Schlage vs. Kwikset

Trying to decide between a Schlage or Kwikset smart lock? We take a closer look at each brand’s features to help you make the best decision for your security needs.
Updated May 4, 2021
Written By
Jalesa Campbell | Safety and Security Reporter
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Schlage vs. Kwikset Overview

Schlage and Kwikset are well-known names in the door lock industry. Founded in 1920, Schlage has a broad range of locks to include innovative smart locks and features like alarm technology and home automation integration. Kwikset was founded in 1946 and also offers a selection of smart locks and features to include SmartKey® technology for easy rekeying. Check out our comparison to see which brand is better for your needs.

 

Compare Schlage vs. Kwikset

  • Deterrence Features

    Winner: Schlage

    Unlike Kwikset’s smart locks, with Schlage, you’ll find smart locks like the Sense, Connect, and Encode that have built-in alarm technology. If an intrusion is suspected, an alarm will sound, letting the intruder know they’ve been detected. You can also get notified on your smartphone. Currently, Kwikset doesn’t offer any smart locks with alarm technology

  • Re-Keying

    Winner: Kwikset

    For easy re-keying, we pick Kwikset as the winner. Kwikset provides SmartKey® technology for easy re-keying in seconds so you don’t have to switch locks and have new keys made. Schlage’s rekeying process is more complex and requires taking the lock apart.

  • Mobile App

    Tie: Schlage and Kwikset

    Schlage and Kwikset have mobile apps for select smart locks. You’ll need to check with the smart lock you purchase to see which mobile app you’ll be able to use. Through Schlage and Kwikset’s mobile apps, you’ll gain access to lock history, notifications, and more.

  • Smart Home Functionality

    Tie: Schlage and Kwikset

    Both Schlage and Kwikset have smart locks that provide smart home functionality. From Alexa, Google Assistant, AppleHomeKit, Z-Wave, and other technologies, they allow you to create a connected home environment with your smart lock. Depending on the smart lock you purchase, you can even issue voice commands.

  • Lock Options

    Tie: Schlage and Kwikset

    One of the benefits you’ll also find with both brands is that they provide lots of lock options. You can purchase a smart lock for a door with a deadbolt or purchase a smart lock that has a handle. Greater versatility and finish options give you the ability to create the look and style you want.

  • Key & Keyless Entry

    Tie: Schlage and Kwikset

    Don’t throw away the keys! With both Schlage and Kwikset, you can still enjoy the convenience of a smart lock with a key if you prefer. If you prefer keyless entry, both brands have a number of keyless locks as well.

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Schlage Smart Locks

  • Schlage Encode Smart Lock

    Our rating

    Our take

    The Schlage Encode works with popular smart home products and brands including Key by Amazon, Ring and Yonomi. It also works with popular voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You’ll be able to lock and unlock your door remotely using your smartphone. The Schlage Encode is also designed for you to create customized key codes to give to trusted visitors to enter when you’re away. And anytime you’re unsure if you’ve locked your door, check the status using your Schlage Home app.

    Stand-out features include

    • Create customized key codes
    • Schlage Home app remote control
    • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    Our rating

    Our take

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt uses a Wi-Fi adapter to give you remote access from your smart lock from your smartphone using the Schlage Home app. You’ll be able to use your mobile app to unlock the door from your car if your hands will be full. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt requires a Wi-Fi adapter that also connects to other smart home devices. This smart lock holds up to 30 programmable codes to share with your friends and family.

    Stand-out features include

    • Create up to 30 customized key codes
    • Schlage Home app remote control
    • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Schlage Connect

    Our rating

    Our take

    The Schlage Connect comes with two options for you to install and connect your smart lock to your smart home. Choose between the Schlage Connect Zigbee or Z-Wave Plus. Depending on your choice, you’ll have a number of smart home brands to sync including Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, Ring and Wink for Z-Wave Plus. Or Amazon Key and Echo Plus for Zigbee. The smart deadbolt is easy to control your lock with your voice using Amazon Alexa voice commands. You can also use your smartphone or the keypad when you’re home.

    Stand-out features include

    • Offers both Z-Wave and Zigbee Plus connectivity
    • Built-in alarm to detect potential break-ins
    • Made with a fingerprint-resistant keypad

Kwikset Smart Locks

  • Kwikset 888 Smart Lock Touchpad

    Our take

    The Kwikset 888 Smart Lock Touchpad is built with 128-bit encryption for enhanced security, and allows up to 30 PIN codes for family and guests. This smart lock also features key or keyless entry, one-touch locking, SmartKey technology, and Z-Wave integration. You can use your Kwikset smart lock with compatible home automation products and security systems.

    Stand-out features include

    • BHMA Grade 2 security for residential and light commercial use
    • Key or keyless entry
    • One-touch locking
    • SmartKey® technology for easy re-keying in seconds
    • Fits standard doors
    • Set up to 30 PINs
    • Requires 4 - AA batteries
    • Choose from 3 finishes
  • Kwikset 909 Electronic Deadbolt

    Our take

    The Kwikset 909 Electronic Deadbolt smart lock is equipped with BHMA grade 2 security features and can be used with or without a key. It also features one-touch locking and has SmartKey® technology built-in for easy re-keying. Set up to 8 PIN codes and a master PIN with this Kwikset smart lock.

    Stand-out features include

    • BHMA Grade 2 security for residential and light commercial use
    • Key or keyless entry
    • One-touch locking
    • SmartKey® technology for easy re-keying in seconds
    • Fits standard doors
    • Set up to 8 PINs and a master PIN
    • Requires 4 - AA batteries
    • Choose from 3 finishes
  • Kwikset 913 Electronic Deadbolt Smart Lock

    Our take

    The Kwikset 913 Electronic Deadbolt Smart Lock is backed by BHMA Grade 2 security to keep your home or small business safe. Simply press the lock button for one-touch locking and enter in your PIN code. This Kwikset smart lock provides up to 16 PINs and a master PIN for added security.

    Stand-out features include

    • BHMA Grade 2 security for residential and light commercial use
    • Key or keyless entry
    • One-touch locking
    • SmartKey® technology for easy re-keying in seconds
    • Fits standard doors
    • Set up to 16 PINs and a master PIN
    • Requires 4 - AA batteries
    • Choose from 3 finishes

Winner: Schlage

It was a close call for us, but we believe that Schlage has an advantage with built-in alarm technology for several smart locks, mobile app options, and lots of smart home integration options. One of the benefits of alarm technology is active deterrence, letting an intruder know they’ve been detected and notifying you on your smartphone. Schlage does have an “F” rating with the BBB currently with several complaints that mostly involve customer service. This is also worth keeping in mind as you decide. While Kwikset as a competitor has great smart lock options as well, we believe Schlage has the advantage with its features.
Winner

Schlage Smart Locks


Kwikset Smart Locks


Equipment starting price
$85*$62*
Installation
DIYDIY
Smart home functionality
YesYes
Warranty
Limited lifetime warranty on mechanical and finish; 3-yr. Warranty on electronicsLifetime warranty on mechanical and finish; electronics warranty may vary
Guarantee
Guaranteed Fit ProgramNone
Trial period
Not specifiedNot specified
BBB rating
FB-
Please note that BBB ratings, plans, pricing, and other details can change without our knowledge.
*You may find a product for a lower price than what we’ve quoted above.

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Jalesa Campbell

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