Long-time lock manufacturer Schlage is moving into the smart lock business, which is good news for homeowners who want to be able to unlock their doors remotely from their mobile devices. Unlike the Schlage Connect, which uses Z-Wave smart-home systems for its remote connectivity, the Schlage Sense BE479 uses Apple Homekit. You can even ask Siri to unlock the deadbolt for you, in case you don't feel like typing in your PIN code when you get to the door. And, yes, the Sense has a touch-screen keypad that you can use to assign up to 30 different PIN codes, including permanent ones for family members and temporary ones for visitors who'll only be staying over long enough to open the door a few times.
If you don't have Homekit (and if you have an Apple TV, you get Homekit connectivity automatically thrown in), the Connect also offers a Bluetooth connection so you can still unlock it with your phone (or use Siri to do it), but only if you're standing within Bluetooth range. You won't be able to unlock it from your office when the cleaning person calls you desperately to remind you that they can't get into your house to mop the floor. Not surprisingly, the app only runs on iOS devices, so Android users need not apply or may want the Connect instead. Both the Sense and the Connect have a clean, modern look with a satin nickel finish, so that your lock is both unobtrusive looking and decorative. The touchscreen is fingerprint resistant, so that clever burglars won't be able to figure out your PIN code by studying the keys carefully, and will work even if you have gloves on, which is more than can be said for the screen on your iOS device.
If you'd like an alternative to Schlage's connected smart locks, look at the Yale Real Living YRD2400, which allows up 250 PIN codes for apartment-building owners, or the Samsung Ezon SHS-3321. And if you just like the idea of opening your lock from your phone (without even taking it out of your pocket), try the Kwikset Kevo.
The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt does what it says it will do, and it’s easy to install.
The lock is very well designed. There are a lot of very nice touches, both for the lock operation and the installation procedure.
The lock itself is very solid, easy to install, and easy to use with the app.
The Sense works great when it's connected to HomeKit, allowing you to remotely lock and unlock the door, manage user codes and more.
It doesn't offer voice-activated commands, but it's a breeze to install and uses geofencing technology to lock