When shopping around for a lock, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. There are many different types of locks and several security factors to consider before making your purchase. Here are some of the types of door locks and handles to consider.

Types of Door Locks and Handles 

The different types of door locks and handles include padlocks, deadbolts, knob locks, lever handle locks and more. 

1. Padlocks

Padlocks are the most recognizable types of locks and they come in a wide range of sizes. They’re freestanding and portable, and is different from other types of locks as it’s not permanently attached to anything. They come in two main varieties: keyed and combination.

2. Deadbolts

These types of locks are mostly fitted on external doors and come in three main varieties: lockable thumbturn, single and double. The single cylinder deadbolt is the most common type.

3. Knob Locks

Knob locks are commonly installed in residential homes on exterior doors in addition to deadbolts. When purchasing a complete knob lock setup, it’s crucial to ensure the proper handedness and backset.

4. Lever Handle Locks

These locks are commonly used for inner doors of commercial premises. Unlike knob locks, which have a knob that one must grasp and turn, lever handle locks have a large push-down style handle.

5. Euro Profile Cylinders

Also called DIN cylinders, these types of locks are frequently used in locking devices in Europe and other parts of the world. They’re also used in North America in some room dividing doors and sliding door locks. They come in several varieties: single cylinder, single cylinder with thumbturn and double cylinder.

6. Wall Mounted Locks

These are locks that are mounted in the wall. The fireman’s box-style lock typically found in large businesses is a common type of wall mounted lock. They are often used as an emergency access and can also act as item deposits or small safes.

7. Interchangeable Core (IC) Cylinders

IC Cylinders are frequently used in businesses and larger institutions. They allow you to rekey the lock by swapping out the core without taking the lock apart.

8. Furniture Locks

These types of locks cover a wide array of locks including sliding door, cabinet and desk locks. They come in two main types, push-button style and bolt style

9. Rim/Mortise Locks

These locks are frequently found on commercial doors as well as apartment doors. While rim and mortise locks are somewhat similar, the hardware they’re used on greatly differ. However, you can also get plenty of rim/mortise combo locks.

10. Cam Locks

Cam locks have a wide range of applications but they’re most frequently used in mailboxes, filing cabinets and lower security OEM applications. They’re available in several lengths and can use a variety of “cams” or tailpieces to interface with a different type of locking mechanism.

11. Vending/T-Handle Locks

These locks are mainly used in T-handle and vending machine locks. They’re easy to replace and are sometimes used in other applications.

Bottom Line

Other types of door locks and handles include Jimmy Proof Deadbolts, Rim latch locks, Key in Knob (KIK) Cylinders, European locks, deposit box locks and switch locks, just to mention a few. Regardless of the type of lock that your door has, the experts at Locksmith Guru have the tools and expertise to unlock any doors.