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Nuki 3.0 Smart Lock Review

By Mark's Tech Blogs

1st March 2023

The Nuki 3.0 is the latest smart lock from long-established smart-lock company Nuki. In our Nuki 3.0 smart lock review we share our thoughts of using this smart lock for the last month.

Nuki 3.0 Specification

The Nuki 3.0 is a smart lock compatible with a huge range of locks including UK multipoint/lift-to-lock front doors. It can also do the last little bit of unlocking for the final latch on your door.

Out of the box it is compatible with: Euro Profile, Swiss Round Profile and UK cylinder locks. You’ll need to have a cylinder than can open from the outside whilst a key is on the inside so you may need to pick up a new cylinder too.

The Nuki 3.0 is super-secure with the same level of encryption as your online banking. It also has impressive battery life with up to 6 months from 4 AA batteries. In using this for a month ours is only at 90% so we expect to get longer…this will, of course, depend on usage.

Finally, out of the box it is Apple HomeKit compatible and has Apple and Android apps (plus an Apple Watch app). For Alexa and Google Assistant Support plus out-of-home usage via the Nuki app you’ll need an additional Nuki Bridge which costs £89.

The Nuki 3.0 starts at £150 and includes batteries, screw-on and stick on mounts for setting up plus instructions.

When it comes to setting up the Nuki 3.0 this will largely depend on your existing lock but the instructions are clear and set-up is pretty easy. The best thing is that from the outside your door looks the same allowing key-usage but also doesn’t advertise to the world that you have a fancy smart lock.

Nuki 3.0 Smart Lock Review – The Design

The Nuki 3.0 has a nice modern, rounded white design and, whilst it does stick out a fair bit the rounded edges help it blend in. The front has a button with indicator light and a twist area for manual locking/unlocking from the inside.

Using the Nuki 3.0

Once setup and calibrated in the Nuki app you can open and lock the door in a variety of ways. If you have a lift-to-lock handle then you’ll still need to lift the handle for the lock to work.

The Nuki app allows you to unlock, lock and drop the little catch when unlocked easily plus let’s you configure some smart options which include an auto-unlock when you get home and, a double-tap feature on the devices button for a lock-and-go feature which unlocks the door and gives you 20 seconds to get out before automatically locking (this time can be adjusted in the app).

The Nuki app doesn’t have an auto-lock feature but you can set this up using Apple HomeKit if you want to.

Thanks to Apple HomeKit you can also control your lock when you’re away from home in the Apple home app.

In using a whole variety of ways to lock and unlock the Nuki 3.0 including Apple home screen widgets, Siri Shortcuts and the Home and Nuki apps we’ve found it works well every time and is really reliable.

The Nuki 3.0 certainly has an advantage for Apple users and we think Android users will certainly want to pick up a Nuki Bridge as well.

Finally, there’s the option to share your lock via the Nuki app. The 3rd party will need the Nuki app on their phone but this is great for cleaners, dog walkers etc as you can limit their access to certain times or days.

Nuki 3.0 Review – Our Verdict

The Nuki 3.0 is an incredibly well thought out smart lock that does everything well. The £150 price point also makes it really affordable as well. Nuki offer a great variety of accessories too including keypads, fobs and bridges plus, you can still use a key with this smart lock.

For all of these reasons we love the Nuki 3.0 and think it’s one of the best smart locks on the market!

You can pick one up here or read our smart lock reviews here.

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