Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock Review, Pros & Cons and Specs 2022
THE BOTTOM LINE For Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock
The Kwikset Premis Contemporary is an attractive smart lock for Apple HomeKit users, but it lacks compatibility with other popular products and services.
Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock PROS
Works with Apple HomeKit and Siri voice commands
Responsive touch screen
Easy to install
Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock CONS
Doesn’t work with Android devices
No Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or IFTTT support
Requires Apple TV or HomePod for remote access
KWIKSET PREMIS CONTEMPORARY SMART LOCK SPECS
Integrations Apple HomeKit
Installation Exterior Escutcheon, Interior Escutcheon
Geofencing/Location Services No
Guest Access Yes
Tamper Alarm Yes
Voice Activation Yes
Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock Review
The Kwikset Premis Contemporary ($229) is a HomeKit-enabled smart lock that uses Bluetooth wireless technology to allow you to lock and unlock your door using iPhone, iPad, or Siri voice commands. This nifty lock is easy to install and works well in testing, but you can’t control it from your Android device, it doesn’t support Alexa and Google voice commands, and it doesn’t work with other smart devices that use IFTTT apps. Don’t Interact With If you’re not just an Apple user, you’ll find plenty of compatibility with the $220 U-tec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro.
Design and Features
The Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock is a complete locking kit that includes an exterior housing with a touch keyboard, an interior guard cap, a latch and strike assembly, a mounting plate. Aptly named, the padlock has a simple, elegant design and can be ordered in matte black or satin nickel.
The exterior measures 5.5 x 2.7 x 1.2 inches (HWD) and features a 3.0 x 2.1-inch, 12-button touchscreen that uses Kwikset’s SecureScreen technology to prevent fingerprint code recognition on the display’s surface. To do this, SecureScreen generates two random numbers when you touch the screen. Each number must be tapped before the full keypad appears, at which point you can enter the programmed access code. The outer housing also contains a cylinder with keys for locking and unlocking manually using the included keys.
The internal assembly consists of an automatic locking/unlocking mechanism, a data cable that connects to the outer door cover, a tail latch, and a Bluetooth radio. The lock does not have a Wi-Fi radio and must be paired with your Apple TV (4th generation or later) or Apple HomePod if you want to control it remotely. Otherwise you are limited to a typical Bluetooth range of 40 feet or so.
The Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock operates on four AA batteries and has a programming button and a built-in tamper-evident speaker that also beeps when entry and programming codes are entered. The LED indicator lights up amber when the door is closed, lights green when it is open, and lights up red when the batteries are low.
Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock is a HomeKit-only device, which means Android users are out of luck. This also means that the lock does not support voice control of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and does not work with IFTTT applets. However, it does support Siri voice commands and can be integrated into HomeKit scenes that let you control multiple devices with the touch of a button. And if you’re using an Apple TV or HomePod, you can create automatic lockouts to work with other HomeKit-compatible devices like smart lights and sockets.
The Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock is controlled and programmed using its own Kwikset Premis iOS mobile app (not to be confused with the Kwikset Kevo and Kwikset Smart Lock apps). You can also lock and unlock your door, create and automate scenes with the Apple Home app.
The Premise app opens on my home screen and shows the name Lock and has a big lock/unlock button. When the button is green, the building is unlocked, and when it is red, it is locked. There is also a battery level gauge, user icons button, and settings button.
Click the User Codes button to add users and assign a code to them. You can enter a 4-8 digit code, or let the app generate a random code, and you can choose from four types of access including anytime (24/7), date restricted to, restricted to day and time of week, or within Period of time. 24 hours. On this screen, you can also delete or temporarily disable user icons and view each user’s lock activity. Click the Settings icon (the gear) to modify the lock name, enable sounds, enable LEDs, and configure the auto-lock feature that automatically locks the door after a specified period of time.
Installation and Performance
If you install a traditional lock, you will have no problem installing the Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock.
I started by Installing the Premise app, clicked Setup Your Lock, and chose my model from the list. At this point, you can choose to view the interactive installation guide or view the printable guide. I chose the interactive guide, which tells you what tools you’ll need and provides step-by-step installation instructions.
I followed the instructions to completely remove the existing lock including the lock assembly, outer cylinder and inner thumb mechanism. I answered a few questions about the thickness of the door and whether the latch area had been stripped, and proceeded to install the new latch assembly and deadbolt. I slide the external component into the hole, making sure the data cable is routed through it and attach it to the internal mounting plate using the provided screws. I attached the data cable to the cable inside and followed the door delivery instructions. Then I attached the cover and the internal component to the mounting plate, and the physical lock installation is complete.
I then clicked Done and was prompted to select my HomeKit and select (or add) a room where the lock would be placed. The app locked right away and I was asked to scan the Homekit code in the quick setup guide. The lock was added to the My Home app, at which point I named it Siri and created a keypad code and the installation was complete.
Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock performed well in the test. The touch keyboard is bright and responsive, and a tamper alarm goes off after three incorrect code entries. The lock also responded quickly to locking and unlocking commands using the app and with Siri voice requests, and the auto-lock feature didn’t fail to lock the door after the set time. Push alerts arrive instantly whenever the lock is locked.
The Kwikset Premis Contemporary Smart Lock is a powerful option for anyone who uses Apple HomeKit as a home automation platform. It’s attractive, easy to install, performs well in testing, and responds quickly to Siri voice commands, touch screen inputs, HomeKit scenes, and automation.
However, it lacks Wi-Fi support, which means you’ll have to use your Apple TV or HomePod to remote control the lock and use automation. Plus, it doesn’t work with Android devices and doesn’t support Alexa and Google voice commands like our Editors’ Choice, the less expensive U-tec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro. If you need a HomeKit-enabled lock that works with Android devices, meanwhile, the $280 August Smart Lock Pro + Connect (also Editors’ Choice) is your best bet.