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[Rona] $150 "Kevo" Bluetooth - Deadbolt Lock

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Dec 19, 2016
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$150 "Kevo" Bluetooth - Deadbolt Lock

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"Kevo" Bluetooth - Deadbolt Lock is on clearance at RONA for $160 - $10 (email Subs) =$150


https://www.rona.ca/en/electronic-lock- ... s-09655978 (Electronic Lock - "Powerbolt 2" - Polished B) $93

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Feb 2, 2006
392 posts
132 upvotes
If you like to look like an idiot while you try to get the lock to open when you get home, then I highly recommend Kevo.

When you do have countless issues with it, you'll just be ignored by their support team.

Replaced my Kevo with this one (connected to my smartthings hub) and it's been great: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/schlag ... 1000774101. Purchased it in December 2018 and battery is still at @ 86%.
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Nov 12, 2017
371 posts
266 upvotes
Also came to say I don’t recommend. It doesn’t pair with Google smart home (or Alexa, I think), and it’s often hit or miss to open the door. To the point that I’ll rather just open my garage because it’s consistent.
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Aug 16, 2005
2243 posts
301 upvotes
North York
I have been using this Yale smart lock with Z-wave module integrated with my Ring alarm and it's been great so far. I also have it working with Alexa too since there is a Ring skill.

This one from BB doesn't come with any modules so you have to do all the administration via keypad. Yale has different connectivity modules such as z-wave, network, bluetooth and even now August.

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/ya ... l/13029785

The touch screen only Yale smart lock is on sale currently

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/ya ... l/11534426
Jr. Member
Aug 17, 2007
102 posts
44 upvotes
I wouldn't go as far as to not recommend it. For $150 it's not bad if you have like 3 or 4 locks to do. I got them on clearance at a similar price at Lowe's about 2 years ago. I do wonder if these are Gen 1 or Gen 2. Mine are Gen 1.

I use mine every single day and the biggest issue is for sure the reliability with the touch to lock and unlock. It seems to go through phases where it's nearly 100% reliable and I don't have to get my phone out at all or try 2-3 times to phases where I'll have to get my phone out, open the app then try it. They have no issues in the winter even in an unheated external garage. I've never had it not work at all where I've had to get the physical key to unlock it. My Gen 1s came with the dongles and they're arguably worse than a phone for reliability.

If you want to do 3 or more doors and don't care about integration with Google/Alexa and that there may be some reliability issues on the Bluetooth side that mean you have to take out your phone then it's not bad at this price. I would consider replacing them with z-wave ones but it's $600+ to do all the doors.
Newbie
Jun 9, 2014
15 posts
14 upvotes
Toronto, ON
I own this product and also don't recommend it. It is at times quite inconsistent about opening. You could get locked out after an application update, or when the key fob battery gets too low, if you are using that. In fact, low battery on the lock itself mean that you have another 4 AA batteries that you need to change periodically. The touch to unlock doesn't work well for some people in some weather conditions. Depending on where you need to use the lock, and the location of your router, you might have signal problems. It works well as a regular lock with a regular key and they are easy to re-key, but you can get that for 120 dollars less from the same brand. Finally, if you have fancy trim on the inside of your entry doors, you may not even be able to fit this deadbolt on your door without hacking up the trim. The only reason I have not sold mine is that I can't be bothered as it does work well as a "dumb" deadbolt.

If I were to summarize in one sentence, "Not great unless you locking yourself or your guests out - 1 star!" Probably not by coincidence, the review page on Rona's site has a similar description from most and a 1.3 star out of 5 star average. Buyer beware.
Newbie
Aug 8, 2019
5 posts
5 upvotes
Turge wrote:
Aug 22nd, 2019 6:54 pm
If you like to look like an idiot while you try to get the lock to open when you get home, then I highly recommend Kevo.

When you do have countless issues with it, you'll just be ignored by their support team.

Replaced my Kevo with this one (connected to my smartthings hub) and it's been great: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/schlag ... 1000774101. Purchased it in December 2018 and battery is still at @ 86%.
I also bought a Camelot when Lowe's had a sale, it's been great and very reliable.

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