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Safe, Secure, and Smart: A Primer on Smart Locks

Apr 08, 2022 by


By Karess Rubrico

4 min read


We’ve all encountered key cards in hotel rooms and automatic locks in Airbnbs and thought: Pretty cool, right? Fast forward to 2022, these smart locks have become more and more common in homes—and they can do so much more than open with key cards.

A smart lock keeps you and your family safe–the smart way!


Smart door locks enable you to keep your home safe, work seamlessly with your existing smart home ecosystem, and offer convenience a traditional deadbolt can’t. All you need is a fast and reliable network, such as PLDT Home WiFi’s recommended plans!

If you’re thinking of investing in a smart lock, read on for some of the best reasons you should consider one!

Smart locks are highly convenient.

A smart lock lets you enter your home with ease. Smart locks are voice-activated, have fingerprint scanners, and can even be locked and unlocked remotely. This saves you the trouble of fumbling around for keys or opening your door when you (literally) have both hands full.

Some manufacturers require purchasing a WiFi Bridge so you can have remote access to your smart lock and integrate the device into your home’s smart ecosystem. However, other types of smart locks have these features built-in. When choosing a smart lock, make sure to read the product description carefully, so you won’t have to make unexpected purchases.

Smart locks are easily customizable.

Gone are the days of giving copies of keys to your friends, loved ones, drivers, or helpers. With a smart lock, all you need to do is input your visitors’ information on the lock’s corresponding app on your smartphone or tablet. Scan their fingerprints on your smart lock and you’re good to go! You can either grant your visitors unlimited access or set specific days when they can come by.

Smart locks are safer.

A smart lock eliminates the need to hide spare keys in “safe” spots such as under your doormat or inside a potted plant. A smart lock also can’t be picked that easily!

Other brands of programmable locks can create custom passcodes so that each of your guests uses a different keycode. Smart locks work in conjunction with a home security system, allowing you to check who’s at your door. You can even set up emergency automation to safeguard your home much better.

Keep your home secure with smart locks

We’ve picked some of the leading smart locks available in the market today that can cater to your needs!


From Eufy Official Website

The Eufy SmartLock Touch lets you lock and unlock your door with your fingerprint in seconds. You can also open your door in three other ways: through your smartphone, a passcode, and a conventional key. The SmartLock Touch is equipped with an auto-lock feature, which comes in handy when you’re running late and forget to lock your door. This also allows you to input up to 50 users, and you can set a fixed schedule for people who need to frequently visit your home. (We’ve also made a quick video on the Next Upgrade official YouTube channel to help you set up your SmartLock Touch!)

Product specifications:

  • Brand: Eufy
  • SKU: 2232948008_PH-10052645715
  • Safety Feature: BHMA Grade 2 Security Certification
  • Door Type: Smart Lock Touch
  • Door Hardware Type: Deadbolt
  • Material: Alloy
  • Model: T8520J11
  • Warranty Type: Local Manufacturer Warranty
  • Warranty Period: 1 Year

Photo from yalehome.com

Yale is one of the oldest and most trusted brands when it comes to locks–and you can expect the same level of reliability with their Smart Lock Pro. This device can easily attach to your existing deadbolt, allowing you to still use your existing keys while upgrading your door instantly. What’s more, the Yale Smart Lock Pro can be unlocked using your voice via Siri, Alexa, or Google. You can also grant visitors access up to a specific period. 


Photo from lockifi.com

Lockifi’s Deadbolt T1 may be one of the more cost-efficient smart locks in the market, but it comes packed with features. This allows you to unlock your front door in five ways: with your smartphone (via Bluetooth), your fingerprint, a passcode, an RFID key card, and physical keys. The Lockifi Deadbolt T1 is also made with aluminum alloy, making it a light yet highly durable product.

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Eufy SmartLock Touch

  • Brand: Eufy
  • SKU: 2232948008_PH-10052645715
  • Safety Feature: BHMA Grade 2 Security Certification
  • Door Type: Smart Lock Touch
  • Door Hardware Type: Deadbolt
  • Material: Alloy
  • Model: T8520J11

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Karess Rubrico

Karess serves as the lead writer for Next Upgrade’s Productivity and Steals & Deals sections. She is a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. Outside of work, she takes care of 20+ houseplants and binges on comedies, musicals, and true crime documentaries.



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