1. Magnetic Screen Door
In warm weather, my family goes in and out of the house a lot. That means we have a problem with flies and mosquitoes getting inside. Sometimes we would just like to leave the door open to let air flow.
The easiest solution I found is a magnetic screen door (even I have bug zapper and swatter). It allows air to circulate and helps to keep our home free of bugs.
Top 3 Magnetic Screen Doors In This Review
I did a lot of research to find the best one for my home.
I’d like to tell you about the one I choose, as well as a couple of other options I found.
Top 3 Best Magnetic Screen Doors Reviews
Magnetic Screen Door by iGotTech
If your doorway is no larger than 34 inches wide by 82 inches tall (34″ x 82″), the Magnetic Screen Door by iGotTech will work for you.
This is the one I selected for both the front and back entrances to my home.
My favorite part of this screen door is that there are plenty of magnets along the edges that seal up instantly once I pass through them.
The split between the two sections opens easily enough that my children and dog can push through it. Then the magnets pull the sections closed with the screens falling exactly back into place.
I don’t have to worry about it gaping open and letting bugs enter.
The texture of the fabric mesh feels very strong. So far we haven’t had any rips or tears. It seems well-constructed with the magnets sewn into the hemmed edge of the screen sections.
iGotTech has a tutorial video to teach you how to hang the magnetic screen door perfectly in your home. The steps were very easy to follow.
I had the first door mounted and ready in under 5 minutes.
The two screen sections mount securely with Velcro tape around the door frame. You’ll need to have 1 inch or more of the frame where you can stick on the bottom layer of Velcro. Then the screen door panels have Velcro around two of their sides. Smooth that Velcro onto the bottom layer of tape you just pressed down and you’re done.
The door is ready to use.
Pros of the iGotTech magnetic screen door
- Fabric mesh resists rips
- Magnets keep screen sections sealed tightly
- Easy to mount in just a few minutes without tools
- Works on various types of doors as long as they are 34” by 82” or less
- I haven’t found any cons yet
Since the price of the iGotTech screen door was a little higher at the time I purchased it, I considered two other brands.
I’d like to describe those for you below.
MegaMesh Magnetic Screen Door by Easy Install
This MegaMesh magnetic screen door by Easy Install is similar to the iGotTech screens in my home.
Both brands have two strong mesh fabric sections that seal up with the help of 26 magnets sewn into their edges. They both fit doors up to 34 by 82 inches in size (34″ x 82″), and they both use Velcro to stick to the door frame.
The difference that I didn’t like was that this screen door uses only 4 pieces of Velcro to seal the screen to the door frame. I read many reviews where users ended up having to tack the screens to the frame because the Velcro wasn’t enough to hold them.
I decided that it was worth it to pay a little more for a product that would stand up better to regular use.
Pros of the MegaMesh magnetic screen door from Easy Install
- Fabric mesh resists rips
- Magnets keep screen sections closed tightly
- Easy to mount in just a few minutes
- Works on various types of doors as long as they are 34” by 82” or less
- Velcro doesn’t cover the entire outer edges of the screen
Premium Magnetic Screen Door by Premium Choice Products
The third magnetic screen door that I considered is this one from Premium Choice Products.
Like the other two magnetic screen doors in this review, its mesh fabric seems sturdy and resistant to rips. The mesh is hung from strips of Velcro and uses magnets to seal the opening.
Unlike the other two magnetic screen door brands, Premium Choice offers either black or white screens.
Unfortunately, I saw that many users were saying that even 32-inch doors were too wide for this screen although the manufacturer says it works for 34 by 82-inch door frames (34″ x 82″). I saw other complaints about the Velcro coming loose.
I decided to stick with the iGotTech screen door for my home.
Pros of the magnetic screen door from Premium Choice Products
- Comes in either black or white
- Easy to mount in just a few minutes
- Fabric mesh resists rips
- Magnets keep screen sections sealed tightly
- Velcro appears to not stay stuck to door frames
- Screens may not fit doors up to 34-inches wide
These are the three products that I liked best while researching the best magnetic screen doors for my home.
I’d like to tell you how I came to select them.
3 Criteria I Used To Find The Best Magnetic Screen Door
Magnetic screen doors help my family stay healthy by keeping flies and mosquitoes out of my home. Screen doors also allow air to circulate through the house and give easy access to the outdoors. I made a list of simple criteria that I looked for in each product I researched.
- Sturdy fabric mesh
- Easy to install
- Seals shut automatically
With both children and pets in my home, I wanted sturdy fabric mesh screens that could handle high traffic without tearing and ripping.
I preferred screen doors that would be easy to install without tools and without taking a lot of time. I liked these three doors because all of them offered the simple solution of mounting with Velcro.
Magnetic closures were perfect because the screen sections seal shut automatically without me having to shut them.
I hope it’s useful for you.
I enjoy having magnetic screen doors. They saved me from spending money on a more expensive door and they are easy to use. Here is what I would recommend if you are considering them as a solution for your home, too.
In conclusion, I would like to recap what I liked about each magnetic screen door in this review.
I prefer the iGotTech doors for my home because their Velcro has held well to the door frame and covers the entire side and top of the door.
They include full strips of Velcro to fasten the screen door securely all the way around the door frame. The fabric mesh is sturdy, and the magnetic closures hold the two sections of the screen closed without gaps.
Get this brand if you want the best chance of your screen door staying hung where you install it.
The MegaMesh magnetic screen door from Easy Install is also made from strong fabric mesh. Although the Velcro for hanging it comes in four pieces that don’t completely surround the door frame, many people have had success with this screen door.
Screen doors from Premium Choice Products are available in either black or white, something the other two companies don’t offer. If you have a narrower entryway, you may do very well with these magnetic screen doors.
In the case, you prefer to have a white screen door instead of black, check out the ones from Premium Choice Products.
If neither of those two brands fit your budget, take a look at the MegaMesh door from Easy Install.
Thank you for reading this buyer’s guide today. I hope that it helps you select the best magnetic screen door for your home.
2. Bug Zapper and Electric Bug Swatter
Flies, bees, mosquitoes, and moths are not welcome in my home. I don’t want my family to be bitten by insects. The mosquito-borne Zika virus keeps spreading and I want to protect my family from it as well as other diseases.
Top 4 Bug Zappers And Bug Swatters In This Review
I purchased a magnetic screen door a while back to keep bugs outside. Flying pests were still coming inside if someone kept the door open too long.
I needed an efficient way to get rid of them inside the house. The solution to this problem is my new electric bug zapper and swatter.
The zapper keeps our kitchen clear so my family can eat in the evenings unmolested. If a mosquito or fly enters my home, the electric swatter also helps me remove the threat quickly.
When I want to enjoy the warm weather outdoors, I can use the swatter to keep pests from bothering me there, too.
I’d like to tell you about the bug zapper and swatter we are using in our home.
I’ll explain why I chose them as the best ones for my family. Then I’d also like to describe a couple of others I found that are also very good choices.
Top 4 Bug Zappers Reviews
Aspectek 20W Electronic Bug Zapper
Aspectek’s 20-watt Electronic Bug Zapper is powerful but also energy-efficient. It uses two ultraviolet bulbs to attract insects from up to 80 feet away.
Once the bugs come in close …
They die from a 2800-volt shock.
The main upside to this kind of pest control is that I don’t have to spray chemicals around to keep bugs away.
The Aspectek takes care of both flies and mosquitoes, which are our biggest problems. It even kills fruit flies, which is a big help in the kitchen.
I hung the zapper on the wall with the chains included in the box. It’s out of the way but it still works very efficiently. Every few days I pull out the bottom tray and dispose of the dead insects.
I don’t have to worry about anyone in the family getting a shock because the electrical grid is protected by a cage. The holes are too small for either little fingers or paws to explore.
The Aspectek measures 15 inches long by 11 inches high and 3.2 inches thick. It is CE-certified for safety and RoHS compliant for the environment.
Should I ever need to replace a bulb, they are the 10-watt black light variety that isn’t hard to find.
My only wish is that I could use this zapper outdoors too, but it’s only made for indoor use. Instead, I take my new electric swatter outside with me.
- Uses just 20 watts of electricity so it doesn’t run up the power bill
- Has a protective cage to protect humans and pets from shocks
- Attracts flying insects from up to 80 feet away
- Small and thin and easy to hang on a wall
- The tray makes for easy disposal of dead bugs
- Replacement bulbs aren’t hard to buy
- Made for indoor use only
There is another electronic bug zapper light that I found while researching. It’s strictly for outdoor use. I’d like to tell you about it now.
Flowtron BK-40D Electronic Insect Killer
Since I needed a zapper more urgently inside my home than outside, I didn’t purchase the BK-40D from Flowtron.
It uses a 40-watt bulb so it consumes more electricity than the Aspectek zapper I have in my house. If you’ll pardon the pun, the Flowtron was just overkilling for my needs right now.
But if you have a large yard to protect, this could be ideal for you.
Flowtron’s BK-40D Electronic Insect Killer is made to draw in flying insects from a whole acre outdoors. You can use a chemical strip (sold separately) to attract more insects like mosquitoes.
It doesn’t discriminate between helpful insects and harmful ones. Any bug that is attracted to ultraviolet light will be fried.
The BK-40D has a pretty design that makes it appear to be a lantern. Flowtron suggests placing it 25 feet away from human activity. This is partly for safety.
Although the electrical killing grid is protected by a cage to keep pets and humans from being shocked, bug bodies can be ejected up to 7 feet from the zapper.
One downside to the Flowtron is that there’s no removable tray to catch the dead bodies. Instead, most of them fall to the ground. This is not desirable for an indoor situation.
On the other hand, the Flowtron is very powerful and would be ideal for a deck or patio or large yard. Just be sure you have a grounded extension cord if you place it far from an electrical outlet.
- Attracts flying insects from up to an acre away
- Can be combined with a chemical attractor strip to increase its effectiveness
- Has an elegant design similar to an outdoor lantern
- Protective grill keeps pets and humans from being shocked
- No collector tray for dead insects—they are ejected or fall to the ground
- Should be placed 25 feet away from human activity
- Outdoor use only
While I chose an indoor bug zapper for my home, I purchased an electronic swatter as well. I’ll tell you about it below.
Rechargeable Electric Bug Swatter with LED Flashlight
When I first saw this rechargeable bug swatter I had to smile. It reminded me of a small tennis racket although it’s definitely not a toy. But while it’s safe for humans and pets, this swatter is deadly to bugs.
Instead of only smashing an insect against a wall or the furniture, with this I can zap a bug in the air. It saves time, and it’s a lot less messy. There’s no bloody aftermath to wipe up.
The three-layer netting does a good job of catching the insect while protecting the human using it from getting shocked. I did discover that it will continue to spark after contact with a bug if a piece of the body keeps it activated. A stray hair can cause the same effect.
At the end of the day, the swatter’s handle pulls off and plugs into the wall outlet to recharge. The manufacturer added a special feature that I appreciate. There is a bright LED flashlight built into the handle.
- Swat flying insects in the air, not just on a surface
- Less mess created when you kill a bug
- The 3-layer net protects the user from shock
- The battery is rechargeable and simple to plug into a wall outlet
- Built-in LED flashlight in the handle
- Rechargeable part sticks out a few inches when plugged into a wall outlet
- Netting will spark if the bug’s body doesn’t fall clear of it
Now we’ve reached the other electric swatter I considered, but didn’t buy. I’d like to tell you about it, too.
Elucto Electric Bug Zapper Fly Swatter
Elucto’s Electric Fly Swatter is also shaped like a racket, but it has only a single layer of deadly netting strung across it.
There is no protection against shock, so once the swatter is turned on, it’s a really bad idea to touch the wires.
It won’t kill a human, but it will hurt. Bugs that you swat will fry on contact.
Fortunately, the green LED light bulb lights up when you press the button so you know when it’s on. Once you’ve taken care of the insect, you can turn off the swatter.
The Elucto runs on two AA batteries and is not rechargeable like the swatter I bought. It comes with a 1-year warranty against defects.
- Runs on AA batteries so you could take it camping and not worry about how to recharge it
- The single wire netting kills bugs quickly and efficiently
- LED light warns when the swatter is switched on
- 1-year warranty
- There is no protection for humans and pets who accidentally touch the netting when the swatter is turned on
- Not rechargeable so you need to have batteries on hand to keep it running.
3 Criteria To Choose The Best Bug Zapper
There are many pest control devices on the market, so I had to narrow down the most important qualities I wanted in the ones I would buy. Here are the criteria I used:
- Safe for humans and pets
- Effective at killing insects
I live with my family, and that includes both old and young people as well as animals. I wanted to eliminate bugs in our home by using zappers and swatters that are only dangerous to insects and safe for humans and pets.
I prefer to use energy-efficient appliances and tools. In order to feel comfortable letting the zapper run for hours, I wanted one that was as powerful as possible without raising the cost of my electric bill.
Finally, the whole point is to eliminate unwanted pests. I chose a zapper and a swatter that were proven to be effective at killing insects.
Conclusion And Recommendation
I would like to quickly go over the best features of these four bug zappers. I hope these reviews are helping you choose the best ones for your home, too.
Aspectek’s 20-watt Electronic Bug Zapper is the zapper I chose for the interior of my home. It’s safe for humans and pets but deadly to flying bugs.
It uses only 20 watts of energy and draws in insects from up to 80 feet away. Most of the dead bodies fall inside the removable tray, so it’s easy to clean and doesn’t make a big mess.
If you want an easy way to eliminate flying insects indoors, check out the Aspectek 20-watt zapper. It’s working great in my home.
Flowtron’s BK-40D Electronic Insect Killer is made to cover up to an acre of yard outdoors. It uses 40 watts of electricity. Its exterior housing looks like a lantern and protects humans and animals against shocks.
If you have a large yard and want an outdoor zapper, consider getting the Flowtron BK-40D. It can cover up to a whole acre of land.
The Rechargeable Electric Bug Swatter with LED Flashlight is my go-to tool for catching stray flies and mosquitoes inside and outside the house. As its name indicates, it’s rechargeable in any wall outlet.
The three-layer netting protects the user from shocks but lets insects enter for a deadly surprise.
Elucto’s Electric Fly Swatter has a LED light to tell you when it’s ready to kill flying bugs. It runs off AA batteries so you can take it anywhere even if you don’t have electricity.
When you need to chase down the errant fly and you don’t want to make a mess, try either one of the electronic swatters in this review.
If you have children or pets, I would recommend the no-name brand swatter I purchased that comes with a LED flashlight.
I’m grateful for our bug zapper and swatter. They help me and my family to feel comfortable in our house. I feel safer keeping the threat of Zika, other bug-borne diseases, and bites all at bay.
I hope you find zappers that help protect your family, too.
3. Double Hammock
My best double hammock works just as well in my yard as it does in my living room.
Top 2 Double Hammocks and Stand In This Review
Relaxing in a hammock is very pleasant on a summer afternoon. Although I couldn’t hang one from the trees in my yard, I found the perfect solution.
You may be just as excited as I was when you see what it is. You can lay back and enjoy sunshine or shade anywhere you have space because it comes with a portable stand.
I’d love to tell you more about it below.
Best Portable Double Hammock With Stand Reviews
Vivere Double Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand, Tropical
I really wanted a hammock for my family to enjoy this year. Specifically, I wanted a double hammock because it’s more comfortable for the adults in my family. I searched for one with a stand that is sturdy, stable, and easy to assemble.
My preference was for a hammock that was truly portable so I could move it around without hassle.
I searched for one with a stand that is sturdy, stable, and easy to assemble. My preference was for a hammock that was truly portable so I could move it around without hassle.
My research was rewarded when I discovered the Vivere Double Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand. I was delighted with both the hammock itself and the stand. It even included a carrying bag for storage and transport.
First off, this hammock is sturdy and strong. The bed and rope support up to 450 pounds of weight. It doesn’t have a spreader bar, but it measures 63 inches wide by 94 inches long, or 5-1/4 feet wide by almost 8 feet long. That’s big enough for two adults to snuggle, or just sit side by side.
The kids love it because they have plenty of room, and will share it instead of fighting over it.
I also like that the fabric is made of 100% cotton so I don’t feel sweaty from laying on it. The hammock I chose has the Tropical pattern with colorful stripes. The colors brighten up my yard.
Next, I like the black steel stand very much. You’ll need about 9-1/2-feet of space to set it up. It’s simple to put together without any tools at all, but you will probably need another person to help hold it. Everything can be assembled in just two minutes.
All the separate parts are tightened together by hand with the knobs on the frame. Then it’s just a matter of making sure the hammock ropes aren’t tangled and placing the loops over the hooks on the ends of the stand.
Once it’s up and ready to use, it is surprisingly stable for a standalone hammock. The lowest point of the hammock is suspended about a foot off the ground. You can swing in it without fear of tipping over.
When it’s time to take it apart, one person can do it by themselves. Both the hammock and the steel stand fit inside the duffel-type carrying bag. The whole set weighs about 35 pounds.
Pros of the Vivere Double Hammock with Steel Stand
- Both the hammock and stand are sturdy, strong, and stable—they support up to two adults or 450 pounds
- 100% cotton material is comfortable on the skin
- Very easy to assemble or take down in just a few minutes
- Comes with carrying case
- Requires close contact for two people to share it laying down (although this may not be a con for you as it wasn’t for me)
Besides the Vivere Double Hammock with Steel Stand – the best double hammock, in my opinion, I found another hammock and a stand, both sold separately, that I also liked.
Best Choice Products Hammock 59″ Cotton Double Wide Spreader Hammock
While I chose Vivere’s solid cotton sling hammock, I also liked this white twisted rope spreader hammock from Best Choice Products. The spreader bar and net-like design make it cool for really hot days.
It supports up to 450 pounds like the Vivere hammock and measures 59 inches wide by 80 inches long. It’s big enough for two adults to enjoy together. The spreader bar ensures that no one is cramped for space.
You can hang this hammock from trees or posts, or place it on a stand that you can buy separately. These options give you more flexibility on how high you choose to suspend it.
While it has some great features, I decided against this one for two reasons.
One, buttons on clothes snag on the hammock material.
Two, the hammock feels less stable than the Vivere.
These two things may be unimportant to you if you prefer having the spreader bar and the net-like design.
Pros of the Best Choice Products hammock
- The hammock supports up to two adults or 450 pounds
- Cotton twisted rope design allows for great air flow
- Spreader bar makes the hammock feel larger
- Feels more likely to tip
- Openings in the twisted rope design hook or snag on clothing and items
Along with the Best Choice Products hammock, I found the same company’s steel hammock stand. I’d like to tell you about it too.
Best Choice Products Steel Hammock Stand with Carrying Case
This 9-foot long black steel stand from Best Choice Products is made to support their hammocks. The manufacturer says it can hold up to 450 pounds of weight.
Some users have commented that it flexes up to 3 inches when loaded with anything over 250 pounds.
It’s simple to put together without tools, similar to the stand that comes with the Vivere hammock. The stand weighs 26 pounds by itself without a hammock.
It also comes with a handy carrying case.
Although both this stand and the hammock made by Best Choice Products are popular, I wasn’t as impressed with the build quality of this stand compared to the Vivere I purchased for my home.
Best Choice Products even mentions that there may be “slight imperfections” in the metal work.
Pros of the Best Choice Products Steel Stand
- The stand is rated to support up to two adults or 450 pounds
- Black steel body is powder-coated to resist rusting and scratches
- Very easy to assemble or take down in just a few minutes
- Comes with carrying case that has instructions on the exterior
- Build quality may be subject to imperfections
My family enjoys the Vivere Double Hammock very much. This may be your top pick as it was mine, or you may find that the Best Choice Products hammock and stand are more what you want for your home.
I’d like to tell you about how I came to choose these hammocks and stands as the best ones I found.
When I started researching the best double hammock for my home, I decided on certain criteria for choosing one that would be perfect for my family. Here are the features I looked for as I started shopping:
- Stable and sturdy
- Easy to set up and take down
I want my family to enjoy their relaxation time, and I want them to be safe. I looked for hammocks and stands that are stable and sturdy so I wouldn’t worry about my family using them on a regular basis.
Of course, the hammock needed to be comfortable. I wanted material that wouldn’t feel sweaty on a hot day. I also investigated whether it felt nice to lie or sit upon.
Since I couldn’t hang a hammock from trees or posts in my yard, I looked for hammocks with stands. I needed a stand that would be easy to set up and take down in a short amount of time, preferably without tools.
Portability would also be handy so I could take the hammock camping, or move it around the house and yard.
Selecting the best hammock for yourself and your family is ultimately based on your personal preferences.
The Vivere Hammock and stand have made the summer more comfortable and relaxing for me and my family. I’d like to recap here why I like it, and why the other hammock and stand may be good for you, too.
The Vivere Double Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand makes it possible for my family to enjoy a hammock at home. It’s comfortable, sturdy, and easy to assemble without tools. The hammock’s lively colors brighten up my yard.
If you prefer an all-in-one solution, or like the solid fabric style of the hammock, get the Vivere hammock with its stand and carrying case included.
The Best Choice Products Double-Wide Hammock with Spreader may be more to your liking because it has an airy, twisted-rope design. The spreader bar keeps it open flat instead of forming a cocoon.
The Best Choice Products Steel Hammock Stand supports a hammock with up to 450 pounds of weight on it. It’s easy to assemble in a few minutes without tools and comes with a carrying case.
If you would like a flatter, more open hammock with a net-like style, get the Best Choice Products hammock with a spreader. If you don’t have a place to hang it, take a look at their steel stand, sold separately.
If you only need a hammock stand, Best Choice Products sells their easy-to-assemble stand by itself.
Thank you for taking a look at this buyer’s guide. I hope it makes it easier to decide on the best hammock and stand for you.
Please take a look at more reviews of products that make your home more comfortable and help you and your family enjoy to relax this summer.
4. Electronic keyless deadbolt
Electronic keyless deadbolt changes the way I lock and unlock the doors. So do you for sure.
Now, you will see my honest reviews of the best keyless deadbolt (in my opinion) and 4 others in my top picks.
Top 5 electronic keyless deadbolt in this review
To discourage unwanted intrusions, I installed a new keypad deadbolt on the front door. Not only does it prevent criminals from entering, but it also makes my life easier if I forget my key. I don’t even need to carry a key anymore.
I love feeling safer with the secure electronic deadbolt lock on my door. I don’t have to loan out my house key to guests, a pet sitter, or anyone else. I can just give them a temporary code and delete it later if needed.
Choosing a new deadbolt lock was an important purchase, so I did a lot of research first. If you are looking for the best electronic keyless deadbolt for your home or office, I think the following top pick and what I learned to find my best deadbolt can help you.
Top 5 Best Electronic Keyless Deadbolt Reviews
Schlage BE365 VCAM619 Review
Schlage has a reputation for making quality locks.
I was drawn to the fact that their Camelot Keypad Deadbolt – BE365VCAM619 – is highly recommended by Consumer Reports and thousands of satisfied customers.
It has a Grade 2 ANSI/BHMA Certification that says it provides better protection than a standard deadbolt. Its design is virtually bump-proof and pick-proof.
Another one of the Schlage Camelot’s top selling points for me is its “exceptional” rating against kick-in tests. Yes, someone went to the effort to try to kick in the door to see if the lock held. This made me feel even safer than if the lock was only resistant to picking.
Although I chose to place this lock on the front door of my home, you can use it anywhere, like on an office door.
It fits a standard setup and only needs a screwdriver for installation. I liked the easy-to-follow instructions. I had the old lockout and this new one in place in about half an hour. I didn’t even need to call a locksmith.
When Schlage says the Camelot is simple to install, even for an ordinary person, it’s true.
The keyless entry feature is useful to my family and me every day. The keypad lights up at night so I can see what I’m typing. The kids are never locked out because they only need to remember a 4-digit number.
When I’m on vacation and I ask the neighbor to bring my mail inside, I can give her a temporary code that I’ll delete later. So not only do I feel protected, this deadbolt lock makes my life easier.
The benefits of the Schlage Camelot BE365 VCAM619 in summary:
- Secure against lock-picking, bumping, and kick-in
- It’s easy to install, program, and use
- Create temporary codes for guest and then remove access by deleting the codes later
- Backlit keypad for night-time entry
- Remembers up to 19 users’ 4-digit codes
In my opinion, the Schlage Camelot BE365 VCAM619 is the best deadbolt I could have selected for my home.
But if you aren’t sure that this lock is right for you, there are other deadbolts with additional features like home automation that I’ll review below.
Kwikset 909 SmartCode Electronic Deadbolt featuring SmartKey
Like the Schlage Camelot, the Kwikset 909 has a Grade 2 ANSI/BHMA certification for resistance to forced entry. I liked that it automatically locks after 30 seconds.
That seemed very smart to me. It would make me worry less about whether I’d remembered to lock the door.
Also like the Camelot, this deadbolt lock fits standard doors and installs with only a screwdriver. That would make it easy to upgrade an older lock for this one.
The backlit keypad is easy to read at night, but I’m not a fan of its dual-digit button design. It’s a little confusing to look at. While it can remember up to 8 different codes, you can also program a master access sequence.
All the codes can be changed as often as necessary.
The benefits of the Kwikset 909 in summary:
- Automatically locks after 30 seconds
- Protects against intrusion attempts like lock-picking, bumping, and kick-in
- Set and delete access codes as often as you like
- Backlit keypad for night-time
- Remembers up to 8 different entry codes at one time
Even the Kwikset 909 has many good features, I also bring here another option with additional benefits – Z-Wave compatibility.
Kwikset 910 Z-Wave SmartCode Electronic Deadbolt featuring SmartKey
I considered buying the Kwikset 910 because it’s compatible with Z-Wave smart home products. With the Kwikset 910 and Z-Wave I could program my house lights to turn off when I lock the door and leave at night.
It’s also very easy to re-program with Kwikset’s SmartKey technology. I could give a door code to overnight guests and then delete their code when they leave.
Like the other two locks, the 910 is very easy to install on a door. Programming it also doesn’t take very long. One bonus is that I could use a longer code. Instead of only 4 digits, I could make the code sequence up to 8 numbers long.
But in the end, one of the reasons I didn’t choose this deadbolt is that it lacks the Grade 2 certification that the other two keypad locks have. It makes me safer to know that my own deadbolt passed rigorous testing.
The benefits of the Kwikset 910:
- Link to Z-Wave home automation for even more convenience
- Longer keypad codes up to 8 digits that you can change as often as needed
- Remembers up to 30 different users’ codes
- Backlit keypad for easier night-time entry
While all of these keypad deadbolts have silicone protection against numbers wearing off, the next lock has a smart-looking modern touchscreen should be a good option for you to consider.
The Best Touchscreen Deadbolt – Schlage Touchscreen with Built-In Alarm
The Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt takes safety one step further with a built-in alarm. I liked this feature a lot. It also has the highest Grade 1 ANSI/BHMA certification for residential security because it provides the highest protection against forced entry.
Like the Kwikset 910, the Schlage Connect Camelot is compatible with the Z-Wave home automation system. This means you can lock or unlock a door remotely. If someone tries to break in, you’ll get an alert and an audible alarm.
More protection comes from the fingerprint-resistant touchscreen surface. Maybe I’ve seen too many spy movies, but the fact that no one can guess my code from looking at the touchscreen makes me feel safer.
Like the Schlage Camelot digital keypad, you can program in multiple codes for different users, and then delete the ones you don’t need anymore. You still won’t need to carry a key or worry about someone copying yours.
The benefits of the Schlage Connect Camelot in summary:
- Backlit touchscreen resistant to fingerprints
- Connects to Z-Wave like the Kwikset 910
- Set up disposable codes for guests to use, then remove access later
- Audible alarm and can send out alerts if there is an intrusion attempt
- Highest Grade 1 certification for residential security
- Low battery indicator
- Remembers up to 30 users’ codes
If codes aren’t something you want to have to remember, check out the next deadbolt that does a wireless entry.
The Best Wireless Deadbolt – Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock With Bluetooth Touch
This modern deadbolt works like this: as long as the person who wants to enter has their phone nearby with Bluetooth on, or the Bluetooth key fob, all they have to do is touch the Kevo lock.
The lock communicates with the key fob or the phone to recognize the person, and then unlocks the door for authorized users.
The Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock works with iPhone and Android smartphones as long as they have Bluetooth 4.0. If someone doesn’t have a compatible phone, Kwikset offers a Bluetooth key fob.
The owner of the lock can install the Kevo app on their smartphone. That allows them to send electronic keys to other users and monitor who opens the lock throughout the day.
If you’re concerned that Bluetooth can be hacked, you’re right. But the Kwikset Kevo uses military grade PKI encryption to protect against this.
Like the other locks above, it’s super convenient to not have to carry a key and to feel less concerned about giving keys to family members, guests, or employees.
The Kevo phone app makes it simple to control who has access and for how long they have it. You can even see when they opened the lock. It also knows if the smartphone user is inside or outside the door.
Since this lock didn’t have either Grade 1 or 2 ANSI certification, I decided against it for my front door at home. Instead, it has Kwikset’s proprietary BumpGuard protection against lock-picking and bumping.
The benefits of the Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock in summary:
- No codes to remember and no physical key needed
- Works with certain smartphones or the included key fobs with Bluetooth
- Track who enters and leaves and send electronic keys with the Kevo app
- Military-grade encryption against hacking
- Kwikset’s proprietary BumpGuard against lock-picking and bumping
Now that you’ve seen all the reviews from my top pick deadbolts, I prepared the comparison table below for easier to compare the products before we go to see how to find the best electronic keyless deadbolt.
7 Criteria To Find The Best Keyless Deadbolt
In order to choose the best deadbolt to protect my family and my home, I did a lot of research. I considered what the manufacturers said about their products and also read many user reviews.
I settled on certain criteria to help me choose the best lock. I hope that these features can help you decide which deadbolt meets your needs.
Criteria for choosing the best deadbolt lock
- Weather-resistant enough to use on an outside door
- Secure against intrusion attempts
- Keyless entry with keypad, touch screen, or wireless
- Durable and strong metal housing to resist forced entry like kicking
- Style and color that fit the design of my home
- Easy to install without a locksmith, drilling, or lots of tools and time
- Value for the money
Since my home’s door is exposed to the outside, the lock needed to be able to endure temperature extremes and wet weather. All the locks I reviewed here are weather-resistant.
I prefer locks that are certified by a third party instead of just trusting the manufacturer’s claims. Certifications from the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) along with positive reviews from watchdog Consumer Reports are my gold standard for secure deadbolts.
It’s the 21st century and it is time to upgrade beyond keys. Being able to unlock a door with a simple code has made my family’s life much easier.
Durable and strong metal housing
Deadbolts come with various surface finishes like satin nickel and chrome, but I was more interested in whether their metal housings would survive a physical attack and hold up for years without rusting.
Style and color
Each of these locks come in at least three colors to match most door designs. For example, Schlage offers finishes like satin chrome, matte black, and bright brass. They also offer styles like Century for a modern look or Camelot with an elegant design.
Easy to install
All the deadbolts I choose can be installed with only a screwdriver to replace an existing lock. None take more than an hour to install and program.
Value for the money
Prices go up and down, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a lock that would make me regret the expenditure. I chose deadbolts that offered the most features at reasonable prices.
Having the best deadbolt lock on my home’s door makes me feel safer. It also added a new level of comfort and convenience because I don’t need to carry a key. I would like to recap what I liked about each deadbolt so you can decide if they are the best for you too.
The Schlage Camelot BE365VCAM619 Keypad Deadbolt is my top choice. It comes from a top manufacturer of locks and offers excellent protection. Consumer Reports and thousands of customers give it glowing reviews.
It’s easy to install, program, and use. If you want a tried and trusted deadbolt lock, and you don’t need interoperability with home automation systems, get the Schlage Camelot BE365.
It has the most value and best features for the money. (Check Price)
The Kwikset 909 automatically locks after 30 seconds, and that’s a feature I wish the Schlage Camelot offered. It also has a Grade 2 ANSI/BHMA certification against intrusion attempts like lock-picking, bumping, and kick-ins.
It allows you to set and delete access codes as often as you like. I just didn’t love the confusing keypad design.
Kwikset 909is a good option with simple features at a smaller price. (Check Price)
The Kwikset 910 links the deadbolt to Z-Wave home automation for even more convenience.
Even it doesn’t have the ANSI/BHMA certification, it does allow you to set longer keypad codes up to 8 digits and change them as often as needed. (Check Price)
The Schlage Connect Camelot has a touchscreen instead of a keypad, and it connects to Z-Wave like the Kwikset 910.
The best part about the Connect Camelot is that it has an audible alarm and can send out alerts if there is an intrusion attempt. It has the highest Grade 1 certification for residential security.
If you own or plan to invest in Z-Wave home automation, consider getting either the Schlage Touchscreen or the Kwikset 910.
The Schlage has the top residential security rating as well as an audible alarm. (Check Price)
The Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock is compatible with both Android and Apple devices as long as they have Bluetooth 4.0. It allows for wireless entry without needing to remember a code.
You prefer to open doors wirelessly without a keypad, check out the Kwikset Kevo. All you need is your smartphone and you can monitor who enters and leaves your home. (Check Price)
Finally, safety is a mindset. Invest in a good quality lock and enjoy the peace of mind it gives you. Thank you for reading this review.
I hope it helps you choose the best deadbolt lock for your needs.