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41 reviews | 3.7 out of 5
The Chest was broken when I opened the carton. It must of been damaged in transit. The face of the chest that locks the chest is made of plastic, and is held on to the top of the chest by plastic poles. These poles are what broke. They hold the face plate with the part that that the lock goes into on the top of the chest. They broke off so that the chest can not be locked or even closed tightly. Very poor design. It can't possibly be fire proof if the face is made of plastic. I'm taking it back for a refund.
Cumbersome to take in and out of cabinet and to carry since it doesn't have a handle. Can't be secured to floor or cabinet, which makes it easy (except for lack of a handle) for a thief to carry away. Agree with other reviews that the plastic latch is cheap and could easily break. Recommend rental of a bank safe box for really important stuff or spend more money to get a better safe for home or office. I've chosen to keep this item with reservation.
I bought this chest for the fire and security protection and the packaging seemed to show a relatively sturdy product. However when I opened the box I quickly changed my mind.
-The latch is made of a relatively cheap plastic that could easily be broken with a small screwdriver. It's hard to imagine that this latch would keep the lid closed in the event of a fire or protect from any thief.
-The in-lid CD/DVD holder does not stay attached to the lid of the chest due to poorly matched plastic clips. I thought I could just leave it out but it has the waterproof seal attached to it.
-The entire chest is covered in plastic, not textured metal as the pictures might lead you to believe. The weight comes from the high-moisture fire-proof insulation.
-Finally, there are no instructions for mounting this chest to an solid surface for added security. Other chests have this feature, and I thinks it's absolutely necessary. The chest is heavy, but it would be easy for a thief to simply carry it out of your home. But I guess that doesn't really matter since it would be easier just to break into it.
-I've looked at Sentry's other products at Walmart and it's pretty much the same story. I know this is not the buy of the century, but you are probably considering this chest to protect some of your valuables. I feel that this product will give you a false sense of security. I will be returning it.
I read the rest of the reviews and I have to agree with them...the lock is cheap. It wouldn't keep anyone out for very long. That being said, I was not looking for theft security in this safe. I was looking for something that I could put a backup hard drive in and a couple of CD's that would protect them from a fire or flood. This safe does just that. It is plenty large and seems to be really durable. If you are wanting theft protection I would go with another product, but just for fire and water protection this is the way to go!
If you are going to purchase this safe/lock box to protect your fine jewelry or platinum bars from theft then I can not recommended it. If you are purchasing for the reason I did for keeping important documents, discs, data, pictures or movies that you don't want to loose or get destroyed I feel this is a fair asking price if it indeed should perform like the manufacture states it should.
1. I Marked high on "Value" because it was on sale". However I feel the box is still priced at a fair retail price.
2. "Meets Expectation". Well it would have if Sentry spent .30 cents more on the lock and maybe a $1.50 for the lock latch.
I trust it will fit my needs as long as it is kept out of site and mind of other in the household.
Suggestion to manufacture: The unit does need a handle. The handle should be at least triple the strength with better mounting then the lighter less expensive models that do have handles.
Well that's my summary and my (optional) review. Thank you for offering this product.
Great space and layout. Seemingly good construction. But... it has a cheap plastic lock plate/hasp. It wouldn't keep anyone with a large screwdriver or a hammer with a claw out for more than 30 seconds or so. I will be returning it and selecting a different model. Also a terrible easily picked key/lock not something you would expect on a product maketed to keep valuables safe! Wish I would have read the reviews first!
Its got great advertising. I believe it is fireproof and waterproof, but it is not theft safe. I read the other reviews and I too was also able to open it AND close it with a a paper clip. Reminds me of those locks that come in fake safe boxes for kids in elementary schools. After returning it, I bought a more expensive Honeywell Safe and the key + combination makes for great security, since you need both to get the safe open.
I know this is supposed to be a lockbox, although Sentry's website advertises it as a "safe," the lock can be opened without the included key, simply by using a metal strip, such as a flathead screwdriver or even your fingernail (like the Sentry 1100). The latch inserts into plastic, making it easy to break off the front for entry.
Sentry's locks have been substandard for at least two decades. If they simply replace their locking mechanisms with useful analogues, I may be able to recommend this product as a simple Fire/Water resistant lockbox.
Just exactly the size I was looking for. Plenty of room for all important papers + jewelry. Sure beats the banks safes. And the price is right.
This safe is heavy and secure.and if there is a fire they will replace it for you!This safe is fire and water proof and a nice size it was bigger then I thought with was good.I can say that for the money this is a very good buy.
Great quality product...as long as you are buying it for the right reasons. The latch and locking mechanism is cheap and wouldn't slow down any criminal. Besides they'd probably just pick it up and walk out with it. If theft is your main concern you need something more heavy duty that bolts to the ground. This product is great for small items and papers to protect in the event of a fire and subsequent water damage. For this purpose it is a great value for just $40.
This safe is the perfect size for concealing and protecting small valuables. It has not been through a fire or flood yet, but I feel confident it will protect everything inside!
I bought it to store my documents. The product looks good and sturdy. But, I had to return it because the edges of this box are rounded; while my documents' length and width matched the dimensions of this box's middle, the box is rounded and my documents did not fit at the edges.
So, before buying, make sure what you are planning to store are about an inch shorter than the box's specified dimensions in both dimensions. Other than that, it is a good product.
I was impressed when I got home with this safe. It was a lot bigger than I expected it to be, and I was able to fit all of my documents and etc., reasonably well, with some room to spare. I really liked the top part of the safe dedicated to keep DVD's and CD's and things like that in order, and from sliding around everywhere. It was definitely a good investment and I do recommend it!
This is a terrific safe for use in a home office or business. It's great to store media, CDs or back up tapes and seems very sturdy and secure. Not too heavy so even women can lift it easily, but still solid and heavy duty. Great bargain for the price! A++++
I just purchased this Sentry product and am very pleased with it. I put my electronic tax records and other business items on CDs. I'm happy to know these are now safe from fire or flood. The product is deep enough to allow room for important documents too like passports, credit cards, my car title, etc. I highly recommend it as you get more for your money!
Just the right size and will fit our needs. Excellent value!
I was surprised at how much this chest impressed me. The weight is fairly heavy and it holds a lot more than I expected. Great value for the money. A friend liked it so much that she got one for herself.
product was larger and better looking than i expected
Is as advertised. Looks good.