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Wall safes can be easily hidden and can provide “free” storage space as they tuck into the space between your wall studs.
As well, wall safes enable you to store your precious belongings away from potential burglars or keep them safe from elements such as fire, water, or earthquake.
These handy safes come in different sizes and with different types of locks.
In addition to the standard mechanical locks, electronic and biometric locks are very popular for their ease and quick access.
Today we talk about the benefits of having a wall safe, how much it cost to install one, and much more.
We also review some of the best models available on the market.
Here is exactly what we are going to cover today:
- How much does it cost to install a wall safe?
- What are safes made of?
- We review the best wall safes:
- Paragon 7750 Electronic Wall Lock and Safe
- Stack-On PWS-15522 Wall Safe with Electronic Lock
- BARSKA AX12038 Biometric Wall Safe
Without further ado, let’s get to it…
How much does it cost to install a wall safe?
The cost of installing a wall safe depends on several factors including how big the safe is, what type of security features the safe has, the strength of the safe when faced with elements such as fire, water or earthquake.
For the most part, you can expect an average size wall safe installation to cost you between $700 and $1000.
Although paying $700 or $1000 for a safe might sound too expensive, it is definitely worth the money.
Installing a safe at your home can be a great way for you to enjoy additional peace of mind and keep your important belongings safe and well-protected.
It is also worth mentioning that you might be able to recoup some of the installation costs through your insurance payments.
Many insurance agencies nowadays offer discounts for having safes installed in your home.
Next, we discuss what wall safes are made of…
What are safes made of?
Wall safes are sturdy constructions designed to resist heat, low temperatures, impacts, and other forms of physical attack.
Of course, making a safe fire and burglar resistant is not an easy task, most wall safes are optimized for one task and weak when dealing with the other one.
Fire safes have much less metal and way more insulation than standard burglars safes.
Most wall safes have three primary layers of protective metal:
- The outer mild steel layer
- A hard plate barrier material designed to protect the lock
- A mild steel layer to which the safe lock is attached to
You are now probably wondering why mild steel is used instead of hardened steel.
The answer lies within one essential theory of metallurgy which applies to safe construction – hard and strong materials easily crack under repeated shock force.
The mild steel layer protects the safe from shock force. It might deform and indent but it will not crack as easy as its hardened counterpart.
Next, we move onto our reviews of some of the best wall safes available.
Paragon 7750 Electronic Wall Lock and Safe
- Dimensions: 14x4x19 inches
- Weight: 37 pounds
- Extremely secure safe that can be hidden in a wall or inside a closet
- Great for home, office, or vacation home
- Very reliable electronic locking mechanism
- Can be unlocked with a key (2 keys are included in case the batteries run out)
Paragon 7750 Electronic is an upgraded version of the Paragon 7700 mode. This safe weighs 37 pounds and comes with a secure electronic locking mechanism.
The safe is around 3.75 inches deep, however, it is worth mentioning that the locking mechanism is almost 2 inches deep.
The locking mechanism is almost as wide and tall as the space between the two shelves. Therefore, this is actually not a very deep safe.
The free space that you can actually use us approximately 1.75 inches in depth, 7.25 inches high, and around 14 inches wide.
Despite it doesn’t offer a lof of space, the consumers claim this safe to be one of the best hidden wall safes and that it is worth all the money spent on it.
The fact is, neither a grinder nor a hammer can destroy this great safe or even help burglars crack it open.
Stack-On PWS-15522 Wall Safe with Electronic Lock
- Dimensions: 3.8×13.8×20.6 inches
- 3-point locking mechanism with key-coded cylinder lock
- Adjustable shelves
- Adjustable barrel rests can be extended to accommodate the added depth for storing weapons
The Stack-On PWS-15522 is a great wall safe that comes at a reasonable price. The safe has a keypad with 6-8 digit code and 2 molts made of metal.
The safe is powered by 4 AA batteries that should last at least several months before running out of juice.
The manufacturer, however, suggests using Lithium Batteries, as they can last much longer than regular alkaline batteries.
Of course, if the batteries run down, you can open the safe with keys. The keys are nicely hidden and have tumblers on both sides for extra layer of security.
This is a perfect home safe that can be hidden behind a mirror or a picture with a wooden frame.
Unfortunately, this safe is not fireproof.
Onto the next one!
BARSKA AX12038 Biometric Wall Safe
- Dimensions: 7x21x16.5 inches
- Revolutionary biometric fingerprint technology (the safe can store data and recognize up to 120 users)
- High-tech biometric closure
- Can be easily hidden behind furniture, mirrors, picture frames, and more
The BARSKA AX12038 will make your life much easier, as there will be no lost or misplaced keys anymore.
The safe comes with an external battery pack that will provide power for opening it with a fingerprint.
Programming of the safe is also very simple and can be done in just a few steps. The best thing about this safe is that it can recognize up to 120 different users.
It is also worth mentioning that the safe has an emergency hidden lock with a key that you can use to open the safe in case the batteries run out of energy.
The safe also has a stylish design and a nice modern finish.