Long Term Review – Kwikset Premis vs. Schlage Sense – Smart Home Door Lock Review and Comparison

So what’s the best smart lock between the KwikSet and Schlage? I’ve been using both locks for 6 months and I prefer the Kwikset Premis. Why? Because it’s easier to get rid of all my keys

In the next few minutes I’m going to talk about both locks in terms of:

Installation – 00:01:02
Battery – 00:02:33
Operation – 00:02:59
Security – 00:05:52
App – 00:06:41

And I’ll end it all off with why I wouldn’t get either one of these products, just to balance everything out.

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**Installation**

When it comes to installation, I generally didn’t have any issues with either lock. I’m not a terribly handy person so as long as you can follow numbers and pictures, you’ll be fine. Both products includes a plethora of metal pieces, plates, screws that may seem daunting at first but all those extra parts are used to ensure that the lock fits in whatever door you have.

Now the door I installed the locks on is an older door so my family wasn’t too fussed about me messing around with it (the front door is a different story) BUT one of the things I had to consider was the size of the actual lock. My backdoor has a large window which reduces the working area I have around the deadbolt. This means I can’t use the August Smart Lock on this door.

**Battery**

Both locks are powered by 4 AA batteries AND both locks will work like a “dumb” lock without batteries if you were wondering. Your mileage for the batteries will depend on how often you use the lock.

For the Kwikset, I got the low battery warning after ~6 months of usage. And even after the batteries were apparently dead, I was still able to get notifications that the lock was being used. I couldn’t lock it remotely BUT there was still enough juice in the unit to connect to my Apple TV.

**Operation**

To lock the door when you’re leaving, all you have to do is press the Schlage symbol and walk away. To unlock it, all you have to do is to punch in your code. There are lights behind the numbers that light up the moment you press the screen.

The Kwikset Premis has a glossy cover and the keypad actually turns on and off so it takes an extra step to activate the lock. Because of the glossy cover, the Premis requires you to enter in two random numbers before punching in your code. This is a security feature to ensure that your fingerprints are spread out over the entire surface rather than your code.

The Schlage Sense is much quicker than the Kwikset which probably won’t make a big difference on a day-to-day basis but some might be annoyed at listening to the grinding noise all the time. Just out of curiosity, which one of these locks do you guys prefer to listen to every time? I’d go with the shorter grinding noise of the Sense over the Premis.

The last thing I will talk about in terms of operation of the lock are the keys. The Premis comes with a smart lock tool which basically allows you to rekey the lock to work with existing keys. It boggles my mind that Schlage didn’t include this with their lock. If I was to get two Schlage Sense locks, I would end up with two keys whereas with the Premis, I could rekey one lock so that I only have to carry one key.

**Security**

When it comes to security, the Premis will sound an alarm after 3 incorrect codes. It will beep loudly for a minute and then stop. The Sense will do the same thing but the alarm on the Sense is much louder, closer to an annoying car alarm on teenager owned Honda Civic. I didn’t get any notifications from either app regarding the incorrect access but they do show up in the corresponding app’s history.

If you need to hear when your door opens or closes, the Sense has a few more options for that.

**Apps**

The apps for both products are quite simple and you’ll really only use the apps to manage the passcodes. Both products allow you to add up to 30 codes to the lock as well as time restrictions on those codes. Kwikset goes one step further by allowing you to self-destruct codes after a certain time limit which might be handy for some people.

**Why shouldn’t you get a smart lock**

They are slow, noisy and don’t work 100% of the time. With the smart locks, both my wife and I ended up reverting to locking and unlocking the door with our keys after a few months. Check out the last part of the video for all the details (I’m running out of room in the description section!)

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Comments

Simon T Bramley says:

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Ryan Matheny says:

I have 3 Schlage Sense and got them at Build.com and they don’t charge to have all the locks keyed the same. I haven’t carried a house key for six months. also my apple home kit auto unlocks the lock when I get home so I don’t worry about having to use the code. If the wife is already home then I just ask Siri to unlock the door for me as I pull in the driveway. keep up the good videos I love your reviews.

Abhilash S says:

i guess his best viewer was his dog who was very attentive 🙂

Bryan Stephens says:

The Schlage I have works great with Homekit! 😉 I also like walking to my truck while saying “hey siri, lock the front door” into my apple watch and hear it buzz behind me as I roll out. You can also create a separate code just for a guest and then cancel it when they leave town. I don’t know what was so important about the key though…I don’t even carry my key anymore. You have to worry about losing a key…You don’t have to worry about losing a code. I like knowing I can never get locked out of my house. Oh and having all my doors lock when I set my “good night” scene is pretty comforting to my wife, who used to always make me get up out of bed to go do a once around the house to make sure everything was locked. That used to suck.

gvshyamk says:

Thank you. I was debating whether to buy these products, now I’m happy not to buy them. Good luck with your reviews.

James Garrison says:

Schlage also has a higher rated lock that is harder to pick and break into, they have a thicker hardened steel that they are made out of so a robber would have a tougher time drilling into the lock.

Anton Ho says:

Do nest product review

Phil S says:

Congratulations on the birth of your son, and good to see you back with a new video.

As always, thanks for the thorough and honest review.

DBlake says:

Yay your back!!!

Anton Ho says:

You just got an AHO subscriber lol

Shannon Raffington says:

very good points, nice video

Rey G says:

Got the Sense and had it re-keyed when I purchased it at Home Depot for a small fee.

Clyde Macasero says:

lol. i like how good your dog is sitting next to you

imajakas7 says:

Why are you so awesome! I watch every video even though I don’t need any products! Great personality. Keep on keeping on!

Jet Fan says:

I have 3 of the Sense locks and they work great with Homekit. “Hey Siri lock the doors” and it works every time. I can tell from my smart phone if a door is unlocked and lock it. I haven’t needed a key in years so that’s not an issue for me. The Kwikset can be picked very easily from the front of it so that’s not good. I don’t need geofencing as I consider that dangerous and a security risk.
If your an Apple Homekit user this will work fine for you.
Thanks for the review and welcome back.

TB693 NY says:

So instead of upgrading to one of these would you prefer the August lock if you wanted to keep your existing hardware?

P Schmied says:

Buy a better quality mechanical lock. Buy a wifi door sensor. You will be ahead financially and have better security. A smart lock on a house makes as much sense as a smart zipper on your pants.

Steed Ferns says:

Schlage Sense: ANSI Grade 1
Kwikset Premis: ANSI Grade 2

The Schlage Bluetooth to Wifi Adapter is because of battery life. Built in Wifi would drain the batteries quickly. Kwikset Kevo has the same issue, therefore they released a Bluetooth to Wifi Bridge.

Later version of Kwikset Smartkey are more secure than previous models. Schlage had a Smartkey system too but scrapped it.

R0tten says:

Sorry I have to point out the biggest thing wrong about your review. The schlage sense can be rekeyed, quite easily. I had mine done for free with my purchase at Lowe’s. It took them 30 minutes.

marquito1 says:

Your dog is such a good dog!

Mario Jr. says:

Aaron Schlage is pronounce like Schlayge or something like that lol. Yes Kwikset Smartkey may be easier to Rekey to your current locks but the build quality of Kwikset is the worst. Smartkey locks have resettable wafers that can fail anytime. As a locksmith I’ve dealt with these locks failing all the time. I never recommend Kwikset unless all your house has Kwikset already then yes because then you would have to change all the locks which can get expensive. Schlage only provides one key because their goal is for you to mostly just use the touchpad. That’s the whole reason why you get a touchpad in the first place, so you won’t have to carry keys. You can get a wall mounted lock box and leave the key there just in case the battery dies. But even then the touchpad will let you know when to change the batteries out. Schlage makes it easy to change the batteries out compare to Kwikset. Overall Schlage is the better product in my opinion.

caspianofnarnia says:

Not gonna lie. Just here for the Schnoodle!!!

Crafters Pукодельницы says:

Love your dog. Is he schnauzer? Thank you for reviews.

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