Ease of Use
Everyday usage and multiple users
Since the kit uses your existing lock’s hardware, you still have the option of using a key to get in. With the app, you can lock and unlock your door as long as you’re within Bluetooth range.
It’s fairly simple to add and remove users through the app.
It should be noted that many (if not most) of the issues reported with this kit in online reviews have been from Android users having issues with using the app, or with the phone and app syncing, or the lock and app syncing.
For those reasons, we gave the Kwikset Kevo Convert smart lock conversion kit a 7.5/10 in the ease of use category.
Smart Home System Integration
Which systems are this smart lock compatible with?
In order to connect to smart devices, you will need to purchase the Kevo Plus that allows you to have wi-fi access.
With the hub, the Kwikset Kevo Convert is compatible with the following:
- Ring video doorbell (lock and unlock the door)
- Skybell video doorbell (lock and unlock the door)
- Alexa (voice commands to lock/check status of lock)
It will also work with Honeywell wi-fi thermostats, Android Wear 1.0, and IFTTT (If This, Then That) enabled devices.
However, the Kwikset Kevo Convert smart lock kit is not compatible with Google Home, Apple HomeKit, or other smart home systems.
Because this smart lock kit is compatible with ring and Skybell, but only with the additional purchase of a wi-fi adapter, and is not compatible with Google Home, Apple HomeKit or other smart home systems, it gets a 7/10.
Ease of Installation
Installing this smart lock is pretty simple: you just need a screwdriver. You don’t even need to remove your old lock prior to installing this one!
All of your existing exterior hardware for your deadbolt stays in place—you are just switching out what’s on the inside of your door.
There are only a few steps, which we list below to help you make your buying decision.
- Take off the interior part of your existing deadbolt (inside the house).
- Install the new interior mounting plate.
- Remove the cover of the Kevo Convert.
- Connect the adapter to the interior Convert assembly.
- Adjust handing setting and attach interior assembly to mounting plate.
- Next, while adding the batteries, press the button on the back of the inside cover until it beeps. (The lock will then determine which way it needs to open/close.)
- Once the lock determines which way to turn the deadbolt, a green light will flash, and you can install the exterior housing.
- If you’re connecting the lock kit to your home’s wi-fi network, then you need to plug in the optional wi-fi adapter to a nearby outlet. After that, it’s ready to connect to your home’s network.
The written installation instructions were fairly easy to follow, though depending on which type of deadbolt you own, you’ll need to use varying parts, and that can get confusing. It’s simple enough for one person to handle, though.
This lock kit gets an 8/10 on installation because it’s fairly easy to install, but needs a separate wi-fi adapter.
Robustness of the App
What the app can do and how easy it is to use
This smart lock kit uses the Kevo app, which allows you to lock and unlock the door from your phone, as long as you’re within Bluetooth range. The app is free and works with both Android phones and iPhones.
However, you will need to check the manufacturer’s website to determine which Android phones are compatible with the app’s software. (It is a very specific list.)
In addition, the app allows you to check the activity on your smart lock to see who has locked or unlocked the door.
You can assign ekeys that provide three types of access:
- Unlimited, which allows users to lock/unlock your door until you remove them
- 24-hour, which is only good for 24 hours and then expires
- Scheduled, which only works during a scheduled time frame
However, if you go beyond Bluetooth range, you won’t be able to remotely unlock or lock the door, get status updates on the lock’s usage, or share ekeys.
If you add the Kevo Plus bridge, a wi-fi adapter for your Kevo Convert, you’ll have true remote access to your lock without needing to be in Bluetooth range.
Because you can only use one app (Kevo), but the app does have unlimited ekeys, which is a great feature, the Kwikset Kevo Convert gets a 7/10 in this category.
How this smart lock opens the door
Because this conversion kit uses your door’s existing lock, you have the option to use a physical key still, or you can lock/unlock the door remotely through the app, either on your phone or a tablet.
Using the conversion kit to lock/unlock the door is pretty easy, and having the option to use a key gives it a 9/10 in this category.
$149; $100 optional WiFi adapter
This conversion kit retails for around $150. We found it offered online for between $134 and $159. However, if you want to use the lock remotely, you’ll need to purchase the optional wi-fi adapter for around $100.
That actually makes this conversion kit around the same price as the Schlage Encode, which comes with built-in wi-fi and retails for around $250.
It’s simple to use, which is great, but spending around $250 for a conversion kit, when you could get an entire smart lock system for that price (or less), isn’t a very good deal.
And compatibility for Android smartphone users is fairly limited, so it’s not really the best value if you’re looking for a reliable smart lock for easy keyless entry.
Remote Connection Type
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Both?
This smart lock kit uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone, so you can lock or unlock the door anywhere within Bluetooth range.
Because it works on Bluetooth, you are not automatically connected to your home’s network.
For added security, the connection between your lock and phone uses military-grade encryption, which is a higher standard than that used by many other smart locks. This gives the Kevo an added plus here to offset the limitations of Bluetooth.
With the optional Kevo Plus hub, you could also have a WiFi connection for remote access.
For this category, because of the securely encrypted Bluetooth connection and option to add WiFi connectivity, we gave the Kwikset Kevo Convert a 9/10 here.
The Kwikset Kevo Convert is battery powered, with a low-battery indicator built into the conversion kit. The indicator is a smallish, blinking red light, and may not be that obvious.
It takes four AA batteries, which should have about a twelve-month lifespan according to the manufacturer.
We balanced the cost of replacing 4 batteries at once (and the frequency of replacing the batteries) against the built-in low-battery warning feature and gave the Kevo Convert an 8/10 in this category.
Lock attachment or full lock?
This is a lock attachment that uses your existing deadbolt.
The Kevo Convert will not work with mortise locks, rim locks, or locks where the door handle is integrated into the lock.
It will work for most other stand-alone deadbolts.
This is not as secure as smart locks that come with their own deadbolts, but it is pretty sturdy for a lock conversion kit.
For this reason, we gave the Kwikset Kevo Convert conversion kit a 6.5/10 here.
Keys or Completely Keyless Entry?
Because this kit uses your existing lock, you still have the option of using a key.
We gave this lock a 7.5/10 for having a physical key and for the option of using Alexa, but your options are limited on keyless entry.
This lock comes with an okay (not great) warranty. It’s got a limited lifetime warranty on the mechanical parts and finishes, and a one-year warranty on the electronic components.
Other smart locks on the market come with two- or three-year warranties on the electronic components.
Because of the lackluster warranty, the Kwikset Kevo Convert earns itself a 6.5/10.
There is optional dual-factor authentication. If you choose this option, then in order to access the app, in addition to a password, you’d need to enter a 4-digit pin, as well. This was designed to offer additional security when you are away from your phone, so others can’t make changes to the Kevo app.
The kit will also lock your door after 30 seconds.