***Disclosure: I’ve received free product in exchange for an honest review.***
Door hardware is something you don’t give much thought to even though you touch it every day. It’s only after you replace it that you notice the huge difference quality hardware makes.
I recently replaced our old door knobs with new Kwikset door handles. It took me a while to figure out if I wanted knobs or lever handles. The number one argument for the use of handles is ergonomics. A door knob requires a tight grasp and the ability to twist in order to open the door. A handle only requires you to push down to open the door. A handle is much easier to use for an elderly person with arthritis, or anyone with their hands full ( that would be me).
Did you know that the city of Vancouver banned the use of knobs in new construction in favor of more user-friendly handles?
Shortly after I bought our fixer, I spray painted all the knobs. The paint held up well for about two years, then it started to chip. Also, some of the knobs were dented and no longer locked. It was time to replace them.
The first thing I noticed is how heavy these Kwikset door handles are. They are solid and have some serious weight to them. I felt it when I dropped one on my foot. I ordered privacy and closet levers.
Installation was really straight forward. I did have to notch out a few latch holes where I needed them to be deeper. The handles feel sturdy and come with a simple lock mechanism. This is a lever with a minimal turn (45 degree downward turn) to open.
If you are planning on staying in your home for the long-term and want to age-in-place, seriously consider choosing lever style door handles. If a member of your family suffers from arthritis or other joint ailments, also consider levers for their ease of use.