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2019 Review
Kwikset 916

The Kwiset 916 is a reasonable priced lock that fits especially well in households that already have a Zigbee or Z-wave enabled smart home hub like SmartThings or Wink.

Overview

Retail Price $229.99
Amazon Price $190.94

390 Reviews

Available Finishes: Brass, Bronze, Chrome, and Nickel
How does the lock connect?The Kwikset 916 uses Z-Wave, Z-Wave Plus, and Zigbee to connect.

APPS

ECOSYSTEMS

Alexa Support?: Available
Google Assistant Support?: No
Siri / Homekit Support?: No
Smart Watch Support? No
Keypad, Long Distance Locking with add-on, Physical Key Backup, and Touchscreen

Out of the box Integrations

VeraEdge, VeraPlus, Leviton Decora Smart Switch or Plug, Wink Hub 2, Wink Hub 1, Samsung SmartThings Hub 1st Generation, Samsung SmartThings Hub 2nd Generation, and Samsung SmartThings Hub 3rd Generation

Integrations available with an add-on device

Amazon Cloud Cam, Amazon Echo Plus, and Ring Doorbell

DOOR COMPATIBILITY

What type of door lock mechanisms does the Kwikset 916 support?
Deadbolt Attachment
Not Supported
Interior Deadbolt Replacement
Not Supported
Complete Deadbolt Replacement
Supported
Handle (Latch/Knobs) Replacement
Not Supported
Integrated Deadbolt and Handle
Not Supported
Mortise
Not Supported
Other Install (Floor/ Wall)
Not Supported

Features & Specs

Model Number 99160-002

Backup Key

Yes

Fingerprint Access

No

Touchscreen

Yes

Long Distance Locking

Yes, Via Additional Hub

Autolocking

Yes


Access Codes & Users

Does the lock have access codes? Yes

30 user codes plus master code feature for added security


Proximity Unlocking: No


Airbnb Integration? No


Battery & Additional Specs

What kind and how many batteries does this lock have?

The Kwikset 916 uses 4 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED)

The Kwikset 916 battery life is Up to one year



Lock Dimensions 4.3 x 4 x 9.7 inches


Lock Weight 3.72 pounds


Security Features

What kind of security does the lock offer?

The Kwikset 916 has:

BHMA grade 2 certified, 128-bit encryption

Our Take

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Interior View

Pros

  • Can work with Alexa if you already have a smart home hub like SmartThings or Vera setup in your house.
  • Users praise the easy installation process.
  • Could be a positive or negative but you have to program codes directly on the lock itself for security reasons. Peace of mind for those security minded folks but not helpful if trying to use the lock to remotely manage codes or if wanting to use for Airbnb, etc
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Exterior Door View

Cons

  • Inconsistent battery life. Some users say they have used their batteries for multiple years where others only a few months. This also is impacted by how flush your door and lock mechanism is and how hard it has to work.
  • If you dont have a smart home hub you are limited in that you cannot lock and manage the lock remotely. Also the hub integration allows you to lock the door and check its status but does not let you unlock the door or add new user access codes.
  • Some users have complained about lock reliability with the lock failing to work reliably after a year or more of operation (Kwikset does have a very generous Warranty that should help offset concerns on this front)
  • Changing batteries can be a bit of a hassle with the battery pack area being more difficult to access than it should be.
  • The SmartThings app only controls basic locking and unlocking. For more advanced features a developer app is required so out of the box you won’t be able to unlock all functionality through the standard app.
  • No a huge deal but the 4 AA batteries are not included.

Apps / Voice Commands

The Kwikset 916 supports or integrates with the following apps and voice assistants:


VeraMobile

SmartThings

Alexa

ADT Pulse

Protect America

Wink

Kevo


Alexa Support?: Yes , the Kwikset 916 supports Alexa with the following commands

Note: You will need a Wink or SmartThings hub for Alexa to work and it uses their Alexa Skills.

  • Alexa, lock the Kitchen Door.
  • Alexa, is the Front Door locked?

· Alexa, is the Front Door locked?For now, the API utilized by SmartThings and Wink does not support unlocking your home security hardware. You can only lock and check lock status at this time.

Google Assistant Support?: No
Siri / Apple Homkit Support?: No
Watch Integration: No

Unboxing and Installation

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Whats in the box.


What tools do I need to install this lock?
You will need Philips screwdriver, Ruler to install Kwikset 916


What are the locks dimensions?
The Kwikset 916 is 4.3 x 4 x 9.7 inches in size.


Any door size requirements?
1-3/8" — 1-3/4"35 mm — 44 mm


FAQ / Support


Kwikset 916 Main Image

Bottom Line

The Kwikset smart lock is a decent tool for homes that are looking for basic smart lock functionality and becomes a much better choice if you already have a Zigbee or Z-Wave smart home hub in your home.

Features like pin access codes, auto-lock and a touchscreen panel come out of the box. If you don’t already have a smart home hub than we suggest you look elsewhere for locks with more features at a similar price point.

If you do have a smart home hub than the door opens up more options like Alexa integration (Siri/Homekit not supported) and features like setting automation schedules or integrations with other settings like turning off your lights when at the same time as locking your door.

Even with a smart home hub their are a few things to be aware of with the 916, you can not add new access codes remotely or unlock the door remotely. This is done for security reasons. If you really need this option we recommend looking at another lock.

Overall the 916 is a mid-range priced lock with mid-range features. it wont win any awards but could be a functional winner for you if you are looking for basic smart lock functionality from a reputable company.

Your Options

Comparisons

How does the standard 3rd gen model stack up to the Pro model?

Title
916 Z-Wave Traditional
916 Zigbee Traditional
916 Z-Wave Contemporary
Kwikset 99160-020 Smartcode 916 Traditional Smart Lock Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt Door Lock with SmartKey Security and Z-Wave Plus, Satin Nickel
Kwikset 99160-009 SmartCode ZigBee Touchscreen Smart Lock featuring SmartKey, Venetian Bronze, Works with Alexa
Kwikset 99160-018 SmartCode 916 Contemporary Z-Wave Plus Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt, Polished Chrome
$155.40
$229.00
$214.67
Style
Traditional
Traditional
Contemporary
Zigbee
Z-Wave
Alexa Integration?
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Sire / Homekit / Homepod Integration?
Title
916 Z-Wave Traditional
Kwikset 99160-020 Smartcode 916 Traditional Smart Lock Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt Door Lock with SmartKey Security and Z-Wave Plus, Satin Nickel
$155.40
Style
Traditional
Zigbee
Z-Wave
Alexa Integration?
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Sire / Homekit / Homepod Integration?
Title
916 Zigbee Traditional
Kwikset 99160-009 SmartCode ZigBee Touchscreen Smart Lock featuring SmartKey, Venetian Bronze, Works with Alexa
$229.00
Style
Traditional
Zigbee
Z-Wave
Alexa Integration?
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Sire / Homekit / Homepod Integration?
Title
916 Z-Wave Contemporary
Kwikset 99160-018 SmartCode 916 Contemporary Z-Wave Plus Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt, Polished Chrome
$214.67
Style
Contemporary
Zigbee
Z-Wave
Alexa Integration?
Yes with additional Z-Wave hub like SmartThings/Wink/Vera
Sire / Homekit / Homepod Integration?

smart lock hub option icon

Option 2) Add a compatible smart home hub

These hubs integrate with the Kwikset 916 and help connect your door to other security or other smart devices in your home for a complete smart home system or with Alexa.

smart lock hub option icon
Managed Security System?
This lock could be part of a larger smart home security service for your home or apartment. The following home security services are integrated and compatible with the Kwikset 916

Get a full home security system that integrates with Kwikset 916 at Protect America. Packages starting at $19.99
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