While traditional padlocks still depend on dial or rotary locks, the new wave of smart models use more advanced features like fingerprint sensors. This makes unlocking these padlocks easier, and it allows you to keep a list of specific people who are allowed access — all while still providing tough and mobile protection.
If it is time to upgrade your padlocks, we’ve rounded up some of the best options. Take a look at our guide, check out the smart features, and see what’s right for you. You can also check out our list of the top smart locks.
Master Lock 4400D Indoor Bluetooth Smart Padlock
This is a basic Bluetooth lock, but it comes from a reliable brand. Designed primarily for indoor use, this lock works with your phone and lets you quickly open a locker, safe, or lockbox with a quick touch. If you leave your phone in your locker, you can use a directional code on the padlock to open it.
With a durable, 47mm wide metal body and a 7mm (diameter) shackle, you shouldn’t have to worry about breaches. The Master Lock 4400D comes with a CR2450 battery you can jump-start in the event that it dies while locked. You also use the mobile app to share access to your lock and monitor access.
Boread Fingerprint Padlock
For those looking for a low-profile smart lock for their luggage, the Boread Fingerprint Padlock measures a little over half an inch thick. This smart padlock can store up to 20 fingerprints, including two administrator fingerprints. It’s possible to unlock the Boread Fingerprint Padlock without needing an app, key, or Bluetooth connectivity.
The 100mAh battery can last up to a year on standby. Use a Micro USB cable to recharge it when needed, making it last about another 2,500 uses. The zinc alloy body provides a standard level of durability, but don’t count on using it outdoors like some of our other picks here.
eLinkSmart Digital Padlock
The eLinkSmart Digital Padlock covers all your security bases. You can remotely authorize as many users as you like using the companion app, as well as review activation history. You can store up to 18 users along with 2 administrators in the app.
The eLinkSmart Digital Padlock is able to handle outdoor conditions with forged aluminum construction and a stainless steel shackle. The IP65 rating means it can stand up to water and dust. It should last the long haul with six months of standby power and has enough of a charge to get through 2,000 unlocks.
Lametuty Fingerprint Padlock
The Lametuty Fingerprint Padlock is all business. The 0.49-inch-thick shackle is made of stainless steel to hold up to would-be intruders. The 4-inch zinc alloy body is built to resist brute force, while the IP65 weatherproofing ensures it can last under rain and dust, too.
A mobile app is available to authorize up to 13 fingerprints, plus set two administrators. The app also allows you to review activities and see who has used the smart padlock. After six months of standby or 2,000 unlocks, you can charge the lock over USB.
Master Lock Lock Box
Have you ever seen one of those lockboxes on the front door of a home you’re about to tour? Your realtor opens the box to find a key inside. This product by Master Lock is a similar idea, as it holds a cavity inside for keys, key cards, or even small trinkets.
Designed for indoor and outdoor use, you can access this weather-resistant lockbox via Bluetooth and your smartphone. There’s also a keypad on the Master Lock Lock Box for backup access. Once you open the lock, you can access the internal key, making it an excellent option for Airbnb hosts.
BoxLock Package Delivery Lock
The BoxLock is specifically designed for protecting porch boxes and containers that hold delivery packages. You can share access codes with friends and family, but its real talent is tracking packages received by shippers like UPS, USPS, and FedEx. You can get notifications on your phone when a package is delivered, and feel confident that it’s safe from porch pirates and other thieves. The lock is weather-resistant and comes with a battery that you will need to recharge every 45 to 90 days, depending on how much you use the lock.
MyPin Fingerprint Lock
Built for both indoor and outdoor use, this affordable lock by MyPin serves as an excellent lock for bikes, lockers, or a lockbox . The lock features a 240mAh lithium battery, which powers the device for around 2,500 unlocks on one charge. A full charge takes around three hours. The easy-to-use fingerprint design lets you quickly and easily unlock the MyPin Fingerprint Lock without much hassle. Plus, it can store up to 10 fingerprints, so you can give access to friends and family.
The IP66 weatherproof design means it has some protection against dust and water, but you shouldn’t leave it outside in torrential rain.
Megafeis Fingerprint Padlock
Water-resistant and USB rechargeable, this affordable lock can hold up to 15 sets of fingerprints so you can easily share access with friends and family. IP65 water resistance means you can use the lock outdoors without too much fear of damage, while the battery has enough juice to allow for 2,500 unlocks. You can use your phone as the key or your fingerprint. When you connect the companion app to the Megafeis Fingerprint Padlock, you can check the last 1,000 unlock activities. This unit is one of the more feature-rich locks available for under $35.