lock with Wi-Fi built in, we recommend the Schlage Encode. But it costs a pretty penny more than the Wyze Lock.
Wyze Smart Lock installation
The Wyze Lock is easy to install. Installation takes about 10 minutes.
Easy installation is a huge perk for the Wyze Lock. You can get this baby up and running in about 10 minutes. And all you need is a screwdriver.
Wyze Smart Lock installation overview:
- Tape the exterior part of your deadbolt in place to keep it secure during installation.
- Remove the interior part of your deadbolt (the thumb latch). All you need is a Phillips head screwdriver.
- Use the screws from your old thumb latch to attach the Wyze mounting plate to the inside of your door.
- Choose the included adapter that fits your lock. Wyze includes a chart you can use for reference.
- Take the front plate off the Wyze Lock and attach it to the mounting plate. Make sure everything is aligned and that the lock works, and then attach the lock to the mounting plate with screws.
- Install the included four AA batteries and put the front plate back on.
- Download the Wyze app and set up the lock in the app as a new device.
If you need a little more help, check out Wyze’s installation instructions.
Recap: Is the Wyze Smart Lock good?
For the price, the Wyze Lock is an easy way to smartify your door lock.
For the price, the Wyze Lock is an excellent smart lock option. It’s an especially good choice if you want to keep your current door keys and you already have some other Wyze stuff, like the Wyze Cam v2.
Features: The Wyze Cam has a lot of the same features as the much more expensive August smart lock. Not all of its features work perfectly, but they’re relatively minor flaws considering the low price point.
Pricing: Smart door locks don’t get much cheaper than the Wyze Lock. You’ll pay only around $100 for this device, as opposed to more than $200 for alternative smart locks.
Home automation: The Wyze Lock works with Amazon Alexa and uses a Zigbee bridge to connect to your Wi-Fi network. It’s missing a Google Assistant integration, and it doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit either.
Installation: The Wyze Lock goes up quick and easy. It takes only about 10 minutes to install, and you don’t even have to remove your entire deadbolt.
If you’re willing to spend a bit more money for more features, check out our Best Smart Door Locks review to see your other options.
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