Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 28
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Stefi Okay for Residential Lock
I bought this lock because I needed to rekey a few doors with the same key. It was really simple and they work great, however, this lock is not the most secure lock out there. In fact, I saw a locksmith online opening a smartkey lock in under 10 seconds. That doesn't bother me, a thief will get in somehow if they want to.
February 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jeff Works great
This is an affordable and reliable product that works exactly as advertised. Easy installation and flawless operation.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by swafford Best Kwikset980 Single Cylinder Satin Nickel
The Kwikset980 Single Cylinder Satin Nickel instructions for installation and setting a key. Excellent product.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Caybear Quick and easy but secure
This deadbolt is so easy to install. The quick key makes it super fast and easy to change the lock for new occupants in rentals or if you just need to change the locks.
When I went into the store to get more keys made before I changed the locks, the woman that helped me showed me how to do it and even let me practice!
March 24, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Gutie050 Expect failure within a few years or right out of the box.
I just wanted to share some more recent experience with Kwikset deadbolts as I have recommended them to numerous people in the past. Since early 2011 I have been installing Kwikset Smartkey deadbolts in all of my rental properties. I currently have somewhere between 16-18 deadbolts installed. In the last 12 months or so I have had to replace 3 of the earlier units due to them completely failing and locking tenants out. Luckily my properties all have two doors and I haven't had both locksets fail at the same time.
Now, more recently I purchased a brand new off the shelf unit and wound up getting locked out of my property with my keys, tools and cell phone inside the property (this happened in the winter in MN). Luckily my vehicle was unlocked and I was able to beat the lock into submission with a trailer hitch of all things to regain access. Basically I installed the lock, stepped outside to test it using the supplied keys. The deadbolt slid to the lock position and then when I went to unlock it the inner cylinder and the key popped out of the lock sending the lock pins flying all over.
Below is a copy paste of Kwikset's response...I expect better. I invested in their product and purchased more locksets than I would imagine 99.9% of homeowners purchase in a lifetime.
Case Number: 201501811889
Subject: Lock Failures and Out of the Box Issues
I have been installing your Smartkey deadbolts on my rental properties since early 2011. I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 of your smartkey deadbolts currently installed. I have been pretty happy with them, but I’m running into some issues lately. Some of the early deadbolts are getting really flukey and resetting themselves sporatically. I’ve replaced a 2 of the original 2011 deadbolts and I have another one that it looks like I’m going to have to replace.
A couple weeks ago I was installing a brand new deadbolt that I purchased at Home depot. I was just finishing installing it and stepped outside to test the lock (leaving my car keys, wallet, phone and tool bag inside the rental property). The door locked perfectly, but when I went to unlock it the lock cylinder spun and pulled out with the key locking me out of the property as well as leaving me stranded with no phone and no keys. It took me about an hour to gain access back to the rental with the random tools I had in my luckily unlocked car.
Now just yesterday I purchased a brand new lock from Home Depot. I installed it and when I finished up I went to test it and the keys that came with it don’t work in the lock. Tonight I’m going to have to go over there and remove the lock and return it. I really really like the rekeying ability of these locks, but with the failures I’ve been having I’m extremely frustrated. At roughly $40 a pop I have invested a lot of money into a lock system that I had hoped would simplify my life.
CASE DETAILS Case Type: Warranty Smartkey- Deadbolt Submitted: 1/2/2015 Case Category: Warranty Smartkey- Deadbolt MESSAGES ADD MESSAGE SubmittedSubmitted ByDescription1/5/2015Customer Service (Norman)Hello Eric G,
The cylinder that pulled out may just be missing a clip that holds it in place, do you have this product still and can e-mail a picture of it?
The last item without the key working may be able to be corrected?
The Key may not have been inserted all the way when it was keyed in the Factory? Try this step first, insert the key all the way in. Slowly remove key while trying to turn, if key moves reset the key again and if not it must be reset with a Tool called the Cradle. Lowe's and Home Depot should have this Cradle and other retailers may have it now also. Can this cylinder be taken to be reset?
1/8/2015Eric G The one that the cylinder fell out of I think I still have it. I used a trailer hitch reciever and a prybar to beat it into submission so that I could unlock the door with a pocketknife. This was all I had available to use due to being locked out of the house in December in Minnesota with no car keys, wallet, cell phone.
I went back the next day and swapped out the lock and returned it and replaced it.
1/14/2015Eric G Not sure why this still says waiting on customer.
1/14/2015Customer Service (Norman)Hello Eric G,
The message says waiting because you do not have access to change it to any thing else and we have not opened your e-mail to answer back.
Sounds like you have it all replaced so you do not need any ting from us?.
1/15/2015Eric G Yes, at this moment I do not need anything else. I would like to say I am disappointed in Kwikset's response to what happened. I will not be recommending your locks any more.
1/15/2015Eric G I saw last night that I do have the deadbolt that I had to demolish to gain access back to the property. I guess i will go ahead and just toss it.
Customer Service (Norman)
Hello Eric G,
This is the warranty department, we replace items that break that are under warranty. If you do not need the one item replaced we will close this e-mail case.
1/15/2015Eric G So the fact that I'm seeing multiple failures in your deadbolts roughly 2-3 years after they are installed is normal?
1/15/2015Eric G Can I get reimbursed for the lockset that failed out of the package. I had to physically mangle to gain access to my property so I doubt that Home Depot will accept the return.
January 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Crys Works great!
It looks great and works well and was very easy to put in!
February 24, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Woodman SmartKey is a smart buy
Kwikset SmartKey makes it easy to key all the door locks to one key. Plus, you can easily change them all for no more expense than the cost of new keys. (I messed up changing the re-keying one of the locks but found a nice video online demonstrating how to disassemble the lock to re-key it. All was not lost.)
December 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LMTMAN Great warranty
Lock lasted a few years and broke BUT they DO replace with no hassles. Bad part, it took a month to get the replacement.
January 20, 2015