Wyze’s latest product is something of a starting point for the smart home company. The Wyze Lock Bolt it’s a smart lock that ditches cloud connectivity in favor of local control via Bluetooth. A rectangular matte black keyboard with a fingerprint reader, the Wyze Lock Bolt replaces your entire lock and costs $69.99 (plus $10 shipping), in keeping with Wyze’s reputation for high-end tech at rock-bottom prices. The lack of internet connection may be a wise move for Wyze at the moment, considering the recent controversy surrounding the company’s failure to disclose a security flaw with your original Wyze Cam connected to the cloud.
Available starting today, the Wyze Lock Bolt is a motorized deadbolt that can be unlocked with your fingerprint or a code entered on the integrated backlit keypad. The lock has two accessible parts: a keypad/fingerprint reader mounted on the front of the door, and a rear housing where the batteries and motor reside. You don’t have the option of using a traditional key; program codes and fingerprints for the lock via Bluetooth using the Wyze app on your smartphone (iOS or Android).
You can use the app to lock or unlock the door if you are within the 16-foot range of the Bluetooth 5.0 radio (ie on the couch or maybe in your car in the driveway). Beyond that, there’s no Wi-Fi or other connectivity and thus no smart home integration. You can’t add the lock to any home automation routine, lock or unlock it when you’re away from home, or control it with voice assistants.
The lack of connectivity beyond Bluetooth helps keep the price down; most smart door locks cost between $150 and more than $300. For example, the resemblance eufy Touch Smart Lock with Wi-Fi is $220, and Kwikset Smart Key/Fingerprint Option it’s $240. Wyze’s other smart lock, the wyze lock it’s $130. It uses Zigbee and Wi-Fi to enable smart home integration, like adding the lock to a Goodnight routine or having Alexa or the Google Assistant lock the door with a voice command. However, that lock is not a complete deadbolt replacement, it is an add-on to your existing deadbolt.
Fingerprint access is my preferred option for a smart door lock; it’s a much quicker way to unlock your door than typing in a code, and Wyze says your lock will unlock in less than a second. The Wyze Bolt can store up to 50 prints locally in the lock, along with 20 keypad codes. The keyboard also has an anti-peep feature, where you can add a few random extra digits to either side of your code, in case someone is looking over your shoulder.
The Wyze app can record who accessed the lock, how and when, which could be useful for keeping track of comings and goings around your home. (Although you’ll only get that information when you’re home, within Bluetooth range.) The 20 access codes and 50 fingerprints can be assigned to different people and access can be scheduled for specific days or certain times of the day.
With no power-hungry Wi-Fi radio inside, the Wyze Lock Bolt promises impressive battery life: Wyze says you get 10-12 months on 4 AAs (which are included). Most of the locks I’ve tried last between three and six months before needing more juice. If the Wyze lock does run out of power, there’s a USB-C charging port on the bottom of the lock that gives you a brief boost, long enough to enter a code.
The lack of control away from home could be a deal breaker, as one of the main advantages of a smart lock is that you can lock and unlock it remotely. But Wyze has partially addressed this with a new “one-time code algorithm” that allows you to remotely generate a code in the Wyze app and give it to whoever is at your door so they can unlock it. These can be generated even out of Bluetooth range, similar to how two-factor codes can be generated offline, to provide access to someone.
Door locking is done with a traditional thumb turn on the inside and a lock button on the outside. You can also use the app if you’re within Bluetooth range, and there’s an auto-lock option that will automatically lock the door after a custom period of time. You can disable the auto lock during certain hours, but there is no door detection technology to determine if your door is open or closed, so it will still “lock” your deadbolt even if the door is fully open.
Launching a smart door lock that lacks some of the key features of a smart door lock is a strange move for a smart home company. But for those homeowners who are reluctant to put their home security on the line, Wyze Lock Bolt makes it easy to ditch the keys in favor of a nice selection of easy and secure ways to open the door. It is also competitively priced. Standard, non-connected, Schlage keypad locks or Kwikset is around $100and you have to manually program them and they don’t have the option of a fingerprint reader, which is the easiest and fastest way to unlock your door.