If you own a vacation rental or an Airbnb property you know the hassle and inconvenience of giving access to your guests. If you’re still providing a physical key to your guests you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to unauthorized access or worse – burglary or vandalism. So what do you? You look for the best locks for an Airbnb.

A real “key” problem

We all know how easy it is to get a physical key duplicated and if you’re not on the property every day a recent guest or their associates could have access and you wouldn’t even know it. Unless you have a high security deadbolt that prevents unauthorized duplication or have a locksmith come out to rekey the locks after every guest checks out, you should consider a smart lock that you can control remotely.

Smart lock convenience

The best smart lock for vacation rentals can be operated remotely by the owner. Sometimes your rental property is hundreds or thousands of miles away and you just don’t have the time to meet every guest to hand over a key. Accessing your Airbnb door lock remotely will allow you to be anywhere and give a guest their own personal code for access. Once their stay is over, the code can be deleted, preventing their unauthorized access after their stay.

Best Smart Locks for Airbnb

Airlocking

This is a package composed of Samsung SmartThings hub and Yale B1L ZWave Lock. This is the best lock and combination hub on the list and is specifically packaged to be used with Airbnb. AirLocking is the company that provides and supports the software to make the calendar, code and guest notifications seamless.

Calendar, email and text messaging integrates with your Airbnb listings. There is not a keyway for this lock so in event that the batteries run out it can be jumpstarted with a 9 volt battery on the contacts allowing entry. Then you replace the batteries. But the app will let you know when it’s time to change the batteries, so you should have plenty of warning.

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Pros:

  • Your guests are automatically sent door codes through email and text
  • You can customize messages sent to you guests.
  • The code sent to guests can be set up with timers to go inactive after check out
  • Set additional codes remotely for cleaning crew access
  • All features work with Airbnb, Lodgable, Guestly and Lodgify

Cons:

  • Requires a $4.99 monthly subscription. Add $2.99 per additional lock.
  • SmartThings needs to be connected with a network cable to the router
  • Only the calendar feature works with VRBO, HomeAway, Booking.com and Flipkey
  • Hub cannot be registered with Samsung and AirLocking at the same time. Airlocking won’t support it if so.

Schlage Z-Wave Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt

Lock good for Airbnb and rentals.

The second one on the list of best locks for Airbnb is the Schlage Connect deadbolt. The Schlage name is well known in the residential lock market for their quality and customer service. This is a Grade 1 lock, the highest grade possible, so it is durable and can stand up to the weather.

Can be programmed or operated from anywhere with the Z-Wave home automation system and Samsung SmartThings hub. Uses 4 AA batteries that will warn you when they get low. Comes with a backup key if the batteries are out.

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Pros:

  • Paired with Samsung SmartThings codes can be programmed or deleted from anywhere
  • Codes can be sent by SMS with the SmartThings hub – no need for guests to have an app
  • Can track when it was locked or unlocked manually
  • Can lock or unlock remotely

Cons:

  • Codes and access times are not sent automatically to guests
  • Will not work with WiFi. Z-Wave and SmartThings hub is needed

August Smart Lock Pro + Connect

August Smart Lock Pro

I recently published a review of this lock. The August Smart Lock gets a lot of favorable reviews. August Lock Company was one of the first companies to focus strictly on smart lock technology. They made such a good name for themselves in the industry that Yale Lock Company acquired them in 2017.

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Owners of Airbnb and other rentals like the remote locking and unlocking feature of smart locks. You can lock the door remotely but how do you know the door is completely shut? You get this lock. It comes with a sensor that you can attach to the frame that will not engage the lock if the door is not shut completely.

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Pros:

  • DoorSense, only from August, allows you to know when the door is shut
  • Can operate with Bluetooth, Zwave or HomeKit with the additonal Connect module

Cons:

  • Needs the Connect module for WiFi access

Kwikset Kevo 2nd generation with Kevo Plus hub

Do you need a Kwikset Kevo for your Airbnb?

Kwikset is another big player in the residential lock market. The Kevo lock can be managed remotely with the Kevo Plus accessory. eKeys can be given to your guests that will allow them to use Bluetooth on their smartphone for access.

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The eKeys can be set with day and time limits.  This is a Grade 2 lock, not as good as Grade 1, but still a pretty durable lock.

This Kwikset deadbolt also has SmartKey Technology. It’s that little notch next to the keyway. This allows you to rekey the lock yourself and not have to call in a locksmith.

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Pros:

  • Can send your guests Bluetooth eKeys remotely
  • Has a keyway in case batteries run out
  • SmartKey technology
  • Proximity sensor knows when you’re inside the property so the Bluetooth won’t allow access from outside
  • Touch to open with a Bluetooth enabled smartphone near

Cons:

  • Remote access only with the additonal Kevo Plus hub
  • Kwikset customer service is poor
  • Owners have reported the app and lock operation is buggy requiring them to replace the lock

ResortLock

This resortLock is expensive

The ResortLock is the most expensive on this list at $399. It is advertised as specifically for vacation rentals. It generates its own codes randomly that you can set times for.

Once guests check out the random code is deleted forever. You can also issue codes for one-time use for cleaners or maintenance.

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Pros:

  • Randomly generates codes, taking that chore out of your hands
  • You specify the times and days and the software tells you the code
  • No monthly subscription for the service
  • Renter can easily change code to something they’ll remember (code issued by software is 10-11 digits long)
  • Software allows you to access log of when door was opened
  • WiFi is not needed
  • Integrates with Airbnb Host Assist to generate codes

Cons:

  • Code issued by software is 10-11 digits long. Difficult to remember
  • Eventually the numbers on keypad will rub off and become unreadable
  • Code must be manually sent to renter

My Recommendation

The best lock for Airbnb, or vacation rentals period, is the AirLocking package. It has the best reviews, the Yale lock is a very reliable lock and the Airlocking software almost makes the rental process automated. The only thing you need to worry about is getting renters and paying the $4.99 monthly subscription. That doesn’t seem like much when compared to everything it does for you.

Any questions or comments or any experience with these or other locks you use for your rental, let me know in the comments below.


19 Comments

Buffy · May 2, 2019 at 2:07 am

Yah this does make sense to get if you’re in the vacation rental business you talked about. It sounds really cool, and it kind of reminds of the technology a motel keycard has. You pay for one night, and then the card no longer works after checkout time. Good idea, and I like the one that lets you know who comes and goes, and if the door is open or closed. This is something I would get.

Son · May 2, 2019 at 2:02 am

Hello, I really appreciate your time and effort on writing about the best locks for AirBnB.

The way you laid it out is perfect. From your review it’s obvious that traditional house keys doesn’t offer much security, if I was staying at an AirBnB place I would constantly fear that a former guest would have another copy of the key.

I love your recommendation of the Airlocking package which is the one I also found to be the best. I like how there’s all the customizable options like being able to time the codes to only work until you check out. Thanks for the article.

Bill · February 21, 2019 at 12:40 am

These locks are just as safe as regular deadbolts. In fact, they might be even safer since some, like the Yale lock that is in the AirLocking package doe not have a keyway that can be picked. Intruders will probably pick a lock before they hack a lock I think. And if they were really determined to break in they would go through a window or kick the door in.

Olalekan · February 20, 2019 at 6:49 am

This review is much appreciated on the different types of locks for Airbnb and rental vacations. But I think the best of all is is the AirLocking package. Having no keyway for this lock so in event that the batteries run out it can be powered to work with a 9 volt battery. This is the advantage I think it has over locks. I will recommend this article for corporate organizations. Thanks for this. 

    Tim · May 2, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Great information – I honestly never even knew this stuff existed! My concern with the increase in technology is that it must be coupled with an increase in tech support. If I am thousands of miles from my rental and the lock malfunctions is it possible for the company to reset it remotely as well? That stuff always makes me nervous 🙁

      Bill · May 2, 2019 at 2:48 am

      Good question. From this list, only the August Smart Lock can be remotely reset. All the others have to be reset manually due to the batteries need to removed for the reset.

Paul Kely · February 20, 2019 at 5:59 am

This is an amazing review about smart locks for airbnb property, I found here lots of about smart locks which will help me to do secure my door for vacation rental, I found many smart locks review through the article which is recommending to amazon. Amazon is a trusted online shop so now I thinking to buy smart lock as your recommendation to secure my door. Thank you very much for writing the reviews.

Kandi · February 20, 2019 at 5:59 am

Seems like these locks pretty much do all the work for you all you need are the guests and to get one installed.  How hard are the installations and setups on these types of smart locks for someone that’s not great with tools?  Would I need someone to be great with tools to be able to get it installed?  Just wondering, now that I have found the best one to go with.  Thanks for your side by side comparison of these locks, took all the work out of it for me! 

    Bill · February 20, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    These locks are pretty easy to install. Most locks now are a standard size industry wide so it fits in your current lock cutout. Just takes a screwdriver.

Paul · February 20, 2019 at 5:48 am

Hi there Bill. 

This is a great article and I truly had no idea of the amazing technology that is involved in protecting one’s property these days. A real eye-opener. Although I am not an Airbnb property holder these locks are certainly multi-purpose and are ideal for so many situations. You have done heaps of research and I have many friends who will be very interested so I’ll be sharing this link and hopefully, they will move forward prior to any break-ins of huge regret.

Thanks again

paul

Anthony Hu · February 20, 2019 at 5:46 am

Dear Bill,

Thank you for the nice review. I have AirBnb rental and you are right that it is painful to give the key to my customers, since I have physical lock.

Your post is timely for me, since I am looking for better lock for my house. I like Airlocking, since it has the capacity of sending door codes through email and text to my guests automatically. This is especially helpful for me, since I travel a lot.

It is worthy to spend $4.99 monthly subscription fee. The time waiting for customers cost me much higher than this.

Regards

Anthony

Hi Tony · February 20, 2019 at 5:40 am

Thanks a lot for this interesting article on smart locks for door security. It’s really of immense help to me because security is my number 1 priority at my home. I find the article engaging due to the quality of the content especially by outlining every benefits of it. It sounds great. I’ll definitely get one of these as advertised here. Thanks once more. Cheer’s

Dave Sweney · February 20, 2019 at 5:38 am

This was a super handy review on the best locks for Air BnB business. I was looking for a solution for the key problem that always seems to cause problems for me. In looking at the many options, I see that it is time to upgrade and invest some money in getting an up to date lock that will provide many benefits.

Having the internet of things adds a lot of versatility and capability to any solution I may select, and you have added in some really good options for me to consider, I must say. I was looking at pricing, and while that is not the main consideration, it is a fact that I want to get the most bang for my buck.

I will go with the option that you suggest, as it seems to offer the most that fit my requirements. Each of the others had one or more things that just didn’t fit. Thanks for some great advice and this has saved me so much time! Looking forward to getting this new Airlocking package installed!

Ennymatics · February 20, 2019 at 5:37 am

With growing knowledge of machine leaning and internet of things, a lot of things have become easier to control remotely and your vacation rentals wouldn’t be an exception. The convenience at which the smart locks operate is truly a beauty as you do not need to be physically present every time you have a guest at your rental.

Louis · February 20, 2019 at 5:37 am

Thanks for this article on the best locks for Airbnb. I believe smart locks are the way to go as this saves users the stress of going around with bunch of keys. And, it can also allow strangers on with just a password. I like the air locking smart lock because the passwords I give to guest can also have a timer. With this, I’m sure my property will always be safe. 

Vapz · February 20, 2019 at 5:37 am

Oh!  What a great reviews of advanced locks for rentals. This is really a good innovations for renters and rental owners. This means the hassle of having to be physically  in your rental property when the guest arrives would be circumvented. I have a feeling though, that since these are software enable locks, they would be prone to hacking or isn’t this the case? Are people really safe with these kinds of locks? 

Saint Mathew · February 20, 2019 at 5:36 am

This is wonderful and those are high quality locks up there. I liked the way you listed out the pro and cons so I won’t have to Google them, will surely get on if it for myself very soon. Would have been best if the prices are tagged somewhere around the preview images so I won’t have to check it out on Amazon one by one. However, you’ve done a very good job up there. 

Kehinde Segun · February 20, 2019 at 5:32 am

These are quit interesting and super efficient locks because gone are those era of using physical lock. The security in all these new age (smart lock) keys are really amazing and more efficient. The airBNB smart lock is quite attractive that I will like to go for and the August smart lock pro too. This are just too good more secured to me

Babsie Wagner · February 20, 2019 at 5:30 am

Wow,how wonderful are these smart locks?  They are genius and would have come in super handy for my rentals.  We used to rent and it was always a hassle to have to have a rental agency handle the rentals for us all the time because we couldn’t be there to give someone a key.  It was expensive,and these locks are definitely what I’m going to use for our next one.  I’m thinking I’m getting one for these for my house.  How convenient for the kids, the cleaning lady, my babysitter, oh my goodness, the possibilities are endless.  This is amazing.

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