Is the Nest X Yale Lock Waterproof?

Nest X Yale Lock

So, you’re upgrading your home to a smart home using Nest? Well, there are going to be some things that you’ll need to know before, including how durable these new devices will be. Especially when it comes to the outdoor devices durability against weather. Some of them are quite expensive, so of course, you’ll want to know how much bang you’re getting for your buck.

So, is the Nest X Yale Lock waterproof? The Nest X Yale Lock is made to endure many different weather conditions, as it is an outdoor device. While it is not waterproof, it is water resistant. This means that the standard rain and snowstorms aren’t going to do any damage to the lock. But, being submerged in water, that’s another story.

This being, this is a piece of technology that has a lot of power, as it controls the entrance and exits of your home. It is better to be on the safe side with protecting it from different weather conditions and temperatures.

Ratings and Standards

The Nest X Yale Lock, among other industry and technological devices, have to meet certain standards and receive certain ratings. The BHMA (builders hardware manufacturers association) gives out ratings in grade form to new devices concerning their durability and other things.

This rating is called an ANSI/BHMA rating. They use grades 1-3, 1 being the best. This lock is rated as a grade 2, which is very promising concerning the weather durability.

The lock also has an IP65 rating which means that it can withstand and survive dust, snow, and rain. While these ratings may sound or look complicated they just mean one thing: the Nest X Yale lock holds it’s ground when compared to other locks concerning their make-up and durability.

Waterproof/Water Repellent/Water Resistant

Often people confuse or mix up something being waterproof, water repellent or water resistant. But, this difference is important to recognize and understand. The Nest X Yale Lock is not waterproof, but rather water resistant which means a couple of things.

As made obvious by the ratings of the device, the lock can withstand the water that comes with the outdoors. While it is resistant to snow, rain, dust and other things, it is not waterproof or water repellent.

The lock can never be submerged completely in water, especially for a long time. It also doesn’t repel water away from the device. The lock is simply water resistant, which means that in normal weather the lock will be fine.

No matter how hard the water may be coming down, the lock should remain functional and useful.

Operating Temperature Range

Along with water comes many different things when being an outside device. One of those is sheer temperature. According to, the Nest X Yale Lock can withstand anywhere from -22 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius).

This is a very acceptable temperature range, and most all places’ weather won’t reach outside of this range.

While this range of temperatures may be fine on the outside of the lock, the battery of the lock tells a different story. While the difference may not be extremely noticeable, it is still a difference that one should be aware of.

The battery can operate anywhere from -14 degrees to 131 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees to 55 degrees Celsius). Be sure to keep an eye on the outdoor temperature so that your battery doesn’t stroke out on you. They are supposed to last up to a year.

Types of Weather it Can Withstand

The Nest X Yale Lock is meant to withstand a large variety of weather circumstances. The creators of the lock wanted this lock to be able to be used all around the world. This being their goal, making sure it was unscathed by many types of weather become their top priority.

This lock can withstand snowstorms, blizzards, sleet, rain, sun, wind and dust, just to name some of the weather conditions in concern.

What to Do if Your Lock Has Been Damaged by Weather

One really nice thing about the Nest X Yale Lock is that it doesn’t require your wifi to lock or unlock any doors. Rather it just works on batteries.

This means that if there is a snowstorm or other kind of storm that takes out the wifi for a while, you will still be able to have control over your home. While you won’t be able to use the app to control it, it will still work as a classic lock.

If your battery starts getting low, or if it is malfunctioning for some reason, Nest will notify you immediately, and you’ll be able to fix that concern or problem. When the battery is at a critical status which is when you’ll have to change the batteries as soon as possible.

If all this fails, and your lock dies on you, you still won’t be completely locked out of your home.

If it completely dies, you are able to take a 9V alkaline battery to the bottom of the fingerpad, which will open the door temporarily until you can change the batteries.

Nest and Yale have created a lock that holds up on all fronts.

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One thing that is always nice to hear are other users opinions of a product. The company can push and try to sell this product to you all day, but they’ll never be as trustworthy as another customer telling you about a product.

There have been many reviews done on the Nest X Yale, and one of those is from a website called Digital Trends. There’s a full article review on the lock by Terry Walsh. He covers everything in the article, from best to worst.

Some of the positives he stated he saw about the lock were that it has a “sleek elegant design, simple keypad and app-powered operation, responsive and reliable, and it works with Google assistant”.

Of course, there are bound to be some cons, as there are with everything. Walsh states that the Nest X Yale lock has a “large rear lock housing, awkward installation due to poor quality internals, [and] fewer features than others”.

Another company, Tech Hive, also posted a response to the new lock. Christopher Null starts out the article with the title saying, “Nest x Yale Lock review: Nest’s first smart lock is a solid effort, but it needs refinement”.

He talks about how one of the things he’s disappointed with is how the Nest X Yale lock has none of sleek and shine that Nest is known for with their products. It doesn’t look smart, rather it looks like an everyday old lock.

Related Questions:

Is the Nest X Yale Lock suitable for gates? These locks are not suitable for gates. This lock relies on the bolt that is found on front doors, but not gates. Because gates don’t have the available make-up to involve a bolt, the Nest X Yale lock will not work on gates. Also, the inside of the lock that is meant to be in the home is not weather resistant, so it could cause damage.

How long does the Nest X Yale Lock’s battery last? The battery of these locks are built and meant to last a year. Of course, different circumstances will cause the batteries to last either shorter or longer than a year. If your lock gets heavy use then it may die sooner than a year.

Luke Miller

Luke Miller is a writer, real estate professional, rental property investor, and home renovation enthusiast based in Phoenix, Arizona. He grew up in Iowa in a self-sufficient household where he learned the skills to do everything from plumbing, drywall, to basic handyman repair for everyday problems. He enjoys sharing his vast experience and his continuous learning with fellow DIY enthusiasts.

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