Which Frontpoint Automated Lock is the Best?By - 08/09/2018
Frontpoint Security offers lock automation through their Ultimate Plan. Automated door locks are a convenient smart home addition. Never again do you have to pass out keys to guests, the cleaning crew, or to people who don’t need a key to your house. Nor do you need to worry about losing your keys, being locked out of your home, or even where to put your keys during your morning run. With lock automation, you can control your home’s locks from your smartphone with the option to use the keypad for times when you don’t have your phone with you (if you choose a keypad model).
How Smart Are Frontpoint’s Locks?
Using the mobile app, you can remotely lock or unlock your doors from anywhere (assuming your phone is connected to WiFi, 3G, or 4G, and the locks are supported by the Alarm.com app). It’s the software that makes the locks smart. Using the app, you can create user codes on the fly. These codes act as temporary keys to your home and they also protect your real key. Most of the time, you’ll create a one-time code or perhaps you might create a code that expires in a week for use by extended house guests.
To help maintain control and security, the code leaves a digital fingerprint. The Frontpoint app supports up to nine codes that you can use, and you can customize each one and keep tabs on who is using each one. You can see who used the code, what time, and what they did. Did they leave your door unlocked? Did your child arrive home from school on time? Did the cleaning crew really stay the whole 4-hours? You’ll know.
Another smart feature is rule creation. Using other home automation devices, you can tie your lock to other events. For example, you might set your door to lock automatically when your system is armed or maybe you’ll choose to turn on a hall lamp when the door is unlocked so that you’ll never return to a dark home.
One of my favorite automation combinations is connecting a smart lock to a smart doorbell, which is also conveniently supported by the Ultimate Plan. If you’ve added the Skybell Smart Doorbell to your Frontpoint system, you can unlock your door from your doorbell screen if you choose to do so.
Finally, as Frontpoint works with Amazon Alexa, so do their locks. You can control all of the locks mentioned below using your voice.
Which Lock to Choose…
Currently, Frontpoint sells and recommends the Schlage BE469 Deadbolt (pictured above), and so do I. This deadbolt comes in a satin nickel, aged bronze, or bright brass finish and sells for $159.99. The lock is ANSI Grade 1 certified, includes a touchscreen keypad, and works in temperatures ranging from -25.6°F to 150.8°F.
If the Schlage BE469 isn’t for you, the following locks are also compatible: Schlage Lever model# FE599 (pictured in the first photograph), Kwikset Lever model #99120, Kwikset Deadbolt model #99100, Yale Real Living Keypad Deadbolt, and the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Deadbolt. Frontpoint also works with two third-party smart locks that retrofit your deadbolt including the Danalock V3 Deadbolt Lock and August Smart Lock Pro. As these two locks lack a keypad interface, what you can do when you pair them with Frontpoint is slightly different. You can read about my experience pairing an August Lock with Frontpoint here.
Choosing the right lock is important. You want a lock that responds well but you also want a lock that is secure. First of all, you will notice all of Frontpoint’s recommended locks use a communication protocol called Z-Wave as Frontpoint’s home automation offer is based on Z-Wave technology. (The new Frontpoint Hub also supports Z-Wave Plus.) Beyond that, there are some subtle differences in the locks.
|Model||Schlage BE469||Schlage Lever #FE599NX||Yale Real Living
|Yale Real Living Keypad Deadbolt||Kwikset Lever #912||Kwikset Deadbolt #910||August Smart Lock Pro|
|Colors||Brass, Nickel, Bronze||Brass, Nickel, Bronze||Brass, Nickel, Bronze||Brass, Nickel, Bronze||Brass, Nickel, Bronze||Brass, Nickel, Bronze||Silver and Dark Gray|
|Style||Thumb Turn||Lever||Lever||Lever||Lever||Knob||Thumb Turn|
|Extras||Sold by Frontpoint, Built-in Alarm, Works with SmartThings and Wink||Works With SmartThings||Auto Relock, Works with SmartThings and Wink||Auto Relock, Works with SmartThings and Wink||BumpGuard, SmartKey, Auto Relock, Works with SmartThings, Iris, and Wink||BumpGuard, SmartKey, Auto Relock, Works with SmartThings, Iris, and Wink||Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and More|
|ANSI Grade||1||2||2||2||1||1||Not an ANSI or BHMA certified door lock|
|Double or Single Cylinder||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single|
|Unit Code Capacity||30-codes||19-codes||25-codes||25-codes||30-codes||30-codes||Requires Keypad or App Download|
|Where to Buy||Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site||Amazon|
|Rating on Amazon||4.5 Stars||4 Stars||4.5 Stars||3.5 Stars||3.5 Stars||4 Stars||4 Stars|
What is a good ANSI/BHMA grade?
According to schlage.com,
“the purpose of product grades is to help identify the quality and durability of locksets through a series of operational and security tests”.
Grade 1 certification – the strongest grade ANSI/BHMA will supply for any Residential or Commercial product.
Grade 2 certification – excellent security and durability but really made for residential or light commercial use.
Grade 3 certification – ANSI says grade 3 is for basic residential security. We recommend using grade 3 locks indoors only, meaning to protect things like an interior closet or gun safe. We do not recommend Grade 3 locks to protect exterior doors.
You can learn more by calling 1-855-338-6241 or by visiting Frontpoint Security.