Kwikset Halo Wi-Fi smart lock review

Kwikset Halo Wi-Fi smart lock review

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Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel

The popularity of smart locks has grown over the past few years because they are an easy and convenient way to improve your home’s security. With them, it is easier to determine who is allowed in and out of your home. They also help you monitor when people are allowed to come and go from your house. With the Kwikset Halo wi-fi smart lock, you get a range of impressive features from a reputable lock company.

In addition to its contemporary and traditional looks, the device connects directly to your home Wi-Fi network, eliminating the need for a plug-in dongle. Kwikset SmartKey is also included in the kit, which allows you to rekey the lock so that you can change the keys that open it.

Changing the key is easy: Just insert the old key, turn it 90 degrees, insert the metal tool into the hole above the key, pull the old key out, insert the new one, and turn it back to the starting position. And bingo, the new key opens the door but the old key does not. Consequently, it’s the best smart lock for rentals when you want to control access with physical keys and virtual ones without changing the lock.

Kwikset Halo Wi-Fi smart lock: design

Kwikset Halo Wi-Fi smart lock review

With a stylish, clean, angular design and an illuminated touch panel keypad, we tested the contemporary version of this lock-in Venetian Bronze. There is also an Iron Black, Satin Nickel, and Polished Chrome finish available on the lock. The more ornate door would look better with a traditional design with rounded buttons and backlighting. There are two finishes available: Satin Nickel and Venetian Bronze.

A description of each design follows. Both designs have a front lock and keypad, as well as a back mechanism behind the door. If needed, they can be installed on a new door as well as replacing an existing single-cylinder deadbolt lock (with one keyhole outside). However, they come with all the necessary mechanisms to make new doors secure. In comparison, both the door and the lock parts are nearly twice as large as those of our current top pick, taking up more space and looking more noticeable.

Sometimes, we had difficulty activating the touchpad. Whenever the screen is not in use, it displays a blank screen, which you must touch to activate, to ensure the batteries last as long as possible. It often didn’t notice a touch: The trick seemed to be to touch the metal frame around the touch screen with one finger, then touch the screen again. Possibly, the mechanism that decides between a finger touch and a wind-blown object is a bit complicated. You can make matters worse by turning on SecureScreen, which prompts you to enter two random numbers before entering your PIN.

Kwikset Halo Wi-Fi smart lock: installation

Kwikset Halo Wi-Fi smart lock review

Installing the Kwikset Halo lock was a pretty straightforward process. You will need a screwdriver to assemble it, as it includes everything you need including four AA batteries.

It is generally best to replace all of the mechanisms, including the latch mechanism that holds the door closed, when installing locks that replace the front and back faces of the lock. Due to the fact that locks manufactured by different companies use different spindles (the metallic piece that moves the latch) incompatible shapes, this happens. I had to remove the entire latch mechanism, even though the manual lock was a Kwikset.

As demonstrated in the PDF manual that comes with the app, that’s not very difficult to accomplish, but it is definitely more complicated than the August Smart Lock, which attaches to the back of the door and doesn’t need a new latch mechanism.

Kwikset Halo Wi-Fi smart lock: app & features

It is cleanly designed and very simple to use the app (available for both iOS and Android), even though it lacks some of the polish of the August app. A user can easily check the status of the lock, assign codes and add users, and are notified when the lock is used even when keys are used physically. You will also receive a confirmation code via SMS or email whenever you set up the app or change your password.

It comes with a keypad on the front that allows you to assign visitors a code rather than a physical key. The codes can be used for unlimited or time-limited usage at the same time. For example, you could set up a code that worked only between noon and 1 p.m. It can be for a dog walker or a delivery person.

A feature called SecureScreen makes the keypad inaccessible to people by looking at it. By enabling this feature, the person entering the key code must touch two lit digits on the screen at random before any pattern can be seen. The on-screen instructions and guides are not very clear; a casual user may not understand them.

Kwikset Halo: smart home integration

In addition to the Kwikset Halo working with Alexa, it can also work with Google Home. The two devices let you check the status of the lock or set the lock using a voice command. Although Kwikset’s app does not support Apple’s HomeKit smart home system, iPhone users have no other choice than to download its app.

Pros Cons
SmartKey locks can be rekeyed Novice users may not be aware of the security features of smart screens
Management of key codes is easy First touches are not always recognized by touch screens
Simple to install and to use
The app is straightforward and convenient

Summary

For those looking to upgrade existing locks, the Kwikset Halo is an attractive option: easy to install, easy to use, and integrates with many smart home systems. Additionally, it has built-in WiFi and does not require a wireless bridge.

The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is the best smart lock, but it is bulkier and takes longer to install, as you have to replace the entire latch mechanism. This bolt is less noticeable (the Level Bolt does require you to take apart your entire lock).

We still like August’s smart lock best, and we’re eagerly awaiting its update later this year, but the Kwikset Halo is a good choice if you prefer a keypad, reverse-engineered locks, and rekeying.