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

 

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Lever Handle- What is it? General introduction

How to choose the right Lever Handle? Things to consider before buying a Lever Handle.

What is the best Lever handle brand?

What type of Lever Handle are available? Pros and cons of each type

Lever Handle review – Most common Lever Handles, Price, Availability and more

 

Introduction:

Lever handle lock is basically a type of handle with a with or without a cylinder that mostly used for office doors. It is basically operating the same way door knobs are, but are more elegant, and have better security options as they can have interchangeable core cylinder.

Lever handle is mostly used on office doors, but not only. There are many shapes, styles, and colors of lever handle locks, for residential and commercial.

Depending on your needs, we have gathered all the information you need.

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How to choose the right Lever Handle? Things to consider before buying one.

  • First, estimate what is your budget. Keep in mind that the price of the lever handle is higher than a doorknob, which has the same purpose. In addition, if you buy from a locksmith, the price would be even higher. Moreover, 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 are many lever handles that basically have the same function but fluctuate in prices because of style, color, brand and more.
  • 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 lever handle and combine it with a deadbolt. Alternatively, you can buy a lever handle that the core only can be changed and therefore saving you money.
  • Furthermore, think about cases that may happen such as a damaged cylinder. The more unique the cylinder is, the more expansive it would be to repair or replace.
  • In addition, remember that there are right handed and left handed handles.
  • Finally, remember that more expansive doesn’t necessarily mean better. lever handles main purpose it to use as a handle, not as primary security lock as a deadbolt.

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What is the best Lever handle brand?

There is no definite answer to 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 lever handle we collected out top two locks for residential and commercial purposes.

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

Best residential lever handle:

Schlage FE595 CAM 716 ACC Camelot Keypad Entry Knob


Price: $100-$110

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 Camelot lever handle is a keypad lever handle with a key override. In addition, it has the regular SC1 keyway, which can be matched to the rest of Schlage locks you have at home.

This lever handle comes in many different shapes and colors and can be bought online, hardware store and locksmith shop.

Moreover, the keypad allows you to create more than 10 different codes to unlock the door.

Finally, no wiring or complicated installatis requiredires, almost the same as a regular deadbolt.

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Best commercial lever handle:

 

What type of lever handles are available? Can you explain the differences, pros, and cons of each type?

 

Choosing the right lever handle for your home or office shouldn’t be a hard task.

As mentioned above, lever handles mostly used for aesthetic purposes and therefore are more expansive than their relative doorknob.

If esthetic is not one of your concerns, we recommend you go with the cheaper option, which is a doorknob.

below, we gather the most common type of lever handles, their functions, cost, security review and more.

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Key operated lever handle:

 

The most common type of lever handle, mostly for office doors.

This type of lever handle has a cylinder in it, so it can be unlocked with a key from the outside, as well as manually from the inside.

In addition, lever handles are mostly built in a way that you can choose to insert a cylinder of your own, should you choose to do so.

Why is that important? What is interchangeable core?

Since lever handles are mostly used for office doors, sometimes the owners would like to have different people with different access to certain doors.

 

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What are the pros and cons of key operated lever handle locks?

Pros:

  1. Provides good security.
  2. Esthetic, more professional look than door knobs.
  3. Lever handles are available colors, shapes and designs.

Cons:

  1. Security – Depends on the type of lever handle, most of them can be bumped, drilled and picked.
  2. Not so Easy to install – most lever handles require a bit more complicated installation process.
  3. Availability – Unlike doorknobs and deadbolts, lever handles are not as available to buy in hardware stores
  4. Price – lever handles usually cost around $50 for a basic one, and can go up much higher depends on their security grade, number of pins and style.

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Non-Key operated lever handle: (Mostly for interior doors)

 

Non-key operated lever handle are basically handles without a key. They use mostly for an interior door, or closets.

 

What are the pros and cons of non-key operated lever handles?

Pros:

  1. Esthetic – Lever handles have a professional look.
  2. Prevent lockout situations – These handles don’t have a key and therefore no chance of getting locked out.

Cons:

  1. No so easy to install – Most lever handles require some knowledge in order to install them correctly.
  2. Availability – Unlike doorknobs and deadbolts, lever handles are not as available to buy in hardware stores.
  3. Price – lever handles usually cost around $50 for a basic one, and can go up much higher depends on their security grade, number of pins and style.
  4. Security – Depends on the type of lever handle, most of them can be bumped, drilled and picked.

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Residential & Commercial Lever handles – review

Now lets go over the most common handles that are available in the market for residential and office use. We choose a variety of lever handles from different manufacturers that ( for a more detailed, complete list, you can choose by brand)

Kwikset Tustin Entry Lever

Price: $35-$45

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

Kwikset Tustin entry lever is a common lever that can be used for both residential and offices. This type of lever provides a basic security and when combined with a deadbolt provide good security. In addition, it features SmartKey for easy self-rekey in case you want to change the key.

 

Kwikset Tustin handle is 5 pins, grade 2 handle.

 

Schlage Accent Entry Lever


Price: $40-$50

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

Schlage entry lever is a common lever that is mostly used for offices. Basic security, professional design and lifetime warranty from Schlage make this handle a very common one.

In addition, this lever can be adjusted so it can fit all door, residential and commercial.

 

Falcon T-series Commercial lever handle:

Price: $75-$85

Availability – Common

Security – 3 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – Easy

Can be opened with CC or bump key? – Yes

Easy to rekey? – Yes

Falcon commercial lever handle is grade 1, heavy-duty lever. Therefore, it is very common for warehouses door and heavy-duty doors and less for residential and office use.

Falcon in general and the T-series, in particular, is very often choice of locksmiths for heavy duty levers.

It is reliable, secure, affordable, offers great warranty by Falcon,  and it has proven itself to be one of the best in the industry.