There are several locking systems today but choosing the best for your home is very important. Two of the best smart locks in the market are Nest Yale and August Smart Lock Pro.
After testing and keenly observing both the products for over a week, we have listed down the comparison between Nest Yale Lock and August Smart Lock Pro. We have covered a detailed review of each function so that you can pick the best one suitable for your home.
]There is no doubt that August Smart Lock Pro is a superior product between the two. It offers a lot of additional features like Geo-fencing, auto-lock, August Access, and one time PIN for the visitors that Nest Yale does not offer. One of the main advantages of August Smart Pro is that it is compatible with most home automation products. To install it, you would not need to change the complete set up of your home it can easily integrate with your already existing smart devices. It connects to a lot of smart systems including Nest products.
However, Nest also offers some interesting features like putting your lock system into privacy mode or a built-in emergency alarm. But overall, arison between Nest Yale Lock and August Smart Lock Pro overshadows Nest in terms of its features
Nest Yale Vs. August Smart Lock Pro :Comparison Chart
|Category||Nest Yale||August Pro|
|Remote control||Via Nest secure or Nest connect||Via August connect or Apple Home Hub or Z-Wave Hub or Doorbell cam pro|
|Technology||Weave||Apple HomeKit Bluetooth Z-Wave plus|
|DoorSense, In-home goods delivery, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit||No||Yes|
|Keypad, Keypad type||Touch Screen||No|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Nest products are known for their simple designs. Nest Yale has a sleek design. It is divided into two parts- exterior and interior. The exterior part is touchscreen that contains a keypad where you enter the pin to unlock. The interiors have other technical operations. It contains a chip that stores your data and keeps it secure. It does not open by key so you can only unlock it through access code or its app via smartphone.
The arison between Nest Yale Lock and August Smart Lock Pro also has exterior and interior parts. Its exterior allows you to access to your old lock system through your old key while its interior is cylindrical shaped and contains its technology as well as Z-Wave and battery module. One advantage with this smart lock is that it can easily work along with your old locking system and you do not need to replace your already existing security system completely in order to install it.
In terms of technology, August smart lock pro gets an edge as it can work with several technologies like Apple HomeKit, Bluetooth as well as Z-wave. That’s the reason why August Smart lock pro is a compatible and expandable smart lock system. While Nest Yale Lock only has the Weave technology which makes it completely restricted to Nest products. However, one advantage of Weave technology is its easy installation.
3. Shared Access Codes
The arison between Nest Yale Lock and August Smart Lock Pro offers a total of 20 shared access codes whereas August Smart Lock Pro does not have any limit and offers an unlimited number of shared accesses.
The August smart lock Pro can easily integrate with the IFTTT technology. It is also compatible with Home Away and AirBNB products that give it a lot of advantage over any other smart lock. Nest Yale on the other hand does not integrate with any of these technologies which makes very less flexible and restricts it to a large extent.
It is also proven that August smart lock actually integrates better with the Nest products than Nest does. The August smart lock easily integrates with Nest thermostats and Nest cameras through the app but Nest smart lock would not integrate with any of the August products. Which makes August smart lock a more superior product than Nest.
The auto-unlock feature is when the smart lock can detect that you have gone out of home and locks your house automatically without you doing it yourself. It is a smart feature that can make your life very comfortable and convenient. Even if you left your home in a hurry, you feel relieved that it is safe and secure with the help of auto-locks. August Smart lock pro has this feature but unfortunately, Nest Yale does not offer you any such feature which is disappointing.
5. Geo-fencing Technology
Geo-fencing technology is when you’re smart device can easily track your location and would automatically work according to your preferred time and moment. August smart lock pro has this feature but Nest Yale Lock does not.
6. Privacy Mode
Privacy mode is when you want some time of your own in your house or if you use it to stay inside your home all alone for your protection in case of any danger from your shared access. When you start this mode, no one would be able to enter your home if they are outside. If any of your shared access members try to enter inside, they will be told that they cannot enter due to the privacy mode. This is one of the impressive features which are offered by Nest Yale but not August smart lock pro.
The keypad is used to enter the passcode in your smart lock. Nest Yale offers this device attached to its lock system but it is optional in arison between Nest Yale Lock and August Smart Lock Pro. You will have to buy the August Keypad separately with the smart lock which is a bit inconvenient and expensive.
8. Built-in Alarm
A built-in alarm in smart locks is used so that it will warn you against any forced entry or danger. These alarms have got motion-sensors and they will quickly get triggered when anyone tries to enter your house forcefully. It is a very effective feature for your home safety. Nest Yale locks have built-in emergency alarms but August smart pro lacks in this very important feature.
9. DoorSense Technology
Sometimes when you activate the lock system on your door via smartphone, the door remains open but the lock is activated which is of no use for your security. This is where DoorSense technology helps. DoorSense technology can easily detect whether your door is locked or not with the help of a smart magnet and keep your house secure from any threat.
This is another feature that is found in August smart lock pro but not at Nest Yale Lock. Yale locks have even got a lot of complaints in the past about its inefficiency. Someone complained that his door used to lock down automatically on its own without any command which can be dangerous at times.
10. Smart Home Integration
The arison between Nest Yale Lock and August Smart Lock Pro is a better product than Nest Yale when it comes to smart home integration. August smart lock pro is compatible to work with several smart devices including thermostats. It can be used by many technologies like Z-wave and Bluetooth. On the other hand, Nest Yale is only compatible with Apple devices as it only has the Apple HomeKit technology which limits its compatibility and smart home integration.
11. Goods Delivery
August Smart pro offers a very interesting feature that is August Access. Whenever you order something online you can choose the home delivery option. It will automatically generate a one-time code for the delivery man who will come to deliver your product at a specific date and time. This technology would automatically integrate with your August smart lock pro and then that delivery man can enter your home to deliver your product safely with the help of that one time code. It will keep your order safe and secure and the danger of order theft would be avoided.
But unfortunately, this facility is also not offered by Nest Yale.
1. Smartphone Access
Both devices have smartphone access. You can easily control these smart locks after downloading their respective apps on your smartphone.
2. Guest Access Schedule
Both smart locks allow you to invite your friends and family to share your security code. They can easily enter your home by getting a code that you have shared with them.
3. Low Battery Warning
Both smart locks give a low battery warning to your smartphones and can also show it on their screen. Whenever the battery goes down, you must quickly replace the batteries for better use of your smart locks.
Both locks are very easy to install and do not necessarily need a technician to do the job. You can easily install it in your home both indoor and outdoor and save your money.
Both smart locks have a doorbell facility. They can easily work with their doorbell which will add more convenience to your locking system. Nest has the Nest Hello Doorbell and the Nest Yale Lock lock integrates well with it. August smart lock pro can easily integrate with August Doorbell Cam Pro.
However, adding doorbell to your locking system is optional and depends on your budget but if you are looking for to make your complete door smart and not just your door lock then it would be a nice option for you.
Important Features Of Nest Yale Lock
- Secure smart lock for your front door; replaces the deadbolt lock you already have
- Keyless entry on the LED keypad so you can lock and unlock your front door without a key; keypad chimes play sounds to...
- Let someone in from anywhere; unlock the door with your phone for easy guest access 
- Offers touchscreen and push-button keypads
- Has got standard key options
- Can store over 200 different passcodes
- Offers 2 years warranty
- Uses 4 * AA Batteries
- No Wi-Fi available
- Weight is 2.27 lb
- Finish colors available are- bronze/polished brass and Satin/Nickel oil rubbed
- The hub required for it is Nest Yale/Nest Secure
- It has the Bluetooth connection facility
- Its keypad is touchscreen and given along with the box
- Door Requirement: Doors between 1 3/8” (35mm) to 2 1/4” (57mm) thick’, Backset- 2 3/8” or 2 3/4″mm, Crossbore hole diameter- 2 1/8”, Edge bore hole- 1”, Door materials suitable for the lock are- metal, wood, or fiberglass
- Items in the box:Nest Yale lock the main model, 4AA batteries, Bundles with Nest connect, Installation guide with removable door templates, Mounting screws
Important Features Of August Smart Lock Pro
- Works with Alexa for voice control. Wireless requirements - 2.4GHertz Wi-Fi network. Connect Wi-Fi Bridge included.
- Control and monitor your door from anywhere. Lock and unlock your door, control, keyless access and keep track of who...
- Be sure you’re secure with DoorSense. Only August has DoorSense to tell you if your door is securely closed and...
- Built for the already existing deadbolts.
- It can lock/unlock the phone at specific times within a specific range
- Video doorbell viewers available
- Have both keypad and non-keypad options.
- It is highly compatible with a lot of smart devices.
- It can easily integrate with your smart homes
- Has the geo-fencing technology
- Offers a 1-year warranty
- Uses 4 * AA Batteries
- No Wi-Fi available
- Weight is 0.87 lb
- Finish colors available are- silver/dark grey
- The hub required is August Connect Bridge
- It does not have Bluetooth connection facility
- You do not get the keypad along with the product. You need to buy it separately.
- Door requirements:Door thickness between 1 3/8” (35mm) to 1 3/4” inches, Can retain the exterior part of the old lock if it is compatible, Door material used- can be any depending on the compatibility
- Items in the box:Smart lock pro model, DoorSense sensor, 4AA batteries, Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, Lock adapter, Mounting hardware
When your August Smart Pro keypad is stolen then August offers you a theft replacement guarantee. You need to inform about it to the customer support soon after the item has been stolen and they will initiate replacement for it. You just need to have an original proof of the bill of that product and a copy of police report regarding the stolen item.
August Smart lock pro has the feature where it can easily connect to your Z-wave hubs like SmartThings, Wink, Z-Wave security system, etc. It makes this smart lock compatible and very suitable for your smart home.
Nest Yale uses A44 batteries that can last for a year if you keep its usage normal. It will start giving you continuous warnings 5 months before its battery life ends.
The main technology with which your device can be remotely controlled is Nest Connect. It is already available in the box when you buy the product. There is no other technology present that you can get to make your Nest Yale lock work remotely.
Nest Yale smart lock has the facility of using Google assistant. You can easily attach it with your smart lock and then use Google voice assistant to lock/unlock your door anytime you want. You can also check the status of your lock anytime with the help of it. So, it adds more convenience to your lock system.
After reading about the features of both the smart locks in great detail you must have the best one in your mind by now. Choose the right smart lock for your home and keep your home and your family safe. It is very important to know about all the features of the product that you are going to buy. You should know of its requirements and whether you can afford its proper maintenance or not. We wish for your safety and security.