Rated 3.6 out of 5Â by 65
Rated 3 out of 5Â by JimmyDIY Great idea but not perfectly executed
I was excited to install this lock and test it out. Installation was a bit challenging since it was the first deadbolt I've installed that had wires. I was able to follow the directions and get my phone to sink with the deadbolt. I love the color ring on the deadbolt. It is probably my favorite feature because it feels like I am going into a top-secret lab, but it is just my house.
I was sold on the idea that I can use my phone to unlock my door. I was also impressed that I could email, activate and deactivate keys for family and neighbors as they needed entrance into my home.
Now that I've had the lock for a few months, I am disappointed. I honestly wanted to like the lock but as time has passed, I've come to the conclusion that the idea is awesome but the execution is not there yet.
Some of the things that have disappointed or annoyed me are:
The deadbolt will activate as I go in and out of my home, without touching the lock. The sensor is too powerful or needs to be positioned in an area of the lock that will not produce false activation.
When I use my phone to unlock the door, you have to make sure your Bluetooth is on. I don't usually leave Bluetooth on because it drains my phone battery. Once I turn Bluetooth on, it takes several seconds to communicate with the lock before it finally opens.
The deadbolt will activate while my door is open so the lock will smash into my door trim once it is closed.
Sometimes the lock struggles to engage so it clicks and beeps until it gives up and I have to do it manually.
Batteries, I hate changing them. This lock has added additional expense by needing to buy batteries.
I ranked this a 3 because I really like the idea. Overall though, I find this lock to be less convenient than the standard key. I believe in the technology and am confident that Kwikset will get this right, they are just not there yet.
April 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Neelam Next generation of deadbolts
This lock replaced my old Kwikset deadbolt. It comes with 2 manual keys and 1 fob.
Installation is just as easy as any other standard deadbolt and requires no special skill set. 2 screw and 4 bolts puts the lock in place. It took about 30 minutes to remove the old deadbolt and to place Kevo on the door. Installation time would have been no more than ten minutes if my door did not have the glass window with moulding and thatâs what took an extra 20 minutes to make the lock sit flat on the door. The lock in fact is a bit wider for the doors with glass window in the middle.
I loved the fact that I could re-key the lock to continue using my old key if I wanted to, rekeying took about 15 seconds.
The lock construction is sturdy with high-end appearance. The indoor assembly housing cover is all plastic. It runs on 4 AA batteries.
Kevo mobile application is very intuitive and works flawlessly. The lock registered with the application on 2nd attempt and I had no trouble calibrating the phone and the fob. As long as I keep the phone in the front pocket of my shirt, it works 100% but when the phone is in my pants pocket then it works 60% or less especially when I am wearing a long coat thatâs covering the pantsâ pockets. Fob works with the same ratio.
Kevo application and the lock communicate through Bluetooth and currently it works with Apple mobile devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 and does not work with Android devices.
Each time the lock is opened/locked using the mobile, it generates a log entry in application log but that would never give a true picture of lock usage since there cannot be any log with fob and manual key usage but it would certainly help if you send an eKey to someone else and want to know when was it used.
With mobile app, fob and manual key able to lock/unlock your door, Kwikset has created a great product that certainly leads the next generation deadbolt family but it does need some tweaks to achieve perfection.
The mechanical warranty of the lock is lifetime but electronic warranty is 1 year only. The fobâs warranty is also 1 year.
December 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JReed Simple, convenient, and really cool!
So this thing is awesome!
Lock - great fit and finish. Easy to install, easy to re-key, easy to program. It has a great durable finish. The instructions to re-key the lock are clear and to the point. The back of the lock (from the inside) is a little large, and requires batteries, but it is very simple to pull the cover off and change the batteries and program the lock after you install. The front of the lock (from the outside) is shiny and clean looking. There are LED lights on the front when you touch the sensor that are very bright and flash several different colors (mainly blue, orange, and green). Since there are several lights they flash bright enough to be able to clearly identify what is happening even if the sun is shining on your door. The lock also has an audible beep when doing any function.
The phone app:
As with the rest of this lock, it is easy to use, and user friendly. The security options on the app with the lock are numerous. For example, when connected to wifi, my app will sense where I am in my house, that way if someone is outside and my phone is near the door, it will sense that I am not outside and I can chose this to be a safety feature. My only gripe with the app is that you must leave it open on your phone for it to work. Some features of the app let me send electronic keys to anyone with an email address and all they need to do is download the app and create an account to enter my home. This was great when family is in town and I was not always able to be around or didn't have enough keys. The app will also make your phone vibrate and chime when you lock or unlock the lock. It creates a low frequency wifi that only goes short distance and is secure. It does not drain your phone battery.
Since i've owned it, this has become the standard and I feel very save and secure. I have not had any issues with the motorized locking mechanism, and the style, functionality, ease of use, and security features make this more than worth it.
January 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bosox Easy Install, Product Works Great
I purchased this product on Homedepot.com a few weeks ago and installed it last night. First, installation was fairly easy......we had a Kwikset deadbolt on the door that we removed in place of Kevo. We then calibrated both the FOB and my wife's iPhone 5.......the FOB calibrated on the first attempt, the phone took a bit longer. I would say we tried calibration around 10 times before successfully calibrating....didn't really bother me given it activates the interior/exterior antenna's which is one of the primary reasons I purchased the lock. We have been testing the lock since installation and are pleased with how it operates.
Very cool technology!!
December 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by astonman Loving My Kwikset Kevo
I heard about the Kwikset Kevo lock months before it was released, so I was pretty excited to try it out. The Kevo comes nicely packaged with plenty of install and operation instructions. The lock itself is solid and well-built with a nice finish. The interior housing cover is plastic but has a very nice finish as well.
It took me 30 minutes to install the lock and calibrate the fob. That included removing my old deadbolt and watching the install video on my phone. It took two tries to calibrate the fob and my wifeâs iPhone 5 calibrated on the first try. In the two weeks I have used this lock; it has worked 85% of the time on the first touch. Placing the fob or phone right up to the lock is not needed. The fob or phone can be in a front pocket or purse, just remember that it works best when it is positioned with a clear line of sight to the lock.
Iâve looked at other locks but really didnât want a keypad. One of the best features of the Kevo is that it looks like an ordinary deadbolt (except when the LEDs are flashing). Another great feature is the SmartKey technology. Our home came with Kwikset locks. In addition to regular keys, we received two slightly larger keys that have the builderâs name on them. I really didnât want to part with those keys. The SmartKey feature allowed me to rekey the Kevo in 30 seconds and keep using our original keys.
While itâs not a must have item, there are truly times when the Kevo is very handy. Itâs great for the obvious times when we have a bunch of bags in our hands, but it also allows my wife to lock the door when she goes for a jog. Our kids can also lock the door when they leave for school.
I really couldnât do this review without mentioning security. I love my gadgets but my familyâs security is of the utmost importance. I have virtually no concern about someone hacking this lock. As for someone physically circumventing it, yes it can happen. It can happen with the Kevo as well as most household deadbolts. My homeâs security is dependent on so much more than the deadbolts on the doors. Simply put, I feel just as safe with the Kevo as with any other lock.
The Kevo uses some new technologies. Itâs not perfect but Iâm excited to see what else they have planned for the Kevo (would love WiFi) and how they improve upon what is already a pretty ingenious product.
November 27, 2013