After 75+ hours of researching and reviewing the best key lock boxes on the market, we’ve combed through the current market offerings to present you with this list of the absolute best. By far, the best key lock box available right now is the Kidde AccessPoint 001012 KeySafe. The combination of an enclosed door and a dial combination lock makes for an extremely secure lock box. It’s simple to open if you know the combination, and it would take a lot for someone to break into it. All of the security features combined make the Kidde AccessPoint 001012 KeySafe the best choice overall. We can recommend it without hesitation if that is the type of key lock box that you are looking for.
Master Lock 5400D
- Sliding cover over the dials
- May be easy to pick
Master Lock is a well-known padlock brand, and its 5400D key lock box is one of the most popular on the market right now. There are four number dials to set the combination code, which means that there are thousands of possible combinations. There is even a weather-resistant cover that slides over the dials to keep the weather out. It’s easy to use, but it can also be easy to pick; this lock box is notoriously easy to get into with a quick google search and a flat piece of metal. Consider that if you plan on using it while you are away.
Kidde AccessPoint 001413 KeySafe
- Buttons are easy to press
- Over a thousand codes to choose from
- Buttons can be pressed in any order
The Kidde AccessPoint 001413 is a smaller model than some of the other key lock boxes on our list. It’s available in different colors (white, grey, and clay) so that it can blend in with the wall that you mount it to, hopefully deterring people from attempting to break in. It is rather secure. However, the buttons don’t need to be pressed in the same order as your code; as long as someone chooses the same numbers, the box will open. This can be less secure than is ideal.
Buteny Combination Key Lock Box
- Easy to set the combination
- Shackle is removable
- Combination wheels can get stuck sometimes
One of the best things about the Buteny Combination Key Lock Box is how versatile it is. You can mount this lock box to the wall or you can hang it on your doorknob, so it changes to suit your purpose. It’s large and sturdy as well and can hold all the keys you need as well as a car key and fob. This lock box is sturdy and well-made, and it’s easy to set the combination and input it when you need to open the box.
Kingsley Guard-A-Key Realtor’s Lockbox
- There is a small catch when you find the right number on the dial
This smaller lock box still has room for all the keys you need to fit inside. It can hang discreetly from the doorknob, and with its smaller body, won’t draw attention like some of the others. It is secure but easy to use, and the four dials can be set in any number of combinations. The only thing is that the dials sometimes catch when you pass the right number. A very dedicated thief might be able to crack it fairly easily if they know what to look for. Otherwise, you can set and reset this lock box, making it perfect for frequent use or use on multiple properties.
Kingsley’s Guard-A-Key Realtor’s Lockbox was made for realtors. The clever design and the security that it offers makes it great for leaving on properties during viewing hours. It’s nearly impossible to break into and just large enough to hold a single key – which is all a prospective buyer needs. Plus, it’s easy to hang where you need it.
We also considered the Master Lock Electronic Wall Mount Key Safe, but the lack of true wifi and the requirement to use the app knocked that one out of the running.
Ram-Pro Hide-A-Key Fake Rock
- Looks and feels like a normal rock
- Easy to use
- The bottom is not secure
The Ram-Pro Hide-A-Key is unique on our list because it isn’t actually a lock box. It does, however, effectively hide a single key in your garden or yard. The texture and weight feel like a normal rock. By placing similar rocks all throughout your garden, you’ll effectively camouflage your key. The bottom sometimes doesn’t come with a plastic insert, and there are not two halves of the rock as shown by most retailers. Therefore, the bottom can be a little unstable and sometimes doesn’t work as intended. For a simple solution, however, this is perfect.
If you need to hide a key on a budget, the Ram-Pro Hide-a-Key Fake Rock is your low-tech solution. It looks just like an innocent rock hiding with the other rocks in your garden, and it’s difficult to tell the difference. This affordable solution allows you to keep your key in plain sight, easy for younger members of your family to find. There are no buttons or combinations to remember.
We also considered the Kingsley Guard-a Key Black Realtor’s Lockbox for this position, but that box was better suited for realtors.
KIPRUN Key Storage 4-Digit Combination Lock Box
- Versatile box
- Sturdy and heavy
- Can become impossible to close with key fob
KIPRUN’s Key Storage Lock Box uses four combination dials set into a waterproof shutter system so that the rain won’t rust the mechanism. It can be mounted with a shackle, or you can use the four pre-drilled holes to put it on an exterior wall of your home. The main complaint about this lock box is that it isn’t as large as advertised inside, and that many larger keys won’t fit. It could also do with a hook to hang the keys inside, as they can often fall over and keep the box from closing. Otherwise, this is a heavy-duty, secure box.
Kidde AccessPoint 001012 KeySafe
- Secure and portable
- Rubber shell
- Can be difficult to set the combination
The dial lock on the Kidde AccessPoint 001012 makes it one of the most secure lockboxes on our list. The alphabet combination system can lead to a ton of different options when you’re setting up an access code and the dial is made of high-quality titanium. There is no space to wiggle any pieces of metal or other objects between the dial and the body of the box. With plenty of room inside for a couple of keys (or a single key with a fob), this secure box can work to keep your key safe in a wide variety of circumstances.
We chose the Kidde AccessPoint 001012 Key Safe as the best overall lock box on our list. That’s because it is absolutely the most secure. The shackle does not interfere with the opening process, and it is one of the only dial-based combination locks that we found during our research.
We also considered the Nu-Set 2050 for this category, but the alphabet dial pushed the Kidde AccessPoint 001012 into the top spot.
SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Box Safe
- Large and versatile
- Two different opening methods
- Not very discreet
The SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Box Safe isn’t necessarily just a key lock box. It can be used as a portable safe for vacations and other occasions. You can open it using the three-dial combination lock or the key. It’s sturdy and difficult to get into by force, and the cable that you can use to hang it doesn’t affect the opening at all. It isn’t easy to get into unless you have the key or the combination. The versatility really puts this box on our list – it does much more than just keep your keys safe!
Master Lock Electronic Wall Mount Key Safe
- Controlled via an app and Bluetooth connection
- Generates codes for new users
- Not a WiFi-enabled device
Master Lock’s Electronic Wall Mount Key Safe is the only electronic key lock box on our list. This box connects to an app on your phone via Bluetooth, which generates a unique code that will open the box. Guests can be invited to the app and given temporary codes or can be granted access at different times during the day. The idea is that without a phone and an invitation, you will not be able to get into the box. Other features include tamper alerts and the ability to manage invitations. It gives you greater control over your lock box, but it does not use wifi so it cannot be accessed outside of Bluetooth range.
Master Lock’s Electronic Wall Mount Key Safe is easily the winner of our Best Quality category. Though expensive, this lock box works with your phone and technology in order to grant permission via Bluetooth to certain people. The ever-changing codes make this one of the most secure locks on our list.
We also considered the SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Box Safe for this category, but the usability of the Electronic Wall Mount Key Safe won out.
The best key lock box for Airbnb is also the Master Lock Electronic Wall Mount Key Safe. This safe allows you to issue changing codes for each person that comes into range of your lock box. These custom codes are only active for that person (with the app on their phone) for a limited amount of time, and the lock box will not open otherwise. This means that this is one of the most secure and multiple-user friendly locks on our list.
We also considered a lock like the Oria Key Storage Lock Box, but the user-by-user features of the Master Lock Electronic Key Safe (plus the tamper alerts) edged this option into the top spot.
- Weather cover
- Sturdy construction
- Buttons can be pressed in any order
The main draw of the KeyGuard SL-590 is that it is large enough to hold several keys (and fobs or other bulky items) and sturdy as well. The button combination comes with infinite possibilities, but the buttons in the sequence can be pressed in any order and the box will open regardless. It is a simple mechanism that is perhaps not as secure as most would like. Still, it is heavy and would be difficult to break into. The weather cover protects the buttons and inner mechanisms from rain and weather, perfect for wetter climates.
Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe 001166
- Easy to set and use
- No failsafe if a button breaks
This smaller lock box by Kidde AccessPoint is a bit of a decline in quality from their other options. The buttons are easy to use, but they can break rather easily. If a button that is used in your combination breaks, the box cannot be opened unless you break into it, and this has been a problem for some users. The codes are simple three-button codes that can be entered in any order, making it easy for users of all ages. The shackle is sturdy and secure. There are also some complaints about the location of the hole that drains water out of the box if it rains; it’s located at the front of the box when it should be located at the back for optimal effectiveness.
AUTSCA Key Lock Box
- Heavy-duty shackle and box
- Attractive design
- Sometimes freezes shut without warning
- Difficult to set combination the first time
This unique design from AUTSCA is versatile and easy to hang anywhere you want. The four-wheel combination code allows for thousands of possible combinations. The shackle is quite a bit sturdier than some other models we’ve looked at, and the entire unit is a heavy-duty metal casing that can resist most blunt force. There are some complaints among customers that it is difficult to set the combination, and sometimes when it arrives the locking mechanism is already frozen.
Oria Key Storage Lock Box
- Sturdy and secure
- Weatherproof shutter over dials
- Gets stuck sometimes
- Is not a universal fit on all walls
The Oria key lock box is sturdy and comes in a variety of colors. There is plenty of room inside for all of the keys that you might need. Some customers have complained that it sticks when trying to open it, or that it doesn’t always take the combination when you attempt to set it. The weatherproof shutter that sits over the wheels is nice, and it is made of a heavy material. However, sometimes it won’t fit in the location you need to mount it. If you plan on using this for your boat keys, consider the size and if it will fit where you need it to, as it does not fit universally.
Tekmun Realtor Key Lock Box
- Professional Appearance
- Tons of combination options
- Can be a bit tricky to open once it is mounted
Tekmun’s Realtor Key Lock Box is great for keeping your spare key safe. It’s made of great materials and would be difficult to open with blunt force. Some customers complain that it doesn’t open the first time, or that it fails to open once it is mounted on the wall. The doors and dials can be slightly tricky to work from a vertical position. Otherwise, it works well. There are four wheels for combinations, allowing for up to 10,000 options when you set the code. This way, it will take a potential thief hours to figure out the code.
Vault Locks 5000
- Unique padlock design
- Rubber bumpers
- May freeze in colder temperatures
The unique design of the Vault Locks 5000 model key lock box sets it apart from most of the other boxes on this list. It opens outward, allowing you to keep all of the keys, fobs, and other small items inside when you close the door to lock it. The box and the shackle are both encased in rubber and vinyl, allowing for protection against the elements and shock absorption for the metal. It won’t be easy to break into this lock with blunt force. Some customers have reported that their Vault Locks 5000 freezes in colder weather, especially in areas with snow and ice.
Master Lock 5423D
- Simple, easy-to-use design
- Alpha/numeric combination
- Must enter the code a second time to close the box
Master Lock is back on our list again with the 5423D. This lock box has a unique design compared to the other options from this company. The push-button lock has a cover and features an alpha/numeric keypad, allowing for a ton of different combinations. Of course, the combinations can be entered in any order to open the box. It’s a bit tedious, as you have to enter the code to get the box to close as well. This is one of the most common issues that customers have had with this particular lock box. Otherwise, it is sturdy and can mount flush to your wall, important for preventing theft.
- Metal casing all the way around
- Large interior
- A design flaw may stop the box from opening
The Nu-Set 2050 looks impressive. The metal door on the front of the box is a heavy metal that blends into the rest of the box when closed. This box can be hard to open, which can work in your favor against unwanted guests. Inside is a four-dial combination lock with a tab that must be in the correct position for the box to unlock. You can easily fit credit cards, key fobs, and other items into this box. Some customers find that keys can slip into the hinge space, making it impossible to open if they wedge in just the right place.
Do You Even Need a Key Lock Box?
Key lock boxes can be useful, but they can also be very obvious. They can tell a potential burglar that you aren’t going to be home for long periods of time, or that you frequently need to let other people into your home. While they can be necessary for certain circumstances, they can also send the wrong message.
If you must hide an entry key, you could try to hide it in an area that isn’t typical (avoid the mailbox, under the doormat, or nearby plants). That way, it isn’t immediately obvious that the key is there and someone may not attempt to break in with it. It takes away the temptation that some (or most) lock boxes may potentially indulge.
So while getting a lock box might be a good idea in very specific circumstances, not using one may be more than beneficial after all – especially for your peace of mind.
Need a key lock box in a hurry? Here are the most important things to look for.
- Boxes with electronic or dial locks are the most secure.
- Choose a box that mounts to the wall rather than on the doorknob for increased security.
- Expected to spend between $10 and $30 for a non-electronic lock box.
- Think about the number of keys you need to store.
- Choose a box with heavier materials, like steel or zinc.
Key Lock Box Features and Options
There are a lot of different models and features to take into consideration when choosing a key lock box for your home, business, or rental property. Here are some of the most important things that you should be looking for when shopping for a key lock box.
Options: Steel/Zinc, Steel, Poly-Resin
The materials that a lock box is made of can greatly impact its durability and usefulness to you. You obviously want the strongest box possible, so that no one can smash into it with a hammer or pry it open with a crowbar to get to your key.
Most of the lockboxes that we could find are made of metal. Stronger materials (such as a Steel/Zinc alloy) will prevent anyone from using brute force to break into the box. People seeking to break it may attempt to use hammers and other blunt objects to break the lock or insert thin tools to break a hinge, so stronger materials nearly always stop them from doing this.
Steel is still a sturdy material, but without the zinc alloy, it may be easier to break into. It will crumble a little easier than the alloy might. Still, this metal is vastly preferable over plastic or even poly-resin.
Plastic or poly-resin materials are better for lock boxes that are hidden or not obvious. If someone doesn’t know the lock box is there, they can’t try and break into it using force. Also, plastic and poly-resin materials are easier to mold and color so that they are hidden – such as being shaped and painted to look like a rock in your garden.
Options: Electronic, Dial, Combination, Button, None
There are many different types of lockboxes, and these can determine how safe they are. The way that you get into the box is the second most critical thing to consider, outside of what the box itself is made of.
Electronic key lock boxes are the most secure, as they require a special code that is generated by your phone. The digit combination changes and resets itself, so you can have a different code each time you leave the house if you require. Also, some electronic boxes come with special fail-safe mechanisms that shut down if the wrong code is used, or notify you if someone is attempting to get into your home or enters a wrong code on the keypad.
Dial locks are the second most secure options. Most of the time, these take a lot of time and skill to get into. A sturdy lock box with a dial lock would be nearly impossible to break, as even someone who knows how to pick a combination lock will likely not be able to do it quickly.
Combination locks are a little different; when it comes to lock boxes, these feature three or four separate wheels with letters and/or numbers that must be lined up in a specific sequence in order for the lock box to open. These are less secure than the dial locks or electronic keypads, but much more secure than a button-press box would be. If there is space around the wheels, someone might be able to push something between them to jam the device.
Button-based locks are the easiest type of lockbox to get into. That’s because there is one combination, and the sequence for that combination doesn’t usually matter. In all but very specific lockboxes, for example, you can set the code as ‘123’ and the box will be opened by hitting any of those numbers in any sequence (231, 321, etc). This means that someone attempting to get to your key has a much better chance of getting this type of lockbox open.
Options: Wall, Car, Doorknob
Where the lockbox is being wall mounted on your property can definitely change how secure it is. Make sure you have the right mounting hardware to do so.
Wall-mounting key lock boxes require a great deal of fuss to get into when you don’t know the code or the combination. Someone is surely going to notice someone attempting to break the box off of your home, especially if you live in a crowded neighborhood. They also have fewer points of easy destruction or prying.
Car-mounting key lock boxes can be a great idea, as long as they are secured to your car well. The problem here is that your car is often moving, and different terrain and speeds all give the car-mounted box opportunities to fly off. The good news? If you lose your lock box while you are away from home, no one is going to know where your home is, and therefore you are safe. However, if you rely on this lock box to get you into your home when you’ve forgotten or lost your keys, you may be disappointed to find it missing when you need it the most.
Doorknob-mounting lock boxes are popular, and they do serve their purpose well. However, some design issues make them a little less secure than other units. First, they are obvious. Even wall-mounting boxes can be reasonably camouflaged or put in a less-likely space. If you hang the box right on the doorknob, however, it’s a lot easier to see and figure out. Plus, the shackle (the loop that connects the box to the doorknob) can be cut, which in some cases can cause the box to spring open easily.
Some boxes can attach to either the wall or the doorknob. The best ones will have an option to remove the shackle altogether. The connecting point (where the shackle meets the box) can be a weak point that is easily broken into, and as discussed above, the shackle can be cut (which can allow burglar access to your key in some cases).
While having the shackle included can be convenient, it is also an option that can make your lock box less secure. Therefore, a box without a shackle is preferable.
There is a certain benefit to hiding your lock box. If someone can’t immediately find it, they may not attempt to break in. Lots of people store keys in potted plants or under their doormats; using a hidden key lock box instead might give you some peace of mind. It will also withstand harsh weather conditions and make keyless entry a breeze. There are options that can be camouflaged into your garden setup, for example.
The size of the key lock box that you choose can determine how easy it is to open, as well as how many keys can fit inside of it. That said, bigger lock boxes do not always hold more keys; boxes with more complicated locks, for example, need most of the interior room for parts of the locks.
Bigger boxes also tend to draw attention, though most are going to take more effort to break into. It can be easier for children to work larger key lock boxes, too. The merit of the lock box’s size is up to what you want out of it.
Heavier boxes are often made of heavier-duty materials. Weight shouldn’t be the only factor that you use to consider which box to buy, but it can help you determine which is made of better materials if you aren’t shopping for them in person.
Obviously, thicker metals are going to be heavier. Thicker metals are also harder to break into.
# of Keys
How many keys can it hold? Some people need their key lock boxes to hold multiple keys, either for different locks or for different members of the family. Therefore, it’s important to know how many keys each box can hold. This can also give you an idea of how large the inside of the box really is.
Some boxes are large enough to hold a car key with a key fob, so this is a great way to look at the size of the box itself.
A warranty is an assurance that the company believes in your product. If the lock box doesn’t stay locked or if there is some other issue or failure, the company will replace it or refund your money in most cases. The length of the warranty differs from product to product; the best warranties are limited lifetime warranties, while not having a warranty at all is a red flag for the quality of the product.
Since the key lock box is going to be outside most (if not all of the time), it’s important that the box is weather-resistant. This means that it can withstand the wind, rain, and snow without rusting or breaking down. This is especially important for metal lock boxes, as rusting can render them useless and can either make them easier to open or not open at all. If you live in an area with a lot of different weather patterns, especially wet or damp seasons, make sure that you go with a lock box that is weather resistant.
Who is Going to Be Using It?
Different types of key boxes will be better for different applications.
For realtors, a combination, doorknob-mounted lock box could be the best option. There is one code to remember, and that code can be given to prospective tenants so they can view houses that are going up for sale or rent. It can save the realtor from keeping all the keys in the office and needing to drive out to the location to show the property.
For people with kids or teenagers, a push-button lock box that mounts on a wall could be best. The code would be easy to remember and the lock box wouldn’t be particular about what order the keys were pressed in. Plus, the buttons are easier to work with than combinations or dials would be, and there is no phone required to get a unique code.
Electronic key lock boxes are probably best for AirBnB properties with multiple tenants coming and going throughout the month. The codes can be issued to each person and changed every day or with every tenancy.
Think about how you intend to use the key lock box before making your final decision, as there is likely an option that works perfectly for your specific set of circumstances.
Do You Need Remote Access?
Some situations may require you to have remote, easy access to the lock box. If you are managing a rental while you are away or if you own an Airbnb or other frequently-rented property where you aren’t around all the time, having remote access to the lock box (as well as alerts when someone is attempting to use it) can be beneficial.
There are some lock boxes that allow this, but they are more expensive; electronic and wifi-based lock boxes will allow you to access the box via your phone, grant and change permissions, and generate key codes.
How Much Do You Want to Pay?
Key lock boxes range in price wildly depending on the features that they include. Expect to pay between $7 and $35 for combination or push-button boxes, as well as for hide-a-key objects. The higher end of electronic lock boxes can range up into the hundreds of dollars. The features and materials in each box really determine how much you will have to pay.