The First Alert 2092F looks like a classic combination floor safe from the movies, but its features are anything but Hollywood. This First Alert safe is small and dense, so it’s easy to hide and hard for thieves to take. It’s also waterproof and fire-resistant, with the ability to withstand 1700 degrees Fahrenheit.
And forget about having to buy batteries on a regular basis—the First Alert 2092F is battery-free and has an easy-to-use combination lock for quick access.
While the Amsec UL1511 costs over a grand, it’s an investment that provides serious protection for your valuables. It has an impressive range compared to other fire-resistant safes and can withstand up to 1,850 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours.
It’s also huge, weighing 185 pounds and has a 3.5-inch thick door to prevent tampering. But while it provides serious security, it only holds about a foot and a half of square footage.
The SentrySafe 0500 is the most affordable of our security safe picks. It’s smaller and lighter than the rest of our choices, but that can come in handy if you move often or need to travel with your valuables.
The SentrySafe ranges from .15 cubic feet to .61 cubic feet, each large enough for basic valuables like files, documents, jewelry, weapons, thumb drives, and discs. And while it’s small, it’s tough. The Sentry Safe can withstand 1,550 degrees Fahrenheit for half an hour.
This smart safe costs a pretty penny, but knowing that your valuables are safe is priceless. From the low battery alert to the night light, auto-lock, and FBI fingerprint technology, the Verifi Smart.Safe. makes its case as a tech-forward safe.
If you have curious, young kids, the tamper alerts notify you when Junior gets nosy about what’s in the safe. And thanks to FBI fingerprint technology, the safe provides fast and secure access to valuables or weapons.
According to reviews, this safe’s batteries can last up to four years. But it doesn’t offer fire protection. If you need to stash sensitive media, like paper documents, cash, DVDs, or USB drives, we recommend a safe with fire protection.
Barska is a great option for a knife or handgun safe. It’s affordable and uses a secure biometric lock that only lets you (or authorized people) in. You can store up to 30 different fingerprints, so you can save the biometric identifiers for all ten toes and ten fingers if you please.
Small in size, the Barska can be discreetly mounted or stashed out of sight. The convenient mounting bracket provides an added security measure and makes it difficult for thieves to run away with the safe. The downside is it’s not fire-rated, so sensitive items, such as paper documents or media, could be at-risk.
Things to Consider in a Home Safe
If you do an internet search for “home safe,” you’re going to find a whole mess of options. Some are built specifically for guns, while others offer protection from fire, tampering, or water—and then there’s the lock type to consider while you’re at it. It can be overwhelming, but we’ve got you covered. To start, you’ll need to determine what type of safe is best for you: floor, wall, or bedside. Then assess for the lock type, protection features, size, and budget.
Types of Home Safes
Take into account where a safe would be best stored in your house. The type of safe—for a wall, floor, or bedside—will contribute to cost and overall effectiveness.
Wall If you have a small floor plan and can make modifications to your home, a wall safe might be a solid option for you. Wall safes can be hidden behind doors or decorations without taking up floor space. If you do opt for a wall safe, make sure that it’s mounted correctly, between studs in the wall.
Floor If you can’t or don’t want to make alterations to your home, a floor safe is a great alternative to putting a hole in your wall. These safes can often be bolted to the floor for enhanced defense against thieves, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit in your closet, spare room, or basement.
Bedside Bedside safes, such as biometric gun safes, are more secure than simply keeping a weapon in your night stand. These safes ensure that your gun won’t end up in the wrong hands and they open quickly should you need your weapon.
Types of Locks
The type of locking mechanism and how it’s powered can impact price, access time, and functionality during a power outage. For example, a combination lock won’t open nearly as quickly as a biometric lock, so keep in mind what you’ll be using the safe for.
Power Source A lock can run on batteries, Wi-Fi, or an AC adapter. Be sure to check for a low battery alert or backup key if you opt for a safe that requires a power source.
Backup Key Regardless of what type of lock you have, a backup key is particularly helpful in the event of a dead battery, no power, or if you lose a set of keys.
Biometric Scanner This is a highly secure lock. It scans and then reads your fingerprint, and it only opens if the print matches one within the fingerprint memory.
Electronic Key Pad Thanks to its PIN-based authentication, an electronic key pad keeps your valuables secure yet easy for you to access.
Combination A combination lock is as basic as it gets: simply turn the dial to your combination passcode and voilà. And its’ battery-free, so you can always count on it to function. But it doesrequire periodic maintenance. To prevent the lock from seizing, it must be taken apart, cleaned, and lubricated. Your local safe technician or locksmith can tell you more about service costs and specifics.
Types of Protection
Before you make your purchase, consider what kind of protection you want. Do you want defense against fire, water, or tampering?
Fire-Resistant This kind of safe protects the contents from high temperatures or actual fire. Some manufacturers will specify what the safe’s maximum internal temperature is; others will not.
Water-Resistant If you live in an area that floods frequently, you may want to buy a safe that floats and is water-resistant.
Tamper-Proof Unless specified otherwise, safes are built to withstand a certain amount of tampering, meaning they can endure impact or other kinds of force.
The size of your safe will affect where it’s stored, the type of contents it can hold, and the price tag. Tip: be on the lookout for varied forms of measurement—some size measurements will be broken down by inches or cubic footage.
Portability While a lightweight safe is likely to be affordable and ideal for renters, it’ll also be easy for a burglar to carry out the door.
Type of Contents Consider what kind of items you want to store in the safe. The size of the contents will determine how big or small your safe is.
Budget The lock style, size, and type of protection that’s best for your lifestyle will dictate how much money you spend.
Proper Safe-Keeping Etiquette
How to make the most of your new safe and keep it out of the wrong hands.
Always Keep Your Safe Locked
Regardless of what you’re storing in your safe, be it a gun or precious heirlooms, you should keep your safe locked at all times. You never know when you’ll forget to rearm your safe or who will be snooping around the house (e.g., a burglar or nosy kids), so be proactive and keep the safe locked.
Don’t Make Your Passcode Easy to Find
As tempting as it might be to keep the passcode or backup key in an easy-to-remember spot, you should refrain from doing just that. You never know who could find that extra set of keys or passcode.
Pro Tip: Get Familiar with Fire Ratings
Fire can destroy valuables in a matter of moments. Some safes are fire-resistant and some are not. Fire ratings are regulated by UL, a company that issues safety certifications, so check if your safe features a UL-approved safety rating. The UL rating specifies the temperature and duration at which a safe will protect your valuables before it finally catches fire. If you do not see a specific UL rating, look for time and maximum temperature the safe is built to sustain integrity during a fire.
Don’t Showboat the Location
Take precautions as you would with any expensive product: don’t advertise or compromise the safe’s location.
Bolt and Conceal Your Safe
When it comes to your peace of mind, it’s always worth it to go the extra mile and keep your safe bolted
to the floor or secured properly on the wall.
Home Safe Extras
Here are some more tools to help round out your home safe setup.
Why We Like It
Where to Find It
Gun Safe Light with PIR Motion Sensor
Eva-Dry Mini Dehumidifier
Lighting up your loot
Protecting valuables from moisture
Motion-activated LED light Magnetic base Cheap price tag
Spill- and mess-free 100% renewable Cord and battery-free
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Written by Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more