Yale’s new smart locks cover all smart home needs.

Yale's new smart locks cover all smart home needs.

Yale Assure Lock 2: The Smart Lock that Checks All the Boxes

When it comes to smart locks, there are three main qualities that I always look for: a slim and attractive design, multiple control options, and seamless integration with my smart home. Yale’s flagship smart lock series, the Assure Lock 2, not only meets these criteria, but also offers the flexibility of adding a fingerprint reader or Apple Home Key support to enhance security and convenience.

The Yale Assure Lock 2 series is available in three models: the base Assure Lock 2 starts at $159.99, the Assure Lock 2 Touch (from $199.99) adds a fingerprint reader, and the Assure Lock 2 Plus (from $209.99) features Apple Home Key capabilities. Unfortunately, you can’t have both fingerprint and Apple Home Key functionalities in one lock, which is a missed opportunity. Additionally, Yale has yet to deliver on its promise of integrating Matter and Thread into its flagship locks.

What sets the Assure Lock 2 series apart is its sleek and compact design. These locks are full deadbolt replacement locks that offer an ultra-slim exterior. Even the models with physical keyways maintain a small and elegant footprint. The rear housing, which houses the four AA batteries and thumb turn, is also impressively compact. Control options include a built-in keypad, Bluetooth connectivity via the Yale Access app or Apple Home app (with Siri voice commands), and compatibility with various smart home platforms through Yale’s swappable networking modules.

Yale’s networking modules are ingenious and allow for easy integration with popular smart home platforms. The Wi-Fi module enables connectivity with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and other platforms, while the Z-Wave module caters to Ring Alarm, Samsung SmartThings, and other Z-Wave systems. While a module for Matter over Thread was promised, it has been delayed due to limited support for locks within the Matter ecosystem.

In terms of performance, the Assure Lock 2 series delivers on its promises. The fingerprint reader on the Assure Lock 2 Touch is fast and reliable, providing a convenient and secure way to unlock the door. The base Assure Lock 2 with a physical keypad offers a more intuitive option, especially for guests or renters. The Assure Lock 2 Plus with Apple Home Key support allows for effortless unlocking using an Apple Watch or iPhone, although the absence of a fingerprint reader and physical keypad is disappointing.

One notable feature across all the Assure Lock 2 models is the ability to add unlimited guests and assign custom access codes. The Yale Access app provides comprehensive control, allowing users to manage access and view activity logs. Additionally, the locks come with Yale’s DoorSense technology, which notifies users if the door is open or closed, adding an extra layer of security.

To enhance smart home connectivity, Yale offers the option to add the Wi-Fi module, which enables compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, Airbnb, and Philips Hue. Controlling the locks over Wi-Fi may be slightly slower than Bluetooth, but it offers convenience and expanded integration options. The Z-Wave module is also available for integration with Ring Alarm, Samsung SmartThings, and other Z-Wave systems.

Despite its strengths, the Assure Lock 2 series has a few shortcomings. The touchscreen interface is not always intuitive, and additional connectivity modules come at an extra cost. Furthermore, the locks do not currently support Thread or Matter, limiting their compatibility with emerging smart home standards. Additionally, integration with Alexa and Google Home may sometimes be sluggish.

In terms of design and convenience, the Yale Assure Lock 2 series offers excellent value for money. With a range of options to choose from, there is a lock to suit every need and budget. Whether you prefer the convenience of a fingerprint reader or the seamless integration of Apple Home Key, Yale has you covered. While no lock in the US market currently combines a fingerprint reader, Apple Home Key support, built-in keypad, and Thread/Matter connectivity, the Assure Lock 2 series comes close to fulfilling that ideal.

In conclusion, the Yale Assure Lock 2 series is a stylish and versatile range of smart locks that bring convenience and security to your doorstep. With its slim design, multiple control options, and compatibility with popular smart home platforms, these locks offer a compelling package. While improvements can still be made, especially in terms of intuitive interfaces and support for emerging standards, the Yale Assure Lock 2 series remains a solid choice for anyone looking to upgrade their home security with a touch of modernity.


Yale Assure Lock 2 Lineup

  • Yale Assure Lock 2 – $159.99 (Physical keypad) or $179.99 (Touchscreen and physical keyhole)

  • Add Wi-Fi module for $239.99 (Keypad) or $259.99 (Touchscreen)

  • Add Z-Wave module for $189.99 to $209.99

  • Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch – $199.99 (Touchscreen with fingerprint reader)

  • Wi-Fi module available for $279.99

  • Yale Assure Lock 2 Plus – $209.99 (Apple Home Key support, no fingerprint reader)

  • Wi-Fi module available for $289.99


Pros

  • Slim and attractive design
  • Multiple control options (keypad, Bluetooth, Apple Home)
  • Easy integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Ring, SmartThings, and more with modules
  • Fingerprint reader (Assure Lock 2 Touch)
  • Affordable prices

Cons

  • Touchscreen interface not always intuitive
  • Additional connectivity modules come at extra cost
  • No Thread or Matter support
  • No fingerprint reader or physical keypad option for Assure Lock 2 Plus
  • Slow Alexa and Google Home integrations
  • Prominent Yale branding on the keypad

Mentioned prices: – Best Buy: $280 (Assure Lock 2 Plus) – Yale Home: $200 (Assure Lock 2 Touch), $180 (Assure Lock 2) – Amazon: $210 (Assure Lock 2 Plus)


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Disclosure: This review was originally published on September 24th, 2022, as a review of the Assure Lock 2. It has been updated following testing of the new Assure Lock 2 Touch and Assure Lock 2 Plus models.


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