Schlage BE365 Keypad Deadbolt
In this review I will discuss the Schlage BE365 Keypad Deadbolt (Camelot design with Aged Bronze finish pictured). As in my other lock reviews, I will review this lock in the light of my six standards of quality as outlined in my first entry.
With respect to affordability this lock receives 2/5. It sells for between $230.56 and $269.87, and takes one 9-volt battery. A premium 9-volt battery is expected to last at least three years under average family usage. A single Energizer Max Alkaline battery currently sells for $4.99 at Canadian Tire. This lock features a flash memory, so your programming code, user codes, and settings will not be lost during a battery change.
With respect to strength this lock receives 4.5/5. It comes with a non-removable anti-pry shield, a vandal resistant free-spinning deadbolt turn, and silicone rubber, wear-resistan buttons. This lock comes with a lifetime mechanical and finish warranty, and a one year electronic warranty. I am not a fan of electronic, keyless locks; but if I had to choose such a lock for my front door this is the one that I would choose.
With respect to aesthetics this lock receives 5/5. It comes in two design styles: Camelot and Plymouth; and four colour finishes: polished brass, satin nickel, satin chrome, and aged bronze. This lock pairs well with just about any entrance gripset, lever, or knob. Hence it would look great on almost any front, side or back door.
With respect to installability this lock receives 5/5. With the correct tools, and a little know-how, this lock can easily replace most existing deadbolts in less than 30 minutes. If your door was not prepped for a deadbolt in the factory, than you will need to drill a 2-1/8″ hole with either a 2-3/8″ or 2-3/4″ backset. This lock will fit doors 1-3/8″ to 1-3/4″ thick. In the event that your door is thicker than 1-3/4″, a thick-door kit is available for ordering.
With respect to recombinability this lock receives 3/5. This lock comes with two random four-digit user codes, so it can be used right out of the box. Codes are added and deleted in five easy steps. Repinning the mechanical, key-override cylinder however, is a much more involved and time consuming process and should only be attempted by a locksmith.
With respect to pick and bump resistance this lock receives 4/5. Due to this lock’s Turn-Lock feature and strong cylinder springs, bumping it open is next to impossible. However, because it only has five regular key/bottom pins, picking it open is not impossible.