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Top 10 Home Safes 2017

Even if you do not have a ton of costly jewelry, we guess you've got a lot of stuff that would be higher off not stored in a kitchen cupboard. These home safes offer safety no longer just for valuables, however also for vital items you want to protect from fireplace and floods, including passports, birth certificate, and backup difficult drives to your computer. Whilst users buy our independently chosen editorial alternatives, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Mesa Safe MBF1512C All Steel Burglary and Fire Safe with Combination Lock, 1.7-Cubic Feet, Hammered GreyBlue Dot Safes Second Amendment Fire-Resistant Gun Safe, 59x36x25-InchFirst Alert 2030F Fire and Water Safe, 0.39 Cubic Feet, GreySentrySafe Fire and Water Safe, XX Large Touchscreen Safe with Dual Key Lock and Alarm, 2.05 Cubic Feet, SFW205UQCAmazonBasics Security Safe - 0.5-Cubic FeetHollon B2500 In Ground SafeBARSKA Biometric SafeMesa Safe MFS100 2 Hour Fire Rated Office Safe, Steel, 3.6 cubic feet Interior SpaceSentrySafe Fire and Water Safe, Extra Large Digital Safe, 1.23 Cubic Feet, SFW123FULMonster Vault under the bed safe

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


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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 the 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


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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.


#10.Monster Vault under the bed safe


Do you have a Monster under your bed? Designed to be a horizontal safe, the Monster Vault dramatically increased the functionality of the home safe by utilizing a large capacity lockable drawer. safely secure large firearms and more. This safe is also perfect for SUV's or trucks for those hunting and camping trips. Unleash your monster! Slide out drawer with digital programmable combination lock measures 45" x 26"


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#9.SentrySafe Fire and Water Safe, Extra Large Digital Safe, 1.23 Cubic Feet, SFW123FUL


The SentrySafe digital safe is designed to protect documents, digital media and other valuables from fire, water, and theft. 60% bigger bolts than traditional safes and pry-resistant hinge bar provide additional security against unauthorized access.


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#8.Mesa Safe MFS100 2 Hour Fire Rated Office Safe, Steel, 3.6 cubic feet Interior Space


This is a really nice safe, hopefully, I will never have to test the two-hour rating! it is VERY HEAVY, so be prepared to put your back into it. The fit and finish are awesome.


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#7.BARSKA Biometric Safe


My house was recently burglarized and unfortunately, many valuables were stolen. However, the one thing that they could not get access to was a 9mm handgun that I had stored in this safe. I am happy to say that the safe did its job and protected my firearm from being stolen. Even after being damaged, and with all the time that I had I couldn't pry it open myself and needed to call a safe smith to open it. Bolting it down to my desk also proved to be strong against them trying to take the safe.


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#6.Hollon B2500 In Ground Safe


Good quality safe that will definitely keep your stuff secure. The spring loaded door is nice (when you open it stays open). I took one star off because of the door and locking mechanism is a bit less robust than I had hoped for (but it was a couple hundred bucks cheaper than an AMSEC). The top cover really camouflages it well. Good Product.


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#5.AmazonBasics Security Safe - 0.5-Cubic Feet


A very good basic safe. I have no complaints. For my needs, I probably could have used the slightly smaller version. One tip, I put a motion sensing battery operated LED closet light in the safe. The small round light came with magnets that stick to the inside top of the safe. Open the door and the light comes on..... This makes it very easy to see and find documents in the safe. Shut the door and the light goes out!


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#4.SentrySafe Fire and Water Safe, XX Large Touchscreen Safe with Dual Key Lock and Alarm, 2.05 Cubic Feet, SFW205UQC


The SentrySafe Alarm Safe is equipped with a loud audible alarm that alerts you to the attempted break in. Made in the USA, it's built tough to withstand a fire for up to an hour, stand up to flood and storm damage and stay intact after a 1-story fall. It's protection that provides peace from all of the life's perils.


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#3.First Alert 2030F Fire and Water Safe, 0.39 Cubic Feet, Grey


The First Alert 2030F Fire and Water Safe protects your valuables, standard-size documents, and digital media from fire and water damage. This fire-resistant safe is able to withstand external temperatures of 1,550 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 30 minutes. This safe box also features a waterproof seal that keeps the interior and contents dry even when the safe is fully submerged in water. The home safe is large enough to fit letter-size documents flat, along with photographs, jewelry, USB flash drives, DVDs, and more. Durably constructed, this safe features a clamping-style latch and key lock and a convenient carrying handle.


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#2.Blue Dot Safes Second Amendment Fire-Resistant Gun Safe, 59x36x25-Inch


The Second Amendment Gun Safes from Blue Dot Safes offer a rare combination of quality, protection, and beauty. Safes are extremely fire-resistant with 1-hour factory certified fire protection rating up to 1700ºF with intumescent expandable heat seal that meets or exceeds Department of Justice specifications. Second Amendment safes come standard with a U.L. listed, Securam polished chrome electronic keypad and lock.


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#1.Mesa Safe MBF1512C All Steel Burglary and Fire Safe with Combination Lock, 1.7-Cubic Feet, Hammered Grey


Very solid safe. Specs seem to make it a reasonable buy for the price. Safe showed up by special delivery, not the greatest delivery service as the driver called two days in a row saying he was unable to make the delivery on the first two set days. The manual combination works well and the pre-drilled holes make bolting to the floor easier. The color in the picture is deceiving, it's more of a middle gray than what the picture shows as almost black. I would recommend.


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