The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is the highest rated of all the residential Schlage door locks. Schlage has been making locks since 1909 and to be around that long requires a good reputation and dependability.
This BHMA certified Grade 1 smart lock is a single cylinder deadbolt with a keypad and keyed cylinder on the exterior. The battery compartment and thumbturn are on the interior.
And readers of my earlier post, Explanation of Grades, will know that Grade 1 is the highest grade of deadbolts possible. You can get this lock with the confidence that it is made of the strongest material for locks and is tamper resistant.
You can get this lock in two styles, Camelot and Century. The Camelot model has more flair than the Century model. And these come in three different finishes – aged bronze, satin nickel and matte black. You can get this smart lock as a package with a Schlage handleset if you’re wanting to completely replace the existing handle and deadbolt.
What’s In The Box?
The box for the Schlage Sense Deadbolt contains:
- Interior piece with support plate containing the alarm and battery compartment
- Exterior piece that has the touchscreen keypad and keyed lock
- strike plates and deadbolt
- screws for the support plate, strike and reinforcement plate(optional) and alarm assembly
- 4 AA batteries
Ease of Installation
This Schlage door lock, unlike the August Smart Lock, is a complete replacement of your existing deadbolt. However, installation is still pretty easy because this lock uses the same holes and door preparation as your standard deadbolt. So there are no additional holes you need to cut in the door or frame. And it should take about 15 minutes to install. The Schlage Sense app has a video that is very helpful with the installation and will also be needed to control the lock.
The Schlage Sense app
After installing the lock you need to setup an account with Schlage. The app has one primary user and secondary users. Primary user must give permissions to the secondary users through the app. You use the app to lock or unlock by pressing the lock image
You can update the software and new features through the Schlage Sense app so no need to buy a new lock to get the updated version. This is a very cool feature for smart locks because no one wants to buy a new deadbolt lock, only to have the manufacturer release a better version making yours obsolete.
The auto lock feature has a delay that can be set to 5 different time increments depending on your preference. You don’t have to try to remember if you locked the door, it will automatically lock after the time elapses.
You need to confirm the door is completely shut however. This lock does not come with a sensor before auto locking. To be sure the auto lock feature works properly you should make sure that the door and frame align before installing the lock. Also, be sure there is no swelling or warping of the door or frame when the weather changes, that will cause alignment issues as well.
You can operate this lock with a key, like a conventional deadbolt, or with Bluetooth through the Schlage Sense app on either Android or iOS.
It comes ready to work with Apple HomeKit through AppleTV or iPad using Bluetooth or Siri. However, if you don’t have HomeKit and still want to be able to have remote access you need to get the Schlage Sense WiFi adapter. Among other things, the adapter will let you use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant so you can lock and unlock with your voice.
If you decide you want to use Alexa with your lock you can operate the lock by voice command. You need to enable this feature through the app because it is not the default setting mainly due to security concerns. For additional security, Alexa will also require a PIN before using any voice controls.
Plug the adapter in the wall close enough for simultaneous Bluetooth and WiFi access. 40 feet is about the max range for Bluetooth. Getting a second Schlage Sense deadbolt for the back door or garage door doesn’t mean a second adapter. One adapter will work for two locks.
For you to be able to operate from anywhere with remote access you must either have the AppleTV or the WiFi adapter.
Remote access will allow you to lock and unlock from anywhere. And grant access codes to friends, family, service workers, etc. while you’re away using the keypad. Codes can be created specifically for who you want to have access and what time they need access. So for instance, the dogwalker gets one code that only works between 10 am and 2 pm, whereas your son has a different code that can be used all day.
The Schlage Sense Deadbolt can store up to 30 different pin codes. The codes can be 4 to 8 digits long. However, once the length of the code is set on the first code created every code thereafter will have to be the same length. The codes being used are tracked with time and date, this all can be accessed through the app.
It does have a built-in alarm that by default is on but can be toggled off. If the Schlage deadbolt is tampered with, the alarm will make a shrill noise. The volume of the alarm can be adjusted through the app.
If the batteries in the lock are dead you can use the backup key or you can “jumpstart” the lock with a 9-volt battery. You put the 9-volt on the contacts under the lock. And then replace the 4 AA batteries once you’re in.
If you already have a smart home with HomeKit or AppleTV, this smart lock will be perfect for you. You wouldn’t need any additional equipment to benefit from its full complement of features. If you don’t have HomeKit and still want to access remotely, there are other locks that might better fit your situation. This lock has a 3 year electronic and a lifetime mechanical warranty. Schlage’s customer service and willingness to resolve warranty issues is pretty good as GeekDad alluded to at the end of this post.