The Kevo Convert smart lock is Kwikset’s version of the retrofit deadbolt. If you are a renter or you just want the convenience and want it to be as little trouble to install as possible then this might be for you.
This particular retrofit deadbolt replaces the interior of your existing deadbolt. The exterior part of the deadbolt remains allowing the key to still be used. Which is useful if you forget to or don’t get a chance to change out the batteries.
Remember, this is an add-on to your existing deadbolt, so if there is something wrong with the existing deadbolt, like the latch is sticking or key is difficult to turn, this won’t fix that problem. If that is the case, you are better off getting a new deadbolt and checking the fit of the door.
Ideal for renters
Landlords don’t usually like tenants changing out the locks without getting permission from them in writing. They want to be able to enter the residence at any time even if you aren’t there.
But because this lock does not change the existing deadbolt this might be a good choice for renters. The landlord can still get in with their key and also allow you to operate the lock with your smartphone.
Will my lock work with the Kevo Convert Smart Lock?
The Kevo Convert device is 10” tall. Because of this it will only work with deadbolt locks where the handle is below the deadbolt. This also will not work on rim locks, mortise, interconnected or euro cylinder locks.
This lock comes with an adapter kit to allow installations with Kwikset, Baldwin, Weiser and Schlage brand deadbolts. Which means this smart lock will work with the majority of the traditional deadbolts in the United States and Canada.
Operation and controls
This lock is operated locally with BlueTooth through the Kevo app on your smartphone. You can lock, unlock, check history logs and check the status of the lock all from the comfort of your bed with the Kevo app.
You are also able to issue up to 25 eKeys to family, friends and any others that you’re expecting. And when they’re used they will show up on the history logs as well. However, nothing will show up on history if the lock is manually opened with a key, interior thumbturn is used or if someone comes in while the door is unlocked.
The eKeys can be set up as permanent, temporary or scheduled. The permanent eKey can be used for family or someone who you allow to enter at any time. The temporary eKey can be given to people that only visit for short periods of time such as the dog walker, cable installer or a cleaning service. And scheduled eKeys, as the name implies, can be set for specific periods and times.
Kwikset Kevo Plus Hub
The Kwikset Kevo Convert smart lock can be used remotely but only if you pay an additional $100 to buy the Kevo Plus Hub. This allows remote access to the lock, add or remove codes and check lock status or what code was used last.
It has the capability to let you control the lock using voice controls through Alexa. But if you don’t get the hub you won’t be able to do that.
This is a true smart lock so the features on this lock are very similar to smart locks that are complete replacements like the Schlage Encode.
Kevo Convert has an auto lock setting that locks the door after it has been unlocked for 30 seconds. It is a beneficial safety feature so that locks the door if you forget to. You are able to change this setting to “off” if auto-locking is not something you’re interested in.
This will also work with other products for your smart home including Ring Video Doorbell and Honeywell Thermostats and others. Amazon Alexa will work with the Kevo Convert but it requires the additional Kevo Plus hub for full functionality.
How do you want to operate this smart lock?
This smart lock actually comes in 3 different models depending on how you operate or want to operate the smart devices in your home.
They have the standard BlueTooth version which will operate the lock directly from your smartphone.
There is also the Z-Wave Plus version that will operate with a home automation system through a Z-Wave hub.
And for those that really want to up their home automation game they also have an Amazon Key version. You can monitor your door and authorize the optional in-home delivery with a Prime membership and the Cloud Cam.
When buying a smart lock I would want the ability for remote accessibility, either for monitoring comings and goings or adding and deleting codes. But buying this lock and the WiFi hub costs almost as much as a complete new smart lock deadbolt.
If you want to add a smart lock to an existing deadbolt, the Kwikset Kevo Convert smart lock is a good choice. It is inexpensive compared to other smart locks and Kwikset is a well respected company that stands behind their brand.
And you should take a look at this smart lock buying guide for help deciding or knowing which smart lock will work for you.
Kwikset Kevo Convert
- Easy installation
- Lower cost than other smart locks
- Automatically locking is an option
- Can be integrated with other smart home devices
- Has BlueTooth, Zigbee and Z-Wave models
- Bulkier than other retro fit smart locks
- Does not replace a malfunctioning deadbolt
- Will need the additional Kevo Plus Hub to operate remotely