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  • hollon hs 500d 2 hour fireproof home safe
    Current Price $395.00
    Original Price $599.00
    Hollon Safes Hollon HS-500D 2 Hour Fireproof Home Safe

    Dimensions: Exterior: 19 3/4“ H X 13 3/4” W X 16 3/4” D Interior: 15″H X 9 1/4″ W X 12″ D Cubes: 0.94 Weight: 121 lbs Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

    Current Price $395.00
    Original Price $599.00
  • HS 310D Door Closed White 1000
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    Current Price $334.00
    Original Price $499.00
    Hollon Safes Hollon HS-310D 2 Hour Fireproof Home Safe

    Dimensions: Exterior: 11 3/4” H X 16 1/2” W X 14” D Interior: 8” H X 12 1/3” W X 9 1/4” D Cubes: 0.53 Weight: 81 lbs Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

    Current Price $334.00
    Original Price $499.00
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  • AMSEC AM4020E5
    Current Price $1,149.99
    Original Price $1,460.00
    AMSEC AMSEC AM4020E5 Fire and Burglary Home Safe

    Dimensions Exterior: 40" H X 20" W X 20" D Interior: 37" H X 18.25" W X 14.5" D Weight: 316 lbs Warranty: 1 Year On Parts And Labor

    Current Price $1,149.99
    Original Price $1,460.00
  • hollon hs 500e 2 hour fireproof home safe
    Current Price $447.00
    Original Price $599.00
    Hollon Safes Hollon HS-500E 2 Hour Fireproof Home Safe

    Dimensions: Exterior: 19 3/4“ H X 13 3/4” W X 16 3/4” D Interior: 15″ H X 9 1/4″ W X 12″ D Cubes: 0.94 Weight: 121 lbs Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

    Current Price $447.00
    Original Price $599.00
  • hollon hs 310e 2 hour fireproof home safe
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    Current Price $381.00
    Original Price $499.00
    Hollon Safes Hollon HS-310E 2 Hour Fireproof Home Safe

    Dimensions: Exterior: 11 3/4” H  X 16 1/2” W X 14” D Interior: 8” H X 12 1/3” W X 9 1/4” D Cubes: 0.53 Weight: 81 lbs Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

    Current Price $381.00
    Original Price $499.00
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  • Sanctuary PV2S Electronic Home _ Office Vault
    Current Price $79.99
    Original Price $159.00
    Santuary Safes Sanctuary PV2S Electronic Home & Office Safe

    Dimensions Exterior: 7.75” H X 12” W X 8” D Interior: 7.25” H X 11.5” W X 7.5” D Product Weight: 10 lbs

    Current Price $79.99
    Original Price $159.00
  • hollon hs 610e 2 hour fireproof home safe
    Current Price $725.00
    Original Price $899.00
    Hollon Safes Hollon HS-610E 2 Hour Fireproof Home Safe

    Dimensions: Exterior: 21-3/4” H X 19-3/4” W X 18-1/2” D Interior: 16” H X14” W X 11 5/8” D Cubes: 1.5 Weight: 187 lbs Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

    Current Price $725.00
    Original Price $899.00
  • hollon hs 610d 2 hour fireproof home safe
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    Current Price $683.00
    Original Price $799.00
    Hollon Safes Hollon HS-610D 2 Hour Fireproof Home Safe

    Dimensions: Exterior: 21-3/4” H X 19-3/4” W X 18-1/2” D  Interior: 16” H X 14” W X 11-5/8” D Cubes: 1.5 Weight: 187 lbs Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

    Current Price $683.00
    Original Price $799.00
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  • hollon fb 685c fire and burglary safe
    Current Price $1,356.00
    Original Price $1,699.00
    Hollon Safes Hollon FB-685C Fire and Burglary Safe

    Dimensions: Exterior: 27" H X 21" W X 20.50" D (Add 3" for handle) Interior: 21” H x 15” W x 13” D Interior Cubic Feet: 2.36 Weight: 354 lbs Fire...

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    Current Price $1,356.00
    Original Price $1,699.00
  • hollon fb 1054e fire and burglary safe
    Current Price $2,574.00
    Original Price $2,999.00
    Hollon Safes Hollon FB-1054C Fire and Burglary Safe

    Dimensions: Exterior: 41.50" H X 28" W X 29" D (Add 3" for handle) Interior: 35-½” H X 22” W X 21-½” D  Interior Cubic Feet: 9.71 Weight: 748 lbs...

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    Current Price $2,574.00
    Original Price $2,999.00
  • Honeywell-5403-Bluetooth-Smart-Security-Safe
    Current Price $539.95
    Original Price $699.95
    Honeywell Safes Honeywell 5403 Bluetooth Smart Security Safe

    Dimensions Exterior: 11.80" H X 15" W X 11.80" D Interior: 11.60" H X 14.70" W X 9.80" D Interior Cubic Ft: 0.97 Weight: 29.80 lbs

    Current Price $539.95
    Original Price $699.95
  • Honeywell 5107 Steel Security Safe
    Current Price $359.95
    Original Price $409.95
    Honeywell Safes Honeywell 5107 Large Steel Security Safe

    Dimensions Exterior: 21.70" H X 15" W X 18" D Interior: 20.70" H X 14.80" W X 15.90" D Interior Cubic Ft: 2.82 Weight: 59 lbs

    Current Price $359.95
    Original Price $409.95
  • Honeywell 5105 Steel Laptop Safe
    Current Price $219.95
    Original Price $279.95
    Honeywell Safes Honeywell 5105DS Low Profile Steel Laptop Safe

    Dimensions Exterior: 8" H X 19.50" W X 15.80" D Interior: 7" H X 19.20" W X 14.20" D Interior Cubic Ft: 1.1 Weight: 33 lbs

    Current Price $219.95
    Original Price $279.95

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Unfortunately, we live in a world where theft and burglary are real threats that must be avoided. While there are numerous ways to safeguard our valuables, purchasing a safe is one of the most effective.

Choosing the right safe can be daunting, especially if you must familiarize yourself with the various types of safes on the market. 

In this article, we'll walk you through choosing the best safe to provide you with the peace of mind you deserve.

Key Takeaways

  • When looking for a safe, the first question you should ask yourself is what kind of security you need.
  • A small safe may suffice if you only need to safeguard a few essential documents.
  • When choosing a home safe, consider not only what you'll be storing in it or how big it will be.

Table of Contents

  • Factors You Should Consider When Buying a Home Safe
  • Choosing The Right Level Of Burglar Protection
  • Choosing The Right Level Of Fire Protection
  • Choosing The Right Type Of Locking Mechanism
  • Types Of Home Safes
  • Conclusion
  • FAQs About Finding The Perfect Home Safe

Factors You Should Consider When Buying a Home Safe

There are numerous options available, and not all safes are the same. What works for someone else might work better for you. So, here are some things to consider when looking for a home safe.

Type Of Protection

When looking for a safe, the first question you should ask yourself is what kind of security you need. Various types of safes are available, each with a different level of protection. A standard safe should suffice if you're only concerned with keeping your belongings private. It locks up your stuff so nobody can access it without the correct code or key.

However, you must purchase a fireproof safe to keep important documents safe from fire. Regular safes will not be enough because they are not airtight, allowing your belongings to be damaged in a fire. And if you live in an area prone to flooding or heavy rain, you'll need a safe to keep your belongings dry. You don't have to worry about water if you're only storing metal items. 

If you have documents in the safe, you must ensure they are waterproof. You can start narrowing down your options and finding the right safe for you once you've determined what kind of protection you require.

Type Of Lock

Regarding safe locks, there are three main types to choose from. First, you can choose between a mechanical lock and an electronic lock or get a safe with both. Mechanical locks can be tricky because, depending on the type of lock, they can be both more secure and less secure than electronic locks. 

If you want to keep some important documents safe, either type of lock should suffice. However, it's worth considering a safe with redundant locks if you protect something precious and are concerned about potential intruders. Having both electronic and mechanical locks increases the security of your safe exponentially.

Size Of Safe

Let's discuss the size of the safe that you need. A small safe may suffice if you only need to safeguard a few essential documents. But here's the thing: you should always plan ahead and purchase a safe at least twice the size you currently require. 

When deciding on the size of your safe, keep the location in mind. You want to avoid ending up with a massive safe that takes up too much space or won't fit where you intended to keep it. So, be practical and choose a size that fits your belongings and home.

Fixed Or Portable?

Portable safes can be a lifesaver if you're constantly on the go or plan on moving your valuable items around. They make transporting your safe and its contents a breeze. But here's the thing: the disadvantage of a portable safe is that, well, it's portable! This makes it an easy target for thieves who may snatch it and try to open it later. 

So, only use a portable safe if you must move your belongings. On the other hand, it's good if your safe is too heavy and inconvenient to move around because it makes it more difficult for bad guys to steal it!

Budget

It's time to consider how much money you want to spend on a safe. Of course, your budget will be determined by your financial situation, but that is not the only factor to consider. Don't overspend on a safe just because you have some extra cash. Instead, think what you'll be keeping in the safe. You can get a cheap one if you only need a few documents. However, if what you're storing is extremely valuable, spending more is acceptable. 

Choosing The Right Level Of Burglar Protection

I'm sure you're aware that the primary purpose of a safe is to store and protect your valuable personal items from being stolen by someone who shouldn't have access to them. While security is usually the most crucial consideration for people purchasing a safe, only some require the same level of protection from intruders. 

For example, someone who keeps essential documents and a few collectibles in a safe with an alarm system may need a different level of burglar protection than someone who secures the same items in a city house without an alarm or security cameras.

How Do I Know What Level Of Burglar Protection I Need?

Things like where you live, the crime rate in your area, and whether or not you've ever had a home burglary. If you answer more questions in the "High Risk" column, you'll want a safe with higher burglary protection. However, if you fall into the "Low Risk" category, you may be able to get away with a less secure safe.

How Can I Tell How Secure a Home Safe Is Against Burglary?

Now that you know what level of protection and security you require from a safe, you're probably wondering how to find one that meets those specifications. To begin, keep in mind that no safe is completely impenetrable.

A determined burglar with the proper tools and skills can eventually break into any safe. However, having a safe can still be beneficial because it slows the process and gives you more time to react. And the higher the safe quality, the more time you'll have. Safes are classified according to how long they can withstand a burglary attempt or a fire without causing damage to the contents inside.

When it comes to home safes, the quality of construction and performance are the most critical factors in determining how well they can withstand burglary tools. Steel thickness, lock work, and re-lockers are all crucial considerations. Some safes even have an alarm if someone tries to move or pry open the door. 

A safe with a less than 1/4-inch steel body and a 12-inch steel door can be opened in less than five minutes. However, breaking into a safe requires skill, knowledge of the safe's construction, time, and luck. The steel type, size, weight, locking mechanism, structure quality and performance features affect a safe's ability to resist burglary.

Choosing The Right Level Of Fire Protection

Choosing the right home safe for fire protection is similar to selecting one for burglary protection - it all depends on what you require. Everyone has different needs, and the amount of fire protection you require is no exception.

How Do I Know What Level Of Fire Protection I Need?

There are numerous factors to consider when selecting a fireproof safe. For example, if you live in a wildfire-prone area or need to store important documents, electronics, or cash, you may require a safe with higher fire protection. However, if you have working smoke and fire alarms and don't keep many vital items in your safe, you may get away with a lower level of protection. So it all depends on your unique situation and needs!

How Can I Tell If a Home Safe Is Fireproof?

To determine how fireproof a home safe is, look for safes that have been tested. Underwriters Laboratories (U.L.) is a reputable organization that conducts fire resistance tests on home safes and assigns a rating based on their findings. U.L. classifies safes into five fire-resistant categories: UL class E, UL class D, UL class C, UL class B, and UL class A.

  • UL Class E safe: The safe is heated for 30 minutes to a temperature of 1550°F/843°C on the outside. To receive a U.L rating, the interior temperature must remain below 350°F/176°C during the test.
  • UL Class D safe: The safe is heated for one hour to 1700°F/927°C on the outside. To receive a U.L rating, the interior temperature must remain below 350°F/176°C during the test.
  • UL Class C Safe: The safe is heated for over an hour to reach an exterior temperature of 1700°F/927°C. To receive a U.L rating, the interior temperature must remain below 350°F/176°C during the test.
  • UL Class B Safe: The safe is heated for two hours to achieve an exterior temperature of 1850°F/1010°C. To receive a U.L rating, the interior temperature must remain below 350°F/176°C during the test.
  • UL Class A Safe: The safe is heated for four hours to achieve an exterior temperature of 2000°F/1093°C. To receive a U.L rating, the interior temperature must remain below 350°F/176°C during the test.

Choosing The Right Type Of Locking Mechanism

When choosing a home safe, consider not only what you'll be storing in it or how big it will be; also, consider how you want it to lock. You're in luck because there are four different locking mechanisms. Take a look at each one and determine which is best for your safety.

Dial/Combination

Pros:

  • Difficult to crack due to the one million possible combinations on a three-wheel combination lock.
  • Minimal upkeep is needed.
  • Highly dependable.

Cons:

  • Takes longer to open compared to modern locks.
  • You need to memorize the combination.

Avoid writing down your combination if you can. Your safe will be useless if a thief gets hold of your combination.

Biometric Locks

Pros: 

  • Unlocking a safe is extremely quick (similar to unlocking your phone with the fingerprint or retinal scan feature) and is ideal for gun storage.
  • You can program it to read multiple fingerprints, voices, or retinas so that you can grant access to others when necessary.
  • Combining a biometric safe with a digital number keypad can further improve security.

Cons:

  • Biometric safes and lock boxes are more expensive than other types of safes and lock boxes.
  • It's rare, but scanning occasionally fails or fails to recognize a previously saved fingerprint.

Biometric locks are a fancy way to secure your safe by opening it with your fingerprint, voice, or retinal recognition. Because of the unique personal identification required to gain access, these are considered the most secure type of lock available.

Digital Number Keypad

Pros:

  • Accessing your safe with an electronic lock is faster than combining safes.
  • It has programmable features and multiple codes for entry.
  • It locks automatically after a certain number of failed attempts.

Cons: 

  • Electronic locks are generally more expensive than combination locks.
  • You'll need to change the batteries every year.
  • Sometimes, electronic locks can malfunction.

Change the code frequently so the numbers do not wear out and become easily identifiable to burglars.

Lock And Key

Pros: 

  • It's nice to have a physical key to keep, which some people may prefer.
  • Key locks are generally simple to use and require little maintenance.

Cons: 

  • Keys can be lost or damaged, leaving you locked out of your safe and unable to retrieve your belongings.

If you choose a key lock safe, keep your keys somewhere. Then, robbers won't be able to easily find them. If you lose the others, you should keep one key in a bank's safe deposit box.

Overall, the locking mechanism you select is determined by your preferences. Can you easily remember passwords and combinations? Do you want quick access to your safe? Consider which locks we discussed above would be easiest for you to open when retrieving items from your home safe.

Types Of Home Safes

Choosing the right safe is determined by the level of protection required for the value of the items being stored, as well as the location and cost of the safe. You should also consider the lock's ease of use and whether you need the safe to be portable.

Fire Safes

A fire safe is a good option if you need a safe for your home to protect important papers and family photos from a fire. Although not the most secure option, fire safes are designed to withstand fires and can provide excellent protection for your valuable items in the event of a fire.

Wall Safes

Wall safes are an excellent choice if you need an easily concealed safe. They are smaller than floor safes but provide excellent short-term storage for valuable items you do not want your children to find.

Although wall safes are frequently seen in movies, many people regret purchasing them because they lack storage capacity. If you live in a typical-sized home, investing in a wall safe may not be worthwhile. Before buying a safe, make sure you know exactly what you want to store in it and have a professional carpenter install a false wall where you can mount it for added concealment and protection.

Security Safes

You should get a security safe if you want a safe that will keep burglars out. Because they are made of steel, they are heavier and more challenging to move. This also means that burglars need help picking and stealing them. They can be bolted to the floor or another surface and usually come with that option.

Most security safes are also fireproof, rather than fire resistant, so you won't lose your valuables in a fire. However, make sure to check the fire rating before purchasing.

Floor Safes

Floor safes are hidden safes that can be sunk into concrete floors. They're super secure, making it difficult for thieves to remove or find them. The only catch is that moving or moving the safe to a new location will be difficult because they're bolted down super tight.

Drawer/Nightstand Safes

Drawer safes, also referred to as nightstand gun safes, are small enough to fit inside a drawer. These safes usually have a lock, though newer models may include biometric technology. Despite their limited storage space, drawer safes are ideal for keeping small, essential items like guns, especially if you don't want your children to accidentally access them.

Conclusion

To summarize, various types of safes are available, each designed for a specific purpose. It is critical to pick the correct type of safe that meets your requirements and provides the necessary level of protection. When choosing a safe, keep in mind that your specific needs must be considered. Check the fire rating, locking devices, and thickness of the doors and walls. Finally, the value and size of the items you want to protect, your budget, and your personal preferences should all influence your safe selection.

FAQs About Finding The Perfect Home Safe

How much money should I spend?

A few factors influence how much money you should spend on a safe. First, consider the monetary value of the items you intend to keep in the safe and how much you are willing to pay for their security. Consider the potential cost of losing these items in a burglary or fire.

What are the best safe manufacturers?

Man, there are a ton of safe manufacturers out there nowadays. But honestly, many of them make crappy safes that won't keep your stuff safe. So if you're willing to shell out the big bucks for top-of-the-line quality, go for an Amsec safe. But know that it'll cost ya. On the other hand, if you're on a tight budget, Sentry safes are usually the cheapest option.

Should I bolt my safe to the floor?

It is highly urged that you bolt your safe to the floor or a solid surface. This will help prevent burglars from easily carrying the safe out of your home. It also adds an extra layer of security, making it much more difficult for someone to gain access to your safe.