In this guide we’ll take a look at the best padlocks for the UK market.
We’ve compared the dimensions, weight, lock type and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What is the Best Padlock?

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  • Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.5 x 4.5 cm
  • Weight: 408 g
  • Lock type: Key
  • Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 8.7 cm
  • Weight: 1.12 kg (total)
  • Lock type: Key
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 17 x 3 cm
  • Weight: 222 g
  • Lock type: Key
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Weight: 100 g
  • Lock type: Combination
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 4.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Weight: 142 g
  • Lock type: Combination

More Detailed Padlock Reviews

Yale Y121 Closed Shackle Brass Padlock

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  • Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.5 x 4.5 cm
  • Weight: 408 g
  • Lock type: Key
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Yale Y121 Closed Shackle Brass Padlock Review

The first word in quality locks, Yale are the UK’s most trusted home security brand that produce the best padlock for the UK market, bar none. We tried out the Y121 black jacket Yale padlock with the high security closed shackle, and put it through its paces.

Sheathed in a cut-resistant plastic cover and constructed of solid brass, this Yale padlock is an excellent example of what a good weatherproof padlock looks like.

Our favourite feature of this high security padlock is the ultra-strong boron steel shackle. It’s almost impossible to cut through this closed shackle padlock with normal tools and means that you can keep your valuables safe, whatever the weather and no matter how hard someone tries to break in. Another nice touch has to be the fact that this heavy duty padlock is supplied with three keys, for a bit of extra peace of mind.

Stanley 2-Pack Standard Shackle Laminated Padlock

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  • Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 8.7 cm
  • Weight: 1.12 kg (total)
  • Lock type: Key
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Stanley 2-Pack Standard Shackle Laminated Padlock Review

Stanley are well-known by DIYers and professionals alike for making tough and innovative tools, their range and experience is unbeatable in the field.

We tested out the twin pack of laminated Stanley shackle padlocks to see if they live up to the great Stanley name. And we’re happy to say that this is the best padlock for shed or outdoor use that Stanley have made so far.

The patented spinning keyway cover prevents anyone from drilling out the lock, and the 30-year extended guarantee means these shackle padlocks will last for a generation at least. Our favourite feature has to be the fact that both high security padlocks have the same barrel, so you can lock two doors or hasps and only carry the one key.

Abus Marine Grade Aquasafe All Weather Shackle Padlock

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  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 17 x 3 cm
  • Weight: 222 g
  • Lock type: Key
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Abus Marine Grade Aquasafe All Weather Shackle Padlock Review

August Bremicker Söhne KG, or ABUS, are one of Germany’s leading security engineering firms. They’ve been keeping things safe since 1924, so they know more than a thing or two about creating the best waterproof padlock around.

One of the biggest issues that people have with outdoor padlocks, especially in the wet climate here in the UK, is rust. Unless you buy the best outdoor padlock, you can end up being locked out of your shed or garage due to a broken lock.

This won’t be the case here; this Aquasafe weatherprood padlock is sealed against the weather with tough plastic sheathing and is made of 100% rust proof parts. This heavy duty padlock is built for securing boats and outboard motors, so it should stand up to whatever the weather throws at it.

Desired Tools Red 4-Digit Combination Padlock

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  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Weight: 100 g
  • Lock type: Combination
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Desired Tools Red 4-Digit Combination Padlock Review

Combination padlocks have the great advantage over types of lock because it’s impossible to lose the key. Desired Tools understand that with their range of combination and luggage locks. We took a look at their four-digit combination padlock and think it’s the best combination padlock for the UK market at this price level.

If you need to secure your locker at the gym, you can count on the zinc alloy and plated steel construction to be light, but strong enough to turn away thieves. The 6 mm padlock shackle is sturdy and the one we tested out had no sideways play in it.

Our favourite feature of their range of combination padlocks has to be the colours. We chose the red combination lock which should stand out at the gym, and make it easy to find in a crowded place if you happen to forget your locker number.

FortLocks 4-Digit Heavy Duty Combination Lock

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  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 4.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Weight: 142 g
  • Lock type: Combination
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FortLocks 4-Digit Heavy Duty Combination Lock Review

With a range of security devices for keeping everything from your shed to your luggage safe, FortLocks are a force to be reckoned with. We tried out their four-digit combination padlock and think it’s easily one of the best examples of a combination padlock available today.

The zinc alloy lock body is tough enough to withstand intruders, and the 6 mm shackle is made of hardened steel. Combine this with the weather-resistant orange exterior, and this weatherproof combination padlock should last a long time of good service.

Our favourite feature is the smooth combination tumbler action, it’s easy to spin them into place and hard to misalign them like on other, cheap padlocks. Combine this with the lifetime guarantee, and this Fortlocks combination lock is the last and best combination padlock you’ll ever need.

Conclusion

When you need to secure your garden shed or outside storage, or if you often use a locker at your local gym, you’ll need the best weatherproof combination padlock or keyed padlock that you can get. We tested out five of the best, but have to choose a winner. In our eyes, the Yale Y121 is practically unbeatable. With an ultra-tough boron steel shackle and heavy-duty construction, it’s the best padlock for the UK market available right now.

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