Lockly’s big sell is that most smart locks aren’t very smart at all, that “90 percent of smart locks can easily be accessed by individuals who you do not want in your home or office.” Lockly hints at the reason for this problem (more on this later), but it’s ultimate claim is that Lockly’s devices are more secure. While that might be true, one has to wonder: With a lock so difficult to install and manage, how much security can it really provide if it never makes it out of the box?
Operationally, Lockly takes the smart lock in a few different directions than the typical lock. It has nearly all the features you could look for: Smartphone control, touchscreen access, a failsafe lock for a physical key, and even a 9-volt battery backup on the exterior if your AAs fail while you’re outside and you don’t have your key. The lock is available in six total combinations of door type (deadbolt or latch, with a sturdy handle), finish (satin nickel or Venetian bronze), and security level (Secure or Secure Plus). Secure Plus (reviewed here) includes a fingerprint reader—a rarity in smart locks—while the Secure version does not.