There are dozens of sensible locks out there, and Level Lock is the most up-to-date one particular to capture my focus. We bought a peek at it through CES in January. Since then, I’ve had the possibility to consider it out on my very own front doorway. The moment mounted, the $229 Level Lock is invisible. The layout is outstanding. The lock is a very good alternative if you definitely want to retain the seem of your current doorway components, but since it only performs with HomeKit, I can’t advocate it as a very good sensible lock for broader sensible home integration for Alexa and Google Assistant customers.


  • Minimal-profile layout.
  • Easy-to-use application.
  • Appropriate with typical deadbolts.

Will not Like

  • Only performs with HomeKit.
  • Demands unique battery.

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How it performs

Level lock replaces the guts of your lock, all the internal elements like the deadbolt and deadbolt housing that sits in the spherical hole of your doorway. This just isn’t a retrofit sensible lock, but that would not imply you will need new keys.

Mainly because Level Lock performs with your current doorway components, your aged keys will however do the job. The moment you get Level Lock mounted inside your doorway, all your aged components will screw into it and from the outside the house your doorway will seem the exact same. August, makers of our preferred sensible lock, has a comparable solution, but Level Lock normally takes it a action even further by allowing you use your current interior thumb latch as nicely.

Level Lock is a deadbolt substitute kit, but do not let that intimidate you. With a screwdriver and a couple of minutes, you can effortlessly install it. 


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Level Lock comes with strike plates, adapters, a CR two battery, all the screws you can will need and installation guidance. You can also locate guidance in the Level Home application for iOS or Android. 

1st, remove the front and back pieces of your doorway, set them aside for reassembly afterwards. Following, remove your door’s deadbolt unit. Slide the Level Lock deadbolt in place, attach the strike plates for your doorway and doorway body, then slide in the Level Lock motor housing and insert the battery. 

That battery placement is one particular the most fascinating elements of Level Lock’s layout. The battery sits inside the deadbolt, and that does make me question about long-expression toughness. Level Lock states the deadbolt is strain-examined to over 1,000,000 cycles and the battery should really past one particular calendar year with regular use. You can perspective battery usage in the application, and the CR 2s are not costly (all over $four at Lowe’s as of July 2020), but purchasing nearly anything other than AA or AAA batteries from time to time feels like an annoyance. 


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When you have inserted the battery inside the deadbolt and screwed on the conclusion cap, you can hear a welcome chime that tells you it’s time to set almost everything up in the Level Home application. 

Siri and smarts

In the Level Home application you can locate frequent customizations like naming your home, naming your lock and including shared customers. You can also incorporate electronic passes, which provide access that expires in a set volume of time. Prior to employing your lock, be sure to calibrate it in the application following installation. This tells the lock how much to prolong and retract the deadbolt to lock and unlock. There is also an Vehicle Lock function for relocking your doorway following thirty seconds, 1 minute or three minutes of time unlocked.  

For HomeKit integration and Siri voice commands, the Level Lock connects to the Home application with a scannable HomeKit QR code included in the packaging. The moment you have included Level Lock to your home, you can check with Siri to lock your doorway, examine the standing of your doorway and even unlock employing two-issue authentication with a affirmation button on your mobile system. You can also integrate the lock into automation scenes like leaving the home, returning home or heading to bed. I utilised a HomePod ($299 at Apple) and an Iphone ($699 at Apple) to take a look at these integrations out, and almost everything worked nicely.

Level Lock employs Bluetooth unless you have utilised your HomeKit hub to join it to Wi-Fi, so if not, you can will need to be in vary with your telephone to unlock Level Lock in the Level Home. Distant access definitely expands operation when it comes to sensible locks, especially for rare moments when you will need to let someone in with out the problems of getting them obtain an application and create an account. 


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General, I love the creativity of Level Lock and the notion this sensible lock signifies. It truly is a new product for the sensible home that just isn’t all touchscreen. It truly is subtle. That delights me from an interior layout standpoint, also. I’ve never ever been a fan of the clunky interior containers most sensible locks involve. August’s smallest product, the August Wi-Fi Clever Lock is the best on the lookout of the bunch, but Level Lock offers a way to install a preferred piece of sensible home tech with entire discretion.

Ought to you purchase it?

Effectively, that depends on who you are. Level Lock only performs with HomeKit at the time of this evaluation, and it expenditures $229. If you happen to be not employing HomeKit to make your sensible home, it just isn’t the lock for you. If you happen to be on a price range, it just isn’t the lock for you possibly. SimpliSafe’s sensible lock expenditures just $ninety nine and there are plenty of other far more affordable and superior integrated possibilities out there.  

If you do use HomeKit and you happen to be intrigued in a lock that is so inconspicuous it’s basically invisible, Level Lock is a good choice. The application is quick to navigate, HomeKit integration was seamless, and there are adequate customization possibilities to meet up with the needs of the ordinary household.

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