Selecting a reliable lock to secure your home or office is an important decision. First, you will need to make sure that you choose the right kind of lock for your needs. Are you looking to secure your home, office, commercial property, store, or a facility such as a hospital or a school? In your selection process, it’s good to understand the best locks brands available and how they differ to get the best features at the most affordable price. Or, know whether the lock you are considering is worth paying a higher price to have.
Some of the most well-known brands include Schlage, Kwikset, Baldwin, Kaba Ilco, Corbin Russwin, Arrow, Sargent, Medeco, RR brink, Mul-T-Lock, or Yale. Additionally, a couple off lesser known brands may be worth looking into, such as Evva with its secure and complicated magnetic key system, and ASSA-Abloy, who owns and manufactures several of the popular brand names. Let’s take a closer look at what each brand has to offer.
Schlage – Schlage is a well-known industry leader that offers both keyed and keyless entry locks for homes and offices. This brand is readily accessible at most hardware or home improvement stores. For a more difficult lock to bump or pick, look into the Primus and Everest models.
Kwikset – If you look at many doors in America, you will no doubt notice the brand Kwikset stamped on the locks. They are widely used especially on rental properties as they are readily available and easy to install or re-key. They are also more vulnerable to being picked or bumped than some of the other brands, so if you want the most secure Kwikset model, look into their “SmartKey” cylinder.
Baldwin – While security is of most importance, this brand also delivers attractive designs without sacrificing function and safety. Home options include traditional knobs, contemporary levers, pocket door locks, deadbolts, and keyless entry systems that add an elegant appeal to the look of your home.
Kaba Ilco – This brand is often the choice of rental property owners, apartment complexes, or condominiums. Kaba Ilco also offers an electronic key card system with mobile access.
Corbin/Russwin – When you think of this brand, the words durability or strength may come to mind. That’s because Corbin/Russwin offers a commercial grade lock that is easy to install making it ideal for institutional use, hospitals, hotels, or classrooms.
Arrow – Focused on security and built to stand up to high traffic areas, these locks are often found securing public schools, universities, and even libraries. A huge selling point is the quality and level of security this brand delivers at an affordable price.
Sargent – Another popular choice for schools, hospitals, and institutional use is Sargent thanks to its durable and secure design. This brand offers keyless or keyed entry systems as well as key fobs and keypads.
Medeco – If environmentally friendliness is a priority to you, then this brand is your choice. They offer several locking systems that carry the Certified Environmental Facts CEF multi-attribute certification from GreenCircle Certified, LLC. Of course, the brand also has a long reputation for being secure.
RR Brink – The name is often associated with bank vaults or prison cells, so when you think of them you think high security. They are most well known for their heavy-duty mortise cylinders.
Mul-T-Lock – This brand is trusted by most because they have built a reputation on strength and security. They continue to offer strong solutions to locking.
Like with many products, with locks, you often get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a cheap price, expect to sacrifice some amount of security. However, every brand has pros and cons depending on what your specific needs entail.