If you\u2019re on the market for the best smart lock that integrates seamlessly with Echo devices, can secure your home, and is easy to use, turn to the Schlage Smart Lock Encode. Its performance and companion app make for an excellent security system, even when you\u2019re away or off in dreamland. If you're still missing a humidifier for your house, you should also read our Raincloud C-15 (drink the atmosphere's humidity, literally) review.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Schlage Smart Lock Review\r\nThe Schlage Encode streamlines several features typical in smart locks, making it easy to use and ready to be used with a quick installation. Pair this with the Swann MP3 Doorbell SWADS-DOORCH review if you want your door completely customized. For your music listening needs, you should read our review of how the Google Home mini mod adds line out for speakers.\u00a0\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nFor starters, the Schlage Smart Lock is fingerprint-resistant. No one is guessing your access codes anytime soon. With its companions, Amazon Key and Schlage Home apps, you can manage up to 100 different access codes\u2014temporary ones, recurring, or even permanent. Not a bad way to keep an eye on who enters and exits.\r\n\r\nWhen you\u2019re away, use either companion app to ensure your doors are locked. Even better, set a schedule to automatically lock your doors as a sort of backup\u2014a just-in-case scenario. And if someone tries to break in the front door, it makes use of its built-in alarm.\r\nDesign\r\nThe design of the Schlage Encode is nearly identical to its cousin, the Schlage Sense. However, unlike its cousin, the Encode is a Wi-Fi smart lock, packing network capabilities right out of the box. The dimensions of the Encode make it a little bigger at 2.24 x 3.00 x 5.47 inches. It\u2019s bulkier but still won\u2019t take up a lot of space on your door. Like the Sense, you won\u2019t find physical number buttons; it\u2019s all touchscreen. There\u2019s a keyhole just in case you forget your key. It comes in three finishes: matte black, aged bronze, and satin nickel.\r\nValue\r\nThe Schlage Encode teters back and forth between having great value, and other times only have good value. For starters, you don\u2019t need a Wi-Fi bridge like its cousin, the Schlage Sense, to link it with your network. Right out the gate you have remote access. But only voice commands from Amazon Alexa will work. You can\u2019t connect with Google Assistant, nor is it Apple HomeKit compatible. If you have an Echo Dot, great! If not, you\u2019re better off considering the Yale Assure Lock SL or even the August Smart Lock Pro. Alternatively, the Kwikset 909 is a simplified version for a fraction of the price.\r\nSchlage Smart Lock Review Wrap Up\r\nThe Schlage Encode Smart Lock works best for a smart home that relies on Amazon\u2019s Alexa as their voice assistant; otherwise, you\u2019re better off choosing something else. With that said, if it\u2019s fully integrated into your home, it becomes one of the best smart home systems out there. Lock and unlock anywhere, it fits with standard-sized doors, and the fingerprint-resistant touchpad prevents people from nabbing any access codes.