The Yale Guarantee Lock SL does not have the cumbersome clean area beneath the keypad we noticed in different locks within the Guarantee line.

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The Yale Guarantee Lock SL is Yale’s newest touchscreen deadbolt and the sleekest we have seen from the well-known lock makers. For $169, you may get a pretty touchscreen deadbolt. Add a $50 community module, and the Guarantee Lock SL turns into an built-in a part of your good residence. Fashionable, low-profile design and reliable Yale make this lock a strong alternative for good residence safety.

The Yale Guarantee Lock SL touchscreen deadbolt retains the identical Yale keypad we have seen for a number of years now, however updates the look with a a lot slimmer body. No extra chunky ineffective backside half on this Guarantee lock. The inside facet of the lock remains to be the cumbersome housing for a thumb latch, 4 AA batteries and a community module. A low battery indicator mild flashes purple when batteries are working low, and a pair of 9V jumpstart nodes on the underside of the keypad act as a backup energy provide for the keypad if batteries are fully useless.

Set up was easy. As all the time, it is vital to ensure your door is properly aligned and working correctly. I examined this lock on three completely different doorways, and the lock carried out noticeably worse on the door that wanted a little bit additional shove to totally latch. Yale consists of paper directions in addition to an audio-guided, step-by-step animated model through a third-party app referred to as BILT.

The Yale Guarantee Lock SL makes use of the Yale Safe app to regulate locks on the HomeKit platform. 

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You will want community modules to attach this lock to your good residence. Modules value $50 and can be found in iM1 (for HomeKit), Zigbee and Z-Wave. Granted, this brings your complete lock value as much as $220, however that is not a horrible value to pay for a lock that has quite a lot of integrating functionality. The August Professional with Join module, for instance, does a little bit bit extra and is priced at $249. Yale will ship the Guarantee Lock SL internationally and its $169 pricetag converts to roughly £126 or AU$222.

My solely gripe comes from the app needing to attach the iM1 community module with Apple HomeKit. For HomeKit, you may want the Yale Safe app. I already had the Yale Guarantee app on my telephone from a earlier lock check, and it wasn’t instantly obvious that this new Yale Guarantee Lock SL lock really wanted the Yale Safe app, not the Guarantee app. Additionally price noting, the Yale RealLiving app is not accessible. Nomenclature here’s a bit complicated.

With the Yale Safe app, you may lock and unlock the door through Bluetooth, handle lock settings and create or delete PIN codes. Zigbee and Z-Wave modules do not get an app. Changes for locks with these modules will should be made via a wise residence platform’s app or via the keypad itself.  

As soon as every part is put in, connecting the lock to your good residence community is fairly easy. A number of faucets of the keypad and your system is linked to your hub community. I examined each HomeKit and SmartThings platforms with this lock and arrange was fairly related for each. I used to be capable of incorporate the lock into rooms and scenes with HomeKit fairly simply. SmartThings linked shortly, however Alexa did not acknowledge the brand new system till I logged out and logged again into the Alexa app. From there, I used to be capable of ask Alexa to lock the door with voice instructions. 

The Guarantee Lock SL has the identical speaker from its final touchscreen deadbolt, and for essentially the most half, I discovered it to be a pleasant function. On a keypad the place you may’t really feel every particular person button, it is good to have audio affirmation of urgent every key. A voice in your alternative of French, English or Spanish walks you thru the keypad menu. You possibly can alter quantity ranges or can silence the keypad totally, should you desire.

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