To me doorknobs are one of those things that you think about and say, “that is a device that has pretty much evolved to its final form.” Sure there is the lever handle now that has made it easier for some to open the door, but really the market for this product has only changed in recent years with how it looks, not functions. That has changed as Brinks has introduced the Push Pull Rotate doorknob and lever.
Recently I put a new door in my home and that necessitated shopping for a doorknob. I looked over the offerings and came across the Push Pull Rotate lever and was intrigued to try it. The idea of walking through my garage door with a handful of grocery bags and not having to put them down to open the door was enough for me to purchase one.
After installing the lever I was ready to try it out. I loved it from the first time I used it! I was able to open the door by easily pushing on the lever with any available body part; back of the hand, knee, hip, forearm. It worked every time. Going out the door wasn’t quite as easy but is still very slick in that you simply grasp the lever and pull. Those of you that have lever doors know this is a great improvement from the standard twist and then pull. Since that first purchase I have replaced three other doors because of the ease of use it provides.
The great thing about this type of device is that everyone can benefit. For those in need of an assistive technology solution to open doors this may be just the thing. Examples of disabilities could be those with arthritis in their fingers and hands, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystophy, Cerebral Palsy, and Parkinson’s to name a few.
Below is a video to show you how the knobs and levers work. I will have to disagree with Brinks on one statement that they make in the video though. They claim it is “the easiest way to open a door”. I think the folks over at Drive Mobil might think differently with their Doormatic Automatic Door Opener!