Review: Schlage Encode Plus – the first smart lock with Apple home key support

By Jeff Benjamin

Schlage Encode Plus Tech Specs • Smart WiFi deadbolt • Touchscreen keypad entry • Physical key entry • HomeKit & Siri support with Home hub (Apple TV, HomePod, etc.) • Apple home key support for NFC tap-to-unlock w/ iPhone or Apple Watch • Express mode support to unlock without authentication • Unlock via NFC with dead iPhone

Schlage Encode Plus Tech Specs (cont'd) • Schedule codes • Add guest access • Security alerts and notifications • Also works with Alexa and Google Assistant • Network protocols: Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, Thread • Price: $299.99 • Launching this spring

Schlage, founded in 1920, has a long history in the lock business, so it’s obviously above board when it comes to important areas like security and durability – it’s just a matter of taking its expertise in the lock business and adding in modern conveniences.

My Schlage Encode Plus is in the Century style, which makes for a fairly modern-looking design. In all there are three finish options including matte black, aged bronze, and satin nickel, as well as a more traditional Camelot design option at launch.

The Encode Plus supports HomeKit connectivity, which gives you the ability to control the lock using the Home app, HomeKit automations, and Siri voice control.