The 5 Best Biometric Wall Safes

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This wiki has been updated 21 times since it was first published in February of 2017. If combining reliable security with quick and easy access to your valuables is your primary concern when picking out a safe, you’ll want to go with one of the biometric options here. Once installed securely, a simple fingerprint scan will grant entry to those programmed into the system, so you'll never have to worry about forgetting your code or someone potentially discovering it. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Viking Security VS-12BL

2. Able Digital Security Box

3. Viking Security VS-52BLX

Editor's Notes

December 22, 2020:

While there are many biometric gun and standalone safes available, the options for quality wall safes are significantly more limited. This is exemplified by the limited number of brands represented here. In fact, we even had to remove one, the Protex FW-1814Z, because there were simply too many reports of it malfunctioning. What is left is the best of breed in the category, so you should feel comfortable choosing whichever model on this list fits your size and storage requirements.

July 30, 2019:

Half of the entries on our previous list have been replaced in this new iteration, mainly due to availability concerns, but also because a pair of them lacked the kind of ease in installation we held as a baseline for the ranking. The total number of entries is a little on the low side, as well, as this tech is rarely completely accurate, and many cut-rate scanners can be thrown off by little things. Some are poorly made enough that they'll open for completely foreign fingers or simply remain closed when you need access the most. That is why we often recommend models with secondary and even tertiary access points. You'll see keypad entry options on all of our top three models (two of which are from the formidable Viking Security), and many others feature hidden keyholes and other backup systems should a safe's batteries die, like the four-prong cross keys offered by Viking, which are nearly impossible to duplicate, and the locks for which are even harder to pick.

Special Honors

Infinity Safes Fingerprint This offering keeps its price nice and low by simplifying a number of variables. Its keypad, for example, only features four numbers, and its memory bank is limited to 20 fingerprints. For an individual user in a relatively low-risk environment, however, this is all you should need.

4. Barska Optics AX12880

5. Barska AX12038

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