Wondering whether you’ve left your main door unlocked on your way to the office? Yes, sometimes we have those moments where we need to consciously remember whether we’ve locked our front door or not. Luckily, we have smart locks today that will help you monitor your front door and lock it whenever and wherever you are.
Smart locks are convenient because they allow you to lock or unlock your door remotely using a smartphone. They are not only elegant looking for your front door but also keep your home secured from intruders.
In this post, we will review two of the most popular smart locks in the market - Schlage Connect vs Sense - to help pick the right fit for your needs!
Must-Have Features for Smart Locks
Want a lock that’s easier to defeat than your current one?
Who does, right!?!
Your smart lock is more than just the convenience of remote control and monitoring via a smartphone app - it should also be robust enough against forced entry, picking, and other methods.
And due to the interconnectivity capability with your other devices, smart locks without the proper authentication features and protocols can be at risk for hacking and other malicious activities.
As a homeowner, it is highly recommended to choose smart locks with ANSI Grade 1 deadbolts and use proper authentication and protocol parameters to ensure that your home is protected.
Compatibility With Other Devices
How do you let your other family members, visitors, or house cleaners get access to your home? For most people with traditional locks, they would provide spare keys. However, that reduces your control of the keys and compromises your home security!
Thankfully, most smart locks today have the electronic key feature where you can generate keys and assign to family members and visitors. These keys are temporary and you can revoke anytime through a smartphone app. It is important that you consider this feature when choosing a smart lock.
For me, it’s the best reason to get a smart lock.
Schlage Sense vs Connect - Differences
Schlage Connect works with ZigBee and Z-Wave communication protocols while Schlage Sense is Bluetooth enabled. Although both smart locks work well with a number of devices, it is clear that the Schlage Connect offers more options to connect with multiple devices. If you want to expand your home automation in the future, then the Schlage Connect is the better deal.
For many, it will depend on your existing home automation setup.
Compatibility to Other Devices
The Schlage Sense smart lock can be paired with other devices for remote access using two options. First, through a HomeKit-enabled smart home devices and second, through a WiFi network. However, Schlage Sense only has a Bluetooth option so you will need to purchase a separate WiFi adapter to connect your smart lock to the router.
On the other hand, the Schlage Connect offers a remote access feature using Z-Wave technology. This allows the smart lock to connect to multiple smart home hubs easily. You will not need a separate WiFi adapter since most smart home hubs are Z-Wave enabled.
Schlage Sense vs Connect - Similarities
Both Have Remote Access
Both Can Assign Multiple User Codes
Both Are Easy to Install
Both Have Built-in Alarms
Both Comes With Manual Key Options
Both Have Low Battery Alarm
Both Offer Limited Lifetime Warranty
Schlage Sense vs Connect - the Pros and Cons
- Touchscreen is fingerprint-resistant
- Compatible with ZigBee and Z-Wave devices
- Auto lock feature
- Comes with automated home security feature
- Supports voice control Alexa
- Certified ANSI Grade 1, the highest grade for residential security
- Not compatible with Siri voice control and Apple devices
- Requires a third-party hub to connect with other devices
- Relies on a smart home hub for remote access
- Comes with three different ways to unlock your door
- Comes with support for Homekit Voice Control
- ANSI Grade 1 certified
- Finger-resistant touch screen display
- Compatible with Apple devices
- Auto-lock feature
- Needs WiFi adaptor for remote access
- Limited on Bluetooth connectivity
- Slightly expensive
Schlage Sense smart lock is better for users who exclusively use Apple HomeKit devices. The smart lock mainly uses Bluetooth technology to connect with other Apple devices and even command Siri to lock/unlock the door anytime you want. However, you can’t use Schlage Sense with other Z-Wave enabled devices. You can also separately purchase a WiFi adapter if you want to use the smart lock with Google Assistant and Amazon.
The Schlage sense has been available for 5 years but it already has proven to be a quality smart lock.
Overall, the Schlage Connect smart lock offers more flexibility since it works with wider compatibility such as Alexa, Wink, Ring, Google Assistant, SmarthThings, and Nexia. Since it is Z-Wave and ZigBee enabled, you can easily integrate and expand your home automation system without a lot of compatibility issues.
The Schlage Connect is about 10 years old now. This means that the brand has gone through several improvements on its hardware/ software and has stood the test of time.
Our Key Takeaways
In this post, we have reviewed two of the most popular and trustworthy smart lock brands today - the Schlage Sense and Connect. If you like the exclusivity of your devices and loyal to Apple devices, then the Schlage Sense is for you. However, if you prefer to expand your home automation system in the future without a lot of compatibility issues, then the Schlage Connect is the right lock for you.
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Hi, I’m Christy, and I’m an electronics engineer by profession. I have taught in a university for 2 years while pursuing my master’s degree in cognitive radio and worked for a company to develop wireless medical devices. Currently, I’m doing research for a doctorate degree in engineering using a wireless sensor network for smart agriculture. I’ve been active in our local IoT community, IoT Cebu, where I participate in conducting talks about Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and DIY home automation using Wi-Fi and ZigBee devices.