In this guide we’ll take a look at the best home safes for the UK market.
I’ve compared the dimensions, capacity, weight and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is the Best Home Safe?
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Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Home Safe Reviews
Yale Y-MS0000NFP Digital Home Safe Review
Widely regarded as the world’s best-known brand of locks, Yale have been at the forefront of home security since 1868. I tested out their medium digital safe to see if it lives up to their high standards.
The Y-MS0000NFP medium digital safe is the best safe for home or office use, with a solid steel construction, and scratch resistant carpeted interior for keeping all your valuable safe and secure.
My favourite feature has to be the hidden master keyhole behind the Yale sign. This means that even if you manage to forget your PIN, you can get back inside the safe to reset the Master code.
AmazonBasics 20 Litre Security Safe Review
Arguably the biggest online retailer in the World, if you can’t find it on Amazon it probably doesn’t exist yet. Their own Amazon Basics range offers an excellent range of practical homewares and gadgets at honest prices.
I tried out the Amazon Basics security safe, and was pleasantly surprised by the build quality and finish. It’s just the right shape and size to go into the bottom of a wardrobe or between floor joists, the steel construction is solid, and the digital panel is easy to use.
I was honestly surprised when this affordable safe turned out to be one of the best home safes I’ve come across so far.
Yale Small Safe with Digital Keypad Review
Another entry from the biggest name in locks and home security, Yale are trusted when it comes to keeping you and your property safe. I got hold of their small valuables safe, and was not disappointed with what I found.
Easily the best small home safe on the list, this slimline package is great when space is tight, but you still need reliable security for your valued possessions. Once again, the keypad is simple to use and fool proof when paired up with the two included keys.
My favourite feature is the automatic lockout function. Put in the wrong code too many times, and it locks you out for six minutes. It should put off any chancers from trying to guess your code.
Dirty Pro Tools Cash Rated Electronic Safe Review
UK-based Dirty Pro Tools are one of those retailers who stock something for everyone. From cider presses to petrol-driven pressure washers, I was excited to try out their cash-rated electronic safe.
The futuristic design of the keypad is easy on the eye, but it’s the quality of the steel construction that really surprised us. At the budget end of the range, it has to be one of the best home safes for the UK market.
With recessed hinges and a 3.6 mm thick steel door, breaking into this safe is not an option. And if you attach it to the wall with the included bolts, it will provide safety and security for years to come.
Amazon Basics 34 Litre Security Safe Review
Another safe from the big boys of retail, the Amazon Basics home safe is a medium size safe that offers a simple design for the safe storage of your valuables, documents and other personal possessions. The size is exactly the right size for storing A4 documents flat on the carpeted floor or single shelf.
Made from rugged carbon steel, the locking mechanism uses two chunky bolts that slide into the frame, and the pry-resistant hinges should keep all the but the most determined thieves at bay. It comes with pre-drilled holes on the back and bottom for attaching to the wall or floor.
The keypad has nice rubber buttons, and they throw in a couple of keys for emergencies as well. It’s not waterproof or fireproof, but for the money it’s one of the best home safes that I’ve looked at.
Rottner Saturn Key Lock Safe Review
Austrian security experts Rottner have been making the best home safes for nearly 50 years, and their Saturn LE25 cash-rated key lock safe is a wonderfully simple and secure solution for keeping your valuables safe at home.
What I really like about this safe is the simplicity of it- no electronic keypads or plastic handles, just a simple steel box with a small keyhole in the front. The way that Rottner have made the safe oozes quality- and because it’s fitted with fire creases it can withstand small fires.
There’s a removable shelf inside and it comes with pre-drilled holes and four wall-anchors to fix it securely to the wall or floor. It’s a simple, clean and effective safe for use at home or in the office that comes with a rock solid one year warranty.
Things to Know Before Buying a Home Safe
Keeping your valuables secure at home or in the office is important and can even be part of your home insurance agreement. If you’re worried about break ins or want to keep your valuables out of harms way, you should invest in one of the best home safes you can afford.
Before you buy an enormous safe with room to park a car have a think about what you need it for- are you keeping cash and important documents, or valuable jewellery and vintage action figures? There’s no point buying a 40-litre safe and losing half your cupboard space if you’re only throwing your passport inside. Plus, a larger safe is harder to hide where burglars won’t find it.
The best home safes can be mounted on walls or floors, using pre-drilled holes and your choice of wall anchor. This makes them much more secure, but you have to think carefully about where you’re going to fix it. The most secure place would be a concrete floor or brick wall, but you’ll get a good fix if you can attach your safe to a solid wall joist. You could even attach your safe to a heavy bit of furniture in a pinch.
The different types of lock on our list can be put into two categories- electronic and manual. A digital safe is opened and closed with a keypad but they will also include a set of keys for emergencies. A manual safe is operated with a traditional key and lock mechanism. The locking mechanism itself usually uses captive hardened steel bolts that are resistant to cutting.
Home Safe FAQs
Most budget safes are not considered to be fireproof or waterproof- especially ones that come with holes drilled for wall fixings. You could always purchase separate fireproof bags and document wallets if you don’t want to shell out for a more expensive safe.
For as long as there have been safes, there have been people that can break into them. The best defence you have against someone breaking into yours is by keeping it hidden and only buying the best home safe you can afford. The idea behind most security measures is to make a thief leave you alone because it’s too much trouble to try and break in.
When you buy a digital safe, it usually comes without a code. Follow the instructions that are included with your digital safe to change the code to whatever you can remember.
Look for a safe that comes with pre-drilled holes in the back or bottom- you can use these to attach your safe to a secure surface- some safes even come with the correct size fittings and an installation guide.