Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt Z-Wave Review

If you’re over the age of ten, chances are that you’ve been locked out of your house. There’s nothing like it- all your stuff, so close yet so far away. Well, I’m here to tell you that you never have to worry about that again. With the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt, you’ll be able to lock and unlock your door using up to 30 access codes or even your voice through Amazon Alexa.

In this review, I’ll talk about the Schlage Connect’s design, how well it works, how easy it was to install, the accompanying mobile app, and more. Let’s jump in!

Design of the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt Z-Wave. Photo provided by Schlage.

I bought the Schlage Connect Deadbolt in Satin Nickel, a fancy way of saying gray. Aside from that, it comes in Aged Bronze, Bright Brass, Bright Chrome, and Matte Black in contemporary, traditional, and transitional styles.

The lock is powered by 4 AA batteries with a life of one year, and it operates in temperatures ranging from –31 to 150.8 degrees Fahrenheit. And don’t worry: if someone tries to tamper with the lock, an alarm will sound.

The deadbolt I bought uses Z-wave technology, although Schlage also has options for Zigbee. You can use a hub from either Wink or SmartThings, but I chose SmartThings.

Features of the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

You can lock or unlock your door either using the lock’s touchpad, or a key if you’re more traditional.

As far as smart platform integrations goes, this lock has it all. It’ll work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, Wink, and more. This means that if you forget your passcode and your key, you can still get into your house just by using your voice. It’s also a helpful feature if your hands are full.

The SmartThings, Wink, and Nexia Apps

The app is where things got a little confusing. I assumed that the Schlage Connect Z-Wave Deadbolt operated through the Schlage Secure app. But, in looking at the (largely negative) reviews of this app, I saw that someone from Schlage had responded to a customer saying that the Z-wave deadbolts don’t work with the Schlage app. After some time on hold with Schlage and a few internet searches, I finally found out that you can either control this deadbolt with the Wink app, the Nexia app, or the SmartThings Classic app. This was all very confusing, and took a lot more time or effort then I wanted to put into finding my deadbolt’s app.

Wink App

Through the Wink app, you can remotely lock/ unlock your door, get notifications, pair your lock with Alexa, control your alarm, create and share access codes, set reminders and shortcuts, and connect with other smart home products. The app received a rating of 2.8 from the Apple store and 3.6 from the Google Play store- definitely not an app that customers are loving.

Nexia App

The Nexia app didn’t receive great ratings either, with a 2.9 from the Google Play Store and a 2.5 on the Apple store. On the app, you’ll be able to lock and unlock your Schlage, set guest access codes, and create and edit automations. 

SmartThings App

If you choose to use the SmartThings Classicapp, you’ll be able to do all of the same abilities as Wink. The app is much better rated, with a 4.5 rating from Apple and a 3.4 rating from Google.

Recap of the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

So, is the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt right for you? Let’s recap.

The deadbolt’s best features are:

  • Battery operated
  • Tamper protection
  • Integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, Wink, Nexia, Ring etc. 
  • Guest access codes

And its worst?

  • Doesn’t work with Schlage app
  • Wink app has poor ratings 
  • Needs hub

If you still have more comments or questions, leave them below! We hope to hear from you soon.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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