What every best Home Safes has:
- Clear information on the packaging.
- UL or ETK certifications.
- Safes should be large and heavy.
With the help of professional firefighters, the author constructed a burn room to subject five fireproof document safes to the conditions of a real-world house fire. After about 30 minutes at 1,300 degrees they evaluated the safes, which had been stuffed with a flash drive, a DVD, printed photos and even a newspaper. Each safe receives a lengthy review of its performance, and ultimately two models are chosen as being the best products for most people.
This website contains a series of unusually in-depth articles about gun safes, including a few specific recommendations (which are usually limited to brands or a range of models, instead of one specific model). Even if you're not looking for a gun safe in particular, this is still excellent information on safes in general.
This round-up of nine gun safes, published by an enthusiast magazine dedicated to firearms, runs the gamut from a $15 trigger lock to custom long gun safes costing several thousand dollars. They also publish a separate round-up of the best bedside gun safes, which are usually small models dedicated to keeping handguns away from children while still offering quick access.
As always, Amazon.com is an excellent resource for frank user reviews on home safes; in one notable case, we even found a write-up from a user who'd had a fireproof box go through a fire and perform well. The most notable safes, out of more than a thousand available, get at least a 4-star average rating after 20 or more user reviews.
After Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com is one of the better sources of user reviews about small home safes, fireproof home safes and affordable long gun safes. In some cases hundreds of safes are listed in each category, including gun safes, fire safes and portable safes. Owners can also say if they would recommend the safe to a friend.
Although it might seem like an unlikely source of safe reviews, BestBuy.com has one of the easiest-to-search listings for home safes we saw, especially for smaller models. We found quite a few useful reviews here, with the most notable safes getting an average score of 4 stars or better after at least seven user reviews.
The Cabela's website is a good source of user reviews on gun safes. They offer several dozen models for sale, and users tend to be fairly well informed about what they're looking for. The most notable models here get a 4-star or better average rating after seven or more thoughtful user reviews.
Walmart.com's reviews of home safes are a mixed bag: Some models get hundreds of user reviews, while others get only a handful or none at all. This is one of the more useful sources for reviews on very inexpensive home safes. We took a particularly close look at models that received a 4-star or better average score after at least a handful of user reviews.