What is the BEST door lock you’ve ever used?


macrumors 68030
Original poster
Jul 13, 2008
Los Angeles, Ca
Just moved to a new house and the front door lock could be better.

The front door has two locks. The main classic door handle where you put a key to lock it and above it the also classic dead bolt that requires a key to lock and unlock from the outside with no door knob.

Ill include Pictures. I want to get the best of the best and don’t mind if ppl were to recommend HomeKit/iOS compatible door locks IF they are really good but I recall years ago that many of those were easily hack-able.



macrumors 68020
Apr 7, 2008
Flea Bottom, King's Landing
Having been an evil henchman back in my youth, the best door lock I ever used was a custom job with retinal scanner, hand print scanners and a voice pattern. Fail even one and the trap door drops you into a pool full of sharks with freaking lasers on their heads. ;)

As for my personal dwelling, I use the SCHLAGE Touch™ deadbolt and a level handle. Dunno if it's the best, but it works for me. I don't care for smart locks or wifi connected dodads.


macrumors 68020
Apr 27, 2011
Schlage electronic. Had separate codes for different people/services so I know who came in and when. Could lock/unlock the door remotely.


macrumors demi-god
May 5, 2008
The Misty Mountains
Our front door strategy ;)
Seriously, we have a single deadbolt on front and back entrance that require keys on both sides of the door, backed up with an exterior sign, stickers on the windows, a monitored security system, the door is wired, plus motion detector, and glass breakage detection. Does not require food, cleanup, or attention. :)
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macrumors 601
Dec 19, 2004
All you need is the Rabbit of Caerbannog.


On a serious note. The best I've used was some heavier duty Schlage deadbolt. The steel plate in the doorjamb was larger than normal. Which had heavy duty screws going deep into the wall studs. Same with the hinges. The door was a standard insulated steel door. All of which made for a secure front door.

Of course a really secure front door is pointless if someone can just break a window or kick in another door.
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macrumors 68040
Dec 30, 2009
I prefer Schlage myself.
There are nice 'beefy' regular handles and locks and they also offer options with HomeKit, Bluetooth, number codes, assigning entry codes for different people.
I like their quality and options.
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macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
Schlage electronic. Had separate codes for different people/services so I know who came in and when. Could lock/unlock the door remotely.
Schlage electronic interests me. What You mentioned is rather significant with multiple codes and ways of having an itemized list of when/who entered at what time/dates, I like the tracking aspect. In terms of technology today, we definitely are living in a digital frontier, But I still haven’t made the transition away from your ‘standard deadbolt’ hardware, but I also utilize CCTV at all entrance points.


macrumors 603
Aug 5, 2004
Catskill Mountains
A locksmith once told me that even the best locks just keep honest people out. Crooks just use brute force.
Sure, and crooks (or maybe the police) sometimes even broke past a Fox Lock on a place in NYC back in the day, but for that to happen they did have to destroy the door and usually part of the frame too. Not that that would deter a bad guy in a neighborhood where NYPD attention might be cursory at best.

Lots of city folk back in the 60s and 70s in NYC had two deadbolt locks on their doors, but only used one. There was a limit to how long they wanted to be hanging out in the common hallway fiddling with the right keys to get into the relatively safer space of their own apartment. Two locks though at least might have looked to a bad actor like some other place might be easier pickings.

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macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
It’s been a few years, but I’m trained on Community and Business crime prevention {CBAC}. I had the opportunity to experiment with a bunch of various deadbolt locks in the business/residential Sector, and the one thing that I found most interesting, is how easily door locks can actually be infiltrated with very little effort with Specific burglary tools, (I won’t get into that, as I don’t think it’s appropriate to give any tips/ideas to lurkers), and the best thing you can do aside from adding a ‘door lock’, is lighting. I don’t care if you have the most secure/high tech lock on your door on the market, -crime is of opportunity-, if you add adequate lighting for exposure, it greatly reduces any chance of crime occurring. Fact.

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