The Schlage brand of door locks and handles has been around since 1920 when Walter Schlage created the first knob with a centered push button lock. Since then Schlage smart locks and their other door hardware has grown into one of the most well-known and most installed commercial and residential door hardware in North America.

These opinions are my own. Schlage did not pay me or support me in any way to write this. I have used, bought, supplied and installed their products for many years. I have dealt with their employees on both the commercial and residential sides of their operations. This is only my testimonial after years of experience using their products and dealing with their personnel.

At Doorsecuritygroup.com we are mostly focused on the residential side of things. Schlage does make good commercial products as well but I want to discuss the residential Schlage smart locks.

When you’re looking for a lock or handleset for your house you can choose just about anyone. And I mean that literally. There are so many different brands and manufacturers of locks and handles, I know there are some out there that I haven’t even heard of. And many times, you will find that some of the cheaper and inferior brands will use the same manufacturer from overseas. Just put it in a different box with their name on it.

Schlage door hardware

But Schlage manufactures their own line of locks. The major players in residential door hardware are Schlage and Kwikset and then there are others, mostly store brands, that make up the rest. Kwikset is a good brand BUT they are no match when they are compared to Schlage.

Schlage smart locks are built with better quality, better materials and they have better customer service.

But discussing Schlage’s quality and customer service is not what I wanted to talk about. I wanted to talk about Schlage’s many types of locks, especially their smart locks. The many different choices, names and features can be a bit overwhelming when you’re trying to decide.

I want to make it clear, again, that I do not work for and am not paid by Schlage.

I like Schlage, the company and their products and use them everyday. Most architects that I come into contact with specify Schlage products on their projects. Schlage products are used on every type of building – houses, hospitals, offices, schools.

There are many Schlage smart locks that you could use on your doors. The choices could be overwhelming, there’s Encode and Connect and Touch and Sense but I wanted to put them together in one place with their bullet points to help you decide. As with all Schlage deadbolts, they are made to fit the current deadbolt cutout in your door, requiring no modifications on your part.

Styles

schlage smart locks
Camelot trim on left, Century trim on right. Both in Satin Nickel.

But first, let’s discuss styles. All of the Schlage smart locks come in essentially two different styles of trim. There is the fancier, and with a little bit of flair, Camelot. And the Century, which is more contemporary and has cleaner lines.

Obviously, which one you choose is up to you. But there is little to no difference in the price of the lock, whichever one you choose.

Schlage Smart Locks Side-by-side

It’s not a true comparison, it’s more a side-by-side of their capabilities and in which ways they allow you to use them remotely. There are many similarities – they all come in the same finishes and trim styles, they all can be operated with an access code, and all are easy to be installed. 

All of them are good locks so whichever one you decide on will work well for you. But because the locks are so similar in many respects, the decision would be one of operation and integration. 

Do you have an automation system? Which one? Do you want it to work with Alexa and Google Assistant? What about if you plan on getting Key by Amazon to avoid porch pirates? Do you want it to respond remotely through WiFi or are you fine with only local control through BlueTooth?

SCHLAGE SMART LOCKS COMPARISON

Schlage Smart Locks

Schlage Encode

Schlage’s newest smart lock was released in early 2019. It is a battery operated lock, with built-in WiFi that connects directly to your home’s WiFi network. Wifi locks require more battery power than a Bluetooth lock so you might find yourself changing batteries more often than with a Bluetooth lock. However, because this lock connects directly to the home’s WiFi there is no need for you to purchase an additional hub or adapter.

Works through the Schlage Home app or Amazon Key. Will also work with voice commands from Alexa or Google Assistant.

And now it works with Ring series of doorbells. While you’re away, or even if you’re there, you will be able to see who is at the door on video through the Ring app. Did someone say they lost their key and is locked out? Then unlock the door remotely without needing to get out of bed or come home at an inconvenient time. 

This lock is not be operated with Bluetooth. If it is not connected to WiFi you cannot operate it remotely. The keypad will still work, however and it can be programmed with up to 100 codes.

It is a certified Commercial Grade 1 deadbolt and works on 4 AA batteries. Low battery indicator will warn you a few weeks in advance of the need to replace them. And if you never get around to replacing the batteries, the lock comes with backup key for entry. Then you can put fresh batteries in. 

Schlage Sense

By itself, the Schlage Sense is operated with Bluetooth. So if you’re not more than about 40 feet from the lock you can operate it, change codes and check logs all with the Schlage Sense app. It will store up to 30 codes and they can be 4-8 digits each. 

But because it can be operated locally with Bluetooth the batteries will last longer than if using WiFi alone. 

If you’re playing cards at a friend’s two houses away, you’re out of luck. You’ll need to buy the Schlage Sense adapter. That adapter connects the lock to WiFi allowing remote operation. 

It will work with Schlage Sense app. But if you have the Schlage Sense adapter you will then be able to use this lock with Alexa and Google Assistant. This will also work with Apple HomeKit but then it will no longer be compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant or the Schlage Sense Adapter. So if you’re going to use it with Apple HomeKit you will not need the adapter. 

The only way to operate this lock remotely is through Apple Home Kit or purchasing the WiFi connected Schlage Sense Adapter. 

It is a certified Commercial Grade 2 deadbolt and works on 4 AA batteries. Low battery indicator will warn you a few weeks in advance of the need to replace them. And if you never get around to replacing the batteries, the lock comes with backup key for entry. Then you can put fresh batteries in. 

Schlage Connect

This is the smart lock for those that have home automation systems that run using Z-Wave or Zigbee. There are two separate model types, Z-Wave and Zigbee, for the Connect smart lock. This is due to the  different protocols used when communicating with the smart home hub. Both models have similarities but there also differences. 

But I’m going to discuss them separately, it will be less confusing and, let’s be honest, if you need the Zigbee version will it matter what the Z-Wave has?

Schlage Connect Z-Wave

The Z-Wave Plus Connect model number is BE469. So when you order this lock make sure it has BE469 for the model number of the Z-Wave and not just the “Connect” name. 

Z-Wave Plus works on low radio frequency to communicate from appliance to hub. Using low frequency radio waves also extends battery life beyond that of a lock operating through WiFi.

Z-Wave Plus home automation system will let you set codes and schedules for individual users. It will work through your home’s automation system so you can lock and unlock while you’re away. 

This lock works with Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, Nexia, Ring Alarm, Wink and Google Assistant. 

If you want to give access to family or friends or the dog sitter it will accept up to 30 access codes. You will even get a notification when one of the codes is used and the lock also creates a log of when those codes were used.  And then the codes can be deleted when you want to remove their access. 

The Z-Wave Plus lock does have a built-in alarm that goes off if it detects tampering like picking or bumping. 

It is a certified Commercial Grade 1 deadbolt and works on 4 AA batteries. Low battery indicator will warn you a few weeks in advance of the need to replace them. And if you never get around to replacing the batteries, the lock comes with backup key for entry. Then, you can put fresh batteries in. 

Schlage Connect Zigbee

The Zigbee Connect model number is BE468. So when you order this lock make sure it has BE468 for the model number of the Zigbee and not just the “Connect” name. 

Zigbee is used in home automation, building automation and medical data collection environments. It uses less power than Bluetooth or WiFi. The battery life of this lock will outlast the Sense or Encode locks due to the low power usage.

The Zigbee home automation system will let you set codes and schedules for individual users. It will work through your home’s automation system so you can lock and unlock while you’re away. 

This lock works with Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Key and Echo Plus. 

If you want to give access to family or friends or the dog sitter it will accept up to 30 access codes. You will even get a notification when one of the codes is used and the lock also creates a log of when those codes were used.  And then the codes can be deleted when you want to remove their access. 

It is a certified Commercial Grade 2 deadbolt and works on 4 AA batteries. Low battery indicator will warn you a few weeks in advance of the need to replace them. And if you never get around to replacing the batteries, the lock comes with backup key for entry. Then, you can put fresh batteries in.


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