The key factors in choosing the best cupboard latch are functionality, durability, and appearance. Price is also a consideration, but will usually be dependent on the other factors. Most latches are relatively inexpensive, but some that are made of nicer material, such as brass or nickel, will cost more. You should also consider if you want one that locks or not.
Many people choose cupboard latches as opposed to knobs because they keep the door closed more reliably. With older furniture or in places where the weather can cause cupboard doors to swell and change shape, latches are a desirable option. One thing to consider before choosing a latch instead of a knob is if you will feel comfortable opening and closing a latch when using the cupboard. If you don’t use the cupboard much it might not be an issue, but if the cupboard has things in it you need to access consistently, a cupboard latch might not be the best option.
Most cupboard latches are for classic or antique furniture. They are usually made of brass, nickel, or bronze. Latches range in quality and price, so it’s important to check and make sure they are the genuine article. Many cheaper latches are plated with their respective metal, and the components that make up the rest of the latch are not as high a quality.
When choosing a latch, it is often prudent to pay a little more for a quality one than it is to get a less expensive latch. It’s nice to not have to pay much and be able to replace several cupboards worth of latches cheaply, but if the latch breaks, it’s not much good. A more expensive latch can last a lifetime if properly cared for and will cost less over time.
One other consideration in buying a latch is a lock. There are latches that will lock with a key and can be used for privacy or to keep small children out of a cupboard. This can be good for cupboards that have chemicals or breakable items. Cupboard latches that lock are usually a bit more expensive.
It’s best to buy cupboard latches from a store where you can get a feel for how the latch works. There are many places online that sell them, but you don’t always know what you are getting. If you buy online, be sure and try to find a review of the particular latch. Finding one that works well and is of good quality can save you a lot of time and aggravation.