Recently, SimpliSafe has launched a smart door lock and had become one of the hottest gate locks among customers.
August, the smart lock giant, got a strong competitor.
So, SimpliSafe VS August smart lock, which one is better?
In this article, we will walk you through the pros and cons of SimpliSafe and August smart lock, as well as their comparison details.
#1. SimpliSafe Smart Lock: Pros, Cons and Reviews (with a Video)
SimpliSafe Smart Lock Review
SimpliaSafe smart door lock is extremely simple to install and works with most deadbolts. You can install the deadbolt with just a screwdriver.
The smart gate lock connects to your home WiFi with the SimpliSafe Security System acting as the bridge. Thus, you can use your SimpliSafe to lock/unlock the your door or share access for your guests remotely.
If you forget to bring your phone runs out of power, you can still get access to your home via entering the password on the PIN pad.
And the pad is weatherproof so you can install it outdoors without worrying about rain or shine.
The smart lock also enables you to program your door when you arm or disarm the system. You can even schedule the door to lock automatically when your door is left open for 30 seconds, 1 minute or 5 minutes.
You are gonna need to pay $25 per month for the interactive monitoring subscription.
SimpliSafe Smart Lock Installation Instructions (with a Video)
Here we will share a step-by-step guide to help you install your SimpliSafe smart door lock.
To use your smart lock seamlessly, you’ll need to have the SimpliSafe Security System at home for pairing the lock, and the lock only works with and requires a single cylinder deadbolts.
Step 1. Stick the included adhesive strip over your deadbolt outside. DO NOT remove the outdoor part of your deadbolt.
Step 2. Unscrew your deadbolt’s thumbturn inside your door. Hold onto the screws for Step 4.
Step 3. Remove the mounting plate from the smart lock. Slide out the latches on the back of the lock and then remove the mounting plate.
Step 4. Confirm which face of the mounting plate should be toward the door. Put the mounting plate on the thumbturn connector.
Use your deadbolts screws (mentioned in Step 2) to mount the plate to the deadbolt firmly.
Note: Don’t over tighten the screws. If the screws are too thin to hold the mounting plate, please use the included washers.
Step 5. Pick an adapter that corresponds to the shape of your door’s existing tailpiece.
Step 6. Keep your door unlock (turn the thumbturn to the unlocked position). Make sure the lock’s latches are out.
Step 7. Slide the door lock over the adapter. Slowly turn the thumbturn until the device aligns with the adapter.
Step 8. Slide the latches inward onto the mounting plate.
Step 9. Test the lock by manually turning the thumbturn on the lock.
Step 10. Put up the PIN pad. Use the adhesive to stick the PIN pad to the outside of the door.
Leave a 3-inch space below the PIN pad for accessing the batteries.
Step 11. Activate the lock using your SimpliSafe System’s keypad.
Note: If the lock doesn’t show up in the “Add Device”, check for updates on the SimpliSafe Security System’s keypad through going to Menu -> System Settings -> Check for Updates.
You can take a look at the video below for the installation tutorial.
#2. August Smart Lock: Advantages, Disadvantages and Review
August Smart Lock Review
You can use your phone as your key to unlock the August smart lock.
By adding the August Connect WiFi bridge, you can lock or unlock your door remotely with the August App, and link to the Alexa or Google Assistant device to enjoy hands-free voice control.
By setting up the lock/unlock function, the door will auto-lock when you leave and auto-unlock when you arrive at your home.
You can share guest keys so that your guests can access your home when you are outside. The guest access can be limited to a few minutes, hours, or days.
To enjoy unlimited control, you’ll need to add the Connect WiFi bridge.
You can watch the video for the full smart features of August Smart Lock.
#3. SimpliSafe VS August Smart Lock
SimpliSafe and August are the 2 smart home giants and they both provide easy-to-install and high-quality smart locks.
You can take a look at the comparison chart for an overall impression on SimpliSafe and August lock.
SimpliSafe VS August Smart Lock on Versatility
Both SimpliSafe and August Smart lock need a central hub to realize remote lock or unlock feature with the smartphone app.
SimpliSafe door lock needs a whole SimpliSafe System and an interactive plan to realize the smart features.
August Smart Lock, on the other hand, only needs the August Connect WiFi bridge to get remote control or voice command with Alexa or Google Assistant.
August Smart Lock + Connect would be a much more versatile smart lock option compared with SimpliSafe Smart Lock + System.
SimpliSafe VS August Smart Lock on Installation
Both of the smart door lock work with single cylinder deadbolt and the installation process is similar.
You’ll need to download the SimpliSafe/August App to pair your smart lock to the system or the WiFi bridge so that you can open or close your door remotely via your mobile phone.
The battery powered design of the 2 smart locks have made the installation a breeze — no wires. The smart locks won’t stick out too much and fit your home your décor perfectly.
SimpliSafe Versus August Smart Lock on Pricing
All in all, the August Smart Lock + Connect combo would be much more cost-effective than SimpliSafe Smart Lock + System kit.
And August Smart Lock is much more flexible and can work standalone.
SimpliSafe door lock has to pair with the whole SimpliSafe system to function.
If you want a flexible and standalone smart lock. August would be the best way to go.