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The ultimate Yale Vs Schlage smart lock review. Both brands have a long history of producing secure quality locks and more recently integrating them with smart home technology. 

This article will provide you with three head to head comparisons; Yale Assure Lock vs Schlage Encode™ Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt, Nest x Yale Lock vs Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, and Yale Assure Lock with Z-Wave vs Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. 

Smart locks offer you the comfort of secure keyless and remote access while providing the ability to monitor who enters and leaves your home at all times. 

They provide peace of mind to homeowners, while offering the convenience of keyless entry or unlocking as you approach the door. They deliver all the security that standard locks offer including deadbolts and tamper protection.

Note that this article is written to give an unbiased view on each lock by evaluating their setup, security level, locking, unlocking, exterior design, interior design, top features, and product software.

Round 1 Head to Head

Round 1 – Yale Assure Lock vs Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt

Verdict Paragraph

9.2

Yale Assure Lock

Slim Smart Lock

Model(s): YRD256-CBA-619

Designed to be the slimmest smart lock presently in the market, armed with a keypad for keyless entry. Comes with a doorSense sensor that notifies you when your door is either open or closed and auto-opens and closes as you approach.

Pros

  • It can connect with almost all smart home hubs and security systems presently available in the market
  • Comes with a doorSense sensor that notifies you when your door is either open or closed and auto-opens and closes as you approach
  • The door unlocks automatically as you approach and auto-locks behind you.

Cons

  • No physical backup key. Once your battery runs flat, you must recharge from outside via a 9v battery backup.
9.1

Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt

Inbuilt Tamper Alarm
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Model(s): BE489WB CEN 622

Schlage Encode Smart lock comes with in-built Wifi and optional voice control offering hands-free convenience. It is designed in a variety of styles and finishes and comes with a built-in alarm

Pros

  • Equipped with Amazon key for deliveries and video doorbell integration with Ring
  • Comes with in-built Wi-Fi, eliminating your need to purchase an additional hub for remote monitoring
  • Comes with an built-in alarm that detects potential security breaches around the lock.

Cons

  • Zigbee and Z-Wave enabled devices can not connect directly unless an additional smart home hub is deployed due to the in-built Wifi

Installation, Power & Maintenance

Yale Assure Lock
8.5
Schlage Encode Smart Wifi Deadbolt
8.0

Yale Assure Lock SL

Once you download the Yale app it’s a straightforward process to complete the installation process.

You can replace your existing deadbolt within minutes on a standard door using just a screwdriver.

Yale Assure Lock SL uses up to 4 AA batteries (included in the product box). Battery life is about a year with regular use.

Schlage Encode Smart Lock

With unique Snap ‘n Stay technology, you can snap the deadbolt onto the door to get both hands free during installation

Installation is easy with the use of just a screwdriver. 

Schlage Encode Smart Lock uses up to 4 AA batteries (included in the product box). Battery life is about 6 months with standard use

Security, Privacy, Deadbolts & Lock Grades

Yale Assure Lock
8.3
Schlage Encode Smart Wifi Deadbolt
9.0

Yale Assure Lock SL

Comes with a doorSense sensor that notifies you when your door is either open or closed and auto-opens and closes as you approach

Security grade 2 (A156.36 ANSI/BHMA)

Schlage Encode Smart Lock

Comes with built-in alarm technology that detects potential security breaches around the lock. Also armed with a low battery indicator which offers a warning for battery life in advance

Security grade 1 (ANSI/BHMA A156.40-2015)

Design, Access & Extra Features

Yale Assure Lock
8.7
Schlage Encode Smart Wifi Deadbolt
8.8

Yale Assure Lock SL

Designed to be the slimmest smart lock in the market armed with a keypad for keyless entry. Comes with 25 user codes but can be up to 250 user codes when combined with an optional Yale Smart module.

Schlage Encode Smart Lock

Comes with up to 100 user codes. Comes with one-time user codes, and time scheduled codes of 4-8 Digits.

Protocols, Smartphone App, Hubs & Integrations

Yale Assure Lock
9.2
Schlage Encode Smart Wifi Deadbolt
9.0

Yale Assure Lock SL 

Wi-Fi enabled via a hub, Yale connects Google assistant, Alexa, and Apple HomeKit for locking, unlocking, and checking lock status by just asking. Also uses Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Z-Wave Plus to connect. The unlocking feature is platform-dependent which requires additional hub if more than one

Schlage Encode Smart Lock 

Wi-FI enabled, touchpad with easy one-touch locking that is resistant to fingerprint residue. It has optional voice control which offers hands-free convenience for voice-enabled usage. Also integrates with Amazon key app, Alarm.com app, Google assistant, Alexa, Ring, and Schlage home App.

Technical Comparison

Yale Assure LockSchlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt
Dimension 6” W x 6” L  x 14” D2.26” W x 3” L x 5.47” D
Weight 2.5 pounds 2.8 pounds
Backset2 ¾” – 2 3/8”2 3/8″ – 2 3/4″
Door Thickness1 3/8” – 2 ¼” 1 3/8” –  1-3/4”
Warranty DescriptionLifetime for Finish and Mechanical. 
1 year for Electronics
Limited lifetime for Mechanical and Finish
3 year for Electronics
Power SourceBatteryBattery
Battery4 AA4 AA alkaline
Style Lock OnlyCentury
FinishBronzeMatte
Mobile OSiOS, Android, WindowsiOS, Android, Windows
CertificationA156.36 ANSI/BHMA Grade 2ANSI/BHMA A156.40-2015 Grade 1
Sources: yalehome.com, schlage.com

The Verdict

9.2

Yale Assure Lock

Slim Smart Lock

Model(s): YRD256-CBA-619

Designed to be the slimmest smart lock presently in the market, armed with a keypad for keyless entry. Comes with a doorSense sensor that notifies you when your door is either open or closed and auto-opens and closes as you approach.

Pros

  • It can connect with almost all smart home hubs and security systems presently available in the market
  • Comes with a doorSense sensor that notifies you when your door is either open or closed and auto-opens and closes as you approach
  • The door unlocks automatically as you approach and auto-locks behind you.

Cons

  • No physical backup key. Once your battery runs flat, you must recharge from outside via a 9v battery backup.
9.1

Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt

Inbuilt Tamper Alarm
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Model(s): BE489WB CEN 622

Schlage Encode Smart lock comes with in-built Wifi and optional voice control offering hands-free convenience. It is designed in a variety of styles and finishes and comes with a built-in alarm

Pros

  • Equipped with Amazon key for deliveries and video doorbell integration with Ring
  • Comes with in-built Wi-Fi, eliminating your need to purchase an additional hub for remote monitoring
  • Comes with an built-in alarm that detects potential security breaches around the lock.

Cons

  • Zigbee and Z-Wave enabled devices can not connect directly unless an additional smart home hub is deployed due to the in-built Wifi

Round 2 Head to Head

Round 2 – Nest x Yale Lock vs Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

9.1

Nest x Yale Lock

Google Nest Integrated

Model(s): RB-YRD540-WV-605

The Nest X Yale is a keyless smart lock relying on key codes and mobile app control for locking and unlocking. The lack of a keyhole is a security benefit as the lock is tamper proof and can’t be snapped.

Pros

  • Ability to remotely control your lock.
  • User friendly, with Google Assistant support

Cons

  • Security grade lower than Schlage
9.2

Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

Grade 1 Security Rating
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Model(s): BE479 V CAM 619

The Schlage Sense is designed with simple and convenient features with a mobile application for easy navigation. It can detect when the door is unlocked via the key or keypad and alerts you when it senses a security breach at your door.

Pros

  • ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 security rating.
  • Easy installation procedure (15-20 minutes on average)
  • Sleek and smudge resistant keypad

Cons

  • Voice control or remote monitoring is only possible if the lock is paired with an additional Wi-Fi adapter.

Installation, Power & Maintenance

Nest x Yale Lock
9.3
Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt
9.2

Nest x Yale  

Comes with a removable door template and mounting screws. You can replace your existing deadbolt within minutes on a standard door using just a screwdriver. Full details included in the product manual. Equipped with 4 AA batteries with a year life span

Schlage Sense

Installation is easy with the use of just a screwdriver. (Installation manual included in the product box). Comes with 4 AA alkaline batteries with a year life span

Security, Privacy, Deadbolts & Lock Grades

Nest x Yale Lock
9.5
Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt
9.4

Nest x Yale

Keyless entry, only accessible via generated codes and mobile app controls. Supports one owner plus nine additional people with full access.  Can generate up to 20 Passcodes” for visitors with scheduled timing code possible. Lock is ANSI/BHMA A156.36, Grade 2 

Schlage Sense 

Comes with a backup key and can store up to 30 access codes at a time. Proximity unlocking is not possible. This lock is ANSI/BHMA A156.40-2015, Grade 1 with a built-in alarm that goes off when tampering is detected.

Design, Access & Extra Features

Nest x Yale Lock
8.8
Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt
8.9

Nest x Yale

Armed with remote access for unlocking your door. It comes with a passcode option which requires Nest Connect/Nest Guard for connection via WiFi. Supports 10 users with full access and up to 20 visitors with passcodes

Locks automatically when Nest knows you are away with a keyless deadbolt for security and tamper protection. 

Schlage Sense

Sleekly designed to lock and unlock from anywhere via Schlage Sense WiFi adapter (sold separately). Can store up to 30 access codes at a time.

Protocols, Smartphone App, Hubs & Integrations

Nest x Yale Lock
8.2
Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt
8.3

Nest x Yale 

Uses 802.15.4 (2.4GHz) Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi for connection. Nest app needed for remote control via your smartphone. Google assistant and Smartwatch support available.

Schlage Sense 

Uses Apple Homekit, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi via hub for connection, and can be paired with your smartphone. Alexa support, Google Assistant support, and Homekit & Siri support are also available.

Technical Comparison

Nest x YaleSchlage Sense
Lock Dimension6.1” W x 11.8” L x 5.4” D4.5” W x 3” L x 8” D
Weight 2.26 pounds3.4 pounds
Backset2 3/8″ – 2 3/4″2 3/8″ – 2 3/4″
Door Thickness1 3/8″ – 2 1/4″ 1 3/8″ – 1 3/4″
Warranty DescriptionLifetime for Finish and Mechanical. 
2 years for Electronics
Limited lifetime for Mechanical and Finish
3 years for Electronics
Power SourceBatteryBattery
Battery4 AA4 AA alkaline
Mobile OSiOS, Android, WindowsiOS, Android, Windows
Interior Dimension2.78”  W x 7.03”  L x 2.02” D3″ W x 8″ L x 2″ D
Exterior Dimension2.59” W x 4.59”  L x 0.80” D3″ W x 5″ L x 1″ D
Sources: yalehome.com, schlage.com

The Verdict

9.1

Nest x Yale Lock

Google Nest Integrated

Model(s): RB-YRD540-WV-605

The Nest X Yale is a keyless smart lock relying on key codes and mobile app control for locking and unlocking. The lack of a keyhole is a security benefit as the lock is tamper proof and can’t be snapped.

Pros

  • Ability to remotely control your lock.
  • User friendly, with Google Assistant support

Cons

9.2

Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

Grade 1 Security Rating
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Model(s): BE479 V CAM 619

The Schlage Sense is designed with simple and convenient features with a mobile application for easy navigation. It can detect when the door is unlocked via the key or keypad and alerts you when it senses a security breach at your door.

Pros

  • ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 security rating.
  • Easy installation procedure (15-20 minutes on average)
  • Sleek and smudge resistant keypad

Cons

  • Voice control or remote monitoring is only possible if the lock is paired with an additional Wi-Fi adapter.

Round 3 Head to Head

Round 3 – Yale Assure Lock with Z-Wave vs Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt

Model(s): YRD226-ZW2-619

Keyless door lock with a 30-second auto-lock after opening. Has an easy one-touch locking feature with up to 16 customization codes for your family and friends. Designed to work with Z-Wave smart home and other smart home hubs.

Pros

  • It comes with a 9v battery for emergency charging
  • The lock has an in-built alarm system that disables the keypad when wrong codes are entered several times.

Cons

  • Security grade lower than Schlage
9.0

Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt

Variety of styles
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Model(s): BE469ZP CAM 716

Built with the highest security rating and comes in multiple styles to give buyers variety. It is neatly designed with two sections, the top of the hardware housing the screen while the bottom is home to the keyhole for regular keys. Can effortlessly connect with Z-wave and Zigbee for smart features.

Pros

  • Program up to 30 unique codes
  • Works with numerous security services and smart home hubs
  • Comes in multiple styles and colors

Cons

  • No dedicated app, requires a Z-Wave hub

Installation, Power & Maintenance

Yale Assure Lock with Z-Wave
8.4
Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt
8.6

Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-wave

You can replace the existing deadbolt with just a screwdriver within minutes and can fit on standard doors. Uses 4 AA batteries with are included

Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

Unique Snap ‘n Stay technology snaps the deadbolt onto the door to free both hands during installation. Easy to install within minutes with just a screwdriver and uses 4 AA batteries

Security, Privacy, Deadbolts & Lock Grades

Yale Assure Lock with Z-Wave
8.6
Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt
8.7

Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-wave

Comes with an in-built alarm that goes off when wrong codes are entered multiple times. Keyless with 30-seconds auto-lock timing after exit or entry

It is rated ASNI/BHMA Grade 2. Also equipped with remote monitoring through Z-wave but must be connected to WiFi (Sold separately)

Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

Equipped with an alarm system that rings when there is a potential breach of the lock. It beeps when locked, unlocked, or intruded.

Rated ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 (Highest security rating)

Design, Access & Extra Features

Yale Assure Lock with Z-Wave
8.9
Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt
9.0

Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-wave

Has an easy one-touch locking feature with up to 16 customizable codes for visiting friends and family. You can manage this smart lock from anywhere when connected to an alarm system or a smart home hub

Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

Comes in different styles and colors for multiple buying choices with illumination for easy keypad spotting. Can be programmed with up to 30 unique access codes for visiting friends and family

Protocols, Smartphone App, Hubs & Integrations

Yale Assure Lock with Z-Wave
8.7
Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt
8.9

Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-wave

Integrate with a variety of hubs and devices including Apple HomePod, Apple TV 4th Gen, VeraEdge, SmartThings, Honeywell, Iris, and VeraPlus, Amazon Echo and Amazon Cloud Cam.

Google Assistant, Alexa, Homekit and Siri also supported.

Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

Integrate with a variety of hubs and devices including Wink Hub 1, Wink Hub 2, VeraEdge, VeraPlus, Samsung SmartThings Hub 1st Gen, Samsung SmartThings Hub.

Alexa and Google Assistant are also supported.

Technical Comparison

Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-WaveSchlage Connect Smart Deadbolt
Lock Dimension1” W  x 2.5” L x 3” D4.5” W x 3” L  x 8” D
Weight 3 pounds3.8  pounds
Backset2 3/8″ – 2 3/4″2 3/8″ – 2 3/4″
Door Thickness1 3/8″ – 2 1/4″1 3/8″ – 1 3/4″
Warranty DescriptionLifetime for Finish and Mechanical. 
1 year for Electronics
Limited lifetime for Mechanical and Finish
3 years for Electronics
Power SourceBatteryBattery
Battery4 AA4 AA alkaline
Mobile OSiOS, Android, WindowsiOS, Android, Windows
Interior Dimension2.78”  W x 7.03”  L x 2.02” D3″ W x 8″ L x 2″ D
Exterior Dimension2.59” W x 4.59”  L x 0.80” D3″ W x 5″ L  x 1″ D
Sources: yalehome.com, schlage.com

The Verdict

Model(s): YRD226-ZW2-619

Keyless door lock with a 30-second auto-lock after opening. Has an easy one-touch locking feature with up to 16 customization codes for your family and friends. Designed to work with Z-Wave smart home and other smart home hubs.

Pros

  • It comes with a 9v battery for emergency charging
  • The lock has an in-built alarm system that disables the keypad when wrong codes are entered several times.

Cons

9.0

Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt

Variety of styles
vs

Model(s): BE469ZP CAM 716

Built with the highest security rating and comes in multiple styles to give buyers variety. It is neatly designed with two sections, the top of the hardware housing the screen while the bottom is home to the keyhole for regular keys. Can effortlessly connect with Z-wave and Zigbee for smart features.

Pros

  • Program up to 30 unique codes
  • Works with numerous security services and smart home hubs
  • Comes in multiple styles and colors

Cons

  • No dedicated app, requires a Z-Wave hub

Sources

yalehome.com
schlage.com

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