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5 Door Locks That Will Keep You Safe and 5 That Won't

We tested deadbolts for resistance to picking, drilling, and kick-ins

Consumer Reports' tests of deadbolts reveal five that will keep you safe.
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Most break-ins are committed by criminals who come right through the front door, according to Department of Justice statistics. Even if you’re diligent about locking up, you need a good deadbolt to thwart thieves.

“The bolt portion of the lock, called the throw, isn’t the part that fails in our tests,” says Dave Trezza, the engineer who runs Consumer Reports’ lock testing. “There are other design flaws that allow burglars to break through and gain entry.”

Namely, the strike plate—the metal ring that holds the throw in a doorjamb. Too many locks come with short, 3⁄4-inch wood screws for attaching the strike plate to the jamb, and they can tear out of the soft wood under force. That makes it easy for an intruder to simply kick the door open.

For our kick-in tests, CR engineers use a custom-built jig to swing a 100-pound steel battering ram against a locked door repeatedly. They also conduct tests to evaluate how easy it is to pick a lock and to disable it by drilling through the keyhole. Smart locks in our ratings go through additional testing. We evaluate their wireless setup and investigate features such as smartphone alerts, remote locking, voice control (via Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant), shareable electronic keys, and more.

After putting dozens of locks to the test, we’ve selected five of the best from our door lock ratings, arranged below in alphabetical order. All of them are vulnerable to attack from a cordless drill, but they should give your home a fighting chance. We’ve also included five models to skip. These performed poorly in our physical challenges and/or our tests specific to smart locks. CR members can click on each model name for detailed ratings.

(Read our review of DIY home security systems.)

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Best Standard Door Locks
Baldwin Prestige 380
Baldwin Prestige 380

    Baldwin Prestige 380

    CR’s take: The Baldwin Prestige 380 performs well in our tests for picking and kick-ins, with an Excellent rating in the former. That doesn’t mean the lock can’t be picked. It means our testers were unable to pick the lock in 5 minutes using standard lock-picking tools. The Baldwin also comes with sufficiently long screws for the strike plate in the box, so we didn’t need to reinforce it for a second kick-in test. Unlike the other models on this list, this Baldwin is plated in brass; it also comes with a relatively heavy gauge key.

    2

    Falcon D241
    Falcon D241

      Falcon D241

      CR’s take: The Falcon D241 is a solid deadbolt. It comes with hardware that makes it resistant to kick-ins, and it proves to be difficult to pick, too. This Falcon deadbolt comes in a chrome finish, so it should match many doorknobs and handlesets.

      3

      Kwikset 980
      Kwikset 980

        Kwikset 980

        CR’s take: The affordable Kwikset 980 is a terrific lock for the money. Despite its low price, it comes with long screws that anchor the strike plate solidly to the door framing, which guards against kick-ins. It also earns a rating of Excellent for picking because our testers didn’t successfully pick the lock within 5 minutes using a standard set of picking tools.

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        Best Smart Locks
        August Smart Lock Pro AUG-SL-CON
        August Smart Lock Pro AUG-SL-CON

          August Smart Lock Pro AUG-SL-CON

          CR’s take: The August Smart Lock Pro is a retrofit lock, meaning it replaces the interior part of the lock rather than the entire deadbolt. And thanks to features such as geofencing, which enables it to lock and unlock automatically based on the proximity of your phone, it’s the best smart lock we’ve tested.

          As with any retrofit lock, the August is only as strong as the deadbolt it’s paired with, so we recommend making sure you have a good one. In our tests, we installed it with the highly rated Kwikset 980 (above), and the combo stood up well to kick-ins and picking. The August allows you to share electronic keys (which means guests can open your door with their phones) and create a log that tracks each time the door has been locked and unlocked. It also works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant.

          5

          Schlage Sense Smart BE479CEN619
          Schlage Sense Smart BE479CEN619

            Schlage Sense Smart BE479CEN619

            CR’s take: The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt offers functionality similar to the August’s, but it replaces your entire deadbolt and adds a keypad, so you have the option to use access codes instead of physical keys. It’s easy to manage the codes from your smartphone. In our tests, the Schlage Sense stood up well to kick-ins and picking. Like the August, it works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant.

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            5 Door Locks to Avoid
            iTouchless Bio-Matic BM002U
            iTouchless Bio-Matic BM002U

            iTouchless Bio-Matic BM002U

            CR’s take: The pricey iTouchless Bio-Matic BM002U can’t stand up to drilling or kick-ins as sold. There are better electronic locks that cost a lot less.

            7

            Kwikset 925 Kevo 2DB 15
            Kwikset 925 Kevo 2DB 15

            Kwikset 925 Kevo 2DB 15

            CR’s take: The Kwikset 925 Kevo 2DB 15 smart lock is mediocre when it comes to resisting kick-ins with its included hardware. It also isn’t the easiest smart lock to set up and connect to your smartphone.

            8

            Prime-Line Segal SE 15361
            Prime-Line Segal SE 15361

            Prime-Line Segal SE 15361

            CR’s take: The Prime-Line Segal SE 15361 is an all-around weak door lock that is very susceptible to drilling, picking, and kick-ins as sold.

            9

            Weslock 671
            Weslock 671

            Weslock 671

            CR’s take: The Weslock 671 is a weak deadbolt that can’t stand up to drilling, picking, and kick-ins as sold. There are better options for the money.

            10

            Yale Real Living YRD226-ZW-619
            Yale Real Living YRD226-ZW-619

            Yale Real Living YRD226-ZW-619

            CR’s take: The Yale Real Living YRD226-ZW-619 smart lock is vulnerable to drilling and kick-ins as sold. It doesn’t offer as wide an array of smart features as its competitors, and making matters worse, it’s difficult to set up.

             

            Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to clarify how we arrived at the picking-test rating for the Kwikset 980.

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            Daniel Wroclawski

            I'm obsessed with smart home tech and channel my obsession into new stories for Consumer Reports. When I'm not writing about products, I spend time either outside hiking and skiing or up in the air in small airplanes. For my latest obsessions, follow me on Facebook and Twitter (@danwroc).