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10 Easy Pieces: Classic Doorbell Buttons

May 28, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

The humble doorbell button works hard and, in our opinion, needs to look good. After all, first impressions are everything. We’ve rounded up our ten favorite classic doorbell buttons (stay tuned for our modernist selections).

N.B.: Doorbell buttons do not include chimes or electronic bell wiring, but are replacements for existing buttons, and are wire ready.


Above: The classic beveled-edge Putnam Doorbell Button is made of solid brass with a choice of six finishes including brushed nickel (as shown); $30 at Rejuvenation Hardware. 

Above: The timeless utilitarian Lighted Round Doorbell Button is available in brushed nickel (shown) and oil-rubbed bronze; $55 at Rejuvenation Hardware.


Above: The Atlas Homewares Mission Lighted Doorbell Button is made of brass with a brushed nickel finish; $42.67 at Amazon.

Above: For those who like instructions, there is Whittington’s Caliban Brass Doorbell.  It is available in five finishes including chrome (as shown); $16.95 to $18.95, depending on finish, at Signature Hardware.

Above: We like the dimunitive Rocky Mountian Hardware Small Rectangular Doorbell Button. Made of solid bronze, it is available in a choice of nine finishes (shown in white bronze light); $60 at Rustica Hardware.

Above: The classic premium grade Solid Brass Bell Button from England has a ceramic push button and is offered in 3- and 4-inch diameter sizes; $49.99 and $64.99 respectively at Crown City Hardware.

Above: The traditional Oval Lighted Doorbell Button in an oil-rubbed bronze finish is a hard-to-miss 4.5 inches tall; $30 at Rejuvenation Hardware.


Above: The Baldwin Round Brass Doorbell Button is available in nine finishes and comes with an illuminated antique white button; $27.01 at Knobs and Hardware.

Above: The Metro Doorbell Button from Rocky Mountain Hardware combines the warmth of bronze with clean lines. Offered in nine finishes; $82 at Rustica Hardware.

Above: Add an early American flavor with the Iron Bean Electric Doorbell Button; $23.73 at Lighting Universe.

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