Comparing the look, feel and sound of a door knocker to that of a doorbell is like comparing <em>Les Misérables</em> to a Britney Spears concert – they both get your attention, but only one can do it without drawing your taste into question.</br></br><strong>Knockers vs. Bells</strong></br></br><a title="Doorbells" href="http://www.atgstores.com/doorbells_3099.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">Doorbells</a> are purely functional creations and the fact that doorbell engineers have a hard time producing one that makes a pleasant sound proves the point. Have you ever rung a doorbell and <em>felt bad</em> for causing the awful noise inside? Why do so many of them have to sound like that?</br></br><em>Bing … bong!</em> It’s literally a terrible note to have to start on as a guest or a host.</br></br><a title="Door Knockers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/door-knockers_691.html?page=1" target="_blank">Door knockers</a>, on the other hand, set a statelier tone. They can definitely deliver that Old-World feel while still serving their purpose. It’s true that the sound of a knocker may not permeate the entire house, but when did that become such a bad thing?</br></br>Of course, it helps to have a solid door. The boom and echo of a knocker on a wooden door is about 30 times more awesome than the same knock on a steel door, but that’s hardly reason enough to opt for a doorbell – especially one that sounds like a dying grandfather clock.</br></br><strong>Door Knocker Decisions</strong></br></br>This is actually pretty easy. Pick one that complements the style of the home or go completely off the reservation. The choice is yours and more often than not you’re going to get away with it.</br></br>A door knocker can stand alone because they’ve had a reputation for being kinda wild since the Middle Ages, when people used scary knocker designs to ward off evil spirits. Thinking about a huge lion with a ring in its gaping maw? Go for it.</br></br>NOTE: It seems obvious that having a door knocker <em>and</em> a doorbell is like wearing suspenders with your belt, but this is now fairly common as door knockers have assumed a more decorative role. Even so, you’re not going to hurt anything by choosing a knocker that people would rather use instead of pushing a button.</br></br>We welcome you to discuss your favorite door knocker designs and whether you prefer a knocker or a bell.