Schlage vs. Baldwin Knobs

scoutjrJuly 9, 2007

I am not sure where this post belongs, but does anyone know if there is a material difference between Bladwin and Schlage interior doorknobs? We have a Baldwin knob on our patio door, but not sure if we need to match the interior knobs. The Baldwin knobs are twice the price of the Schlage ones. Is it worth the price?

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In my experience Baldwin is far superior to Schlage in every way.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 7:58AM
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This is a place to put your dollars to work. You will touch these things every day. You will look at them every day. I love my Baldwin hardware (Edinburgh levers). It looks exactly the same today as it did when installed six years ago. (The Schlage sets in the back hall still work well, but don't look as good. Why did I "economize" there?)

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 11:14AM
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I have both near each other. Entry door hardware is Baldwin and closet door is Schlage. There is a noticeably higher quality of finish on the Baldwin. Both are satin nickel but in different styles so they compliment each other.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 4:30PM
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The Baldwins are solid brass while the Schlages are not. The Baldwins are more complex to install then the Schlages. Some of my customers find the locking mechanisms on the bath and bedroom locksets cumbersome.
Visually the Baldwins are heads and shoulders above the Schlages.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 4:37PM
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When we moved into our house, our budget was tight. We changed the front door hardware and all the interior door hardware. We selected Schlage because of the price....even though I really wanted Baldwin. Well, after a year in the house the brass finish on part of the front door hardware had worn off. We rarely use the front door. Its just from being outside. The interior knobs are holding up well. I don't regret my decision (I splurged on other things), but when I replace my front door I will definitely purchase Baldwin hardware. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2007 at 7:53PM
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This is a trick question.

Obvioulsy everyone is making thier comparisons based upon the homeowner grade junk that is sold in the big box stores, on the other hand, both schlage and baldwin are very old and very well respected manufacturers of locks and door hardware in all grades from cheap homeowner junk to bank vaults and prison locks.

This is one area where you cannot make a comparison based upon brand name, and as is customary to most homeowners, you cannot judge quality based upon the external appearance of the finish.

If you would go to a commercial mill supply and look at the commercial line you will find both manufacturers offer locksets that range from the lightweight plated sheet metal to solid cast knobs that weigh upwards of one pound each.

I once worked on a school mainetenance crew and we had schlage locks on the high school and baldwin locks on the Jr.High. Both were used hundreds if not thousands of times per day, and afer 20 years they were barely showing any wear.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 12:16AM
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This is like comparing a Buick to a BMW. There is nothing wrong with the upper lines of Schlage products, but they are in a different league than the Baldwin. Just go to one of the big box retailers where they have display boards of the hardware set up and feel the difference between the operation and weight of the locks.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 10:01PM
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Aside from the Baldwin finish that will last forever, the rest of the mechanism is also covered by a lifetime warranty. I had a lever entry set break (don't ask how my son managed to do it) and Baldwin sent a complete replacement mechanism free of charge; didn't even need to provide any proof of purchase. Yes, Baldwin costs quite a bit more, but it's a knob that will never cost you a cent again, unless you get tired of it.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2007 at 8:52PM
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troubleseekeral ...I hate to dissagree with you but I got my locksmith license in 1983 and I have probably taken more locks apart than most people have ever seen.

As I stated in my prevous post, if the only schlage locks you have ever seen is that cheap low end homeowner junk that is sold in the big box stores you simply have never seen a quality schlage lock.

This is one area where you cannot make an assumption of quality by brand name alone. Schlage makes some locks that would rival any lock in the industry for quality and securtity and on the other hand, while Baldwin is without question a top of the line manufacturer. they too have a cheap homeowner junk grade to satisfy the needs of those who want the brand name but are not willing to pay the cost of true quality.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2007 at 10:11AM
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The Baldwin hardware costs much more than the typical consumer stuff, but is worth every penny. Not only is the quality and appearance of the hardware far superior, but Baldwin is a wonderful company to deal with. I recently purchased a home that is about 30 years old. Apparently there had been lots of angst in this house. Nearly every interior door showed signs of having been damaged in the past, and of 6 Baldwin privacy handsets, 5 had been forced, and the locks broken. At $125 per set, I was looking at giving up the beautiful hardware for lower grade stuff if I could not find a way to fix the locks. After searching on the internet for replacement parts, I finally ended up talking to Baldwin directly. In the course of the conversation, it had to be clear that I was not the original purchaser, and that I believed the locks had been deliberately forced. The only question I got from Baldwin was "Where do we send the replacement parts?" No charge. Not even for shipping. You can't ask for much more than that.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 1:11PM
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I know this is a very old thread, but can anyone comment on whether the Baldwin Prestige line is the same stuff as Kwikset, which I heard Baldwin has purchased? Is it an inferior product to the other Baldwin lines?

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 6:17PM
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Baldwin and Kwikset are companies owned by StanleyBlack&Decker. Baldwin hardware is made in Reading PA but they offer the "Prestige" line that is designed by Baldwin but made in another country and is only for sale at Home Depot stores as is the case with all "retail" hardware sold by big box stores.

If you want good hardware and building materials you will be wasting your time and money at Home Depot. Most people know that is the case but they seem to be unable to stay away.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 8:44PM
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