ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro Review
Pros: Many smart features, compatible with most smart home platforms, charging port for when the battery dies
Cons: Requires external smart hub, initial setup can be tricky, expensive
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|Pros||Many smart features, compatible with most smart home platforms, charging port for when the battery dies||Bluetooth key and keypad entry options, WiFi built-in, broad smart home compatability||Simple keycode access sharing, easy keyless entry||Works well within Nest ecosystem, easy to install||Easy to install, simple operation, inexpensive|
|Cons||Requires external smart hub, initial setup can be tricky, expensive||Bulky battery compartment, no geofencing, expensive||Lower ANSI security rating than other models, not the easiest to install||Remote access sharing often malfunctions, no compatibility outside of Nest, no physical key backup||Requires separate hub to access advanced features|
|Bottom Line||Offers more advanced smart features than most models on the market||Reliable and simple smart features make this a great addition to any front door and our favorite overall lock||The best solution we've found for sharing and carefully controlling access to your home||An easy to install model that is useful for existing Nest users||A great budget choice for those seeking a simpler experience|
|Rating Categories||ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro||Schlage Encode||Schlage Sense with...||Nest x Yale with Co...||August Smart|
|Smart Features (35%)|
|Keyless Entry (25%)|
|Specs||ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro||Schlage Encode||Schlage Sense with...||Nest x Yale with Co...||August Smart|
|Smartphone Compatible||Yes||Yes||Yes||With Included Hub||With Hub|
|ANSI Rating||N/A||Grade 1||Grade 3||Grade 2||N/A- retrofit|
|Backset||2 3/8" or 2 3/4"||2 3/8" or 2 3/4"||2 3/8" or 2 3/4"||2 3/8" or 2 3/4"||2 3/8" or 2 3/4"|
|Door Thickness Range||1 1/3" - 2"||1 3/8" - 1 3/4"||1 3/8" - 2 1/4"||1 3/8" - 2 1/4"||1 3/8" - 2 1/4"|
|Face Bore Hole Diameter||2 1/8"||2 1/8"||2 1/8"||2 1/8"||1 1/2" or 2 1/8"|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro's unique fingerprint scanner makes it more advanced than most models on the market, and is perfect for those that often forget their phone or that want as many keyless entry options as possible.
The ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro offers a field-leading number of smart features. If you like your tech to be future proof, or just like having lots of access options for your lock, this is a great choice.
First and foremost, the ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro has a fingerprint scanner that allows you to unlock the door with just a quick tap. This is a feature we haven't seen on any other models, and allows easy access even if you forget your phone.
You can also open the door by entering a code on the keypad, by using your phone as a Bluetooth key, or with a physical key by opening the hidden key port. Via the app you can easily share access with anyone whether you prefer to use a code or a Bluetooth key (the latter requires the person you're sharing access with to create an account and download the associated app). No matter how you share access you can put time constraints on that access. In our opinion this makes remote access sharing infinitely more useful, as you can do things like share access with a dog walker only during the week and at certain times of the day. You also get a log of all your lock's activity, so you know when people access your home.
There is also an optional geofencing feature, which automatically unlocks the lock when your phone gets close and automatically locks it when your phone gets a certain distance from your home.
The ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro offers broad smart home compatibility, working seamlessly with both Google Assistant and Alexa. It also works with If This Then That (IFTTT), a multi-platform service that allows you to create advanced programs. For instance, you can program the door to automatically lock when your compatible front door security camera senses motion or sees a person.
Another unique feature, the ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro has a micro USB charging port. This allows you to run the lock from an external power source in the event that it runs out of battery. This works great in a pinch if the battery runs out when you've left the house without the physical key.
Though it's still in the beta stage, there is also a "magic shake" feature that opens the lock simply by shaking your phone. Right now this only works if you open the app first, which largely defeats the purpose. However, the company says that in the future this feature will be able to run in the background, so anytime you shake your phone in proximity to the lock it will unlock.
In our testing, keyless entry for the ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro worked flawlessly. We had no issues and almost no delays whether we were accessing the lock from the app, using a code, or via the fingerprint scanner.
The ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro is not certified with an official ANSI rating. We contacted customer service concerning its security level, and they told us it was modeled after ANSI Grade 2, which is considered adequate for most residential uses, but again it is not officially certified as such. There is an auto lock feature that protects against forgetting to lock the door when you leave your home.
The physical installation of the ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro is relatively straightforward when compared to other locks on the market. We did have some minor issues in setting up the smart features, namely in connecting the lock to its separate smart hub. There were multiple restarts of the app and many unpluggings of the hub before they started talking to each other, but once they did they worked perfectly with no further issues.
While the ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Prois quite expensive, it isn't absurdly so in comparison to its competitors, and it generally offers more smart features. If you're willing to pay just a bit extra for its unique fingerprint scanner, it's likely well worth the money.
The ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro is one of the most capable and featured smart locks on the market, and offers a great user experience once you get it up and running.
— Max Mutter and Michelle Powell