If you’ve been considering installing smart locks in your home, you must make sure that the model you choose is reliable and hassle-free. If you’ve been considering all the options and doing something research regarding this, there’s a good chance that you’ve already come across the two models that are being discussed in this article.
Both Kwikset Kevo and Schlage Connect are pretty popular models of smart locks, and it can sometimes be confusing to choose between two. After several hours of testing and research we have covered the side by side comparison between Kwikset Kevo Vs Schlage Connect. If you’ve been in a dilemma which one you should buy then you should read further.
Comparison Chart Kwikset Kevo Vs Schlage Connect
|Product||Schlage Connect||Kwisket Kevo|
|Dimensions||5.12 x 4.5 x 9.25 inches||5.87 x 10.3 x 3.74 in|
|Remote Control||Via Z-wave Hub||Via Kevo Plus|
|Smart Home Compatibility||Amazon Alexa||Amazon Alexa|
|Shared Access||30 codes maximum||25 eKeys maximum|
|Warranty period||1 year||1 year|
|iOS and Android Compatibility||Yes||Yes|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Kwikset Kevo Vs Schlage Connect – The Differences
It offers Bluetooth technology that ensures smooth operation via the corresponding mobile application, the Kevo app. Once this lock is installed, it can be controlled through the app within a limited Bluetooth access range, which is approximately 30 feet. Therefore, it does offer sufficient smart technology for when you are in the kitchen or too far away from the front door, but not enough to be operated when you’re away from home.
This device is operated using Z-wave technology. This means that you will be able to operate it via the smartphone only once it is hooked up with a Z-wave hub like Wink or SmartThings. If not, it can still be used as a normal lock with a keypad. Also, without the Z-hub, you can still create unique codes to arm and disarm the lock, but you will not have access to all the features that the Z-hub has to offer, like checking the lock’s history. The Schlage Connect does not have its own smartphone application due to the absence of Bluetooth technology. You will be operating it using a Z-wave hub, therefore, it will be operated using that particular hub’s mobile application. This is not a disadvantage. It is actually more useful, as all smart devices in your home will be connected to one hub, and can all be controlled using that hub. You need now download different applications for different devices. To enjoy all the great features offered by Schlage Connect, use a Z-wave hub.
2. Locking And Unlocking Options
This device offers a few options to lock and unlock your door. One of them is a Touch feature that allows you to unlock your door using a single touch on the exterior part of the lock. This feature uses location. It reads your location via your smartphone to offer a smooth, one-tap unlocking process. This feature can identify whether your mobile device is indoors or outdoors. If it is detected to be indoors, this Touch feature will not work. It will be enabled once you leave your home with your smartphone, and you are detected to be outdoors. Another option is Auto-Lock. This feature automatically locks the door thirty seconds after being closed. The final option is the Kevo mobile application. You can use the app to lock and unlock your door as long as you are within the Bluetooth range.
This lock also provides quite a few options. You can use a unique PIN code to arm and disarm your door lock, and the advantage is that you don’t need your smartphone or key to unlock your door. If you want to use the smart lock option, all you need to do is tap the logo on the keypad and it will automatically trigger Schlage Connect to lock the door. You can also use the Z-wave hub or Autolock feature if you want to lock your door within a specified time frame.
3. Shared Access
For this device, you can create and store up to 25 key codes. The different types of eKeys offered are owner, admin, anytime, scheduled, and guest.
It has a memory capacity of around 30 PIN codes. Also, depending on the Z-wave hub used, different types of PIN codes can be set like scheduled entry, one-time entry, etc.
It uses many levels of military-grade encryption and dual-factor authentication to ensure maximum security in your home. However, based on the durability level and a certain set of security tests, it was judged to be only a Grade 2 lock. It was beaten by Schlage Connect, which is a Grade 1 lock.
It is definitely one of the most secure and reliable smart locks in the market right now. Besides its Grade 1 rating, it also comes with a built-in alarm. It has a 90 decibel audible sensor that alerts you when it detects any potential threat such as brute force or tampering of the lock. The device also has a fingerprint-resistant touch-pad to make sure the fingerprint patterns of the owners cannot be detected or forged.
5. Remote Control
It offers Bluetooth control up to a certain range, it is also called in-home control, which kind of tells us that it can only be accessed in and around the house. Out-of-home remote control access is available as well, but it is an additional feature and therefore requires an additional fee. The remote control will enable you to issue eKeys, check on the lock status, and get notifications whenever the lock is used. All these features can be accessed by ordering the Kevo Plus. This gateway connects the smart lock to your home’s Wi-Fi network
The Z-wave hub can be used for remote control access. This is great news for people who already use a Z-wave hub because you already have a remote control at no additional cost. A Z-wave hub is like the central brain of a smart home. It will connect all smart devices in one app, and controlling them will truly be at your fingertips.
Kwikset Kevo Vs Schlage Connect – The Similarities:
Both these devices provide security at your front door. The smart locks fully replace the previous lock on your door, i.e., both the interior and exterior parts. Installation is simple in both devices, but make sure you get it right the first time so you won’t have to deal with any malfunctions.
Both devices come with a keyhole to be used as a standard lock with a key. However, this is more of a backup option. You can share access to these locks with your friends and family through their respective mobile apps, create schedules for access, and remove the shared access anytime you like. Also, the locks’ status can be checked even when you’re away from home. This sums up the similarities between these two locks.
It comes with an instructions manual that will help you through the installation process. If you are still doubtful, you can refer to the video below. It flawlessly explains the process in a simple step-by-step manner. If followed correctly, you will have a properly functioning Kwikset smart doorbell in an hour or two. If you are still having trouble with installing your doorbell, you can contact the Kwikset customer care. They are extremely helpful and will gladly answer all your questions.
It also comes with a detailed user’s manual, and we can guarantee that if this manual is followed properly, it is more than enough to have your device running in no time. You can also refer to this video for a visual guide:
It is a smart and sophisticated looking lock with a beautiful design. It is very appealing to the eye and will definitely attract the attention of your visitors. It will, without a doubt, blend in beautifully with the aesthetics of your home.
It is not as sleek and shiny as its competitor but we wouldn’t say it looks bad either. It is made of quality materials, it is durable, and it will blend in perfectly with any type of door. That is more than enough when it comes to smart locks.
Besides the Kevo Plus for remote control access, Kevo also offers Kevo Key Fobs for easy sharing access. These are designed to let people unlock the door without having to use their smartphones. You only need to touch the smart lock with the Key Fob and it will get unlocked/locked. This is a great alternative option, but you need to consider the fact that these fobs need to be bought separately and physically in order to grant access to others.
It does not really need physical accessories to extend its smart features. It also offers matching handsets which can be bought as a part of the Schlage Connect Kit.
What’s in the Box?
- Your Smartphone is now your key touch to open convenience with the 2nd generation. If you wish to perform a system...
- 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
- Key Fob
- Different Mounting Batteries
- AA Batteries
- Bluetooth Component
- Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock with wiring
- Main Unit to fix in your door
- User’s Guide (English and Spanish)
- Installation Manual
- Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately)
- Touch Screen keypad and lock cylinder on exterior and thumb turn interior. Door thickness range is 1.37 to 1.75 standard
- Stores up to 30 personalized user codes at a time
- User’s Guide
- Installation Guide
- Hardware for locking mechanism
- 4 AA Duracell Batteries
- Schlage Connect lock with touch-pad
It is very secure, both digitally and mechanically. It uses multiple level encryption and also has SmartKey technology making it resistant to lock picking, lock bumping, and any type of tampering.
If this happens, you can always use the Kevo fob or normal key to unlock your door. You can also sign in to your Kevo app from another smartphone and access your device from there.
It will provide multiple alerts and indications when its battery level is running low and the batteries need to be replaced. If not replaced in time, you can still use the physical key to lock and unlock your door.
In the SmartThings app:
From the Home screen, touch the Plus (+) icon and select Add device.
Select Schlage and touch Lock.
Choose a Hub for the device and touch Next.
Choose a Room for the device and touch Next.
While the Hub searches: Enter 6-digit programming code. Press the Schlage button. Press 0.
To use Alexa with a Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, you will need a Schlage Sense Wi-Fi adaptor, which will also give you the ability to lock and unlock the deadbolt from anywhere with your phone. The Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt requires a Samsung SmartThings or Wink hub in order to use it with Alexa.
Use the Schlage Sense app to pair it with your deadbolt and connect it to your home Wi-Fi network for anywhere access. After you have downloaded the Schlage Sense app and paired it with your lock using the Schlage mode setup, you can quickly and easily set up your Wi-Fi Adapter.
The Bottom Line
All said and done, both products reviewed today are extremely reliable and great for your home. They have outstanding features and will no doubt enhance the security of your home. That being said, Schlage Connect outshines its competitor due to its reliability, high security, and diverse features. It has a built-in alarm and a fingerprint-resistant touchpad, and its competitor does not have these features. This lock will ensure security while offering smart access sharing options (not physically) and full control with the Z-wave control hub. Hence, between these two products, we would recommend you Schlage Connect.