My son is always losing his key to our front door deadbolt. It would frustrate me to no end. He would borrow my wife’s and mine and lose those too. It got to the point where we only had one key left and I would have to get 4 more made. There were options – under the mat, under a nearby rock – but those weren’t very safe. Plus, if the key was left there overnight someone could get in while we were home. So those weren’t very secure or safe. We had to look into keyless entry door locks.
Now, we didn’t want to put a whole lot of money into a new lock. But these keyless locks don’t cost that much more than a standard deadbolt. They fit in the existing hole in the door for your deadbolt. Because of this most them can be installed in 15 minutes or less. These keyless locks aren’t smart – meaning they can’t be opened from a smartphone app and can’t connect to WiFi or home automation system. But they do allow entry without a key.
Keyless before the Smart Lock
Now locks are capable of opening with your voice or an app through bluetooth or WiFi. Before that, if you wanted a keyless lock it was the combination type where you punched in a code. They allow entry without a key, which is especially useful in homes with children, lots of times they can remember things like a 4 number code but forget where they left their key.
And these locks are not always “on” like the smart locks. Only using power when buttons are pressed prolongs battery life, lasting longer than batteries in a smart lock.
Kwikset was the innovator of keyless entry with the Powerbolt Touchpad Deadbolt. This model uses 4 AA batteries and in the event you find yourself stuck outside when the batteries are dead you can still use your key to get in. It also comes with Kwikset’s patented Smartkey system allowing you to rekey your lock. When you leave, locking the door is easy, all you have to do is press the lock button on the center of the keypad to lock the door. You can program this grade 3 lock with up to 6 customizable codes. Comes in polished brass, venetian bronze and satin nickel.
As keyless deadbolt locks go Schlage’s BE365 is a best seller. Schlage is a highly trusted brand both in residential and commercial buildings. This lock uses V battery that lasts for 3 years under normal operation. And when it starts to get weak the lock will alert you by changing background colors on the keys. A key can always be used if you can’t get around to replacing the battery. It’s a grade 2 deadbolt that comes with 2 preset codes so it can be used immediately. And those codes allow the owner to program the lock with up to 19 different codes, perfect for temporary access. It is available in 5 different finishes to match existing hardware.
This keyless deadbolt can be programmed with up to 6 codes and uses 4 AA baterries. It gives you audible notifications when unlocking, locking, and when battery is low. And has a keyway for you to use a physical key in case you find the batteries died. It carries a 25 year mechanical warranty. The codes can be completely easily erased by taking off the battery cover and toggling a switch. The alphanumeric keypad lights up at under low light conditions for better visibility. Comes in antique brass, satin nickel and oil rubbed bronze.
This electronic deadbolt can be programmed with up to 50 codes and they can easily be deleted. Codes can be set with 4 to 8 digits. This deadbolt has an automatic lock function that will lock after a set time but the user can toggle it to inactive if desired. Works on 4 AA batteries. One unique feature is the vacation mode that sets the lock into a low power mode and effectively shuts the lock down until owner returns and wakes it up. It comes in 4 different finishes.
This is the lock for those worried about the batteries dying, leaving you locked out of your house. Lock function is mechanical, not electric, so no batteries needed for this lock to operate. Because it is mechanical and not electrical the lock only allows for one user code.If you give the code to the cleaners or the dogwalker you will need to change it after it is used or run the risk of unauthorized entry. It is available in 8 finishes.
Keyless locks are very useful, cost effective and user friendly. In addition, all these locks will fit in the standard door prep or your deadbolt’s existing cutout making the installation process easy and can be done in under 30 minutes.