Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt Review

Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt is the best seller of Kwikset brand at deadbolt category on It has no smart capabilities but it is very easy to use with additional useful features. If you need something cheap and well working then you should keep reading. In this post we will try to show you what makes this keypad deadbolt so much popular. Hope you will enjoy reading it.

Keypad of Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad

Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt
Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt

User Codes

Keypad is made of metal material with high quality finish. When you hold the keypad in your hands you can easily feel the quality. It can be programmed to hold 6 user codes + 1 one time usage code with 4 to 10 digits. One time usage code is very useful feature. When someone uses that code it will automatically deleted and will not work again. You can use this code for some services as dogwalkers or any services you take at home.


Programming is made by entering the programming code which is 0000 by default. Changing the default programming code should be the first thing you have to do to prevent unwanted attempts on your door. Second thing should be to delete the default user code which is 1234. After these you can add new user codes. It is very easy to add/delete user codes.


Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt has a backlit which is activated by pressing any button. We suggest you to activate it by pressing the button with Kwikset logo at the top. This button is also used to lock the door. When you press it, it will start locking.

Auto Lock

Auto lock is also presented to us with this keypad deadbolt. This feature is very useful for the cases you forgot to lock the door or if you just want to automate it. It is disabled by default so you should enable it. Once you enable it, it will be set to 30 seconds. It is possible to set the timer to 10-99 seconds. After you set your desired time it will lock your door automatically after that time passes over the last unlocking operation.

Protection and Security

When the subject is security Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt product is one step behind of Kwikset 913 Smartcode Electronic Deadbolt and Kwikset 909 SmartCode Electronic Deadbolt. All of these electronic deadbolts are very similar to each other but Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt does not have bump key protection and it has BHMA Grade 3 certificate whereas others have Grade 2 which is more secure and protected.

System has embeded alarm which sounds after 5 wrong entries followed by disabling the keypad for 45 seconds. This alarm is not loud but it is enough to deter someone who tries someting bad on your lock.

Smartkey Rekey

Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt has Kwikset (KW1) keyway which is compatible with keys using this keyway. Smartkey Rekey is a great feature for the people who uses one key for multiple locks. SmartKey Rekey gives you freedom to adopt your Kwikset (KW1) keyway compatible keys in minutes by yourself without a locksmith.

Generally Kwikset supports Smartkey Rekey for Kwikset (KW1) keyway but unfortunately at this model there is no such option. While similar products Kwikset 913 Smartcode Electronic Deadbolt and Kwikset 909 SmartCode Electronic Deadbolt having this feature, Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt is again staying one step behind when compared to these locks. You can still have it rekeyed by a locksmith.

Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt
Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt

Battery Life of Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad

Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt requires 4 x AA Alkaline batteries to operate. These batteries are not included in the package.battery life. We suggest you to buy Duracell batteries for a longer performance. Unfortunately, you can not use rechargable batteries. It will give you low battery error if you try.

Battery life may change significantly depending on the factors as weather conditions, usage frequency, battery quality, condition of the door, auto lock. So we can’t say exact timing but you can expect to change your batteries around 6-8 months with an average usage frequency.

Kwikset button flashes red 10 times with 10 beeps to inform you about low battery. You should change them as soon as possible to prevent battery drain. Even if you forget to change them you can still use your key to unlock the door if it is near you.

Changing the batteries is very simple. Just slide up the cover on the interior unit and change the batteries. No need to loosen any screws. Maximum 1 minute required.

Installation process of Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad

Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt has an easy installation process. It will take 15-20 mintues to finish installation process without any need for drilling. You will need a ruler and Phillips Head Screwdriver for the whole process but in some cases depending on your door you may also need pliers, hummer and wood block. Below you can watch the video to see step by step instructions and you can have a look at Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt installation manual at here.

Please check and confirm that your door meets the following criterias:

Door is either 1-3/8″ or 1-3/4″ (35 mm or 44 mm) thick

Backset is either 2-3/8″ or 2-3/4″ (60 or 70 mm)

Hole in the door is either 1-1/2″ (38 mm) or 2-1/8″ (54 mm)

Hole in the door edge is 1″ (25 mm)

Technical Details Chart

Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 1 x 4.6 x 3 inches
Voltage 1.5 volts
Batteries 4 AA batteries required. ( not included)
Style Deadbolt keypad
Material Metal
Included Components Exterior keypad, interior assembly, latch, mounting plate, drive-in collar, strike, keys, cylinder, screws
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? Yes
Battery Cell Type Alkaline
Warranty Description 1 year manufacturer, lifetime mechanical and finish warranty.

Cons and Pros of Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad

We really loved Kwikset 264 Contemporary Keypad Deadbolt. It is simple, easy to use, has long battery life, has auto lock, easy to install and even has one time usage codes which is generally not found at these kind of  keypad deadbots without smart capabilities and connection options.

Having very little cons make this keypad deadbolt an ideal option for the people who are looking for stable working keypad without any smart hub or smartphone connections. We definetely suggest you this one. Here is the list of cons and pros:



Solid metal design

Easy installation

Auto lock

6 user codes

One time usage code

Backlit keys

Easy to program

Key usage if battery drains

Battery drain warning

Long battery life

Easy battery changing


No smarthpone and smart hub connections

No SmartKey Rekey

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