Ease of Use
Everyday usage and multiple users
This one’s pretty easy to use—you can either enter a passcode, use your fingerprint, or access the lock remotely through the Lockly app.
However, some users reported that the app would display the incorrect status of the lock—show the door as unlocked when it was locked, and locked when it was unlocked.
You can add eight additional users or up to 50 Bluetooth-only users.
If the batteries should die on you, there is a place to use a physical key, and the lock has a battery back-up system on the lock’s exterior.
Others have noted that sometimes the fingerprint reader stops working or it takes a few attempts before the reader recognizes the stored fingerprints, but this was not the case for most users.
For those reasons, we gave the Lockly Secure Plus smart lock a 9/10 in the ease of use category.
Smart Home System Integration
Which systems is this smart lock compatible with?
You will need to purchase the Lockly Secure Link wi-fi hub to connect to smart home systems/devices. Once the hub has been installed, the Lockly Secure Plus is compatible with:
- Google Home
- Amazon Alexa
- Google Assistant
With both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, you can use voice commands to lock or unlock the door and check the status of the lock.
However, the Lockly Secure Plus is not compatible with Apple HomeKit, Nest, ring, or other smart home systems and devices.
Because this smart lock is compatible with Google Home, and Alexa/Google assistant, but not with other smart home systems or devices, it gets a 7/10 here.
Ease of Installation
Installing this smart lock is pretty simple: you just need a screwdriver. An added bonus: full instructions are included with the lock, and they’re fairly easy to understand.
Once you remove the old lock, following the installation instructions is a breeze. The online video was easy to follow and showed which parts to use at each step.
There are only a few steps, which we list below to help you make your buying decision.
- Install the new deadbolt that comes with this lock.
- Then install the new strike plate.
- Next, install the exterior portion of the lock, then the lock’s support plate.
- Once those are all in place, you connect the cable inside the lock.
- Add the back assembly.
- Next, while adding three of the batteries, press the button on the back of the inside cover and add the fourth battery. (The door will then determine which way the lock needs to open/close.)
- Once the lock determines which way to turn the deadbolt, you can install the exterior housing for the electronic components.
That’s it! Unless you want to connect this lock to your home’s wi-fi network, and then you need to plug in the optional wi-fi adapter to a nearby outlet. After that, it’s ready to connect to your home’s network.
One thing to note with this lock, which we had not encountered previously, is the need to add an additional hole in your door in order to stabilize the lock because of its weight. You can also use the included tape strips, but you must use one of the two options or the lock’s weight could cause it to come loose or pull it off the door completely.
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.
It should be a one-person job, although the lock does weigh about five pounds.
This lock gets a 9/10 on installation because of ease to install, but the weight of the lock may make it hard for some users to install without help.
Robustness of the App
What the app can do and how easy it is to use
The Lockly app allows for true remote access if you purchase the optional wi-fi adapter. Otherwise, you will only be able to lock and unlock the door through the app if you’re within Bluetooth range.
The app is free and works with both Android phones and iPhones.
It also allows you to check the lock’s usage history. Unfortunately, the app only lets you know when the door was locked or unlocked, and not who accessed the door—unless it was via fingerprint, and then a name will display.
You are only able to add eight wi-fi access codes, which is far fewer than just about every other smart lock on the market. You can add an additional one-time use code, and up to 50 Bluetooth-activated codes (if there’s no WiFi).
You also have the ability to check whether the door is open or closed through the app if the door sensor was also installed with the lock.
Because you can only use the Lockly app, which has less functionality than some apps, the Lockly Secure Plus smart lock gets a 7/10 in this category.
How this smart lock opens the door
This smart lock gives you multiple options here!
- After scanning authorized fingerprints into the lock, you can use the fingerprint reader to lock and unlock the door. It can store up to 99 fingerprints, which should be plenty for every household!
- Be aware that it will take five successful scans of the original fingerprint in order to successfully set up this feature of the lock.
- Some users reported loss of function with the fingerprint reader and/or having to try several times before the fingerprints were recognized.
- Also, the fingerprint reader may be inaccessible depending on where the lock fits on your door.
- There’s a touchscreen with randomized numbers to enter passcodes if you prefer that to fingerprints. The order of the numbers changes after each use.
Some users reported that when the lock is in direct sunlight, the screen becomes unreadable, and since the numbers appear in a different order after each use, it’s impossible to tell where to touch the screen to lock/unlock the door.
The lock also has a place to use a physical key.
Because it gives users so many options when it comes to unlocking the door, the Lockly Secure Plus gets a 10/10 in this category.
$249-$279; plus $79 for optional WiFi adapter
The deadbolt version of this lock retails for around $249. The latch version of this lock is around $279, which is pricier than several of the other locks we’ve looked at.
When you add in the additional cost of the wi-fi adapter, you will spend between around $330 and $360 for the Lockly Secure Plus smart lock.
It does have some pretty amazing features, such as the fact that you have the option of fingerprint entry, randomized touchscreen access code entry, and a place to use a physical key.
However, the Lockly Secure Pro is only $50 more, and comes with built-in wi-fi already—making it a much better option if you really want the tech wizardry of fingerprint entry.
In addition, you can lock/unlock the door remotely through the Lockly app; however, the app isn’t as robust as many other apps on the market, making your remote-control options comparatively limited.
When considering that you have to purchase the hub if you want to use the lock remotely, and even with the hub, it’s only compatible with Alexa and Google Home, this lock isn’t exactly the best value on the market.
Because the lock offers some incredible features, but you need to purchase an additional hub, the app is underwhelming, and the lock only integrates with Google Home and Alexa, it’s not the most impressive in this category.
Remote Connection Type
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Both?
This smart lock uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone.
You will need to purchase the Lockly Secure Wi-fi hub for this smart lock if you want to use it remotely or connect to smart home systems.
One bonus of having the Bluetooth connection is that guests can still receive and enter access codes even if the wi-fi goes out.
Because you have the option for both Bluetooth and wi-fi connections, we gave the Lockly Secure Plus a 9/10 here.
The Lockly Secure Plus is battery powered, and takes four AA batteries, which should have about a twelve-month lifespan according to the manufacturer.
Battery life information is available in the app only.
Most of the smart locks we reviewed also have a low-battery indicator on the lock itself and not just in the app.
However, there’s also a 9-volt battery terminal on the outside of the lock to charge the keypad and fingerprint reader 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 only, and gave this smart lock an 8.5/10 in this category.
Lock attachment or full lock?
This is a complete locking system and comes with a full deadbolt assembly. You also have the option of selecting a smart latch, which also contains the full locking assembly.
This is considered to be the safest type of smart lock when compared to those that simply attach to an existing lock.
Because of the lock’s heft, and the fact that it’s a full locking system, we gave the Lockly Secure Plus 9/10 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, by offering three different keyless options (fingerprints, access codes, and remotely through the app), even without the physical key, you will never need to worry about getting locked out of your home.
We gave this lock a 9.5/10 for having a physical key and for the three additional keyless entry methods.
This lock comes with a decent warranty. It’s got a limited lifetime warranty on the mechanical parts and finish, and a two-year warranty on the electronic components.
Other smart locks on the market, however, come with three-year warranties on the electronic components.
Because of the decent warranty, the Lockly Secure Plus earns itself an 8/10.
The Lockly Secure Plus has a randomized number sequence for passcode entry. While each passcode remains the same, the order of the numbers on the screen changes after being used, meaning that even if someone were watching you input the code into the lock, they wouldn’t know which numbers you’d actually entered.
It also has a switch on the lock (inside the door) to turn off the keypad, so you can restrict entry to just fingerprint, physical key, and locking/unlocking from your phone through the app. Several users reported turning on this setting before going to bed.
That way, even if someone did have an access code, they wouldn’t be able to unlock the door since the keypad is disabled. It’s a nice additional security feature.