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Types Of Safes: Top 5

24th May 2024

Welcome to our beginner’s guide on the top 5 types of safes! If you’re looking to secure your valuables, you’re in the right place. Safes come in various shapes, sizes, and functionalities, each designed to meet specific security needs. Let’s dive in and explore the top five types of safes, making it easier for you to choose the perfect one.

1. Fire Resistant Safes

Firstly, let’s talk about fire resistant safes. These safes are specifically designed to protect your valuables from high temperatures during a fire incident. Constructed with fire-resistant materials, they can withstand extreme heat for a specified period. Ideal for storing important documents, cash, and digital media, these safes ensure your essential items remain intact even in the event of a fire.

Do keep in mind that the terms “fireproof” and “fire resistant” can, at times, be used interchangeably. Ensure that an item has robust fire protection features, regardless of whether it claims to be fireproof or fire resistant. No safe is 100% fireproof and is only fire resistant, but they can provide an added layer of protection in case of fire, up to a certain time rated by the manufacturer. Learn more about why fire resistant safes matter.

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2. Floor Safes

Moving on, floor safes offer another excellent security option. Typically covered by a piece of furniture or a rug, these safes are installed into the floor, making them hard to detect. They come in various sizes depending on your particular use case and are ideal for storing small to larger items or significant amounts of cash, ensuring they remain hidden and protected from theft.

However, floor safes require pre-planning before installation, unlike a freestanding safe that you can bolt to the floor. We recommend planning a space for the safe during the construction of your house, as it would be easier, less time-consuming, and more cost-effective than planning after the house is constructed. While underfloor safes can be installed in an already built house, do note that the cost would be significantly higher.

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3. Gun Safes

For firearm owners, gun safes are a must-have. These safes are specifically designed to store firearms securely, preventing unauthorised access and ensuring compliance with legal storage requirements. Gun safes come in various sizes, from small handgun safes to larger models that can accommodate multiple rifles and shotguns. They often include features like tamper-proof locks, fire resistance, and quick-access mechanisms for emergencies.

4. Deposit Safes

Deposit safes are commonly used in businesses where cash handling is frequent. Also known as drop safes, they have a slot or drawer that allows for quick and secure deposits without granting access to the main safe compartment. This feature makes deposit safes an excellent choice for retail stores, restaurants, and other businesses, providing a secure way to manage daily cash deposits.


5. Luxury/Bespoke Safes

If you have a taste for luxury and customisation, luxury/bespoke safes are worth considering. These safes are designed to not only provide top-notch security but also to match your personal style and home decor. You can customise luxury safes with high-end materials, intricate designs, and advanced security features. They are perfect for collectors, high-net-worth individuals, or anyone who wants their safe to be both functional and a statement piece.

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6. Bonus: Reconditioned Safes

Lastly, reconditioned safes offer a budget-friendly yet reliable option. These are pre-owned safes that have been restored to their original condition by professionals adhering to industry standards. Reconditioned safes provide the same level of security as new ones but at a fraction of the cost. They are an excellent choice for those looking for a high-quality safe without breaking the bank.


Choosing the Right Safe for You

Now that we’ve covered the top 5 types of safes, how do you choose the right one? Start by identifying what you need to protect. Are you securing documents, cash, jewellery, firearms, or something else? Additionally, evaluate the insurance rating required for the safe. Next, consider the potential risks you’re protecting against, such as fire, theft, or unauthorised access.

Think about the safe’s location in your home or business. Will it be installed in a wall, floor, or kept as a freestanding unit? Consider how often you need access to your valuables and choose a locking mechanism that suits your convenience and security needs, such as electronic safe locks, combination dials, or biometric scanners.

Lastly, set a budget. Safes vary widely in price, and it’s essential to find a balance between cost and security features. Investing in a quality safe now can save you from potential losses in the future.

For a more comprehensive guide, check out our Safe Buying Guide.


Securing your valuables is a crucial step in protecting your peace of mind. By understanding the types of safes—fire resistant, floor, gun, deposit, luxury/bespoke, and reconditioned safes—you can make an informed decision tailored to your specific needs. Remember, the best safe is the one that provides the right protection for what matters most to you.

Happy safe hunting!


SMP Security: Your Trusted Security Solutions Partner

Need expert advice and top-quality safes? Look no further than SMP Security. With years of experience in the security industry, we offer a wide range of safes, including fire resistant, floor, gun, deposit, luxury/bespoke, and reconditioned safes. Our team of professionals can help you select the right safe for your needs and provide expert installation services. Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, or collector, SMP Security has the perfect solution to keep your valuables secure.

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