Yale Guarantee Lock SL is modern and slim, however smarts are optionally available

The Yale Guarantee Lock SL would not have the cumbersome clean house 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 will get a sexy touchscreen deadbolt. Add a $50 community module, and the Guarantee Lock SL turns into an built-in a part of your good dwelling. Fashionable, low-profile design and reliable Yale make this lock a stable alternative for good dwelling 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 aspect of the lock continues to be the cumbersome housing for a thumb latch, 4 AA batteries and a community module. A low battery indicator gentle flashes crimson 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 essential 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 contains paper directions in addition to an audio-guided, step-by-step animated model through a third-party app known 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’ll need community modules to attach this lock to your good dwelling. Modules price $50 and can be found in iM1 (for HomeKit), Zigbee and Z-Wave. Granted, this brings your whole lock price as much as $220, however that is not a horrible value to pay for a lock that has a whole 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 will want the Yale Safe app. I already had the Yale Guarantee app on my telephone from a earlier lock take a look at, 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 obtainable. Nomenclature here’s a bit complicated.

With the Yale Safe app, you’ll be able to 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 dwelling platform’s app or via the keypad itself.  

As soon as the whole lot is put in, connecting the lock to your good dwelling community is fairly easy. Just a few faucets of the keypad and your system is related to your hub community. I examined each HomeKit and SmartThings platforms with this lock and arrange was fairly comparable for each. I used to be capable of incorporate the lock into rooms and scenes with HomeKit fairly simply. SmartThings related rapidly, 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 probably the most half, I discovered it to be a pleasant characteristic. On a keypad the place you’ll be able to’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 may regulate quantity ranges or can silence the keypad completely, if you happen to favor.

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