Published February 7th, 2024

5 Types Of Door Handles & How To Choose

Written by Level Home Staff

The 5 most common types of door knobs & handles

When you’re in the market for a new door knob, you might be surprised by how many options and styles there are to choose from. Do you want a knob? Maybe you would prefer a handle for your front door? What if a lever would fit better with your entryway design? Let us help you find the perfect option for your needs – read on to learn more about the different types of door knobs, handlesets, and levers you can choose from.

Door knobs vs levers: What’s the difference?

There are many differences between door knobs and levers (also called handles), but they generally function the same. The main difference between the two is that knobs are typically rounded, while levers consist of a small bar.

Types of door knobs & levers

1. Dummy knobs

Dummy handles do not have a turning or latching mechanism, so the only way to open the door is by pushing or pulling. They are typically fastened on one side of the door at the surface level, no boring or drilling required. Dummy knobs are often used on closet or pantry doors and they offer no security since they cannot be locked.

2. Passage knobs

Passage handles are double-sided (unlike the dummy handles/knobs) and twist to open instead of pushing or pulling. These typically include a latch but do not lock, so they offer no security. Like dummy knobs, passage knobs are usually used for interior doors like closets and pantries.

3. Privacy knobs

Privacy knobs and handles also come with a latch and are opened by turning, but the key difference is that they have a lock, offering basic security. On one side of the handleset there’s a button lock which is operated by pressing or turning a button to lock the door. Privacy knobs are most commonly found on bathroom and bedroom doors.

4. Keyed entry handles

Keyed entry handlesets are similar to privacy knobs, but include a locking mechanism accessible using a key. The handleset can be locked from both sides of the door, either with a specific key or by turning a small knob. Garage doors tend to use these handlesets as they offer some security.

5. Keypad handleset

Instead of a key, keypad handlesets are operated using a pin code. This style of knob often still incorporates a standard handle that turns after entering the correct code. Keypad handlesets are typically utilized on exterior doors, private rooms, and offices.

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