Kevo Convert Smart Lock Review (Why We Liked It!)
Easy to Install 4.7/5
Alexa integration 4.3/5
Lock Feature 4.5/5
Reviewed by: John Fox
The Kevo Convert provides unmatched levels of security and utility. This device locks and unlocks your conventional deadbolt from inside your door.
This popular home security device is extremely popular. In this post, I will show you how Kevo smart lock can protect your home from burglars and thieves and cover some of its special features.
You will no longer struggle with losing your keys because of this Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock. Your mobile phone is now your key to open your home. This device is powered with your mobile phone and Bluetooth letting you access your home.
The Kwikset Kevo 2nd Gen is a must-have device every homeowner should own. Kevo is both digitally and structurally protected. It employs various layers of encryption to enhance digital security, and independent digital security professionals constantly audit it. The lock also incorporates Kwikset’s patented New Advanced SmartKey technology, rigorously tested to meet the most stringent lock picking, key bumping, and physical security standards.
What we Liked
What We Didn’t
Features and Specifications
You presumably lock and unlock your door daily, making your deadbolt an ideal match for replacement. If you go the smart method, you’ll be able to lock it wirelessly from your phone if you forget or give houseguests and repair personnel software access.
However, installing these devices is not as simple as plugging in a smart power outlet adaptor or swapping light bulbs. The setup is perhaps more complex, and the selected features are somewhat different. Also, keep in mind that these items aren’t cheap; most of them cost $200 or maybe more.
Installation and Design
The inner half of the entire Kwikset Kevo convert — the portion with the Bluetooth, the motorized lock-turning device, and the battery that powers it — is all inside the device. You won’t have the touch-to-open capability of the original Kevo, but you will get the same baseline features that you can operate using the same Kevo app.
The Convert has a clean, basic, though not spectacular in appearance. It’s slightly smaller inside than other smart locks from Yale and Schlage, but only by a few millimeters. It’s not quite as eye-catching as the August Smart Lock, which uses a similar modification approach, but it’s far from unsightly.
But, before you get started with the Convert, double-check that your door is smart-lock suitable. Here are some things to keep an eye out for:
- A typical deadbolt is installed individually from the knob or the handle.
- A door with a thickness of 1 3/8 to 1 3/4 inches (38mm to 44mm).
- If you properly align the doorknob with the doorframe, you might not have to push or pull it to open the lock.
You should also know that convert supports Android or iOs devices, notably Android 5.0 or higher is necessary for Android.
Various smart locks provide different features, but they all have one thing in common: they’ll turn your deadbolt on their own. That’s great, but you still need to ensure your door is accessible.
Go ahead and manually lock and unlock your door. Did you have to push or pull on the door to get the bolt to turn smoothly? You won’t be around to do it if your new smart lock tries to move the bolt on its own, which may lead it to malfunction.
Is the bolt long enough to reach into the jamb? If not, your smart lock will always try to extend the bolt, which could cause another issue entirely. You risk burning out the motor or possibly progressively harming your door if the door jamb isn’t deep enough.
However, you may solve both problems with a bit of elbow grease, the correct tools, and possibly a little research. The solution to a misaligned door could be as easy as tightening a few screws in the hinge. Other concerns may require the assistance of a professional. In either case, you should be aware of what you’re getting yourself into before buying this product.
Daily Usage and Multiple Users
Another consideration is how a smart lock manages numerous users. The touch-to-open Kwikset Kevo, for example, is simple when coupled with your smartphone, but if you have a large family, everyone will need to download the app — and it doesn’t help that after the first two, you have to pay $2 per “eKey.”
You’ll need to pair it with the Convert through Bluetooth using the Kevo app once it’s successfully fastened to your door. If you’re within Bluetooth range, you’ll be able to monitor the lock’s activity on your phone or lock and unlock it online. You’ll also be able to share “eKeys,” which allows you to give other people access to the lock.
So, why should you give your lock a Bluetooth connection? Below are some reasons why:
- If you ever get locked outside, you can utilize the app to get back in.
- After getting to sleep, check to see that the door is locked.
- Accessibility will be available to everyone (family or friends) if you are away.
- To provide a repair person or a dog sitter time-restricted admission
- You can check your home through your phone. The lockset logs who was at the door and the time of visit.
The Kevo Convert Smart Lock’s drawback is that you can’t control the lock with your voice. It doesn’t function with the Apple HomeKit; therefore, Siri isn’t an option. Even though Amazon now has dedicated smart-lock programming tools for manufacturers, the Convert will not operate with Alexa and Google Assistant. (1)
Even so, this lock does a lot of things right. The Kevo app, in particular, excels at user administration, with simple settings for delivering eKeys to friends and acquaintances. I loved how quick it was to put time limits on those eKeys, such as fully configurable Scheduled eKeys that only run on the days and times you choose and Guest eKeys that simply stop operating after 24 hours. Best of all, Kwikset no longer charges a fee for those eKeys. They’re all completely free and unlimited.
Another excellent feature is the app’s lock history area. It provides users with a precise and thorough list of arrivals and departures. It only operates with an app-enabled entry; use your key to go in or lock the door by hand, twisting the deadbolt, and it won’t appear on the app.
Why Should You Invest in the Kevo Smart Lock?
Kevo doesn’t have the same number of functions as other smart locks, so don’t anticipate anything spectacular. However, compared to a typical “dumb” lock, the functionalities available provide a lot of value.
The Kevo app is straightforward, clean design makes it very easy to see lock status at a glance, and a huge circle button lets you toggle the lock with a single press. Given that the smart lock connects to your phone through a Bluetooth network, you’ll need to be within 20 feet near your door to access the lock. Nevertheless, we observed the controls to be pretty quick.
Although the Kevo Convert lacks a key fob and touch control, it does support the company’s eKey feature, which grants access to relatives and friends through a device. You may set up regular or unlimited lock accessibility with simple controls, and you can make guest keys for 24-hour access — ideal for babysitters or neighbors dropping in to feed the dog.
After you’ve spent some time experimenting with the Kevo Lock’s functionalities, you’ll find that using a smart lock is part of your routine. We discovered Kevo Convert to be dependable and simple to use during our tests. It’s a shame you’ll have to pay an extra $100 for Kevo Plus to get remote access, but it’s a straightforward and appealing upgrade after you’ve learned the basics.
What Deadbolt Should You Use?
Although manufacturers created the smart lock Kevo Convert Kit with ease of use in mind, you should be aware that it is not suitable with all deadlocks. Kwikset, Weiser, Schlage, and Baldwin cylinder deadbolts are acceptable, but if your front door has a rim cylinder design, mortise, or integrated deadbolt, you’ll need to replace the lock entirely. Nevertheless, you can use the touch-to-open feature of Kevo Locks, which is also not available with the Kevo Convert.
Aside from the limitations, I like the Kevo Convert. I believe it is a fantastic fit for landlords and anyone looking for a basic smart lock that can control access for numerous people. (2)
The Convert, on the other hand, expects compromises. The Convert remains with a basic Bluetooth method that mostly isolates itself from the rest of the smart home locks. Although more smart locks provide more integrations, you incorporate them in a bigger home automation platform or operate them with voice recognition. Now, if I helped you with this Kevo convert review and you realize that all you require is basic user access control, I highly recommend this product.
If you want to know more about the comparison between 1st Gen and 2nd Gen, you may click here.
Other smart lock learning guides and reviews we’ve written are below, in case you want to check them out.
(1) programming tools – https://hackernoon.com/10-useful-tools-and-libraries-for-programmer-and-it-professionals-914e64e0eabc
(2) landlords – https://www.britannica.com/topic/landlord
- Your Smartphone is now your key touch to open convenience with the 2nd generation Kevo
- Kevo 2nd Gen now works with Alexa voice commands (requires Kevo Plus hub, sold separately for $99 via Kevo App)