A digital lock is a low cost yet very easy to install alternatives to conventional lock and keys. They provide high security compared to an easily breakable metal lock. With the increase of unrest and the need for better safety on the rise, a digital lock is a perfect guardian that protects your locker, home or any other area of choice.
With more and more sophisticated locking technologies on the rise, you would be looking at the following three major factors to decide whether the lock of your choice is perfect or not.
- The technology of the lock: Is the lock pure digital or electrical? There is no clear winner but your need decides your choice. For instance, an electrical lock is good for minor storage boxes, houses or rooms. A pure digital lock maybe something that has AI or other sophisticated home automation technology embedded into it which might prove ideal for locking houses etc.,
- Strength: Obviously the next important factor would be the strength of the lock. How strong is it against any sort of blunt force or can it withstand any sort of drilling equipment? All the answers depend on how strong material is used in the making of the lock
- Unlocking mechanisms: This again is purely user experience-dependent. Digital locks majorly are available in pattern, password, biometric or combination settings. See whichever fits your security level needs and then pick those.
Apart from these 3, there are a lot of other major factors that help in deciding whether a lock is good for you or not. We shall discuss all of these and a few more in the Buying Guide section of this article. Be sure to give that a read as well.
Now without wasting any more time, let us jump right into the list of the best digital locks available in India.
List of the Best Digital Locks available in India: 2021
|Digital Door Locks||Type||Access Types||Warranty||Buy Now|
|Godrej Smart Advantis Door Lock||Digital Door Lock||RFID,Password,Fingerprint,Mechanical lock||1 Year||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Tinxy Door Lock||Smart Lock||App unlock,Mechanical Key||1 Year||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Open Door Two Smart Door Lock||Digital Door Lock||Fingerprint,Passcode,Bluetooth,NFC card,Keys||1 Year||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Yale J20 Smart Rim Door Lock||Digital Door Lock||RFID card,Pass code,App unlock||3 Year||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|AmiciSmart Multi-Access Door Lock||Smart Lock||App unlock,Fingerprint,Smartcard,Password||1 Year||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Lavna Locks Digital Door Locks||Digital Door Lock||Password,Fingerprint,Mechanical lock||3 Years||CHECK ON AMAZON|
Best Smart Door Locks in India: Reviews
First on our list is a Smart Lock from Godrej, a company that is known and established for making locks and other security and storage equipment in India. The Godrej Advantis is a line of smart locking and security solutions.
The Godrej Smart Biometric Advantis Door Lock, as the name, suggests with 360-degree fingerprint access. This can register up to a total of 100 fingerprints and is perfect for small to medium-sized offices to implement limited access to its personnel.
It also has RFID capability too. The RFID smart key will provide ease of access which can be programmed in. This lock can be programmed with 4 unique passwords with the security range between 4 to 12 digits.
Apart from these, there is also a mechanical key in case of emergencies to act as a backup key. It has auto-locking, adjustable sky code and also a break-in damage alarm. Additional features include a Privacy Function, Fire sensor, and alarm with multi-level volume control.
The lock is compatible with video door phones and remote controls as well and it comes with a small display screen as well. The lock comes with a low battery indicator wherein you can change its lithium-ion batteries. The dimensions of the lock are
- Thickness: 35 mm to 65 mm
- Gasket: 70 mm
While the lock is great, it lacks in providing good customer service. There have been reports of not so adequate installations. Apart from these, the lock is great. Godrej even provides you with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase.
Things we liked about the lock
- Comes with the Godrej Trust of Quality
- Biometric access with 360 degree fingerprint
- RFID Compatible with smart card access
- 4 unique passwords (with 4 to 12 alphanumeric digits combinations) available
- Auto Locking
- Adjustable sky code
- Break in Damage alarm with volume control
- Fire sensor
- Privacy Function
- Compatible with door phones and remote controls with its small display screen
- Low battery indicator
- 1 Year manufacturer’s warranty
Things we didn’t like about it
- No proper installation customer service
A truly Smart door lock, the Tinxy Door Lock is also one of the most affordable and budget friendly digital locks in the list. Not just that, this lock is also WiFi enabled and comes with a wide range of features.
With this lock, you can access your door from anywhere is a simple mobile app on your smartphone. The app can be downloaded from the apple app store or the google play store.
It includes a theft alarm, custom settings where you can share access with your family too. You can even know the current status of the door if it is locked or left unlocked. You can control the locking status as well or even sound an alarm in case you sense an unauthorized entry.
The app is WiFi compatible and uses the internet access to connect with home automation systems as well. What’s even more interesting is that this lock is compatible with Alexa and Google Home as well where you can control the settings with your voice.
A set of spare mechanical keys are also provided for back up as well. The lock comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase. Upon request, you can also avail installation through the company’s services as well.
Things we liked about the lock:
- A smart lock with WiFi compatibility
- Economic and budget friendly
- App based control locking, unlocking and setting custom functions
- You can also share access with family members too
- Lock status of the door can also be monitored on the app
- Back up set of mechanical keys are also provided
- 1 year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase.
Things we didn’t like about it:
- No RFID or Biometrics thus is not so helpful for office entries etc. Only good for residences
Door Two by Open is the most advanced and safest locking system in the market. It comes with unique features ensuring flawless security. It can be accessed through a mobile application for android and apple phones.
The novel 5-way unlocking system gives unbeatable protection. It includes access through fingerprint, passcode, Bluetooth, NFC card, and emergency keys. It can register up to 100 fingerprints & 100 NFC card users in the database.
It is made with advanced techs such as 360° fingerprint access and superior sensor. The lock reads the slightest touch and with its hardy sensor, stays strong for the long run.
When you are not home, if you need to let a guest into your home you can provide an OTP that’s generated on your Open My Home mobile app. You can also check the 24/7 access logs on the app to monitor entries.
Your password to unlock Door Two stays unrevealed. When you need to enter the code with onlookers around, the system accepts entering decoy before or after the actual passcode.
It can be installed only on wooden doors. The thickness of the door must be 32-60mm.
Things we Liked about the lock
- Advanced features
- 5-way unlocking system
- Can register up to 100 fingerprints & NFC cards
- 360° fingerprint access
- OTP for guests
- 8 months battery backup & USB port to connect to a power source in emergency
Things We Didn’t Like About It
- Doesn’t come with a manual safety knob
- Doesn’t fit on all types of doors but wood
Yale J20 smart lock is by far smartest security for the safest home. You will have a complete control over the lock from anywhere with Yale mobile app. You can lock or unlock, give access to someone, monitor entries, etc.
You can access the lock in several secure ways such as using an RFID card, pin code & BLE. The keypad is LED-activated and has palm touch features embedded in it.
It automatically locks the door or you can set a time to lock it and stop worrying about whether you locked the door or not. With its amazing geofencing feature, it unlocks itself when you are in its vicinity.
Yale smart lock has damage and intrusion alarms equipped in it. When someone tries to enter through the locked door, the break-in alarm will be activated. The damage alarm will go off when the lock is damaged by force.
You don’t have to worry about complex wiring or anything, as it runs with four AA batteries and sends a warning notification when the batteries are running low.
Things we liked about the lock
- Complete control through the mobile app
- Wireless connectivity & video door phones
- Voice guide feature
- Smart auto-locking
- Geo-fencing feature
- Intrusion & damage alarms
- 3-year warranty & free installation
- Secure code scrambling
Things we didn’t like about it
- Video Door Phones require separate accessories
- Bluetooth accessory is available separately
AmiciSmart ensures the best protection possible with its multi-access smart left hand door lock. It is compatible with Alexa and can be accessed with android and apple mobile application.
There are 5 ways in which you can unlock your door. Mobile app, fingerprint, password, touchless smartcard, and mechanical key. With its touch sensitivity feature, it unlocks the door in less than a second.
AmiciSmart has a unique feature called Virtual Bit Cryptography which lets you enter a random digits before or after your actual password and accepts the converted password. This feature comes in handy when there are peepers around you and you need to keep your password a secret.
Usually the lock does not show any keypad on it but when placed your hand a keypad will emerge on the screen. It is compatible to the door with size of 1.5-4 inches.
You setup different types of passwords. A permanent, one-time, timed, and cyclic.
What We Like About This Lock
- Compatible with Alexa
- High touch sensitive
- 5 ways to unlock
- Virtual Bit Cryptography
- Runs on 4 batteries and has low power reminder
- USB emergency power supply
- Drillable HD touch screen
- Level C security lock core
- Comes with 3 smart cards & 2 mechanical keys
What We Don’t Like About It
- No Wifi connectivity
- Physical installation support is available only in Delhi
Another product on our list is Lavna Locks that will be your partner of home security. We all want to keep our home security tight so that our belongings can remain safe. The Lavna provides you biometric lock system for your home.
The product gives tough competition to the Godrej and Evotech in terms of the unique unlocking number system, emergency backup, and 3-years warranty.
The unique fingerprint unlocking with 0.5-second unlocking speed will bring convenience to open and close the lock when you are coming or going out.
You can register up to 120 fingerprints in the lock. The design of the door lock is similar to the handle of the door, which has a unique rose gold color that gives a premium and royal look to your main door
It comes with an auto-locking system that will lock the door automatically after you leave. You can give the mechanical key to your family member to access the house without using a fingerprint function.
If the battery of the lock is low, it shows through the low battery indicator. You can recharge the device using the external power port.
For extra security, access the spy code that has random numbers before or after the pin if there are strangers around you to protect the original PIN of your lock.
You can keep a check on the history of the unlocking codes using the 100 unlocking records. If there is any case of emergency, you can unlock the door using the OTP system as well.
The door lock comes with a 3-years manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase.
Things we liked in the door lock
- Easy to use
- Elegant design
- Affordable at the given cost
- 304-grade stainless steel for lock
- 120 fingerprint registration
- Comes with the mechanical key unlocking
- OTP unlocking feature for emergency
- Inbuilt doorbell
- The low battery indicator
- Has an external 9V emergency battery in case of full battery discharge
Things we did not like in the door lock
- Nothing as such mentioned
Choosing a perfect lock is not about walking into a store and picking something that is either cheap or on a sale. You cannot lock away lakhs of rupees with a hundred buck lock. It would be unwise.
By now, you might have understood and come to terms with the technological and security prowess of a digital lock. Now let us look at all the factors that you should consider and take care of before choosing a digital lock.
1. Type of locking technology:
The first and foremost thing that anyone should look at and consider is the locking technology itself. Now before we look at other factors, understand that depending on the locking technology, alternative locks are classified into the following types.
- Digital Locks
These are simple digital locks that are built on RFID or other chips which open with a pre-programmed combination. Most of such locks are found on safes or entry gates of offices etc. They provide convenience and filtration gated entry rather than full-blown security
- Electronic Locks
Slightly older to digital locks, these too come with Chip-based pattern or pin code security. They can be used to lock in gates or other doors as well.
- Smart Locks
A relatively modern phenomenon, Smart Locks come wth advanced configurations, are WiFi or Bluetooth enabled, can be controlled, locked and unlocked with a mobile app and are far more advanced than any other lock and key in history.
A smart lock comes with various technological unlocking combinations and methods. Let us name a few and understand more about them
- Pattern and Pin based entry
A pretty basic type of lock, these types of locks come with a keyboard/keypad that lets you program a set of pin or pattern that is used to unlock the door or the box or whatever it is that you place the lock on.
Security Level: Basic
- RFID Smart Cards
RFID or smart card entry is where your lock would come with a special card or cards with an RFID chip inside them (Radiofrequency Identification cards). These cards are programmed to respond when placed near the lock’s chip and that will grant you access to the lock.
Security Level: Medium
As the name suggests, these types of locks open with your physical biometric that could either be your thumb or other fingerprints. A more modern and advanced type of biometrics includes retina identification which will grant you access to the lock. Biometrics are some of the most advanced and foolproof locking mechanisms available.
Security Level: Advanced
Another step and important factor that you need to look for before choosing a smart lock is the level of integrations it will provide you. A lot of smart locks have smartphone compatibility which will let you do a lot of things that conventional and even electronic smart locks cannot. We have listed out a few of the most common integrations that are available in most types of smart locks.
- Google and Alexa compatibility:
Upon integration, your smart lock can be accessed or controlled using the Google Home or Alexa through voice commands as well. You can lock or unlock or preset it in the app.
- IFTT or SmartThings compatibility
IFTT( If This Then That) or SmartThings by Samsung can be used to perform a wide range of functions that will let you control your smart lock on a conditional basis. A few examples would be timed closing of doors and locks, timed opening, individual-based closing etc.,
- Home automation integration
Smart locks should be compatible with Home Automation software or systems. Such integrations are crucial if you already have a house automation system in place at your home. If you can integrate your smart lock with your home automation, you can not just control the locking mechanisms with your app or with the central system but also condition it to changes. An example would be to place the house on lockdown in case of a burglary or to automatically open doors in case of a fire in the middle of the night, combining it with the camera surveillance, alarms etc.,
3. Power Supply and indicators
All smart locks are powered by batteries that are independent of the central power supply of the house. While most of the smart locks come with lithium-ion batteries, a few come with supercapacitors as well.
The first goal would be to pick a choice which has the longest battery life. The second would be to choose something with a low battery indicator. Locks are vital and you cannot afford for it to stop working before you replace the batteries as it could prove dangerous.
The next big and the most obvious thing would be the durability of the lock. In all frankness, durability should be your number one priority but given how advanced B&E (Breaking and Entering) utilities have grown, the locking security comes first.
Then, durability comes in. As mentioned before, durability is all about the build material of the lock. While steel and die-cast zinc are the most commonly used materials in conventional locks, the modern smart locks come with tougher elements. These elements have a certain elasticity to them which makes them not so easily breakable.
The simple logic stands to the point that these material are tougher not exactly harder. The logic is that hard stuff cracks and breaks. Tougher substances cannot crack and thus do not break. While choosing a lock, have a feel of the lock and see if it is a blunt hard one or a hard one with tough build. The build substance of the lock should give you an idea.
Unlike conventional locks, Smart locks need certain physical and software installation. While a typical electronic lock can be installed easily by one’s self, the same cannot be said about a smart lock.
Smart locks come with various frictions for installation such as integration with the home automation system or maybe the software installation as well. Given the usual high priced nature of these digital locks, most of the well-known companies such as the Godrej provide free installation services on their locks.
6. Customer Service
Not exactly feature factor but when it comes to locks, it can be a deciding factor. This becomes as such considering the heaps of reviews a lot of prominent locks have garnered over the years. These reviews are by customers who have complained that the company that they have bought their locks from do not provide ample customer service or have not so adequate installation support.
You can find more about the customer service of any company by reading on user reviews of the particular product of your choice or we have also mentioned about the customer service of companies of the products that we listed today.
7. Additional Features
A lot of smart locks come with additional features such as smoke detection, alarms etc., which all add on to the strength and the quality of the lock. While additional features are a cool add on, they should not be considered a top priority for choosing a particular lock. Only when you have compared all of the options and two or more options seem to be tying in, you can use the additional features given in the locks as a factor for choosing.
Finally, the last nail to the coffin is the warranty service that the company provides. A bare minimum of 1-year warranty is crucial given the high price ranges of these products. A few companies might even provide you with 2 or more years of warranty too. But when it comes to locks, you can always compromise on the features but never on the warranty as they decide the actual quality and the trust of the company on their product.
Frequently Asked Questions
A smart lock is an electromechanical device that can be built or upgraded over a conventional lock or is a different lock on its own. It is designed to lock and unlock a door based on the preset and preprogrammed key which could be a pattern, pin, RFID or biometrics instead of a normal metal key. You can also use a mobile app or something of a similar kind to control such locks as well.
The short answer is yes but the long answer is that it is not that simple. Smart locks have shown vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers to gain access. But with more and more iterations and improvements, these devices are slowly reaching their own pinnacles.
But when you compare a smart lock with a traditional or a conventional lock, they are leaps and bounds more secure and thus can be easily entrusted for safety and security of your belongings or doors.
In order to turn off a smart lock or a smart lock, you first need to unlock the machine. Now you will go to the control centre app for the respective smart lock on your mobile, go to settings and disable. For non-app based locks, you cannot turn them off and are only opened or closed based on the password or security input.
Wrapping it Up:
The Godrej Smart Biometric Advantis Door Lock comes with a 360 degree fingerprint sensor, is RFID compatible, and has 4 unique password combinations from basic 4 keys to 12 alphanumeric combinations. It has Auto locking, adjustable sky code, break in damage alarm, fire sensors, privacy functions and also low battery indicators as well. Its compatibility with door phones and remote control (thanks to its display screen), the trust of Godrej and also the 1 year manufacturer’s warranty makes it one of the best digital door locks available in India.
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