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Wyze Lock Review

An inexpensive yet effective smart lock that integrates easily to the Wyze smart home ecosystem
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Wyze Lock Review
Credit: Wyze
Price:  $124 List
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Manufacturer:   Wyze
By Matt Spencer and Maggie Nichols  ⋅  Sep 29, 2022
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RANKED
#3 of 9
  • Smart Features - 35% 6.4
  • Keyless Entry - 25% 8.4
  • Security - 25% 6.4
  • Installation - 15% 8.4

Our Verdict

The Wyze Lock is one of the most affordable smart locks on the market. Straight out of the box, it comes with the proprietary Wyze Lock Gateway to help you get your system up and running quickly and seamlessly. You can easily use the Wyze app to unlock your door via Bluetooth and share codes with family and friends. It's one of the easiest locks to install, as it simply replaces the interior side of your existing deadbolt — no new keys required! It also pairs readily with Google and Alexa hubs, though it isn't compatible with Apple HomeKit. Unimpressively, it bears the lowest ANSI grade of just three. And if you want a number pad, that'll cost you a little extra. Still, this simplistic smart lock is a solid value upgrade for a surprisingly low price. Check out how it compares to the competition in our article on the best smart locks.
REASONS TO BUY
Installs on your current lock
Comes with hub
More affordable
REASONS TO AVOID
Unimpressive ANSI grade
Limited hub compatibility

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Bottom Line An affordable home device that works well with the Wyze smart home ecosystemAn easy to install option with great security, good connectivity, and is easily used with just about any smart home systemStreamlined smart features in an easy to install and high-security packageThe unique fingerprint scanner is the highlight of a long list of available smart featuresProvides the option for simple and straightforward, if somewhat limited, operation without a smart hub
Rating Categories Wyze Lock August WiFi Smart Schlage Encode ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro August Smart
Smart Features (35%)
6.4
7.4
7.2
6.2
6.8
Keyless Entry (25%)
8.4
8.4
6.3
9.5
6.4
Security (25%)
6.4
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4.6
Installation (15%)
8.4
8.4
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7.4
Specs Wyze Lock August WiFi Smart Schlage Encode ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro August Smart
Apple HomeKit No Yes No No No
Amazon Alexa Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Google Assistant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Smartphone Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes With Hub
Z-Wave No Yes No No No
Zigbee Yes No No No No
ANSI Rating Grade 3 Grade 1 Grade 1 N/A N/A- retrofit
Uses Existing Deadbolt or Full Replacement Existing Existing Replacement Replacement Existing
Deadbolt Included No No Yes Yes No
Backset 2 3/8 or 2 3/4 2 3/8" or 2 3/4" 2 3/8" or 2 3/4" 2 3/8" or 2 3/4" 2 3/8" or 2 3/4"
Door Thickness Range 1 3/8" - 1 3/4" 1 3/8" - 2 1/4" 1 3/8" - 1 3/4" 1 1/3" - 2" 1 3/8" - 2 1/4"
Face Bore Hole Diameter 2 1/8" 1 1/2" or 2 1/8" 2 1/8" 2 1/8" 1 1/2" or 2 1/8"
Power Requirement AA Batteries
Hub plugs into the wall
Pre-installed batteries AA Batteries AA Batteries AA Batteries
Hub plugs into the wall

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Wyze Lock replaces a portion of your existing deadbolt lock. It is compatible with Google and Amazon Alexa hubs as well as Zigbee hubs, but not Apple HomeKit or other Z-Wave smart home hubs. It connects easily with your phone via Bluetooth and comes with its own Wyze Lock Gateway hub.

Performance Comparison


wyze lock - the wyze lock offers great functionality on a more modest budget.
The Wyze lock offers great functionality on a more modest budget.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Smart Features


The Wyze Lock comes with its own hub, making it one of the few models to include this extra device at no extra cost. Once connected to its hub, accessing and controlling the Wyze is easy, as is adding additional Wyze smart home devices. You can easily share codes with friends, family, or renters via email. As folks gain access to your home, you can see a log of who has unlocked your door in a simple activity log within the Wyze app. Unfortunately, this model doesn't let you schedule access periods for specific users like some of the other locks we tested do — a great feature for controlling when your dog walker can enter your home or cutting off your renters after their stay has expired.


Though it's simple to share access codes in the Wyze app and through an email link, the Wyze Lock doesn't currently support sharing via text message. In order for anyone to use the code you've emailed to them, they have to download the Wyze app and get themselves set up within it. If you've already got a smart home hub and it's not the Wyze hub, you may still be able to pair it with this smart lock. It's compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant (or Nest), as well as any hub using Zigbee technology. It doesn't, however, (currently) pair with Apple HomeKit or other various Z-Wave hubs.

wyze lock - the wyze lock comes with its own hub, making it easy for you to get...
The Wyze Lock comes with its own hub, making it easy for you to get connected and control your new smart lock.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Keyless Entry


The Wyze Lock opens easily and reliably. We found ourselves using the app in about 10 seconds. We didn't come across any issues or bugs when testing how well this functionality works. If you know you're going to be loading up your arms with groceries, you can simply unlock your door while still sitting in the driver's seat of your vehicle. You can also use the geofencing ability of this lock. It detects when you're close by and automatically unlocks itself for you.


Though the Wyze Lock doesn't come with a number pad in the box, they do sell one that's compatible. This is a great way to get around forcing all your renters to download the Wyze app just to gain access to the house. And just in case this lock's battery dies while you're away, it still uses your same old house key as before, ensuring that as long as you keep that with you, you'll never truly be locked out of your house.

wyze lock - geofencing capability will unlock the wyze for you when your phone...
Geofencing capability will unlock the Wyze for you when your phone gets close.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Security


Though the Wyze Lock scores on the lower side of the median among models we tested, it's not an unsafe lock. This deadbolt comes with an ANSI rating of Grade 3. It's also important to remember that ANSI Grade 3 is still considered completely adequate for standard home security. Chances are, if you've ever lived in an apartment, you've entrusted the security of your belongings to an ANSI Grade 3 lock.


If you're a forgetful person, you'll be relieved to know that the Wyze Lock is capable of automatically locking your door. It features a changeable waiting period, from as little as immediately after you shut the door to as long as an hour later. This lock offers six different lengths of auto-locking waiting period — immediately, 1 minute later, 5 minutes later, 10 minutes later, 30 minutes later, or a full 1 hour after shutting your door. Though it's not as customizable as some of the other models we tested, we think these options still provide plenty of flexibility for just about everyone wishing to use the auto-locking feature.

wyze lock - though the wyze lock deadbolt has the lowest ansi rating of just...
Though the Wyze lock deadbolt has the lowest ANSI rating of just Grade 3, it's still plenty strong enough to keep your home secure.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Installation


The Wyze Lock is one of the easiest models to install on your door. It's a partial replacement lock, which means you get to keep the exterior portion of your lock — a relief for anyone who appreciates their lock and handle to match! Of course, if you're fitting a brand new door with a brand new lock, you'll need to purchase a regular deadbolt lock first and then replace the interior portion with the Wyze Lock. The Wyze Lock comes with a paper template that tells you exactly where to drill holes to install it, making it practically foolproof.


Once installed in the door, we found pairing this smart lock to be equally seamless. Videos and animations within the app guide you through the entire process, from physical installation through pairing with your phone. In total, it took us about 10 minutes to get the Wyze Lock from the box to completely functional — it's hard to get better than that!

wyze lock - the wyze is powered by aa batteries.
The Wyze is powered by AA batteries.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Wyze Lock?


If you've been contemplating upgrading your home to a smart home — including a smart lock — but the price tag always leaves you questioning its worthiness, the Wyze Lock is an excellent value. Not only is it far less expensive than most other smart locks on the market, but it also comes with its own hub, adding further value to an already high-value product. On the other hand, if you're already set up with a smart hub in your home, check carefully before buying the Wyze Lock, as it's not compatible with many popular hubs.

What Other Smart Locks Should You Consider?


We love the ease of use and functionality of the Wyze Lock as a less expensive introduction to converting your home into a smart home. If you have an incompatible hub like Apple HomeKit or anything using Z-Wave already controlling your smart devices though, the August WiFi Smart is a better choice that pairs easily with just about any smart home hub. But as a starter kit or a standalone smart lock, it's hard to beat the value and functionality of the simple yet efficient Wyze Lock and its included Gateway hub.

wyze lock - the wyze lock is a great budget friendly option that comes with its...
The Wyze Lock is a great budget friendly option that comes with its own hub and is easy to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Matt Spencer and Maggie Nichols