Should you get the August Smart Lock or the Smart Lock Pro?

Keeping our own home safe and secure is a top priority, and the convenience of a good smart lock can’t be beaten. We’ve been using technology around our homes for years, so finding the right tech is our bread and butter.

August Smart Lock

Simple and reliable

$108 at Amazon

Pros

  • Cheaper
  • Easy to install
  • 3-month battery life

Cons

  • No voice assistant support with August connect

The August Smart Lock is one of the cheaper smart locks out there that still provides value. It does lack quite a few features unless you get a August connect to go with it.

August Smart Lock Pro

King of functionality

$229 at Amazon

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Assitant, and Apple’s HomeKit
  • Has remote access
  • Comes with August connect

Cons

  • High cost

The August Smart Lock Pro comes with absolutely everything you need and could want in a smart lock. With support for Google, Apple, and Amazon, and the inclusion of the connect makes the Smart Lock Pro easy to use how you want. All the functionality does come with a price tag that can shock the wallet.

The simplicity of the August Smart Lock makes it an affordable choice for anyone who doesn’t mind lacking a few features, however, if you go out of your way to buy the August Connect for $69, you’ll still save money compared to the Pro.

On the other hand, the August SmartLock Pro comes with an August Connect and all the functionality right out of the box. Plus, it works with Z-Wave Plus, which the cheaper model can’t do.

A quick breakdown of the specs

If you’ve been looking to add a smart lock to your home, chances are you’ve run across August. The company makes several smart lock and smart-lock-adjacent accessories for your home. Its most popular product, the August Smart Lock, comes in two flavors: the standard August Smart Lock and the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. If you’re trying to decide between the two, here’s what the key differences are!

August Smart Lock August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
App support Yes Yes
Auto-Unlock Yes Yes
Auto-Lock Yes Yes
DoorSense Yes Yes
Works with Apple HomeKit No Yes
Works with Amazon Alexa Requires August Connect Yes
Works with the Google Assistant Requires August Connect Yes
Works with Z-Wave Plus No Yes
Remote access Requires August Connect Yes
August Connect included No Yes
Price $108 $229

As you can see, it’s not just the look and feel of these locks that separate them. The cheaper August Smart Lock doesn’t have all the same smart home integrations as the pricier Pro model. Even if you choose to upgrade the August Smart Lock by purchasing an August Connect, you won’t have access to all the platforms supported by the Pro model.

If you’re interested in adding to your HomeKit-enabled or Z-Wave-based smart home setup, your best bet is going to be the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. If you’re using an Amazon Echo or another Alexa-enabled device, a Google Home or other Google Assistant-enabled device, or simply want remote access to your August Smart Lock, you can save money by purchasing the August Smart Lock and August Connect.

August Smart Lock Pro

King of functionality

Everything you need.

$229 at Amazon

The August Smart Lock Pro comes with absolutely everything you need and could want in a smart lock. With support for Google, Apple, and Amazon, and the inclusion of the connect makes the Smart Lock Pro easy to use how you want. All the functionality does come with a price tag that can shock the wallet.

August Smart Lock

A simple smart lock

$108 at Amazon

Missing a few bells and whistles

Using the August Smart Lock is going to save you money, but its functionality is limited. It’s worth noting that buying an August Connect to go along with it, is still cheaper than buying the Pro version. Regardless, It’s a stylish and reliable smart lock for any home.

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