Best Door Levers in 2020



Schlage FE575 PLY 626 ELA Plymouth Keypad Entry with Auto-Lock and Elan Levers, Brushed Chrome Review:


At the time i bought this, i also ordered for another door a 'Kwikset 90915SMTCP SmartCode Single Cylinder Deadbolt Featuring SmartKey, Satin Nickel' so although they are different items, i will be mainly comparing the differences in the style, quality, and ease of use/installation since they are both Keypad style entry units. Overall i would buy both products again. they are both pretty straight forward on the installation. the instructions are thorough and easy to follow if you have ever installed a door handle/deadbolt before you shouldn't have any issue with the install. you will probably already know aligning the hole for the strike plate is the most challenging task, but shy of that i actually found this unit and the kwikset deadbolt easier to install than my previous standard door handle/deadbolt set. Comparing the 2 units in quality, i would have to tip my hat to the Schlage. It feels like a super solid and strong unit. the programming is easy if you are following the instructions, and can store several codes. also the LED back light for the keypad is extremely bright, yet another nice feature. the handles come not attached so depending on what way your door opens you can actually just flip the piece on the inside of the handle and then install the handle the opposite way, so this would work on a left or right opening door, very nice. im not sure what it is about the Schlage rather than the kwikset, but i love the way the Schlage handle and the entire unit looks. It just seems very crisp and clean, maybe its just the color even though i did get the same color for both units. My biggest and only complaint with the Schlage vs the Kwikset is the battery compartment. on the kwikset it is (1)on the interior of the door (since this would more than likely be where the heat is coming from it would probably extend battery life) and (2) is accessible WITHOUT removing the Deadbolt. Where as on the Schlage it is (1) NOT on the inside of the door, but on the outside in the weather constantly and (2) you MUST REMOVE the entire handle in order to access the battery compartment. this is the only reason this unit gets a 4 star instead of 5. Shy of these things, both units have a Key-ed back up, so if you batteries die before you can get them replaced you are not locked out. So to sum up, both have pros and cons, but for me, i think both are very good quality, and i would buy either one again, however even with the lack of ease of battery compartment access i would still probably lean towards the Schlage because of the feel of Quality. You do GET what you PAY for. best of luck in your decision.

Edit: After one year i am altering my review and changing schalge to a 5 star. My kwikset crapped out on my and the replacement that they sent as a warranty replacement unit didn't even work on its arrival. The Schlage has been a champion. after 1 year of use, even with the battery compartment being on the outside, doesn't matter. haven't even had to change the battery once( in the winter where i live it is between -10 and 10 degrees F.) After my anger had subsided with my Kwikset unit, i bought the Schlage Deadbolt equivalent of it. I expect the same value and quality that i have received with this unit.



Schlage F10 V Acc 619 Hall & Closet (Passage) Cylindrical Lock, 1 Pack, Satin Nickel Review:


These Schlage lever handles were so easy to install and look much fresher than the 30 year old brass knobs they replaced. I am a not-very-handy 55-year-old woman with zero fix-it skills, but after the first couple tries, I was able to remove the old doorknob and strike plate and install one of these in under 10 minutes. It is so simple, and all the parts fit together so nicely. The only trick was switching the levers to ensure that the handle faced in the proper direction -- but once I saw how to do that by watching an installation video on youtube, it was all smooth sailing. The levers are easier to use than knobs and they look clean and contemporary. If you're thinking about replacing doorknobs, you won't go wrong with these Schlage levers. I was really amazed at how easy they were to install. Even though I had a handy man lined up to help, I ended up doing most of them myself, as it was kind of fun. If you're replacing doorknobs, don't forget hinges as well. Each set comes with levers for both sides of the doors, screws, and a matching strike plate. If you install these and find the door doesn't close quite right, it may require a tiny adjustment in the positioning of the strike plate. There are a zillion youtube videos on how to fix a door that won't close -- and the fixes are pretty simple.



Kwikset 91550-029 Halifax Door Handle Lever with Modern Contemporary Slim Square Design for Home Bedroom or Bathroom Privacy in Iron Black Review:


I ordered 2 of the passage levers to coordinate with the other Halifax door handles I've purchased from different sellers on Amazon. They arrived in pristine condition and I'm very happy with the purchase.

I adore the Halifax style lever because it feels very high-quality and has a modern, minimalistic and almost industrial style. The levers are quite heavy. My contractor friend was also impressed by these and couldn't believe they were made by Kwikset. He commented, "Wow, Kwikset used to be cheap junk that builders installed in track homes."

I particularly like how the Halifax includes 2 different shaped strikeplates: Square and radius curved. This is great when using these to replace existing hardware as it allows a good fit.

Installation was easy for me, but only because I figured out the process with an earlier install. The first time around was a bit fusturating, but since I refused to accept that they would fit less than perfectly, I finally figured it out! The trick is determining if you need to use the enclosed spacers. These include the spaces for the latch, strikeplate and the round one that goes behind the front lever.

TIP: If your lever doesn't fit or it latch closed perfectly, it's most likely the result of incorrect spacer use. The brass colored round spacer should be used if the levers feel loose after tightening the screws. Remove if it doesn't fit. If the latch is not the correct length, the spacer should be changed out (there's 2 options enclosed) or totally omitted. If the strikeplate fits too deep, use the spacer, and if not deep enough, remove it.

Along my hardware replacement journey, I discovered that the Halifax lines looks nearly identical to the square rose style levers made by Baldwin. (I'm not sure who copied who.) The Baldwin equivalent seems to run about $60-$65. Asthetically, I don't really see a difference but perhaps Baldwin's version will endure a longer lifespan???

I replaced the hardware on my exterior doors with the Baldwin Reserve handle set and used Halifax on the interior doors. They look perfect together. (Included a pic of the Baldwin lever on my garage door to show to show the similarities.)



Schlage FE595VCAM619ACC Camelot Keypad Entry with Flex-Lock and Accent Levers, Satin Nickel Review:


I love this lock as you never need a key. No more fumbling in your pocket or locking yourself out.

I found the lock fairly easy to install. Please follow the instructions but I did detail some highlights and show some pictures. This lock is a little different than others I have owned in that it automatically locks itself when the door is closed.

Installation Steps

1. Remove old lock
2. Add lock that faces out. Be sure to unscrew the brass colored screw which will temporary hold the lock when attached to the black plate
3. Make connection to battery and unit then tuck in wires.
4. Attach lock facing the inside of the door with two provided screws.

Code Programming:

The program and user codes can be found on the sticker attached to the users guide. I didn’t find the instructions as straightforward as I would have liked, so I rewrote then below.

Steps
1. Enter Program Code listed on the sticker. You will hear/see 3 orange lights and beeps.
2. Press the “Schlage” button and the light will turn blue.
3. Press the number “1” and you will hear/see 3 orange lights
4. Enter your new 4 digit code you will hear/see 3 orange lights
5. Enter your new user code again and then you will see the green light and long beep. You now have the new code programmed.

I was NOT given a unit to use and provide a review.



Kwikset 91550-001 Halifax Door Handle Lever with Modern Contemporary Slim Square Design for Home Bedroom or Bathroom Privacy in Satin Nickel Review:


I ordered 2 of the passage levers to coordinate with the other Halifax door handles I've purchased from different sellers on Amazon. They arrived in pristine condition and I'm very happy with the purchase.

I adore the Halifax style lever because it feels very high-quality and has a modern, minimalistic and almost industrial style. The levers are quite heavy. My contractor friend was also impressed by these and couldn't believe they were made by Kwikset. He commented, "Wow, Kwikset used to be cheap junk that builders installed in track homes."

I particularly like how the Halifax includes 2 different shaped strikeplates: Square and radius curved. This is great when using these to replace existing hardware as it allows a good fit.

Installation was easy for me, but only because I figured out the process with an earlier install. The first time around was a bit fusturating, but since I refused to accept that they would fit less than perfectly, I finally figured it out! The trick is determining if you need to use the enclosed spacers. These include the spaces for the latch, strikeplate and the round one that goes behind the front lever.

TIP: If your lever doesn't fit or it latch closed perfectly, it's most likely the result of incorrect spacer use. The brass colored round spacer should be used if the levers feel loose after tightening the screws. Remove if it doesn't fit. If the latch is not the correct length, the spacer should be changed out (there's 2 options enclosed) or totally omitted. If the strikeplate fits too deep, use the spacer, and if not deep enough, remove it.

Along my hardware replacement journey, I discovered that the Halifax lines looks nearly identical to the square rose style levers made by Baldwin. (I'm not sure who copied who.) The Baldwin equivalent seems to run about $60-$65. Asthetically, I don't really see a difference but perhaps Baldwin's version will endure a longer lifespan???

I replaced the hardware on my exterior doors with the Baldwin Reserve handle set and used Halifax on the interior doors. They look perfect together. (Included a pic of the Baldwin lever on my garage door to show to show the similarities.)



Kwikset Satin Nickel 91540-001 Halifax Door Handle Lever with Modern Contemporary Slim Square Design for Home Hallway or Closet Passage Review:


For those who don't know, Kwikset's namesake is about their keyed entry systems – that's to say, tumbler locks that require physical a key to unlock, which can be reset to any key using their patented system. The Kwikset system allowed me to purchase three door handles and three deadbolts individually, then reset each so they all work with the same key – essentially eliminating five keys from my key ring. Some people are concerned with the security of this, but statistically most home intrusions are literally "break-in", not picking a lock or bypassing an alarm. Additionally, their locks are evenly rated with the other big brand names of similar value. However, that system does not apply to this handle, as it is not keyed. I purchased it to match the existing handles and deadbolts in my house; all are Kwikset, they are very well made, operate smoothly and without flaw, and have a sturdy durable finish. They use the same finishing technique for indoor outdoor hardware, guaranteeing that the product will be blemish free no matter the location or weather. These are closet/passage handles, meaning they cannot lock and require movement/actuation to unlatch the hasp of the doorway. I used it in a closet because the existing door was already drilled/bored for handle and hasp. A "dummy love" was available for less money, but most of these required to be screwed directly into a plank door, and have no way of attaching/covering a pre-existing bored hole. The fit and finish, and mechanical operation are perfect. This "iron black" version is excellent – pure flat black. This was ideal of my space as I do not care for the "aged bronze/Venetian bronze" two-tone ombre look. Bold, squared features and simple modern appearance make the contrast and pop of this black handle exactly what I was looking for.



Kwikset 91570-001 Halifax Slim Square Half-Dummy Lever in Satin Nickel Review:


Replaced all of our interior doors with these handles. To me, they make a big difference. Very stylish and contemporary. Installation was super easy although I have trouble with latches getting stuck in the open position after the handle is turned. That may be a house flaw, not sure. I also experienced some difficulty getting them to sit squarely sometimes. But it’s not anything anyone else would notice. If you hold the base while screwing in the screw, you can get them to lie more straight. Overall I like them a lot.



Kwikset 91570-029 Halifax Slim Square Half-Dummy Lever in Iron Black Review:


Replaced all of our interior doors with these handles. To me, they make a big difference. Very stylish and contemporary. Installation was super easy although I have trouble with latches getting stuck in the open position after the handle is turned. That may be a house flaw, not sure. I also experienced some difficulty getting them to sit squarely sometimes. But it’s not anything anyone else would notice. If you hold the base while screwing in the screw, you can get them to lie more straight. Overall I like them a lot.



Kwikset 91560-029 Halifax Slim Square Keyed Entry Lever Featuring Smartkey Review:


So so so happy with these! Used them to update an early 2000’s home from gross yellow brass bubble knobs, to these gorgeous sleek levers.

Too much stuff in your hands coming in from car to mid room? NO PROBLEM. Use your elbow to open now.

Slippery/dirty/wet hands? NO PROBLEM. Use your elbow to open, or get all up on the lever with your grime, because they don’t show dirt.

Tired of ugly child proof contraptions? NO PROBLEM. These lock/unlock easily, but not not easily enough for a toddler to figure out.

Only complaint is that they’re a little pricy.



Kwikset 99910-040 991TNL 15 SMT CP K4 Level 991 Tustin Entry Lever and Single Cylinder Deadbolt Combo Pack Featuring SmartKey in Satin Nickel Review:


I already had another of these combo deadbolt/locking lever on my home, so when I needed to replace the ones on my garage, I went with the same model for a unified look.

My previous install didn't need the lever or lock cylinder switched around so I hadn't needed to do that before. On this install though, I had to swap the levers to get the correct one on the outside. It's super simple to do with the included Allen wrench, remove both handles, and just use on the other side. Easy.

But then it was bothering me that the cylinder for the key was "upside down". I know this is a matter of preference for some, but considering that the deadbolt cylinder is what I consider correct, with the teeth of the key pointing up when you insert it, and now the lever cylinder was the other way, I had to figure out how to flip it.

There are instructions online for flipping it for Kwikset knobs, but make sure to ignore those! The instructions for a lever handset is totally different and, as it turns out, super easy to do.

You simply remove the outside handle (use the Allen wrench - reminder, you can only do this when the lever is unlocked; if it's locked, it blocks the wrench from being inserted to reach the set screw). There's a C clip holding the cylinder in place which you can easily pop off with a small screwdriver. Then you simply remove the cylinder, rotate 180 degrees, re-insert, and push the C clip back in place. Re-attach the lever and you're done.

That's so much easier than the process on a knob which involves taking the lever out entirely, removing the locking spindle, inserting a couple of screwdrivers to de-tension some spring clips, etc. With the lever you can do it all with the lever installed on the door. Which, of course, I didn't realize until after I'd removed it and tried the "knob" method. :)