The Best Fireproof Document Safe

The Best Fireproof Document Safe

Our pick

Honeywell 1104

Honeywell 1104

The best fireproof document safe

It’s certified to withstand high-temperature fires for twice as long as the competition, but weighs 54 pounds and has the footprint of a mini fridge.

Buying Options

$125* from Amazon
$120 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $97.

The Honeywell 1104 is independently verified by the safety organization UL to keep personal items safe during a fire for up to an hour—twice as long as the competition—in conditions as hot as 1,700 °F. Honeywell also says the safe will keep spray and flood water out for 24 hours. It’s large enough to hold both letter- and legal-size paper without having to fold them. The additional protection makes the 1104 noticeably larger and heavier than other safes of similar capacities—it weighs 56 pounds and takes up the same amount of floor space as a mini fridge. But the size is worth it because it gives your stuff a greater chance of surviving a disaster.

Measurements: 17.2 by 20 by 7.3 inches (LWH)
Weight: 56 pounds
UL fireproof rating: one hour at 1,700 °F

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Runner-up

First Alert 2602DF

First Alert 2602DF

A smaller, budget option

The most affordable safe of its size, and rated to last as long in a fire as anything in its price range.

Buying Options

$111* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $110.

The First Alert 2602DF is the best option if you can’t spend more than $100 on a safe or if you have limited floor space. It’s rated to withstand only 1,550 °F for half an hour, which makes it about half as protective as the Honeywell 1104. However, it does have a much smaller footprint and weighs only 27 pounds, making it easier to move if necessary. We also like its digital keypad (a feature our top pick lacks), which provides a way in without having to worry about keys.

Measurements: 12.75 by 16.1 by 8.5 inches (LWH)
Weight: 27 pounds
UL fireproof rating: 30 minutes at 1,550 °F

Also great

Honeywell 1108

Honeywell 1108

Best for hanging file folders

Large enough to hold hanging folders and tough enough to last up to an hour in a fire, but it weighs 80 pounds.

Buying Options

$160* from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $173.

The Honeywell 1108 is a larger version of our top-pick safe, with the same one-hour fireproof rating. This 80-pound behemoth is designed to hold both letter- and legal-size hanging file folders, which is convenient if you have a lot of documents or simply want to keep your things organized. But it is a huge hassle to move.

Measurements: 16.9 by 20.1 by 13.4 inches (LWH)
Weight: 80 pounds
UL fireproof rating: One hour at 1,700 °F

Also great

First Alert 2037F

First Alert 2037F

Smaller and cheaper for hanging file folders

Large enough to hold file folders and documents, but it has only a 30-minute burn rating. We recommend this only if you’re looking to save a little money.

Buying Options

$58* from Walmart
$84 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $52.

The First Alert 2037F is the larger sibling to our runner-up pick and big enough for letter-size file folders. It has the same 30-minute fireproof rating as the 2620DF, but lacks the digital keypad—a feature that’s nice to have but not essential.

Measurements: 13.25 by 16.25 by 13 inches (LWH)
Weight: 39 pounds
UL fireproof rating: 30 minutes at 1,550 °F

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Our pick

Honeywell 1104

Honeywell 1104

The best fireproof document safe

It’s certified to withstand high-temperature fires for twice as long as the competition, but weighs 54 pounds and has the footprint of a mini fridge.

Buying Options

$125* from Amazon
$120 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $97.

Runner-up

First Alert 2602DF

First Alert 2602DF

A smaller, budget option

The most affordable safe of its size, and rated to last as long in a fire as anything in its price range.

Buying Options

$111* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $110.

Also great

Honeywell 1108

Honeywell 1108

Best for hanging file folders

Large enough to hold hanging folders and tough enough to last up to an hour in a fire, but it weighs 80 pounds.

Buying Options

$160* from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $173.

Also great

First Alert 2037F

First Alert 2037F

Smaller and cheaper for hanging file folders

Large enough to hold file folders and documents, but it has only a 30-minute burn rating. We recommend this only if you’re looking to save a little money.

Buying Options

$58* from Walmart
$84 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $52.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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