Top brands of door handles for do-it-yourself projects include Kwikset, Schlage and Westlock, offering a variety of style and finish options. Kwikset door handle styles with good reviews are the Balboa and Lido models that come in a satin nickel finish, while its Tustin Venetian comes in black.
The highest reviewer-rated door handles made by Schlage are its Accent and Flair models, which come in a range of finishes including nickel, brass and pewter. Many door handle designs are oriented to either the right or left sides, but some handles offer universal design, which is reversible. Lever door handles have an advantage over round doorknobs in that they are typically easier to grasp, which is good for people with arthritis. Lever door handles are a good choice for doors accessed by handicapped persons and are usually ADA compliant.
Self-installed door handles typically include a push button locking mechanism for security, but some also feature a dummy design, which does not lock. Dummy designed handles are mainly used for interior doors such as a closet, where extra security isn't needed. Alternatively, a locking handle is ideal for bedroom and bathroom doors, where privacy is desired. Easy installation is a feature of many brands of door handles, and a screwdriver is often the only tool needed.