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The Best Door Knob Locks And Mechanisms For Indoor And Outdoor Use

For someone who’s only familiar with the doors that have handles, door knob locks and other types of systems can seem very odd and unusual. The typical door knob system is very simple so you’d think there’s not much variation when it comes to the locking mechanisms but there are actually lots of different options to choose from. We’ve selected some of the best ones to share with you today.

1. Copper Creek Ball Privacy Door Knob

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This particular door knob lock is suitable only for interior doors such as the bedroom and bathroom ones. It has a privacy locking function but also an exterior release button which can be operated using a standard screwdriver or a coin. There’s no keyed cylinder which means this is not a suitable lock for outdoor use. It has nickel plated bolts and a satin stainless finish. The design is simple, user-friendly and versatile.

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Copper Creek Ball Privacy Door Knob
Copper Creek Ball Privacy Door Knob

Privacy locking Function: Ideal for bedrooom and Bathroom use only.

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2. Single Cylinder Deadbolt with matching Tulip Style Knob

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If you’re looking for a door knob lock that you can use on both interior and exterior doors this one would be a suitable option. It would make more sense to use it for an exterior entry door though. It features a single cylinder deadbolt with interior thumb turn has a 6 way adjustable latch and a 4-way adjustable deadbolt. In terms of design and appearance this is a very elegant-looking piece with an antique brass finish and clean and simple lines.

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Single Cylinder Deadbolt with matching Tulip Style Knob
Single Cylinder Deadbolt with matching Tulip Style Knob

Single cylinder deadbolt with interior thumb turn

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3. Kwikset Juno Entry Knob featuring SmartKey

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This is another great door knob lock that you can use on exterior doors. It’s universal meaning it fits both right handed and left handed doors and that makes it very versatile. Also, it uses an adjustable latch that suits all standard door types. It’s a secure lock with a keyed cylinder and it features the SmartKey technology which allows you to re-key the lock yourself within seconds.

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Kwikset Juno Entry Knob featuring SmartKey
Kwikset Juno Entry Knob featuring SmartKey

For use on exterior doors where keyed entry and security is needed

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4. Keyed Door Knob Lever with Lock and Key

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This is a rather strange-looking mechanism. It’s a lever-style knob that you can install on both interior and exterior doors. It fits 1.44” to 2.1” doors and it’s very versatile as well as easy to install without professional help. Of course, the thing that immediately stands out is the design. This is a statement piece with a very elegant and refined look which can make any space look sophisticated. It’s easy to operate and has a gorgeous bronze finish.

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Keyed Door Knob Lever with Lock and Key
Keyed Door Knob Lever with Lock and Key

Install your lockset in a flash.

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5. Constructor Passage Chrono’s Door Lever Knob Handle Set

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For interior doors you could also use this particular door knob set. It features a really cool oil rubbed bronze finish and it would look beautiful in a variety of different contexts. the dimensions of the knob are 6.6” x 3.2” x 2.8”. There’s no key locking mechanism which keeps the design very clean and simple but also means this isn’t a suitable option for entry doors.

6. Kwikset Juno Entry Knob featuring SmartKey in Venetian Bronze

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This is another one of our favorite door knob designs. It’s designed for use on exterior doors because of the keyed cylinder and added security offered but you could also install it in other contexts. You can install it on both right handed and left handed doors thanks to its universal design and you can also take advantage of the SmartKey technology to easily re-key the lock in only 3 steps and in just a few seconds.

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Kwikset Juno Entry Knob featuring SmartKey in Venetian Bronze
Kwikset Juno Entry Knob featuring SmartKey in Venetian Bronze

Featuring SmartKey re-key technology; re-key the lock yourself in seconds in 3 easy steps

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7. Indoor Electronic Touchpad Keyless Entry Door Lock

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There is also such a thing as a keypad locking mechanism if you’re interested in something different and added security for your front door. This right here is a keyless door lock with an electronic keypad. It suits standard door knobs and also includes an intruder alarm which activates after 4 failed attempts at entering the code. You can set a security code between 2 to 8 digits long and you can add up to 6 user passcodes.

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Indoor Electronic Touchpad Keyless Entry Door Lock
Indoor Electronic Touchpad Keyless Entry Door Lock

Keyless door lock with electronic touchpad keypad entry

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8. Schlage Home Keypad Lever With Camelot Trim & Z-Wave Technology

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Here’s another interesting design which combines the level-style door knob and keypad locking mechanism. This one comes with a few extra features such as the option of receiving a text or an email alert every time someone uses a code to open the door or the option to grant access to someone inside when they’re not there by using a scheduled code. You can also add, delete or edit user codes remotely using your smartphone which makes this a very user-friendly lock.

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Schlage Home Keypad Lever With Camelot Trim & Z-Wave Technology
Schlage Home Keypad Lever With Camelot Trim & Z-Wave Technology

Receive text or email alert when your family uses their codes, so you know who's home

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8. Yale Assure Lock with Z-Wave

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Another cool option if you’re looking to update your front door lock system is this particular keypad lock. It’s a backlit, touchscreen keypad that can be operated in two ways, either using a physical key or using an app on your smartphone. You can set a code between 4 and 8 digits and you can also connect this to your compatible alarm system. Additionally, the lock also works with Alexa so you can control it with your voice.

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Yale Assure Lock with Z-Wave
Yale Assure Lock with Z-Wave

Unlock by entering your 4-8 digit PIN code on the backlit, touchscreen keypad, with the physical key, or through your smart home app

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10. Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Camelot Trim

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A really cool thing about this particular lock system is that it lets you set multiple security codes. You can manage up to 100 access codes which you can give out to family members, friends or temporary guests. Once again, this is a smart locking system which works with Alexa. You can easily check the status and see if your front door is locked in case you forget and you can also lock and unlock it remotely. Also, this can also be voice operated which can be very practical and useful when your hands are full. You can install this touchpad lock yourself using only a screwdriver.

Works with Alexa
Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Camelot Trim
Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Camelot Trim

Built in Wi Fi allows you to lock/unlock from anywhere no additional accessories required.

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11. August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge

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Speaking of smart locks, this one is compact and very modern-looking. It works with Alexa and it allows you to control and to monitor your door remotely from anywhere. You can also lock and unlock the door remotely in case you want to let someone in or you forget to lock it in the morning. This would work as an addition to your existing lock and keys which you can continue using whenever you want to. Additionally, this system automatically locks the door behind you and unlocks it as you approach it which is not only cool but also very practical.

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August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge

Lock and unlock your door, control keyless access and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your phone

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