Schlage vs Kwikset (What You Need To Know – 2022?)
How we reviewed: hands-on tests, hours studying Schlage and Kwiset sites, and reading 100+ customer reviews.
- Schlage vs Kwikset (What You Need To Know – 2022?)
- Compare Schlage vs. Kwikset Top Features
- Schlage vs Kwikset: Feature Face-Off
- Schlage and Kwikset: The Differences
- Schlage and Kwikset Accessories
- So, which one is better?
Kwikset and Schlage have both been in the business of designing locks for a long time and are now two of the most recognizable door lock companies out there. But which is better in 2021? We bought and tested both the Schlage Smart Lock and the Kwikset Smart Lock, and this Schlage vs. Kwikset review reveals everything we found in our testing.
If you live in a high crime rate area, Schlage’s heavy-duty security will suit you better. However, if you live in a low crime rate area and are price sensitive, Kwikset is a perfectly good option.
Compare Schlage vs. Kwikset below to find out which offers the best features for your home. Use our lock reviews to find the brands that are right for you.
Schlage: Pros and Cons
- Schlage has a built-in alarm option that goes off when someone attempts to pick the lock
- Schlage has a drill resistance plate that makes it much harder to get past the lock using a drilling machine.
- Schlage is compatible with most smart technologies
- Schlage locks are harder to rekey.
- Some Schlage models are only compatible with iOS phones.
Kwikset: Pros and Cons
- Kwikset locks cost less than Schlage locks
- Kwikset locks are compatible with most smart home technologies.
- Schlage locks don’t offer a built-in Alarm option
- ANSI Grade of Kwikset is 2, which is not as impressive as Schlage’s Grade 1.
Schlage vs Kwikset: Feature Face-Off
To put things into perspective, we compare the features that Schlage and Kwikset have in common before getting into the differences. Let’s discuss the common features of Schlage and Kwikset smart locks.
Before you proceed, you might want to check this learning guide on how secure are smart locks.
Smart Home Compatibility
Smart home compatibility is an amazing feature to have in a lock if you have other smart home devices and hubs.
For example, if you have a smart doorbell, pairing it with your lock can make your life easier. It can allow you, for example, to add facial and voice recognition to the lock using the doorbell camera.
You can also program your smart home so that it only requires your face id, your voice, and a voice password to unlock. No more finding keys or dialing the keypad.
Both Schlage and Kwikset are compatible with smart home hubs such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Z-Wave, etc.
Smart home compatibility, in our opinion, is the most interesting feature in a smart lock, assuming the lock is well built and offers adequate security against destructive and non-destructive forced entries.
IFTTT allows you to pair the lock with any IFTTT-enabled smart device and app and allows you to program your devices in ways you wouldn’t think are possible without a degree in computer science.
IFTTT stands for IF This Then That, and is named conveniently to reflect what it does. IFTTT allows you to make if-then programs called applets. These applets perform tasks defined in the “then” part when conditions are met in the “if” part.
For example, you can make an applet that says, “If I unlock my car, lock the door.” This automatically locks the door when you leave for work but won’t lock if you go out to empty the trashcan.
Both Schlage and Kwikset are IFTTT compatible.
Unlike some smart lock brands, Kwikset and Schlage are two brands that don’t compromise on sturdiness. Both Kwikset Smart Lock and Schlage Smart Lock are built to endure aggressive assaults and attempts to get past the lock.
The bodies of these smart locks cannot be easily damaged from outside, and the thick deadbolt would break the mortise before it breaks or bends.
The primary flaw most keyed locks have is that they can be picked. Hence most keyed locks use different pick-resistance mechanisms that make the locks much harder to pick.
However, a lot of smart locks made by newer companies that are otherwise pretty feature-rich and sturdy fail at pick resistance. These locks can be unlocked within a minute, even with a rudimentary knowledge of lock picking.
But since both Schlage and Kwikset have been making locks well before smart locks came along, both of these locks borrow pick resistance mechanisms from traditional locks and are as safe as some of the best traditional locks out there.
Locks that have pick resistance are significantly more difficult to pick than locks without pick resistance. For an amateur lock picker, a lock with false set pins (a pick resistance mechanism) can take more than an hour of trial and effort to pick. No burglar in their right mind would spend that much time picking a lock, leaving themselves vulnerable to being caught. They usually abandon the idea after the first few attempts.
Control via Your Phone
Both Kwikset and Schlage have dedicated smartphone apps for both Android and iOS phones. You can use the app remotely to lock or unlock the door from anywhere around the world if the lock is connected to your smart hub. (1)
The app also sends your location to the hub, and you have the option to set up the lock so that it automatically unlocks when you’re in the vicinity and automatically locks when you leave the house.
Another feature the apps have is that you can send people temporary e-keys. These e-keys allow people to enter but expire after a defined period of time.
With the exception of some exotic experimental key mechanisms that are not commercially available, almost every lock can be picked by expert lock pickers given enough time.
If you want your lock to be completely pickproof, you can choose a keyless Schlage Lock or Kwikset Lock. The good thing about these locks is that they only unlock when you enter the correct password or through other digital verification methods.
One downside is that if the battery runs out, you’re outside, you may get locked out. However, this is unlikely because the locks will show an indicator light when the battery is low.
Both Kwikset and Schlage offer a wide variety of smart locks with different features. There are locks available that use a touchscreen instead of a keypad, or if you don’t want a keypad at all, there are locks without a keypad as well. You also have a lot of design options and a lot of different finishes to choose from.
Easy to Install
Both Kwikset and Schlage locks are designed as DIY products which means they’re pretty easy to install. You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience of locks to install and set up any smart locks from Kwikset or Schlage.
The locks, of course, support multiple users. This means that multiple members of the family can install the app and connect the lock to their phone. What’s more, is that you can assign different people different passcodes. This allows you to view a log of who entered a house at what time. Kwikset allows 25 different codes, whereas Schlage allows 30.
Schlage and Kwikset: The Differences
Now that we’re over the similarities let’s discuss the differences so you can decide which one suits you better.
ANSI grades measure the strength of locks to withstand the physical assault. Schlage locks are ANSI Grade 1 certified, which is the highest grade possible. This means that Schlage locks are some of the strongest in the market. (2)
Although Kwikset locks are pretty well built, too, they only have ANSI 2 certification.
An alarm is a feature that can greatly improve the pick resistance of keyed locks.
When lock pickers try to pick locks, they apply pressure on the cylinder and try to set each pin individually. When you enter a key, however, you don’t have to apply any pressure on the cylinder, and all the pins get set at once.
The point is, the process of picking a lock is characteristically different from unlocking using a key. This means a smart lock can be designed to detect the motion of lock picking.
Schlage does this. Schlage locks have built-in sensors that can detect if someone is trying to pick the lock. Schlage locks also have a built-in alarm that goes off when someone tries to pick the lock. What’s more is that if you have a smart home and the lock is connected to the hub, the lock will set off alarms all around the house.
The alarm will scare off any amateur that attempts to pick a Schlage lock. And an experienced lock picker, well, an experienced lock picker, would know better than to try to pick a Schlage lock.
This is where Kwikset takes the lead. Kwikset locks allow you to rekey the lock within a few simple steps. Whereas, in order to rekey a Schlage lock, you have to take the entire lock apart.
Anti Drill Plates
Anti-drill plates are metal plates installed inside locks and door locks to make the locks drill-proof. Schlage locks have anti-drill plates, whereas Kwikset locks don’t.
Schlage and Kwikset Accessories
Schlage Sense WiFiAdapter
A Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter allows you to control the lock remotely even if you’re halfway across the world.
Kwikset Kevo Fobs
Kwikset Kevo Fobs work like keys, only they’re digital. Normally, the lock unlocks when your phone is in the vicinity of the door. But if someone in your family doesn’t use a smartphone, they can carry a Kevo Fob. A Kevo Fob is a small device that you can keep in your pocket, and it unlocks the door for you when the fob is close by. You can also hand a Kevo Fob on your dog’s collar.
So, which one is better?
Considering everything, we would choose Schlage. Schlage has a stronger built, offers better pick resistance, and has a built-in alarm option. This makes Schlage the perfect smart lock and a must for high crime rate areas. However, Kwikset Smart Locks cost less and are much easier to rekey. For a low crime rate area, Kwikset would be a perfectly good option.
(1) smartphone apps – https://www.verizon.com/articles/10-free-smartphone-apps-everyone-needs/
(2) ANSI – https://www.britannica.com/topic/American-National-Standards-Institute
Senior Writer & Director
John Fox has been working as a security consultant for over 20 years. During his time in the industry, he’s learned about what it takes to ensure your home and family are always safe. With Safe Now, he’s tried to take those two decades of experience and share it with others. His goal now is to help others figure out how to make the right choices for their businesses and families.