All The Information You Need To Know About Keypad Locks. Which One To Buy, Cost, Reviews & More.

Commercial Keypad Lock with Mortise Cylinder

Commercial Keypad Lock with Mortise Cylinder

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Introduction Keypad Lock – What is it? General explanation about this type of lock.

How to choose the right Keypad lock? Things to consider before buying a keypad lock.

What type of keypad locks are available? Pros and cons of each type.

Keypad locks Review – Residential & Commercial, Price, Availability, Security & More

 

Commercial Handle Keypad Lock, Combined with Emergency Panic Bar

Commercial Handle Keypad Lock, Combined with Emergency Panic Bar

 

Introduction:

A keypad lock is basically a key-operated lock that allows you to lock and unlock it with certain codes that you punch in. In addition, most keypad locks have a “key override”, which enable you to unlock the door with a key as well, in case the battery is dead.

Keypad locks come with a different function. They can be installed as doorknobs, deadbolts, fingerprint or even with online access.

In addition, keypad locks are very useful for those who want to have the ability to allow or deny access for different people on a frequent basis such as business owners.

Lever Handle Keypad Locks on Business Door

Lever Handle Keypad Locks on Business Door

 

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How to choose the right keypad lock? Things to consider before buying a keypad lock.

  • First, estimate what is your budget. Keypad locks usually cost $80 and more. In addition, most chances you will also need installation which will result in a higher price.
  • Second, figure out what level of security you really need. There many keypad locks that basically have the same function (latch only, bolt etc.) but fluctuate in prices with no good reason.
  • Third, think about your needs, or your business needs. Will you need to have many codes for many employees which will change frequently or just 4-8 codes for your family? Keypad locks are designed to have multi-access codes for many people, and the more functions, the higher the price.
  • Moreover, think twice before you buy any additional features with the keypad such as Bluetooth or fingerprint capabilities. Not much of an added value, but more expensive.
  • Finally, remember that more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better. Keypad locks main purpose it to use as a handle or a bolt, without the necessity of having a key. Therefore, unless you really need extra security or features, don’t be tempted to buy something you don’t really need.

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What type of keypad locks are available? Can you explain the difference, pros, and cons of each type?

Commercial Grade 1 Keypad Lock with Cover Plate

Commercial Grade 1 Keypad Lock with Cover Plate

Keypad locks come in many options. Basically, you can have them installed as doorknobs, deadbolts, high-security locks or any other regular lock you would like. The only difference is that it allows you to operate it without a key.

Therefore, we gather here the most common type of keypad locks, their functions, cost, security review and more.

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Handle only keypad locks:

Handle Only Keypad Lock

Handle Only Keypad Lock

The most common type of keypad locks are those that function as a doorknob. It has a latch, exactly the same as a regular doorknob, but instead of a key you can punch in the code and the knob will turn.

In addition, you can operate it with a key as well in case the battery died. There is no added security or other benefits to this keypad other than that.

 

What are the pros and cons of Handle keypads?

Pros:

  1. Easy to operate.
  2. Provide basic security.
  3. Simple – No need to have a key, can be operated with codes only.
  4. Rekey – Very easy to change codes, erase codes or add codes for different people.
  5. Doorknob keypads locks are available in many colors, shapes, and designs.

Cons:

  1. While providing some type of security – in most cases it is only a very basic one. Remember, it has the exact same security as any other doorknob.
  2. Most chances you will want to combine the doorknob with an additional security lock such as deadbolt.
  3. Price – Usually ranges somewhere between $60-$120 for the most basic one.

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Deadbolt keypad locks:

Keypad Lock with High Security Deadbolt and Passage Knob

Keypad Lock with High Security Deadbolt and Passage Knob

Keypad locks that operate as a deadbolt, with the option to punch in a code to unlock the bolt.

In addition, you can operate it with a key as well in case the battery died. This type of keypad lock has the same level of security as any other deadbolt and therefore it is more recommended than latch keypad.

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 What are the pros and cons of deadbolt keypads?

Pros:

  1. Easy to operate.
  2. Provide good security, just the same as any other deadbolt.
  3. Simple – No need to have a key, can be operated with codes only.
  4. Rekey – Very easy to change codes, erase codes or add codes for different people.
  5. Deadbolt keypad locks are available in many colors, shapes, and designs.

Cons:

  1. Most chances you will need to combine the deadbolt keypad with an additional doorknob which will result in a higher price.
  2. Price – Usually ranges somewhere between $80-$150 for the most basic one.

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Bluetooth, high security, and remote keypad locks:

As mentioned before, keypad locks can come with additional setups and features. Moreover, they can be combined with other access control devices such as emergency exit devices and more.

Therefore, they can highly fluctuate in price depends on the features you want or need. Keep in mind that these type of keypad locks are mostly relevant for business and less for residential use.

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What are the pros and cons of high security, Bluetooth, and remote keypad locks?

Pros:

  1. Easy to operate. You have some additional options to operate the lock with your phone, computer etc.
  2. Provide better security. These keypads are usually a grade 1 locks, combined with better, more secure cylinders for additional security.
  3. Simple – Most of these locks keep the very same basic option of any keypad lock, which is very easy to operate, in addition to a key override.
  4. Rekey – Very easy to change codes, erase codes or add codes for different people.
  5. Availability – These keypad locks are available in many colors, shapes, and designs to be compatible with home, office or commercial buildings.

Cons:

  1. Most chances you will need to combine this keypad with an additional doorknob or deadbolt lock, depends which one you have which will result in a higher price.
  2. Price – Usually ranges somewhere between $150-$350, high-security cylinders will add an additional cost.
  3. Installation – Some keypads can be installed without the help of a professional locksmith. However, these type of keypad locks requires most often the expertise of a professional, which will result in a higher price.

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Residential & Commercial Keypad locks – review

Now that we have a basic idea about keypads, we will go over the most common keypad locks that are available in the market for both residential and commercial use. We choose a variety of keypads from different manufacturers. ( for a more detailed, complete list, you can choose by brand)

 

Schlage Camelot Keypad Deadbolt

 

Price: $80-$90

Availability – Very common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – Very easy

Can be opened with CC or bump key? – Yes

Easy to rekey? – Yes

Number of codes available: 16

Schlage Camelot keypad locks are very common for both residential and commercial use. In addition, they can be bought as doorknob function i.e. with a latch only or as a deadbolt lock.

Moreover, this type of keypad has the regular SC1 keyway, which means it can be easily rekeyed to any other Schlage locks you have.

Like all basic doorknobs and deadbolt by Schlage, this is a standard 5 pins lock.

Overall: Very good choice, affordable and basic security.

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Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode deadbolt

Price: $90-$100

Availability – Very common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – Very easy

Can be opened with CC or bump key? – Yes

Easy to rekey? – yes

Number of codes available: 16

Kwikset offers this nicely designed series of electronic keypads as doorknob and deadbolt locks. This type of keypad provides a basic security and up to 16 different users.

Like Schlage Camelot series, this is the basic series of Kwikset for keypads. In addition, it offers the smart key feature, for easy rekey in the future, should you need it.

Kwikset keypad series is a standard 5 pins lock.

Overall: A good choice, very common, basic security, nice design, affordable.

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Kaba Ilco Simplex 5000 Series

Price: $300-$400

Availability – Common

Security – 4 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – Hard

Can be opened with CC or bump key? – Depends on cylinder

Easy to rekey? – Depends on cylinder

Number of codes available: 50 and up

Kaba Simplex series is the most common keypad lock for high traffic places such as schools, storage facilities etc. It offers a grade 1 lock, with a cylinder that can be bought separately as a regular cylinder or high security. In addition, this series is a very weather durable, which makes it one of the best choices for many businesses.

Overall: A very good choice for those who need a good solution for high traffic places, advanced security, affordable.

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