When it launched in 2013, Kwikset’s Kevo smart lock was the first to allow users to unlock their front door with just a tap on the deadbolt. Today, Kwikset is launching the second generation Kevo with the same touch-to-open feature that made it The Wirecutter‘s pick for best smart lock, plus some added security features and a refined design.
The UniKey-powered Kevo app allows homeowners to remotely manage door access, receive lock notifications and view activity history. The lock is engineered to work with a wide range of smart home products, and can be unlocked with either a smartphone, compatible wearables or a contactless key fob. Like its predecessor, the second-generation Kevo fits standard residential exterior doors, but the interior side now boasts a sleeker design that reduces some of the bulk. For anyone who doesn’t consider themselves a locksmith, Kevo offers an in-app, interactive installation guide to help you with the setup, and the hardware comes with a lifetime warranty on the moving parts, a one-year warranty on the electronics and dedicated customer support.
The Kevo 2nd Gen is on sale now for $229 and comes in Satin Nickel, Venetian Bronze and Polished Brass finishes.