This in depth Kevo Review will show you: Installation, Tips, our Experiences. Is it worth your money?
What is a Smart Door Lock or even called – Keyless Door Lock? A Smart Lock is a full automated locking device. It can not only grant access to your home, but also be locked and unlocked from nearly everywhere. As easy as a fingertip on your smartphone. The latest generation of smart locks even can open your door full automated just by touching the lock with your finger – as long as you have a certified device with you.
This can not only be your smartphone. There are smartkeys, smart wristbands, chipcards or other devices. Read the: How do Smart Locks improve your Life – A quick intro – page to get ideas how you can integrate these smart devices in your all day life.
KEVO Review – Smart Keyless Door Lock 925 DB 15
Obvious, the Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock with Keyless Bluetooth connection and a ‘Touch to Open’ functionality has a keyed entry possibility. Kevo is one of the very little number of products with this feature!
Installation – is very easy! You just replace your existing deadbolt lock. This can be accomplished, using a single Phillips head screwdriver and about 5-15 minutes for the installation, which depends on your Skills. Even a non technical person can easily do this.
Functionality and Possibilties are very good compared to other Wifi door locks. The ‘touch to open’ feature connects via bluetooth (4.0!) with your smartphone and unlocks the deadbolt with just a touch of your fingertip. ‘In or Out’ is an intelligent feature. This allows Kevo to know if you are inside or outside your home. During our Kevo Review, we used the ‘Kevo app’ to send, delete or reassign eKeys anytime and anywhere. This allows you complete control of your users. You even can schedule eKeys or give a guest access for another device.
Security is quite high. Some experts claim, that the classical keyed entry possibilities leaves ‘the door wide open’ for picklocking the device. This is impossible with devices without a classical key slit. The only security issue we had from time to time, was that it locks or UNLOCKS itself without any obvious reason. No one touched the device and no one with a bluetooth device was near? Perhaps this will be fixed with an update?
Our own experience and user feedback is ambivalent. The overall impression, the ideas and the given possibilities of Kevo are really good. BUT – In all day life we often experienced, that the connection with our devices via bluetooth did not always work. Often we had to take our Smarthone out of the pocket and hold it somewhere near the Kevo to get a working connection. Sometimes we even had to open it manually because it wasn´t working. This completely smashes the typical ‘keyless entry door lock – experience. And this is what you want to achieve with such a device. As it is said, that the latest version of the Kevo Smart Door Lock works with Android 5.0 and nearly any Apple-device, we experienced, that the connection via iPhone 4 to 6 works more often. Kevo already declared that they are constantly improving the Android APP.
Our Kevo Review has shown that it is a good simple and discreet designed item. Especially as a stand alone solution (not integrated in a home-automation) this device can be a good choice, especially for the iPhone user (can change with next Android App-Update). Of course, the sometimes automatic UNLOCKING or locking by itself would be a no go; but as we still could not figure out 100% why it happened, you should decide if it matters. As an alternative solution you can check our YALE Keyless Door Lock Review. Update: Kwikset has invented a bridge (device that connects the Kevo to your router – translates bluetooth into wifi). As soon as it is available we will update this review.
Warranty: This product comes with a lifetime mechanical and finish warranty
My Rating: see below
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