Kwikset vs. Schlage: Electronic Smart Locks Comparison Review

SmartLock security systems offer the most secure ways of keeping our homes safe from outside intrusion. Two companies that have carved a name in this niche are Kwikset (since the 1940s) and Schlage (since the 1920s). The two companies have stood the test of time and are responsible for a broad array of products that have kept our homes secure.

Kwikset vs. Schlage

In this head-to-head article, we feature the Kwikset 909 SmartCode Electronic Deadbolt and the Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt and see how they fare against each other.

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Design and Installation

Kwikset 909
Featuring a satin nickel finish, the Kwikset 909 is a sight to behold at the door. The sleek metal design blends well with any d├ęcor and is durable and impervious to scratches and rust. The system comprises two parts, the exterior keypad, and the interior assembly.

Installing it is very simple and does not include any tools, aside from an Allen Wrench and fasteners that are included in the packaging. It also includes a latch with a backset that is adjustable from 2-3/8 to 2-3/4 inches. It is therefore designed to fit all standard doors.

Schlage Z-Wave
The Schlage Z-Wave also features a satin nickel finish that is resistant to rust and smudges, making it very durable. Installing it is also very simple, and only a Phillips screwdriver is required. It comes with universal latches that easily slide into place, without the use of tools and no wiring is needed. The adjustable latches can accommodate door thicknesses between 1.37 and 1.75 inches. This smart lock also features a dual system consisting of the exterior keypad and interior assembly.

Schlage vs Kwikset

Conclusion: Both units feature the same design and are also constructed from the same durable and stylish materials. They are also easy to install with no tools and wiring needed. The only difference is that the Kwikset 909 fits slightly thicker doors than the Schlage Z-Wave.

Keyless Entry Operation

Kwikset 909
This smart lock comes with a dedicated user interface that comprises a ten-digit keypad, including a lock button that allows for one-touch locking removing the need for a key. The keypad is backlit for added convenience and ease of use at night.

Kwikset 909

Also, it features a master code option plus eight customizable access codes for each family member or a visiting relative. The Kwikset 909 can also be operated with a key as a backup option. It features state of an art SmartKey Security Re-Key option that allows you to operate the lock with another key.

To configure it to accept the new key, you will be required to insert the old key and rotate it 90 degrees clockwise. Above the keyhole is a tiny hole for the Smartkey tool that comes with the Kwikset 909. Insert the SmartKey tool into the hole and remove both the Smartkey tool and the old key.

Insert your new key fully into the keyhole and rotate it anticlockwise to 180 degrees. Lastly, rotate the new key back to the starting position or 90 degrees in the clockwise direction. The lock will be configured or re-keyed to the new key, and the old key will cease to function.

Schlage Z-Wave
The Schlage Z-Wave also features a keyless entry operation with a digital touchscreen that has a durable resistive matte finish, which is resistant to both fingerprints and smudges. It can store up to 30 personalized access codes at a time, which is more than enough for all family members.

Schlage Z-Wave

Besides, it can be operated with a key and also includes a customizable thumb turn knob on the interior for stress-free locking and unlocking of the door. Just like the Kwikset 909, the Schlage Z-Wave is also run by replaceable 4 AA alkaline batteries.

Conclusion: Although both locks feature key and keyless entry options, the Kwikset takes a slight edge over the Schlage Z-Wave with the SmartKey re-key technology and the convenient lock button that allows for fast one-touch locking.

Fancy Features

Kwikset 909
This lock includes an auto-lock function that allows you to set it to lock after a short while automatically. To save you the trouble of having to rush back to the house when you forget to lock it, you can program the Kwikset 909 to lock after 30 seconds.

Kwikset 909 Smart Lock

The patented side locking bar technology offers increased strength and improved security against lock bumping, a technique used by thieves to break into the traditional pin and tumbler locks. It also features an LED light that alerts you when the door is unlocked (amber), when it is locked (green) and when the battery is low (red).

Schlage Z-Wave
The Schlage Z-Wave has great features that will blow your mind. It includes the Z-wave technology that allows you to operate it remotely using a smartphone or via the internet. So, if you forget to lock it or a loved one with no access comes, and you are not around, you can operate it from anywhere.

Schlage Z-Wave Smart Lock

It also has a built-in alarm with three alert settings: activity, tamper, and forced entry that signal you when there is normal activity or potential threat. It also works with Amazon Alexa for voice activation, although the Alexa device and the required hub are sold separately.

Conclusion: The auto-lock feature on the Kwikset 909 is very convenient, but the Z-wave feature gives the Schlage Z-Wave the obvious advantage. The Schlage Z-Wave also has three alert settings that keep you in the loop about the activities in the door, and can be operated with voice commands thanks to its compatibility with Amazon Alexa.


While we love the SmartKey re-key technology of the Kwikset 909, the Schlage Z-Wave offers more features. The fact that it can be operated with a smartphone, the digital keypad, or a key makes it more flexible and convenient. The Kwikset 909 is also a great lock, and it receives our seal of approval. You can never go wrong with either choice. Good luck.

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