The 10 Best Home Safes

Updated November 16, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 38 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Even if you don't have a ton of expensive jewelry, we bet you've got a lot of stuff that would be better off not stored in a kitchen cabinet. These home safes provide security not just for valuables, but also for important items you want to protect from fire and floods, such as passports, birth certificates and backup hard drives for your computer. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best home safe on Amazon.

10. Monster Vault

If space is a serious issue for you, get the Monster Vault. Its horizontal shape has been designed to be sleek enough to fit under most beds and other furniture, yet its substantial length means it can still hold a good amount of valuables.
  • smooth slide-out drawer
  • fits in the back of many suvs
  • doesn't have a soft interior lining
Brand Monster Vault
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. SentrySafe SFW123FUL

The SentrySafe SFW123FUL does a good job of withstanding unwanted entry but, unless it's bolted down, it could potentially be carried off by one person. It's available with standard combination or electronic keypad lock options.
  • backlit keypad for nighttime entry
  • protects against fire and impacts
  • traps moisture and humidity inside
Brand SentrySafe
Model SFW123FUL
Weight 91.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Mesa MFS100E

The Mesa MFS100E weighs nearly 500 pounds, so you can be sure nobody will be walking away with it. It's also fire rated in case of unexpected mishaps, and has plenty of room for virtually anything worth protecting at roughly 4 feet tall.
  • mountable casters included
  • interior locking drawer
  • it's so big that it's hard to hide
Brand Mesa Safe
Model MFS-160E
Weight 980 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Barska Biometric AX11224

The Barska Biometric AX11224 requires just a simple fingerprint in order to gain access. This lets you open it quickly in case of an emergency and eliminates the worry of forgetting your combination or passcode, plus it ensures control over who can get in.
  • can store up to 30 user fingerprints
  • batteries last about 2 years
  • beeps loudly when unlocked
Model AX11224
Weight 32.4 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Hollon B2500

If you prefer something that can be stowed away in an invisible location so there is even less chance of somebody finding it, the Hollon B2500 is a good bet. It can be installed in the floor and hidden under a rug for maximum discretion while remaining accessible.
  • spring-loaded relocking mechanism
  • 5 chrome-plated solid steel bolts
  • installation is very labor intensive
Brand Hollon
Model B2500
Weight 99.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. AmazonBasics Security

An affordable option that comes in a range of sizes to suit all but the highest capacity needs, the AmazonBasics Security can be mounted to the floor or a wall to ensure it remains where you want it. Its easily programmable keypad runs on four AA batteries.
  • pry-resistant concealed hinges
  • adjustable interior shelf
  • not water- or fire-proof
Brand AmazonBasics
Model 25EI
Weight 21.7 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. SentrySafe SFW205UQC

Not only is the SentrySafe SFW205UQC virtually pick-proof, it doubles up the security with a loud alarm that activates in the event of unauthorized access. It's also well insulated to protect digital media in a fire for up to an hour.
  • great value for the price
  • flood-proof for up to 24 hours
  • large pull-out drawers load easily
Brand SentrySafe
Model SFW205UQC
Weight 149 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. First Alert 2030F

The water- and fire-proof First Alert 2030F is cheap and compact, and as long as you're more worried about the elements than it being carried off, it's a sure bet for security. It's the perfect choice for important documents and digital devices.
  • heavy enough to stay put
  • clamp-style latch with two keys
  • five-year limited warranty
Brand First Alert
Model 2030F
Weight 24.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Blue Dot Second Amendment

The Blue Dot Second Amendment may be designed for guns, but it's actually much more versatile than that. It has room to store all of your valuables, shelves for important documents, and lots of pouches on the door for odds and ends.
  • two-way locking system with 10 bolts
  • fire-resistant 12-gauge steel
  • drill-resistant plate
Brand Blue Dot Safes
Model GS592820
Weight 482 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Mesa MBF1512C

The Mesa MBF1512C has four predrilled anchor holes, so you can attach it to the floor and not worry about it being carried off. It is even robust enough to withstand two-story falls without cracking, and its 1.7 cubic foot interior provides ample room for your valuables.
  • hammered grey finish
  • punch activated relocking system
  • includes limited lifetime warranty
Brand Mesa Safe
Model MBF1512C
Weight 170 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Safety First

We all have things that are precious to us. There's no shame in wanting to preserve materials that have monetary, or even sentimental value. How we go about protecting those things depends on the items themselves and our general level of trust in institutions.

Many folks, for example, keep all their money in the bank, and their most beloved possessions in the same bank's available safety deposit boxes. These are especially useful if you're a secret agent and you need a difficult-to-trace spot to store some of your extra passports and currencies.

The problem with banks, though, is that they are subject to the pitfalls of macroeconomic fluctuations. Just ask the Greek citizens who were suddenly prevented from withdrawing more than a small amount of money each day, as the government attempted to slow the run on banks that occurred as their economy collapsed. We'd like to think such a thing could never happen to us, but it very well could.

So, a good safe in the home will keep your treasures close by, away from the manipulating hand of government and safe from fires and floods alike.

The workings of a safe are relatively simple. They are made from extremely dense metals, often weighing in at close to 100 lbs., even among smaller models, and their locking mechanisms are nearly impossible to crack.

Sure, there are ways to circumvent digital locks with some big brains and some very expensive technology, but–with all due respect–people possessed of those tools and skill sets probably aren't trying to boost your Facebook shares or your Beanie Babies.

Picking A Lock

The idea of a hidden safe excites me greatly. I like having a lot of art up on my walls, and someday I hope to have a nice safe hidden behind one of the larger frames. For the moment, I have next to nothing worth protecting in a safe, but the minute I get something, it's going in there.

Hiding a safe isn't just about security, either; it's as much about the look of a space as anything else. And that goes both for the safes you can seclude and the models you want on display.

Say you're a bit of a huntsman with a beautiful, high school-aged daughter. Having a tall safe in your house displayed somewhere prominently ought to inform any of your daughter's potential suitors that you, indeed, have all the wealth and firepower necessary to dole out justice should he wrong your little girl in any way.

If you have valuables that are so important to you that you must hide even the fact that they're protected, you'll want a model that's designed to disappear. One such model on our list actually fits between your floorboards, so you can install it where few would think to look. Make sure you put something over it, though, like a desk or a small table; if one were to walk across it, the difference in footfall between the regular floorboards and those over the safe would give away its location.

The final considerations in safe selection are size and seal. Obviously, you need a safe that's big enough to house the largest prize inside, so that should be your baseline. Then, you should consider how you want your safe to lock. A talented thief with a good stethoscope can crack most traditionally locked safes, so the digital styles tend to be more secure. A safe that combines locking mechanisms would be best, however, and if there's a backup alarm to wake you in the night, even better.

Safe From Fire

Even more dastardly than the most talented of thieves, the truest threat to one's belongings before the advent of the modern safe was fire. Imagine where our collective intelligence as a species would be today if the library at Alexandria had had any kind of fire protection system in place.

Important scrolls found themselves buried against the blaze, entombed in slabs of stone and marble. Caesar was known to have stored important documents in iron boxes, though they proved no more effective against flames than common wood.

By the 1830s, irons safes abounded with any number of fire-protective linings from stone, to plaster, to wood, and even asbestos. Still, they failed to do the kind of job we expect even a simple fire-proof box to do today.

No one conducted any significant, scientifically sound tests on fire-safe materials until the early 20th century, and the results of those tests revolutionized the design of personal safes as well as vaults in banks around the country.

Treasure chests of the 15th and 16th centuries employed crude iron locks to secure their contents against would-be thieves, though most of these locks could be picked or broken with enough time and effort. While the combination lock has been a functional idea since the 13th century, it wasn't until 1878 that a German man, conveniently named Joseph Loch, invented what we would recognize as today's modern combination lock. In short order, these locks found their way onto safes around the world, only to be replaced by digital versions some 100 years later.

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Last updated on November 16, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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