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Imagine how convenient it would be not to have to juggle your grocery or shopping bags, luggage, or anything else while you search for your front door key and try to jiggle it in the lock each time you come home.
This is what an electronic keyless deadbolt system can do for you. Yes, thanks to the electronic keyless deadbolt systems the future is here!
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However, with the safety of your family and belongings on the front line, no ordinary keyless deadbolt will do. You want a keyless deadbolt lock that will fit both your budget and lifestyle needs.
In this section, you will read detailed reviews of our favorite electronic keyless deadbolts available on the market, from such home security industry leaders as Schlage, Kwikset, Lockstate, and Yale.
However, before we move onto our reviews, we will discuss all the benefits of going keyless. We will also discuss the price differences between mechanical and electronic deadbolts.
Here is exactly what we are going to cover today:
- Why go keyless?
- Are keyless deadbolts expensive?
- We review:
- Schlage Connect Camelot
- Kwikset 909 SmartCode
- Yale YRD-220 Real Living
- Schlage Plymouth FE575
- Kwikset 99160-002
- LockState LS-1500
- Schlage LiNK Wireless
- LockState LS-DB500-RB
- Samsung Ezon
- Top 3 Deadbolt Manufacturers
Without further ado, let’s get to it! We’ll start by explaining why you should go with a keyless lock.
Why go with a keyless lock?
We should mention that most of these keyless deadbolts do have a keyed entry option, mainly because people still often do tend to want that option as well.
Electronic keyless deadbolts give us the ability to do something simple but amazing, which is to get in and out of our house without having to depend on the use of keys whatsoever; using instead our phone, or touchscreen or physical keypad to enter our custom code to gain entry or lock and secure our home.
Most keyless deadbolt locks are not only keyless and electronic, but also “smart”.
This means that you can communicate with your deadbolt remotely via your smart device, such as a phone, ipad, or tablet.
Because of the level of security these deadbolts provide (ANSI Grades 1, 2 & 3), you can use them to guard anything from larger commercial operations, to using them to protect your home, to providing added protection to a work shed or even a closet inside your home. These locks are extremely multi-purpose.
Here is a video of the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt, which is a prime example of this type of smart keyless technology in action…
Next, we discuss the price difference between standard and keyless locks.
Are keyless deadbolts expensive?
Many homeowners decide not to go with electronic keyless deadbolts because they cost a bit more more than standard mechanical deadbolts.
However, any locksmith will tell you that electronic keyless deadbolts are actually relatively cheap considering the level of protection and number of features they provide for your home.
Depending on the model and class you want to buy, a mechanical deadbolt and installation will generally cost you anything from $100 to $250.
The majority of homeowners who had installed mechanical deadbolts to their homes reported paying around $200 per lock.
Electronic keyless deadbolts generally cost $100 to $200 more than mechanical ones.
David Helms, the owner of the highly-popular E&S Security and Locksmith from Carlotte, N.C., says that the installation of the deadbolt depends on several factors.
He explains that locksmiths generally charge $50 to 60$ for the trip, $40 to $50 for the deadbolt and $45 for drilling and installing the deadbolt on a wood door, or $50 for installing it on a metal door.
This means that a typical job costs $140 to $160 if you are installing a mechanical deadbolt. If you decide to go with electric keyless deadbolt, you will have to pay $100 to $200 more.
Most costumers decide to buy deadbolts at large home improvement stores because they generally cost 50 dollars less than what hardware stores sell them for.
Although electric keyless deadbolts are more expensive than the standard bolts, it is worth saying that they offer additional layers of protection and some cool high-tech features.
If you are worried about the installation costs, it it is worth reminding you that you might be able to recoup some of the installation costs through your insurance payments.
Many insurance agencies nowadays offer discounts for having keyless deadbolts installed in your home.
If you are still not ready to spend some extra money on electronic keyless deadbolts are you simply want to stick to the tradition you can go with mechanical deadbolts instead.
Next, we move onto out reviews. Here we review some of the best electronic keyless deadbolts which are growing in popularity each year.
Our list of best electronic keyless deadbolts is based on their features, popularity with verified users, and price. So, stay with us to find out more.
Schlage Connect Camelot
- Z-wave technology connects to your home automation system and lets you lock or unlock your door remotely via the web or smartphone
- Three alert modes (activity, tamper and forced entry) let you know when someone is coming or going and communicate potential security threats
- Ansi Grade 1 – delivered the highest level of Durability and security at the main points of entry
- Fingerprint-resistant touchscreen protects against fingerprints and smudges and ensures wear patterns remain undetectable
- Easily control who has the access to your home. Memory for up to 30 different access codes means everyone can have their own Number, from the kids to the petsitter and housekeeper
- ANSI Grade 1 Highest Residential Security
- Durable Resistive Touchscreen with matte finish to protect against fingerprints and smudges
Onto the next one…
Kwikset 909 SmartCode
- Kwikset Signature Series Product
- Features SmartKey re-key technology; re-key the lock yourself in seconds in 3 easy steps
- Features an adjustable latch to fit all standard door preparations
- Includes standard deadbolt strike
- 1 in. deadbolt throw
Yale YRD-220 Real Living
- Transitional design complements any door
- Store up to 25 customized entry codes
- Auto re-lock function can be enabled or disabled at the touch of a button
- For added security “Privacy Mode” will lock out all codes
- This smart lock will speak to you in three languages, English, French and Spanish – you choose!
Next, we review Schlage Plymouth FE575.
Schlage Plymouth FE575
- Provides the convenience of keyless access; customizable to fit your security needs
- Innovative turn lock feature allows you to lock and leave without a key
- 19 user code capacity with 10,000 user code combinations to choose from
- Ideal for front doors, garage entry doors, and side and back doors
- Easily replace most existing handles or knobs with a screwdriver in about 30 minutes
- No programming required; preset with two user codes so it’s ready to use right out of the box
- ANSI/BHMA grade 2 certified
- Fits standard door preparations
- Battery operated with over 3 year battery life
Onto the next one!
- Requires 4 AA batteries, purchased separately
- Easily installs in minutes with just a screwdriver
- Customized automatic door locking after 30 seconds for peace of mind
- SmartKey re-key technology – re-key the lock yourself in seconds in 3 easy steps
- Home Connect technology – communicates wirelessly to security and home automation systems via Z-Wave
The next lock on our list is the LockState LS-1500.
- Durable commercial-grade lock with weatherproof keypad
- Up to 800 permanent codes and ibutton users
- Issue one-time use codes for contractors, cleaners, etc.
- Daylight savings time mode built in and also has lockout functionality
- One-touch lock button to quickly lock door once inside
Click here to read our full review of the LockState LS-1500
Schlage LiNK Wireless
- Receive email or text notifications
- Install and set up the system with ease
- Access your home from anywhere
- Remotely monitor access to your home
- Monthly subscription fee required for remote access
Onto the next one!
- Radio frequency remote control to unlock and lock the door
- Remote can work from up to 30-Feet away
- Optional auto-locking function relocks door after opening, Illuminated keypad for easy viewing in the dark
- Program up to 6 user codes User codes can be 4 – 10 digits in length
- Reversible lock works on both right and left-handed doors
- Requires four AA(1.5) Alkaline batteries
Next, we review a smart lock made by Samsung.
- Access by user pin code, RFID card, or mechanical override key
- Applicable to door thickness of 35-55mm
- Intrusion Detection
- Random Security Code
Next, we review the top 3 deadbolt manufacturers.
In the past almost one hundred years, their popularity has only grown to the point where now they are well-known in the lock business as one of the premiere manufacturers of what many consider some of the finest home security products available
They have the awards to prove their worth, tallying up award after award over the years, some of which we have pictured on the right here.
Schlage deadbolt locks are known for their milled complex keyways which make their locks that much more secure, as well as their famous high security key and cylinder lines including Primus, Everest, as well as Everest Primus XP.
For the past 60 years, Kwikset has been one of the biggest names in locks and for good reason. Their home security products, as well as their customer service, is always getting the thumbs up by specialists and homeowners alike.
Many would argue that Kwikset actually pioneered the first speedy installation lock, hence their name.
In addition, Kwikset boasts some of the nicest locks to look upon, and they have said themselves that there isn’t a home that a Kwikset lock can’t improve the appearance of. These are no idle boasts, folks.
Kwikset, as you will see in our review section, do indeed make some of the most pleasing-to-the-eye deadbolts you will ever see, not to mention that Kwikset are also adept at not just keeping up with the latest trends in home security, but leading the way!
Yale bills themselves as “The World’s Favorite Lock”, which is a rather bold claim.
But that’s the kind of claim you might make if you’re a company who’s been around since 1840 and invented the pin tumbler lock, followed by the perhaps even more significant pin cylinder lock.
With Yale, being a family business started by a genius locksmith and then passing their brilliance down through the generations until now, their quality really is unquestioned.
Here is a quick video to bring you up to speed with who Yale is and what they represent.