11 Best Wall Safes: How to Be Smarter than a Thief? – Buying Guide

I always wanted to have a wall safe. I wasn’t sure what I would store in it, but the idea of moving a picture frame and revealing a secret safe, like in the movies, was too cool not to try it. So, as soon as I moved into my own apartment, where I had the right “to change everything the way I like, without receiving a penalty from a landlord – I purchased my first wall safe.

To be honest, this wasn’t an impulse buy. Choosing an in-wall safe is a serious commitment. It is most likely that it will stay on your wall for years, so you have to be sure you are making a right decision. So, I researched, asked around and tested until I found the best wall safe for my apartment!

Today, I am here to help you do the same. I will teach you different tips and tricks and present you the best models on the market!

Let’s dive in!

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Top Rated Wall Safes

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Paragon 7750 Electronic Wall Lock and Safe.83 CF Hidden in Wall Large Safe
  • It's quite heavy but easy to install.
  • It is reasonably priced.
  • The spring on the door is a useful feature.
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Paragon 7725 Flat Superior Electronic Hidden Wall Safe .83 CF for Jewelry
  • The textured finish makes it seem more elegant.
  • It is easy to program and mount.
  • The unit itself is cumbersome.
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Homak Between the Studs High-Security Steel Wall Safe
  • The price is amazing.
  • It fits perfectly between the studs.
  • It is sturdy and spacious.
  • More...
Protex Electronic Wall Safe (PWS-1814E)
  • The light comes on when you open the door.
  • It features an external emergency battery device.
  • The installation is straight-forward.
  • More.
BARSKA AX12038 Biometric Wall Safe
  • It has an emergency hidden lock with a key.
  • It has an external battery pack, so you don’t have to worry.
  • Biometric reader works like charm, and it’s easy to program.
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Top 11 Wall Safes on the Market — My New Reviews

Paragon 7750 Electronic Wall Lock and Safe.83 CF Hidden in Wall Large Safe

1 Paragon 7750 Electronic Wall Lock and Safe.83 CF Hidden in Wall Large Safe

If you are ready for an upgrade from a small safe to a wall safe, Paragon 7750 is a good starting point. Its interior dimensions are 20.25″ x 14.25″ x 3.75″, and it is constructed of 1/8″ thick solid steel.

It features tamper-proof hinges, grey carpet padding, and one-inch frame. This safe comes with anchor bolts and electronic lock with LED and a buzzer.

Once you buy and install this reasonably priced wall safe, you can count on Paragon to have your back, as they will provide you with a 10-year manufacturer warranty. The unit is heavy, but you won’t have any problem installing it.

What I particularly liked on this model is the spring on the door, hidden master key slot, and a temporary keypad lockout option.

On the other hand, you will see that the middle shelf is practically useless due to the battery box. The keypad beeps loudly, and it can’t be turned off, which can be inconvenient once the thief is in your house.

Pros

  • It’s quite heavy but easy to install.
  • It is reasonably priced.
  • The spring on the door is a useful feature.
  • Hidden master key slot and temporary keypad lockout are amazing.
  • It comes with a 10-year manufacturer warranty.
Cons

  • The middle shelf is practically useless.
  • Keypad beeps loudly.
  • You need a bit force to open the door when the code is put in.
  • The interior is rather small, compared to its footprint.

Paragon 7725 Flat Superior Electronic Hidden Wall Safe .83 CF for Jewelry or Small Handgun Security

2-Paragon 7725 Flat Superior Electronic Hidden Wall Safe .83 CF for Jewelry or Small Handgun Security

I fell in love with the elegant grey color of Paragon’s 7725 wall safe as soon as I saw it! It’s interior dimensions are 20.25″ x 14.25″ x 3.75.” You can fit it between the studs, and it has practically the same features as the previous model.

The one-inch frame around the front of this wall safe will help you conceal the lines that are not cut straight along drywall. It comes with two emergency keys.

As I said, the textured, grey finish of this safe makes it seem so elegant that I wanted to place it somewhere visible. Mounting it and programming can be done within an hour.

You will see, the unit is very heavy, and the material is thick, but the safe doesn’t stick out of the wall too much like some other models.

However, the front panel seems cheaply made, and I had a problem with the buttons getting stuck a lot. Also, the interior design limits the way you can modify the shelf height.

Pros

  • The textured finish makes it seem more elegant.
  • It is easy to program and mount.
  • The unit itself is cumbersome.
  • Spring loaded door are easy to open.
  • The material is thick, but it doesn’t stick out of the wall.
Cons

  • The front panel seems cheap.
  • The buttons get stuck a lot.
  • Interior design limits the way you can modify the shelf height.
  • It sticks ¾ inches out of the wall.

Homak Between the Studs High-Security Steel Wall Safe

3-Homak Between the Studs High-Security Steel Wall Safe, White, WS00017001

If you are an old-school person, looking for something reliable yet straightforward, Homak’s 1.5 mm thick, steel wall safe might be the right choice for you. You can lock it with a tubular key, and there are no other locking mechanisms that complicate the process.

Its dimensions are 17-1/4″ x 4″x 11-3/4,” and it can be concealed behind a picture frame or a mirror.

First of all, you won’t find a wall safe more affordable than this one. This white unit will fit perfectly between the two studs in your wall. If you ask me, I think it is better suited for an office than your home.

It offers plenty of space, and it is sturdy. I liked its anti-pry lip, and how easy it was to install.

On the other hand, you have to be aware that this is nothing more than just a lockable cabinet that can be built into a wall. Any average burglar could break it with a good crowbar.

The locking mechanism consists of two separate locks which are not convenient in case of emergency.

Pros

  • The price is amazing.
  • It fits perfectly between the studs.
  • It is sturdy and spacious.
  • It has an anti-pry lip.
  • It is easy to install.
Cons

  • It’s a lockable steel cabinet more than a safe.
  • Any average burglar could break in it.
  • The locking mechanism is two separate locks, which can be annoying.
  • It doesn’t have any padding on the inside.

Protex Electronic Wall Safe (PWS-1814E)

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Protex’s wall safe features a digital electronic locking system and a motorized locking bolt system which will open the door for you automatically. Just like all of the other models in this group, this unit is designed to be installed between two 16″ wall studs.

It will offer you about 0.44 cubic feet of storage space, and you will get two removable shelves.

I know, this safe is a bit more expensive, but it has so many benefits! I love the light that comes on when you open the door. Also, the external emergency battery device is super useful in case you forget to buy the replacements.

The safe is sturdy, and the keypad doesn’t look cheap. The installation is quite simple, and the instructions are clear.

Unfortunately, this safe isn’t very deep, so you won’t be able to store large things, such as your laptop in it. Also, the beeper is annoying, and it can’t be disabled. The locking mechanism takes up too much space on the interior, significantly cutting down your storage room.

Pros

  • The light comes on when you open the door.
  • It features an external emergency battery device.
  • The installation is straight-forward.
  • It is sturdy and has a nice keypad.
  • The doors pop up when you punch in the code.
Cons

  • It isn’t very deep.
  • The safe is a bit expensive.
  • There is no way to disable the beeps.
  • The locking mechanism takes up too much space on the interior.

BARSKA AX12038 Biometric Wall Safe

5-BARSKA AX12038 Biometric Wall SafeYou know how much I love biometric technology! Well, Barska has an amazing biometric lock that is capable of storing and recognizing up to 120 different users. This wall safe is constructed of steel and features a two-point deadbolt system.

It comes with two back up keys for secondary access and a one-year limited warranty. Its exterior dimensions are 15.5″ x 3.73″ x 20.75″.

I know you are suspicious about biometric locks, but you don’t have to be. Barska’s biometric reader works flawlessly nine out of ten times. This wall safe has an external battery pack and comes with mounting screws and hardware. The door swings open with ease.

Unfortunately, some parts of this model are made of cheap plastic, such as an internal battery compartment and the opening knob. You should be aware that they might be prone to damage.

The door might be a bit loose, but you can fix this with a screwdriver. Still, a resourceful thief will find a way to get into this safe quite easily.

Pros

  • It has an emergency hidden lock with a key.
  • It has an external battery pack, so you don’t have to worry.
  • Biometric reader works like charm, and it’s easy to program.
  • It comes with mounting screws and hardware.
  • The door swings open with ease.
Cons

  • The internal battery compartment is cheaply made.
  • The knob is made of plastic.
  • The door might be a bit loose.
  • You can open it with a crowbar and a screwdriver within minutes.

V-Line 31242-SA Quick Access Keyless Long Gun Safe– Great choice for gun owners

6 V-Line 31242-SA Quick Access Keyless Long Gun Safe (Black, 42-Inch)The primary purpose of this safe is to keep your firearms locked and ready to use in case of emergency. This gun safe is simple and straightforward to use even in high-stress situations, and it won’t cost you a fortune.

The safe is made from 16-gauge steel. It has a compact, sleek design, so it is very easy to hide. You will get the safe with pre-drilled holes in it so you can mount it on the wall, closet, or any other hiding spot you desire.

This safe features a Simplex lock mechanic system. This type of system is the most reliable because you don’t need to worry about your batteries running low. All you need to do to open your safe is to enter your code and turn the knob.

Regardless of this simple mechanical lock, there is one thing I don’t like about this locking mechanism. If you want to be fully secured that no one can pry into your safe, you need to use two additional bolts on the top and bottom of the safe. The problem is that both bolts need to be opened individually with a key.

Without using these bolts, the front door can quickly be forced open. So if you decide to use this extra safety option, this safe is not straightforward and easy to use anymore.

Unfortunately, this safe is pretty shallow and small-sized. Inside, you can fit a single rifle or a shotgun. This applies to firearms without any additional equipment like a flashlight. Inside the safe, you will also find the velcro strap to secure your rifle in place.

Pros:

  • Great price
  • Straightforward to use
  • Made from 16 gauge steel
  • Compact design
  • The velcro strap is included so you can secure your gun in place
  • Simplex mechanical lock

Cons:

  • Small and shallow
  • The front door is easy to pry
  • Bolts for additional security need to be open separately

US Patrol Hidden Wall Safe Secret Stash Electrical Plug – Chameleon among the safes

7 US Patrol Hidden Wall Safe Secret Stash Electrical PlugIf you want to hide your cash, jewelry, or any other small valuables in the hidden place that no intruder will ever think to look in, you will love this idea. Why did I say “idea” and not the word “product”? You will find out in the next few lines.

The only good thing I can say about this product is that it comes with all the mounting hardware you need to install it.

The whole safe is made from plastic; even the screws are made from plastic, which we all can figure out is a big problem. And the quality of the plastic is inferior. And when you think things can’t be worse, they used glue to assemble the safe so that this product will fall apart in critical places soon to some users even during the first installation.

The safe comes with a corresponding key, but you can open it easily with a flathead screwdriver too. If you place the safe next to the actual electrical plug, you will be disappointed with the design. It looks so cheap that no one would be fooled that this is just the plugin.

And when you want to access your valuables in the safe, you need to dismantle the whole thing. As I already said, I liked the idea of this product, but unfortunately, I need to advise you not to spend your money on this product as it is highly nonfunctional and poor quality.

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Comes with all mounting hardware you need

Cons:

  • Poor design
  • Made from thin plastic and glued
  • Screws are made of plastic and prone to breaking
  • You need to dismantle it completely to access your valuable things

SentrySafe SFW205CWB Fireproof Safe and Waterproof Safe with Dial Combination – Trusted companion in all emergencies

8 SentrySafe SFW205CWB Fireproof Safe and Waterproof Safe with Dial Combination 2.05 Cubic FeetThis safe is a bomb. It is made from steel that is fireproof and waterproof. It can withstand 24 hours in 8 inches of water and 1 hour on the temperature of 1700 °F. So all this guarantee you that all your valuable things like documents, cash, and jewelry will be safe and ready for all types of crisis that can occur in your home or office.

We all know that some dial combination locks can be hard to use, but this model will surprise you with how straightforward it is to use. You will have quick access to your safe every time. The locking system is manual, so you don’t need to worry about not being able to unlock your safe because the batteries run out.

The safe comes with six locking bolts and a pry-resistant hinge bar for extra safety. The combination lock design is the only thing that can concern you because it is made from plastic, so you need to be very gentle when using it so you won’t damage it.

The interior design is functional, but it could have been used better. The safe comes with two containers. The bottom one is deep, and the top one is shallow. On the inside of the door, you will find a rack designed to hold your keys and a pocket that is suitable for things like a passport.

Pros:

  • Made from steel that is fireproof and waterproof
  • Easy dial combination lock
  • Comes with six locking bolts and pry-resistant hinge bar
  • Functional and affordable

Cons:

  • The combination lock is made from plastic

SONGMICS 6 LEDs Cabinet Lockable Wall/Door Mounted Jewelry Armoire Organizer with Mirror – Beautiful and functional design 

9 SONGMICS 6 LEDs Cabinet Lockable 47.3 H WallDoor Mounted Jewelry Armoire Organizer with Mirror, 2 Drawers, Pure White UJJC93W

You will find purchasing this safe very useful because it will help you organize all your jewelry better. We all know how necklaces are prone to tangling with other jewelry if they aren’t stored properly so that this cabinet will save you a lot of time and nerves too.

The cabinet is made from MDF (medium-density fibreboard), so please make sure you don’t place it in the bathroom or somewhere where it can get in contact with humid environment, or it can be damaged. The lock system is manual, and you will get this cabinet with a set of two keys. The glass on the front door is a highly selective glass that is not prone to distortion.

The cabinet can be mounted on the wall, and all the necessary hardware comes included in the package. If you don’t want to drill holes in your wall, you can always hang it on the door with adjustable hooks. You can choose between three different heights.

Inside the cabinet, you will find six LED lights that are unfortunately powered by three AAA batteries. The LED lights will automatically turn on when the doors are opened and turn off when the doors are closed.

The inside interior is very functional, but make sure you don’t place a bulkier piece of jewelry on the hooks, or you will have a hard time to close the door properly; instead, you can put them in the drawers at the bottom of the cabinet.

Pros:

  • Made from MDF with high-quality mirror glass
  • Functional with manual locking system
  • Can be mounted on the wall or hung on the door
  • LED lights

Cons:

  • The LED light is powered with batteries
  • Not suitable for bathrooms or places where they will be in contact with humid
  • You may occur problems with locking the door if you store some bulkier pieces of jewelry on the hooks

Mesa Safe All Steel Adjustable Wall Safe – Small but reliable 

10 Mesa Safe All Steel Adjustable Wall Safe, 0.3-0.7 Cubic FeetIf the heavy-duty steel body is all you look for in a safe for your home or office, this is the right choice for you. This model from Mesa Safe Co. comes for a great price and great features, so it is a win-win situation.

The safe comes with two chrome-plated locking bolts and an anti-theft hinge so you can be sure it is pry-resistant. The sidewalls feature double thickness compared to doors. The locking system is an advanced electrical lock with the possibility of easy combination change. The safe also features the emergency key system in case you forgot your combination.

The safe has adjustable depth so you can expend it when installing so you can adjust it to fit your needs best. Inside, you can find two fixed shelves and an expendable shelf kit. The built-in interior light is not automatically turned on when opening the door; you must use the switch, which can be tricky if you safe is fully packed or if there is no light in the room.

You can quickly mount it on the wall or secure it to the floor because the unit comes with already pre-drilled holes for mounting. Overall, this safe is one of my favorites, so if you decide to purchase it, I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Pros:

  • Built from high-quality steel
  • Two chrome-plated locking bolts and anti-theft hinge for additional security
  • Advanced electronic lock with emergency key system
  • Adjustable depth
  • Two sturdy shelves with an expendable shelf kit
  • Pre-drilled holes for easier mounting

Cons:

  • Interior light does not turn on automatically

Viking Security Safe VS-52BLX Biometric Fingerprint Hidden Wall Safe – Excellent security features

11 Viking Security Safe VS-52BLX Biometric Fingerprint Hidden Wall Safe

If the idea of having high-tech safe intrigues you then read the next few lines and find out why this safe should be your pick.

The VS-52BLX safe is made from rugged black powder-coated steel. The frame is 3mm thick and the doors are 5mm thick so you can be sure that safe can’t be dented so easily. This safe is pry-resistant, reinforced with anti-pry steel strips. Also, the safe is equipped with motorized 20 mm solid steel deadbolts to improve overall safety.

This is the biometric safe, that means all you need to unlock the safe is your fingertip. The biometric sensor uses 500 DPI optical reader that will allow you to store 32 fingerprints in the central database. The safe comes with LCD keypad so you can use the 4 to 8 digital code to lock your safe too, the unit can also store one pin code. Or, if you are a more old-school type, can use the cross key that comes with the safe.

The safe requires 4 AA batteries, which is not my favorite thing, but it’s good to know that memory retains even if the battery runs out. If the batteries are low, you will have trouble opening the safe, which is the only flaw of this safe, but luckily the key is here to save the day. The safe comes with a built-in light.

It is recommended to mount this safe to the wall or floor. This won’t be hard because the unit comes pre-drilled.

Pros:

  • Made from rugged black powdered steel
  • Thick doors and walls
  • Biometric locking system that can store 32 fingertip prints
  • Comes with LCD keypad and cross keys
  • Pre-drilled anchors
  • Built-in light

Cons:

  • Requires batteries
  • Safe can be hard to open if the batteries are low

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How to Choose the Best Wall Safe for Yourself?

You’ll have to check a few things before purchasing a wall safe.

It might come as a surprise to you, but your ideal wall safe won’t be the best-looking one. It will be the one that suits various needs — both yours and your home’s.

What is the depth of your wall?

The first thing you should do is learn the depth of your wall. Your new wall safe will work only if it is compatible with these measurements.

Typically, walls are not extremely deep, but this depends on your building’s or house’s architecture. Their depth usually varies between four and six inches.

Remember, if your walls are shallow, and you think the safe wouldn’t offer you enough storage room, you can always go for a taller model that is more spacious.

What about the installation?

The installation process needs to be simple. You will be doing it on your own, and if you can’t do it right, its level of security will be endangered.

You’ll need to attach the unit to the studs in your wall. So, make sure you choose an area with enough room.

Ideally, you will choose a future your location for your wall safe while your home is still being built.

However, this is a rare situation. Most commonly, people install their in-wall safes later. Most of the models have a flange, so you don’t have to worry about plaster or drywall repair.

Which locking mechanism is the best?

This aspect depends on your personal preference.

Wall safes, just like any others, have multiple lock options.

Electronic locks, mechanical combinations, simple locks with tubular keys, or biometric locks — all of these options are at your disposal.

It is best to choose a model that combines two or three different locking mechanism, to ensure better protection.

Beneficial features

At last, don’t forget to check all of the features each model is offering.

For example, look for thicker steel if you want better security. LED light on the interior and emergency battery boxes on the exterior can be convenient. Shelves should be removable.

Look for the features that you find the most useful.

Where to Hide a Wall Safe?

Once you purchase a wall safe, the question is where to install it?

Finding a good and creative place for it can double its efficiency.

So, let’s take a look at some good options:

Behind Furniture

This is one of the most popular solutions ever.

If you have a massive piece of furniture, such as a couch, piano, or anything else that one burglar can hardly move, you can place your wall safe behind it.

Unfortunately, this also means that this piece of furniture is complicated for you to move it on your own too. So, this option is useful only if you don’t have to access your safe often.

In a secondary bedroom

Wall safes are most commonly located in a master bedroom closet, and this is the first place a thief would check.

Trick a burglar and place your wall safe in a secondary bedroom.

Still, avoid children’s rooms, you don’t want to put them in danger just for the sake of the safety of your valuables.

Behind an electrical outlet

Hiding a wall safe behind a fake electrical outlet is easier than you think. There are cheap kits that will help you make this possible.

However, as a hiding spot, the fake electrical outlet can be pretty obvious if it is out in the open.

On the other hand, if you hide it behind a piece of furniture as well, it can be very tough to spot.

Behind bookcases

If you are crafty and creative enough, you can quickly make this come true.

All you have to do is glue a row of old books together and hollow out their pages. This will create a space ample enough to hide the front panel of the wall safe.

Behind paintings

Hiding a wall safe behind a wall painting is a classic, but it is also quite effective.

Burglars usually don’t have enough time to check behind every painting in your house. This is also a more convenient method of storage than any other listed above.

It gives you a chance to access your safe very easily, and it can hide your safe even if it sticks out of the wall.

Conclusion

Did you learn how to choose the best wall safe for yourself? Do you already have some ideas where you can install your brand new safe?

I hope you did and you do. At last, I want to recommend you the model that I liked the best from this group – Protex Electronic Wall Safe (PWS-1814E).

I know it is a bit more expensive than its fellow companions, but it has many useful features — such as the LED light and an emergency battery device. At the same time, it provides an admirable level of security!

Do you agree with my choice? I would love to hear your opinion. If you have any other questions about the best wall safes, feel free to leave me a comment.

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Hello, my name is Lisa Thompson and I’m the Founder of Safetyhub, your go-to resource for all things home security and home improvement. In this day and age, security should be your top priority, and that’s exactly why my dedicated team of writers and I offer reliable information pertaining to gun storage, home safes, and so much more. When I’m not running the blog, I enjoy gardening and homesteading. As an avid nature lover, I also love going on camping trips. Currently, I happily reside in the heart of Los Angeles.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I had a robbery scare not too long ago and ever since then I have been looking to purchase some sort of safe for my home. This list was very informative and has given me a lot of great options to consider. Thank you!

  2. My apartment was burgled a few months ago and this propelled me to find security solutions with regards to my valuables. This post says it all, I have a shallow wall but I know exactly what to do and the kind of wall safe that is very suitable for me. Thanks alot !

  3. Thanks. We are ordering the Protector wall safe. You helped finalize our choice after much research. I just wish it were white to blend into my wall better.

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