Are you searching for the most secure method to store your most valuable possessions? If the answer is yes, then you’re undoubtedly in the right place. In this complete guide, I share tips on how to choose the best floor safe and my top 5 picks. Additionally, you’ll find reviews of each safe with the most important points to consider before making your final decision.
Why choose a floor safe? Compared to traditional above-ground safes, in-floor safes offer unique advantages:
- For starters, floor safes are 100% hidden. Unless a burglar knows you have an in-floor safe, there’s a slim chance of it being found.
- Next, floor safes are usually fireproof since they live below ground and/or are surrounded by concrete, which is one of my favorite advantages. Even fireproof wall safes are rated for 1 to 2 hours of fire exposure before the contents ultimately burn. Floor safes skip this problem altogether.
- Third, floor safes don’t take up any valuable floor space, and depending on how often you plan to access the safe, you may even find it advantageous to install it beneath a heavy piece of furniture for added security.
- Fourth, unlike simply burying your valuables below ground in a container, a good floor safe resists the elements. Plus, it’s a good idea to toss a desiccant inside the safe to ensure the contents remain dry.
Now that you have an idea of why floor safes are a great choice for securing your valuables, let’s go over the specs of each of my top picks.
Top 5 In-Floor Safes
|#1) Hayman Polyethylene In-Floor Safe||
|#2) AMSEC C5 STAR Round Lift Out Door Floor Safe||
|#3) Stealth Heavy Duty Floor Safe||
|#4) Protex IF-1500 II Floor Safe||
|#5) WinBest Solid Steel Floor Safe by Barska||
Floor Safe Reviews
Before we get started with the reviews, I want to quickly go over UL-based Residential Security Container ratings applied to floor safes. Most good in-floor safes offer “B-Rate” or “C-Rate” security. These rates define how thick the body and door of the safe are. Here’s a breakdown:
- B-Rate: B-Rate floor safes typically have 1/4″ thick bodies and 1/2″ thick doors
- C-Rate: C-Rate models have 1/2″ thick bodies and 1″ thick doors
The numbers above are not set in stone, but they do give you a good idea of how secure the safe is. For floor safes, it’s best to avoid any models with bodies slimmer than 1/4″ since companies typically try to cut costs by building their safes with thinner steel.
Additionally, it’s wise to look for additional security features including re-locking devices, hard plates to protect against drill attacks, and UL-approved or listed locks. These features tell you that the safe is legit, and the company didn’t cut corners.
Now, it’s time for the reviews.
#1) Hayman FS4000B Polyethylene In-Floor Safe
Hayman’s FS4000B is an innovative floor safe that’s my personal favorite of the five models. Unlike a lot of floor safes, the polyethylene material is rustproof, plus the entire safe is waterproof minus the door. For folks who live in moist environments or places with a lot of rainfall, the polyethylene body is perfect for storing your most valuable possessions and documents.
Next, let’s talk about the internal storage options this safe offers. Of the five models in this guide, this safe is the roomiest by far, and there are storage shelves, a filing system, and even a false door for enhanced stealthiness. The base package includes a steel cover plate to ensure no one detects the safe even when stepping over it and to ensure it sits flush with your flooring.
As for the door, the FS4000B includes a B-Rate 1/2″ interchangeable door, which is one of my favorite features. This gives you the option to upgrade the door later or change it out while maintaining the body of the safe. For door security, the hinge side sports a solid steel bar to resist pry attacks. For convenience, the door is spring-loaded to eliminate getting your fingers caught and for easier access.
- Hayman’s Lifetime Guarantee on polymer body safes
- The most internal storage space of the five models with internal organization
- No need to worry about rust
- Made in the USA
- An interchangeable door for easy upgrades and a lifetime of use
- Spring-assisted door for convenient access
- Well-built, no cheap parts
- Features a dual relock system
- More difficult to install than the other four safes
- The highest upfront cost
- You might prefer a safe with a steel body
#2) AMSEC C5 STAR Round Lift Out Door Floor Safe
American Security or AMSEC is one of my favorite home security companies that manufactures a range of safes. Currently, there are numerous Amsec in-floor models available, and the C5 model offers the most value for the money. Compared to the Hayman safe above, the C5 is heavier on security and lighter on space. This C-Rate safe features a diesel 1 3/4″ solid steel door that requires a whopping 25,000 lbs of force to shear. In other words, no one is breaking into this safe without some serious time & effort, and professional tools.
In addition to the thickness of the door, there’s a carburized hard plate and three locking bolts. Next, I want to highlight the removable dial feature. The dial acts as a deterrent by covering the keyhole, plus the spindle helps to prevent potential damage by shielding the real lock during drill attacks.
A couple of final points to consider are this safe is not waterproof, and the body is B-Rate since it’s 1/4″ thick. Also, it’s best for hiding cash and other small valuables since the capacity is .39 cu ft. One final option you might like is to switch to a slotted door to make dropping cash inside the safe easy-peasy.
- The recessed 1 3/4″ solid steel door provides the highest level of security of the models in this guide
- Made in the US
- C-Rate door and B-Rate body
- Install in concrete for ultimate fire protection
- The door requires 25,000 lbs of force to sheer
- Includes a water-resistant, high-impact dust cover with an O-ring seal
- The locking bolts each feature a hardened steel positive relocking bolt
- The removable dial acts as a deterrent and protects the key changeable lock
- You may desire more storage space
- Not waterproof
#3) Stealth B1500 Heavy Duty Floor Safe
Stealth is another good ol’ American safe company that I trust to manufacture a top-notch safe for a very reasonable price. Compared to the two models above, Stealth’s B1500 is more affordable at the time of this writing, and it gives you 2X more space to work with than Amsec’s C5. Currently, there are two versions of the Stealth safe available: the B1500 and B2500. The only real difference is the internal storage space.
The B1500 provides .83 cu ft while the B2500 gives you 1.36 cu ft. Be sure to consider where you plan to install the safe and the amount of space you require because the B2500 doesn’t cost all that much more than the B1500. Now, let’s talk about security. The B1500 opens like a traditional above-ground safe and features three 1″ solid steel locking bolts. Once you take a look at the inside edge of the door, you’ll instantly realize just how much steel is securing the door to the body.
Once you install the safe, it’s virtually impossible to get a good grip to pry the door open, which makes those locking bolts even greater to have onboard. In addition to the bolts, there’s a 1/4″ Rockwell hard plate and re-locker to protect against punch and drill attacks. Finally, there are mechanical dial lock and electronic keypad versions of this safe available.
- You might prefer the speedier access provided by the keypad if you plan to access the safe fairly often
- Provides 2X the storage space of Amsec’s C5 for a more affordable price
- The three 1″ locking bolts are seriously diesel
- Rockwell hard plate for excellent drill protection
- 100% made in the USA
- An internal door hinge for ultimate protection against pry attacks
- Internal re-locker and bolt detent system automatically locks the safe after closing the door
- Chrome handle, no cheap plastic
- Internal shock to help open and close the door
- Not quite as stealth as the first two options
- No interchangeable door
#4) Protex IF-1500 II Floor Safe
Now, let’s slip into the budget realm of the guide. Like Amsec, Protex manufactures a wide range of floor safes, and the IF-1500 II is your best all-around option for the money. Compared to the first three models, the IF-1500 II costs significantly less at the time of this writing, yet it still manages to serve up some beefy security features.
First, the IF-1500 is B-Rate, which matches a lot of in-floor safes that cost double or more. Second, there are a total of five chrome-plated locking bolts, though at 3/4″, they don’t match the Stealth B1500’s 1″ bolts. Third, the IF-1500 II just about matches the internal storage space of the Stealth B1500 and certainly outdoes the Amsec C5.
Several final security features I want to highlight are the dead bar for pry protection, carburized hard plate for drill protection, a spring-loaded re-locker, and a heavy-duty steel cover. All in all, the IF-1500 II isn’t quite as secure as the Amsec and Stealth models, but of the three, the IF-1500 II is the best floor safe for the money when you compare the features and prices.
- Includes premium security features found on safes that cost 2X or even 3X more
- B-Rate security
- Five total 3/4″ chrome-plated locking bolts
- A dead bar for enhanced protection against prying
- Includes a steel cover and bottom plate
- Solid 1/2″ steel door
- Smooth-functioning dial
- More storage space for the money
- Not made in the US
- The steel cover requires padding to avoid metal to metal contact with the safe
- Using the combination might be confusing at first
#5) WinBest AX12656 Solid Steel Floor Safe by Barska
Now for the cheapest floor safe of the five. For folks who don’t’ want to spend more than 100 bucks on a floor safe, this one currently costs under 100, and it’s as good as it gets in this price range. Yes, it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you’ll find on the first three safes, but it does get the job done with its solid steel body.
Also, it’s important to keep in mind that a floor safe is not supposed to be found, so a lot of those bells & whistles might be more than you need. If you have an excellent hiding spot and/or plan to install the safe below a heavy piece of furniture, the WinBest safe by Barska is a solid option. The only thing you’ll need to do to protect the contents is to include a rechargeable desiccant pack that should only need to be recharged annually.
A couple of features I like on this safe are the two solid steel locking bolts and easy access with the included keys. Additionally, this in-floor safe is versatile. If you’re looking for a floor safe to install in the floorboard of a truck, this low-profile .22 cu ft safe is a great option that won’t break the bank.
- A good affordable vehicle safe to store in the floorboard of a truck
- The lowest profile design of the safes in this guide
- By far the cheapest option of the five
- Features 2 diesel locking bolts for a budget price
- Key entry, no need to worry about remembering combos or using a dial lock
- The easiest to install of the five models
- Solid construction
- Pre-drilled holes for easy mounting
- The least secure of the five safes
- The keyhole is susceptible to pick attacks
- Less storage space than the other four options
When choosing the best floor safe, be sure to consider the level of security each safe offers. These five models are currently the best for the money, ranging from premium quality to basic quality with the WinBest safe. Two steps to take before making your final decision:
- Be sure you know exactly where you plan to install the safe and consider the dimensions of each safe before you buy one
- Consider your desired level of security
Once you make these considerations, you’ll have a clearer idea of which model(s) suits your needs the best. Lastly, all floor safes require a desiccant pack to keep the contents of the safe dry. The last thing you want to do is store cash, your passport, or important documents only to open the safe later and find a moldy passport.
The Best Desiccant for Floor Safes
Below is a rechargeable desiccant to store inside your safe to keep your valuables protected and dry. Each unit treats up to 3 cu ft and features a built-in indicator that tells you when it’s time to recharge the unit #ad: