Level Lock Review, Pros & Cons and Specs 2022
THE BOTTOM LINE For Level Lock
Level Lock is a unique device that turns your existing lock into a smart lock that can be controlled via your phone and Siri voice commands.
Level Lock PROS
Doesn’t change the appearance of your existing lock
Easy to install
Supports Apple HomeKit and Siri voice commands
Automatically locks and unlocks
Level Lock CONS
Doesn’t support Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or IFTTT
LEVEL LOCK SPECS
Integrations Apple HomeKit
Geofencing/Location Services Yes
Guest Access Yes
Tamper Alarm No
Voice Activation Yes
Level Lock Review
Smart locks provide a simple way to control access to your home and monitor the coming and going with your phone, but they usually require new internal and/or external components. If you’re completely satisfied with your existing hardware but want to upgrade your entry, the $229 Level Lock is a Bluetooth-enabled internal lock component that turns a traditional lock into a smart lock. It’s easy to install and works with Apple HomeKit, which means you can control it with automation, scenes, and Siri voice commands. However, it doesn’t offer the 3rd party hardware compatibility or Wi-Fi connectivity you get with our Editors Choice at a similar price, the Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro from Utec.
Design and Features
Unlike other smart locks such as the Kwikset Premis Contemporary and RemoteLock OpenEdge RG Deadbolt, Level Lock does not replace any external parts of your existing lock. In fact, once installed, you won’t even know it’s there.
It consists of an automatic gearbox assembly, deadbolt bolt and hammer plate, and comes with mounting screws, three rear-mount adapters, a quick-start guide, and a CR2 battery that needs replacing before it needs to be replaced. Rated to last for years. .
The battery is installed by unscrewing the cap at the end of the locking latch and sliding the battery into the compartment. While easy, it’s hard to imagine a 1-inch hollow battery compartment with a bolt next to the solid steel bolt you find with most locks.
The puck-shaped motor housing is 1.7 inches wide, 1.0 inches thick, and has three holes: one for the tail and adapter, and two for mounting screws. It has a Bluetooth radio for connecting to your mobile device using the Level Home app, but it lacks a Wi-Fi radio, which means you can’t connect it directly to your home network. It works with most standard deadbolt locks, but as with most smart locks, it does not work with mortise locks.
Level Lock will send a push alert and ring a bell whenever it is locked or unlocked. Apple HomeKit supports and works with Siri voice commands and HomeKit automation and scenes, but you have to use the automation and lock control outside of the native Bluetooth range of about 40 feet. You must have an Apple TV or HomePod connected to the Internet. So it doesn’t support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, nor does it support IFTTT apps that allow smart devices like door locks, cameras, and lights to communicate with each other.
The Level Lock is controlled by the Level Home mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS smartphones. It opens to a screen showing your lock name, location, and recent activity. Press and hold the lock icon to lock or unlock the door. The lock will tweet each time it is locked or unlocked. Click the Activity section below the lock icon to see daily locking and unlocking activity by mobile username, time of the event, and whether the lock was activated manually or automatically. The gear icon in the lower right corner takes you to the Settings screen where you can enable the auto-lock feature that automatically locks the door after it’s been left open for a predetermined period of time. Here you can also adjust the volume of the lock bell (low, medium, high), calibrate the lock for jam-free operation, check the battery level, and update the firmware. Tap the people icon in the upper right corner to add users and set permanent and temporary access to the lock.
Installation and Performance
Installing a level lock is easy, but if you don’t have a lock, the company has partnered with HelloTech, a service that will install the lock for $79.
I started by creating an account on App. I clicked on the addition lock and followed the instructions to disassemble the existing keyed cylinder and thumb lock screw and remove the locking latch. Next, I installed the new deadbolt latch, slipped the motor assembly into a groove on the latch, and tightened the mounting screw. I chose the correct rear part adapter for the existing lock, inserted it into the engine block tail hole, and reinstalled the original cylinder components and thumb components. I extended the lock using the rotation of the thumb, unscrewed the cap on the end of the latch, and inserted the battery, creating a lock chatter. With the lock installed, I clicked Continue, associate the lock with the app, and give it a name and location. After performing a quick firmware update, I scanned the HomeKit icon on the back of the quick start guide to add a lock to HomeKit Home, and the installation was complete.
Level Lock performed well in the test. It responded quickly to lock and unlock commands using the app, and worked seamlessly with the old thumb method. I plugged in my Apple TV and set up an automated system so the door opened automatically when I got home and it worked perfectly, the automation turning on the Yeelight bulb when I opened the door.
If you want to add smart technology to your doors, but don’t want to change the look of your interior and exterior locking hardware, Level Lock is well worth a look. This unique smart lock element, located inside your door lock kit and invisible from the outside, is easy to install, and adds Bluetooth and Apple HomeKit connectivity to your existing lock. You can make it work with other HomeKit devices using HomeKit Senses and Automations, but you’ll need an Apple TV or HomePod to do this and control the lock remotely.
The Level Lock performed as advertised in testing, but the semi-hollow bolt is a concern because it does not look as durable as the solid bolts that come with most smart and traditional deadbolt locks. Furthermore, Level Lock does not work with the popular voice services Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, nor does it work with third-party devices that use IFTTT apps. For a few dollars less, the editors’ choice, the Utec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro, gives you several other features, including a fingerprint scanner, voice control from Google and Alexa, and support for IFTTT, keyboard and keyboard apps. and open.