Designed for use with Z-Wave smart hubs, the Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot is geared towards people who have already adopted a Z-Wave platform for their smart home setup. However, this lock largely feels like a less capable version of its sibling, the Schlage Sense, which is also Z-Wave compatible. The Sense also costs substantially more. If you're mainly looking for a smart lock that lets you quickly and easily share access to your home with others, we think it's worth spending the extra money on the Sense. But if you already have a Z-Wave hub and just want a smart lock that lets you check its status remotely and get into your house without a key, the Schlage Camelot will fit the bill and save you a little money.
Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Review
Pros: Grade 1 ANSI security rating, convenience of a keypad
Cons: Cannot easily grant time-limited access, smart hub not included
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Schlage Z-Wave Camelot is only really a worthwhile purchase if you already have a Z-Wave smart hub, and just want a simple smart lock that integrates into that system. If you want something that can easily share access, we'd suggest upgrading to the Schlage Sense.
The Schlage Camelot slipped towards the middle of our score sheet due to some limitations with access sharing and smart platform compatibility, but it still may be a good purchase for specific uses. Read on for the full story.
The Schlage Z-Wave Camelot is one of just two smart locks we tested that does not come bundled with a smart hub. As its name suggests, this lock is optimized to work with Z-Wave enabled smart hubs, and in our testing we used the Wink 2 Hub. This lets you access smart features and even use the lock with Alexa. However, we found these smart features to be somewhat limited. You can do all the basic things like checking the status of the lock and unlocking/locking it remotely, and viewing an activity log of what the lock has done. Beyond that, this lock feels more like a dumb keypad lock than a smart one. You can make keypad codes to share with specific people, but from the app you can only share those codes via email, not via text. Also, you can't put time constraints on those codes, so you're essentially providing 24/7 access until you remember to delete that code. In our opinion, this doesn't feel much better than just texting someone the code to a dumb keypad lock. If you're looking for better access sharing options, we recommend the Schlage Sense instead.
When it comes to keyless entry, we almost always prefer keypad locks. Punching in a code feels more convenient to us than having to take out a phone and open an app. This greatly endeared the Schlage Camelot to us when it came to keyless entry. Unlocking via the app was also smooth, so if you prefer to go that route we found the Camelot to be completely reliable.
This is basically the only area where the Schlage Camelot beats out its sibling, the Schlage Sense. In fact, the Camelot is the most secure lock we tested, boasting a commercial level ANSI Grade 1 security rating. This means it can stand up to lots of use, abuse, and multiple attempts to kick the door in. It also has an auto-lock feature that engages the deadbolt after 30 seconds of inactivity. We found this feature to be reliable (just be careful, it can engage while the door is open and then do a number on your door frame when you try to slam it shut).
Schlage locks generally fit into standards doors, but they have fewer tolerances than some of the other locks we tested. That means it's likely you can install the Camelot into the vacated hole left by your old deadbolt without any modifications, but there's a slightly higher chance you might need to do a little extra DIYing than there is with some other models. The installation itself is also a bit more involved than with other locks. It took us 20 minutes to install the Camelot, while the average install time for our locks was around 15 minutes. Setting up the app and smart hub was fairly straightforward. In general, we wouldn't let the installation process of the Camelot dissuade you unless you really tend to shy away from home DIY projects.
The Schlage Z-Wave Camelot lists for $170, and requires a smart hub to unlock its smart features (the one we used costs another $100, for a total of $270). This puts the total cost right in the same range as most of the other locks we tested. If you're looking for a fully functioning smart lock the $260 Schlage Sense is a much better value. However, if you want a lock with the highest security rating and are willing to sacrifice some smart access sharing ability to get it, the Camelot may be a decent value.
The Schlage Z-Wave Camelot offers a top notch security rating, but falls short when it comes to remote access sharing. If you want a high security lock that provides you with an activity log, this may be a good choice, but it lacks much of the smart functionality of other locks.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata