Best In-Home Safes - SafeWise Buyer’s Guide

2016’s Top Safes & Smart Safes

Important documents, firearms, and irreplaceable heirlooms are better protected when kept in a safe. But which safe is safest? That depends on what you need it for.

How To Choose A Safe

Not sure where to start? Here are some guidelines you can follow to find the best safe for you.

Protection

When considering a safe, there are three main things you want to protect your items from — fire, water, and theft. Whether you live somewhere that is prone to flooding or you’re worried about a break-in, be sure to select a safe that offers the types of protection most appropriate to your needs.

Lock Style

Mechanical locks require periodic maintenance, whereas electronic locks typically don’t. You’ll get the highest level of protection from redundant locks—two different kinds of locks on the same safe.

Size

The more documents and valuables you’d like to protect, the larger the safe needs to be. Before purchasing your safe, gather everything you’re planning on putting in there. See how much space you’ll need for those items. This is a great gauge for minimum safe sizing, as you’ll also likely add things to the safe as time passes.

Portability

Home safes come in portable, wall-mounted, and anchored varieties. A recent "U.S. News & World Report" article strongly cautions against portable safes because they’re easily moved, making them more susceptible to theft.

Budget

When choosing your safe, you want to go with the most protection you can afford. You are making this investment to help protect some of your most valuable items, so it’s important to choose a safe that will get the job done. Also, when you don’t go with the lowest grade safe, it’ll be something you can use for years to come.

Top 10 Home Safes and Smart Safes

There are a number of safes designed for gun protection, fire resistance, tamper-proofing, and more. First, determine what you need to protect. Then, use our safe buyers guide below to find the best model.

Model

Price

Pros

Cons

SentrySafe 0500 Fire Chest

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Pros

Affordable

Fire Resistant

Highly Rated

Cons

Portable

Protex PWS-1814E Electronic Wall Safe

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Pros

4.5 Stars

Covert

Secure

Cons

Not Fireproof

Small

American Security AMSEC UL1511

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Pros

Fire Resistant

Tamper Proof

Durable

Cons

Extremely Expensive

Heavy

Verifi S6000 Smart.Safe.

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Pros

FBI Approved

Fingerprint Scanner

Tamper Alerts

Auto-Lock

Cons

Expensive

Not Fireproof

Liberty 9G HDX-250 Smart Vault Biometric Safe

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Pros

Fingerprint Scanner

Locking Bolts

15 Authorized Users

Cons

Small

Expensive

Not Fireproof

Ivation Electronic Home and Office Safe

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Pros

Affordable

Good Reviews

Battery-Operated

Cons

Small

Not Fireproof

First Alert 2092DF

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Pros

Waterproof

Fire Resistant

Mid Sized

Cons

Expensive

FireKing Fingerprint Safe BIO2014

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Pros

Fingerprint Scanner

Mid-Sized

Fire Resistant

Hefty

Cons

Extremely Expensive

BARSKA Mini Biometric Safe

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Pros

Affordable

Fingerprint Scanner

Good Reviews

30 Authorized Users

Cons

Not Fire Resistant

Small

LockState LS-30J FireProof Safe

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Pros

Fire Resistant

Secure

Cons

Very Small

*SafeWise has conducted impartial research to recommend products. This is not a guarantee. Each individual’s unique needs should be considered when deciding on chosen products.

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