Best Home Security Doors of 2022

We studied the essential qualities of effective security doors and scoured the web to find the best.
Best overall
Main Door Rustic Mahogany security door
Main Door Rustic Mahogany
  • pro
    Solid, sustainably-sourced wood
  • pro
    Prehung; ready to install
  • pro
    Speakeasy door
Best for budgets
Unique Home Designs Su Casa Steel Security Door
Unique Home Designs Su Casa
  • pro
    Steel, steel screen
  • pro
    Prehung; ready to install
  • pro
    Corrosion resistance
Best steel door
Viz-Pro Quick Mount Steel Security Door
Viz-Pro Quick Mount
  • pro
    Steel
  • pro
    Prehung; ready to install
  • pro
    9–12-point locking system
Best storm door
Titan Meshtec Ultimate Security Storm Door
Titan Meshtec Ultimate Security
  • pro
    Aluminum, Meshtec screen, glass
  • con
    Some assembly required
  • pro
    Removable glass insert
Best design
VDom Deux Exterior security door
Vdom Deux 1713
  • pro
    Steel, glass, and oak
  • con
    Prehung; ready to install
  • pro
    Includes handle and lock
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Smart locks aren't the only way to beef up a door's security—sometimes, you must start with the front door itself. The Main Door Rustic Mahogany prehung front door combines strength and style to protect your home's main entrance. Its weight makes installation tricky, but hanging it is pretty straightforward. (But the weight is a good thing in the long run.)

It doesn't give you the visibility of the storm-door-style security doors, but the speakeasy portal allows for airflow and protects you while chatting with someone standing on your front porch.


Best security doors for homes


Compare the best security doors

Door
Best for
Price
Materials
Finish
Sizes Icon Tooltip  Dark
Prehung Icon Tooltip  Dark
Learn more
Best overallSolid wood,
iron,
glass
Rustic distress36 x 80 in.
Icon Yes  LightYes
Best for budgetsSteel,
steel screen
Navajo white,
black,
white
30 x 80 in.
32 x 80 in.
36 x 80 in.
Icon Yes  LightYes
Best steel doorSteel,
fiberglass,
mineral wool
Gray29 x 80 in.
30 3/4 x 80 in.
34 5/8 x 80 in.
36 x 80 in.
39 1/2 x 80 in.
Icon Yes  LightYes
Best storm doorAluminum alloy,
Meshtec screen,
glass
White32 x 80 in.
36 x 80 in.
Icon No  LightNo, requires some assembly
Best designSteel,
MDF,
oak veneer,
frosted glass,
mineral wool,
Natural oak,
dark brown oak,
white enamel,
gray graphite
36 x 80 in.
Icon Yes  LightYes

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Reviews for the best security doors

1. Main Door Rustic Mahogany: Best overall

Best overall
Main Door Rustic Mahogany security door

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Looking like it could guard a castle entrance, the Main Door Rustic Mahogany takes its style from old-world beauty that will fit right in as your home's front door. We're glad it's not made from genuine mahogany because natural mahogany is endangered.1 Instead, it uses FSC-certified Brazilian mahogany (Cedro Arana), a sustainably sourced tropical hardwood.

pro
Pros
pro Sustainably sourced wood
pro Hardware included
pro Working speakeasy
pro Prehung for easy installation
pro Attractive design
con
Cons
con Requires overhang to protect wood
con Extremely heavy
con Left-handed inswing only

This wooden door features a speakeasy hatch in place of a peephole and a distressed finish with iron accents. Still, we found the distressing to be less aged-over-time and more attacked-with-a-hatchet than we'd like (unless you want to look like you're living in a castle under siege).

This entry door is simple to install, but it is solid wood, so we recommend rounding up a few friends—or a professional from Thumbtack—to help with the heavy lifting. There's no exterior molding included, so plan accordingly. At least it comes with predrilled holes for the deadbolt and latch. This door works best in a protected location—you'll void the warranty if you place it on an exterior wall without an overhang.

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Multiple sizes are available when you buy direct

Buying the Rustic Mahogany at Home Depot limits you to a single size, which may not meet your needs. Fortunately, you can go straight to Main Door to order custom security door sizes. It takes much longer to receive your door than buying a standard size, but it could be worth the hassle. Unique Home Designs also offers additional sizes if you buy direct.

2. Unique Home Designs Su Casa: Best for budgets

Best for budgets
Unique Home Designs Su Casa Steel Security Door

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Home safety can get expensive, so if you need extra security but can't afford a solid wood door, the Unique Home Designs Su Casa steel security door is a budget-friendly option. It can go in front of your regular front door and enhance your home's curb appeal. It's not as tough as some other doors on our list, but its design makes it a decent crime deterrent for the price.

pro
Pros
pro Crime-deterring design
pro Attractive scrollwork motif
pro Low price tag
pro Corrosion resistance
pro Universal handing
con
Cons
con Screen vulnerability
con More maintenance than aluminum doors

The Su Casa's metal screen allows for ventilation and keeps insects out, but the welded steel tube scrollwork grills add a layer of protection to your home. We like that you can choose whether you want it to open from the left or the right and that it has a powder-coated frame and galvanized steel screen for protection against rust and corrosion.

You might consider adding an extra layer of sealant for long-lasting wear before you install it since the one-way installation screws will make this screen door tricky to remove once it's in. (One-way screws: great for preventing crime, not so great for door replacement.) This metal security door comes with a one-way driver bit to make installation easier.

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Unique Home Designs Full View

Unique Home Designs isn't strictly a budget brand, as the Full View (about $1,616) storm door is one of the best we've come across. It's a bit pricier than Titan, our storm door pick, but we love that it comes in 12 different finishes and includes the incredible Meshtec screen material.

3. Viz-Pro Quick Mount: Best steel door

Best steel door
Viz-Pro Quick Mount Steel Security Door

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While the other security doors on our list are attractive in their own ways, the Viz-Pro Quick Mount focuses solely on security with its steel construction and multi-point locking system. The result is a bland gray door that's downright unwelcoming—it tells intruders to move along.

pro
Pros
pro Multi-point locking system
pro Steel construction
pro Includes locking handle
pro Includes frame
con
Cons
con Bland design
con Extremely heavy
con Keys may be difficult to copy

While the other doors in our comparison work well in any exterior doorway, this is a better fit for workshops and garages. The biggest highlight is probably the 9–12 point locking system that secures the metal door on all four sides instead of focusing on the side with the handle like standard doors. It also comes with a mortise lock handle, so you don't need to buy a door lock separately.

We love that it comes in five sizes and includes a frame for easy mounting. This high-security door isn't solid steel—that would be a nightmare to lift—but its hollow core contains fiberglass and mineral wool for extra insulation against heat and cold.

4. Titan Meshtec Ultimate Security: Best storm door

Best storm door
Titan Meshtec Ultimate Security Storm Door

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The Titan Meshtec Ultimate Security offers two things we love in a storm door: an unobstructed view and a steel mesh without reinforcement rods that resists impacts and cutting. This screen door won't give way when your child or pooch forgets to look for a screen door before running into it. Meshtec stainless steel mesh comes at a premium, so you'll pay extra compared to a traditional screen door.

pro
Pros
pro Removable glass insert
pro Durable Meshtec steel screen
pro Three-point locking system
pro Included locking handle
con
Cons
con Only available in white
con Some assembly required
con Expensive

This storm door uses an aluminum alloy for extra weather resistance—it's not susceptible to rust like some steel security doors. When the weather is worse, you can swap to storm door mode by putting the tempered glass insert behind the screen to keep out rain and dust. Plus, the screen helps protect your glass from forced entry.

We love that Titan uses a three-point locking system that makes it difficult to pry open with a crowbar. It's not as intense as the Viz-Pro but should offer more protection than a typical deadbolt. Although installation is pretty straightforward, it requires some frame assembly, so it's not as streamlined as plopping a prehung door in place. This door has a locking handle, so you can scratch that off your shopping list.

5. Vdom Deux: Best design

Best design
VDom Deux Exterior security door
Vdom Deux 1713
$2,249.00

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VDom is an Italian company that's common in Europe but recently started expanding to the US. We love the VDom Deux 1713 Natural Oak for its unibody steel core covered in an oak veneer. This means you get the distinguished look of natural wood and the strength of steel. There's also an MDF fiberboard inside for additional strength, moisture control, and insulation.

pro
Pros
pro Strong construction
pro Prehung
pro Beautiful design
pro Includes lock hardware
con
Cons
con Expensive
con One size
con Design varies depending on the finish

VDom beefs up the door's interior structure with stiffening ribs to help it withstand physical attacks. As you might expect, the frosted glass is an excellent design feature but could be a weak point in this particular model.

Four exterior finishes are available: Natural Oak, Dark Brown Oak, White Enamel, and Gray Graphite. Unfortunately, the different finishes come with changes in the door's general appearance. It's more complex than choosing a different finish for your favorite design. The interior finish is White Enamel on every model.

The VDom Deux is a solid choice for home security, but it comes at a price—it's over $2,000 and only comes in one size. This door isn't reversible, so choose the appropriate right- or left-handle option for your home. But at least the door comes with a handle and lock.

More security doors we considered

ETO Doors Fortis

The ETO Door Fortis (about $1,000) initially pulled us in with an ultramodern fiberglass design that looks amazing and promises superior protection against the weather. Unfortunately, it requires more skill to install than other doors on our list.

This exterior door slab doesn't come with a door frame, hinges, or boreholes—it's also unfinished, so you need to paint or stain the door for colors beyond white. Like most doors on our list, you can skip retailers to order direct from ETO to add framing ahead of shipping. But choosing suitable options is still complicated if you don't have much experience with hanging doors.

Gatehouse Magnum

The Gatehouse Magnum (about $156) is an excellent alternative to Unique Home Designs Su Casa. Like the Su Casa, Magnum boasts steel construction, universal handing, two boreholes, and a mesh screen. Still, its one-year warranty and additional assembly don't hold up to the Su Casa, especially since both doors cost the same.

Larson Platinum Secure Glass Door

The Larson Platinum Secure Glass Door (about $494) lacks the interchangeable screen of the Titan, but we like that it includes a three-point locking system for less than half the price. It also boasts Larson's Dominator shield to help the glass resist attacks. Unlike Titan, Larson doesn't include a locking handle, so you'll need to buy this separately.

Pella Select

The Pella Select (about $340) is a Lowes-exclusive storm door with Low-E glass to improve energy efficiency in hot and cold weather. You can also swap Pella Select's glass for a screen to improve airflow in your home, making it a budget alternative to Titan. The screen isn't durable as Titan's, but it's a great option for a full-view storm door. 

Prime-Line Woodguard

If the Prime-Line Woodguard (about $630) door were a little bit easier to install and didn't have that wavy mesh screen look, we would rank it higher on our list. As it is, it's an affordable choice for a security screen door, and we like the solid pinewood styling over the security steel.

Final word

The Main Door Rustic Mahogany is secure and stylish. The overall look and construction of the door say, "Keep walking," which is why we named it our top pick for best security door.

While an exterior security door is a good start to a more secure home—consider other ways to strengthen door security, like installing sensors on your doors and windows and using door jammers.

For the most effective electronic door and window safety, it's crucial to understand how door sensors work and how to find the best door and window sensors. Check out our picks for the best door jammers for no-tools-required door security and more options when traveling.

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Not always DIY-friendly

Keep in mind that security door installation isn't always DIY-friendly, and even doors with straightforward installation aren't a one-person job for safety reasons. A service like Thumbtack can help you find a professional to assist you in fitting and hanging your exterior doors with confidence.

Security door FAQ

The Viz-Pro Quick Mount's all-steel design and multi-point locking make it the strongest security door on our list.

Yes, steel doors aren't as susceptible to temperature changes as wood doors. However, our top pick's solid-wood design is more than enough for most folks and superior to any hollow-core wooden door.

Steel doors are still vulnerable to rust if the paint comes off, so keeping up with maintenance is important. Fiberglass doors are a close second to steel doors.

Most regular front doors aren't security doors, but there are things you can do to make them tougher, like installing Door Armor Max, a reinforced strike plate, or a door reinforcer.

You can also add security storm doors to standard front doors for added protection—so intruders would have to unlock and open both the security storm door and the front door to get in your home. To strengthen regular screen doors and storm doors, consider adding reinforced screening.

It depends on where they are. It's not a good idea to put vulnerable windows right next to the locking mechanism on your door because intruders can easily smash out the windows to reach inside and open the deadbolt lock.

Sliding door locks, security bars, door braces, and contact sensors are all things you can use to create intruder-resistant doors for your patio. Adding simple coverings to the windows on your sliding glass doors can make your home less amenable to forced entry in the first place by obscuring the view of valuables and people inside.

How we reviewed the best security doors

After a colleague experienced a home invasion, we learned that the front door makes or breaks a home's security. As it turns out, their experience was no exception—burglars often prefer breaking in through a door instead of a window.

To find the best security doors, we studied the most important qualities of effective security doors and scoured the web to find doors that fit the bill without breaking the bank. We chose our favorite doors based on the materials they use and how imposing they look.

We skipped star ratings for this review because it's not a category we can test yet—breaking a $2,000+ door is beyond our abilities. Instead, we're highlighting 10 brands with lots of potential to improve your security. Most doors on our list cost $1,000 or less—many for a few hundred bucks—but some cost much more. How much you invest in security is a personal decision, so we wanted to show you various options.

Our full methodology explains how we rank and review the products on our site.

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Sources

  1. US Fish & Wildlife Service, "Catalina Island mountain-mahogany (Cercocarpus traskiae)." Accessed January 26, 2023.
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John Carlsen
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John Carlsen
John is a technology journalist specializing in smart home devices, security cameras, and home security systems. He has over nine years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech—he was the Smart Home Editor for Top Ten Reviews and wrote for ASecureLife before joining SafeWise as a Staff Writer in 2020. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and starting countless DIY projects he has yet to complete.

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