Best Deadbolts & Security Door Locks For 2019

Best Deadbolts & Security Door Locks For 2019

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Home security is a big deal. With break-ins and home invasions on the rise, making sure your home is hard to break into simply makes sense. Keeping the bad guys from being able to get into your home is an important part of protecting your family.

One of the most common ways we have of securing our homes is the lock; more specifically, the deadbolt. A door’s lockset really isn’t enough to secure the door. Adding a deadbolt makes a lot of difference, especially if you install it properly so that it can’t just break through the doorframe when someone kicks the door.

There are two secrets here; the first is to use a security striker plate, which you can buy as an accessory to your deadbolt. This plate replaces the normal door lockset and deadbolt striker plates with one larger integral plate for the two. That makes it harder to bust it out through the door frame. If you install it with three-inch long screws, it will be much more difficult for anyone to kick open your door, once it is secured.

Putting those three-inch screws it can be a bit difficult, as they tend to bind in the wood. But if you’ll dip the tip of them into liquid dish soap, they’ll go in a whole lot easier. The liquid soap acts as a lubricant for the screw going into the wood and then dries, acting as a cohesive to hold it in place.

Best Deadbolts & Security Door Lock – Comparison

PictureNameColorFinishPrice
Kwikset 660 Single Cylinder Deadbolt featuring SmartKey Security in Satin Chrome Kwikset 660 Single CylinderSatin ChromeSatinCheck Latest Price
Schlage Lock Company Single Cylinder Deadbolt with Camelot Trim, Aged Bronze (B60 N CAM 716) Schlage B60 N CAM 716 LockAged BronzeAntiqueCheck Latest Price
Kwikset 92580-008 258 Downtown Low Profile  Slim Square Modern Contemporary Single Cylinder Deadbolt Door Lock featuring SmartKey Security in Iron Black Kwikset 92580-008 Low ProfileIron BlackN/ACheck Latest Price
Kwikset 92640-001 Contemporary Electronic Keypad Single Cylinder Deadbolt with 1-Touch Motorized Locking, Satin Nickel Kwikset 92640-001 ElectronicSatin NickelSatin NickelCheck Latest Price
Schlage BE365CAM619 Be365 Camelot Keypad Deadbolt, Satin Nickel Schlage BE365CAM619 CamelotSatin NickelSatinCheck Latest Price
Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode 913 UL Electronic Deadbolt featuring SmartKey in Satin Nickel Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCodeTraditional Satin NickelSatinCheck Latest Price
Elemake Keyless Entry Door Lock Deadbolt Keypad Mechanical Stainless Steel Higher Security (Pass Code or Key) Elemake Keyless Entry DoorSilverCheck Latest Price
Honeywell Safes & Door Locks - 8712409 Electronic Entry Deadbolt with Keypad, Oil Rubbed Bronze Honeywell Safes 8712409Oil-Rubbed BronzeBronzeCheck Latest Price
Schlage FE595 CAM 716 Acc Camelot Keypad Entry with Flex-Lock and Accent Levers, Aged Bronze Schlage FE595 CAM 716Aged BronzeBronzeCheck Latest Price
Lockly Bluetooth Keyless Entry Smart Door Lock (PGD 728F) Patented Keypad/Alarm System | Advanced 3D Fingerprint Reader | iOS and Android Compatible (VenetianBronze) Lockly Bluetooth Keyless EntryVenetian BronzeBronzeCheck Latest Price

 

There are three basic types of deadbolts to choose from:

  • Keyed on the outside and inside – most secure, but most inconvenient to use
  • Keyed on the outside and lever on the inside – easier to use, can be opened by breaking the glass and reaching through
  • The keypad on outside and lever on the inside – most convenient to use, can be opened by breaking the glass as well

What you ultimately decide to use is going to end up depending on a combination of cost and convenience. While a deadbolt that’s keyed on the inside is definitely more secure, there’s no sense using it, if you can’t get your family to lock it, once they come in.

Best Deadbolts & Security Door Locks – Reviews

One of the problems with this particular category of product is that there are only so many trustworthy companies out there who are producing quality deadbolts. So you’re going to see the same brands several times in this list.

1. Kwikset 660 Single Cylinder Deadbolt

Kwikset is the biggest US lock manufacturer, so they’ve got lots to choose from. This model is your basic deadbolt, the kind that has been in use for many years. The good thing about that is that you know it’s going to work. There is little chance of anything going wrong and any design problems have long been taken care of.

One innovation that Kwikset has come out with, which is great to have, is the ability to quickly rekey your lock to match an existing key that you have. There’s a small slot, next to the keyhole which is used for this. Making the change requires having both the existing key and the one you want to change it to, but if you have both, you can do it in about a minute. At the same time, others can’t make that change, because they don’t have the existing key.

What We Liked

  • The simple design avoids problems
  • Kwikset’s reputation and history
  • Easily re-keyable, through their “Smartkey” system, without a locksmith
  • Side locking bar protects against “lock bumping”
  • Available in four different finishes
  • Easy installation
  • Low price

What We Don’t Like

  • If you’re looking for fancy, this isn’t it

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2. Schlage B60 N CAM 716 Lock Single Cylinder

Like the Kwikset deadbolt above, this lock from Schlage is rather simple, although with a more attractive finish. Instead of the simple satin chrome finish, this deadbolt comes in a more complex and attractive shape, finished in aged bronze. The same deadbolt is available in a number of other common finishes.

Schlage, like Kwikset, is one of the best-known lock manufacturers in the country, with over 95 years of experience manufacturing and selling products to make our homes and businesses more secure. This deadbolt features their unique “snap and stays” design, allowing you to set the lock in place and have it stay there, while you tighten the screws. That makes it much easier to install.

What We Liked

  • Attractive style
  • Available in a number of finishes
  • “Snap & Stay” feature makes the lock considerably simpler to install
  • Fits all standard pre-drilled exterior doors
  • Lock & finish backed by a limited lifetime warranty

What We Didn’t Like

  • Finish may not match your home’s existing hardware; other finishes may not be exactly the same style
  • A bit costly for what is actually a simple deadbolt

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3. Kwikset 92580-008 Low Profile Contemporary

If you’re going for a more contemporary style in your home, why not make the hardware match? This modern design deadbolt provides the same level of security as all deadbolts, in an extremely simple, square design. The iron black finish matches contemporary styles.

Like the other Kwikset locks in this list, this one has their “SmartKey” technology incorporated, allowing you to rekey the lock to match an existing key that you own. That way, you can make the door lock and the deadbolt accessible with the same key, without having to pay for the services of a locksmith. Key is only used on the outside, while a lever is provided for opening and locking on the inside.

What We Liked

  • Contemporary design fits homes with modern trim and furnishings
  • The iron black finish is rugged and durable
  • SmartKey technology allows you to re-key the lock without the services of a locksmith
  • 6-way adjustable latch fits all pre-drilled exterior doors
  • Operated by key outdoors and lever indoors.
  • Low-profile design is less obtrusive

What We Didn’t Like

  • You pay for styling; the price is higher

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4. Kwikset 92640-001 Electronic Keypad

Touch-key entry isn’t just for cars or commercial office buildings, but for your home as well. This contemporary electronic keypad deadbolt allows you to give your home an incredible level of security while maintaining ease of access. Six customizable user codes allow you to know who has opened the door. In addition, temporary user codes can be added, allowing visitors service personnel access.

The keypad opens the deadbolt through a motorized deadbolt; yet you can still open the door with a key, giving you dual-method entry into your home. one touch locking saves time when leaving. A customizable door locking setting allows the deadbolt to lock your door automatically after 10 to 99 seconds.

What We Liked

  • Keypad entry is great for children or those who tend to lose their keys
  • Programmable codes for each member of the family
  • Can be key operated as well
  • Temporary codes for visitors or service people
  • Automatically locks after 10 to 99 seconds, as you like
  • The built-in alarm sounds after 5 consecutive errors
  • Reasonable price for all these features

What We Didn’t Like

  • While this deadbolt can be used as the door’s only lock, it has no handle

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5. Schlage BE365CAM619 Camelot Keypad Deadbolt

This lock appears to be Schlage’s answer to the Kwickset lock above, although in a more traditional style. While not a low-profile, modern style, it is a 10-key electronic lock, programmable for a number of users. Actually, this lock can be programmed for up to 19 users, as opposed to the Kwikset’s 6 plus 1 temporary code.

One unique thing about this lock is that it has a thick door kit available if you have an entry door that is more than two inches thick. That’s usually a problem, as most entry doors are 1 5/8” or 1 3/4”. However, some custom doors, especially custom metal doors might be thicker. The buttons on the keypad are silicone coated, to keep the numbers from wearing off.

What We Liked

  • Allows for an impressive 19 different access codes
  • Can be key operated as well for those that don’t like to punch in a code
  • Easy installation
  • Thick door kit available for use with doors over two inches thick
  • Silicone coated keys so the numbers don’t wear off
  • Available in six different finishes

What We Didn’t Like

  • Price is considerably higher than the competition

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6. Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode Electronic

This electronic deadbolt is a closer match to the Schlage mentioned above than the other Kwikset electronic lock. Even so, it’s available at a considerably lower cost, making it a more popular unit. The electronic function on this lock accepts up to 16 separate programmable access codes, plenty for family, friends, guests and service people, as well as allowing keyed access when needed.

As with many Kwikset locks, this one incorporates their SmartKey technology, allowing you to re-key the lock, without a trip to the locksmith. BumpGuard protection is built into the lock. It also offers one-touch locking, as well as automatic locking after 30 seconds.

What We Liked

  • 16 programmable access codes
  • Traditional key usage available too
  • BumpGuard protection against lock “bumping”
  • 30-second autolocking
  • One-touch locking
  • SmarkKey technology allows you to re-key easily
  • Easy installation
  • Good price
  • Six different finishes available

What We Didn’t Like

  • Can’t think of a thing

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7. Elemake Keyless Entry Door Deadbolt

This lock is rather unique for one that has a keypad, in that it is a mechanical keypad, rather than an electronic one. That means there’s no risk of the lock not working due to a dead battery. However, the order the keys are pressed isn’t critical, just as long as it includes the 4 to 8 numbers you’ve programmed. The lock can also be set up to require both the passcode and key, for extra security.

You may need to widen the pre-drilled hole in your door if you install this in the standard locket hole, rather than the deadbolt hole. However, this is a fairly easy change to make.

What We Liked

  • Doesn’t require batteries, so no problem with batteries going dead
  • Can have double security, by requiring both the passcode and the key
  • The combination can be four to eight digits, as you choose
  • Combines deadbolt security with a doorknob
  • Wear-free legend for keypad doesn’t leave any clues for thieves

What We Didn’t Like

  • Doesn’t allow for multiple passcodes
  • No auto-locking feature

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8. Honeywell Safes 8712409 Entry Deadbolt

Honeywell safes isn’t a brand you see every day, mostly because they are used more in offices, than in homes. But like many other Honeywell products, these locks are excellent. As with the more commonly known brands, this lock combines passcode and keyed entry into one deadbolt, allowing you that option.

You can set up to 50 different access codes, each with four to eight digits. A vacation mode lowers power consumption while preventing passcode use until the vacation mode is turned off. This lock includes a one-touch lock function, as well as an automatic lock.

What We Liked

  • Dual operation – key or passcode
  • Up to 50 different programmable user codes; user codes can be 4 to 8 digits
  • Auto-lock function
  • One button locking
  • Vacation mode lowers power consumption and blocks passcodes
  • Fits all standard exterior doors
  • Available in 4 different finishes

What We Didn’t Like

  • Might have a little more trouble getting keys cut, as their key style isn’t as common

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9. Schlage FE595 CAM 716 Camelot Keypad

For those that are looking to create an “upscale” style for their home, adding lever doorknobs, rather than standard ones is common. This lock combines that with a keypad and the standard key lock. Available in six different finishes, this set will nicely finish out any door.

Schlage included what they call their “flex lock” function in this lock, which allows for quick and easy turning on and off of the auto-lock function. When the lever on the inside of the door is in one position, the auto-lock function locks the door after five seconds. When switched to the other, it doesn’t lock the door. That’s convenient for carrying in the groceries or when you’re doing outdoor activities.

What We Liked

  • Door lockset with deadbolt security
  • Flex-lock allows you to turn on and off the auto-lock function quickly and easily
  • Available in six different finishes
  • Allows key entry or passcode
  • Fits all standard exterior doors

What We Didn’t Like

  • Doesn’t allow for multiple passcodes

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10. Lockly Bluetooth Keyless Entry Smart Door lock

With everything going Bluetooth these days, it’s not surprising to find a deadbolt that is as well; but there aren’t many of these around. This is a new area for Bluetooth to move into and I suspect we’ll see more in the near future. It also incorporates fingerprint technology, allowing family members access with nothing more than their fingerprint.

This is a truly amazing lock, incorporating all of the latest technologies. It can be opened by keypad, fingerprint or a good old-fashioned key. The keypad is unique, in that it consists of four buttons, with three number on each. But the numbers change each time you use it, so nobody can guess your access code by watching you operate the lock. The lock enters lockout mode after three wrong attempts, forcing you to unlock it with another method.

The fingerprint sensor is even made to be difficult to fake, as it combines capacitance with the fingerprint itself, preventing the use of lifted prints. Bluetooth technology allows constant monitoring of who has gained access.

What We Liked

  • Probably the most secure deadbolt you can buy for your home
  • Can record up to 99 different fingerprints
  • Stores up to 8 access codes
  • Access with your smartphone, to find out who has been in the home
  • Sends push notifications when friends or guests gain access
  • Keypad incorporates a unique system, changing the key location for each use so that nobody can simply follow
  • your pattern
  • Auto-lockout of the keypad after three failed attempts
  • The fingerprint sensor uses capacitance check to verify it isn’t a lifted print

What We Didn’t Like

  • The price – you’ve got to pay for all that tech

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Conclusion

Deadbolts are a great addition to your entry doors, increasing security for your home. Modern deadbolts, using keypad technology do this, without reducing access. They also make it possible to gain access to your home, even if you lose or forget your keys. The most modern systems also provide added options, like Bluetooth access and fingerprint sensors.

Never count on a deadbolt alone to provide your home’s security. Rather, this needs to be combined with other security measures, as there are ways to defeat a deadbolt and gain entry to your home.

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Sean J. Stone
 

Sean has been a woodworking enthusiast for 8 years, and in that time has written huge resources on woodworking and tools.

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