The Best Home Safes

Chances are you have valuable items in your home you want to keep safe from fires, floods, burglaries or other unexpected events. Whether it’s an irreplaceable family heirloom or important personal documents, home safes are the ideal way to keep items safe yet accessible.

But one size does not fit all when it comes to the best home safes. There are a few variables to consider before purchasing a safe, including size, lock style and portability. We’ve put together our list of the best safes on the market today. Depending on your specific needs, you should be able to find the right one for you.

What to look for in a home safe

  • Size: You should think about what types of items you are planning to store in your safe before looking at what size safe you will purchase. If you are only planning on storing documents, cash or smaller items, a compact safe will work. But if you are looking to store anything more sizeable, be sure that you know the dimensions of the inside of the safe before you buy it. Many safes have a much smaller interior compartment to shield items from the elements, so looks can be deceiving.
  • Lock type: There are many different ways to lock and unlock a safe, and which one to buy depends on your own personal preference and how quickly you may need access to those items. Here are different locks to consider:
  • Traditional lock: This safe opens with a traditional key.
  • Biometric lock: This type of safe will unlock with your fingerprint.
  • Combination lock: This type of safe opens like a locker with a number combination. This type of lock can also have a digital touchpad to enter the numbers.
  • Dual lock: This type of safe means you will be unlocking using two methods. For example, you may need a traditional key along with a combination to open.
  • Waterproof and Fireproof protections: You’ll want to find a safe that has more than just a lock to keep your most important valuables safe. In case of a flood or fire, there are safes that can withstand water and fire damage.
  • Portability: Having a safe that is simple to move around could be an important factor. If storing a gun for example, you’ll want a safe that can be stored away from small children. Or in case of a natural disaster, it will be more convenient to bring the safe with your important paperwork with you when you evacuate.

Our Picks for the 10 Best Home Safes

1. The Steelwater Fireproof Safe

Our pick for: Best Overall

SecurityNerd considers this one of the best home safes on the market because of its dual locking ability, fire protection and durability. You’ll need both a combination and a key to gain entry and it also has theft proof bars to make it tougher to pry open.

The Steelwater safe can withstand 1850°F for up to two hours. It is a heavy-duty safe, weighing in at over 140 pounds, with an interior capacity of 1.44 cubic feet.

  • Lock type: Dual (both combination and key)
  • Environmental protection: Fireproof 1850°F for up to two hours
  • Size: 143 lb.
  • Outside Dimensions (HxWxD): 20 7/8” x 17 1/8” x 17 5/16”
  • Interior Dimensions (HxWxD): 16 1/4” x 12 9/16” x 12 3/16”
  • Portability: Weighing in at over 140 pounds, this is not a portable safe.

Nerd Pros

Dual locks

Even if someone is able to guess the combination, you’ll still need the key to gain entry into this safe.

Fireproof

This safe can be burning in a fire for up to two hours, and the contents inside will still be safe.

Theft protection

This safe connects to two locking bolts, which makes it tougher for thieves to pry it open.

Nerd Cons

Portability

If you need to leave quickly, this safe is very large, so you won’t be able to take it with you.

Not waterproof

The company doesn’t offer any information on how this safe will fare in a flood.

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2. SentrySafe Fireproof Box

Our pick for: Best Portability

Sometimes you’ll need to bring valuables with you in case of a natural disaster or other type of emergency. This safe ranks high in portability, and even has convenient carrying handles for easy transport. Another great feature that makes this one of the best home safes is that it can withstand fires up to 1550° F for up to half an hour. The privacy key lock is also designed to keep the safe closed in case of a fire. Not to mention, this safe is also incredibly affordable.

  • Lock type: Key
  • Environmental protection: Fireproof 1550°F for half an hour
  • Size: 11 lb.
  • Outside Dimensions: 12.2 in. W x 10.3 in. D x 6.1 in. H
  • Interior Dimensions: 9.7 in. W x 7.3 in. D x 3.8 in. H
  • Portability: At only 11 pounds, it is simple to carry and transport wherever you go.

Nerd Pros

Fireproof
Privacy lock
Portability
Price

Nerd Cons

Size
Not waterproof

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SentrySafe 0500 Fireproof Box with Key Lock, 0.15 Cubic Feet
  • Fireproof box is UL Classified to endure 1/2 hour at 1550°F to protect small documents and small valuables from fire
  • Fire safe box is ETL Verified to protect CDs, DVDs, and USBs from fire damage
  • Fireproof lock box features a flat key lock to prevent the lid from opening in the event of a fire; includes two keys
  • Exterior: 12.2 in. W x 10.3 in. D x 6.1 in. H; Interior: 9.7 in. W x 7.3 in. D x 3.8 in. H;
  • Small capacity 0.15 cubic feet; weighs 11 pounds

3. Barska Mini Biometric Safe

Our pick for: Best Compact Option

Although this home safe is small in size, it certainly has some powerful features. This is a popular choice for gun owners and it can fit two handguns, depending on the size. With this safe, your finger is the key thanks to 2.5 second biometric scanning. You can also program multiple users. You also have the option to mount the safe somewhere high in order to keep it away from small children. The Barska Mini is also approved by the Department of Justice.

  • Lock type: Biometric (key backup)
  • Environmental protection: None
  • Size: 12 lb.
  • Outside Dimensions: 12 in. W x 7-¾ in. D x 8 in. H
  • Interior Dimensions: 11 ½ in. W x 5 ¾ in D x 7 ½ in. H
  • Portability: This is simple to transport, weighing in at a light 12 pounds.

Nerd Pros

Biometric scanning
Portability

Nerd Cons

Not waterproof
Battery powered

BARSKA AX11620 Biometric Fingerprint Mini Security Home Safe Box 0.29 Cubic Ft
  • Secure Storage: Our DOJ approved safes comes with a 120 fingerprint biometric module that is easy to program.
  • The Optional Silent Mode: The safe features a silent mode that enables stealthy home defense.
  • Solid Construction: This safe is built with durable steel, tamper-resistant edges, and 2 built-in pry-resistant steel deadbolts.
  • Mounting: The safe comes with pre-drilled holes and mounting hardware, allowing the safe to be easily mounted.
  • Motorized Deadbolts: The safe comes with 2 solid steal motorized Deadbolts

4. Viking Large Biometric Safe

Our pick for: Best Larger Safe Option

Users like this safe for its array of features, but also for its larger size. At just under 50 pounds, it isn’t so massive that you don’t know where to put it, but it is still large enough to store more items than your average safe. The safe can store 32 separate fingerprints and has added safety features to ensure that you don’t accidentally leave it open.

  • Lock type: Biometric (key backup)
  • Environmental protection: None
  • Size: 48 lb.
  • Outside Dimensions: H 16.69” x W 13.78” x D
  • Interior Dimensions: H 19.29” x W 12.5” x D 9.25”
  • Portability: Just under 50 pounds, this is not the most portable safe on the market.
  • Added safety features: If this safe is accidentally left open for longer than one minute, it will begin to beep to let the user know.
  • Theft-resistant features: Pry-resistant features make it difficult for a thief to strong-arm his way to your valuables. It also has a time out period if someone tries to use their fingerprint unsuccessfully ten times.

Nerd Pros

Biometric scanning
Added safety features
Theft protection

Nerd Cons

Some fingerprint scanning issues
Not fireproof
Not waterproof

Viking Security Safe VS-50BLX Large Biometric Safe Fingerprint Safe
  • HIGHLY SECURE 20” x 14” x 12” BIOMETRIC FINGERPRINT SAFE - Unlocks Fast by Registered Fingerprint or PIN Code. Access you gun,...
  • FAST ACCESS PERSONAL SAFE FOR HOME & OFFICE DEFENSE AND PROTECTION – Upgraded 500 DPI Optical Sensor, Motorized 20mm deadbolt locking...
  • EASY TO SET UP & SIMPLE TO USE - Scan & Save up to 32 Fingerprints for Multiple People or 1 PIN Code, All Carpeted interior with Build in...
  • PRY-RESISTANT by DESIGN, TIGHTLY SEALED SOLID STEEL BODY GUN SAFE - Two 20 mm Solid Steel Locking bars go inside of 2 insertion slots in the...
  • External Dimensions: H 19.69” (508 mm) x W 13.78”(305 mm) x D 12.21” (355 mm); Weight: 48 lbs. (22 kg);

5. Stalwart Digital Safe

Our pick for: Best Value
For its price point, this is one of the best home safe options on the market. It has safety features such as an automatic lock after 3 incorrect entries on the keypad and the LED keypad gives an added layer of security. Plus, you can even make customizable codes for guests. There is also an override key if you forget your code or if the battery runs out.

  • Lock type: Keypad (key backup)
  • Environmental protection: None
  • Size: 12 lb.
  • Outside Dimensions: L 12.2”x W 7.9”x H 7.9”
  • Interior Dimensions: L 12.08” x W 5.5”x H 7.75”
  • Portability: Weighing in at only 12 pounds, it’s easily transported.
  • Added safety features: If someone is trying to break into your safe and gives 3 incorrect entries on the keypad, there is a lockout period to deter anyone who shouldn’t be in the safe.

Nerd Pros

Keypad entry
Portability
Added safety features

Nerd Cons

Unclear setup instructions
Not fireproof
Not waterproof

Digital Safe-Electronic Steel Safe with Keypad, 2 Manual Override Keys-Protect Money, Jewelry, Passports-For Home, Business or Travel by Stalwart
  • PORTABLE- The digital safe can conveniently be utilized in your home or business and can also be taken along for your car or hotel during...
  • MULTI-PURPOSE- Securely store your cash, jewelry, documents, passports, heirlooms, and more. Enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that your...
  • LED KEYPAD- The safe is protected with an LED lit keypad that can be programmed with master and guest codes 3-8 digits long. Equipped with 2...
  • AUTOMATIC LOCK-After 3 incorrect entries, the alarm will sound for 20 seconds, and after 3 more incorrect entries, it will sound for 5...
  • PRODUCT DETAILS- Material: Steel. Dimensions: Exterior-(L)12.2”x(W)7.9”x(H)7.9”, Interior-(L)12.08”x(W)5.5”x(H)7.75”,...

6. Verifi Smart Safe

Our pick for: Best Technology

If you are interested in a model that opens using your fingerprints, this is a solid option. That’s because Verifi uses the TouchChip TCS1 silicon fingerprint sensor that is certified by the FBI. It also has some great features like tamper alerts, and an LED light to ensure that you can access what you need at any hour of the day or night.

  • Lock type: Biometric (key backup)
  • Environmental protection: None
  • Size: 22 lb.
  • Outside Dimensions: 14.4 inches W x 10.8 inches D x 5.8 inches H
  • Interior Dimensions: 14.0 inches W x 10.5 inches D x 3.3 inches H
  • Portability: You can move this safe, as it weighs in at just over 20 pounds.

Nerd Pros

Fingerprint scanner
Low battery alerts
Access logs

Nerd Cons

LED lighting only lasts 5 seconds
Not fireproof
Not waterproof

Verifi Smart.Safe. S4000 Biometric Gun Safe with FBI Certified Fingerprint Sensor, Self-Diagnostics, Tamper Alerts and AutoLock
  • LARGEST and ONLY FBI CERTIFIED FINGERPRINT SENSOR in any gun safe captures high-resolution fingerprint images to enhance recognition for...
  • SELF-DIAGNOSTICS are performed on the electronics and batteries to ensure they're ready for use in the moments you may need them the most
  • YEARS OF OPERATION on a single set of 4 AA batteries (included)
  • TAMPER ALERTS are timestamped and logged to keep you informed of unauthorized access attempts, backup-key access and reset attempts
  • AUTO-LOCK, LED night light, backup-key access, wall/floor mountable, stores 40 fingerprints, easy user management, solid steel construction,...

7. Honeywell Fireproof Safe

Our pick for: Best Warranty

This is one of the best home safes out there when it comes to warranties. You’ll get a 7-year limited warranty with the purchase of this safe and you will also receive a lifetime after fire replacement warranty, which is pretty impressive. We also like the fact that you have a choice between a combination lock or a keypad entry pad. The safe is also is both fire and waterproof.

  • Lock type: Dual (combination and keypad with key backup)
  • Environmental protection: Fire and water
  • Size: 70 pounds
  • Outside Dimensions: 12.7 in H x 15.6 in W x 14.8 in D
  • Interior Dimensions: 8.7 in H x 12.8 in W x 7.7 in D
  • Portability: This safe does not rank high in portability, weighing in at a heavy 70 pounds.

Nerd Pros

Fireproof
Waterproof
Dual locks
Warranty

Nerd Cons

Portability
Low tech

Honeywell Safes & Door Locks - 2111 Steel 1 Hour Fireproof Water Resistant Security Safe with Dual Digital Lock and Key Protection, 0.50-Cubic Feet, Black
  • FIRE SAFES - Protect your most valuable possessions and electronics with our fire safe, an ideal solution to protect your valuables from...
  • FEATURES - Our Honeywell 2111 fireproof safe has a 1 hour fire rating up to 1700°F or 927°C. This safe features a water resistant door and...
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8. Amazon Basics Safe

Our pick for: Best Versatility

Although this specific safe is 1.24 cubic feet, Amazon offers some versatility with the model, offering it in three different sizes. You gain entry with an electronic keypad. The safe will withstand fire for 20 minutes and it provides you with a shelf to accommodate more valuables. This one isn’t packed with features, but it is reliable and the different sizing options are a big plus.

  • Lock type: Keypad (with key backup)
  • Environmental protection: Fire
  • Size: 67 pounds
  • Outside Dimensions: 14.2" x 13.8" x 19.7" (L x W x H)
  • Interior Dimensions: 12.5" x 9.6" x 18.1" (L x W x H)
  • Portability: This safe does not rank high in portability, weighing in at 67 pounds.

Nerd Pros

Fireproof
Multiple sizes
Keypad entry

Nerd Cons

Not waterproof
Low portability

Viking Security Safe VS-50BLX Large Biometric Safe Fingerprint Safe
  • HIGHLY SECURE 20” x 14” x 12” BIOMETRIC FINGERPRINT SAFE - Unlocks Fast by Registered Fingerprint or PIN Code. Access you gun,...
  • FAST ACCESS PERSONAL SAFE FOR HOME & OFFICE DEFENSE AND PROTECTION – Upgraded 500 DPI Optical Sensor, Motorized 20mm deadbolt locking...
  • EASY TO SET UP & SIMPLE TO USE - Scan & Save up to 32 Fingerprints for Multiple People or 1 PIN Code, All Carpeted interior with Build in...
  • PRY-RESISTANT by DESIGN, TIGHTLY SEALED SOLID STEEL BODY GUN SAFE - Two 20 mm Solid Steel Locking bars go inside of 2 insertion slots in the...
  • External Dimensions: H 19.69” (508 mm) x W 13.78”(305 mm) x D 12.21” (355 mm); Weight: 48 lbs. (22 kg);

9. SentrySafe Combination Safe

Our pick for: Best Combination Lock

If you want to avoid biometric fingerprint or electronic keypads to gain entry to your safe, but you still want something with more security than just a traditional key, this is a great combination dial lock option. It also has some impressive features to keep your valuables safe, including fire and water protection, as well as a pry-resistant hinge bar. It will stay safe in a fire up to an hour and is waterproof in up to 8 inches of water for 24 hours.

  • Lock type: Combination (with key)
  • Environmental protection: Fire and water
  • Size: 86 pounds
  • Outside Dimensions: 16.3 in. W x 19.3 in. D x 17.8 in. H
  • Interior Dimensions: 12.6 in. W x 11.9 in. D x 13.8 in. H
  • Portability: This safe does not rank high in portability, weighing in at 86 pounds.
  • Condensation Issues: Although the fire proof features make it a better place to store your important belongings, some users have reported condensation issues inside the safe.

Nerd Pros

Fireproof
Waterproof
After fire replacement
Anti pry bar

Nerd Cons

Condensation issues
Warranty is only 1 year

SentrySafe SFW123DSB Fireproof Safe and Waterproof Safe with Dial Combination 1.23 Cubic Feet
  • Fireproof safe is UL Classified to endure 1 hour at 1700°F and keep interior temperatures safe for irreplaceable documents, valuables,...
  • Waterproof safe is ETL Verified for 24 hours of protection in water up to 8 inches deep offering peace of mind in the event of a flood....
  • Preset dial combination fire safe with secondary locking key for strong security; combination safe features four live-locking bolts, steel...
  • Exterior: 16.3 in. W x 19.3 in. D x 17.8 in. H; door requires 14.75 in. of clearance to fully open; Interior: 12.6 in. W x 11.9 in. D x 13.8...
  • Should your fireproof safe be damaged by fire or water, SentrySafe will provide a replacement safe so the things that matter most are...

10. AdirOffice Security Safe

Our pick for: Best Mountable Option

If you’re looking for a safe that is simple to mount to a wall, this is an ideal option. It provides the hardware for easy mounting and is available in a choice of three sizes and colors. It has a pry-resistant door, as well as a carpet to keep your valuables free from scratches inside. The digital display is also easy to read and lets you know if the safe is locked, unlocked or if it’s low on batteries.

  • Lock type: Keypad (with key backup)
  • Environmental protection: None
  • Size: 39 pounds
  • Dimensions: 14 in. W x 14 in. D x 20.5 in. H
  • Portability: This safe could be picked up at just under 40 pounds, but there are more portable options from AdirOffice if that’s what you’re in the market for.

Nerd Pros

Easy mounting
Keypad entry
Multiple size options

Nerd Cons

Not fireproof
Not waterproof

AdirOffice Security Safe with Digital Lock, Black, 2.32 Cubic Feet
  • DURABLE AND STURDY SAFE. Made utilizing steel construction to provide long-lasting strength and use throughout the years, this pry-resistant...
  • PROGRAMMABLE DIGITAL ACCESS. Using the keypad, you can create your own numeric code for easy entry and secure, safe storage. It operates on...
  • HIGH-QUALITY SECURITY. In addition to the electronic lock, the security safe features two live-door bolts, a pry-resistant steel door and...
  • CHOICE OF COLOR AND SIZE. Furnished in red, black and white and available in three different sizes – 0.5, 1.25 or 2.32 cubic feet – you...
  • EASY TO INSTALL AND INCORPORATE. Four bolts are included, making it easy to mount the safe to a wall, floor or shelf, while the black...

So, which home safe is the best?

In order to decide which one of these best home safes is ideal for your home or business, first decide what type of valuables you’ll be keeping inside. From guns to family heirlooms or important insurance documents, you’ll want to take size into account to make sure our items can fit. If you are storing important documents or irreplaceable family belongings, you may want to opt for something that will keep items inside safe from fire and water damage.

More sizeable options may be ideal if you are storing a large amount of personal belongings or if you want to make sure the safe can’t be moved. You can also find models that can bolt to the ground or the wall to keep the safe in place. A reliable home safe is a great way to add another layer of security to your belongings and your home.

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