The chances of your valuables and essential documents surviving a fire are slim to none. Even with smoke detectors and fire alarms in place, there is only so much you can do in the unfortunate event of a fire. With a good fire safe, you can rest easy knowing that your valuables will survive a ravaging fire. Besides size and locking mechanism, you will want to look at the safe's fire endurance rating and whether it offers protection against other elements like water, burglary, and falls. Putting all these factors into consideration, here are our best fire safes.
Large safe with sufficient storage space
Sentrysafe is a household name synonymous with safety. The SentrySafe SFW205GQC offers protection against three elements; fire, water, and theft. It's UL classified to withstand fire up to 1700°F (927°C) for one hour. Also, it's ETL verified to protect valuables in up to 8 inches of water for up to 24 hours. Pry-resistant hinge bars further secure the door of this steel powerhouse from break-ins and burglars. For added security, you can opt to anchor the safe to the floor — it comes with bolt-down hardware.
Very high fire resistance rating
An average house fire lasts 30 minutes and hits about 1100°F. We love that the Steelwater AMSWD-530 goes beyond average with a fire-resistance rating of 2 hours at 1850°F, which is quite impressive. For added security against burglary, the safe is built with two layers of steel, and you need to have both the key and the combination to gain access. At 143 pounds, the safe is pretty heavy and will stay put, but it does come with a pre-drilled anchor hole in case you prefer to bolt it down. The interior measures 1.44 cubic ft, which is relatively spacious for a medium safe.
Digital keypad with super loud alarm
The SentrySafe SFW123UDCUL is UL classified to endure flames up to 1700°F for one hour and ETL Verified to protect your valuables for up to 24 hours in up to 8 inches of water. Even better, the solid steel construction and pry-resistant hinge bar render this safe burglar-proof. It's fitted with a touchscreen keypad with a super loud alarm that goes off if one enters five wrong codes, or the safe is picked up or moved. It's an all-round safe that offers maximum protection against common elements like fire, water, and theft.
A security box with fire resistant insulation
The 6108 fire resistance box from Honeywell measures 0.27 cubic feet making it ideal for securing smaller valuables and documents. It's also a perfect fit for small spaces like cars and if you move a lot. This fire-safe security box is made of a double steel wall and fire-resistant insulation which protects the contents from heat damage. It comes with a programmable digital lock, two emergency access keys, and concealed hinges to give your precious belongings reliable protection.
Key and digital lock mechanism
This 14-gauge heavy-duty steel fire safe can withstand a 1200° F fire for 20 minutes while protecting essential documents and digital media such as flash drives and DVDs. With five large bolts securing the door, an electronic keypad combination lock, and two back up keys, the safe offers reliable security against unauthorized access and fire at a great price. This particular one is a 1.2 cubic safe, but it's available as 0.83 and 2.1 cubic feet safe. If your primary concern is safety beyond fire, you may want to look at all the above fire safes with water-resistance as a bonus.
Better to be safe than sorry
When selecting a fire safe, an option with water resistance properties is your best bet at protecting your documents and valuables. The water used to put out fires could easily seep into the safe. Our top pick, the SentrySafe SFW205GQC, will guard your valuables against the three common elements; fire, water, and theft. With a fire endurance rating of 1 hour at 1700° and waterproof for 24 hours in waters up to 8 inches deep, your valuables will survive those raging fires and floods.
If your primary concern is fire, the Steelwater AMSWD-530 is a better option. With a 2-hour fire endurance for flames up to 1850°F (1010°C), you will enjoy undeniable peace of mind. It's quite spacious with a removable shelf, a dual lock system, and built with two layers of steel for unmatched security.
For small valuables and documents on the go, Honeywell's 6108 Fire Resistant Safe Box will not disappoint. It's pretty affordable and ultra-portable. It comes with a foam-padded floor ideal for securing small valuables such as medicines and passports while the double steel wall makes it sturdier than it looks.