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1.0 out of 5 starsNot secure!! Can be opened with scissors!
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
Got this to hold medications and knives after my daughter had an attempted suicide. We thought it was working great for 7 months until my daughter’s boyfriend told us she can get in without the key or code!! She used a pair of scissors jammed into the key. See video! WTF!
The only way to open the door is with the key. Tried setting and resetting the combination lock and although I got the green light and beeps, which indicates that the combination entered is correct and I hear a click as if the door was unlocked, when I turn the knob, the door will not opened. Tried resetting the combination by following the directions - and same result. Just don't lose the keys!
We lost a bunch of important papers in our last safe, which was a fire safe, because we didn't open it for a while and everything got covered in nasty mold. It was awful and a huge inconvenience to have to get new birth certs and such. So, I got rid of that thing and bought this instead. No, it's not fireproof, but what good does fireproof do if your stuff just gets ruined anyway? It's secure against prying eyes and hands from people in your home and would likely protect your things against amateur thieves, also, especially if it is adequately concealed. We will be moving to a new home soon and are planning on having this installed in a concealed area behind a hidden panel, but where there is still ventilation so we don't lose things to mold again. We like it and have no issues.
The size allows me to fit what I was planning to put inside. Next to a sleep number bed the height is just above the frame and it's workable as an additional night stand. The top shelf is easy to reach for items you need to be able to reach from bed.
The electronic lock works well so far and the two mechanical backup keys are sturdy. The walls are single layer steel but certainly of a heavier gauge than sheet metal on any car. The locking bolts are sturdy enough that they're oversized (a good thing) in relation to the rest of the construction. The electronic pad can take 3-8 length keys. The keypad can beep or be silenced and there are not-brighter-than-necessary lights that give visual feedback. The keypad has a lockout feature for some deterrence. There are pre-drilled holes in the back and bottom to allow permanent fixture to the wall/floor.
In purchasing a safe at this price point there should be a lower expectation of security. The bolts on the door lock are sound but with the single wall construction otherwise on the door I believe it would be easy to penetrate the unit above and below the lock with a sledgehammer. The weight was manageable to carry inside by one barely-in shape person, which while convenient also suggests bolting the safe down if you're worried about it ever walking away. The mounting holes as well are larger than they need to be and there isn't a mechanism (other than a carpet for the floor) to seal them with what the safe includes. If keeping someone from learning the nature of the contents by peeping through the mounting holes on the back and bottom is a concern it's something to consider. The back wall is more spot than seam welded but adequate in relation to the door.
My biggest gripe with the unit is the door fitment and specifically how it rubs on the bottom. It takes a good tug on the door at its rest state to pull it open, which makes a distinctive noise as well. If pulling up on door while opening it, there's almost no rub and the noise is nearly inaudible. While acting quickly in the middle of the night it could make more sound than you might prefer (but at this price point there's probably a fair bit of deviation between the units). Another shortcoming was that only three anchor bolts were included when the unit has 4 holes on both the back and floor for mounting, and one of those bolts is so wedged under the bottom door frame that I haven't been able to pry it loose. This may be affecting the door fitment.
In all, the benefits of the size, top shelf position and cost make this a satisfying purchase. Is it fireproof? Briefly frame retardant I'd guess at best. Will it take someone with a sledgehammer more than a minute to be able to fit their hand inside the door? Likely not. But will it be effective in keeping children and not-too-determined house cleaners & home visitors out? For this price that's a great application. Will it stop a projectile? Probably not all of them.
I like the size of the safe. But buyer should keep in mind that the locking mechanism housing sticks out about an 1 1/2 inches on the inside and does not allow you to stand standard binders upright. It defeats what I really bought it for but is still usable for other thigs.
This seemed great, however Amazon apparently lacks the quality control to make sure that this product arrives UNLOCKED - something you would normally feel, well, safe to assume. There was no manual in the box - I can only assume it's also locked inside with the bloody failsafe key, which I can hear jangling around, taunting me. I'd be really pissed if this whole thing wasn't so comical. Needless to say, I won't be recommending this product to anyone I know, unless they are keen to practice their safecracking skills.
I purchased this safe because it has 2 methods of entry: a customizable PIN, and a physical key. Entering the wrong code will cause the safe to go into lockout mode for 5 minutes, but using the physical key can override the lockout mode at any time. I purchased this because of the mounting option, and the shelf (2 levels of storage). I mounted my to the wall (at ground level) using my own hardware, but I believe the hardware that is included with this safe is for floor mounting. This model is NOT fire-proof.
I bought this item back in December but had an injury that took me down for months and I was unable to open/lift it. I finally was able to yesterday and was excited to get the safe set up and installed only to find that (following the instructions) that the door would not open with the key(s) and the lock unlocked. The door itself appears to be warped or attached at an angle so it keeps hitting the lip of the sides and is unable to open. The package was undamaged so this appears to be a factory defect. I am going to hopefully be able to replace it with another one and will write another review if I get a new one.
While this safe does technically work, it is very thin. I could likely get it open in 30minutes with a crowbar. Welding tools would make extremely short work of it. While the bolts are substantial and likely couldn't be cut or bent, the sides of the safe are very thin, and thus could be easily bent or cut. It's not the worst, but it certainly isn't up to the task of securing anything terribly important. Further, it is not fireproof at all, the sides are EXTREMELY thin, and will provide virtually no heat resistance.
Inexpensive Lock-box It's Not a true "safe": It's a very affordable item. It's advertised as a "safe" but it does not have the thick walls and fire resistant construction of better quality "safes." The thinner wall construction reminds me of more a lock-box type of product than a safe. I would call it hotel room grade or worse type of quality. But again the price is very good. I would recommend screwing the unit down to the floor or wall to keep it from being carried off as it is very light.