5 Best Lockboxes (Key Safes) - Ranked!
You should only buy a Police approved lockbox; that’s our position. Be wary of cheap key safes – they’re either cheaper imitations or Chinese knock-offs and too easy to break into.
- Supra C500 (or the P500)
- Burton Keyguard XL by manufactured by Solon.
We have used the above items at some point in the last 2 years, meaning we no longer need to hide the front door spare key behind the bin or underneath a rock*.
A well positioned and secure lockbox for keys offers peace of mind to different types of users.
Now you know which one we think is our winner, 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.
* 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.
1. Supra C500 Key Safe
This is a POLICE APPROVED push button key safe
- Manufacturer: Supra
- Weight: 1.9 Kg
- Internal dimensions: 7.9 x 7.9 x 6.3 cm
The Supra C500 is the most secure lock box. No doubt about it!
It 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.
If you’re interested, we actually have a more rounded and in-depth review of the Supra C500.
It is the only mechanical version that has been endorsed as ‘Secured by Design’ by the UK Police and is one a few insurance approved key safes i.e. It has received accreditation by the Loss Prevention Certification Board.They do have a comprehensive guide on door reinforcement which is worth a read.
2. Master Lock - Large (5401D)
- Manufacturer: Master Lock
- Weight: 0.39 Kg
- Internal dimensions: 22.8 x 16.6 x 4.8 cm
A long-time favourite, this model is designed to have up to 10,000 sequences.
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 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 the 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 Wall Mounted Lock Box
- Manufacturer: Sentinel
- Weight: 0.80 Kg
- Internal dimensions: 26.6 x 15.6 x 7 cm
Takes up to 10 Yale type keys. Like the Supra model described above, this is also keypad style.
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 locks, but some might consider a keypad style one 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. MOFUT Weatherproof Wall Mounted Key Safe
- Manufacturer: MOFUT
- Weight: 0.52 Kg
- Internal dimensions: 9.0 x 8.0 x 3.2 cm
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 cash, small items and credit cards.
5. Rhino XL Combination Lock Box
- Manufacturer: Rhino
- Weight: 0.8 Kg
- Internal dimensions: 14.5 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm
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 items, cash and cards. It’s not quite big enough to leave your kids lunch in there, but the size is ample enough!
Where Can They Be Fitted?
Typically, they 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:
Bear in mind that if you install the item not according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then it could invalidate any future house insurance claims. Read the installation guide properly before affixing it to a surface.
What About an Electronic Bluetooth Version - 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 device 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 compared to a traditional one, so you need to understand this before parting with your cash. In our opinion, the best electronic lockbox is the Bluetooth Master Lock 5441 EURD.