Kwikset Smart Locks Review

Founded in 1946, Kwikset has established a name for itself in the lock and home security business. This American manufacturing company offers anything from simple locks to door knobs.

But more than 70 years after its inception, Kwikset is now offering a robust smart lock line that is easily integrated into many popular third-party smart home ecosystems. Kwikset offers six different lines of smart locks, ranging from a simple deadbolt all the way to a Wi-Fi enabled lock with keypad entry. Choosing the right lock depends on your budget, along with what smart home equipment you plan to integrate into the Kwikset lock.

Kwikset smart locks are ideal for people who want to take their home security plan to the next level. You may already have security cameras and some smart home equipment, but a smart lock allows you to control your front door from anywhere in the world. Customers can remotely lock and unlock the door while granting access to visitors or even delivery people while they’re  away.

Background: What is a smart lock?

Kwikset Kevo

This is the most basic in the Kwikset lock options, with a traditional round version or contemporary square option. But if you’re looking for a Nest Kwikset lock, this one can work with your thermostat and other Nest devices for a well-rounded smart ecosystem.

The Kevo is essentially a smart deadbolt, with no keypad. It works through Bluetooth, and all you have to do to open the Kwikset lock is touch the deadbolt with your finger. It also offers a backup key option if you accidentally let the battery run out.

Installation: Setting up this Kwikset lock takes about 15 minutes and a screwdriver. It’s a simple DIY project, and if you run into any problems, Kwikset provides video tutorials and plenty of simple instructions to help.

Nerd Pros

  • Touch to open: As long as you have a Bluetooth smartphone, all you have to do when you walk up to the door is touch it with your finger. That means when you have your hands full with groceries, you don’t have to worry about the hassle of digging out your keys.
  • Nest integration: If you need a Nest Kwikset lock, this is your ideal choice. When you already have a Nest system up and running in your house, this could be a worthy addition.

Nerd Cons

  • Must purchase hub for remote access: In order to be able to have remote access with this Kwikset lock, you must purchase Kevo Plus, which is a hub that costs $99.99. It’s a one-time fee.
  • No user codes: There is no keypad, so in order to grant access to others while you’re not there, you’ll have to purchase the Kevo Plus hub for the remote access option.
Kwikset - Kevo 99250-202 Kevo 2nd Gen Bluetooth Touch-to-Open Smart Keyless Entry Electronic Deadbolt Door Lock Featuring SmartKey Security, Satin Nickel
  • Your smartphone is now your key touch to open convenience with the 2nd generation. If you wish to perform a system reset, press and hold the...
  • Kevo 2nd gen now works with Alexa voice commands (requires Kevo Plus hub, sold separately for $99 via Kevo App)
  • Remote lock access & monitoring requires Kevo Plus hub, sold separately for $99 via Kevo App
  • 3rd Gen Kevo App provides faster and more reliable connection. Smaller and sleeker metal interior with improved install experience. Now get...
  • Compatible with iPhone 4S or higher and select Android 5.0 or higher devices

Kwikset Premis

If you’re trying to figure out which of the Kwikset smart locks works with your Apple products, this is a great choice. It’s compatible with HomePod and Apple TV, and you can use Siri voice commands along with your Kwikset lock. It comes in both a traditional and contemporary aesthetic, and has both lock and keypad.

Installation: This Kwikset lock is simple to install, and you won’t need any special tools like a drill. The items you need come in the box including the latch and strike. There are detailed videos on the Kwikset website too.

Nerd Pros

  • Activity log: You’ll get to see when the door is locked or unlocked on the app, giving you not only control, but peace of mind.
  • Backup key: If the battery runs out, you don’t have to worry about being locked out. Just use a backup key to gain entrance.

Nerd Cons

  • Requires Apple HomeKit for remote access: If you want to be able to lock and unlock your door from your smartphone, you’ll have to have Apple HomeKit.
  • No remote keys: If you’d like to let someone into your front door while you’re gone, you have to give them a code. Some locks actually distribute a remote key to that person’s smartphone, but this one does not.
Kwikset Premis Touchscreen Smart Lock Electronic Deadbolt, Works with Apple HomeKit via Apple HomePod or Apple TV, in Satin Nickel
  • Note: Measure your door's backset, cross bore and thickness to ensure you find the right fit
  • Premis is NOT compatible with Android devices. Please see list of specific Apple compatible devices under Product Description (below)
  • Please see Installation and FAQ User Guide PDFs, as well as videos, for more information (below)
  • Please see Manual Door Handing video under Related Video Shorts to troubleshoot door jamming and door handing process to align the latch...

Kwikset Smartcode

This Kwikset lock utilizes Home Connect, and has a keypad along with a backup key option. You can purchase Z-wave and Zigbee compatible locks with this style, and it allows up to 30 user codes. Like other Kwikset locks, it allows for keyless entry and remote access.

Installation: You won’t need any special tools, just a screwdriver. You simply replace your old lock with the new one. Once your old lock is removed, it just involves installing a new latch along with a mounting plate, then connecting the cables to the exterior and interior part of the Kwikset lock. Finally, just connect it to your smart home hub of choice.

Nerd Pros

  • Activity log: You’ll get to see when the door is locked or unlocked on the app, giving you not only control, but peace of mind.
  • Backup key: If the battery runs out, you don’t have to worry about being locked out. Just use a backup key to gain entrance.

Nerd Cons

  • Requires Home Connect for remote access: You’ll need a smart home hub in order to use your remote access with this Kwikset lock.
  • No remote keys: You’ll need to give any visitors a code as opposed to a remote key for entry.
Kwikset 98880-006 SmartCode 888 Smart Lock Touchpad Electronic Deadbolt Door Lock with Z-Wave Plus Featuring SmartKey Security in Polished Brass
  • Lock or unlock your door from anywhere with a supporting smart home system using your phone
  • Expanding your security system solution with Home Connect technology, your key less entry lock will now communicate wirelessly to security...
  • Up to 30 programmable user access codes for family and guests to use at the door
  • Get notifications when someone locks or unlocks your door or check if your lock is locked
  • Featuring SmartKey re key technology; re key the lock yourself in seconds in 3 easy steps

Kwikset Obsidian

This Kwikset lock has a sleek look, and removes the traditional key entry. But it doesn’t have just any keypad. It’s a touchscreen with a feature called SecureScreen, which displays two random numbers you have to press prior to entering your actual code to get in. It adds an extra layer of security you’ll appreciate.

Installation: Users report setting up this Kwikset lock isn’t as easy as its counterparts. There are more screws involved during installation, and it can be confusing to figure out which one is right for your sized door. If you aren’t comfortable with DIY projects, this one might need the help of a professional.

Nerd Pros

  • Home automation options: With Zigbee and Z-wave, you’ll be able to use this Kwikset lock with current smart home tools you already use.
  • Design: We’re not going to lie. The design is pretty cool, and definitely stands out on a door. The best part of the touchscreen though is the extra security provided by the SecureScreen feature.

Nerd Cons

  • No backup lock: You’ll have to use a 9V battery to juice up the Kwikset lock if you accidentally forget to charge the battery. There is no traditional keyhole with this product.
  • Installation: Some users aren’t thrilled with the setup on this lock because of the multiple screws that come in the box. It can be hard to tell which ones you should use for your specific door.
Kwikset Obsidian Keyless Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt in Satin Nickel
  • Modern Design - Sleek, low-profile design with a glass-like surface.Control Method:Touch
  • Keyless Convenience - Enter your home with user codes instead of having to carry keys
  • User Codes - Up to 16 customizable user codes and master code option for increased security, Auto Lock - Door automatically locks after 30...
  • SecureScreen - Patented technology to help prevent code detection from fingerprints on the touchscreen
  • 9V Backup Power - Use a 9V battery as backup power in case the batteries run out

Kwikset Aura

This Kwikset lock is not an ideal choice if you want to use any remote features. You’ll need to be within Bluetooth range to lock and unlock and set user codes. It doesn’t have any smart home integration, so really this lock would be ideal for someone who doesn’t need any bells or whistles.

Installation: This is a simple install, with only a screwdriver required and no wiring involved. Like the other Kwikset locks, there is a step-by-step guide and video displayed for you within the Kwikset app.

Nerd Pros

  • Keypad with backup key: It’s always nice to have both a keypad and backup key if you’re forgetful and don’t get around to changing the battery in time.
  • Customization: You can give out user codes based on day and time, restricting certain people to certain days of the week or specific times of the day. That way you know the only people gaining entry to your house are the ones you allow.

Nerd Cons

  • No notifications: While you can manually view an activity log of when your door was locked and unlocked, it does not send you notifications when it’s happening. So, if something goes awry, you’ll have to hope you happen to be checking in on the app.
  • No remote access: Everything you do with this Kwikset lock has to be done within Bluetooth range. Although that is 100 ft., you may find that to be inconvenient when you need to let someone in while you’re at work.
Kwikset 99420-003 Aura Bluetooth Programmable Keypad Door Lock Deadbolt Featuring SmartKey Security, Iron Black
  • CONTROL WITH YOUR PHONE: Use your phone to lock/unlock, share guest access, monitor activity at the door, and so much more while in...
  • SHARE ACCESS WITH GUESTS: Backlit keypad with support for up to 250 access codes. Use the Kwikset app to schedule access windows or share...
  • MONITOR YOUR HOME: View history log, receive activity notifications, and monitor user access while using the Kwikset app in Bluetooth range...
  • AUTO-LOCK SECURITY: Set a duration for your door to lock automatically after entry or exit, perfect for keeping your hands free and getting...
  • EASY INSTALL: Do it yourself, installs in minutes with just a screwdriver, fits doors between 1-3/8" and 2" thick

Kwikset Halo

While it’s the most expensive Kwikset lock of the bunch, there’s good reason. This lock is packed with features without needing a smart hub. All you need is a Wi-Fi router, and you can not only control the lock when you’re in range, but you can control it from anywhere using the Kwikset app.

Installation: Installation is nearly identical to the other Kwikset locks, with the only requirement being a Phillips head screwdriver. Everything you need comes in the box, and Kwikset provides step-by-step instructions within the app.

Nerd Pros

  • No smart hub required: You don’t need to buy any additional hardware to make this Kwikset lock work remotely. All you need is the lock along with working Wi-Fi in your home.
  • Smart home integration: This lock is compatible with Alexa, which means you can lock and unlock it using your voice.

Nerd Cons

  • Price: It’s priced pretty high, but you have to remember this is the top of the line when it comes to Kwikset locks. If you aren’t looking for remote access and things like smart home integration, this probably isn’t your best choice.
  • Design: Considering it’s the most capable of the locks, one might think it would have looks to match. But there’s nothing impressive about this aesthetic of this Kwikset lock.
Kwikset Halo Touchscreen Wi-Fi Smart Door Lock, Keyless Entry Electronic Deadbolt Door Lock, No Hub Required App Remote Control, With SmartKey Re-Key Security, Satin Nickel
  • CONTROL FROM ANYWHERE: Wi-Fi enabled (no hub required), you can use the Kwikset app to remotely lock and unlock, share guest access, view...
  • SHARE ACCESS WITH GUESTS: Backlit touchscreen with support for up to 250 access codes. Use the Kwikset app to schedule access windows or...
  • SMART HOME INTEGRATION: Works with Amazon Alexa or Google Home, control your lock with your voice, create smart home automations, and manage...
  • INTRUSION DETECTION: Instant notifications in the Kwikset app alert you of any unusual lock activity, including invalid code attempts or...
  • AUTO-LOCK SECURITY: Set a duration for your door to lock automatically after entry or exit, perfect for keeping your hands free and getting...

Wrapping it up

If you’re in the market for reliable smart locks, Kwikset is a solid choice. The “key” to buying one is figuring out exactly which one will work best for you. Different models work with specific smart home hubs and even work on different apps in some cases.

Before purchasing, make sure you think about factors like whether you need a backup key or remote access to lock and unlock the door. Although the prices of these smart locks are pretty high, they’re in line with competitors and offer quite an array of options when it comes to customizing your own smart home.

This article has been reviewed and approved by Officer Banta.

Officer James Banta

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