The front door of a house is a meaningful door, so it requires a secure and aesthetically pleasing look. This door serves as a barrier between the outside world and the inside of your home. The purchase of an exterior door handle should be given thought as it is used daily. To keep your doors functional and safe, picking out the right kind of doorknob is a choice requiring a bit of thought. Here are some options we recommend.
What to Consider in an Exterior Door Handle
Here’s what to think about before buying exterior door handles:
- Lock Type: Determine the type of security you need for the front door and if you plan to have a regular keyed lock, a coded lock/keyless entry, or one with a deadbolt.
- Shape: Doorknobs come in all different shapes, so consider if you want a classic look or a modern look.
- Measurement: If you need a knob on an existing door, make sure you have the correct installation sizes.
- Installation: Consider the ease of installation and what tools and skills are required to properly put the knob on the door.
Best Overall: Berlin Modisch Single Cylinder Handleset
This modern style door handle is perfect for both conventional and contemporary doors for commercial and residential use. The handle is reversible, ideal for both right- and left-handed doors. The set comes in a black iron finish and comes with all parts, including screws and two keys.
Berlin Modisch Single Cylinder HandleSet with Lever Door Handle (for Entrance and Front Door) Reversible for Right and Left Handed and a Single Cylinder deadbolt Handle Set Iron Black Finish
A modern door handle for both commercial and residential use.
Best Deadbolt Option: Berlin Modisch Single Cylinder Handleset
This deadbolt door lock is perfect for commercial and residential applications. This modern set comes with a reversible handle for left and right-handed doors and comes with screws and two keys. The backset latch and square corner striker are adjustable.
Berlin Modisch Single Cylinder HandleSet with Lever Door Handle (for Entrance and Front Door) Reversible for Right and Left Handed and a Single Cylinder deadbolt Handle Set Satin Nickel Finish
A deadbolt door lock that is reversible for left- and right-handed doors.
Best Coded Lock: Schlage Keypad Accent Lever Door Lock
There is no need to fuss with actual keys when installing this keyless entry lock, perfect for enhanced security. It is easy to install; only one tool is needed. The keypad illuminates so it can be seen at night, and the codes are easy to add or delete using the unique 6-digit programming code. It comes with a battery and two 4-digit codes pre-set at the factory.
SCHLAGE FE595VCAM716ACC FE595VCAM/ACC 716 Keypad Accent Lever Door Lock, Flex, Aged Bronze
A keyless lock that can take a four- or six-digit programming code.
Also Great: Kwikset 96870-100 Belleview Single Cylinder Handleset
For a traditional look, choose this arch single cylinder deadbolt and matching handle set with a conventional cove interior knob. The designer style and superior security make this purchase a no-brainer. The knob is meant for use on exterior doors, and the deadbolt is ANSI Grade 3 certified for the highest residential security rating. If you need to re-key your lock, that can be done in three easy steps.
Kwikset 96870-100 Belleview Single Cylinder Handleset with Cove Knob featuring SmartKey Security in Venetian Bronze
A traditional deadbolt lock that comes with easy smart re-keying technology.