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Choosing the right security system for your home is not a decision you take lightly. We’ve spent hundreds of hours researching security systems, talking to security experts, and testing some of the most popular (and not so popular) lockboxes, safes, and home-security products to find the best security equipment, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your home and belongings are protected.
The Best Door Lock Schlage B60N
After 40 hours of research and interviews with locksmiths and security experts, the Schlage B60N deadbolt is the best door lock for most homes—it’s tough, secure, widely available, and universally recommended. Read More
The Best Fireproof Document Safe First Alert 2017F
Our new top pick is First Alert’s 2017F. It’s a smaller version of our previous pick, with the same materials, locking mechanism, and certifications. Read More
The Best Basic Smoke Alarm First Alert SA511CN2-3ST Smoke Alarm with Voice Location
After more than 65 hours researching fire safety and interviewing experts, we recommend the First Alert SA511CN2-3ST Smoke Alarm with Voice Location as the primary alarm in a comprehensive whole-home fire-protection system. Read More
The Best Fire Extinguisher First Alert PRO5
The First Alert PRO5 is available, affordable, and UL-certified—and it’s one of many similar extinguishers that can also get the job done. Read More
The Best Fire Escape Ladder X-It 2-Story Emergency Escape Ladder
The X-It 2-Story Emergency Escape Ladder is simpler to set up, easier to climb, and more convenient for storage and practice use than any other ladder we tested. Read More
The Best Lockbox Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe
After scouting newer options this year, and cracking lockboxes with a locksmith two years prior, we found that the Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe is still the best lockbox. It’s the only wall-mounted box with a sturdy, zinc alloy exterior, a combination dial, and unique sloping sides that deflect prying and striking; no other lockbox offers a better mix of security features and value. Read More