Ease of Use
Everyday usage and multiple users
This one’s pretty easy to use—you can either enter a passcode, use a physical key, or access the lock remotely through the Igloohome app, as long as you’re within Bluetooth range.
Access code entry is pretty straightforward and worked well the majority of the time.
It should be noted that the manufacturer doesn’t indicate how many access codes can be created, however; so this could potentially be an issue if you hit the limit (whatever it may be) without realizing it.
Strangely, you cannot lock the door using the app, which can be a little frustrating.
And options are limited with this smart lock since there’s no remote access beyond Bluetooth range as the smart lock isn’t wi-fi capable and doesn’t work with Zigbee or Z-wave (plus) devices, although this could be seen as a positive for some users.
On the plus side, if the batteries should die on you, there is a place to use a physical key, and there’s also a battery back-up system on the lock’s exterior.
For those reasons, we gave the Igloohome Deadbolt 2S smart lock an 8/10 in the ease of use category.
Smart Home System Integration
Which systems is this smart lock compatible with?
This smart lock is not compatible with other smart devices or any smart home systems, and is not compatible with wi-fi.
If you’re looking for a lock to integrate into your existing smart home hub or to work with other smart devices, this is not the smart lock for you.
Because this smart lock isn’t compatible with any smart home systems, and doesn’t offer any functionality that would replace another smart device (such as a doorbell camera), it gets a 1/10 here.
Ease of Installation
Once you remove the old lock, there’s an online video you can follow to install your new smart lock. While the video does show each step of the process, there are no verbal instructions, which could make installation more difficult for some users.
There is a written installation guide on the manufacturer’s website; however, it is not the most user-friendly, and we’d recommend watching the video instead.
There are only a few steps, which we list below to help you make your buying decision.
- Install the new deadbolt and strike plate that come with this lock.
- Next, install the exterior portion of the lock, then the lock’s back plate.
- Then attach the door sensors.
- Attach the rubber backing over the back plate.
- Once those are all in place, you connect the cable and door sensing wire inside the lock.
- Add the back assembly.
- Finally, add the batteries and attach the battery access panel.
While there aren’t that many steps, the installation process is a little more involved for this smart lock than for many of the other locks we’ve looked at, and there are quite a few parts that need to be installed.
The only caveat, which is the same for all smart locks, is to be sure that your door is aligned properly so the hole for the deadbolt lines up with the deadbolt. Otherwise, you may have issues with the deadbolt not going in properly, jamming, or getting stuck in a locked position.
This is a one-person job, although several users have reported difficulties with the installation process and needing to contact customer support for help.
For those reasons, this lock gets a 7.5/10 on ease of installation.
Robustness of the App
What the app can do and how easy it is to use
The Igloohome app only allows you to unlock the door (but not lock it) if you’re within Bluetooth range.
The app is free and works with both Android phones and iPhones.
The app allows you to check the lock’s usage history, and shows exactly who has unlocked the door using a Bluetooth key. Otherwise, it just shows which access codes were used to unlock the door and when the door was locked or unlocked.
You can also create new access codes or inactivate previously created access codes using the app.
You can choose the type of access code users have, whether that’s always having access, one-time access, or access for a certain period of time.
And, because the app integrates seamlessly with Airbnb, you can also send out access codes through the rental site directly to your guests.
Because you can only use the Igloohome app, which has less functionality than some apps, the Igloohome Deadbolt 2S smart lock gets a 7/10 in this category.
How this smart lock opens the door
This smart lock uses access codes to open the door. You have several access code options:
- Permanent users
- Temporary users (lasting for a specified time set by the owner)
- One-time users
- Airbnb pins (automatically generated and sent through an Airbnb account)
There’s an additional security feature that allows you to enter up to eight random digits before the actual access code to make it harder for others to tell what numbers are used in the pin. These codes can be sent to other users via email or text.
You can also create QR codes that, once sent to another user, will allow them to unlock the door using their phone. These are called “Bluetooth keys” for this lock.
And, there is a place to use a physical key if you’d prefer.
Because you have more than one option for getting in, and can send pins to users directly via Airbnb, but there’s no true remote access or smart home integration, the Igloohome Deadbolt 2S gets a 7.5/10 in this category.
Is it worth the $199 price tag?
This lock retails for $199. That’s about average when compared to other smart locks.
You do have some nice features with this lock, such as the tamper alarm, 9-volt battery back-up on the outside of the lock, Airbnb integration, and ability to use a dummy code in front of your actual access code to thwart anyone who may be trying to get in.
However, the fact there is no smart home integration and no ability to connect to wi-fi for remote access beyond Bluetooth range is a slight disappointment, especially since so many other smart locks offer these features for around the same cost.
Because the lock offers some nice features, but doesn’t integrate with wi-fi or any smart home systems/devices, and the app is fairly limited, we gave it a 7.5/10 in the value category.
Remote Connection Type
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Both?
This smart lock uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone.
This lock is not compatible with Wi-Fi, Z-wave (plus), or Zigbee.
One bonus of having the Bluetooth connection is that guests can still receive and enter access codes even without internet access.
Because you only have the option for Bluetooth connectivity, we gave the Igloohome Deadbolt 2S a 7/10 here.
The Igloohome Deadbolt 2S is battery powered, and takes four AA batteries, which should have about a nine-month lifespan according to the manufacturer.
Battery life information is available in the app and the keypad flickers when batteries are running low.
However, there’s also a 9-volt battery terminal on the outside of the lock to charge the keypad if the batteries die.
We balanced the cost of replacing 4 batteries at once (and the frequency of replacing the batteries) against the emergency battery back-up and low-battery warning feature in the app and on the lock, and gave this smart lock a 9/10 in this category.
Lock attachment or full lock?
This is a complete locking system and comes with a full deadbolt assembly. This is considered to be the safest type of smart lock when compared to those that simply attach to an existing lock.
It has been rated at ANSI 2, meaning it’s a good, strong lock, but not the best lock (ANSI 1).
Because of the lock’s strong ANSI rating, and the fact that it’s a full locking system, we gave the Igloohome Deadbolt 2S an 8.5/10 here.
Keys or Completely Keyless Entry?
This lock gives you the best of both worlds, by allowing for keyless entry when you want it, while still giving you the option of using a key, for those who aren’t ready to toss their house keys just yet.
In fact, the physical keys are “copy-resistant,” which means the way they’re made makes it incredibly difficult for anyone else to make a copy of your key. But don’t worry—this lock comes with five keys, just in case.
You can also use your phone within Bluetooth range to unlock the door through the app (but you cannot lock the door with the app) or use an access code to unlock the door and the pound key on the keypad to lock it.
We gave this lock an 8.5/10 for having several physical keys, a battery back-up system, and two keyless entry options.
This lock comes with a one-year limited warranty on the mechanical and electronic parts.
Other smart locks on the market, however, come with two- or three-year warranties on the electronic components, and limited lifetime warranties on the mechanical parts and finish.
Because of the lackluster warranty, the Igloohome Deadbolt 2S earns itself a 6.5/10.
The Igloohome Deadbolt 2S will lock out users after five incorrect pin code attempts, for a full five minutes. This special feature deters would-be criminals from sticking around and trying again and again.
It also has an alarm that’s designed to go off if someone attempts to tamper with the lock, which is a nice added bonus.
This lock also syncs directly with Airbnb and pin codes are sent to guests via the Airbnb site; currently this is free, but there are plans to introduce a cost for this service at a future point.