Ease of Use
Everyday usage and multiple users
This lock is simple to use—there are no complicating bells and whistles on the lock itself.
However, this is not a truly “smart” lock, since it doesn’t integrate with any smart home devices/systems, doesn’t have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capability, and isn’t controllable via smartphone.
Multiple users stated how easy the lock was to use after getting through the tricky installation process, and it’s perfect for interior doors, businesses, or homeowners who don’t want a “smart” lock but do want the option of keyless entry.
For those reasons, we gave the Turbolock TL-201 smart lock 7.5/10 in the ease of use category.
Smart Home System Integration
Which systems is this smart lock compatible with?
This lock isn’t compatible with any smart home systems/devices and is only intended to manually lock/unlock the door via code entry or physical key.
Because this smart lock doesn’t integrate with any smart home devices/systems, and doesn’t have any features that would replace another smart device (such as a video doorbell), it gets a 1/10 here.
Ease of Installation
Multiple users reported issues with the installation process, from poorly written instructions to complicated online videos. However, nearly all users stated that once installed, the lock was worth it.
The installation video has no verbal instructions, which may be difficult for some users.
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, connect the cable inside the lock.
- Add the back assembly.
- Finally, add the batteries and the battery cover.
While not that difficult in theory, multiple users reported that installation was difficult due to the lengthy cable and poor written instructions.
For those reasons, this lock gets a 6/10 on installation.
Robustness of the App
What the app can do and how easy it is to use
The Turbolock TL-201 doesn’t have an app since it’s not designed to be used remotely.
For that reason, it gets a 1/10 in this category.
How this smart lock opens the door
You have two options here: entering an access code or using a physical key.
The access code can be masked by entering additional numbers before or after the actual code and the door will still unlock.
Because the Turbolock TL-201 lock’s options for getting in are limited compared to other smart locks, it earns a 6/10 in this category.
This is one of the least expensive smart lock brands on the market, with all locks in this line coming in at under $100. While listed at $58, we found it online for as low as $49.99, making it just under half the price of nearly every other smart lock on the market.
The Turbolock TL-201 is IP65 certified (one of the few we reviewed that is), meaning it can handle direct exposure to the elements, and has an easy-to-use back-lit keypad.
The lock only offers keyless entry, and isn’t compatible with smartphones, smart home systems/devices, or have an app.
We balanced that against the fact that there’s no smartphone integration and no compatibility with smart home system/devices, and gave the lock a 6.5/10 in the value category.
Remote Connection Type
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Both?
There is no remote connection with this lock and no ability to control it via smartphone.
For that reason, the Turbolock TL-201 smart lock earns a 1/10 here.
The Turbolock TL-201 smart lock uses four AA batteries. According to the manufacturer, these should last about ten months before needing to be replaced.
There’s a low battery warning on the lock, and you can use a micro-USB cable to charge the keypad should the batteries die on you.
We balanced the cost of replacing the batteries against the frequency of replacement and the low-battery warning feature and battery back-up system, and gave this smart lock an 8/10 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.
Because it’s a complete locking system, and is fairly sturdy, we gave the Turbolock TL-201 smart lock a 7.5/10 here.
Keys or Completely Keyless Entry?
This lock offers both and comes with three physical keys.
We gave this lock a 7/10 for only offering one keyless entry method but having a physical key.
This lock has a one-year limited warranty.
Other smart locks on the market, however, come with two- or three-year limited warranties on the electronic components and limited lifetime warranties on the finish and mechanical parts.
However, the lock does come with 24/7 customer support in the U.S.
Because of the lackluster warranty, the Turbolock TL-201 smart lock earns itself a 6.5/10 here.
The smart lock will shut itself down after three incorrect pass code entries for 15 minutes. The only way to enter during that time is via key.