Are you looking to store your valuables in a SentrySafe? Well, these SentrySafe reviews for you. Here, I’ll help you find the best SentrySafe for the money.
There’s no need for you to look high and low for information on SentrySafe products, because I’ve compiled all the info you need here. I want to make your life easy, so that you can start protecting your valuables ASAP!
I offer my opinion below on SentrySafe products across a couple of use cases. First are their Security Safes, second are their Fire and Water Safes, and last but not least are their Fire Chests.
This is based on extensive research, as well as getting the opinions of folks that I know in various security and firearms enthusiast communities. Real-life humans have tried the safes below and told me how their experiences were..
Check out the list and see which SentrySafe works best for you!
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SentrySafe Security Safe Review
The SentrySafe Security Safe product line is a popular introductory safe line.
It’s a basic home safe that comes in five different sizes, all under the same Amazon listing. This means there’s quite a bit of flexibility in price and sizing, but you want to choose carefully!
If you want, you can use it for handguns too, though I’d suggest you look at a dedicated handgun safe for that.
My friend Sean got the 1.0 Cubic Foot (model X105) SentrySafe Security Safe for use in the backroom of his antiques shop. Here’s his account:
I have my SentrySafe Security Safe in my back office. I use it to keep important records. The model I got can fit a big stack of 8.5×11 paper, stored inside of manila folders.
When I got the safe, it came with a power chord and thick security cable. Power chord helps give juice to the keypad lock, and the security cable I affixed and wrapped around a nearby beam to make sure nobody can take my safe away easily.
They also gave me two spare keys that I keep at home, away from the shop, as a backup. You want my opinion? Well, it’s a no hassle piece of hardware that gets the job done.
SentrySafe Fire and Water Safe Reviews
Looking for something stronger beyond the basic Security Safe model? SentrySafe has you covered. With their Fire and Water Safe product line, SentrySafe offers protection for… well, fire and water.
This product line has some of the best specs for home safes on the market. Best of all, they won’t break your bank, and have plenty of room for your valuables.
The SentrySafe Fire and Water Safe comes in a few variants depending on locking mechanism. Let’s take a look at them.
SentrySafe SFW123GDC Review – Digital Safe
Pat from California got this model and here’s what he had to say:
I decided to get SentrySafe’s Fire and Water Safe as my starter fireproof safe [over other brands]. The fire and water ratings seemed more believable and externally verified, trust it more. Plus it was bigger and stronger. If you get one you’ll see there’s these four hefty locking bolts sticking out from the door. Been very satisfied with how reliable the safe has been since I got it a year ago.
SentrySafe SFW123UDC Review – Digital Safe with Alarm
The SFW123UDC is a variant of the Fire and Water safe that’s known for having a loud anti-tamper alarm. You can hear it for yourself in the video above!
My buddy Mark got one of these when his kids started getting old enough to pry around the house. He has a pretty amusing account of how the safe has affected his life.
My two kids have been a racket lately. They’ve been sneaking into the master bedroom and study when they’re not supposed to, and it’s really getting on me and my wife’s nerves. Sometimes the rascals try to steal the next installment of their allowances.
So I decided to teach them a lesson and get this SentrySafe because of the really annoying alarm. I made sure to make a show of putting the allowance envelopes into it, wanted them to show I wanted to trust them.
However, they tried opening the safe anyways… oh boy. You should’ve seen the look on their faces that night when, while me and my wife were watching TV downstairs, we heard a loud WEE WEEE WEE WEE from upstairs. It was the alarm! We laughed SO HARD. They couldn’t even wait until I was outside the house! You should’ve seen the look on those two’s face when I came upstairs to disarm it. PRICELESS. We taught our kids a good, healthy lesson that night!!
SentrySafe SFW123DSB Review – Combination Safe
If digital locks aren’t your thing, then the SFW123DSB variant provides a manual combination lock.
This can be especially useful if you’re protecting against a fire. Why?
Well, combination locks don’t require batteries. Batteries are full of chemicals that may combust or cause additional risk during a fire. If you want to reduce another risk factor during a fire, then a combination lock is a great bet.
Joshua’s a photographer in Georgia who has the SFW123DSB. Here’s what he has to say about the safe:
I’m pretty into photography, and I have several lens and spare camera bodies that I like to keep in my [SFW123DSB]. I have the lens all wrapped in cloth pouches, same with the bodies. I have bodies on the bottom shelf of the Sentrysafe, and then the lens on the top one.
Actually the top shelf was wide enough for me to fit some of my bigger telephoto lens sideways, which was great. I have my [SFW123DSB] protecting thousands upon thousands of dollars of equipment, and it’s been a great investment so far that’s made me feel a lot safer against both burglaries and natural disasters.
SentrySafe Fire Chest Reviews
If you still want fire protection but are on a bit of a budget, consider SentrySafe’s Fire Chests or Fireproof File Cabinets. While they aren’t traditional safes, they’ll still protect your valuables.
SentrySafe CHW20221 Waterproof Fire Chest Review
This is a smaller waterproof fire chest that’ll fit documents, digital media, or other small items. It also has a carrying handle for easy transportation.
Loren in Dayton, Ohio has the CHW20221. Here’s what he has to say about it.
I’m near the Miami River, so I want to have at least some water protection, beyond the fire protection. Got the SentrySafe CHW20221 to satisfy that need. I have five of my portable hard drives inside there right now, all safe and snug. The storage pouches under lid are also a nice touch for organizational purposes.
SentrySafe 1170 Fire Resistant File Safe Review
The SentrySafe 1170 is a slightly larger file safe designed for documents. Again, it’s not a “safe” per se, more like a highly secure box. But it does the job.
Jacob is a doctor in New Jersey who runs his own practice, and he uses the 1170.
I have a bunch of these that I use for keeping patient files. Don’t want those to get burnt to crisp if something bad happens. You can stack these really well, or put them on shelves or other cabinets. Very flexible configuration, and strong construction. Happy that my office can rely on these for health records.
SentrySafe T0-331 Extra Large Business Security Safe Review
Need a larger SentrySafe product? The T0-331 is just the solution for you. At 6.01 cubic feet, this safe is HUGE. It’ll fit quite a few files, valuables, or whatever you want to put inside it.
Daniel in Washington State has this for his warehouse office. He says…
I got the T0-331, shipped via UPS ground, off Amazon. Shipped real quickly. When it got here I had a bunch of my employees help me move it into the office. I have it bolted to the floor now and all our most sensitive documents are stored inside. Gives me a lot of peace of mind.
Note: there are also 2.3 and 4.3 cubic ft variants of this safe. However, I recommend the 6.01 cubic ft one because it’s most cost effective. It’s usually around the same price (often less) than the 4.3 cubic ft variant, and not much more expensive than the 2.3 cubic ft variant. So as far as cost-effectiveness, the 6.01 cubic ft variant gives you the best bang for buck.
SentrySafe is a established American safe brand with over 80 years of history. They’re made by the Sentry Group, which is actually a part of Master Lock.
SentrySafe started off as Brush & Co, founded by John Brush Sr. and Willard Punnet in 1930. Brush and Punnet founded a small safe manufacture shop in Rochester New York, making safes throughout the Great Depression and WWII. Brush’s son, John Jr, took over the family business.
Eventually, the name changed to Sentry Group in 1987, which is when they got the name they have today: SentrySafe.
Today, SentrySafe is based alongside Master Lock in the town of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. SentrySafe is primarily known for their excellent fireproof home safes and security chests.
FAQs about SentrySafe
What’s the warranty on SentrySafe products?
SentrySafe has the Sentry Safe Limited Warranty for most of its products. This is a warranty that applies for one year after your purchase date. It covers structural/mechanical defects due to faulty materials or workmanship.
In certain cases, SentrySafe does offer a lifetime warranty for fire damage to its fire safes.
All of this will depend on the model you purchase though. It is best to consult the included manual! For more details, check out SentrySafe’s website.
How is customer service for SentrySafe products?
SentrySafe has a pretty robust customer service division. Their website is actually quite helpful too.
On the website, SentrySafe has a dedicated section where you can download SentrySafe Product Manuals, as well as formal processes for combination/key replacements. You can also look at their extensive video library of “how tos”.
If you need to speak to an actual person, SentrySafe’s customer service line is: 1-800-828-1438. They take calls from Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time. You can also email SentrySafe at this web form.