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2019 Review
Yale Assure Lock SL

The Assure SL is a solid offering from Yale offering the largest number of connectivity options on the market including Homekit, Zigbee, Z-Wave and Wifi.

Overview

Retail Price $299.99
Amazon Price from $163.99

483 Reviews

Available Finishes: Brass, Bronze, and Nickel
How does the lock connect?The Yale Assure Lock SL uses Apple Homekit, Wi-Fi Via Bridge/Hub, Z-Wave, Z-Wave Plus, and Zigbee to connect.

APPS

ECOSYSTEMS

Alexa Support?: Available
Google Assistant Support?: Available
Siri & Homekit Support?: Available
Smart Watch Support: Available
Keypad, Long Distance Locking with add-on, and Touchscreen

Out of the box Integrations

Apple TV 4th Gen, Apple HomePod, VeraEdge, and VeraPlus

Integrations available with an add-on device

Amazon Cloud Cam and Amazon Echo Plus

DOOR COMPATIBILITY

What type of door lock mechanisms does the Yale Assure Lock SL support?
Deadbolt Attachment
Not Supported
Interior Deadbolt Replacement
Not Supported
Complete Deadbolt Replacement
Supported
Handle (Latch/Knobs) Replacement
Not Supported
Integrated Deadbolt and Handle
Not Supported
Mortise
Not Supported
Other Install (Floor/ Wall)
Not Supported

Features & Specs

Model Number YRD256

Backup Key

No

Fingerprint Access

No

Touchscreen

Yes

Long Distance Locking

Yes, Via Additional Hub

Autolocking

Yes


Access Codes & Users

Does the lock have access codes? Yes

25 User codes, Up to 250 User codes with an optional Yale Smart module


Proximity Unlocking: No


Airbnb Integration? No


Battery & Additional Specs

What kind and how many batteries does this lock have?

The Yale Assure Lock SL uses 4 AA batteries required. (included)

The Yale Assure Lock SL battery life is Approximately 1 year with regular use



Lock Dimensions 1 x 2.5 x 3 inches


Lock Weight 3 pounds


Security Features

What kind of security does the lock offer?

The Yale Assure Lock SL has:

A156.36 ANSI/BHMA

Our Take

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Interior View

Pros

  • With all of its radio offerings it can connect with almost any of your smart home hubs and security systems on the market today.
  • Small and clean design with a decent number of finish options.
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Exterior Door View

Cons

  • Need to have a plan on what kind of system you want to build and integrate with in your home as the connectivity options are only offered one at a time.
  • No backup physical key. If your lock battery dies, you can recharge from outside using a 9v battery backup.
  • Reliant on August Connect Wifi bridge (Yale acquired August the company) so if you have tried August Wifi connection and didn’t like it you will be disappointed here as well.
  • Doesn’t really have a strong stand-alone app and if you use the August Wifi bridge will be using their software.
  • Retail price is on the expensive side of the market.

Apps / Voice Commands

The Yale Assure Lock SL supports or integrates with the following apps and voice assistants:


Yale Connect


Alexa Support?: Yes , the Yale Assure Lock SL supports Alexa with the following commands

Note: You will need an additional smart home hub like Wink or SmartThings to enable long distance Alexa integration.

  • “Alexa, lock the front door.”
  • Alexa, is the back door locked?”

Google Assistant & Nest Support?: Yes, the Yale Assure Lock SL supports Google Assistant with the following commands

Note: If you have a smart home hub like SmartThings installed and your lock connected to it you should be able to control it using Google Home/Assistant.

  • “Is the front door locked?”
  • “Lock the back door please”

Siri / Apple Homekit Support?: Yes, the Yale Assure Lock SL supports Apple's Homekit with Siri voice commands

See current lock status, lock and unlock. If you want to access it from anywhere you will need an Apple TV (4th generation or later)

Watch Integration: Yes this lock supports: Android Google Assistant / Apple Watch

If you have the Homekit enabled lock you should be able to voice control your lock using Siri (remotely only with Apple TV 4th Gen or later). If you have an Android watch you will need to have a smart home hub like SmartThings and use their watch app.

Unboxing and Installation

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Whats in the box.


What tools do I need to install this lock?
You will need Phillips Screwdriver to install Yale Assure Lock SL


What are the locks dimensions?
The Yale Assure Lock SL is 1 x 2.5 x 3 inches in size.


Any door size requirements?
Fits on doors 1 3/8" to 2 1/4" thickBackset 2 3/4" or 2 3/4"


FAQ / Support


Yale Assure Lock SL Main Image

Bottom Line

The Yale Assure SL lock features a clean touchscreen design.

You will get the most out of the unit if you already have an Apple TV (4th Gen and above) for the Homekit version or a smart home hub or security system like Wink, SmartThings, Alarm.com that you can integrate with and monitor and control the lock while you are away from your home or apartment.

The higher price might set you back especially if you don’t already have a smart hub or security system in place and need to add that to your order. (Note: The Wifi version offers a nice middle ground as the price is only a bit higher and will get you remote monitoring and control).

The Yale apps are not their strong suit and will be different depending on if you are on iOS or Android. You will be relying some on your 3rd party software support like for Wink or SmartThings if you really want to get the advanced features outside of setting and managing access codes.

Overall a solid if a little pricey offering from Yale with a range of connectivity options to fit your exact needs along with the normal range of smart lock features.

Your Options

Comparisons

How does the standard 3rd gen model stack up to the Pro model?

Title
Homekit Enabled
Z-Wave Enabled
Zigbee Enabled
Wifi hub (Connected by August)
Yale Assure Lock SL - Key Free Smart Lock with Touchscreen Keypad - Works with Apple HomeKit and...
Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-Wave Plus - Key Free Door Lock with Touchscreen Keypad - Works with...
Yale Assure Lock SL with ZigBee - Key Free Smart Lock with Touchscreen Keypad Works with Echo Plus &...
Yale Security YRD256-CBA-0BP Yale Assure SL Connected by August Touchscreen Smart Lock, Oil Rubbed...
from $163.99
$219.99
from $149.99
from $167.30
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477 Reviews
479 Reviews
477 Reviews
Homekit / Siri Enabled
Alexa Support
No
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Yes
WiFi Support (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Zigbee Support (Echo Plus, Xfinity Home)
Z-Wave Support (SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com)
Remote Locking
Yes, with Apple TV (4th Gen or later)
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Yes
Title
Homekit Enabled
Yale Assure Lock SL - Key Free Smart Lock with Touchscreen Keypad - Works with Apple HomeKit and...
from $163.99
483 Reviews
Homekit / Siri Enabled
Alexa Support
No
WiFi Support (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Zigbee Support (Echo Plus, Xfinity Home)
Z-Wave Support (SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com)
Remote Locking
Yes, with Apple TV (4th Gen or later)
Title
Z-Wave Enabled
Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-Wave Plus - Key Free Door Lock with Touchscreen Keypad - Works with...
$219.99
477 Reviews
Homekit / Siri Enabled
Alexa Support
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
WiFi Support (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Zigbee Support (Echo Plus, Xfinity Home)
Z-Wave Support (SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com)
Remote Locking
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Title
Zigbee Enabled
Yale Assure Lock SL with ZigBee - Key Free Smart Lock with Touchscreen Keypad Works with Echo Plus &...
from $149.99
479 Reviews
Homekit / Siri Enabled
Alexa Support
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
WiFi Support (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Zigbee Support (Echo Plus, Xfinity Home)
Z-Wave Support (SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com)
Remote Locking
Yes, with additional smart home or security hub
Title
Wifi hub (Connected by August)
Yale Security YRD256-CBA-0BP Yale Assure SL Connected by August Touchscreen Smart Lock, Oil Rubbed...
from $167.30
477 Reviews
Homekit / Siri Enabled
Alexa Support
Yes
WiFi Support (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Zigbee Support (Echo Plus, Xfinity Home)
Z-Wave Support (SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com)
Remote Locking
Yes

remote locking smart lock option icon

Option 2) Add remote locking and voice control

Do you want the added convenience of remote locking options and integrations with other smart home hubs? Add either the Wifi Bridge version or you will need to get an Apple TV (4th Gen and above) for the Homekit version or an SmartThings/Wink type hub for the Zigbee & Z-Wave versions.

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Managed Security System?
This lock could be part of a larger smart home security service for your home or apartment. The following home security services are integrated and compatible with the Yale Assure Lock SL

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