Vacation rental wireless locks: are they worth it?

How to choose the best smart locks for vacation rentals


With guest demands rising and bookings booming, the hunt for the best keyless lock for vacation rentals is on.

But before you take a screwdriver to the door of your Airbnb, take a moment to review if smart vacation rental door locks will work for you—and which kind you should invest in.

Vacation rental smart locks pros and cons

Before we get into the best smart lock features, it’s important to first weigh the pros and cons of installing keyless entry for your vacation rental.




Tightly control who can come and go from your home, and when

Typically only used for main entrances, not back or side door locks


Lock and unlock your front door from anywhere

Battery-powered supplies periodically need replacing, and there is a remote risk of hacking


Saves you time and money spent doing guest check-ins or remedying lockouts in person

More expensive hardware than a typical deadbolt

Woman pressing numbered code on a smart lock dead bolt to a vacation home

How to choose a vacation rental smart lock

As with all smart home technology, picking the best smart door locks for rental properties comes down to your personal needs and preferences. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the best smart lock for your vacation rental:

Do you want to retain the option to unlock your door with a key as a backup?

Some models have a keyhole (like a regular door lock), whereas others are totally keyless. A retrofit for your existing deadbolt can be a good choice if you want to keep things simpler. With some of these models, you keep the exterior door hardware as-is and just replace the interior side, so you don't even need new keys.

How much effort do you want to put into installation?

Some smart locks are easy to install, and retrofitting your existing deadbolt is the way to go if you prefer to keep DIY effort to a minimum. But, the majority of smart lock models replace your entire door hardware, so you'll have more options to choose from if you're willing to put in a little extra elbow grease.

What technology works best for you?

There are a few different connectivity options—including WiFi, Bluetooth, and low-power radio waves known as Z-wave. Some locks can also connect to an app on your phone, if that's important to you.

At Vacasa, we use smart locks that utilize Z-wave technology. We find that these offer the most streamlined guest experience.

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Your home is a success waiting to happen. We'll show you how.

Vacasa homeowners get smart home tech—including smart locks—for free.

As a leading vacation rental property manager in North America, we’ve seen how smart locks for vacation rental homes can make renting simple.

So, we’ve decided to make this tech more accessible than ever for our homeowners by including a free smart home package with our management service.

Now, Vacasa homeowners enjoy the peace of mind provided by customized access codes for guests, remote access for housekeepers and maintenance, and auto lock after check-outs.

And that’s not all—our homeowners also get free noise monitoring tech and WiFi routers that make getting online a snap.

Man installing a smart lock to a vacation rental door

Vacation rental locks FAQ

Some do, but not all. One drawback of a WiFi-enabled model is that the battery life tends to drain faster, so if that's important for you to avoid, try a model with Z-wave (which connects to the internet via a hub) or Bluetooth technology. If you don't want to rely on WiFi or the internet at all, consider going Bluetooth-only—though keep in mind that these devices can have a more limited range.

When selecting the best smart lock for a rental property, we advise that you make sure the hardware is durable—and that you understand how the lock works. (You don’t want to be caught fumbling with an instruction manual as your Airbnb guests look on, right?)

To that end, we suggest buying a lock with Z-wave technology. Because Z-wave locks use batteries as their power supply, you don’t have to worry about power outages compromising the security of your home.

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California DRE #02160171

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California DRE #01523013

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Data is based on searches and reservations booked April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, unless otherwise indicated. Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.