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WiFi smart locks and keyless deadbolts have been all the rage recently. They have really gained popularity in the past few years during the “smart” surge.
Smart devices typically include WiFi connectivity and app support. While they also include other features, Schlage took their approach at smart keyless deadbolt locks.
Schlage has been producing door hardware, security and style for over 100 years. Recently they have pushed the technological advancement with smart keyless locks.
In this comparison and review, we compare several of the Schlage deadbolt keypads. And, we compared Schlage vs Kwikset (another competitor brand, full review here).
Schlage Keyless Lock Lineup
While the Schlage keyless lock lineup can seem similar at times there are differences. While we tried to find the best ones to compare, there are several others that we didn’t.
If you want to see the full offerings available, click here. But, keep reading, because you might see a feature you can’t live without!
Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt (BE489WB CEN 622)
The first smart lock on the list is the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt. This is one of the most modern offerings on our list. It comes in several modern colors and styles.
In addition, it does not come with a handle, so you can add your own to match whatever style you’re aiming for!
Starting the features off is the built-in WiFi connection. This allows you to lock or unlock your Schlage Encode from anywhere (with no accessories required besides an internet connection). All you need to do is pair the Encode with the Schlage Home app or Amazon Key.
You can create and manage up to 100 codes to allow friends, family or contractors into your properties. It is also a great way for people using VRBO or Airbnb to let guests in. There are several different settings as far as recurring, temporary or permanent access.
Additionally, you can Alexa check the status of your lock and check battery life. There is a capacitive fingerprint-resistant touch screen that allows you one-touch locking. There is also optional hands-free voice controls. There is also built-in alarm technology that alerts you of a low-battery or break-in.
Finally, it is an extremely easy instal with just a screwdriver. There is a “snap ‘n stay” design that is guaranteed to fit standard doors. And, comes with a lifetime warranty.
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt w/ WiFi Adapter Bundle (BE479 CAM 619)
Next up, is the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. This smart lock is similar to the previous deadbolt. However, it also has some other features.
Firstly, it features a similar keyless touchpad and deadbolt. It also gives you the freedom to use the Schlage Sense app on a smartphone. However, it does not allow you to use Amazon Alexa (except through the app).
Additionally, you can store up to 30 access codes. These codes can be temporary, permanent or recurring. The previous Schlage Encode could store up to 100 codes and was able to use Amazon Alexa.
Similarly, the Schlage Sense smart deadbolt has a guaranteed fit on any standard pre-drilled door.
With the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter you can add more features including Apple HomeKit and the ability to unlock your door from anywhere.
Quite honestly, the Encode has a few more features, but isn’t that much more expensive. If you were cross-shopping the two, we recommend at least moving to the Encode.
Schlage Plymouth Keypad Entry with Flex-Lock (FE575 PLY 626 ELA)
The third deadbolt keypad is the Schlage Plymouth Keypad Entry with Flex-Lock. This is the most affordable lock on our list, but still comes with several premium features.
First, the Plymouth with Flex-Lock has Flex-Lock. This feature allows you to switch between unlocked or automatic re-locking with the turn of a knob. The keypad illuminates at night, so you can see it in the dark.
In addition, you can program up to 19 unique codes. And, there is two 4-digit pre-programmed codes that come from the factory along with a 6-digit programmer code. However, you can completely customize these as needed.
The included door handle is reversible with an adjustable backset. It is guaranteed to fit 1-1/8 inch to 1-3/4 inch doors. It is battery powered and includes 4 AA batteries.
Which is Better Schlage vs Kwikset?
So, which smart keyless deadbolt is better Schlage vs Kwikset? In our opinion, it’s all about how much you want to spend. The Kwikset SmartCode is a better value, however the Schlage Encode has more features.
We did a full Kwikset Smartkey Lineup Comparison if you’re interested. But, we’ll sum up some of the most important points here!
The Kwikset SmartCode (99130-003 913) is an electronic keypad deadbolt door lock. It has a keyless touchpad and features up to 16 unique user codes. It is BHMA Grade 2 certified and fits standard doors with no issues. However, it does not support any smart phone features.
So, you really loose a lot of the “smart” features when you move from Schlage to Kwikset. However, the Kwikset keyless keypads are almost half the price compared to the Schlage offerings.
So which Schlage Deadbolt (Keyless) Keypad should you buy?
In our opinion, the best choice right now is the Schlage Encode WiFi deadbolt keypad. This deadbolt keypad brings the best features to an all-in-one package.
Quite honestly, there are some other more expensive keypads that offer too many “unusable” features. This is not the case with the Encode. It is extremely intuitive and useable.
While reviewing the Encode, we also found that using your phone to unlock your door is very handy.
It is extremely easy to install and even easy to install on your phone. Using the Amazon “Key” service is useful, however we aren’t sure what direction it will head in. It is so much easier to not have to carry your keys around or take them out of your pocket every time you want to get in.
Additionally, having the ability to let your friends or family “let themselves in” is extremely useful.
We highly recommend the Schlage line of deadbolt keypads. But, if you’re looking for a more budget option (while still having excellent quality), check out the Kwikset lineup.