31 August, 2023

Exploring the Distinction: Magnetic Latch vs. Magnetic Catch in Hardware

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When it comes to hardware components, precision and functionality are paramount. Two frequently used terms in this realm are “magnetic latch” and “magnetic catch.” These seemingly similar concepts, however, serve distinct purposes in various applications. This article delves into the differences between a magnetic latch and a magnetic catch, shedding light on their functionalities and aiding in informed hardware selection.

Understanding the Basics

Magnetic Latch
They are essential components of door hardware that provide a secure and reliable mechanism for keeping doors closed. They consist of two main parts: the metal striker and a magnet. The  striker is typically mounted on the door frame, while the latch of the lock is magnetics.  When the door is closed, the magnetic latch pops out and aligns with the striker, creating a secure bond when in proximity. Magnetic latches are used with a lever handle where the levering action is retracting the latch.

They are particularly useful in scenarios where a low level of security is required, such as bathroom or passage doors. Their smooth operation and noiseless closure make them ideal for areas where convenience is paramount. However the Sicurezza XT provides both security and the seamless closing of a magnetic latch.

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Magnetic Catch
On the other hand, magnetic catches, play a slightly different role in the realm of door hardware. While they also utilize magnetic attraction, their primary function is to hold doors in the closed position without the need for a traditional locking mechanisms like a latch or bolt. The attraction of the magnets installed into the door frame and door itself pulls the door toward the door frame, ensuring that the door stays securely closed.

But what about a magnetic latch that can still offer privacy like a bathroom lock? The AGB Touch ‘n’ close is a hybrid solution that incorporates a magnetic catch with the facility of a WC lock.  This can be used with fixed knobs or pull handles.

Magnetic catches  offer the advantage of noiseless operation and ease of use. Magnet catches also don’t require any handles if the design aesthetic is dictacting this. For instance, hidden doors.

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Key Distinctions

A magnetic latch serves to keep doors or enclosures securely shut, making it suitable for applications where maintaining a closed state is crucial. On the other hand, a magnetic catch is aimed at propping doors or panels closed, offering convenience and ease of access.

Latches are installed on the door itself and the frame, while catches are usually positioned on the door and the adjacent structure thus having more freedom on where it can be installed.

Security Level:
Magnetic latches offer a higher level of security since they keep doors firmly closed, whereas magnetic catches focus more on convenience and accessibility.

Magnetic latches are always paired with a handle for it to function whereas this can be omitted from a magnetic catch as door movement is achieved with a simple push.


When deciding between a magnetic latch and a magnetic catch, consider the specific requirements of your application. Reflect on whether your priority is to maintain a secure closure or provide easy access. Additionally, factor in the ease of installation and the overall visual impact.

In conclusion, while both magnetic latches and magnetic catches rely on the power of magnets, their purposes and functions set them apart. Whether you’re safeguarding valuable contents or enhancing accessibility, understanding the distinction between these hardware components empowers you to make an informed decision that aligns perfectly with your needs.

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