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Friday Smart Lock Review

Well-designed smart locks for modern home protection with a stylish twist

Last Updated On: April 25, 2019
SecureScore™: 7.6/10
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7.6 SecureScore™
Customer Service
7.5
Value
8.0
Equipment
7.0
Features & Technology
7.0
Ease Of Use
8.3

Friday Smart Lock Ratings

Design matters. That’s why Friday created the smallest, most stylish smart lock system yet. Much collaboration from design and architectural firms went into the making of Friday smart locks. And it shows. While not exactly feature-heavy, the locks do offer keyless entry, unlimited digital keys, DIY setup, and covers to match most interiors. Of course, a premium product comes with a premium price tag, so be ready for it. See what our experts say right here in our Friday review.

PROS
  • Small form factor
  • Interchangeable covers
  • Unlimited digital keys

CONS
  • High price
  • Limited feature set

Overview

Friday Labs develops their products with a focus on making everything work perfectly in a smart home environment. Their designs also avoid clashing with the rest of your interior design, so it looks like a natural part of your door. The team at Friday has more than 100 years of combined experience in the consumer electronics industry and they bring that to the table with this smart lock.

Several companies collaborated with Friday Labs to develop their smart lock product. Bjarke Ingels Group, an architectural firm, brought their design experience to create a look that’s unique in the smart lock world. DLine, a Danish design company, also aided in this area of product development.

EVVA is an Austrian mechanical and electronic lock manufacturer. Their expertise in security products played a role in the feature set that the Friday smart lock has available.

Features & Technology

Keyless Entry

Ditch the keys and let your smartphone do all the work. Your Friday lock detects you when you walk up and has the door unlocked and waiting for you, or you can unlock it manually through the app. The Friday Assist technology detects you as you approach, so you don’t have to dig through your pockets to pull out your phone when your hands are full.

Small Form Factor

Friday’s most significant selling point is its small form factor. You don’t want a random passer-by knowing that your house is filled with smart home technology, so an unassuming, but beautifully designed, smart lock like Friday is a fantastic way to address this issue.

Access Control

It only takes a few seconds to send out digital keys to your guests via the app. Their smartphones act as the key just like your phone does. They will need to download the app and sign up as a Friday user to get this functionality.

Apple HomeKit Compatibility

Have a smart home ecosystem that is based on Apple HomeKit? Friday has native integration with this platform. You can control your smart lock via the HomeApp, alongside your other smart home appliances.

Remote Access

You don’t need to be anywhere near your lock to control it – secured remote access allows you to open and close your smart lock as required. The app lets you check whether Friday is open or closed and gives you information on when people enter and leave your property.

Works with Single Cylinder Deadbolts

You can use Friday with most locks falling under this category. The Over Torque technology rotates the lock 360 degrees.

Change Up the Look Within Minutes

The shells have different finishes and colors to match your interior design goals. It only takes a minute to swap in a new shell.

Unlimited Digital Keys

You can issue as many keys as you like for your home.

Ease of Use

Friday has a simple installation procedure that only involves changing your thumb turn on your existing lock. Most installations just need some screwing, and a door adapter plate can accommodate holes that are larger than the base Friday unit.

Customer Service

The customer support portal is basic but does an excellent job at addressing most frequent questions. The only direct customer support channel is via email, which may be frustrating if you prefer to call in with smart lock concerns.

Value

The Friday smart lock costs $249 and is well worth it if you want a smart lock that is not bulky or large, allows for completely keyless entry, and integrates with Apple HomeKit. It’s on the mid to high-end range with costs for residential smart locks, so another choice may be better suited to your project if you don’t need a smaller form factor or the streamlined design.

Equipment

The Friday smart lock works with standard US and Scandinavian single cylinder deadbolts. The sleek design works well with a variety of interior and exterior designs. You don’t replace your existing lock, so installation is a simple and streamlined affair.

Friday’s small form factor makes it a true standout in the smart lock marketplace. Sometimes smart lock designs are obtrusive or stand out way more than you want. Friday keeps things small and compact to make it look like a typical door lock. You have the option to switch face plates to get the exact look and style that

You can go completely keyless, as your phone acts as the key. As you get close to the door, it detects your phone and unlocks it for you. You can easily set up the door to allow friends and family in as well.

It’s powered by a rechargeable Lithium battery that lasts for 3 months in between needing to be charged. When the battery level runs low, you get a notification and can use the included USB charger to top it back off.

Friday integrates with Apple HomeKit, so you can easily add it to your home automation ecosystem.

Summary

Friday is a small form factor smart lock that’s simple to install and use. The feature set falls a bit short compared to similar smart locks in this price range, so you may be better served with a different option if you don’t need this type of design for your home.

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