The Schlage Sense and the Schlage Connect have similar features. Both have keypads, autolock functionality, and alarms. But the way they work is fundamentally different.
The Schlage Connect uses Z-Wave instead of Bluetooth to connect to a home automation hub, like the SmartThings hub or the Google Home. And while the Schlage Sense has its own app on iOS and Android, the Connect doesn’t. Instead, it lets you control the lock through whatever hub you have. Pick the Schlage Connect over the Schlage Sense if you’re looking for a more integrated smart home experience.
Schlage Sense vs. August Smart Lock Pro
Both the Schlage Sense and the August Smart Lock Pro are secure and reliable smart locks. But they have a few key differences.
The Schlage Sense can automatically lock the door behind you, based on a timer. But the August Smart Lock Pro automatically locks and unlocks the door with geofencing—so when you start approaching your home, the door will automatically unlock for you. Similarly, once the August Smart Lock Pro detects you’ve left your home, it will lock the door for you.
August also comes with a door sensor that can tell you whether your door is open, closed, or ajar. The Schlage Sense smart deadbolt doesn’t have anything similar to that.
The Schlage Sense gives you a lot of options for accessing your entryway: you can use a key, keypad, or the app on your iOS or Android device. On the other hand, the August Smart Lock relies solely on your phone. You won’t be able to use a key for backup, so if your phone battery dies, you’re in a bind.
The Schlage Sense is a good fit if smart home integration isn’t your top concern. But if you want something with more flexibility, the August Smart Lock Pro has that: when paired with the Connect Wi-Fi bridge, the August Smart Lock Pro gives you a lot of options. You can integrate with other Z-Wave compatible devices or pair it with most smart home hubs—from Google Home to Wink.