In recent years, smart locks have evolved into absurdly important smart home products with advanced smart features that are packed with more secure technologies, while retaining the practicality and convenience for people who want to throw away keys. Since we’ve reviewed plenty of smart locks that are available in the states, we will be looking at two smart locks that are popular in the UK today – Ultion Smart Lock and Yale Conexis.
You might be not familiar with these two models, but they are actually two decent smart locks choices for multipoint door locks in the UK. And here is what we found about their differences:
Ultion Smart Lock vs Yale Conexis – Comparison Table
|Access||Smartphone, physical keys, keypad||Smartphone, key tag, key card, phone tag, or key fob|
|Family access management||yes||yes|
|Smart home integrity||Alexa Echo|
SmartThings (Zigbee Hubs)
Apple Homekit (Homekit model)
|SmartThings (Yale Z-Wave module needed)|
|Auto Lock/Unlock||not compatible with doors that open outwards||multi-point locks with a lift-handle|
Installation – Ultion Smart lock is way easier to set up
Due to the fact that British door locks are not like those American ones that work with single-cylinder, installing a smart lock usually takes more time and work.
Thanks to the Ultion smart lock module design that combines a Danalock lock and a handle, you can install the lock without being handy. Basically, you just need to remove the old handle and cylinder and secure the new Ultion smart lock with screws.
While the Yale Conexis L1 smart lock has a much more complicated installation, you need to manually install many components including lock actuator, external handle, internal handle, internal fixing plate, and various screws. If you hire an expert to help you do the installation, this will cost more than 100 pounds. The good thing is that the Yale Conexis is more flexible to use while the Ultion smart lock doesn’t work with outward-opening doors if the distance between the center of your lock and the doorframe is not more than 35mm.
Ultion claims that their smart lock uses an advanced encryption method for transferring data and the Ultion SMART lock has a £2000 security guarantee. Both of them try hard to provide multiple ways to control the smart lock, but they are slightly different. With the Ultion smart lock, you can use your phone to manage the lock via Bluetooth, enter your home with keypad codes, or unlock/lock the door with a physical key like it’s a traditional lock.
The Yale Conexis has more options such as RFID tags. But the flaw is that it does not come with a physical keyhole on its lock. Both smart locks are equipped with a smart auto lock/unlock feature, which unlocks the door automatically and you just need to have your phone with you but don’t even need to touch it.
Both Yale Conexis L1 and Ultion Smart supports Amazon Alexa and third-party hubs like Samsung SmartThings (The Yale Conexis L1 requires a separate wireless z-wave module). However, if you have an Apple Homekit system at home and want to directly connect your smart lock to Apple Homekit, the Ultion Smart lock is a better option as it has a special edition for Homekit.
The Ultion Smart lock is a little bit more expensive than the Yale Conexis in terms of price. Although the Yale Conexis alone retails at £170 at Amazon, you need to pay for its added accessories (tags or Z-wave module). The Ultion Smart lock is £259, and you can get the bundle with a wireless keypad at the price of £318.
Conclusion – Pros & Cons
Pros – Ultion Smart Lock
- Simple installation
- Works with physical keys
- Apple Homekit Integrity
Cons – Ultion Smart Lock
- Bulky Back Lock
- No keys/tags access
- Not suitable for most doors open outward
Pros – Yale Conexis
- Beautiful and slim design
- Support NFC tags/keys
Cons – Yale Conexis
- No physical keys
- No direct Apple Homekit compatibility