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Alexander George and Tim Heffernan



We’ve looked over this guide and stand by our picks.

We chose the best lockbox after spending hours on research, interviews, and tryouts, as well as shadowing professional locksmiths as they mimicked burglar break-ins. For this update, we scoured the field for new entries that could meet our standards—and we found none. Our original pick, the Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe, remains the best lockbox available, hands down.

Other unique features include a sturdy, quarter-inch-thick zinc alloy exterior, a door with an unusually tight fit to the box, and unique sloping sides that deflect prying and striking tools. The roomy, robust wall-mounted design is also more secure than the shackle-style mounts you see on other models. No competitor has come up with—or even tried to come up with—a better mix of security features and value.

Our pick

Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe

The Kidde is an affordable high-quality lockbox, and for our locksmith testers, its unique combination dial design was consistently the toughest to break open.

Buying Options

$43* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $35.

The Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe is the only affordable lockbox with a combination dial, which our professional locksmith testers found much more difficult to pick than the wheel-style or push-button locks you see from the competition. Unless you spend more than $400 for a professional kit, you can’t find another model like it.


Also great

Hide-a-Key Fake Rock

Cheap and simple, this fake rock is not at all secure, but it can keep a spare key safe—just make sure you put it in a discreet location.

Buying Options

$7* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $4.

The Kidde stands alone as the only affordable combination dial lock, and the design is so superior to the competition that we don’t really recommend anything similar as a runner-up. If you can’t find the Kidde or want to spend less money, your best bet is subterfuge. For that, we recommend the Hide-a-Key Fake Rock, an inexpensive camouflage box that can conceal a key in a hidden location on or near your property. This was our budget pick in this guide’s original version, and no manufacturer has come up with a challenger to it. We’d like to say we’re shocked, but it seems you just can’t beat a cheap fake rock.

Also great

Kidde Safety Portable KeySafe

Magnetic and secure, this box is a great option for outdoor adventurers who need to hide keys under a car or truck while swimming or surfing.

The Kidde Safety Portable KeySafe, the mobile version of our main pick and a very useful device for outdoorsy people who need to leave a key hidden on a vehicle while they go boating, surfing, or swimming.

Everything we recommend

Our pick

Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe

The Kidde is an affordable high-quality lockbox, and for our locksmith testers, its unique combination dial design was consistently the toughest to break open.

Buying Options

$43* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $35.

Also great

Hide-a-Key Fake Rock

Cheap and simple, this fake rock is not at all secure, but it can keep a spare key safe—just make sure you put it in a discreet location.

Buying Options

$7* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $4.

Also great

Kidde Safety Portable KeySafe

Magnetic and secure, this box is a great option for outdoor adventurers who need to hide keys under a car or truck while swimming or surfing.

The research

  • Who should get this
  • How we picked
  • Testing with locksmiths and their hammers
  • Our pick: The Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe
  • Flaws but not dealbreakers
  • Budget pick: Hide-a-Key Fake Rock
  • Also great: Kidde AccessPoint Portable
  • General advice on installing a home lockbox
  • The competition
  • Sources

Who should get this

Simply put: not too many people.

When we talk about lockboxes, we’re referring to secure combination boxes—miniature safes, basically—where spare keys can be stored. Most often, they’re used by home sellers (so realtors can enter when showing the property) and rental-property owners (so guests can let themselves in upon arrival). Some outdoorsy types also use vehicle-mounted lockboxes to store keys while they’re afield or aswim. If any of that describes your situation, you may need a lockbox.

Otherwise, you probably don’t need a lockbox. Mostly worried about forgetting the keys and getting locked out? You’re much safer installing a smart lock, or home security system. Leaving a spare set with a trusted neighbor, or hiding one in an unlikely spot (which doesn’t even have to be on your property) are also safe options to consider because a lockbox doesn’t add security at all. In fact, it trades reduced security for increased ease of access. That may be a worthwhile trade in a timeshare or vacation rental scenario, but it isn’t worth risking your own home. A safe alternative for vacation rentals is an electronic keypad door lock, allowing one-time guests to quickly enter and exit without the usage of a key or internet coverage. Despite its benefits, a lockbox can announce to would-be burglars that access is available and that the property may be empty much of the time.

How we picked

Despite their limited market, lockboxes come in a bewildering variety of forms and are sold under multiple brand names. To cut through the tangle, we first spoke with locksmiths and realtors for advice. Our conversations revealed a consensus: The most secure lockboxes are wall-mounted models made of solid metal and attached by concealed screws. A determined thief with a crowbar or sledgehammer might consider breaking into one, but actually doing so would cause a scene and draw too much attention—and quash any burglar’s grand plan.

These wall-mount boxes make a mockery of the alternative: shackle-style boxes with a U-loop that goes over a doorknob or gate for convenience. We categorically reject these for use on homes and rental units. As one locksmith explained, a quick snip with bolt cutters will get through the loop on most models. Then the perp can take the box away and use all of his faculties to break in without worrying about onlookers.

Our locksmiths then helped us decide between locking mechanisms. There are three common types: wheels, which employ tumblers marked with numbers or letters; push buttons, on which you punch in a numerical code payphone-style; and dials, on which you enter the combination with a rotating dial, like on a classic school padlock.

Wheel models dropped out of consideration almost immediately: Our locksmiths emphasized how easy it is to insert a thin metal shim between the tumblers and work out the the combination by feel.

Push-button boxes are simple to operate—kids can do it, which is a real selling point—but they have a significant drawback: The numbers can be pressed in any sequence (so if your combo is 3-2-1, you can also open it by pressing 2-1-3, or 1-2-3). That dramatically reduces the effective number of possible combinations, which in turn reduces security. Plus, when trying to crack push-button locks, burglars (and locksmiths) first simply look for the extra wear-and-tear on the combo’s numbers. To avoid that vulnerability, you have to change the combination with some regularity. That can be confusing for infrequent users and kids. And be honest: How high is changing the combo going to be on your list of chores? The simplicity of push-button locks is attractive, but it’s also a bit of a liability.

Dial-operated wall-mounted lockboxes, in short, deter thieves the best. But here’s the problem: It turns out that almost nobody makes them.

So that leaves combination dial locks. The locksmiths we spoke with all agreed that these are by far the trickiest to crack, even for professionals working in the privacy of their workrooms. Few thieves would waste time and risk arrest trying to crack them in full public view. And, again, bashing one open by force would draw immediate unwanted attention. Dial-operated wall-mounted lockboxes, in short, deter thieves the best. But here’s the problem: It turns out that almost nobody makes them. We’ve found only one priced for regular consumers (and it’s great).

Besides Master Lock and Kidde, only tiny companies like Vault Locks and ShurLok produce affordable lockboxes, and most of theirs are wheel-style models—no good.

Another name kept popping up in our discussions with experts, though: Supra. This company caters to the real estate and security industries, and our experts said its boxes are unequivocally the best available, with ultra-sturdy construction and advanced features like remotely programmable passcode changes. Unfortunately, it proved impossible to find a Supra dealer who would install a unit on a private residence, and even if we’d found one, the boxes start at around $400—far too much to be practical.

We learned, though, that Kidde’s AccessPoint line is the consumer version of the Supra boxes, and that Kidde produces professional-grade lock systems for firefighters and construction companies, as well. That pushed several of its models into the short list of finalists that we called in for review.

We also called in several high-selling Master Lock push-button key boxes, along with (for the sake of completeness) a wheel-dial model from WordLock. Then, we asked the professionals to defeat them.

Testing with locksmiths and their hammers

To get a professional assessment of these boxes’ security, we enlisted Justin Jacobs at San Francisco’s Lock World to help us evaluate the following finalists: a push-button Master Lock, the WordLock, a shackle-style push-button Kidde, a wall-mount push-button Kidde, and a dial shackle-style Kidde. Jacobs and his team spent several days cracking their combinations and breaking them open with simple tools.

A Kidde push-button model, broken with a screwdriver by locksmiths. Photo: Alexander George

“We hit them with a hammer and flat-head screwdriver,” Justin said. Notably, it took expert precision and heavy swings to break open the Kidde boxes—two luxuries that aren’t typically available to an opportunistic burglar. Breaking into one of the Kidde models would be, as every expert has said, so much effort that it’d be simpler to just break down the front door. Again, the chief danger, as Justin and other locksmiths explained, is in having a box whose combination is easily decoded. So we asked him to specifically assess how easy it would be to crack our test models’ combos.

The broken WordLock. Photo: Alexander George

The WordLock, like all wheel-style combination locks, opened easily with a thin strip of metal and sensitive hands. The same technique worked on the wheel Master Lock, too. As the dents in the key container of the WordLock showed, it was also easy to break it off of the main housing. “You could do this with a rock,” Justin said. Both were out of the running.

Inside of the Master Lock. Photo: Alexander George

When I asked Justin about the button models’ security, he handed me the button-style Master Lock and told me to put a new combo in it. I did, with three digits, and he handed it to another locksmith; with only his fingers and brain, he opened it in 45 seconds.

The ease with which his team negotiated those popular setups led us to the only model that was impervious to these tactics.

Our pick: The Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe

Our pick

Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe

The Kidde is an affordable high-quality lockbox, and for our locksmith testers, its unique combination dial design was consistently the toughest to break open.

Buying Options

$43* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $35.

The Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe was the only affordable lockbox that met all of our criteria: a wall-mounted dial lock that’s hard to defeat by force or guile. The fact that it was the only affordable combination-style lock available immediately put it above the competition, but other details set it apart as well. It has the most secure exterior you can get in a consumer model, thanks to tough, thick zinc-alloy walls—the heaviest of the lockboxes we looked at—and a tight-fitting door that keeps out pry bars and screwdrivers. Beyond its brute strength, its unique sloped sidewalls nicely deflect hammers and cold chisels. We like the fact that its door is completely surrounded by the heavy frame of the container; compare that design with the Master Lock, whose door is completely exposed on the bottom edge—giving would-be thieves an easy access point for break-in tools.

And the Kidde is not only hard to break into by force, but also, as locksmith Justin Jacobs explained, exceptionally hard to break into by skill.

“The dial model takes the cake,” he said, comparing the Kidde with push-button and wheel models. “It can be manipulated, but even if I taught you, you couldn’t do it easily.” For the most part, only a trained locksmith can defeat a dial lock—and even then the job takes a while. Few small-time thieves have the necessary skill to do it, and even fewer would willingly expose themselves for the amount of time it would take. More than anything else, this is what made the Kidde dial model our pick: Among the more affordable lockboxes, it’s the only one with this feature.

Finally, the Kidde is also roomier than most models we tested: It can hold up to five flat keys, or one fat fob-handled car key. (This is actually an issue with some lockboxes; read enough Amazon reviews and you’ll find plenty of models that have trouble holding more than a couple of standard keys, and can’t hold a modern car key at all. )

When looking at who else likes it, we found satisfied Amazon customers—with 89 buyers weighing in, this model gets four out of five stars—and, of course, realtors and locksmiths. Ours is the first in-depth review and test of lockboxes that we’re aware of; the Kidde won our attention with its advocacy by a professional locksmith and its association with Supra, maker of the favored professional-grade lockboxes used by real estate agents and security firms. It won our recommendation with its demonstrably superior performance.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

If there’s a downside to the Kidde, it’s that it’s a bit more difficult to set up than push-button models—setting the code requires manipulating a set of internal discs and takes about 15 minutes. But we (and our experts) feel strongly that the extra security is worth that minor hassle.

Budget pick: Hide-a-Key Fake Rock

Also great

Hide-a-Key Fake Rock

Cheap and simple, this fake rock is not at all secure, but it can keep a spare key safe—just make sure you put it in a discreet location.

Buying Options

$7* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $4.

If you can tolerate something less convenient and want to spend as little as possible, you can get this fake rock and stash your key inside. Our locksmith expert, Justin Jacobs, keeps the key for his house in Napa in a fake rock that he places way down the block. That way, should an opportunistic thief come across it, there’s no way to know which house it opens. (Neighbors get suspicious if someone is taking a key door-to-door.)

We looked hard to find the best fake rock, and this is the one we’d get.

We looked hard to find the best fake rock, and the Industrial Tools Hide-a-Key Fake Rock we’d get. We trust the four and a half  out of five stars from more than 300 Amazon customers. (Some do complain that it looks somewhat fake—“It’s only half a rock” says one perplexed buyer—while others say it looked so convincing that they lost track of it.) But whatever model you choose, just place it somewhere inconspicuous.

Also great: Kidde AccessPoint Portable

Also great

Kidde Safety Portable KeySafe

Magnetic and secure, this box is a great option for outdoor adventurers who need to hide keys under a car or truck while swimming or surfing.

For certain outdoor activities—surfing is a big one—bringing your car keys along is inconvenient. Locking them securely to your vehicle instead is an attractive option, and for that, we recommend the shackle version of our wall-mounted, dial-lock pick: the Kidde AccessPoint Portable.

As stated above, all shackle models have a significant built-in weakness: the shackle can be cut, allowing the thief to retreat somewhere private to break open the box and steal the key. So, again, don’t use a shackle model on your house or rental property. It would be too easy for someone to walk up as though they were an innocent visitor, pop the shackle, and disappear with your key. And when using one on your car or truck, take a couple of extra steps to boost security. Conceal the lockbox in the undercarriage or engine compartment, locking the shackle around something anchored and robust: a shock strut or engine-block mount, for example. Don’t shackle it to the car door handle, as at least one manufacturer suggests, because it’ll become an obvious target in an empty parking lot. And the more confined the space you put the lockbox in, the harder you’ll make it for a thief to put a pry bar or pair of bolt cutters into action. So tuck the box behind a wheel or in a tight spot under the hood (provided you can pop the hood from outside, that is!).

Finally, in anticipation of reader inquiries, there’s the classic option: one of those tried-and-true magnetic key boxes. They all share the same design; Hide A Key and Key Hider are two of the better known and reviewed. These boxes don’t lock; instead, they rely on subterfuge. We won’t make a formal recommendation. But we’ll note that people have used them happily for decades. (A friend has kept one on his truck since 1980. Through 35 years of rough West Virginia roads and weather, it has held firm—and has bailed him out more than once.) If you go this route, maximize your security by hiding the box somewhere that’s hard to see and counterintuitive. And load your spare key into it before you leave home—loading it in the parking lot will attract the attention of any lurking malefactor. When you reach your destination, lock your main set in the glove box; on returning, use the hidden spare to open the doors.

General advice on installing a home lockbox

Once have your sturdy lockbox, your goal is to add obstacles to a potential break-in. Position the wall-mount box to disguise what’s inside, making it impossible to figure out what a thief would do with the contents even if he did get the thing open. If you live in an apartment, for example, attaching a lockbox directly next to the front door makes it obvious that box will have the keys to that apartment. Instead, you should attach the box to a shared wall, or the side of a shared porch. This way, the time it’d take a burglar to figure out the correct door for the box’s keys can be enough of an deterrent to discourage a break-in. Better yet, position it so no one can see the lockbox from the street.

If you live in an urban setting and don’t have the option to put the box somewhere discreet, don’t worry too much. “They’re built like little safes,” says Alex Kamand, owner of Kamand Locksmith. “It’d take 45 minutes with a sledgehammer … it’d end up being easier to break down the door.” In an area with lots of foot and car traffic, the scene caused by using an angle grinder or drill isn’t worth the risk. “If it’s screwed in nice and secure in the wall,” Kamand says, “someone out front with a drill isn’t going to try.”

If you’re a homeowner, try to mount the lockbox somewhere out of the way, like on the rear of the garage or on a dog house. From there, you can create two-step (or more) security by, for example, loading the box with the key to your garage and hiding the key to your front door in the garage. Be creative in making entry difficult for anyone who doesn’t know the process.

Finally, don’t discount the effectiveness of simple camouflage and misdirection.

No device will stop a determined and well-equipped criminal—but if you’re smart about where you place your lockbox, you’ll minimize the chance of a persona non grata getting at your keys and infiltrating your car or house.

The competition

There are dozens of different lockboxes out there, but once we learned how flimsy wheel locks and button locks are, we dismissed a majority of competitors. The Master Lock 5400D, for example, can be had with a bit of metal and some sensitive fingertips. That meant we couldn’t recommend models like this one from Vault Locks, either.

Button locks present more options, but they, too, are susceptible to a break-in by an expert. That includes models like this one from KeyGuard, and the push-button version of our Kidde dial-lock pick.

We also tested the Master Lock 5900D, but the plastic exterior and thin cable connector made it feel fragile. The wheel combo system, of course, is easy to crack.

We also dismissed boxes like the wheel-combo Surf Lock, the ShurLok SL-200W and the Vault Locks 3200. A wheel combo, thin and clippable shackles, and a plastic body are pointless when a solid steel Kidde with a dial is only $10 more.


  1. Justin Jacobs, Lock Smith, Interview

  2. Elizabeth Weintraub, Real Estate Expert, Interview

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Tim Heffernan is a senior staff writer at Wirecutter and a former writer-editor for The Atlantic, Esquire, and others. He has anchored our unequaled coverage of air purifiers and water filters since 2015. In 2018, he established Wirecutter’s ongoing collaboration with The New York Times’s Smarter Living. When he’s not here, he’s on his bike.

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Best Home Safes of 2023

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We combed through top-rated safes and compared prices and features side by side to find the best.

SentrySafe SFW123GDC

  • Water and fire resistant

  • Keypad and backup keys

  • Stationary

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AmazonBasics Keypad Safe

  • Not fire or water resistant

  • Keypad and backup keys

  • Stationary

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SentrySafe 1200

  • Fire resistant

  • Backup key

  • Portable

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Verifi Smart Safe

  • Not fire or water resistant

  • Fingerprint and key

  • Portable

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Barska Mini

  • Not fire or water resistant

  • Fingerprint and key

  • Portable and mountable

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Katie McEntire

Staff Writer, Safety & Security

April 10, 2023

The SentrySafe SFW123GDC sets the standard for home safes. Whether your valuables face fire, water, gravity, or a burglar, this SentrySafe is tough enough to protect them. You can purchase sizes from 0.82 to 2.05 cubic feet, which is enough room to store piles of files, records, binders, and more.

See how other home safes stack up to SentrySafe in our side-by-side comparison.

The best home safes of 2023

  1. SentrySafe SFW123GDC

    : Best home safe

  2. AmazonBasics Keypad Safe

    : Best budget safe

  3. SentrySafe 1200

    : Best travel safe

  4. Verifi Smart Safe

    : Best biometric home safe

  5. Barska Mini

    : Best gun safe

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SentrySafe SFW123GDC

Best home safe
$286. 99 Keypad, key 12.6 in. x 11.9 in. x 13.8 in. 87 lbs. Fire, water

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AmazonBasics Keypad Safe

Best budget safe $116.39 Keypad, key 13.6 in. x 10.6 in. x 16.4 in. 37 lbs. None

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SentrySafe 1200

Best travel safe $29.99 Key 12 in. x 7.5 in. x 3.5 in. 13 lbs. Fire

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Verifi Smart Safe

Best biometric safe $324.99 Fingerprint, key 3.3 in. x 14 in. x 10.5 in. 21 lbs. None

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Barska Mini

Best gun safe $285.99 Fingerprint, key 7.5 in. x 11.5 in. x 5.75 in. 13 lbs. None

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1. SentrySafe SFW123GDC: Best home safe

Best overall

SentrySafe SFW123GDC


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The SentrySafe SFW123GDC is a heavy-duty, tough-as-nails security safe. It’s designed to withstand up to an hour in scorching hot fire (up to 1700℉), survive falls up to 15 feet, and withstand close to a foot of water. 


Fireproof and waterproof design

Backup key

Multiple programmable combinations

2.05-cubic-feet maximum capacity


No mounting features

You can order this SentrySafe fireproof model as an old school combination lock or with a digital keypad. Either way, it comes with a backup key to open the waterproof safe manually. It also comes in sizes ranging from 0.82 to 2.05 cubic feet.

Its hardware is impressive too. This fire safe has four live-locking bolts, a pry-resistant hinge bar, a locking drawer, and even an interior light inside. And it’s all made with steel, which explains why this safe doesn’t come with mounting options. (It’s a whopping 87 pounds.)

Keep it locked

Regardless of what you’re storing in your safe, you should keep your safe locked at all times. You never know when you’ll forget to rearm your safe or who will be snooping around the house, so be proactive and keep the safe locked.

2. AmazonBasics Keypad Safe: Best budget safe

Best budget safe

AmazonBasics Keypad Safe


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If you like our top pick, but you’re on a budget, here’s a good alternative. The AmazonBasics safe is made of heavy-duty carbon-steel with an 8-gauge steel door and a pry-resistant hinge. For a box that holds under 2 cubic feet, it weighs almost 40 pounds, making this dense home safe a reliable first line of defense for your jewelry and heirlooms.


1.80-cubic-feet maximum capacity

Heavy-duty carbon-steel

Mountable design


Not fireproof or waterproof

This security safe made our top three for several reasons. It’s strong, simple, and holds a substantial amount. It isn’t as tough as the SentrySafe, and isn’t fire or water resistant, but it’s no cardboard box.

It comes with four pre-drilled holes in the back for wall or floor mounting too. You can open it from any angle with its keyless electronic lock (but it still comes with a backup key for emergencies). We also like that it has a shelf inside to keep your valuables organized.

Use a complex passcode

As tempting as it is to keep the passcode or backup key in a findable spot, it won’t keep your valuables safe. You never know who might find that extra set of keys or guess an easy passcode, so keep them secret from others.

3. SentrySafe 1200: Best travel safe

Best travel safe

SentrySafe 1200


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The SentrySafe 1200 provides protection and portability for your valuables. It’s the perfect size for bank deposits or important documents that need to travel with you.

It uses a simple key lock and is small enough to hide in closets, underneath desks, and just about anywhere. It’s large enough to fit a small pistol, making it a good candidate for a portable gun safe.


UL-classified fire protection

Portable design

Easily hidden


Not tamperproof or waterproof

Key lock only

This fireproof safe is classified by Underwriters Laboratories to withstand 1550°F for up to 30 minutes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the same durability against water or tampering.

Don’t advertise the location

Take precautions as you would with any expensive product—don’t advertise or compromise the safe’s location. The fewer people who know about your safe, the better.

4. Verifi Smart Safe: Best biometric safe

Best biometric safe

Verifi Smart Safe


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Home security is an investment, so sometimes it’s worth dropping a little more cash to keep your valuables safe.

The Verifi Smart Safe costs a lot, but it comes with some serious credentials. Its biometric fingerprint scanner is FBI certified, and it has tamper alerts and an auto-lock feature.


Tamper alerts

Auto-lock feature

Holds up to 40 fingerprints


Not fire resistant

You can store up to 40 unique prints in it too. This makes Verifi a smart choice for offices, stores, or other facilities with multiple users who all need access.

And, while it’s not resistant to fire or water, it’s tamper resistant (thanks to concealed hinges) and mountable, making it easy to deter intruders.

Bolt and conceal your safe

It’s always worth going the extra mile and bolting your jewelry safe to the floor or securely in the wall. If your home falls victim to intruders and your safe is light enough to carry, it’s unlikely you’ll see it again.

5. Barska Mini: Best gun safe

Best gun safe

Barska Mini


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If you keep a gun in your home, safe storage should be a priority. We picked the Barska Mini as our top choice because of its biometric locking mechanism, silent mode, solid steel construction, and Department-of-Justice-approved design.


Biometric lock

Tamper resistant



Might not fit multiple guns

It can hold up to 0. 29 cubic feet (enough for a pistol, ammo, and cleaning tools). It’s tamper resistant and mountable, so it’s easy to keep out of the reach of curious children or intruders.

Check out our full lineup of best gun safes and best car gun safes for more firearm storage options.

Final word

The SentrySafe SFW123GDC is the best fireproof safe and an absolute beast for a reasonable price. We’re also big fans of its 89-pound weight, which makes it much harder for a burglar to tote off-site to a workshop. While you can bolt this safe to the floor, there are (understandably) no other mounting options.

Home security safes aren’t the only way to protect your home and valuables. Consider heading over to our reviews of the best home security systems and best wireless security cameras to learn about other ways to improve your security. 

Home safe FAQ

If you do an internet search for “home safe,” the results can be overwhelming. Some are built specifically for guns, while others offer protection from fire, tampering, or water—and then there’s the lock type to consider while you’re at it.

To start, you’ll need to determine what type of safe is best for you: a floor safe, a wall safe, or a bedside safe. Then find one with the lock type that fits your needs and budget.

When safe shopping, consider your goal—do you want to hide heirlooms or important documents? Do you need a quickly accessible gun for emergencies? Your answer will impact cost and storage location.

A wall safe might be right for you if you have a small floor plan and can make modifications to your home. Wall safes can hide behind doors or portraits without taking up too much floor space. If you do opt for a wall safe, make sure that it’s mounted between the studs in the wall.

A floor safe is a great alternative to putting a hole in your wall. These safes secure to the floor for enhanced defense against thieves. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit in tight, hidden spaces. If you want to bolt your floor safe down, hard surfaces like concrete are best.

Gun safes, such as biometric gun safes, are more secure than simply keeping a weapon on your nightstand. These safes ensure that your gun won’t end up in the wrong hands, and they open quickly should you need your weapon.

Hidden safes are home safes in disguise. Usually camouflaged as books, they’re perfect for hiding valuables in plain sight. They’re discreet and light, making them portable for travel and moving. This also means they don’t store a ton of stuff, but they’re generally large enough to hide documents like passports and birth certificates.

The harder to find, the better. But this depends on whether you’re able to make alterations to your home or not. If you own your house, consider a mounted wall safe concealed by a piece of art, false wall, or fixture. If you rent, be sure to hide your safe in a hard-to-reach place to keep it out of unwelcome hands.

Heavy safes with good locking mechanisms offer the most security. Here’s a quick breakdown of different lock types.

Biometric scanner
This is a highly secure digital lock. It scans and then reads your fingerprint, and it opens only if the print matches one within the fingerprint memory. Some safes hold multiple prints for multiple users, so be sure the safe you chose suits the number of people using it.

Electronic keypad
Thanks to its PIN authentication, an electronic keypad keeps your valuables secure and easy for you (or other authorized users) to access. A lock can run on batteries, Wi-Fi, or an AC adapter. Be sure to check for a low battery alert or backup key if you opt for a safe that requires a power source.

A combination lock is as basic as it gets. Turn the dial to your combination passcode and voilà. It’s battery-free, so you can always count on it to function. But it does require periodic maintenance. To prevent the lock from seizing, you’ll have to disassemble it, clean it, and lubricate it. Your local safe technician or locksmith can tell you more about the service costs and specifics.

Always have a backup key

Find a safe with a backup key. Regardless of your lock type, a backup key saves the day in the event of a dead battery, power loss, or misplaced key. All of the safes in our comparison have an override key.

Even lighter safes should be hard to carry out the door. If you can help it, the heavier the safe is, the better. Heavy safes are harder for intruders to remove and carry out quietly. They’re also generally more durable. If you need a lighter, more portable safe, be sure to choose one with multiple locks or one that’s easy to hide.

The size of your safe affects where you can store it, how much it can hold, and its price. Watch for different measurements when shopping around. Most safes use cubic inches or cubic footage to express capacity.

While lightweight safes are generally more portable, they’re also easier for a burglar to carry out the door. If you choose a portable safe, keep it hidden safely or under your supervision.

Consider what items you want to store in the safe. The size and amount of your valuables will determine how big your safe should be. Larger items like binders, weapons, or laptops will need more room than documents, jewelry, or thumb drives.

While it isn’t exactly Fort Knox, a lock box or safe box is a great starter safe that’s easy to hide and move if discovered. It generally comes with a main and backup key, but not much else in terms of security.

Home safes without fire and water protection are still a good idea for securing your valuables, but the extra protection is worth it for irreplaceable objects. Before you make your purchase, consider what kind of threats your valuables are up against.

Usually marked as “UL Certified for Underwriters Laboratories,” fireproof safes have been tested for how much heat they can stand. These tests measure the temperature both inside and outside the safe, ensuring that the contents and the safe itself can take the heat.

If you live in an area that floods frequently, you may want to buy a safe that floats or is water resistant. We also recommend keeping smaller safes on higher ground to avoid exposure to water.

How we reviewed the best home safes

To create this round up we spent hours researching, reading customer reviews, and doing some hands-on testing.

To start our best safes review, we considered what we’d want to see in a home safe. We eliminated flimsy key lockboxes and large gun safes to make sure our candidates were a suitable size for most consumers.

We also looked for safes with backup keys, biometric scanners, and keyless entry to avoid getting locked out (or the wrong person getting in). We looked through top-rated products and compared their prices and features to see which safes stood out.

Check out our full methodology to learn more about how we rank home safes and other products.

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How to open a safe with an electronic lock?


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Safes have a powerful protection that prevents outsiders from entering. In a metal safe, you can store money, valuable documents – everything that is important. If you take care of the position and follow the recommendations for opening the lock according to the instructions, then there will be no problems. However, often the owners of the goods are in a hurry, inattentively read the recommendations and the consequences are not long in coming.

Types of safes

Each model passes a kind of burglary resistance test. Safes with locks must be issued with a certificate. Before opening the safe, we recommend that you carefully read the instructions.

There are two types of safes:

– with key lock;

– with electronic lock.

Key safe

The key lock is practically not affected by moisture and temperature differences. Keys are long. The only downside to the position is carrying the key with you. So if you are responsible and sure that the key will not be lost, then the key safe is suitable for you. If the key is lost, a new safe lock will need to be installed.

It should be noted that among our customers, the Aiko T-17 safe with a key lock measuring 17x26x23 cm is more popular. It does not take up much space and allows you to store a small amount of cash and documents.

If you need to store a lot of documents and cash, then a fireproof metal cabinet Valberg BM 1993 KL will do. In the event of a fire, it will keep the papers intact. Burglary resistance class – 0 class. Fire resistance class – 30 B.

In the cabinet Valberg BM 1993 KL has 4 shelves. Capacity – at least 60 Crown folders (7.5 cm). 2 doors. 2 key locks. Shelf load – 80 kg. Colour: body – shade of brown with hammer effect, door – shade of green with hammer effect.

How to open a safe with an electronic lock

In order to open a safe with an electronic lock, it must first be activated. As a rule, this is the “*” button, which is located on the keyboard panel. Next, you should dial the code, which consists of a combination of numbers. We confirm the input – press “#” or “Enter”, after which a beep should follow and the green light will light up. If suddenly you entered the wrong code, the red light will turn on. If this happens, you can return to the original step and repeat the algorithm.

By the way, no one canceled the ability to change the character code, but there is a condition – it can only be changed when the safe is open. Just in case, we advise you to check the correctness of the combination several times in order to avoid future troubles. Among safes with an electronic lock, the Valberg series is popular. For example, the AIKO SH-23 EL safe is designed to store documents, valuables, and money at home. Suitable for office and hotel rooms. The thickness of the front panel is 2.8 mm, the thickness of the side walls is 1.2 mm. The position is equipped with an electronic lock and an emergency master key.

How to open a locked safe

Note that if the code is entered incorrectly, the safe will be temporarily blocked, but not for long. With each incorrect password entry, the blocking time increases.

Do not forget that the electronic safe is powered by a battery that runs out sooner or later, so we advise you to change it in a timely manner to avoid problems associated with opening. A month before the battery runs out, the safe starts to make sounds – this is a signal that it is time to change the battery.

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