Kwikset 914 - Z-Wave Deadbolt Smart Lock Reviews

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Simple, Effective Z-Wave Lock
Submitted on 08/07/2020 Alarm Grid

The Kwikset 914 Smartcode Deadbolt Lock is a Z-Wave Plus door lock that is frequently used with security systems and other Z-Wave controllers. This is a relatively simple smart door lock that features a touch button design. It has a large lock button at the top to lock the door with the press of a button. The door can then be unlocked by entering a valid code into the keypad. The lock comes in three (3) different finishing options, which allows the user to add a nice personal touch to their home. We think this is a great product, and we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many positive aspects regarding the Kwikset 914. For one, the lock utilizes Z-Wave Plus. This means that the Kwikset 914 will offer superior range and battery life over a classic Z-Wave lock, as long as the device is used with a Z-Wave Plus controller. However, it is still backwards compatible with most classic Z-Wave controllers. The three (3) finishing options make it more likely that the user can find a color that matches their home's decor. The backlit keys on the lock are a nice touch, as they make it easier to operate the lock in a dark setting. We like the fact that the lock rated BHMA Grade 2 and uses 128-bit encryption for added security.

There are not many downsides regarding the Kwikset 914. One issue is that it will need to be installed. It isn't too difficult to install a door lock, but it will require a screwdriver and a little bit of installation time. The lock uses four (4) AA batteries, and they must be replaced periodically. It is recommended that you use alkaline batteries with Z-Wave locks like the Kwikset 914, rather than lithium batteries. But really, these downsides are minor, and we can still give the Kwikset 914 a 5 Star rating.

Good: Z-Wave Plus, 3 Finishing Options, Backlit Keys, BHMA Grade 2, 128-Bit AES Encryption Communication

Bad: Must Be Installed, Requires Battery Replacements

Bottom Line: 5 Stars