Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Electronic Lock: No more fumbling for your keys with the Kwikset Kevo electronic lock. Its Bluetooth connectivity automatically syncs your mobile device to your lock with touch-to-open convenience, making your smartphone or tablet your new key. Use the Kevo app to grant access to others and track their usage.
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Fit my needs the best
Posted by: Motorcop from: on
I did a lot of online reviewing, just as always...and like you are doing now. I have a home automation hub and looked at what the hubs offer...then found Kevo. I looked at Schlage, August and other options. It's all came down to:
1. Ease of allowing access to others (key code, e-key, etc)
2. Aesthetics of the device (August is HUGE!)
3. Locking/ unlocking ability remotely (Kevo Plus is a big plus)
4. Ease of locking/ unlocking (this one is a simple touch on the outside cover with the key fob or Bluetooth device close enough)
The search was on and I learned a lot that I liked and disliked about this and the others. I liked the size of Kevo after the install. The August was a HUGE add-on on the existing deadbolt assembly. The Schlage all had keypads on the outside and some fancy design to choose from. The Kevo...looked just like my existing Kwikset deadbolt on the outside and no keypad to add additional users or have to delete them later. With the Kevo I can send unlimited e-keys to my wife, my tablet, any future maintenance workers, etc... I can also rescind the keys just as quickly as I send them, or even limit access times. I can also get alerts when family members lock or unlock the door, so I know when the kids make it safely (I have security cameras too).
I added the Kevo Plus device which was about half the price I paid for the lock, but easily connects to your router and sets up in minutes. Once installed, you can lock/ unlock the door anywhere you have Internet access. Never worry halfway to work again, "Did I lock the door?"
Now, what I dislike:
Installation was not as clear and easy as it seems. There was a programming portion after the lock is installed to learn left/ right swing doors. The lock grinds and sounds defective, but it's just learning. Just disliked this portion slightly. The biggest issue I have is...you never realize how many times you actually touch the door lock when the door is open. What I mean is that the "easy to lock by a simple touch" becomes annoying when you are walking outside, grabbing the door handle to close it behind you and you accidentally bumped against the lock housing, causing it to lock before you close the door. Minor issue, but I lock it when it is open almost as much as I do when it is closed. Ha!
Overall a huge recommend. I like the looks, the upgrade ability, the ease of use and secure feeling of being able to lock the door from literally anywhere.
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Best Smart Lock Out There
Posted by: RyNYC from: New York, NY on
I have this on my apartment door. It is amazing. Easily let my friends in to pick up something they forgot or to take care of my dog. I don't have to worry about losing my keys or leaving one at the corner deli. So simple and so easy to use. Plus I smile every time I open my door.
21 out of 24 found this review helpful.
If you need a conversation starter...
Posted by: GYAAARRRR from: on
I've been using this lock for about a month now and this is what I've discovered:
1. Works as advertised about 50% of the time.
2. It's a conversation starter at times, I guess.
1. The deadbolt doesn't always unlock forcing you to pull the key out of your pocket and unlock it manually or stand there for five minutes tapping the lock until it finally unlocks.
2. There are only two (2) "ekeys" one for yourself and one for a guest. Each additional ekey is $1.99 on the app store. The lock is too expensive to be tacking on these extra in app purchases in my opinion.
3. You have to purchase a separate $100.00 bluetooth device that connects to your home network to unlock your door from anywhere. It does not come with built in WIFI capabilities.
All in all it is a decent deadbolt, but all you are really paying for is a conversation starter. For the most part you will be using a normal key to unlock your door.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Doesn't Work As Advertised
Posted by: ElectronicsNut from: Kenosha, WI on
Got the Kevo deadbolt shortly after it was offered on BestBuy.com. Installed pretty much like any other deadbolt, you just have to make sure the antenna is placed correctly and not pinched.
I have 3 people in the house (including myself) with iPhone 5s's and everybody had major problems getting the lock to work as it should.
I've called Kevo support and literally taken the lock apart piece by piece to check for problems and put it back together. When we lock the door, we have to take out our phone and make sure the Kevo app is running in the foreground, put it 2 inches away from the lock and sometimes it will work.
The whole reason for getting this lock for me was to leave my phone and keys in my pocket and unlock it. Well, that doesn't happen.
Sometimes it will even lock itself when we have entered the room after having unlocked it with the key.
This is the most expensive dead bolt you'll ever buy. It will basically quit working and make you use your key anyways.
Do not recommend buying this lock, you'll be disappointed.
17 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Wifi would make this great, as is its ok
Posted by: MLNinMN from: Minneapolis on
I bought this lock for the safety of my kids so when they get home they can go through the front door instead opening and showing off an empty garage. My oldest child has a phone, so she can run the app and easily open the door. The best part is that I get a notification when she unlocks the door and I know she's home. My youngest child uses the fob. Unfortunately the fob does not send any notifications so I don't know when/if she has come through the door. The app was ok to set up, and little confusing a first. I hate that you have to have the app running along with bluetooth to make this work, but my daughter doesn't seem to mind. Some great improvements would be for this to work on wifi so I can get a notification when she locks the door again from the inside, and I would like to label the key fobs and receive a notification of when they are used to lock/unlock a door. I would recommend this to a friend if they could make those simple updates. Also, we weren't able to use our original keys like some individuals since our old lock was a different brand.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
I love this
Posted by: soundmindPA from: Phila on
Whole family loves this. Kids use fobs in backpack to gain entry. Wife & I use iPhones. Send electronic keys to houseguests, and we get a notification when they arrive. I send them an instant text to welcome them to our home, seems a little creepy, then they realize I got info from Kevo lock, and they think it's even cooler. Experienced Nothing but great stuff from this. installed in the freezing cold. simple: 10 minutes. 4 screws. couldn't imagine the install would be hard for anyone unless they had an improperly installed deadbolt prior. Nothing but praises. Will update if anything goes wrong. company sent 5 additional free ekeys when I set-up lock. very cool Kwikset.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Too bad... :(
Posted by: Mark from: on
I really, really wanted this product to work well! I was so excited to bring it home and had such high hopes. But soon I noticed that it would randomly lock itself after I unlocked it. Sometimes before I could even close the door behind me. Which lead to a boo boo on my door frame one of the times. I was unsettled by the randomness of it so I did a quick google search and found others complaining of the same thing. Some related it to some damaged wiring in the unit. So, I decided that I would return it and get a new one. Excited again when I brought the second one home, we very gently installed it (just to be sure we weren't the culprit) and the dang thing started locking itself randomly again! Ugh! Took the second one back and exchanged for an August. Haven't looked back. The August is great. Sorry for the Kevo. It's really a beautiful product! Maybe this will be fixed in future models...
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Could be better
Posted by: katieloo from: San Diego, CA on
I bought this because I hate coming home with both hands filled with groceries or leaving the house in the morning with coffee cup and bag in one hand and fiddling with keys. The installation was pretty straight forward, and we were able to program our original lock's key to match the kevo so that we can also use the handle's lock if we want to. That being said, if my iphone turns off during the day (which is almost a daily issue because my battery runs out), the app turns off and in order to get the lock to open you have to pull your phone out, click on the kevo app, and unlock the door - which is almost as bad as fiddling with the keys. My partner has an android phone and his phone won't work, so he uses the fob thing and I am almost tempted to carry one around myself as it seems to be much more reliable than the phone app. That being said, I think it is an improvement and hope they can update it one day to open faster (currently takes about 5 seconds from the time you touch the lock), and to not be deactivated if your phone turns off.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Concept is great. Execution... not so much.
Posted by: MikeInDenver from: Denver, CO on
This is a beautiful piece of equipment. The blue illuminated ring is very impressive. The concept is fantastic. The one drawback, and its kind of a big one, is that it takes two or three times minimum to unlock the door from the outside. I have to stand there and make sure it locks. Id like it if I could just close the door, hit the lock once, and be on my way. For a convenience and time saver, sometimes its just the opposite. Also, why can't I have a touch lock on the inside too? Why can I have the awesome tech on the outside, but have to deal with this clunky manual turn lock on the inside? Im keeping it for now. A big plus is that you can update the firmware, so Im hoping this puppy gets better.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great Idea, poor performance
Posted by: Paul420 from: Albuquerque on
Almost a year ago I purchased this lock.Just like many of these five star reviews that are written during the honeymoon period of ownership, I too thought that this thing was really cool and an awesome product. So much so that within a couple of days had bought three more for my home two homes, vacation house and my mothers home.
Fast forward two months later, we started having problems with them locking automatically when closing the door as you exit. At first I thought that we were accidentally touching the lock while closing the door. Since the product was so cool, high quality and expensive I made every excuse for any shortcomings that started to arise. The customer service people were not any help, first they blamed it on the installation, then on user error.
I installed all units myself, and had them reinstalled by professionals same results.
The locks lock by themselves when you close the door 2 out of 5 times. I tested this by not having the fobs (which quit working after three months, changing the fobs battery helped for a few weeks but the $5 batteries get expensive quick) or my phone with me when exiting the house and still the lock will sometimes lock. Essentially locking you out. I have now made it a habit of have the key with me at all times. Even when I go outside to pick up the paper in my robe. Not fun being locked out of your house at 530 in the morning.
Funny how this same thing has happened with all four locks in three different parts of the country. The final straw was when my elderly mother could not get into her home, due to the lock not wanting to work with her fob, phone and the key was too hard for her to turn.
Locks have been removed and packed up as a reminder of a waste of $1,000, hours and health.