Schlage, as a long-established lock manufacturer, has had a presence in the smart lock market for some time. Its smart lock products have three lines: Schlage Connect, Schlage Sense and Schlage Encode. All these locks share a similar physical structure, and they all look the same, but they each include a different electronic design that means they work differently.

There are 4 different models which represent 4 kinds of major wireless communicate protocols in use today. They are: Connect Z-Wave Plus model (BE469ZP), Connect Zigbee model (BE468GBAK), Sense Bluetooth model (BE479) and the latest Encode Wi-Fi model (BE489WB). In this article, we will talk about the similarities and differences between them, including the design, installation, features and smart integration. 

Design

Each of the locks is comprised of two parts: the exterior and interior. The touchscreen is on the exterior part, and the battery and built-in alarm are housed within the interior part.

Same Door requirement

Before you purchase any Schlage smart lock, you should measure the door to see if the lock will fit. The mounting dimension of all Schlage smart locks is the same. Follow the guide below to check.

Style and Color

Once you confirm the locks are compatible with your door, you can choose a style and color to match your home. Every model provides two styles: Century and Camelot. Each style comes in four or five color options. Schlage Connect and Sense look like the same lock, but Schlage Encode’s interior part is smaller than the other two.

Did Hub require or not?

The Schlage Connect requires a smart hub to work as a real smart lock, otherwise, it just acts as a programmable lock and you have to program the lock via the touchscreen. That doesn’t seem overly convenient by today’s standards, which allow us to use apps in our smartphone to control many things. If you connect the Schlage Connect lock to a smart hub (Z-Wave Plus version is compatible with SmartThings or Wink, the Zigbee version is compatible with the Amazon Echo Plus 3rd generation or SmartThings), then you can use the hub’s app to control the lock.

For the Schlage Sense, you can use the Schlage Sense app (Android and iOS) to control it directly without any hub, but if you want to enable the remote control feature, you need a unit called Schlage BR400 Wi-Fi adapter.

The Encode and Sense models have a lot in common. Just like the Sense, the Encode doesn’t require a hub to enable app-control, and even the app is the same. The big difference is that the Encode’s remote control feature doesn’t need any additional device since it is a Wi-Fi-enabled device.

Tech specification comparison

Product Name

Schlage Connect(Z-Wave Plus)

Schlage Connect(Zigbee)

Schlage Sense Schlage Encode
Model# BE469ZP BE468GBAK BE479 BE489WB
2019 2018 2015 2019
FCC ID XPB-ZWPLUS NA TFB-1002 XPB-DENALI
Exterior Dimensions 3″ x 5″ x 1″ 3″ x 5″ x 1″ 3″ x 5″ x 1″

3″ x 5″ x 0.9″

 

Interior Dimensions 3″ x 8″ x 2″ 3″ x 8″ x 2″ 3″ x 8″ x 2″ 3″ x 5.5″ x 2.2″
Weight 3.8lb 3.78lb 3.4lb 3.35lb
Wi-Fi No No No Yes
Zigbee No Yes No No
Z-Wave Plus Yes No No No
Bluetooth No No Yes No
Finish Color Satin Nickel/Matte Black/Bright Chrome/Satin Chrome/Aged Bronze Satin Nickel/Matte Black/Bright Chrome/Satin Chrome/Aged Bronze Satin Nickel/Matte Black/Aged Bronze Satin Nickel/Matte Black/Aged Bronze
Power source 4 * AA Batteries(included) 4 * AA Batteries 4 * AA Batteries 4 * AA Batteries
Operating Temperatures

Outside escutcheon:

-35C to 66C,

Inside escutcheon:

-10C to 49C

Outside escutcheon:

-35C to 66C,

Inside escutcheon:

-10C to 49C

Outside escutcheon:

-35C to 66C,

Inside escutcheon:

-10C to 49C

Outside escutcheon:

-35C to 66C,

Inside escutcheon:

-10C to 49C

Max Access codes 30 codes 30 codes 30 codes 100 codes
Residential Standard Certification*(1) Grade AAA in Security, Durability and Finish Grade BAA in Security, Durability and Finish Grade AAA in Security, Durability and Finish Grade AAA in Security, Durability and Finish
Warranty *(2) 3-Year Warranty 3-Year Warranty 3-Year Warranty 3-Year Warranty
MSRP $259 $199 $199 $249
Price Check on Amazon Check on Amazon Check on Amazon Check on Amazon
Required Hub Need SmartThings or Wink Need Hub Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter No Need
  • ANSI/BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) Grading System is accredited by the America National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the voluntary standardization to develop and maintain performance standards for builder’s hardware. You can check the detailed explanation for BHMA Security Grades, and find the document ANSI/BHMA A156.40-2015 on the BHMA website including all above locks.
  • 3-year electronics and limited lifetime warranty for the mechanical & finish: you can check detailed info about the Schlage warranty.

Installation

The installation of all the locks is almost identical. The procedure will be pretty easy as long as you follow the installation manual, and Schlage make a lot of nice installation guides on YouTube.

Installation Steps:

  1. Remove the old deadbolt
  2. Install bolt and strike, adjust bolt length and faceplate if necessary
  3. Install the Touchscreen Assembly
  4. Install the Alarm Assembly
  5. Install the Batteries
  6. Test the Lock

 

There is no Schlage Encode installation video yet, but the installation process isn’t different with Connect or Sense, by Schlage Encode manual.

If you want to hire an expert to install the lock, there is Deadbolt installation service on Amazon. BTW, the service isn’t cheap.

Features

Keyless Entry

By default, you can use the keypad to enter the access code, or you can use the app in your smartphone to unlock it. A physical key comes with the lock as a backup in case your lock battery becomes drained.

Touchscreen Programming

All the Schlage smart locks can be programmed using the touchscreen, to set up the lock or add/remove the access code. Before you get started, you need the programming code, which is on the back of the user manual and the interior part of the lock.

Once you have the programming code, you can follow the user manual to set up the lock.

Sense App

Only the Sense and Encode locks can be controlled by the Schlage App. In the app, you can: check the most recent 100 lock events in the activity history, add an access code and send it via text or email, remove an access code, set up Auto-Lock and Alarm. It must be said that the ranking of the Schlage app is pretty low in iTunes and Google Play. The app seems buggy.

With the Sense lock, you can share control of the lock by inviting another user through HomeKit. One thing you must know, the additional user will have full control of the lock, so be careful about inviting users in HomeKit.

Access Code management

The direct programming method seems a bit old-fashioned – feels like the 90s – but it can still work when the hub or network is not working, so it is advantageous as a backup option. Alternatively use app-control – bearing in mind that the Connect lock (both Z-Wave and Zigbee) only works with the hub’s app, while Sense and Encode can have their own app.

Auto-Lock

All the Schlage locks have this ability. The Connect Auto-Lock feature activates 30 seconds after unlocking, and this delay is fixed. But for the Sense and Encode locks, the Auto-Lock (relock) delay can be adjusted to15 secs, 30 secs, 1 min, 2 mins or 4 mins.

Built-in Alarm

All the locks have a built-in alarm, which protects the device from forced damage and brute force attempts. The locks have sensors to detect vibrations on the door and lock, so if someone decides to kick the door/lock, an alarm will sound. And the same happens when 4 incorrect PIN codes are entered.

Schlage Sense FAQs 

Schlage Connect FAQs 

Schlage Encode FAQs 

Smart-home integration

The biggest differences between these locks is smart integration, they all work with some smart platforms but not others. So, take a close look at the table below. It may help you make the call.

 

Schlage Connect

(Z-Wave Plus)

Schlage Connect

(Zigbee)

Schlage Sense

(Bluetooth)

Schlage Encode

(Wi-Fi)

Amazon Key N Y N Y
Amazon Alexa Y Y Y Y
Google Assistant Y N Y N
Apple HomeKit N N Y N
SmartThings Y Y N N
Wink Y N N N
Amazon Echo Plus N Y N N

Schlage Connect can’t directly work with Alexa Echo or Google Home, you need to connect it to a compatible hub first.

Schlage Connect Z-Wave works with

Schlage Connect Zigbee works with

The Schlage Sense doesn’t need a hub; you can pair the lock to a voice-assistant-enabled device via Bluetooth, including Google Home, Alexa Echo or Apple HomePod (TV or iPad also work).

Schlage Sense works with

The Schlage Encode only works with Amazon Alexa or Amazon Key at present. I guess Schlage will move to support more third-party smart systems soon, otherwise this product is really overpriced.

Schlage Encode works with

Verdict

If you already have a smart-home system and you want to add a compatible lock to it, then the Schlage Connect or Sense are great choices – just double confirm what protocol your hub or voice assistant devices use.

If you don’t have any smart-home system installed, then the Schlage Encode may give you a good start, but I suggest you wait for a while because this model is just recently released. In my experience, the newest model often has a lot of scope for improvement, especially regarding the firmware or app.

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