The marriage of Nest and Yale into a smart lock is an event I can’t miss. Smart locks are great because they allow you to unlock and lock your door without a key. Instead, you can use a passcode or your phone, which pretty much ensures that you’ll never be locked out. Looking at the sleek design of the Nest Yale lock, I’m excited to see how it stacks up to competitors.
In this review, I’ll discuss the Nest Yale Lock’s design and features, how well it works, the installation process, and the Nest app. Let’s dive in!
Nest Yale Lock Design
Available in Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, or Polished Brass, the Nest Yale Lock uses Wi-Fi to connect to your phone. Powered by 4AA batteries, the lock should be good for one year. You’ll be alerted when battery is low through a status light and a mobile notification. The battery itself doesn’t rely on your home’s Wi-Fi, so it’ll work even on those sad days when your Wi-Fi calls it quits. If your battery has run out, despite Nest’s many warnings, you can unlock your door by holding a 9V alkaline battery to the bottom of the lock, then enter your passcode as usual. The lock works from -22 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which should be more than enough of a range for outdoor use.
I’m loving the Nest Yale lock’s sleek touchpad, white numbers on a shiny black interface. It definitely looks more modern than most smart locks I’ve seen, and the choices of color are nice. Given Nest’s minimalist designs in their security system and cameras, I’m not surprised that this lock is so chic.
Nest Yale Lock Features
You’ll lock and unlock your door using passcode on a touchpad, or you can unlock the door through your Nest mobile app. You can also set up geofencing and have the door lock and unlock automatically when you enter and exit your house. Or, if you have Google Assistant, you can verbally command your lock. Much easier than a key, right? Keep in mind that the Nest Yale locks automatically if you are going, so you’ll never have to ask yourself if you remembered to lock the door again.
Plus, the lock comes with a tamper alarm, which will protect it against intruders. Keep in mind that this lock goes great with the Nest Secure security system, so you can sync your security system to automatically arm/ disarm when your lock is locked or unlocked.
I love that you can give guests access to your home through the Nest app- it’s great for someone like a dog sitter who you want to give temporary access (without leaving your key under a fake rock). You’ll be able to review everything that’s gone on with the lock in your Nest app, which I’ll talk about in more detail below.
Installing the Nest Yale Lock
To be able to remotely control your Nest Yale Lock, you’ll need either Nest Guard or Nest Connect attached to an outlets indoors. You can either install your Nest Yale Lock yourself, or have a professional do your dirty work.
The Nest App
Have you ever left home and been haunted by whether or not you remembered to lock the door? Kiss your lock-anxiety goodbye. The Nest app lets you remotely access and control your Nest Yale Lock, so you can just pick up your phone and check. Let’s talk about the Nest app’s features and customer reviews.
Features of the Nest App
On the Nest app, you can lock and unlock your door, give out passcodes to guests, receive notifications, and set up geofencing.
Reviews of the Nest App
I was surprised that the Nest app only has a 3.8 star rating on the Google Play Store. As Google owns Nest, you would think that the mobile app would be stellar, but many users complained they had trouble connecting their lock to the Nest app. On the Apple Store, the Nest app fared even more poorly, with only a 2.1 star rating. The majority of the reviews from Apple were one-star, while Google had more of a mix. Overall, Android users were happier with the app than iPhone users, so that’s something to keep in mind.
Is the Nest Yale Lock Worth It?
At just under $250, the Nest Yale lock isn’t cheap, but it could be worth it for you if you’re looking for:
- Ability to unlock/ lock door with a passcode or your mobile app
- Integration with Google Assistant
- Tamper alarm
- Passcodes to guests
- Decent ratings on the Google Play Store
However, this may not be right for you if the following are deal breakers:
- Need Nest Guard or Nest Connect to control remotely through mobile app
- App with poor ratings on the Apple Store
- No integrations with Amazon Alexa
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