All The Information You Need To Know About Doorknobs. Which One To Buy, Cost, Reviews & More.

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Doorknob – What is it? General introduction

How to choose the right doorknob? Things to consider before buying a doorknob lock.

What is the best doorknob brand?

I want to buy a new doorknob. What options do I have? Pros, cons, estimated cost and more.

What type of door knobs are available? Pros and cons of each type.

Doorknobs Review – Residential & Commercial door knobs, Price, Availability, Security & More

 

Introduction:

A doorknob is basically a handle to open and close a door. It has a latch that goes into the door frame and keeps the door shut.

Once the handle is turned, the latch releases and the door can be open. There are many types of doorknobs, some are with basic security such as a key, some are more secure i.e. lever handles, and some have no security at all e.g. dummy locks.

In addition, today there are many different types of doorknobs, as far as the way they operate. Some can be opened with a key, some with a fingerprint, some with your cell phone, some with a keypad and some without any security whatsoever.

Commercial Keypad Doorknob Lock - Grade 1

Commercial Keypad Doorknob Lock – Grade 1

Moreover, doorknobs main purpose is to use as a handle. Security features for doorknobs are less relevant. It is important to mention because often people tend to spend more money on doorknobs to get better security. However, it would be better to spend this extra money on the deadbolt rather than on the doorknob.

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How to choose the right doorknob? Things to consider before buying a doorknob lock.

  • First, estimate what your budget is. Keep in mind that the price of the doorknob is higher if you buy from a locksmith. In addition, try to calculate the total price, including installation by a locksmith which you may need.
  • Second, figure out what level of security you really need. There many doorknobs that basically have the same function but fluctuate in prices with no good reason.
  • Third, think about your needs, or your business needs. Will you need to do a lot of rekeying or let many people get into the house in the future? Will you need to change the locks again afterward? If so, you may want to buy a dummy doorknob and combine it with a basic keypad deadbolt. Alternatively, like most people, you can just buy a combo set which has the same key and provides good, basic security.
  • In addition, think about cases that may happen such as lock repair. The more sophisticated the doorknob is, the more expansive it would be to repair or replace.
  • Finally, remember that more expansive doesn’t necessarily mean better. Doorknobs main purpose it to use as a handle, not as primary security lock as deadbolt

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What is the best doorknob brand?

There is no definite answer for this question as it depends on your needs(home or office), your budget, your level of security you currently have and more.

However, for those of you who are looking for a quick answer and just want to install a good doorknob we collected out top two doorknobs for residential and commercial purposes.

Moreover, as our expert locksmiths reviewed, installed and repaired different doorknobs during the years, we find those two options to be the best. One for residential, and one for commercial.

Best residential doorknob:

Schlage Georgian Entry Knob

Price: $15-$25

Availability – Very common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – Very easy

Can be opened with CC or bump key? – Yes

Easy to rekey? – yes

Schlage Georgian doorknob is also very common doorknob lock in the US. This type of door knob provides a basic, good security.

Very often people use this knob on main entrances, combines with Schlage deadbolt lock. This doorknob can be found in every hardware store, locksmith shop and online. In addition, this doorknob proved to be a very reliable, long lasting, almost free of problems doorknob for residential use.

Schlage Georgian doorknob is a 5 pins doorknob, a standard security for residential use.

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Best commercial doorknob:

Legend Grade 2 Commercial Duty:

Price: $50-$60

Availability – Common

Security – 3 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – Very easy

Can be opened with CC or bump key? – Yes

Easy to rekey? – yes

Legend products are relatively new in the market. They mostly make commercial hardware and less residential.

This Grade 2 commercial lever has an SC1 keyway, which means that, as long as you have additional SC1 keyway locks, can be rekeyed to the same key, which makes it very convenient.

Very often people use this knob on main entrances for offices, warehouses, condos and more. In addition, it comes with a lifetime warranty and 10 years warranty on the finish. All that at a reasonable price of about $50-$60.

Legend commercial doorknob is a 6 pins doorknob, which makes it a more secure doorknob.

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I want to buy a new doorknob. What options do I have? How much does it cost?

Adding a new doorknob for your home or office is relatively a quick and affordable process. There are a few options how you get can a new doorknob installed and we will discuss them below.

In addition, it is important to remember that before deciding on how to buy or which doorknob to get, you have to be sure that doorknob is what you need.

Unfortunately, most people who are concerned with extra security tend to install doorknobs, or more secure doorknobs while the focus should be on a deadbolt.

Remember, doorknobs main purpose is to be used as a handle, not providing extra security.

However, once you decided it is doorknob you need, here are the options you have:

  1. Call a locksmith and ask them to provide the doorknob and do the installation.
  2. Order the doorknob online/ buy it from a hardware store and install it yourself.
  3. Order the doorknob online/ buy it from a hardware store and ask a locksmith to install it for you.

Let’s see the pros and cons of each option and the estimated cost involved.

 

Call a locksmith and ask them to provide the doorknob and do the installation.

A locksmith carries a variety of products, including doorknobs. In addition, most locksmiths provide mobile service and therefore they can come to your home or office, and complete the job within an hour or two.

Moreover, they can come and give you on-site evaluation, and decide with you, according to your needs and budget, what is the best solution for you.

Furthermore, most chances they will be able to rekey, on-site, your new lock to match the other locks at the house, which will make it easier for you.

Bottom line, this is the “safe way” to go. Let the professional do his job, but be ready to pay for the service, installation, and product more than you would normally pay.

Pros:

  1. Very convenient – No hassle in ordering the lock, or choosing the wrong keyway etc. This is something the locksmith will take care of on site.
  2. Installation – Most doorknobs are not too hard to install. However, some people may find it more convenient to let a professional do it the right way, especially when a hole needs to be drilled or adjustment are needed.
  3. Warranty – A reputable locksmith should provide warranty on the product, as well as on the service. Should something goes wrong, you can always call them back to solve the problem.
  4. The right solution – A locksmith can give you advice on the right solution you really need as they can see on site the problem, the setup and more. This can actually save you money in the long run.

Cons:

  1. Cost – Calling a locksmith involves a higher cost. You will have to pay for the service call, labor and probably a higher price for the lock than you would have if you bought it yourself.
  2. Availability of locks – Locksmith do carry a variety of locks with them, but only the most common ones. In case you want a special design or finish, it would be a good idea to either discuss it with the locksmith before or buy it yourself.

The estimated cost of buying a doorknob, including installation from a locksmith:

Service call  – $19-$40, depends on time, day etc.

Price of lock – $25-$50, for most basic locks

Installation – $20-$50, depends on the door, lock etc.

Bottom line, expect to pay somewhere between $60-$120 for a basic doorknob, including installation.

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Order the doorknob online/ buy it from a hardware store and install it yourself.

 

This option is the cheapest way to go. For most residential and simple doorknobs, as long as no hole needs to be drilled, this should be a relatively easy task.

However, it is only recommended for people who actually feel comfortable with tools and only for basic, non-commercial doorknobs installation as those require additional adjustments most times.

Pros:

  1. Cost – As mentioned, the cheapest way to go. Just choose your lock online, or buy it at the hardware store and all the rest do yourself.
  2. Do it at your own pace – No need to be depended on a locksmith and/or their availability.
  3. Total price – You know the total price as it is only the price of the lock.
  4. Choose the lock you want – You can take your time, research and find exactly the doorknob you like and shouldn’t be dependent on the locksmith’s inventory.

Cons:

  1. Time – This process takes more time as you need to either go buy the lock or order it online, which may delay the process.
  2. No warranty – Sometimes people tend to try and install the lock themselves and therefore facing some difficulties with the lock, and even damaging it. In this case, your warranty may not work.
  3. Rekey – In case you decide to install the doorknob yourself you may need to rekey the doorknob yourself as well, which most people cant do alone.
  4. Damage – This is important especially when a hole needs to be drilled or adjustments are necessary. Be very careful not to damage the door while you install or adjust the doorknob.

The estimated cost of buying a doorknob, and install it yourself:

Price of lock – $15-$35, for most basic locks.

Bottom line, the cheapest way, only takes time, patient and basic knowledge of tools.

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Order the doorknob online/ buy it from a hardware store and ask a locksmith to install it for you.

 

The last option is ideal for those who are not in an urgent need to install the new doorknob, have the time to look for the right doorknob and wants the installation to be done by a professional.

In addition, you can always send the locksmith a picture of the door, and the new doorknob, to get an estimate for the labor, which makes the process faster.

Pros:

  1. Cost – As mentioned, buying the lock yourself can save you some money.
  2. Installation and warranty – It is always recommended to do the installation by a professional. Moreover, you can have a peace of mind that if something goes wrong, you have someone to talk to.
  3. Choose the lock you want – You can take your time, research and find exactly the doorknob you like and shouldn’t be dependent on the locksmith’s inventory.
  4. Rekey – In case you decide to match your new lock to your existing locks, the locksmith can do it on site as well.

Cons:

  1. Time – This process takes more time as you need to either go buy the lock or order it online, which may delay the process.
  2. Limited warranty – Remember, the locksmith can only guarantee their work, not the function of the lock.

The estimated cost of buying a doorknob, and have a locksmith install it:

Price of lock – $15-$35, for most basic locks.

Service call  – $19-$40, depends on time, day etc.

Installation – $20-$50, depends on the door, lock etc.

Bottom line, expect to pay somewhere between $50-$100 for a basic doorknob, including installation.

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What type of door knobs are available? Can you explain the difference, pros, and cons of each type?

Residential "Dummy - No Key" Doorknob Handle

Residential “Dummy – No Key” Doorknob Handle

 

Choosing the right door knob for your home, office or bedroom door can be confusing. Therefore, we gather here the most common type of doorknobs, their functions, cost, security review and more.

Key operated doorknobs:

 

The most common type of doorknobs is those operated with a key. There are many types of key operated door knobs and lever handles for different uses. Some of them are more secure, some of them provide only basic security.

What are the pros and cons of key operated doorknobs?

Pros:

1. Easy to operate.

2. Provide basic security.

3. Inexpensive – Usually the basic door knobs cost about $15-$25

4. Key operate doorknobs locks are available in many colors, shapes, and designs.

Cons:

1. While providing some type f security – in most cases it is only a very basic one.

2. Most chances you will want to combine the doorknob with an additional security lock such as deadbolt.

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Dummy door knobs:

Dummy door knob, or inactive doorknob, is basically a handle to open and close the door, without any security features whatsoever. Therefore, it mainly used for aesthetic purposes and/or on doors that security is irrelevant such as sheds, basement door etc. In addition, some people find dummy locks very convenient to install even on main entrances doors, as long as they combined with a deadbolt for security.

What are the pros and cons of dummy knobs?

Pros:

1. Very easy to operate. No need to have a key.

2. Reduces the chances of lockout situation. Dummy locks don’t have a key and therefore it is basically impossible to be locked out of the room/ house.

3. Dummy locks as available in many colors, shapes, and designs.

Cons:

1. No security features

2. Dummy locks are mostly available as doorknobs for a residential door and less for offices and commercial locks.

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Residential & Commercial door knobs – review

Residential Old Fashioned Handle & Deadbolt

Residential Old Fashioned Handle & Deadbolt

Now that we have a basic idea about door knobs, we will go over the most common door knobs that are available in the market for residential use. We choose a variety of door knobs from different manufacturers. ( for a more detailed, complete list, you can choose by brand)

Kwikset Tylo Entry Knob

 

Price: $10-$20

Availability – very common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – very easy

Can be opened with CC or bump key? – yes

Easy to rekey? – yes

Kwikset Tylo doorknob is one of the most common doorknob locks in the US. This type of door knob provides a basic security and when combined with a deadbolt provide good security. This doorknob can be found in every hardware store, locksmith shop and online.

 

Kwikset Tylo doorknob is a 5 pins doorknob, a standard security for residential use.

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Schlage Georgian Entry Knob

Price: $15-$25

Availability – very common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – very easy

Can be opened with CC or bump key? – yes

Easy to rekey? – yes

Schlage Georgian doorknob is also very common doorknob lock in the US. This type of door knob provides a basic security and I a bit harder to pick than the Kwikset knob.

Very often people use this knob on main entrances, combines with Schlage deadbolt lock. This doorknob can be found in every hardware store, locksmith shop and online.

Schlage Georgian doorknob is a 5 pins doorknob, a standard security for residential use.

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Brinks 2107

 

 

 

Price: $10-$20

Availability – Common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – Very easy

Can be opened with CC or bump key? – yes

Easy to rekey? – Yes

Brinks doorknob is relatively new and very common, especially online. It is less common in hardware stores.

This type of door knob provides a basic security with ANSI Grade 3 rate, which is the standard for residential use.

Like every other doorknob, often people use this knob on main entrances, combines with a deadbolt for security.

Brinks doorknob is a 5 pins doorknob, a standard security for residential use.

 

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