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124 reviews | 4.2 out of 5
Our home burned July 2nd, 2012. We lost the housegarage two chopper motorcycles and everything. The fire was very hot. The safe was so hot it melted the hinge from the door melted the handle and dial off. I thought for sure the contents were destroyed. I pried the outer door skin off, then removed the fire proof insulation. I busted the plastic inner door away. To my suprise all of my old coins and paper money was perfect. My fractional currency and plastic container with my proofs and 20 dollar gold pieces were perfect. I have pictures of the safe after the fire and opened with the contents. It was amazing. Thanks to the construction of this safe something valuable was salvagable.
I actually thought it came with a key as well....and thought so even more when I was reading the manual that was included (It had instructions for Safes that also had keys...which didn't apply to my Sentry Safe).....Turns out this particular safe DOES NOT come with a key as a secondary cautionary measure.
This Sentry Safe meets my needs very nicely and I definitely recommend it!!!
We bought this safe because my husband's pain medicine was being stolen. Now we are able to lock them up along with other valuables and we are at ease now. There is no way to get into it without the combination. It's very heavy so a thief is not able to take it with them. We are very satisfied with it.
Be aware that if you buy this safe, or any other dial combination safes from SentrySafe, that the combination numbers are not true. You can still open the safe with variable numbers on either side of your assigned combination... so a combination number of 1-2-3 could still be opened with 3-5-7 for instance.
Handle is plastic and doesn't feel overly durable, so I am scoring it a little lower. Otherwise the size is perfect and it can be bolted to the ground to discourage thieves from walking off with it. Very pleased. Accessories such as drawers can be bought at the company's website for about $37.
I ordered this for my wife as a Christmas present the week before the Holiday. I did not think it would make it in time. Surprisingly it was at the store for pickup in four days. I did not open it to check it out. When we opened the box up, there was a small ding in the left side of the safe near the front. I was going to return it but as it did not hurt the functionality and where we were going to place it, it would not be seen, we kept it. The safe is very nice unit for this price point. This is not the safe that is found in the store in that it is not packaged in the consumer box for display. This safe comes in Styrofoam inside a brown box. The safe is large enough to hold everything we needed it for and the inside shelf is a nice plus. I believe that safes, like sheds and garages should be a bit bigger than you intend. That way you have enough room when you need it. A good idea to register it on the Sentry web site for the warranty and in case the combination is lost and forgotten. My wife and I are very happy with the purchase. I would recommend it if you are looking for a safe.
I at first looked at another combination lock fire safe from another manufacturer but it was too small for all of the important papers we have. So I saw this safe on-line and found it to be just about the right size without getting too big. This safe was priced just a little more than the other smaller safe at first looked at. I was told my dad, who is a locksmith, that you want a combination lock that way you do not have a lock fail due to failed or low batteries like the digital locks have. Check out this safe. I think you may like it too.
The handle and lock dial are made of plastic. Doesn't seem as if it will hold up and would melt in a fire. Time will tell.
It was over 100lbs and I like the 4 steel bolts. It was less expensive online than in the store. There were no bolts in it if thats an issue.
This is the first safe that i've owned other than a small fireproof lockbox, but it suits our needs quite well. I wish that the lock/unlock mechanism worked more smoothly but with a little effort it opens and closes well. It would also be very nice if you could change the combination.
I LIKE IT BECAUSE IT'S SIMPLE AND VERY HEAVY DUTY. HAS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR MY NEEDS. SIMPLE TO OPERATE AND NO ELECTRONICS OR BATTERIES. VERY WELL MADE.
Wanted a safe to protect documents from fire & water. Documents like wills, deeds, titles, computer back-up drives, etc. Was not looking for something to store valuables.
Company claims the safe will protect from fire & water. It might protect against fire but not so sure about water. The seal is just a cheap 1/4" adhesive backed foam strip, similar to cheap weatherstripping. The seal is not very well protected from heat. If the foam melts, the safe will not be water-proof. If you have a fire, there will be water.
It is smaller than I pictured in my mind, even though I had the specs & sizes. Also did not think about legal size documents & papers, they will not fit without being folded.
I put the safe in the basement in a spot that should be shielded the most from fire. Though, the basement will see the most water.
I did not buy this for security. The safe is heavy, but a I was able to carry it into the basement and position myself. Could be stolen and taken by a decent size man. Bolting the safe down is an option but drilling holes through the shell will give a path for water to penetrate. Filling the holes with silicone before bolting down and sealing heads of bolts would help.
The shell is sheetmetal, which is better than the plastic that others are made off. Hinge is welded to sheetmetal shell. Easy to get a flatbar between hinge & shell. Might be able to tear weld loose. The 4 locking bolts won't do much if someone tears the hinge off.
Again, I was not looking for security. I wanted to protect important documents incase of fire or flood. I leave the safe closed but unlocked. If someone breaks in, my hope is that they will open the safe and see it contains nothing of value and leave it in place.
I considered getting a small fire/water gun safe over this home safe. Gun safe was 3x the price. Elected to go with the home safe. In retrospect maybe I should have went with the gun safe. Same protection but would have had a lot more room. Could have installed multiple shelves and organized stuff well.
Will the safe protect against fire & water? I should be all set. Would it stop someone from theft? Nope doubt it. Hinge can be popped off with some enthusiasm or the hole think could be walked off with and cut open with a circular saw.
Very disappointing! The release handle and dial are both plastic. But my biggest beef is the completely exposed hinge and the hinge side lock is completely made of plastic. How is that supposed to be theft resistant? I could open it in 5 minutes with a pry bar. I was expecting something more theft resistant.
I bought this product to safely story hand guns and ammo in and to keep them out of reach of grandchildren. It is perfect size to store five hand guns and boxes of ammo in at a reasonable cost for the investment. The safe is also fire proof for up to 1 hour.
Solid safe from a trusted company. I have one of their other safes as well as 2 lock boxes. It took me 15 minutes to unload from the box to the area I wanted in and store my stuff as well as learn how to lock and unlock it.
This safe is light enough to transport; heavy enough that it is not easy to carry away. Good quality combination lock and true square of door provide easy closing, locking and sealing with little friction.
Sentry safe is manufactured in my area. I had dealt personally with the company during a building construction project years ago and the owners are honest, ethical and generous to their employees and public charities.
It is a great over all safe, heavy, water tight. The door and frame are well made. The movable shelf is very convenient. I was disappointing in the handle and dial. The handle is plastic and feels easy to break, when it is locked the handle has a spongy feel when moving it. The dial new clicking feature is very cheap sounding and feeling, the clicking is from 4 plastic tabs pressing against the back of the dial. The dial on my unit was a little off centered so a third of the numbers are hard to turn because the dial is rubbing against the plastic decorative housing. All in all it is a nice sturdy safe and a good price for the size.
I had terrible experience with this safe. I have lock it for the very First time and wasn't able to open it. I did everything in accordance with manual, but after 45 minutes I gave up! Gladly it was empty!
Returned to Walmart.
This safe is the real deal. I was looking for a safe that didn't have a key to it and this safe does. I always lose my key but I don't lose the combination. This has a simple combination and it's really heavy. Nothing can get to it. A fire can't bring it down. It's a great safe.
Great safe for the money