Yale Assure Lock 2 review

The Assure 2 is a solid smart lock. Its design fits most homes, it promises broad compatibility, and it offers several easy and reliable ways to access your door while ditching your keys. At $260, the Wi-Fi version of the Assure 2 is expensive, though slightly cheaper than the previous Assure SL.

Today, Yale unveiled the Yale Assure Lock 2, which comes as no surprise as the replacement for its highly regarded Assure Lock SL. The second-generation lock is more streamlined, compact, and “smarter” than the first. But after using it for a while, I began to wonder how consistently it connects to the phone or smart speaker you use to control it. That’s a problem for a lock whose main selling point is its wide range of connectivity possibilities.

Now, Bluetooth and Apple Home (previously HomeKit) functionality are built into every Assure Lock 2. Compared to the first-generation Yale Assure models, which call for the purchase of a Yale Smart Module in order to connect to your smartphone or a smart home system, this is an improvement. The chunky memory card-like modules add extra connectivity options like Bluetooth or the specialised ZigBee wireless network used by many smart home hubs. They plug into the interior side of the lock above its battery compartment.

With Yale’s first-ever WiFi smart module, the Assure Lock 2 will be able to connect to your WiFi network without the $79.00 plug-in Yale Connect WiFi Bridge. Additionally, work is underway on two more smart modules for Z-Wave and Matter. The first comes out later this year, and the second does so right after the Matter standard debuts this fall.

Yale Assure Lock 2 review: Design

The design of the keypad on my door’s exterior is something I really like. My keyboard has touch buttons that are keyed, and after a few seconds of inactivity, it turns completely black. It comes in a few different finishes, but mine is black and will go with any door. If you want as low a profile as possible, go with the standard keypad. The lock is square and has physical buttons as well. For anyone seeking the best possible backup solution, the keyed variant is perfect.

The lock is noticeably less appealing on the inside. It’s fairly bulky because the entire mechanism is housed inside your door, and the rubberized black finish is nothing special. When entering a code on the outside of the door, the lock opens very quickly. I never had trouble getting the numbers on the keypad to light up, and it was reassuring to know that the lock had properly latches when leaving for a night out.

The lock’s keypad, deadbolt, and other mechanisms are all included in the box along with mounting hardware, four AA batteries, and a DoorSense tag for door detection. The Wi-Fi module and a physical key were also included in my version.

Yale Assure Lock 2 review: Comfort

With this new Assure Lock 2, I replaced my Wi-Fi Smart Lock from August. Even though I liked the smart lock August offers, I was annoyed by the fact that its special battery needed to be changed every three months. However, at least the Assure Lock 2 with Wi-Fi uses four AA batteries, which I find more reassuring in case I need to pick up some in a hurry. It still only has a three to six month battery life depending on usage.

One minor issue only arose during the installation of this new lock. When I locked it from my phone, it would do so, but afterwards it would sound stuck and grind. I could manually lock it with the turn knob, and the dead bolt always slid into place easily, so I knew it was a simple mistake. When I had the chance to investigate, I found that the dead bolt’s hole wasn’t quite deep enough. The lock’s jamming noises and messages stopped after I spent a few minutes extending its depth.

I primarily used Apple’s Home app to use the lock once it was operational and functioning as expected. Also, from time to time, I would ask Siri to lock or unlock it. However, using voice commands worked well even though it occasionally took up to 30 seconds. I found support for Apple’s new Home Keys to be the most obvious feature that was lacking. With the help of near field communication (NFC), it enables HomeKit to produce virtual keycards for Apple Wallet that can then be used to unlock devices with a tap on an Apple Watch.

Yale Assure Lock 2 review: Connectivity

The lock’s number pad lit up right away and responded to my inputs just as quickly. Inside, the throw was solid and smooth. Like the Kwikset Halo, which requires you to press two random digits before entering your code, I wish it had a security feature like that. In order to avoid leaving a mark from your fingerprints, the matte number pad is coated. Even those who have used smart locks before might not immediately realise that in order to activate the backlighting, you must first press the Yale logo at the top of the pad.

Naturally, there is absolutely no need for you to press any buttons. To have the lock open when your phone enters Bluetooth range, turn on the Yale app’s auto-unlock feature. The lock automatically opened once I was about 10-15 feet from the door, which I found to work well, but the absence of a second authentication step makes me feel a little uneasy. You can change the lock’s activation or deactivation radius, though. Make sure the auto-lock function of the app is turned on as well so that the door will shut on its own.

Yale Assure Lock 2 review: Performance

The lock’s numeric keypad lit up immediately and responded just as quickly to my inputs. The lock was smooth and sturdy on the inside. I wish it had a security feature like the Kwikset Halo, which requires you to press two random digits before entering the code. The matte numeric keypad is coated to prevent your fingerprints from leaving marks. Even those who have worked with smart locks may not immediately know that you have to press the Yale logo on top of the number pad first to turn on the backlight.

Naturally, you are not required to press any buttons at all. The Yale app’s auto-unlock function can be turned on to have the lock open when your phone enters Bluetooth range. Although I found that it worked well—once I was about 10-15 feet away from the door, the lock automatically opened—the lack of a secondary authentication step does make me feel a little uneasy. However, you can modify the radius in which the lock will activate or deactivate. Make sure the app’s auto-lock feature is activated as well so that the door automatically closes.

Yale Assure Lock 2 review: Battery Life

According to Yale, the Assure Lock 2 with WiFi has a battery life of three months or less, depending on how frequently you enter and exit your home. And although I was initially a little miffed that the lock is powered by four single-use AA batteries, Yale claims that the company isn’t allowed to use rechargeable batteries because of fire safety regulations. If you really want to, you can use your own rechargeable batteries, but you’re responsible for any problems that arise. Oh, and for anyone who chooses a keyless model, you can tap a 9-volt battery on the contacts on the underside of the housing in the event that the lock’s batteries run out while you’re outside, giving the lock just enough power to let you in.

Yale Assure Lock 2 review: Price

Unsurprisingly, there are now more options available than ever before in the smart lock market. You might want to look at the August Wi-Fi in this price range (4th-gen). As the name implies, it comes with built-in Wi-Fi support rather than relying on a module. It is also a little less expensive than Yale’s web-connected lock, coming in at just $230 and frequently going on sale for as little as $170.

There are a few considerations with regard to August’s lock. First off, rather than replacing the entire kit, it makes use of your existing deadbolt hardware. That may be advantageous to some people, but others may prefer to start over with new hardware. Second, since the same Swedish conglomerate owns both businesses, August’s app is essentially identical to Yale’s. I’ve already mentioned that I’m not a fan of Yale’s application process as a whole, so I anticipate that the August software will share my concerns.

The Wyze Lock remains our budget pick if you’re looking for something less expensive. Additionally, it costs much less than August or Yale and makes use of your current hardware. You can still get auto-unlock and Wi-Fi for about $130, but you’ll have to pay more to add a keypad. As our review of the device revealed, Wyze devices occasionally experience technical difficulties, so if this happens while using the lock, don’t be alarmed.

Final words

The Yale Assure Lock 2 with the Wi-Fi module, in all honesty, would be fantastic for everyone, from the technologically savvy to the technologically challenged. It’s a lovely lock that operates without incident the vast majority of the time.

You can easily see who accessed your home and when by setting up different codes for different visitors, such as the dog walker or in-laws who are visiting. This lock can be set up to automatically lock whenever you leave your house, allowing you to live in the moment without worrying about whether the door is locked.

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The Yale Assure Lock 2 with the Wi-Fi module is honestly a fantastic lock for everyone from the tech-savvy to the tech-savvy. It's a beautiful lock that works most of the time without any issues.Yale Assure Lock 2 review