DIY Home Improvement Giveaway & Review: Kwikset SmartKey

by Rachel on February 1, 2012

in Giveaways, Home Sweet Home, Reviews

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It seems like when you move, there’s a million things to do. Pack up your stuff, transfer your mail, update your new address on all your accounts…does it ever end? One task my husband wanted to do right away when bought our new home was to change all the locks. Since it was previously owned and had been shown by various realtors, this meant there were who knows how many copies of the keys floating around.

For our peace of mind, we decided to change all the locks. Also, the old door handles and deadbolts were mismatched and some of them were scratched up a bit, so this added cosmetic improvement to our home too. This is a fairly easy DIY project and we were able to find everything we needed at our local Home Depot.

Kwikset was generous enough to send me a SmartCode Deadbolt for keyless entry. It’s a deadbolt with a programmable keypad, no key required! I love this option because if I am ever locked out without a key, I can put in our code and still get in the house. You can also assign a temporary code to someone (such as a babysitter, house guest, housecleaner, etc.) so you don’t need to make copies of keys.

Kwikset SmartCode Keyless Entry Deadbolt Review & Giveaway: DIY Home Improvement

Kwikset SmartCode Deadbolt for Keyless Entry Review & Giveaway: DIY Home Improvement

Exterior view - here's the keypad

Here’s a youtube video demonstrating how the keypad deadbolt works:

My husband installed this on our back door and was easily able to program our own numeric code. Since we were pleased with this Kwikset lock product, we purchased 2 other Kwikset lock products from Home Depot. We bought a simpler deadbolt set for the garage door (approximate cost $40). You can see the Satin Nickel handleset we selected for the front door from their Signature Series here (approximate cost $130):

Kwikset Signature Series Handle Set Review & SmartCode Giveaway: DIY Home Improvement

The main reason we chose Kwikset is because of their Smart Security features:

- drill resistant
- ANSI grading
- Bump Guard technology
- superior pick-resistance

Some of their products also have re-key technology, meaning you can change the keys with a master key if they are lost or stolen. We used this feature to re-key all of the Kwikset locks we purchased, so even though we bought them all separately, we just need to carry around one key and it opens any of them. MUCH cheaper than paying a locksmith!

Here’s a summary of this DIY project:

Time spent: about 30 minutes
Assistance required: no (husband did this on his own)
Tools: Drill or screwdriver
Hassle factor: Minimal. Directions were clear.  No curse words or exasperated sighs during installation :)

My husband did want me to mention that a screw was stripped in one of the sets, but that was his only issue. This was one of the easier DIY projects so far, and I can now recommend Kwikset products for your home security needs.

Buy It: Use the Kwikset store locator to find the retailer nearest you

Win It: Enter my sweepstakes giveaway below for a chance to win your own Kwikset SmartCode Keyless Entry Deadbolt! (ARV $130) Open to continental US.

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Margaret Smith February 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I learned that these operates on 4 AA batteries.
Really love this idea.
Thanks so much.

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Angela February 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I really need to improve the locks on our home. Thanks for the info.
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Miriam T. February 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I really like the SmartCode Deadbolt in Satin Nickel. That thing looks super cool and secure.
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Claire February 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I learned these take double a batteries

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Michelle S. February 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Kwikset makes such great products! I especially love the SmartCode Deadbolt in Satin Nickel-it’s wonderful when something so functional can look so chic.

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Donna L February 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm

My favorite finish is antique brass.

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kimbuckjr February 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I really like the “SmartCode Lever with Home Connect” in Satin Nickel. I really, really, really, really, really, really WANT to WIN this giveaway. I have always wanted to have this type of lock on my front door, always! My bro-in-law has one and I’m so jealous!
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Dawn February 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Oh man, I need to win this!

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Dawn February 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Oops. Forgot to mention my favorite! The SmartCode Deadbolt in Satin Nickel!
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Amy Evans February 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I like the SmartCode Deadbolt with Home Connect!

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Toni Allen February 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

i love the laurel knobs
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Pamela James February 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I love the satin nickel set

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sarah carroll February 2, 2012 at 1:55 am

I like the Rustic Bronze Finish.

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Laurie Harrison February 2, 2012 at 6:31 am

Nice review and a great giveaway. after visiting Kwik Set, I found something I need for my little shed out back. It’s the Ives 9130B 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ Solid Brass Hasp with Hook. Gosh, they are 41% off too. Good find!

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Rachel February 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Nice! That’s perfect timing huh? Always good to discover things you need are on sale!
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Bekah Kuczenski February 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

I like the satin nickel

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Jeanne February 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

My favorite is the satin nickel Lido combo pack lever. Thank you for this awesome giveaway. :) Jeanne

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Elizabeth Braun February 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

I like the smart code lever in Satin Nickel

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Sasha W February 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

I like the Satin Nickel finish. Thanks for the giveaway!!
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Cindi February 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

I also like the “SmartCode Lever with Home Connect!”
Many thanks, Cindi

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Laura Miller February 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

I love the Zigbee SmartCode deadbolt in Satin Nickel.

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Sheila K. February 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

I like the Smartcode Lever with Home COnnect/Lifetime Polished Brass—very cool!

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bethanny February 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I really love the satin nickel.
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Tanya February 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm

My fave finish is the Satin Chrome

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tamra childers February 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

i like the antique brass finish

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Jessica Cox February 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I like the Contemporary SmartCode Deadbolt
Venetian Bronze

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Christy February 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I like the Shelburne set in antique brass

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Lauren Garrett February 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

I love the smart code lever in Satin Nickel!!!!

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Nadine L February 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I like the Contemporary Smart Code in Nickel
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Michelle P February 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I really like the antique brass finish! Perfect for my front door!
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Jose Gueits February 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I loved the Rustic Bronze Finish

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Kim O'Hanlon/Contest KAO February 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I like antique nickel finish. Thanks!

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Jeanna February 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

My favorite finish is the Antique Nickel!

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Cynthia C February 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

My favorite is the Contemporary SmartCode Deadbolt in
Venetian Bronze

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Tina W February 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I like the SmartCode Deadbolt in Satin Nickel.

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Ann F February 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I’d like to get the Kwikset SmartCode Electronic Deadbolt in Lifetime Polished Brass

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anash February 4, 2012 at 1:04 am

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anash February 4, 2012 at 1:04 am

i like the satin nickle most of all! Thanks for a super giveaway!

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Jenny Ham February 4, 2012 at 3:17 am

Polished Brass is what I like the best.

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James Prettyman February 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

This looks like the kind of up “Up Grade” for my home, that keeps up with all the New gadgets in my SUV & car.

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Cheryl Free February 5, 2012 at 2:32 am

I like the SmartCode Deadbolt in Satin Nickel ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Betty February 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm

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Betty February 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm

love the satin nickel finish – I’d love to have the lever handle smart code

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Jennifer February 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I’m a fan of satin nickel

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Chevelle Sopkin February 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I really like the The SmartCode Deadbolt in Satin Nickel. It would go perfect with the new accents we just put up in our living room a couple of years ago!

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Greg Zimmerman February 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

As an electrical engineering student, I can see the convienence of having these, but I’d like to run my own tests on a lock like this to see how easy it could be hacked. Hey… If I win it I can! :-P

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Olivia Hustis February 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

I love the look of the antique Brass!

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D Schmidt February 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

My favorite is Contemporary SmartCode Deadbolt in the satin nickel finish

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Rita Spratlen February 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I like the contemporary smartcode deadbolt in brass.

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Kathryn C. February 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I would like to have the SmartCode Lever with Home Connect. These are so nice. My dad has one of these and they are great!

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All Natural Katie February 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Fave finish is Satin Nickel
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Eileen February 8, 2012 at 2:41 am

uggh…have to find a better lock with break ins on our “old” neighborhood of a small town. grrr…

I really love the Antique Nickel finish on this Commonwealth lever. We went really cheap on our replacements when moving in 10 years ago and would love to replace them with this:

http://www.kwikset.com/Products/Styles/Commonwealth-Lever.aspx

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s riches February 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

I like the wireless technology that lets my cell phone unlock doors,

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Cálaeb Temple February 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

i like the Cove Combo Pack.

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Kimberley Meier February 9, 2012 at 4:06 am

I like the Satin Nickel finish.
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clynsg February 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

I prefer the Antique Brass finish, and a lever opener, but can’t really decide which would look best right now–will be moving fairly soon!

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Paul T / Pauline T February 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I like the Satin Nickel- (emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)

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Gaye M February 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Another product I like is the Antique Nickel 780 15A SMT Signature Series Single Cylinder Deadbolt.

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Wendy February 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I’d love to replace our interior doorknobs with the Laurel in Venetian Bronze!

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Cindy February 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I like the Hawthorne.

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Debbie C February 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

I like the SmartCode Lever with Home Connect in nickel finish.

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Brittney House February 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I love the laurel knobs.

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Heather Garcia February 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Amherst in Satin Nickel

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Russell Moore February 13, 2012 at 12:10 am

I like the smartcode lever in antique brass best.

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Thomas Gerber February 13, 2012 at 12:36 am

like the SmartCode Deadbolt with Home Connect

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Jennifer February 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Love the smart home lever with home connect!

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R Hicks February 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

like their brooklane keyed entry lever
Model: 740BRL 15 SMT

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Jennifer C. February 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I love the Satin Nickel finish!

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Corey Olomon February 14, 2012 at 12:28 am

I like the SmartCode Lever with Home Connect.

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Lean S February 14, 2012 at 12:59 am

I like the Kwikset 740PML-S lever set.

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Kerri February 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

Smartcode Deadbolt with Z-Wave in Venetian Bronze is so pretty, and functional.
Not having to fumble with keys would be a miracle

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mary renshaw February 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I LOVE that I wouldn’t need a KEY!!! What a GREAT IDEA!!! I LOVE THIS!!!!!

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Jaque R. February 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I love the Venetian Bronze finish….and also like the security Kwikset locks provide. :-) Thank you.

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kathy pease February 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

i like the Rustic Bronze

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Kendra Gillilan February 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Kwikset 740PML-S lever set, thanks for the chance

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Donna B. February 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm
Ross Hassel February 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I love the dakota handleset.

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Terry Cross February 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I like the Hawthorne handleset in antique nickel

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carol lewis February 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Antique brass.

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Toni Moore February 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Hi Rachel! I love the fact that SmartCode electronic locks offer the convenience of keyless technology! My little guys once locked me out for 20 minutes when I went to get the mail… wouldn’t have happened with this lock, lol! Thanks for the chance to win this safe and beautifully designed kwikset! :D

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amy deeter February 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

the laurel knobs
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Gianna February 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Contemporary SmartCode Deadbolt.

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mylatiu March 16, 2012 at 8:14 am

Hi everybody,

I just wanna share my experience on kwikset-smartkey. We have it at home and it is very durable, we have it for long time and it is amazing. Thank you
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