There are some types of keyless or electronic locks that should primarily be used on interior doors. Keyless interior door locks will help keep those rooms that are off limits, secure.

I wanted to set the record straight regarding these latch only locks. If you didn’t read my earlier posting regarding these types of locks it is this: these are not for the front door. You can use them for that purpose sure, but the front entry door will not be as secure as it could be and these locks might interfere with your deadbolt if the deadbolt is installed above the latch lock.

Easily by-passed interior locked doors

Residential interior doors that get locked – bedroom, bathroom, office, storage, closets, etc. – have locks that are easily unlockable from the outside of the room. Usually, these have a hole for a pin or a slotted turning mechanism for you to use a coin or your finger. In the event of an emergency or it gets accidentally locked it can still be unlocked from the outside.

Best Keyless Interior Door Locks

  1. Schlage FE595 Keypad Entry Lock
  2. Kwikset SmartCode Electronic Lock
  3. Ultraloq UL3 BT Fingerprint Door Lock
  4. SoHoMIll Electronic Door Knob
  5. MiLocks Digital Door Knob Lock
  6. TurboLock Keyless Smart Lock Keypad
  7. Signstek Keypad Door Lock

1. Schlage FE595 Keypad Entry Lock

  • Certified Commercial Grade 2 Lock
  • 8 different finishes
  • Accepts up to 19 codes
  • Inside handle always turns for emergency egress
  • The entire inside handle needs to be removed to change batteries but they last for 3 years
  • Low battery audio and visual warning
  • Comes with 3 year electronic warranty and lifetime warranty on mechanical components
  • Has a “vacation mode” to not allow any use codes to be used if gone for extended period of time

2. Kwikset SmartCode Electronic Lock

  • Grade 2 lock
  • Can have 10 codes – 8 users codes, a passage code and master code
  • Has a toggle switch to mute audio sounds like beeps from pressing buttons
  • Has Kwikset’s patented SmartKey which allows you to rekey the lock yourself without needing to call a locksmith
  • Comes in 3 finishes
  • Batteries last from 6 to 12 months
  • Autolocking option locks after 30 seconds but can be turned off
  • Lifetime mechanical warranty and 1 year electronic warranty

3. Ultraloq UL3 BT Fingerprint Door Lock

  • Open with fingerprint, code, physical key or through app with BlueTooth
  • Fingerprint scanner is one of the fastest and most reliable in the industry
  • Easy installation and fits most doors, kit is also available for doors over 2″ thick
  • Passage mode requires no keys to be pressed, acts like an unlocked door handle
  • Lockout mode disables all methods of unlocking except for the key
  • Auto relocking
  • Remote operation from anywhere with the Ultraloq WiFi Bridge
  • IP65 certified for exterior use, waterproof and withstands extreme weather from -31F to 158F
  • Installation requires drilling one hole in door to stabilize top of lock
  • There are problems seeing the screen in direct sunlight
  • 18 month electrical warranty and lifetime mechanical warranty
  • Not ANSI or BHMA graded

4. SoHoMill Electronic Door Knob

  • Easy installation
  • Accepts up to 8 user codes, 1 master code and 1 passage code
  • Backlit keypad
  • Keys are underneath buttons preventing any code guessing due to rubbed off or dirty buttons
  • Batteries should last about 6 months based on 20 uses per day
  • No warranty period, only a 1 year free replacement if purchased through Amazon
  • Customer service only available through email
  • Not ANSI or BHMA graded
  • Interior knob always free turning

5. MiLocks Digital Door Knob Lock

  • Unlock with key or code
  • Autolock function can be turned on and off with toggle switch
  • Keypad glows in the dark so you can see the keys before you begin entering the code
  • Has one of the better warranty periods
  • Easy installation
  • Accepts 6 codes
  • Not ANSI or BHMA graded
  • Does not have an option for a lever instead of a knob
  • Comes in 3 finishes
  • Interior has a thumbturn for easy egress

6. TurboLock Keyless Smart Lock Keypad

  • Subpar 1 year electronic and mechanical warranty
  • Comes with an external battery backup
  • Easy installation
  • Can disguise code with random input for onlookers
  • Automatic lock features
  • Accepts up to 10 codes
  • Customer service can be difficult to reach

7. Signstek Keypad Door Lock

  • Easy installation
  • Handle is easily reversible for left or right handed doors
  • Only accepts 6 user codes that can be between 4 and 10 digits
  • Autolock function is adjustable from 10 to 99 seconds
  • Keypad beeps can be muted
  • Disposable code – one-time use code deletes after being used once
  • Warranty period is 2 years

Final Words

These keyless interior door locks are listed in order of my recommendations. You should be mindful of a few things when purchasing these locks. I don’t agree with it but they can be used as a front door lock as long as you also use a deadbolt. Be careful if using these on an exterior door. The finish and electronics can be damaged if exposed to weather on some of them.


3 Comments

T.K. · October 28, 2019 at 5:10 pm

I like the idea of a  Keypad Entry Lock, but I tend to be forgetful, and I think it would defeat the purpose if I had to have sticky notes to remind me of the code. 

 The Ultraloq UL3 BT Fingerprint Door Lock has a sleek modern design. I like that it can be unlocked through the use of a fingerprint or the app.

    Bill Kiser · October 28, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    That is actually one of the benefits of having a fingerprint lock. If you forget your keys or the code you can still get in. A fingerprint lock is especially beneficial for the elderly or children, they tend to lose the keys or forget the code more often.

Evelin · October 28, 2019 at 4:50 pm

I personally had no idea how vast of a market door locks are!

This is a great topic that will always bring in more customers! After using a key pad in an Airbnb, I became a fan of it. It’s simple to use although I’m not too sure if it’s the same easiness as setting it up. In the future these may actually be more popular than the traditional lock and key since it makes it more complex to get into homes and provides more of a sense of safety. 

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