Locks and Home Security Systems
The big names in door locks have smart home options, but they haven’t pulled it off as well as upstart August. Its easy-to-install, Apple HomeKit-enabled Smart Lock$198.99 at Amazon mounts over your existing deadbolt switch to provide connectivity for your door. It speaks via Bluetooth to your smartphone, granting quick access to you or guests. The latest version integrates tightly with Apple devices, but still has support from other services like IFTTT.
Vivint used to be APX Alarm Security Solutions, but now has a cool name to go along with expanding beyond security into home automation. We gave an Editors’ Choice award to the Vivint Smart Home system$49.99 at Vivint, which includes subscription-based remote monitoring by pros that goes for $39.99 to $49.99 per month. If you want expert installation and an extra set of eyes, Vivint is an excellent choice. It can even be controlled with the Amazon Echo.
If you prefer a DIY approach to smartening up your home security, check out the SimpliSafe system$259.95 at SimpliSafe. Its camera is still in beta, but it offers reasonable prices and monthly monitoring of a wide range of sensors. It comes in multiple different packages, or you can customize your own so you can get exactly what’s right for your home.