I'm hoping to renovate my kitchen starting in the next couple of days and I was wondering if anybody could help me out with an issue regarding handles. I've decided upon using bar handles for the new look, but could anybody recommend me a 'reasonable' price that I should look to be paying for a 12 inch bar handle? I've been looking into this for a few days now, however the vast price differences I have found on the web and in shops have had me wondering what price I really should be paying.
I have also noticed that some are stainless steel and some are plated steel. Is it worth spending the extra money for the stainless? Iím not trying to skimp on the kitchen but I donít want to pay lots more for something that isnít much better.
There are loads of different companies making these bar handles at the moment. At the end of the day as with everything you get what you pay for. As a rough guide pay between £3 and £6 for a 12inch handle 12mm or 14mm diameter.
There are a few different methods of manufacture also. Some come with the mounting stubs attached either screwed in or pressed in probably steer clear of the pressed in ones. Others come with the mounting stubs separate, with these the screws go through the door then the stub and screw into the main handle, these are ok also.
The best way is to look at them, buy some samples if you are going to fork out a few hundred quid.
With regard to materials, a good plated handle is just as good as a stainless one. Some plated handles come lacquered which gives another layer of protection and a nice sheen.
If you can, get stainless they usually are more expensive. Just make sure whatever you buy don’t use anything but a damp cloth to clean them. Soaps and detergents have salt in them which will affect the finish.