7 Best Home Safes of 2024

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The Best Home Safes

The Best Home Safes
  1. Best small home safe - Yale YSV/200/DB2 Small Safe

  2. Best home safe for the money - CDC Steel Digital Safe

  3. Best medium sized home safe for the money - Amazon Basics 34 Litre Security Safe

  4. Best home safe for large capacity - RPNB Deluxe Safe and Lock Box

  5. Best home safe with master code option - Yale Y-MS0000NFP Digital Home Safe

  6. Best slimline safe - AmazonBasics 20 Litre Security Safe

  7. Best home safe without digital keypad - Rottner Saturn Key Lock Safe

Home Safe Reviews

Editors Choice

1. Yale YSV/200/DB2 Small Safe

Best small home safe

best home safes Yale Small Safe with Digital Keypad
  • A home safe of this size is the perfect security addition to the bottom of a fitted wardrobe or cupboard. You can still fit plenty of valuables inside, but it doesn’t take up too much room.
  • I like the simplicity of this home safe. The code panel is straightforward to use, and the Yale badge conceals the backup key hole in case you forget the code.
  • Made from 3mm thick sheet steel, this safe is sturdy enough to keep out most thieves without being too heavy. At just over 3.5 kg, it’s just right for home use.

  • Some users have puzzled over the instructions to set up this home safe. You need to open it up with the keys before setting a code. Don’t forget to take the keys out again!
  • This safe is not big enough to store A4 sized important documents. It’s ideal for passports or small jewellery but compared with the Amazon Basics 34 Litre Security Safe, it’s tiny.
  • Due to the design of this home safe, it could tip forward when the door is opened all the way. This isn’t an issue if it’s attached to the wall or floor but mind your toes if it’s on a tabletop!
Digital keypad
Yes
External Size
31x20x20 cm
Internal Capacity
8 litres
Weight
3.6kg
Overall Score 5
Build Quality
5
Value for Money
5

One of 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 YSV/200/DB2 small valuables safe and was not disappointed with what I found.

This is one of the best small home safes on the market. The slimline profile is great when space is tight, but you still need reliable security for your valued possessions. The digital keypad is simple to use and foolproof when paired up with the two included backup keys.

My favourite security 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.

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Runner Up

2. CDC Steel Digital Safe

Best home safe for the money

best home safes CDC Steel Digital Safe
  • A decent quality home safe for keeping your valuables out of the way. It’s not big and heavy, but if you attach it to the wall or floor, it’s safe from most casual thieves.
  • Having key hangers inside the safe is a good idea. It’s ideal if you want a bit of extra security for your car keys or house keys, and it should also block someone trying to clone a car key.
  • One of the big benefits of a small safe compared to a big heavy duty one is that you can hide it. Under the floorboards, in a wall cavity, there are plenty of places to stash a safe like this.

  • As some users have found out, there’s a bit of a design flaw in the internal battery cover. If it pops off, the electronic lock is reset and you need to open it with the backup key.
  • The supplied fixings could be better. If you want to beef up the security of a lock box like this, I recommend using a polyester resin chemical fixing agent on your mounting bolts.
  • The tubular override key used as a backup to unlock this home safe can be quite easy to pick. If you’re looking for a high security option, this is not the right safe for you.
Digital keypad
Yes
External Size
23x17x17 cm
Internal Capacity
4.6 litres
Weight
2.5kg
Overall Score 4.5
Build Quality
4
Value for Money
5

If you’re looking for a low-cost option when it comes to keeping prying eyes away from small valuables, you can’t go wrong with this CDC digital safe. It’s small enough to fit just about anywhere as a wall or floor safe but sturdy enough to make sure your items are stored securely. I think it’s one of the best small safes for things like passports, car keys, or mobile phones.

The design is quite straightforward. You can choose to lock the safe using a code with the electronic keypad, or with one of the tubular keys that come with it. The internal space isn’t huge, but it’s more than enough for small valuables. There’s even a handy set of hooks on the inside to hang keys.

Built to withstand impacts and most hand tools, the access code can be set to anything from three to eight digits, which is rather useful. And for added security, you can attach the home safe to the wall with the 20 mm mounting bolts that CDC have included in the package. I can’t think of a better low-cost way to keep important documents or gadgets safe at home.

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Also Good

3. Amazon Basics 34 Litre Security Safe[ SAVE 4% ]

Best medium sized home safe for the money

best home safes Amazon Basics 34 Litre Security Safe
  • You get an awful lot of security features for the price. It’s big enough to take A4 documents without needing to fold them, so there’s plenty of room for your precious possessions.
  • I’m a big fan of the shelf that sits in the middle of the safe. It doubles the usable space inside, and because it’s removable, you can even fit large items in there if you want.
  • The safe comes with everything you might need to secure it to the floor or wall. All you need to do is place the safe where you want it, mark the holes, then install the fixings.

  • Like some of the other safes on my list, the included fixings are not particularly great. If you want to make this safe as secure as possible, use the longest bolts you can safely install.
  • Even though it’s easy to set up your own combination code on this safe, some users have complained that it randomly resets itself. Make sure you have the override key handy.
  • Although this isn’t marketed as a high security safe to store your gold bullion in, it’s not made from the thickest steel. Some users have complained about poor construction too.
Digital keypad
Yes
External Size
36x33x33 cm
Internal Capacity
34 litres
Weight
15kg
Overall Score 4
Build Quality
4
Value for Money
4

The Amazon Basics 34 Litre 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 removable shelf.

Made from rugged carbon steel, the locking system uses two live locking bolts that slide into the frame, and the pry-resistant hinge bar should keep all 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 two keys for emergencies as well. It’s not waterproof or fire resistant, but for the money, it’s one of the best home safes that I’ve looked at.

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4. RPNB Deluxe Safe and Lock Box

Best home safe for large capacity

best home safes RPNB Deluxe Safe and Lock Box
  • Unlike some of the safes on my list, this one secures with two hardened steel locking bolts. This makes it inherently stronger and better protected than single locking bolt safes.
  • With 43 litres of internal space to play with, you can easily fit a decent pile of valuables in there. You also get a removable shelf that doubles up the floor space.
  • Setting up a unique combination code is a piece of cake. Put in the backup key, turn it, enter your desired code, then turn the key again. It must be one of the simplest code change procedures out there.

  • This safe is not rated as fire resistant or waterproof. For fire protection you should purchase a fire safe document pouch.
  • Even though this is one of the larger safes on my list, it’s still not particularly heavy. At less than 12 kg, you need to bolt it to the wall or floor to avoid someone walking off with it.
  • Some users have had issues when trying to change the batteries that power the keycode device. The battery compartment is tight and needs a bit of playing with.
Digital keypad
Yes
External Size
43x35x33 cm
Internal Capacity
43 litres
Weight
15kg
Overall Score 4.5
Build Quality
5
Value for Money
4

Home security gurus RPNB know a thing or two about making home safes and security boxes. Their high-capacity deluxe safe and combination lock box offers a discrete way to keep all your valuables safe at home or in the office. Thanks to its dual code and key entry system, you can choose exactly who has access to the things you think need extra protection.

The first thing to note about this home safe is how much stuff you can store inside it. At 43 litres, it has by far the most internal storage space on my list. There’s a removable shelf inside that allows you to increase the capacity as well. There’s enough space inside to fit standard A4 documents without folding them if you remove the shelf.

Made from 4 mm thick steel all around, it’s built tough to keep out even determined thieves. It comes pre-drilled on the base and back wall, and RPNB throw in the fixing bolts to get the safe securely fastened to something solid. It’s easy to use, you can open it with a code or a key, and there’s the option to set the code to anything from three to eight digits. You can remove the electronic lock cover and open the safe with the supplied override key. It means you’ve always got emergency access if you need it, which is ideal if you’re forgetful!

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5. Yale Y-MS0000NFP Digital Home Safe

Best home safe with master code option

best home safes Yale Y MS0000NFP Digital Home Safe
  • I really like that you can set a “mastercode” on this home safe. It means you can give out a separate code to someone else, then change it without it affecting your own code.
  • Another useful security feature on this safe is that you can keep the display blank as you enter your code. It doesn’t matter if someone looks over your shoulder while opening it.
  • Compared with the Amazon Basics home safes, there are four mounting holes on the rear and bottom section of this safe. More holes mean more places you can fix it down.

  • Even though this isn’t a huge safe, it could be improved with a removable shelf. Being able to increase the floor space with one is an easy way to upgrade this sort of home safe.
  • Like a lot of inexpensive safes, the fixing bolts that come with this Yale aren’t great. I recommend using the biggest bolts you can get, with plugs and even chemical fix.
  • It seems that Yale have saved a few pennies by installing a plastic handle on this home safe. It doesn’t feel very secure, and it can make opening and closing a bit of a fiddle.
Digital keypad
Yes
External Size
35x25x25 cm
Internal Capacity
16 litres
Weight
8.7kg
Overall Score 3.5
Build Quality
4
Value for Money
3

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 one of the best safes for home or office use, with a solid steel construction and locking bolt mechanism, and scratch-resistant carpeted interior for keeping all your valuables 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.

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  • This slimline safe is just like the ones you might find in a hotel room. It’s ideally sized to fit in the bottom of a fitted wardrobe or underneath the bed, or even in a secure drawer.
  • This is a pleasantly affordable piece of kit. It’s an inexpensive way to secure small valuables or precious documents. Don’t expect high security, but it’s good for the price.
  • Even though it’s a slender safe, it’s just the right size to look after a medium size laptop. It’s also just about big enough to take A4 documents without needing to fold them up.

  • Whenever you push a button on this home safe, it makes a beeping noise. Apart from being slightly irritating, it’s not great to advertise to anyone listening that you’re opening a safe!
  • The steel used in the construction of this combination lock box isn’t very thick. You could probably do some damage to it with a sturdy screwdriver or thin pry bar.
  • Several users have complained that the battery cover doesn’t fit very well. It means that the safe can lose power and you’re stuck using the spare key to get in.
Digital keypad
Yes
External Size
43x31x18 cm
Internal Capacity
20 litres
Weight
10.5kg
Overall Score 3.5
Build Quality
4
Value for Money
3

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 20 Litre home 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 that this affordable home safe turned out to be one of the best I’ve come across so far.

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7. Rottner Saturn Key Lock Safe

Best home safe without digital keypad

best home safes Rottner Saturn Key Lock Safe
  • Compared with some of the complicated-looking and battery powered code safes on my list, this home safe is simple but effective. A single keyhole locking mechanism is all you need to operate the locking bolts.
  • This is one of the only safes on my list that has fire protection. Although limited to small fires, the extra fire resistance should help to keep your important possessions free from damage should the worst happen.
  • The 19 litre capacity doesn’t seem like much, but it’s enough for valuable gadgets, cash, passports, or anything else you want to keep secure.

  • Several users have complained that instead of the four advertised pre-drilled holes on the back, you only get one. A single mounting bolt is nowhere near enough to keep this item secured.
  • Even though this is a key-only safe, you only get two keys to open it. It means you can’t share them around, and there’s only one back up key for an emergency.
  • I don’t think it would take too long with a saw to cut through the two live locking bolts inside the door. It’s a shame the door frame isn’t recessed as a thin blade could easily cut the locking bolts.
Digital keypad
No
External Size
37x30x28 cm
Internal Capacity
19 litres
Weight
10kg
Overall Score 4
Build Quality
4
Value for Money
4

Austrian security experts Rottner have been making home safes for nearly 50 years, and their Saturn LE25 cash-rated key lock safe is a wonderfully simple and secure alternative to a safe with a keypad lock for keeping your cherished possessions and other valuables safe at home.

What I really like about this reliable safe is its simplicity – no electronic combination lock or plastic handles, just a simple durable steel box with a small keyhole locking mechanism in the front. The way that Rottner have made this key lock safe oozes quality – and although it’s not a fireproof safe, because it’s fitted with fire creases it can withstand small fires.

There’s a removable shelf inside and the safe comes with pre-drilled mounting holes and four mounting bolts to fix it securely to the wall or floor. It’s a simple, effective and reliable safe for use at home or in the office that comes with a rock solid one-year warranty.

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Harry's Smart Buying Tips

  1. The best home safes are fire resistant and waterproof, but they mostly cost hundreds of pounds, like this Master Lock fireproof safe.
  2. Basic home safes, however, like those on our list, tend not to be fireproof but cost well under three figures yet still have enough security features to provide a significant deterrent against theft.
  3. You can mitigate against the risk of fire by purchasing a fire-resistant wallet or pouch to keep inside the safe for storing important documents and suchlike.
  4. Fireproof document boxes like this one from Master Lock are also a good fireproof alternative.
  5. Home safes are usually constructed from 3 or 4-mm thick sheet steel with two captive hardened steel live locking bolts that are resistant to cutting.
  6. Look for strong fasteners or fixing bolts with appropriate plugs or wall anchors to secure the safe to a floor or wall.
  7. If you intend to secure your safe in a hard-to-reach area consider the different options for the number and position of mounting holes.
  8. The main types of locking mechanism are electronic and manual. A digital safe is opened and closed with an electronic keypad but there will also be a backup key included for emergencies. A manual safe is operated with a traditional key lock mechanism.

Compare Product Features

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  • Yale YSV/200/DB2 Small Safe
    best home safes Yale Small Safe with Digital Keypad
    • 5
    • Yes
    • 31x20x20 cm
    • 8 litres
    • 3.6kg
  • CDC Steel Digital Safe
    best home safes CDC Steel Digital Safe
    • 4.5
    • Yes
    • 23x17x17 cm
    • 4.6 litres
    • 2.5kg
  • Amazon Basics 34 Litre Security Safe
    best home safes Amazon Basics 34 Litre Security Safe
    • 4
    • Yes
    • 36x33x33 cm
    • 34 litres
    • 15kg
  • RPNB Deluxe Safe and Lock Box
    best home safes RPNB Deluxe Safe and Lock Box
    • 4.5
    • Yes
    • 43x35x33 cm
    • 43 litres
    • 15kg
  • Yale Y-MS0000NFP Digital Home Safe
    best home safes Yale Y MS0000NFP Digital Home Safe
    • 3.5
    • Yes
    • 35x25x25 cm
    • 16 litres
    • 8.7kg
  • AmazonBasics 20 Litre Security Safe
    best home safes AmazonBasics 20 Litre Security Safe
    • 3.5
    • Yes
    • 43x31x18 cm
    • 20 litres
    • 10.5kg
  • Rottner Saturn Key Lock Safe
    best home safes Rottner Saturn Key Lock Safe
    • 4
    • No
    • 37x30x28 cm
    • 19 litres
    • 10kg

How to Choose The Best Home Safe

Keeping your valuables secure at home or in the office is important and a home safe with a cash rating can even form part of your home insurance company agreement. If you’re worried about break-ins or want to keep your valuables out of harm’s way, you should invest in a home safe with the best security features you can afford.

Size Matters

Before you buy an enormous safe 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 home safe and losing half your cupboard space if you’re only throwing your passport inside. Plus, a larger wall or floor safe is harder to hide where burglars won’t find it.

Where to Position Your Safe

The best home safes can be mounted on a floor or wall, using pre-drilled holes and your choice of floor or wall anchor. This makes them much more secure, but you have to think carefully about where you’re going to secure the safe. The most secure place would be a concrete floor or brick wall, but you’ll get a good fix if you can attach your home safe to a solid wall joist. You could even attach your safe to a heavy bit of furniture in a pinch.

Different Types of Safe Lock

The main types of locks are electronic and manual, and both kinds operate a locking mechanism that consists of at least two hardened steel live locking bolts that are resistant to cutting.

A digital safe is opened and closed with a keypad that works in conjunction with an electronic combination lock, but there will also be a set of keys included for emergencies.

A manual safe is operated with a traditional key and lock mechanism.

Home Safe FAQs

Most home safes are not considered to be fire-resistant or waterproof – especially ones that come with holes drilled for floor or wall fixings. For extra fire protection, you could always purchase separate fire-resistant bags and document wallets if you don’t want to shell out for a fireproof safe. If a more expensive fire-resistant safe is your preferred option then you can’t go far wrong with this Master Lock fireproof safe.

For as long as there have been safes, there have been people that can unlawfully gain access and break into them. The best defence you have against someone breaking into your home safe is by keeping it hidden, fixing it securely to the floor or wall, and buying the best home safe you can afford. The idea behind most home 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 combination to whatever you can remember.

Look for a home safe that features pre-drilled holes in the back or bottom – you can use these to attach your safe to a secure surface – most floor or wall safes come with the correct size fittings and an installation guide.

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