5 Best LockBox or Key Safes [2019 Update]
The price of a lockbox has been dropping for a while now, so it’s a win for the consumer. However, there has been an explosion of the brands that make these key safes, so how do you pick the best one for your needs? On this page, we give you our unbiased opinion and then our 5 preferred lockboxes (also known as combination key safes).
However, before we dive deep, let's give you our winner, runner up and the one that you should probably avoid!
ONE TO AVOID!
"Solid, trusted by the police"
"Reliable, and trustworthy"
"Small for a large key box"
We have used the above items at some point in the last 2 years, meaning we no longer need to hide the front door key behind the bin or underneath a rock*. A well positioned and secure lockbox offer peace of mind to different types of users.
Now you know which one we think is our winner (and the one to avoid), it's time for you to make up your mind. With so many Chinese copycat items, we think it's important for you to avoid the cheap imitations and go for the real thing. With that in mind, we ask that you read the reviews the of the items listed below as we give our favourite 5 lockboxes.
* If you still want to hide it under a rock, you can buy a rock shaped lock box which should deter the most ardent of burglars.
Best Lockboxes in 2019
1. Supra - C500 Key Safe
This model comes with a weatherproof cover made of plasticised rubber, helping to stop any rain or snow from weathering the item. As a bonus, it also acts to disguise the item from unwitting passers-by.
As tough as it is durable, the item is made of a heavy grade stainless steel and zinc-alloy and comes as a double wall construction.
It is the only mechanical lockbox that has been endorsed as ‘Secured by Design’ by the UK Police and has also received accreditation by the Loss Prevention Certification Board.
2. Master Lock - Medium (5401EURD)
A long-time favourite, this Master Lock model is designed to have up to 10,000 combinations.
It comes with four pre-drilled holes to the rear, allowing you to mark off the holes before drilling into brick, stone or masonry. This item can be fitted with standard DIY tools i.e. an 8mm drill will suffice.
If the keys you’re going to store are for cylinder locks, then this will be good enough. However, with mortice lock keys, it is a bit fidgety. The issue is that the top half of the design houses the locking mechanism. This eats up a fair bit of space, meaning the area is little tight, especially if your mortice lock key is bulky. In this instance, we would recommend that you upgrade to the bigger Masterlock 5403EURD.
As for longevity and security, the shutter door protects combination dials from weather, dirt and grime. The well-constructed zinc casing will frustrate vandals that might be tempted to use a hammer or saw(!)
3. Sentinel Push-Button LockBox (Wall Mounted)
Takes up to 10 Yale type keys. Like the Supra model described above, this is also a keypad push-button lockbox.
The purchase comes with four screws and you’ll need an 8mm bit to screw into masonry.
The code can be any length and can be in any order, but any single number can only be used ONCE. It is a bit more complicated to use compared to combination digit locks, but some might consider a keypad style lockbox easier to use.
It is fairly spacious inside and it feels like a well-designed product. It comes with a waterproof cover which also helps to give it a discreet look.
4. LDS Key Safe – Wall Mountable (KS-005)
Our favourite thing about this product is the outer protective cover. It acts as a weather barrier to stop any snow or rain from getting inside, but it also does a really good job of camouflaging.
We’re not a fan of having your wall mounted item being easy to spot, so once the plasticised rubber cover is on, it seamlessly sits alongside other wall mounted bits and pieces such as a broadband box.
Other than that, it is well-built, has a modern feel about it and the size is pretty big inside – enough to hold keys and credit cards.
5. Rhino Lock Secure Key XL Combination Safe
This combination lock by Rhino is a bigger size, meaning lots of space if you need to put more than a few keys in there. It is also a UK branded item, which is something we look out for. There are many Chinese knock-off sellers that sell on Amazon and eBay, so with something as important as home security, we would always opt for a UK, USA or European based company that carries out more rigorous checks.
With the sizing of it, the case will hold car keys and fobs in addition to the regular keys, cash and cards. It’s not quite big enough to leave your kids lunch in there, but the size is ample enough!
Combination Box For Keys – Who Needs Them?
There are many uses for a lockbox, but most users will fall into one of the following descriptions:
Where Can They Be Fitted?
Typically, lockboxes have been used in holiday let homes and apartments to give access to out of town visitors and holidaymakers to gain access to the home.
However, the usage of these security devices have increased (as described above) and some other places include:
What About an Electronic LockBox - Pros and Cons
These days, you can get advanced smart devices. While electronic lock boxes can be seen as a modern upgrade, you should be cautious before you invest into one of these.
The best thing about this type of device is that you can specify exactly who gains access and you are given a log of the times the lockbox was accessed. That is super secure in our eyes and gives you much more control. Everyone these days has a smartphone and it just takes an app on the phone to gain access.
However, the biggest disadvantage is when the signal fails or the connectivity is unreliable. If you need to gain access to a property for viewing or to give access to your cleaner for a set time and the signal is weak or the Bluetooth connectivity is not stable, then this is an unnecessary headache!
Added to the above, the cost is at least 2.5x what it costs for a traditional lockbox, so you need to understand this before parting with your cash. In our opinion, the best electronic lockbox is the Bluetooth enabled Master Lock 5441 EURD, described below.
BONUS: Best Electronic Lock Box: Master Lock 5441EURD
This bluetooth enabled smart product is very well made and feels robust.
A real highlight with this item is the fact that the number dials are illuminated, meaning it's easy to see in poor natural light. It stays illuminated for about 15 seconds, but you can press the logo again to re-start the lighting of the number dials.
It also comes with a rubberised cover, meaning the face of the product is protected from the natural elements.