This Smart Keybox Is Perfect for Your Rental or Airbnb Property

I've reviewed several smart door locks, including one from Igloohome, but they all require some installation. That leaves out apartments and other short-term rental properties. Fortunately, Igloohome has released the Smart Keybox ($169)

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The Smart Keybox is weather resistant and heavy duty, but that also makes it heavy. You enter your numeric combination on the large touchpad, or use the free companion app to connect via Bluetooth to open the lockbox. Inside the box, you can store copies of physical keys or keycards. Guests can have their own PIN code too. I like that there is a 9-volt battery backup option, so you can still unlock it just by touching a battery to a port for that purpose.

Igloohome even offers Airbnb integration so you can set schedules for PIN codes. The Smart Keybox does not require Wi-Fi ,so that's one less thing to worry about, especially if you have a remote cabin that may not have internet access. It could also be used for real estate agents running open houses, without requiring that home to have Wi-Fi.

Pros

  • Heavy duty and stable
  • Airbnb integration
  • Suitable for apartments and rental property
  • Does not require Wi-Fi
  • Touchpad or app-based entry
  • 9-volt battery backup option

Cons

  • Heavy

Final Verdict

Smart Keybox from Igloohome brings smart locks to rental homes. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

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