Looking for a security safe but don’t know which one is right for you?

In this article, we’ll provide you with our security safe buying guide, discuss security safe features and advice comparing electronic locks vs mechanical for home safes.

Types of Safes for Homes

When it comes to developing a safe buying guide for your residential needs, it’s important to ensure that you’re considering the right security safe features.

Because there are different types of safes for homes, we’ve compiled a list of things you need to be aware of when choosing the right safe.

What The Safe Will Be Used For

The majority of this article focuses on tips for selecting a fireproof safe for documents and valuables, because that is generally what most homeowners require a safe for.

But when deciding on the type of safe for your home, you should consider what your safe will be used for.  Just some of the different types of safes for homes you may think about buying include:

– fireproof safes
– data media safes
– gun safes
– jewellery and valuables safes

Security Safe Features

Regardless of what you intend to store in your safe, you should take into account your security safe features. There’s no point in purchasing the cheapest – or even the dearest – safe on the market if it doesn’t do what you want it to do.

You should also consider things like your security rating or cash rating which will often help you make the right decision.

Fire Resistance

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include fire resistance on this list. Especially when storing flammable materials or documents, you should ensure your safe is adequately fireproofed.


When picking a security safe, it’s a good thing to opt for a well known brand, because you know you’re choosing a product with a good reputation and reliability. Some popular security safe brands include:

– Yale
– Lockwood
– Chubb

We recommend doing your research about the types of safes for homes or consulting your professional locksmith for advice.

Locking Mechanisms

One thing you may want to look into when buying security safes is comparing electronic locks vs mechanical for home safes. There are, of course, pros and cons for both options.

Mechanical locks haven’t really advanced over the last 100 or so years, so just as sturdy and reliable as when they were first introduced. E-locks on the other hand have seen many technological changes over the years.

At the end of the day it’s up to you but we recommend thinking about:

– if you can afford an e-lock
– whether you want the tech capabilities of an e-lock
– if you prefer a manual lock
– whether you want your password stored electronically
– if you want to be able to access your security safe during outages
– whether you will retain your password or change it frequently

Where the Safe Is Installed

Where and how your safe is installed is another major consideration.

When analysing types of safes for homes, you can generally rely on a few: the wall mounted safe, the floor mounted safe and the standalone.

No matter what you choose you should make sure you have the room for it and think about how often it will be accessed (and if your preferred location is practical).

Remember that all safe installations should be completed by a trained locksmith.

Size & Weight of Security Safes

You should ensure that when factoring in your security safe features it not only has the cash and fire rating you’re after, but also that it’s an appropriate size and weight.

How Horizons Lock & Key Can Help You

There’s no need to worry about lock and security maintenance when you have the team at Horizons Lock & Key on call.

When you’re in the market for a locksmith – be it for security, safe installation, lock maintenance or something else –  you simply can’t go past Horizons Lock & Key for professionalism and expertise.

Ready to install a security safe? Find out more about security safe features you can rely on by getting in touch with the experienced team at Horizons Lock & Key.