ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro Review
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|Pros||Many smart features, compatible with most smart home platforms, charging port||Integrates with your current door lock, convenient geofencing capability||Bluetooth key and keypad entry, WiFi built-in, broad smart home compatability||Installs on your current lock, comes with hub, more affordable||Simple keycode access sharing, easy keyless entry, connects to wifi, compatible with most smart hubs|
|Cons||Requires external smart hub, initial setup can be tricky, expensive||Hub not included||Bulky battery compartment, no geofencing, expensive||Unimpressive ANSI grade, limited hub compatibility||Lower ANSI security rating than other models, harder to install|
|Bottom Line||A decent lock with the uniqueness of also including a fingerprint scanner to gain access to your home||A conveniently installed smart lock with great connectivity, excellent security and usability, and is compatible with most smart home systems||Reliable and simple smart features make this a great addition to any front door and one of our favorite locking systems||An inexpensive yet effective smart lock that integrates easily to the Wyze smart home ecosystem||One of the best solutions we've found for sharing and carefully controlling access to your home|
|Rating Categories||ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro||August WiFi Smart||Schlage Encode||Wyze Lock||Schlage Sense with...|
|Smart Features (35%)|
|Keyless Entry (25%)|
|Specs||ULTRALOQ U-Bolt Pro||August WiFi Smart||Schlage Encode||Wyze Lock||Schlage Sense with...|
|ANSI Rating||N/A||Grade 1||Grade 1||Grade 3||Grade 3|
|Uses Existing Deadbolt or Full Replacement||Replacement||Existing||Replacement||Existing||Replacement|
|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" - 2 1/4"||1 3/8" - 1 3/4"||1 3/8" - 1 3/4"||1 3/8" - 2 1/4"|
|Face Bore Hole Diameter||2 1/8"||1 1/2" or 2 1/8"||2 1/8"||2 1/8"||2 1/8"|
|Power Requirement||AA Batteries||Pre-installed batteries||AA Batteries||AA Batteries
Hub plugs into the wall
Hub plugs into the wall
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro replaces your current deadbolt with a high-tech-looking keypad/fingerprint scanner. It's compatible with several other products, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and your smartphone.
First and foremost, the Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro has a fingerprint scanner that allows you to unlock the door with 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. This makes remote access sharing far 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.
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 front door security camera senses motion or sees a person. Another unique feature, the Ultraloq 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 — as long as you have the right cable handy.
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.
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. There is also an optional geofencing feature, which automatically unlocks the lock when your phone gets close and automatically locks it when it gets a certain distance from your home. This was one of the quickest locks we tested at opening the door when we asked it to.
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 also 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 compared to other locks on the market. We had some minor issues in setting up the smart features, namely, connecting the lock to its separate smart hub. There were multiple restarts of the app and many unplugging of the hub before they started talking to each other, but once paired, they worked perfectly with no further issues.
Should You Buy the Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro?
While the Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro is quite expensive, it's on par with most of its competitors. Though it lacks some smart hub compatibility, it works wonderfully with the few it is compatible with. Its keyless entry options are some of the best we tested. And if you're stoked on the idea of a fingerprint scanner, the functionality and cost of the Ultraloq, we think, are worth it.
What Other Smart Locks Should You Consider?
The Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro offers exceptional features and functionality when paired with the right hub. If you're running your home on one of the hubs, this lock doesn't support the Schlage Sense or August WiFi Smart may be a better fit for your front door. But if you're just jumping into the smart home life and love the idea of unlocking your door with your fingerprint, the Ultraloq is a great choice.
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