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Keys vs. keyless: Which front door entry system is safer?

Smart technology certainly hit the market with a splash. We now have smart handheld devices, smart security systems, and even smart kitchen appliances. However, when it comes to your front door security, which is safer, traditional keys or keyless smart locks?


To answer this question, the biggest factor to consider is who will be requiring access to the door, followed closely by what kind of climate and weather conditions are common in your area and, of course, what your budget looks like for this project. We’ll help you navigate the pros and cons of each access option so you can be confident in your family’s safety at home.


Lots of people will only trust a traditional lock-and-key setup, but it’s not the perfect solution for your home for several reasons.

Con: Easily lost

When you have multiple family members or residents accessing your home or apartment building, standard key locks can be a bit of a nuisance. Multiple copies of keys need to be made and distributed, and these keys can easily be lost or damaged, leading to keys needing to be replaced. There may even be instances where you’ll want to replace the door locks if you think a lost key poses a security risk. All in all, giving people access to a traditionally locked door comes with some drawbacks.

Con: Bulky and less convenient

We’ve all been there. Having a big, heavy keyring with multiple keys is certainly inconvenient and can make you feel like a warden. A bulky set of keys is not only annoying to carry around, but it’s also been said that the weight of such bulk hanging from your car’s ignition can damage switch parts on the inside. Bulk on your keyring certainly has some expected and unexpected downfalls.

Con: Less ease of operation

Unlocking and operating the front doorknob with a traditional key isn’t always an easy feat. When you’re bringing in groceries or carrying large items, it can be downright infuriating to try to get the key in the lock, the lock turned, and the door opened while balancing your load in one arm. Aside from this irritation, trying to unlock a door with an old or corroded lock or even trying to get in the house at night can be a struggle.

Pro: Reliable in all conditions

While issuing and using traditional keys isn’t always the most convenient, and we’ve gone over many of the cons above, the reliability of a traditional lock and key is one of its biggest advantages. A standard lock doesn’t depend on power or the internet, and it isn’t impacted by extreme temperature or weather. The lock and key method isn’t one of the oldest forms of security for nothing.


Keyless locks are the new trend everywhere from homes and apartment complexes to rental units and even cars. But are they the right choice for your home?

Pro: No need to replace keys

When you have multiple people who need to access a door, it’s much more convenient to give out a door code for the front door keypad than to issue multiple keys. While a standard lock may require replacing lost keys or even the lock itself when keys are lost, you simply have to change the code or disable the fob when you want to restrict access to a keyless entry lock. No calling the locksmith and no making new copies of keys required. This is certainly convenient in single-family homes, but it poses a bigger security benefit in multi-unit residences like apartments and condos, where tracking the access of multiple residents is required.

Pro: Convenient security for families

Children, in particular, tend to lose hard keys, so having them memorize a code can save you a lot of time and headache in having to replace keys. As long as children know that they are never to give out the access code, this method is a lot more secure than a standard lock and key where you have to replace the lock when keys go missing. Many keypad entry locks can be equipped with personalized and simple access codes that even your kids can remember.

Pro: Easy to operate

While standard key locks can be difficult to operate when your arms are full or when it’s dark outside, keyless entry is much easier to use. You just need one finger to enter the code. Not only does keyless entry require less physical effort, but many models also come equipped with backlit keypads for quick and convenient use in the dark.

Con: Diminished reliability in certain conditions

This is a big downfall of keyless entry locks. This type of technology typically depends on the building’s power to be operational for the lock to function properly. When the power goes out, you may not be able to gain access to the building without a hard key. Extreme cold, hot weather, and even wet conditions can also negatively impact the battery in keyless entry technology. Additionally, many keyless entry locks have Bluetooth technology and require internet access to be functional for all of their smart features.

Your family’s safety is a top priority, so the methods of security for your front door are serious considerations. Keyless locks and the bells and whistles of smart locking technology can be supremely beneficial in the safety of your home. Still, you’ll want to consider other variables as well before deciding between standard keys and keyless entry. Installation and maintenance costs, ease of access, and weather conditions are all aspects that may impact your decision. Be sure you are confident that your choice works for you so that you can have some peace of mind when it comes to the security of your home.

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