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Between these two security systems, our favorite is August.

SecureScore™: 9.4/10

August and Lockitron smart locks are easy to install and easy to use. They each offer an app that allows you to lock or unlock your door without the use of your keys. Both have keypad options, but for Lockitron the keypad is separate. Each smart lock has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities that offer at least some degree of home automation connectivity.

Overview: August vs Lockitron

August and Lockitron are both effective and extremely durable smart locks. August fits easily over most deadbolt locks that are already in place, while Lockitron requires that the existing deadbolt is removed before installation. Both locks work using Bluetooth technology. With Lockitron, if you want to enable you to use your app outside the limited range of your Bluetooth connection, you will have to purchase their Wi-Fi Bridge.

  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Battery operated
  • Smartphone app for locking and unlocking
  • Keypad option

Similarities: Lockitron vs August

August and Lockitron offer the benefits of digital technology that allows you to lock and unlock your door without the use of a standard key. Both have keypad options and smartphone apps that give you the ability to maneuver the locking mechanism from as far away as 35 to 40 feet using Bluetooth connectivity. Both offer at least partial home automation and will pair with a variety of smart devices within the home.

  • Keypad options
  • No contracts
  • Easy installation
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote access through a smartphone app

Differences: Lockitron vs August

August and Lockitron have many similar features but their differences are significant. While August will fit over many existing deadbolts, there are a few that aren't compatible. Lockitron does not come with a standard keypad, but one can be purchased separately. While both are capable of Bluetooth connectivity, in order for Lockitron to be compatible with Wi-Fi you must purchase their Bridge unit. August also offers an automatic lock feature that Lockitron does not have.

  • August fits over existing deadbolt locks
  • Lockitron requires a Wi-Fi Bridge for remote connectivity
  • Lockitron offers a separate keypad option
  • August offers a standard key option
  • August connects to the Apple HomeKit and Alexa

Features

August smart locks have an automatic locking feature that will lock your door if there is no activity for 30 seconds. The locks are designed to fit easily over your existing deadbolt and offer you the option of using a standard key to lock or unlock the door. Because it connects using both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi options, it can be paired with both home security systems and home automation platforms like Alexa and Apple HomeKit.

Lockitron uses Bluetooth for its connectivity and has a range of up to 40 feet when the app is downloaded to your smartphone. For longer range and to pair the lock with home automation devices, you will have to purchase the Wi-Fi Bridge. A keypad is offered if you would prefer to have that as an option.

Contracts

No contracts are required and there are no long-term service agreements.

Pricing

August's most common lock is the 3rd Gen Smart Lock. Depending on where you buy the lock, it can range in price starting at $99 and going as high as $125. The Smart Lock Pro has two options and is also popular. It can be found for $228 and $249 respectively.

Lockitron offers the Bolt as its most popular lock. The Bolt costs $99 for the basic option. If you want the keypad version, you will have to pay $149. The Wi-Fi Bridge will cost you an additional $80.

Equipment

August locks are designed to fit over an existing deadbolt lock. This means there are two pieces, one that fits the exterior of the door and one that goes on the inside of the door.

Lockitron's Bolt is a complete locking system that includes the deadbolt. You can choose to purchase the keypad option and the Wi-Fi Bridge as add-ons.

Installation

Both locks are easily installed by the consumer and come with detailed instructions.

Emergency Connections

Neither August nor Lockitron have the capability to notify a monitoring center, although they will send notifications to your smartphone. If hooked up to a home security system, the lock will be able to trigger an alert that is then forwarded to a monitoring center if a subscription is in place.

Summary: August vs Lockitron

August is a good choice for homeowners who don't want to have to replace their entire deadbolt. It's an affordable option that makes it well worth the price.

Lockitron is one of the most affordable and effective smart locks on the market and is a good choice for those who don't want to worry about dealing with a keypad.

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