KeySmart Key Organizer Original Review

KeySmart Original Key Organizer is a basic organizer that keeps your keys from jingling or damaging your pockets—but watch out for wear along the edges.

KeySmart Key Organizer Original In Door
KeySmart Key Organizer Original In Door

Our Verdict

7.9 /10

Form

80/100

Design

80/100

Value

73/100

Pros

  • Slim profile
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Paint has already started to scratch
  • Not the most sophisticated aesthetic
  • Black colorway could be easy to lose

Technical Details

  • Weight (oz)

    1.15 oz (32.6 gm)

    With two standard house keys.

  • Dimensions

    3.5 in x .625 in x .125 in (8.9 x 1.6 x 0.3 cm)

  • Notable Materials

    Stainless Steel, Aluminum

  • Manufacturing Country

    United States

Full Review

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing for keys that were less bulky and less jingly then might we introduce you to the KeySmart Original Key Organizer.

KeySmart Key Organizer Original Keys Out
KeySmart Key Organizer Original Keys Out

We admit it’s a clunky name. But the product itself is smooth and minimal. As its name suggests, this key organizer organizes your keys tucking them away inside of a thin metal case. The case looks reminiscent of a Swiss Army Knife—you even swing your keys out in the same way you would swing out one of the tools.

KeySmart launched on Kickstarter in 2013 and received enough love (a.k.a money) to go to market. Nearly 9,000 people backed the project. Who knew messy keys were such an epidemic?

While KeySmart now offers a pro version—with a ton of extra special features—the Original doesn’t have much going on, which is right up our ally. KeySmart also sells a number of extra accessories, including a bottle opener, screwdriver, and USB, you can pick up if you’d like.

With that said, let’s jump into the review.

Materials & Aesthetic

The KeySmart Key Organizer has a simple, minimalistic aesthetic. It’s not the most high-end-looking key organizer on the market, but it’s sufficiently sleeker than leaving your keys as is. And its streamlined, S-shape body will easily fit inside most pockets—as long as you’re not wearing skinny jeans—and the quick-grab pockets of basically every single sling bag and backpack out there.

KeySmart Key Organizer Original In Pocket
KeySmart Key Organizer Original In Pocket

At the time of this review, it’s available in four colorways: Blue, Red, Black, and Mossy Oak. Although the latter costs more. (We’ve been testing a special Bluffworks print that is no longer available).

While we’re always a fan of black colorways for the additional sophistication factor it usually adds, be careful with the black colorway here. You could easily lose it inside of a backpack pocket or even on a table if you’re not careful. Remember: this organizer is small. Smaller than a pack of gum.

KeySmart Key Organizer Original Materials
KeySmart Key Organizer Original Materials

Made of anodized 6061 aluminum with stainless steel hardware, this organizer is lightweight yet strong. KeySmart advertises that it’s scratch-resistant as well, though we’ve found otherwise (more on this later). You can also pick up a titanium version, although it costs more than the original.

How it Works

The way it works is simple: you simply stack your keys inside of the case. You can fit four on each side for a total of eight. If that’s not enough room for you, you can also buy an expander to carry dozens of more keys. We’ve tested it with two keys, and while admittedly a keychain with only two keys isn’t exactly bulky, we’ve still preferred keeping them organized inside of this case.

KeySmart Key Organizer Original Assembly
KeySmart Key Organizer Original Assembly

The organizer comes with plastic washers to stack in between your keys to keep everything working smoothly. You tighten the case with an oversized screw. You don’t need any tools to work this thing—your fingernail or a coin work just fine—and it tightens pretty dang tight. Your keys never jingle or slide around. That’s a huge plus, especially if your life involves a lot of sleuthing.

KeySmart Key Organizer Original Car Keys
KeySmart Key Organizer Original Car Keys

There’s also a small ring so you can attach any larger keys—think a car key—to the exterior.

And that’s it. Like we said, simple.

Durability & Testing

We’ve been testing the KeySmart Original Key Organizer for a month around Detroit, Michigan. And it does its job nicely. It keeps everything clean and tidy—preventing your keys from scratching up your wallet or phone, ripping the interior fabric of your pants, or stabbing you in the leg, which we can probably all agree is never a good time. There’s a slight chance the organizer could do some damage to your fragile items—like a leather wallet—but the smooth, rounded edges mean it’s a lot less of a risk than if you left your keys as is.

KeySmart Key Organizer Original Damage
KeySmart Key Organizer Original Damage

That said, it doesn’t look the nicest after three weeks. The paint has started to chip, especially on the interior where the keys scratch it up and around the rim. We’re a bit disappointed in this development, but it’s not the worst issue we could be having. The shape has held, the attachment points haven’t loosened. Overall, it’s still solid.

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • Keeps your key ring minimal, neat, and tidy
  • Stops keys from poking in your pockets
  • Key spacers can take a couple tries to get even on both sides
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Good

Paint has started to chip along the edges.

1 Month of Use

Condition: Good

The paint hasn’t chipped any more and the tightness is still there!

Overall

If you’re fed up with bulky, jingly keys, you should take a look at the KeySmart Original Key Organizer. It’s basically as simple as it gets, holding your keys in a streamlined aluminum case that’s smaller than a pack of gum. It doesn’t weigh much either. While it’s not as sophisticated as some of the leather organizers out there, and we’re disappointed that the paint has started to chip after three weeks of testing, it’s still a solid product that does its job well.

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By Mark Hurrish
Created October 22, 2019 • Updated December 4, 2019