The Best Safes for Hiding Cash at Home • (2021 Buyer’s Guide)

Last updated Jan 11, 2021

Choosing the best safe for storing cash at home can be tricky. Luckily, you have your friendly neighborhood Anti-Theft Boss here to help.

After running a quick search on this topic, I noticed that the #1 listing broke the #1 rule to choosing the best safe for keeping cash at home.

The #1 Rule: Invest in a safe that thieves can’t easily run off with!

The current #1 search result recommends a safe that I could pick up with one hand. I don’t care how many fancy locks or mechanisms a safe has. If I can pick it up, it’s no good for storing cash.

Well, you may be thinking, what if I bolt it to a fixed object? You can, but a skilled thief with enough time can pry a small safe away from any fixed object.

Since this article focuses on the best home safe for cash (that won’t be moving anytime soon) as opposed to the best safe for apartment/dorm living, you want a heavy safe that’s very hard to move or a safe that’s completely hidden.

Now that I got that out of my system, let’s get to the fun part: the safes.

Steelwater Heavy-Duty Gun Safes Review

If you’re storing cash and guns (or even cash only), this series by Steelwater is the series for you.

It checks all the boxes for me: fireproof, heavy as heck, 12 gauge solid steel body, superior internal organization, gear drive locking system, 5″ door with 2 layers of fireboard, and several other goodies.

You may be wondering why I recommend a gun safe? Well, if you’re storing cash at home, having a gun(s) to protect your possessions, yourself, and your family isn’t such a bad idea is it?

Other Key Features

  • Rated for 1 hour of fire protection at 1875°F
  • Weight: 380 lbs
  • Exterior Dimensions: 59” Height x 22” Width x 16” Depth
  • Interior Dimensions: 55.75″ Height x 19.5″ Width x 12.5″ Depth

What are current owners saying?

To give you an idea of why I chose this safe, here are two reviews that jibed with me:

  • One gentleman has his safe bolted to the floor and hidden inside his wall. He “loves” the safe. This is the exact way I envision installing this safe at home to store cash. He also reported “awesome customer service.”
  • Another gentleman, unfortunately, experienced a break-in while he was away on vacation. The thieves stole roughly $50k in musical equipment but weren’t able to access his cash and guns stored in this safe.
When you purchase this safe on Amazon, be sure to check if they deliver to your area because it arrives on a semi. Also, view all the options by Steelwater to find the best size for your home.

Steelwater 2-Hour Fireproof Safe Review

Just looking at this gem of a safe excites me. I don’t know about you, but quality safes excite the heck out of me. This second safe by Steelwater is an absolute beast. It weighs a whopping 410 lbs and has a 1/2″ diameter anchor hole to bolt it down.

This is the type of safe I imagine when I think of storing cash at home because what good’s a safe for storing cash if it’s not ironclad?

Key Features

  • 2-hour rated for fire protection at 1850°F
  • Weight: 410 lbs
  • Capacity: 3.55 cu ft
  • Exterior Dimensions: 33.25″ Height x 21” Width x 22.75” Depth (Add 2″ to depth to account for handle/lock)
  • Interior Dimensions: 27.25” Height x 15” Width x 15” Depth
  • 4.5″ thick composite door
  • Glass re-locker to protect against drill attacks

What are current owners saying?

  • One guy called it a “masterpiece.” He’s 6’5″ 275 lbs, and he needed a lot of help from the moving guy to bring it upstairs. Be sure to tip the moving guy!
  • Another verified owner reported “great workmanship” and had “nothing bad” to say about it.

At the moment, the safe has four verified reviews on Amazon, and they’re all 5-star for a reason: this safe is a top-notch home safe for storing cash, jewelry, important documents, and anything else of value.

Gardall 2-Hour Fireproof Safe Review

Another trustworthy home safe brand is Gardall. Like Steelwater, Gardall knows how to build a diesel fireproof safe that will keep your cash secure.

This thing of beauty weighs over 300 lbs and comes equipped with an independent re-locker to protect against drilling attacks.

Key Features

  • 4.5″ thick recessed door to protect against pry attacks
  • 2.5″ thick safe walls
  • Capacity: 1.47 cu ft
  • Exterior Dimensions: 25″ Height x 17.25″ Width x 19.75″ Depth
  • Interior Dimensions: 18″ Height x 12″ Width x 11.75″ Depth
  • Weight: 313 lbs
  • Tested to withstand 1850°F heat for two hours
  • Solid chrome-plated handle protects against brute force attacks

What are current owners saying?

  • One gentleman bought this safe to replace a 10-year-old SentrySafe that unexpectedly broke on him. He’s confident this “solid, well-built safe” by Gardall won’t suffer the same fate.
  • Owners like that this safe is made in the USA (and so do I).

Gardall is one of those companies I will always trust. The company’s been around since 1950, and I can remember seeing their products since I was a kid, being from the northeast where they started.

Protex Fire Resistant Electronic Wall Safe Review

As a second choice, you may want to install a wall safe to store your cash at home. The advantage of a wall safe is it’s hidden and out of sight. The main disadvantage is it’s a lot easier to run off with than one of the safes listed above.

It also won’t provide you with the same fire protection, however, you can store your cash inside a fireproof bag inside the safe for an added layer of fire protection.

This safe is deeper than other wall safes at 8″. Be sure to account for the added depth before buying.

Key Features

  • 30-minute fire protection
  • Exterior Dimensions: 13 5/8″ Width x 20 3/4″ Height x 8″ Depth
  • Interior Dimensions: 12″ Width x 19 1/4″ Height x 5 5/8″ Depth
  • Weight: 56 lbs
  • Capacity: .75 cu ft
  • Velvet-lined interior
  • Includes 2 mechanical override keys
  • Requires 4 AA batteries (included)

What are current owners saying?

  • One owner said it feels “impenetrable,” the door mechanism is very smooth, and the keypad is easy to use/program. He did note that the installation instructions were lacking.
  • Another owner confirmed the bezel is flush with the wall to ensure you can keep the safe hidden behind an object such as a painting. He reminded potential buyers to account for the added depth of the safe. He had accounted for adding a safe of this depth when he had his home built.
  • One guy who’s owned one since 2014 reported no problems after accessing it “countless times” over the years. He gave it an “A+” rating.

V-Line Quick Vault Wall Safe Review

Last but not least is this wall safe by V-Line. I added this as a second choice for a wall safe because unlike the Protex wall safe above, it fits inside a standard wall.

Do note that this safe is not fireproof and requires an inexpensive fireproof bag to ensure your cash isn’t damaged in the event of a fire.

What I like about this safe is it’s not battery-operated, and it’s made in the USA.

Key Features

  • Mounts flush with the wall’s surface
  • No electronic lock that consumes interior space
  • Interior Dimensions: 13″ Width x 11.75″ Height x 2.5″ Depth
  • Requires a 12″ x 14″ cutout for installation and 16″ on center studs

What are current owners saying?

  • One gun owner confirmed it fits his full frame 9mm, cash, jewelry, and passports. One thing I like that he mentioned is that it opens quietly enough to not be noticed in case of intrusion.
  • Another guy confirmed that his has been going strong for a few years now. He too confirmed that the safe can be opened quietly and quickly in the dark to access his firearm if need be.
  • To give you an idea of how much current owners love this safe, out of 97 total current reviews on Amazon, 81% are 5-star.

Bonus Security Tips

  • When choosing the best safe for storing cash at home, the three most critical factors to consider are weight, fireproof, and level of security. Please don’t buy a safe that a thieve can easily pick up and run off with. It doesn’t matter if a small safe is bolted down. This is the reason I recommend wall safes after the heavy-duty home safes.
  • If you choose to buy a wall safe, you can’t expect the same level of security if a thief finds your safe. The main function of a wall safe is to stay hidden.
  • Invest in a fireproof bag to hold your cash and most important documents. The extra layer of fire protection won’t hurt, even if you invest in the 2-hour fire rated safe above.
  • Don’t skimp on a safe for holding cash. One of the heavy-duty safes above should last you a lifetime. When it comes to one-time investments, don’t cut corners.
  • Forget the biometrics and all that fancy new stuff that can break and/or take up interior space in the safe.
  • Stick with a trustworthy company like Steelwater or Gardall

Final Word

I sincerely hope you reached my article and not other articles recommending small safes with biometric locks.

I can’t stress this enough: buy a heavy-duty safe that a thief or thieves can’t easily run off with. Invest in a fireproof safe to protect your cash against fire.

A safe for your home should be a one-time investment. The peace of mind you get when you invest in a reliable safe is invaluable.

The guy who reported the hinge breaking on his SentrySafe is the perfect example. When you invest in a Steelwater or Gardall, this doesn’t happen.

I think by now you know how to choose the best safe for storing your cash at home.

Best of luck!

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