The Best Home Safes For Ultimate Peace of Mind

Feel secure in protecting your most valuable possessions with our handpicked selection of home safes.
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Storing your valuables or important items within a home safe is the best way to protect them for long periods. Not only do they provide an extra layer of security from theft but many even offer flood and fire protection. Whether you only require a small safe for a few important documents or an ultra-secure large safe for all your valuables, there is plenty to choose from.

However, before choosing the first safe you like the look of, it’s crucial that you choose one that provides the right level of protection. This is because most UK insurance companies require a value of the stored contents, which is used against the Eurograde scale for insuring it. Therefore, many of our safes within our roundup have either been approved by the police or AIS (Association of Insurance Surveyors) for complete peace of mind.

To assist you in selecting the right home safe, our handpicked selection lists top-performing designs, chosen based on our first-hand experience using a range of safes. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Yale YSM
Best Overall: Yale YSM/250/EG1 Certified Home Safe
AmazonBasics Home Security Safe
Best Value: AmazonBasics Home Security Safe
Yale Y-MS0000NFP Digital Safe
Best Budget Digital: Yale Y-MS0000NFP Digital Safe
Dirty Pro Tools Steel Home Safe
Best Large Budget: Dirty Pro Tools™ Steel Home Safe
Burg-Wächter PointSafe
Best Fingerprint: Burg-Wächter PointSafe
VECTA Wall Mounted Home Safe
Best Wall Mounted: VECTA Wall Home Safe
Chubb Safes Premium Home Safe
Best Quality: Chubb Safes Premium Home Safe
Master Lock LFW082FTC Fireproof Safe
Best Fireproof: Master Lock LFW082FTC Fireproof Safe
Sentry SFW123FTC Home Security Safe
Best Fireproof Runner-Up: Sentry SFW123FTC Home Security Safe
Brihard Electronic Locked Safe
Best Value Runner-Up: Brihard Electronic Locked Safe

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Home Safes

A secure safe is an essential product that we’ve had plenty of experience using at home as well as at the DIY Work’s office. At our personal home, we mostly store cash, watches and other important documents whereas at the office, any expensive products we are currently testing are stored within the safe.

Two safes (as shown in the images below) that we are currently using are the SentrySafe and Securikey safes. At home, we are using the Securikey and it’s mounted to a concrete floor whereas the larger SentrySafe is used in the office.

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However, to keep up with our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest home safes (for this article), we are putting other options through their paces. During our testing, we look at the safe’s construction quality, functionality, provided hardware, ease of use and how secure they are.

As you can see in the images below, the Securikey Mini Vault that we recently tested is built to the highest of standards and is very secure thanks to its bulky locking bolts and high-quality mounting bolts.

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When researching the latest home safes to test, we ensure that they are worthy of testing in the first place. For example, we like to test those that offer superior protection (as shown by the approval stickers on the Securikey safe in the image below) as well as safes that are suitable for those on a tight budget. Therefore, over the years, we’ve tested a wide variety of safes and our recommendations listed above cover those that we’ve rated as the best for certain categories.

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As well as our experience and testing of multiple home safes, we also based the above recommendations upon hours of research and multiple factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the type, capacities available, build quality, locking bolts, police and AIS approval, mounting options, additional functions and value for the money.

The Best Home Safes

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1. Best Overall: Yale YSM/250/EG1 Certified Home Safe

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Yale is a highly reputable security brand in the UK that are well-known for their superior build quality. Although they produce several home safes, the YSM/250/EG1 model is by far the most rated option they have to offer. In terms of the recommended insurance rating, the brand states that it has a rating of £2,000 cash or £20,000 in valuables.

Pros
  • 18 litre capacity with a fleeced lined interior
  • 22 mm motorised locking bolts
  • Digital LCD screen
  • Resettable 3 to 8 digit PIN code
  • Low battery warnings
  • Can be fixed to the floor or wall
  • Supplied with fixing plate and instructions
  • Approved by the Police Preferred Specification and insurance approved
Cons
  • May be too large and too expensive for some user requirements

To conclude, the Yale YSM/250/EG1 is an excellent all-round home safe that combines superior security with value for the money. It’s packed full of intuitive features and it’s both insurance and police-approved for complete peace of mind.

2. Best Value: AmazonBasics Home Security Safe

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By far the most popular home safe on the market is by the AmazonBasics brand. It’s a simplistic option that’s available in four different sizes which include 14, 20, 28 and 34 litre capacities.

Depending upon your storage requirements, this safe has pre-drilled mounting holes for installing it to the floor or wall.

Pros
  • Available in 14, 20, 28 and 34 capacities
  • Heavy duty carbon steel construction
  • Two live locking bolts
  • Pry resistant concealed hinges
  • Pre-drilled mounting holes
  • Backup key for emergency use
Cons
  • Not as high quality when compared to premium home safes

Overall, the AmazonBasics home safe is ideal for storing documents, jewellery, cash and other valuable items. Compared to similar quality safes, it offers the best value for the money, which is the main reason for its popularity in the UK.

3. Best Budget Digital: Yale Y-MS0000NFP Digital Safe

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Another digital home safe by the Yale brand is the Y-MS0000NFP model, which is a more affordable alternative. Although it doesn’t have as many features, it’s still a high quality option for the money. In terms of the usability of this safe, it simply requires 4 digits on the keypad and there is an LCD display for instant feedback.

Pros
  • Pre-drilled mounting holes for floor or wall installation
  • Programmable digital keypad and LCD display
  • Soft lined interior
  • Affordable yet backed by a reputable brand
Cons
  • Requires 2 x AA batteries

Overall, the Yale Y-MS0000NFP offers great value for the money and it also has the reputable brand backing. Unlike many of the alternatives, this particular model has the benefit of being available in specific shapes that are suitable for laptops or even floor insert installations.

4. Best Large Budget: Dirty Pro Tools™ Steel Home Safe

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The Dirty Pro Tools™ safe is a high security option that’s ideal for home or business use. It’s available in a single size (50 x 35 x 31 cm) that offers a capacity of 44.6 litres, which is ideal for storing most valuable assets. In terms of the possible mounting options, it has four pre-drilled holes in the base and rear ready for mounting to the floor or wall.

Pros
  • Programmable digit password with LED indicator
  • High quality powder coated finish
  • Heavy duty all steel construction
  • Includes two backup keys
  • Removable shelve
  • 16 mm locking bolts
  • Felt base lining
Cons
  • Lacks a digital display
  • Only available in a single size

Overall, The Dirty Pro Tools™ safe is a great option to consider that’s built with longevity in mind. The only drawback is that it doesn’t include an LCD display or multiple sizes but this may not be an issue for some.

5. Best Fingerprint: Burg-Wächter PointSafe

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The Burg-Wächter brand specializes in premium locks and their home safe known as the “PointSafe” model follows the brand’s great reputation. It’s a premium option that’s available in capacities that range from 20.5 to 57.9 litres. A unique feature of this safe is that it uses finger scan technology for fast unlocking of the safe at the touch of the finger pad.

Pros
  • Choice of electronic or fingerprint locking
  • Suitable for wall or floor mounting
  • Solid single walled body with a double walled door
  • Additional lock for emergency opening
  • Removable shelf
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to similar size and quality safes

To conclude, the Burg-Wächter PointSafe is a high quality home safe with the desirable fingerprint technology for fast unlocking. It isn’t the cheapest but it’s built to the highest of standards and it’ll last many years.

6. Best Wall Mounted: VECTA Wall Home Safe

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If you require a small yet highly secure safe that can be mounted to the wall, the VECTA safe is the best option. It’s 7 x 5 x 2 inches in size, which makes it ideal for small valuables such as keys, passports, watches and rings.

Although there are many similar safes on the market, this particular model is the only home safe in its class to be approved by the UK police and Master Locksmiths Association.

Pros
  • Four digit password or manual override key locking
  • Award winning design
  • All steel construction
  • Easy to read LED display
  • Built-in key rack
Cons
  • Only suitable for small items

Overall, the VECTA home safe is a sleek and highly secure wall-mounted safe that’s ideal for small items. It’s a great electronic and secure alternative to a key safe and it also benefits from being UK police-approved too.

7. Best Quality: Chubb Safes Premium Home Safe

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The Chubb Safes brand specializes in safes and they offer budget to bulletproof options. However, this particular model (known as PCSHOSAF0050XM11) is perfect for home use and it has a capacity of 51 litres. Due to the weight (46 KG) of this safe, it’s best suited for floor mounting and the brand includes all the hardware for an easy installation.

Pros
  • Fire resistant
  • Multi-point locks
  • Supplied with two keys
  • Includes a floor mounting set
  • Very heavy duty design (weighs 46KG)
Cons
  • Most expensive home safe within our roundup

Although expensive, the Chubb Safes brand specializes in high quality safes and they have a great reputation in the UK. The PCSHOSAF0050XM11 is a great example of the brand’s quality and it has been built for a lifetime’s use. It’s well-built, features multi-point locks and bolts down to the floor, which is exactly what you want for any expensive contents.

8. Best Fireproof: Master Lock LFW082FTC Fireproof Safe

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If you require maximum protection from fire and flood damage, the Master Lock home safe is the best option. It’s a premium example that’s available in a variety of sizes that range from 22 to 169 litres. A great benefit of this particular model is that it’s a fireproof home safe that’s UL classified and can withstand 927°c for up to one hour.

Pros
  • Fire and waterproof safe
  • UL and ETL verified
  • Digital operation with a backlit keypad
  • Steel construction with three live locking bolts
  • Available in sizes ranging from 22 to 169 litres
  • Includes a two year warranty
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to similar size home safes

Overall, the Master Lock LFW082FTC is an excellent home safe for those that require both flood and fire protection. Although expensive, it’s designed for maximum security and it comes with a two year warranty for peace of mind.

9. Best Fireproof Runner-Up: Sentry SFW123FTC Home Security Safe

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Another premium fire and flood-protected home safe is the Sentry SFW123FTC. It’s a heavy duty option that includes four live locking bolts, which the brand state are 60% larger than traditional home safes.

In terms of the sizing, it’s only available in a single size of 49 x 41.4 x 45.2 cm, which provides a capacity of 34.82 litres.

Pros
  • UL and ETL classified
  • Four live locking bolts
  • Withstands drops of over 15 foot
  • Multi-position interior tray
  • Backlit digital keypad
  • Includes a fire replacement guarantee
Cons
  • Far more expensive than other fireproof safes

To conclude, the Sentry SFW123FTC is an expensive home safe but when you consider its build quality, it makes it a worthwhile investment. The fact that there are four live locking bolts is a clear example of how secure this home safe is at securing all your contents inside.

10. Best Value Runner-Up: Brihard Electronic Locked Safe

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The Brihard electronic home safe is an affordable option that’s available in 5 different sizes to best suit your requirements. Compared to similar priced alternatives, it’s built to a much higher standard and also includes extra intuitive features such as anti-bump protection and LED indicators.

Pros
  • Electronic digital lock
  • LED indicators
  • Constructed of solid steel
  • Strong fixation for floor or wall mounting (bolts supplied)
  • Scratch resistant powder coated finish
  • Two mechanical keys for emergencies
  • 5 different sizes available
Cons
  • Only two securing bolts for securing the safe

Overall, the Brihard Safe offers great value for the money and sizes to suit all requirements. It’s also finished in an aesthetically pleasing titanium grey, which is far better looking than many of the cheaper alternatives.

Conclusion

Rather than storing your valuables or important documents in a cupboard or under the bed, home safes offer far more security. Many premium examples can even protect the contents from flood and fire damage, which is another great trait.

All of our recommendations above are suited to a range of budgets and include safes that are available in a variety of sizes. To avoid disappointment, we highly advise that you purchase from a reputable brand for complete peace of mind.

If you require further information regarding any of our home safe recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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