Kwikset Kevo (2nd Generation) Review

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The front view of Kwitset Kevo
Kwikset Kevo 2nd Generation
Kevo 2nd generation mounted on a door

Introduction

Welcome to my Kwikset Kevo (2nd Generation) review.

Kwikset have been making locks since 1946 when Adolf Schoepe and Karl Rhinehart created their first lock. Since then the company’s focus has always been on the very best security combined with ease of installation.

Kwikset are a company with a long history of reliability and good customer support.

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The first generation of the Kwikset Kevo was introduced in the middle of 2013 and the second generation was first available from late 2016.

The Kevo is one of many smart locks that the company have designed.

My reviews are packed full of information which I want you to be able to read quickly and easily.

Therefore I have used lots of tables and other shortcuts to help you make the right decision as quickly as possible.

At- a- Glance Features

Below, I have created tables which show the different features that this device has. I have divided the features up into different tables to make it easier for you to read.
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Those tables are;

(1) Basic Specifications

(2) Ways to Open

(3) Power & Apps

(4) Home Automation

(5) Security & Lock

and

(6) Materials & Installation

The first table is visible. To view the other six tables click on the black down arrow on the left hand side of the heading.

Basic Specifications

Manufacturer
Kwikset
First Sold
August 2016
Materials
Metal
Weight
3. lbs
Dimensions
10.3 x 5.9 x 3.7 inches
Warranty
Limited Lifetime
Price

 Other locks with great warranties

Kevo smart lock used by children
Kevo inner and outer body on a door

Ways to Open

Keypad
Smartphone
Key
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Fob/tag
Fingerprint
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There are three methods that can be used to open the Kwikset Kevo; smartphone, a traditional key and a fob or a tag.
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Smartphone

Your iPhone or Android smartphone can open the Kevo. Your phone connects with the lock via free app and bluetooth.

Once your phone is in range of the lock all you need to do is to touch it with your finger or any part of your body and it will open.

I am waiting to hear from the manufacturers about the versions of the iOS and Android are needed. All iPhones from the 4S onwards can use the app.

There are a more limited amount of Android phones that are compatible. These include most of the Samsung Galaxy “S”range, a HTC phones and Nexus phones.

You can check to see if your Android device is compatible here.

If you want to find out about other locks that can be opened with your smartphone click here.

 Other locks that use smartphones

Traditional key The Kevo can be opened using a traditional key and it comes supplied with 2.

Other smart locks that can be opened with a mechanical key are listed here.

Fob/ Tag The Kevo can be opened using a fob, which is sold separately. This is a really useful means of opening the door for friends and family who don’t have a smartphone.

The Kwikset Kevo has a smartphone app
Kevo sees you arrive and keeps you safe

Power and Apps

Power
iOS App
Android App
x4 AA's
Browser
Windows 10

Batteries

The Kevo is powered by four AA batteries, which come supplied. These batteries should last for about a year. The app on your smartphone displays the level of battery that remains.
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If the lock runs out of battery, it can only be opened using a key, until you get round to replacing the batteries.

 Other smart locks that are powered by battery

As already mentioned,  there is an iOS app and an Android app for this device.

Windows 10 

This phone does not have an app for any Windows 10 device.

Browser

I am not sure if you can access any of the functions of this lock via a web browser.

Kevo 2nd generation exposed interior
What the Kevo's LEDs means

Home Automation

Home Automation
Apple Home Kit
Voice Activation

This lock does not fit in with any any home automation systems such as Z Wave or the Apple Home Kit. Neither can the lock be operated by your voice.

I think the lack of compatibility with home automation systems is a real weakness for this lock.

Security and Lock

Security Rating
Anti-Snoop
Remote Unlock
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Auto Lock
Anti Tamper Alarm
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Security Rating 

This lock has been rated as ANSI grade 2. It has been certified by the BHMA (Builder’s Hardware Manufacturer’s Association.) It is also UL fire rated.
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 Other locks that have a good security rating

Privacy

This door does not have any other privacy features.

Remote Unlock

This door cannot be unlocked remotely.

Auto Lock 

The Kevo will automatically lock 30 seconds after it closes.

Kevo 2nd Generation what's in the box
The Kevo's anti theft features

Materials and Installation

Weatherproof
Different Colors
Easy Install

Weatherproof

This smart lock is as weather resistant as a normal deadbolt. To find out more just visit this page.
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Different Colors

There are three colors to choose from; polished brass, satin nickel and venetian bronze.

Easy Install

The Kevo is one of a number of smart locks that you can install on standard size doors (1-3/4″) just using a screwdriver. The lock comes with its own deadbolt. The Kevo app contains a step by step series of instructions

Useful Kwikset Kevo Resources

Below you can find some additional resources that might help you to decide if this smart lock is the perfect one for you.

There is a link to a page which explains the Kevo app in more detail, a video that shows the features of the Kevo “in action” and finally a page that will walk you through the installation process.

Find out more about the app

Introductory Video

Installation Help

Should You Buy One?

To finish this review, I am going to finish by presenting you with a few pros and cons.

What are the Kwikset Kevo smart lock’s strongest and weakest features?

Pros
Cons
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3 "ways of opening"
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Not compatible with home automation software
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Smartphone compatible
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No anti- tamper alarm
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Top Security Rating
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Expensive