If you know anything about home security, and particularly commercial / residential locks, then you will no doubt be familiar with Schlage – arguably the best deadbolt brand there is.
How To Pick A Schlage Commercial Deadbolt
If you are a new homeowner, or a new business owner, and you are looking for a way to increase the security of your property, one of the main ways to do that is by installing a high quality commercial deadbolt.
Other options include buying one or many home security cameras, but getting yourself a high quality deadbolt is also definitely going to be high up on the list.
Even if you own a home as opposed to a business, you can still get yourself a commercial deadbolt because that simply means you pay a bit more and you get more security from it. Commercial deadbolts are still just deadbolts and they will still work on your door.
If you are on the market for a high security / commercial grade deadbolt for your home, here are five recommendations for Schlage deadbolts that can’t help but add security to your property.
Schlage have made many classic locks over the years, but now, in 2016, here are the 5 that we feel are the best of the bunch.
Besides answering to your question of “how to pick a Schlage deadbolt”, we will also talk more about what to look for in general when picking out a deadbolt, as there are certain features that your average home or business owner will consider “musts” in the long run.
5 Best Schlage Deadbolts For 2016
Schlage BE365 Plymouth Keypad Deadbolt
One of the most popular Schlage deadbolts available right now is the BE365 Plymouth. The Plymouth is a key pad deadbolt with rounded edges, that comes in a variety of colors such as bronze, brass, pewter, and many more.
The keypad on this deadbolt is silicone coated, meaning that the numbers will not wear off and it will always look as new even after you’ve used it many times and it has endured years of topsy turvy weather.
The Plymouth line is very similar in design to the Camelot line of Schlage deadbolts, which is essentially the same deadbolt hardware, except with a different look. The main design difference is that the Plymouth features a more rounded look, while the Camelot is more squared.
Also, this is a keyless deadbolt meaning that you never have to worry about keys again, which is one main reason people buy this deadbolt, in addition to its overall level of security. It is programmable with up to 9 different access codes, meaning it is perfect for a large family or small company.
Because it has a back lit keypad, it is also battery powered, though unlike other products that drain batteries quickly, the Schlage BE365 Plymouth takes a year or so to drain the batteries, due mainly to the fact that they are not generally active unless the lock is being used.
When we say this deadbolt is “popular”, we mean that our research shows that this deadbolt is almost universally considered a top model. Very few people have any complaints about it, and even the small minority that do must also grudgingly admit that this deadbolt offers a lot of bang for your buck. The hardware is extraordinary, and aesthetically this deadbolt looks great on all styles of door.
Lastly, we will mention that this lock is ANSI Certified Grade 2, which is one of those things you need to look out for with any lock you buy. The ANSI rating will tell you exactly how strong the lock is, as they test their ratings by putting the deadbolt through numerous hardships to make sure that it can withstand various types of “attack”.
Schlage Link Wireless Keypad Deadbolt
Once again, we are looking at another keyless deadbolt from Schlage, which is one of the big buying features of deadbolts in 2016. Keyless deadbolts, as mentioned, mean that keys are now obsolete for the most part, and you are no longer in need of them to gain access to your home.
Here again we have another hardy deadbolt in the Plymouth style, but this deadbolt is distinctly different in that it is Z-Wave friendly. This means, you can incorporate the Schlage Link deadbolt into your smart home using a smart home system of some type.
There are many different Z-Wave friendly systems to choose from, and the end result is that you can now have your home’s deadbolts, cameras, lights, thermostats, and a lot more all under your control at the touch of a button.
And so, when you combine the great Schlage hardware with Z-Wave, for smart home capability, you end up with a package that really shines in terms of offering you as a home or business owner a more complete home security package.
Yes, on the other hand, you will now have to consider investing in other smart home products, but, if you invest wisely, it may be one of the best investments you ever decide to make!
Schlage Connect Camelot Deadbolt With Alarm
This Schlage Camelot deadbolt is the first here on our list to feature this particular Camelot design aesthetic. It is also a touchpad deadbolt, rather than a keypad deadbolt.
The main feature that this Schlage deadbolt boasts is in its name, which is to say the alarm is the big focus of this lock.
Designed with a programmable alarm with its own set of features, this Schlage deadbolt adds to the overall security of their typically excellent hardware by augmenting it with a responsive alarm system.
As with the previous “Connect” deadbolt, this too is a Schlage Connect model. That means that you can incorporate this deadbolt into your smart home system, as you can with the aforementioned Schlage Link.
So, this deadbolt does really have it all. It has smart capabilities, it has the popular Camelot aesthetic with the illuminated touchscreen, it has the Schlage hardware that people everywhere have come to trust for its durability and weather-proofing, and finally it has a sophisticated alarm system that provides that extra layer of security.
Schlage FE575 Plymouth With Auto-Lock & E-Lan Levers
If you are looking for a slightly different style of Schlage deadbolt with the same great hardware, then you may wish to consider the Schlage FE575 Plymouth, which is distinguished by having the Plymouth aesthetic, except it has the lever style rather than the typical thumb turn.
As with the other deadbolts featured on this list, the FE575 Plymouth features heavy duty hardware and an ANSI Grade 2 rating, so it is built to last.
Here again we have a keyless deadbolt which means you can’t stop worrying about keys entirely if you so choose, and start depending on one of the several programmable individual user codes that are easily programmed into this lock. That said, you also have the keyed option as well.
This deadbolt is operated electronically, using batteries, which powers the keypad. As before, the keypad will last for over a year on one set of batteries because it doesn’t require power when the lock is not in use.
The auto-lock feature of this particular lock allows it to lock automatically after a few seconds, meaning it is self-locking and not only do you not need to worry about keys, but you also don’t have to worry about whether you remembered to lock the door, because it locks itself.
Unlike the last two locks, this E-Lan levered lock is not “smart” in the sense that you can’t connect it via Z-Wave or some other protocol to your smart system, although it is smart in that it is able to store your unique user codes.
This is a stylish lock and it may suit a different purpose than the other locks, which are more suited to the front doors of homes, where as this lever lock may be more suitable to side doors, office doors, garage doors. Although it can be installed on any average sized door, so where you put it is strictly up to you.
Schlage Touch Camelot Deadbolt BE375
Lastly, we’ll finish off our review with one of the newest and most promising locks in the Schlage stable of locks, the Camelot BE375. This lock is the successful sequel to the Schlage BE365, and comes with a refined design and a few small additions that make it a superior lock.
The BE375 has all of the characteristics that make a Schlage lock the deadbolt of choice for many home owners, and this time around, they’ve added to the value of this lock by making it completely bump proof.
Bump proofing means that not only have they done away with the keyway completely in this model, but having no keyway means that this lock is completely immune to any sort of lock picking that locks with keyholes which are not specifically bump-proof are susceptible to.
This in and of itself is a feature that many users really appreciate as it makes this lock not only built tough, but tamper-proof.
As we’ve seen already with some of the other Schlage locks, we have a responsive touch screen. This lock is once again ANSI Certified Grade 2, and is resistant to any sort of break-in attempt including brute force attacks of all kinds.
Though not a smart lock like some of the others, it is a great keyless lock with the classic Camelot design aesthetic, and an easy to navigate touch screen where everything is clearly labeled. Comes with batteries which should last you up to two years before requiring a change.