The Good August's third-generation Smart Lock comes with a DoorSense open/close sensor and works with Amazon Alexa speakers and the Google Home for just $149.
The Bad The Smart Lock doesn't work with Apple HomeKit or Z-Wave. Its lock motor is a little noisy.
The Bottom Line August's Smart Lock is a decent entry-level smart lock that performs well and offers a lot for its price.
August's simpler Smart Lock still does a whole lotta stuff
August's $149 third-generation Smart Lock is proof that you don't have to spend a ton of money for a solid smart lock. While it has a more traditional design, much about this lock remains the same. You can August's new $279 Smart Lock Pro, this simpler version also comes with DoorSense. DoorSense is a new feature that tells you whether your door is open or closed., it relies on the same August app as before and, like
What's missing here is compatibility withand Z-Wave. If either of those things matters to you, don't get this lock. But, if you're torn between it and August's Pro, this model is still compatible with , the and 's thermostats for way less.
Note: Add afor an extra $79 if you want to control your Smart Lock outside of Bluetooth range. That takes your total up to $228, which is still about 50 bucks less than the Pro. You need an August Connect to operate your lock via Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.
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