Yale is one of the most reputable lock companies in the world, with a great track record dating back to the 1800s. Yale’s founder is credited with creating the pin tumbler lock, now known as the Yale lock. While the company still offers traditional locks, Yale also offers smart locks packed with features to beef up security at your home.
Yale smart locks are some of the best on the market today, allowing you to answer the door remotely, provide access to visitors without a key and automatically unlock the door when you approach. Yale lock options are easy to install and use, with an app backed by August that also lets users know if the door is closed properly.
Yale smart locks are ideal for customers who want to increase security at the front door by eliminating the need to give extra keys to family, guests or workers. You’ll also need to be comfortable with using a smart phone app to be able to fully take advantage of all these locks have to offer.
Nest Yale Lock
One of the most popular and feature-packed options is the Nest x Yale lock, which not only provides a smart lock, but also the ability to integrate it into Nest’s home automation ecosystem. The Nest Yale Lock offers the following features:
- Remotely lock and unlock door: With the Nest Yale lock, you’ll be able to give anyone access to your front door without a key, no matter where you’re located. Whether it’s your nanny or your children who forgot the key to get in after school, you can always grant access from a smartphone.
- Automatic lock and unlock: If you’d like, the Nest Yale lock can automatically unlock the door when you approach, and lock it when you’re headed out. It utilizes a smartphone’s Bluetooth technology to know when you’re on the way and leaving.
- Nest integration: This lock can work with all of your Nest products, including the video doorbell, which can round out your home automation system nicely.
- Voice commands: The Nest Yale lock works with Google Assistant, which means you can lock and unlock the door using your voice. You can also check to see if the door is locked by asking the Google Assistant.
- Activity log: You can choose to have the app alert you anytime someone locks and unlocks the door, so you’ll have an ongoing activity log of who enters and leaves the house.
- Tamper-proof: If someone tries to take the lock off your door or damage it to gain entry, you’ll get notified automatically.
- Virtual keys: You can provide a delivery person or anyone who needs quick access to your home with a virtual key for a set amount of time.
- Keyless entry: If you lock your keys in the car, you won’t have to worry about getting into the house. You don’t need a key with the Nest Yale lock.
- DIY installation: The Nest Yale Lock replaces your current deadbolt, and if you’re comfortable with DIY projects, you likely won’t have an issue with installing this lock on your front door.
Nest Yale Lock installation
If you’re comfortable with DIY projects, installing the Nest Yale lock will probably be a breeze. Before you start, you’ll need to measure your door’s thickness to make sure the Nest Yale lock is compatible. It fits most standard doors.
You’ll start by removing your current door lock and strike plate. Then install the Nest Yale Lock deadbolt using the screws provided in the box and a Phillip’s head screwdriver or power drill. After that, just install the new strike plate that comes with the lock, followed by the Nest Yale Lock’s keypad.
All that’s left after that is installing the mounting plate and the actual lock itself. Nest provides a great tutorial along with pictures and videos to make things even easier.
Nest Yale Lock Pricing
This particular Yale lock is sold by many different retailers, so the price can vary. However, if you have the choice of buying it with or without Nest Connect. If you already have the Nest system, you don’t need to spend the extra money to get a redundant piece of equipment. If you’re new to Nest, you’ll need to buy the full package.
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- Get alerts when someone locks or unlocks the door or tries to tamper with your smart door lock 
- Nest integration: The Nest Yale Lock is the ideal choice for homeowners who are already using or plan to invest in Nest. This Yale smart lock can work with any Nest product, which means your lock can work with your video doorbell and be controlled on the same app as your thermostat.
- Simple installation: As far as smart lock installations go, customers are pleased with how easy installation is with the Nest Yale Lock. If you run into any issues, Google (who owns Nest) provides a thorough walk through including pictures and videos along with an installation manual.
- Voice commands: Not all smart locks have a feature that allow for voice commands. Using Google Assistant, you can lock and unlock the door, or ask if your door is locked properly.
- Price: Not only is this product far more expensive than a traditional lock, it’s also on the higher side when compared to similar locks like August. And this Yale smart lock is only compatible with Nest products.
- No backup key: Some smart locks provide a traditional backup key in case something goes wrong, or if the battery dies before you can replace it. But this one has to be charged with a 9V battery if the original battery dies, which may not be convenient.
- Limited third-party integration: While it’s perfect if you’re a Nest user, if you already have Alexa or you’re looking to integrate this lock into a different smart ecosystem, you’ll be out of luck. This product is designed to be used exclusively with Nest and its related products like Google Assistant.
Yale Assure Lock SL
If you’re not a Nest user, and are looking for a Yale Smart Lock with more opportunities for third-party integration, you’re in luck. This Yale lock provides you the chance to use Alexa along with other smart home options you might already have in your home. You’ll still get great features like answering your door remotely and auto lock, but it works with the August app, so you’ll also get the DoorSense technology that lets you know if your door wasn’t closed all the way.
- Robust third-party integration options: This smart key option is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, Z-Wave and Zigbee.
- 24/7 activity log: Within the app, you’ll be able to see who entered your home and when. Look on your smartphone to take a peek at the full day’s activity.
- Price: Smart locks aren’t cheap, and the price can drive away those budget conscious customers.
- Hub required for full functionality: You’ll need a hub to have full functionality with the August app.
The price you pay for this Yale lock depends on the features you choose. The touchscreen version varies from $149 to $279, while the keypad runs about $20 less. While the Yale Assure Lock SL doesn’t provide a backup key option, some of the Assure smart locks do. If a backup option is important to you, keep that in mind. Customers can also choose from different finishes and door handles depending on style preferences. Installation is similar to the Nest x Yale lock.
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Wrapping it up
No matter what type of Yale lock you choose, one can add extra security to your home. Knowing when people are coming and going and having the opportunity to allow access from anywhere in the world also provides convenience.
If you already have Nest set up in your home and you’re a fan, the Nest x Yale lock is your best option. If you’re loyal to other third-party products like Alexa or HomeKit for example, you’ll want to go with the Assure line to get the most use out of your smart lock. Both are excellent choices depending on your personal preferences, and they could be worth the money to give you extra peace of mind.
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