What is better, a digital lock or a key?

A lock is the foundation of home security, so jeopardising quality should not be an option. Choosing the right lock for your needs requires more than just picking one off the shelf these days too. With a multitude of locks on the market, finding the ultimate security lock for your property can be a challenge. Discover in today’s blog the pros and cons of a digital lock and a key.

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The traditional locking option

Key locks are a traditional and robust option. A well-looked-after, top-quality key lock will most likely outlive an electronic lock. But keys are breakable and more importantly – losable!

One area where the key lock will be a hindrance is due to in-lock damage. It is quite common for ‘lock outs’ where the key has been bent or snapped in the lock, leading to potentially expensive lock picking or drilling.

Keys can be lost too. If you’re a forgetful person or you’re always leaving your keys somewhere in the house then you may not want another key to think about.


  • No need for a power source or batteries
  • Longer lifespan
  • No risk of online hacking
  • Tried and tested


  • Reset and maintenance require the expertise of a locksmith
  • Requires physical keys which may get lost
  • Takes more time to lock and unlock, which is not ideal in emergency situations
  • Locks can be picked or unhinged

Electronic locks

In the ever-increasingly digital world, we’re not surprised that the electronic lock is so popular. With the ability to change the electronic lock code instantly, the electronic lock lends itself well to places of work with a high turnover of staff or other changes. With an electronic lock, you can really take control of the access of your premises, but the downside for a lot of businesses or homeowners is of course the cost.


  • Quick access, ideal for emergencies
  • No need for physical keys (except for RFIDs)
  • Includes tamper alarms
  • User-generated pin codes
  • Allows you to track data
  • Can be easily managed without the help of a locksmith or 3rd party


  • Needs a power source
  • RIFIDs can still be lost or misplaced
  • Pricing

So, what do you choose? Key or electronic?

If you’re someone who forgets codes and passwords easily, then maybe a traditional key lock is good for you so long as you keep it safe. A key lock is certainly kinder on your wallet too.

If you have to allow access to lots of people to your premises, then an electronic lock is for you. Electronic locks are far more secure and are fantastic for user control if situations do change, such as a member of staff leaving.

From our experience, particularly for businesses – we sell more electronic locking systems. They suit the modern world of digital access and of course, you can change it whenever you like… just make sure you keep the code safe!

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