Yale Assure Lock SL – A Touch Is Your Key

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Yale Assure Lock SL

Back in October, Amazon announced – to many privacy & security concerns – Amazon Key, which combines a keyless entry system with a security camera to allow Amazon Prime deliveries to be made inside your front door even if you’re not at home. But if you’d just like a completely keyless entry for yourself and your family, you don’t have to go that far, and instead just get something like the Yale Assure Lock SL.

This is a deadbolt lock for your front door – or any other door you wish to securely lock – and if you already have a deadbolt lock in place, the Yale Assure Lock SL will likely fit in the holes already drilled in your door for a lock & latch, and for the strike plate in the door frame. If not, you, or someone handier than you, will have to prepare the door following the instructions and provided templates.

If replacing a deadbolt lock set, setup will take only 15 minutes or so, including basic programming of the lock. You’ll need more time to add additional unique codes – it supports 250 of them – or remote features. A keyless lock would be good for someone who is partially or completely homebound, to allow easier access for relatives, caregivers, helpful neighbors and even emergency responders.

The Yale Assure Lock SL presents a compact completely keyless touch-screen outdoor escutcheon, about 3.5-inches high by 2.5-inches wide and barely a half-inch thick, and comes in two bronze and one nickel finish. The screen itself is black with white numbers but stays dark until a hand is waved over it, and you enter your unlock or lock code.

The interior piece is larger, as it contains the brains of the lock, plus four AA batteries – the first set is supplied – to power the lock. There’s also a place to plug in a network module if you’re going to use it.

I say “if” because the Yale Assure Lock SL does not connect on Wi-Fi or regular Bluetooth, but depending on the module purchased & installed, there’s an app that will work with Z-Wave or ZigBee home automation systems, and the lock takes voice commands from Amazon Alexa through Samsung’s SmartThings or Wink. There’s also connectivity with Siri through Apple HomeKit.

The lock is smart enough on its own to lock 30 seconds after opening, and has a 60-second timeout should someone try a wrong codes 5 times. It sounds an alarm if someone tries to force off the outside portion of the lock, beeps for low batteries, and there’s a privacy button which disables the front keypad entirely.

Yale Assure Lock SLThe Yale Assure Lock SL looks good and works well, but I have one concern – which may or may not apply to your situation. My front door has a sidelight – a narrow, partially frosted small glass panel in the side frame, running about the height of the door. And it’s on the lock side of the door frame. The Yale Assure Lock SL has only a thumb-turn mechanism on the inside to lock or unlock the door, meaning someone could punch through my sidelight, reach in, and unlock the door (which is why my home door requires a key inside and out). If your door does not have a sidelight or other glass on the lock side, this would not be a concern, but Yale does not make this model with an option for an interior key, saying no key allows quick exits in an emergency.

The Yale Assure Lock SL is available direct for $169, but the modules that allow connectivity to home automation, Alexa or Siri, add $50 more.

Here’s their promotional video:

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