Best and worst door locks for your money


The locks on your doors are one of the most important parts of the entry points to your home. They’re what let you in and keeps the bad guys out! So be sure you’re getting the best lock for your money!

Best and worst door locks for your money

Consumer Reports recently surveyed nearly two dozen popular locks on the market. A trio of reasonably priced locks got the ‘recommended buy’ mark from the magazine. (However, none was stellar enough to be recommended as a ‘best buy.’) But the locks Consumer Reports liked include the Kwikset 980 ($30), the Baldwin Prestige 380 ($40) and the Falcon D241 ($55).

So while it’s entirely possible to pay in the triple digits for a lock — especially in the electronic lock category — the good news is you don’t have to!

Just one word of caution: You still may want to say away from really cheap locks. Among the lowest ranked door locks was the Master Lock 5261D ($13), the Gatehouse DLX71 ($12) and Kwikset 660 ($17). Yet the two lowest-ranked locks of all were both mid-market: Prime-Line Segal SE 15361 ($50) and the Weslock 671 ($30).

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In our increasingly digital age, many people favor electronic door locks over traditional ones. If that sounds like you, the only electronic door lock to get a recommendation from the magazine was the Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Alarm BE469NX CAM 619 ($200).

Keep these pointers in mind when buying a lock

Consumer Reports has four pieces of advice for you if you’re going to buy a new lock:

  • Look for locks with a 1-inch-long dead bolt and a reinforced-metal box strike.
  • Use 3-inch-long mounting screws during installation to lodge in the framing beyond the doorjamb.
  • Don’t forget about a quality lock on the door that leads from the garage into your home.
  • Choose dead-bolt locks over the common key-in-knob variety. The latter can easily be opened with a credit card.

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