What is an appliance pull? What is the difference between an appliance handle and a standard drawer pull?

Have you ever wondered why some items are labeled as an appliance pull and what is the difference between an appliance handle and a standard drawer pull? 

Because we know it tends to be confusing, we're here to explain. First and foremost, see the following picture where you can see the first obvious difference between the two items, the thickness of the bar. 

 

 

The top thicker handle shown in the photo is the appliance handle, which has a diameter (in this particular collection) of 3/4". By comparison, the drawer pull above has a diameter of 1/2". In most cases, appliance handles tend to be thicker as shown on this photo because they are intended to be used with paneled appliances which tend to have larger doors and a standard drawer pull, even a long one, tends to look too thin when used on a fridge door. While some appliance handles tend to be shorter than some long drawer pulls, the appliance handle will still be more appealing on a fridge door due to its thickness.
Forge Hardware Trande Brass Appliance Handle

 

Aside from the thickness, there's another important feature present in many appliance handles-the mounting hardware. This might not be true 100% of the time, but in our experience and with respect to the appliance handles we sell, the mounting hardware (the screws) that come with the item tend to be thicker than the screws that come with standard drawer pulls. The purpose being that opening a fridge door requires more force and the thicker screws can make the appliance handle stay in place despite the force being applied to open the door. The standard cabinet hardware screws that come with drawer pulls might not suffice for that purpose after repeated use. 
Luxe appliance handle forge hardware

 

Now, we're not saying every appliance requires an appliance handle and we know the price of appliance handles often seems high compared to standard drawer pulls. For example, you can often get away with using a standard drawer pull on dishwashers and they might even be more appropriate looks wise. However, for paneled refrigerators it is often recommended that you do use an appliance handle both for its appearance and for its functionality. 
Sometimes appliance handles look so stunning that looking at them alone might drive your decision to use one! Just look at the Fisher and Paykel fridge on the photo below by our client at https://www.instagram.com/meadowsmithhouse/ featuring our Transitional collection.

 

Fisher and Paykel Appliance Handles

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