Kwikset 99070-101 Powerbolt 2 Electronic Keyless Entry Deadbolt Door Lock

Last updated date: June 25, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9

Kwikset 99070-101 Powerbolt 2 Electronic Keyless Entry Deadbolt Door Lock

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Overall Take

You can lock and unlock your door from anywhere using the app that comes with the Ultraloq Bluetooth Fingerprint & Touchscreen Lock. It also allows you access using a fingerprint or key code. A deadbolt and alarm after five unsuccessful attempts to enter offer you extra peace of mind. In our analysis of 76 expert reviews, the Kwikset Kwikset Powerbolt 2 Door Lock placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 25, 2020:
Checkout The Best Door Lock for a detailed review of all the top door locks.

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
1,491 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
If you really need the best security to your property, this is the best keyless door lock to use. It is only operated by an electronic keypad and it has the best visibility during the night because of the backlit.
- Top Best Spec
Using the personalized code, you can enter your home without requiring any keys. With the assistance of screwdriver, this lock can be installed instantly. It operates on four AA batteries which guarantee long-lasting use of this lock.
- Bestlist
October 15, 2019 | Full review
Isn’t a smart door lock, meaning it doesn’t need to be connected to any smart home systems or hubs for operation. It operates on the power of 4 AA batteries, and battery life doesn’t seem to be a common complaint by reviewers. Good value at about $50 for a keyless deadbolt.
- The Spruce
September 24, 2019 | Full review
Topping our list of the best electronic door locks is this product from Kwikset. We think it is impressive as it allows you to secure your property in easy and quick ways. You can also customize the door locking feature and it will remain lit up for up to 5 seconds when inactive.
- All Top 10 Best
Designer style door lock. The lock is easy to use and allows for easy re-locking in seconds. The lock fits most standard doors and is pretty easy to install.
- All Top Ratings
Provides you with the ability to lock or unlock your door from any location from the ease and convenience of your mobile phone via the supported smart home system. There are up to 30 different programmable user access codes.
- Best of Machinery
September 24, 2019 | Full review
Using its touch-to-open Bluetooth clever lock, it’s dominated the wise lock marketplace. The item has the capability to be started with Bluetooth and wireless frequency identification.
- VK Perfect
November 5, 2019 | Full review
Used on exterior doors where there is a need for keyed security and entry. It also has a 1-inch deadbolt throw. The keyless lock is durable, and it is featured with a smart key technology hence it locks itself 3 seconds after you open it.
- TopBestSellerProduct
One feature that gets cited often by five-star reviewers is the auto-lock functionality. “If someone (the kids), comes in or leave and forgets to lock the door, it will auto lock after 30 seconds,” one reviewer explains.
- New York Mag
October 25, 2019 | Full review
The electronic deadbolt lock gives you the advantage of using both the electronic keypad and key to lock the door. The bolt has one master code option as well as one temporary key option. It will give alarm sound after five unsuccessful attempts and keypad deactivates for 45 seconds.
- Buying Hack
March 24, 2019 | Full review
Re-key the lock yourself in seconds, leaving lost or unreturned keys obsolete. Very easy to install: Can be installed within 10-20 minutes.
- Alarm New England
It can lock itself within seconds due to the inclusion of the auto-lock feature. You don’t need to use keys to gain entry. You can use LED in low light conditions.
- Key Lock Guide
June 7, 2019 | Full review
You can set program up to six different user codes into the Powerbolt 2, including one-time use codes. With an optional auto lock feature also available, you can set your door to lock behind you. Giving extra peace of mind, auto locking is a great way to keep your building secure at all times.
- Circuits at Home
What experts didn't like
Features an auto-lock feature, which gets mixed reviews.
- The Spruce
September 24, 2019 | Full review
The beeping is a little loud, which can be a bit of a nuisance to some people.
- All Top 10 Best
Plastic latch mechanism.
- All Top Ratings
We find that the keypad is stiff; you have to press it a little harder. The batter is drained very fast. So you have to spend a lot of battery.
- Buying Hack
March 24, 2019 | Full review
Some plastic components: You may want to upgrade to a lock with all-metal parts if you want something that can really take a beating. Removing the battery can be difficult: Takes some strength to remove the battery cover.
- Alarm New England
Constant beeping can be annoying.
- Key Lock Guide
June 7, 2019 | Full review
The lack of a low battery indicator is a drawback.
- Circuits at Home

From The Manufacturer

The Powerbolt touchpad electronic deadbolt is a one-touch locking motorized deadbolt at a great price. With your personalized code, you can enter your home with the convenience of keyless entry. Powerbolt is easy to install, program and use, and operates on 4 AA batteries. It also features SmartKey Security as the back-up keyway. This single cylinder deadbolt can be locked or unlocked by using the keypad or key from the outside as well as the turn button from the inside. The crisp, clean appearance of the Satin Nickel finish adds to the overall look of the product and brings a modern feel.

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An Overview On Door Locks

If you’ve ever been locked out of your home, you probably know the frustration that comes with traditional door locks. But newer locks remove this risk, using key codes, fingerprint recognition and even Bluetooth connectivity to keep your home safe without the inconvenience of keys.

But before you invest in a high-tech lock, there are some simple things you should consider.

“The lock should have a wear-resistant screen or buttons,” says home expert Vicki Liston.  “It doesn’t make sense to set up a lock and have a secret code if the buttons show wear or the screen leaves your fingerprints. Intruders need only to look at the wear patterns or fingerprints to narrow down their PIN guesses.”

There are multiple types of door locks available. It starts with the type of knob. Traditionally, front doors came with knobs that you turned to open the door. But over time, that setup has been replaced with levers, which are more attractive and easier to operate, especially for those with arthritis. Just a simple downward push opens the door once you’ve unlocked it.

Unlike knobs, levers must be installed facing a specific direction — a requirement that can be tricky considering doors can have the hinges on either the right or left side. Many levers are reversible, allowing you to install it to match the way your own door faces. Make sure the lever you choose can be set up to work with your own door.

Many consumers now prefer keyless locks that allow them to unlock the door using a code or biometrics like a fingerprint sensor. One of the top complaints from consumers after buying keyless door locks is battery life. Check into the battery type and amount that’s required before you buy. You should also make sure you buy a lock that will still let you into your house if your battery dies.

Consider the location of the lock’s battery compartment before you buy.

“Ensure the battery compartment sits on the interior part of the door so that it isn’t subjected to outside temperatures,” says Liston. “A cold battery will lose its charge much faster than a room temperature battery.”

You should also check the thickness of your door before choosing a lock. Some are limited as to how far they can reach, so if you have an oversized door, you could be disappointed. Some keypad-based locks also won’t work on metal doors due to the way they’re built to prevent the lock from moving around. A little due diligence on the front end can save you time and frustration.

You’ll also want to consider the hardware used to install your new door lock, says Liston.

“The no-nonsense way of getting past a lock is to kick it in — seriously,” she says. “If your lock has a strike plate with only 0.25-inch long screws holding it into the door frame, a swift kick will dislodge the screws and your thief has open access. Look for a lock with much longer anchoring screws so they hold tight to the frame.  Four 3-inch screws should be your minimum length.”

DWYM Fun Fact

Magician Harry Houdini was known for his inability to escape from impossible situations. Whether it was a pair of handcuffs, a straitjacket or locked chains, Houdini never failed to wow crowds with his great escapes. It should be no surprise, therefore, that he began working as a locksmith at the age of 11. Soon after beginning that job, he gained the ability to pick any lock. He was inspired to become a magician after reading a memoir by a famous magician named Houdin. In fact, Houdini’s born name was Ehrich Weiss. It was the previous magician who inspired the name of Houdini’s first venture with a friend: the Houdini Brothers, and Weiss kept the name after that partnership ended.

The Door Lock Buying Guide

  • Some keyless locks can be complicated to install, so make sure you pay attention to the instructions before you buy. There are plenty of keyless locks that require no wiring or programming. Simply replace the lock you currently have and follow the instructions to change your key code. Some locks even come with a master code preinstalled that you can use if you prefer.
  • One thing that makes installation easier is that many modern locks are standardized, so you can easily switch one for another. Make sure your lock is marketed to replace most standard U.S. door locks.
  • Inputting your keycode in the dark can be frustrating. Some keypads make this easier with backlighting that lets you see the numbers even in pitch dark conditions.
  • Many locks also automatically re-lock after you’ve entered or exited. This is a handy feature that will reduce the risk that you’ll unwittingly leave your home’s exterior doors unlocked.
  • Battery types vary widely from one door lock to another, with some requiring 9-volt batteries and others needing AAA. Your battery should last for years, but some locks have a backup that kicks in if your batteries die, ensuring you’ll never be locked out of your house. At the very least, choose a lock that alerts you when your battery life is nearing an end so you won’t either be locked out of your house or have your home unsecured without even realizing it.
  • Your outdoor locks and knobs will be exposed to the elements, especially if your door isn’t covered by an overhang or roof. Look for a lock that promises weather-resistance to avoid having to deal with a lock that becomes difficult to work after a while.
  • In addition to different types of knobs, locks vary based on where they’re designed to be used. Exterior locks build in top-notch security, while interior locks are only designed for privacy. You’ll also find the doorknobs and latches used on bedrooms and bathrooms will have a different build than those meant for closets, which typically don’t even need a lock.