There are many great options for metal doorknobs and handles, and there is no doubt that you can enhance a sense of rugged, rustic charm using copper kitchen handles.

However, the visual aspect of copper is not its only attribute. While the deep, rich brown colour offers a stark and classy colour for a smart kitchen, the metal also has health advantages that may provide plenty of reassurance at a time when bugs and germs are constantly on people’s minds.

Copper’s qualities in helping fight off germs are well-known and quite exceptional. The metal does this by emitting particles called ions that will disrupt the biological processes of bacteria and viruses that it comes into contact with, which kills them.

The big question, of course, is whether that works on Coronavirus. This is a widely-debated point, with some experts saying it does and others claiming it kills bacteria but not viruses like SARS-Cov2.

However, hygiene does not start or end with Covid. After all, there were still plenty of reasons to wash one’s hands back when most people had no idea where Wuhan was. The fact is that the kitchen can be a place riddled with potential hazards at any time.

Indeed, a recent study by Aston University found that there are more germs on the handle of a kettle than on the average toilet seat. Other perils, including Staphylococcus and even E. coli could be detected on taps and door handles.

Commenting on the findings, microbiologist Dr Jonathan Cox said: “That may sound startling, but perhaps if you think about how regularly you clean those different environments it may be less surprising.”

It’s certainly a good idea to keep cleaning surfaces and handles in the kitchen, especially these you touch frequently. But there can be no doubt that the extra protection copper can provide against bugs will offer much-needed reassurance.

This is what makes it a great choice: both because of the attractive appearance you can see, and the microbes you can’t.