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August is a company dedicated to providing customers with door-based protection. The company offers several product options and some pretty advanced features on them. However, it doesn’t offer all of the security of true home security companies. If you are in the market for a smart home security system to keep people out of your front door, this is the company to look towards for that.

August's products include the Smart Lock Pro, Smart Lock, Doorbell Cam pro, Smart Keypad, and Connect Wi-Fi Bridge. The product works with a variety of other smart home brands. This includes Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. August is one of the best products for overall competitive pricing when you just want to add protection right at your front door. Yet, it may not offer all of the protections you need. One option is to blend these locks into your home security system. Compatibility to home security companies ranges based on the company and the connectivity used.

Take a look at some of the differences between August and other leading smart lock providers. Which one is right for you?

1. Yale

Yale provides direct competition for August with its digital smart locks. Like August, the systems lock and unlock remotely and can be connected to home security systems and home automation. Both systems are easy to install. You can choose from either a touchscreen or a push-button style of keypad for either. Both have Wi-Fi connectivity as well as cellular connectivity.

The two companies offer high-quality equipment, but there are a few differences. By comparison, August connects to a larger number of home security systems than Yale does. The other key difference is in home automation. It’s possible to link Yale’s locks to home automation platforms, but this is only possible with Yale Zigbee Network Module, an add-on component. Yale offers compatibility through Bluetooth as well, which may be a better fit for some property owners.

When it comes to pricing, Yale’s smart locks start at $140 for the Assure Lock with other versions valued as high as $240. August's Smart Lock costs about $125. Its higher end model costs $248.

2. Schlage

Schlage is an excellent alternative to August as well. Both companies provide quality equipment and some of the best door locking technology. Both companies work with Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit for smart home connectivity. And, you can install both keyed and smart locks using these solutions. Most of the time, the locks can be installed without professionals and are fairly easy to use.

Key differences here include how August smart locks work. It provides smart alerts to let you know you forgot to lock the door. It includes geo-fencing, which allows the app to unlock the door for you if you are in a specific range. Schlage locks, like August include push-button and touchscreen keypads. Schlage also includes an auto lock feature that will automatically lock the door after 30 seconds.

In terms of costs, you’ll have a range of options to choose from here. Schlage’s most popular model, the Sense, costs $200. It offers lower priced options as well. These are competitive to August pricing.

3. Kwikset

A third alternative to August is Kwikset, another well-known brand of door locks. Both companies are reliable in terms of connectivity (with Wi-Fi). Both work with your Nest, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home smart home technology. All are easy to install, too, with battery power. That makes replacing your existing lock with a new one easy to do. You’ll also be able to choose from a large selection of smart locks from either company – finding a style right for your home doesn’t have to be a challenge.

Kwikset’s smart locks include a lifetime warranty, which is a nice benefit for most homeowners. The company’s locks also offer Kwikset Kevo, which provides you with a passcode that you can give out to people who you wish to allow into your home without a key. Also, Kwikset works with Z-Wave, Bluetooth, Zigbee and others, which is more compatibility than August.

When it comes to costs, Kwikset’s models tend to be a bit less expensive overall. Their lowest priced model, the Kwikset 909, is $90. Others are more competitively priced alongside August's systems.