Today we are going to compare Schlage vs Kwikset in regards to the two most popular electronic locks being sold today – the Kwikset KEVO:
…and the Schlage Connect:
Kwikset Kevo Vs Schlage Connect
It is generally understood that both Schlage and Kwikset are leaders and innovators in the field of home security, with many great products to each of their names.
Value wise, one of the reasons that both the Kwikset Kevo and the Schlage Connect are both such popular electronic locks is because they both merge high quality hardware with great functionality, at an affordable price.
One of the reasons we are comparing Kwikset vs Schlage through deep analysis of these two locks right now is because they are often compared in terms of performance, with users always asking which is the better lock.
So, we want to take a critical look at both locks, and see if they really deserved to be compared. Is one clearly better than the other? Let’s take a look!
Similarities Between These Electronic Locks
Both of these locks have wireless capability, and so they work with your smartphone, although they do that in two different ways.
The Kwikset Kevo Deadbolt
The Kwikset Kevo uses bluetooth technology, so it communicates either at close range or with direct contact. That said, the Kwikset Kevo doesn’t need a home automation hub to function, since it works direction from your smart phone, or provided FOB. You simply need to have your smart phone in your pocket with the Kevo app running, and this allows you to simply tap the lock with your finger, and it will open for you.
This provides a certain functionality and convenience, but it lacks the communication range of the Schlage Connect Touchpad not to mention the added functionality that we will also discuss.
The Schlage Connect Touchpad Deadbolt
With the Schlage Connect, it should be used in conjunction with a Nexia bridge or other Z-wave hub or controller (eg. Smart Things, Vera), which means you’re going to have to purchase one of those in order to communicate with the Schlage Connect in order to see its full benefit.
One of those benefits is being able to have a longer range connection (thanks to Z-wave, up to 300 feet officially) between the you as a user and the Schlage Connect.
Already you can see that these device not only look different in terms of appearance, but they don’t exactly operate in the same way either, except to say that they’re both “smart” in their own way.
One of the reasons the Kwikset Kevo and Schlage Connect are often compared is due to their price, which is roughly the same, depending where you shop.
Let us talk about the pros and cons for each lock for potential users to consider thus far.
The Kwikset Kevo works best at close range due to bluetooth, but works from up to 100 feet away, so while its range is somewhat limited, it does have a very reasonable working range.
The Schlage Connect has a longer range, but requires a bridge or hub to work properly. Some of these hubs, such as the Nexia bridge (aka hub), require you to pay monthly fees, which is a detractor to some, but on the other hand you can use these hubs / bridges to extend the functionality of your entire smart home.
Extra devices can be attached to these hubs, and this actually provides you with limitless possibilities. And, it must be said, that not all smart hubs require you pay a monthly fee, but you do have to still purchase the unit which has its own separate cost, making the Schlage Connect a pricier purchase if you want to use it the way it was designed to be used.
Now, before we go any further, let us have a look at a video review which shows the Kwikset Kevo in action.
More Kevo Features
As this video shows, the Kwikset Kevo does have a lot of appealing features that we have yet to discuss, such as the military grade API to prevent anyone from being able to “hack in” to your lock. It also has the ability to share e-keys with friends quite easily, and take them away. It has a very nice and convenient looking access history within the Kevo app itself.
Add to this that even someone without any handiman skills can get this lock fully installed within an hour, and you’re looking at a very good product, from one of the lock manufacturing kings themselves, Kwikset. The inside of the lock has a substantial-sized panel, but its easy to remove and get at the things you need to see, such as batteries, calibration, etc.
The main detractor that someone might point out is the price, and this is understandable. This lock does not come cheap, per se, and so it is a fair investment, no doubt about it.
Now let us take a look at the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt in the form of a video review below.
This video here has a slightly different slant as far as what it focuses on with the Schlage Connect Touchpad Deadbolt (vs the previous Kevo video) with a lot of the focus here being on removing the old lock and adding the new lock onto your door. Unless you have a brand new door, which will probably not be the case with most buyers, you will be stuck replacing an old lock. Depending on how handy you are, this might be a huge pain.
With regards to installation here, yes there are a few extra steps because this is a both a smart and keyless deadbolt, so its not your ordinary mechanical type, so you do have to make sure both the hardware and the electronics are installed properly. That said, the Schlage Connect Touchpad Deadbolt is relatively simple to install, being about comparable with the Kevo as far as installation goes.
Pictured below are all the parts you get with the Schlage Connect Touchpad Deadbolt, including, as you can see – a back up key for if you want to do things the old-fashioned way.
Additional Features Of The Schlage Connect Touchpad Deadbolt
Another major focus of the above video review of the Schlage is that it talks a lot about codes. Yes, you have many programmable codes available to you and your family and friends, and they are fairly straightforward to program and give out, as well as remove.
The use of a code is fundamentally different from the Kevo’s e-key system, which doesn’t use codes. Codes, whether they be mechanical or electronic, do provide an added layer of security, which can be seen here as an advantage.
Schlage’s Vacation Mode
“Vacation mode” is another interesting feature of the Schlage Connect Touchpad Deadbolt, because it allows you to turn off all of the codes when you go away, making the lock turn into just a normal deadbolt, and then, upon your return, you can activate all your codes again and you’re back in business. No need to delete and re-add codes, because vacation mode allows you to simply turn them on and off at your leisure.
The Hub Factor
Lastly, the video review above does mention once again that you do need some kind of hub to make use of the Schlage lock, although it doesn’t have to be a Nexia bridge, as he says. The reason he says this, we think, is because Nexia is the bridge that is most closely connected to Schlage, and is often paired with this lock. However, Schlage’s Connect Touchpad Deadbolt does work with a number of other types of bridges and hubs, as it mentions over on its Amazon product page.
Without the use of a bridge, the video reviewer laments, you are simply left with a high quality keyless deadbolt with the Schlage lock, rather than the multi-featured, versatile home security package you get when you do have the bridge installed. There is certainly a big difference there, whether the bridge is installed or not.
Wrapping Things Up
There are two more points we want to make before we’ll let you consider what we’ve said about these two locks.
One is that Schlage’s lock is an ANSI Grade 1 lock, while Kwikset is an ANSI Grade 2. These security grades are based on things like elaborate tests that are used to establish them, such as, essentially, having certain force applied to each lock to see how much it can withstand, and there’s no denying that Grade 1 beats Grade 2, although they are both very, very secure.
In fact, Grade 1 ANSI security is typically reserved for high security locations, and so its encouraging to see that Schlage has employed it here. In the Kwikset Kevo’s defence, the majority of home deadbolts are often not even at ANSI Grade 2 – usually you find ANSI Grade 3 (typical residential level) or lower than that.
The other way in which Schlage manages to edge out Kwikset here is that Schlage provides a a lock which is both bump and pick proof. If you don’t know what that means, our article here, which looks at the 3 best bump proof locks will tell you, and its not a fun thing to realize about your average residential lock. Lock bumping has become somewhat of a scourge in the home security business, as it is easy to perform and becoming more popular, one might say.
To get right down to brass tacks, some users have said that they prefer the Kevo because, when you are approaching your door, it is super easy just to tap it, making it perfect for hectic lifestyles where you are weighed down by children or groceries. With the Schlage, yes it is keyless, but yes you also have to punch in a code to make the door open. So we’ll hand it to Kwikset in that regard just for pure sake of convenience.
We basically just gave you an overview of these two locks, so we must admit there is still a lot we didn’t get to cover. For this, you’ll have to look on your own and draw your own conclusions. Still, from what we did look at, there are many pros and cons to both units, you might say. Is it even possible to pick a winner?
Both Kwikset and Schlage are major players in the lock game, so it doesn’t surprise us that these units are both best sellers, and both of these locks truly stand on their own as far as what they can do. We have to call this one a draw, since each lock does have its own specific pros and cons. Both are worthy of your dollar, should you choose to spend it this way.