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Choosing an entry door is an important decision when renovating a house. While most people do not consider replacing their old entry doors, as they may still meet safety standards even if they are outdated in style, many people consider upgrading to smart door locks, as they offer a vastly different experience compared to traditional mechanical locks.

In this article, I will introduce the differences between smart and traditional locks and tell you how to choose a smart lock that is both convenient and affordable.

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First, let’s talk about the differences between smart and traditional locks:

1. Appearance: While traditional mechanical locks may be expensive, they are not aesthetically pleasing. On the other hand, smart locks emphasize technology and intelligence, with a more sophisticated appearance and a tech-savvy design that makes them more attractive than traditional locks. For example, I became interested in a particular digital smart door lock after seeing its trendy design while visiting a friend.

2. Unlocking methods: Many people choose smart locks because they offer more convenient unlocking methods. Unlike traditional locks that require mechanical keys to open, smart locks have multiple unlocking methods. For instance, younger generations are used to facial recognition and fingerprint unlocking, while older adults and children can use passwords or access cards to unlock. You can choose the unlocking method that best suits your preferences, so you no longer have to worry about forgetting or losing keys.

3. Construction: Both traditional mechanical locks and advanced smart locks have a single lock body + lock cylinder. The difference is that traditional locks typically use mechanical locks, which are technologically advanced and inexpensive. Most smart locks use electronic locks, which can automatically unlock, making them more convenient. Additionally, the lock cylinders can be divided into three levels (A/B/C), with C-level cylinders being the most secure. As far as I know, most smart locks on the market use C-level locks, which are safer than traditional locks.

4. Anti-counterfeiting measures: Smart door locks are not only more convenient to operate than traditional locks but also stronger in terms of security. For example, in terms of visual effects, traditional locks can only see guests outside through a peephole, while fully automatic smart lock can observe the situation outside the door through a clear screen or smartphone app. This is very convenient for children or elderly people who are shorter or have poor eyesight. In addition, smart locks are equipped with surveillance cameras. When a guest rings the doorbell, the camera records their actions and transmits the footage to the user’s smartphone, so they can identify the guest and make appropriate decisions. Some smart locks also have an automatic alarm function that provides more security for single women living alone. In summary, digital smart locks are more secure and reliable than traditional locks.




Secondly, choose functions based on your needs. Although today’s smart door locks have many functions, it does not mean that they are the best choice. We should choose a smart lock based on our own needs and budget. 


Generally speaking, the development of technology aims to improve the quality of human life. The emergence of smart locks has brought great convenience to people’s daily lives. It not only eliminates the hassle of carrying keys, but also increases security. As a result, more and more people are starting to install smart locks in their homes.




Post time: May-11-2023