The mattress and sock drawer aren’t secure places for your cash and federal documents, because neither will protect your valuables from break-ins, fires, or flooding. A home safe is a cost-effective way to not only protect your items from falling into the wrong hands or being completely destroyed in a disaster, but also for keeping a designated place for items that would be a nightmare to lose.

Here are a few of our favorite safes available right now.

Best basic: AmazonBasics Home Keypad Safe


Access is granted using either a key or a programmable electronic pad. Amazon

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This 1.52-cubic foot safe is made of heavy-duty steel, weighs in at 37.7 pounds, and is big enough to fit an assortment of cash, family heirlooms, passports, and other important documents. The door hinges are concealed for protection against prying, and two steel bolts keep it locked and secure when closed.

Heavy-duty: SentrySafe Fireproof Safe and Waterproof Safe

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Tough enough to withstand the elements. Amazon

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This safe from SentrySafe will keep your irreplaceable items unscathed for up to one hour in a fire at a scorching 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, or for up to 24 hours in 8 inches of water. Perfect for documents, hard drives, DVDs and other sensitive media, this 87-pound safe features four live-locking door bolts, a programmable access keypad, and bolt-down hardware to prevent would-be thieves from walking off with it. It’s even guaranteed to endure a drop of up to 15 feet if the floor beneath it burns away.

Sneaky safety: Book Safe with Combination Lock

No One Will Look Here

Hide your cash in a book. Amazon

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The classic book safe is a fun way to discreetly store cash, keys, passports, and other small items while ensuring you quick access to your stuff when you need it. This book safe from Jssmst is cleverly disguised as a dictionary and features a customizable three-number combination code lock. It comes in three different colors, too, and the price is just right for a handy gift or if you’re looking to get a few for the house.

Out of sight: Viking Security Safe VS-52BLX Biometric Fingerprint Hidden Wall Safe

Permanent Solution

Put it behind a painting. Amazon

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Good luck trying to find this safe: it’s designed to fit snugly between two wall studs and is perfect for hiding in closets, behind bookshelves and more. Great for situations where there’s no room for compromise, it features a biometric fingerprint lock and a motorized deadbolt, a carpeted interior, and an LED light so you can see your valuables in the dark. Its solid steel body is equipped with a pry-resistant door and it sounds a warning alarm when the door is open for longer than a minute.