Although it's critical for you to be able to protect your family and home, the statistics surrounding unintentional shootings are sobering — especially among curious children and adolescents. However, safe storage reduces risk of injury by nearly 80 percent.
When it comes to security and safety, choosing the best biometric safe is critical. The best biometric gun safes are designed to make it easy for you to hide and secure your weapon without making it difficult for you to access your gun when you need it.
Some manufacturers and designers stand out within the industry — and depending on what you're personally looking for, there are a number of options available. The following list will help you focus on the best biometric gun safes based on their key features.
1) Our Top-Pick: The Gunbox 2.0
Few gun safes can compare with the Gunbox 2.0. Like the other best high tech gun safes, it has a fingerprint reader that lets you open the safe with one touch. In fact, you can store up to 25 fingerprints. You can also open the safe with the keypad or an RFID ring. This is ideal when you're in a panic, as all you need to do is wave the RFID chip over the safe for it to open. It is also one of (if not the) the fastest gun safes available.
The Gunbox 2.0 has a loud alarm that will alert you if someone tries to move or tamper with the gun safe without authorization. It will also send an alert to your smartphone, so you will know that someone is trying to access your gun, even if you’re not at home.
Perhaps the best thing about the Gunbox 2.0, though, is that it doesn’t look like a gun safe. It has a sleek, attractive design that will look at home mounted on any shelf or table. Being an inconspicuous gun safe, it can act as a decorative piece without anyone knowing it is holding a gun. Unlike most gun safes, it looks like it could hold a pair of upscale headphones. Thieves could even mistake it for a media player, Wi-Fi router, or similar device. Thanks to this out-in-the-open camouflage, you can store a handgun anywhere for immediate access.
- Attractive design
- Unlocks with fingerprint, RFID, or keypad
- Tamper-resistant audible alarm and mobile alerts
- Durable die-cast aluminum alloy shell
- Concerns regarding Android devices (there's a free app for easier configuration)
- Concerns surrounding the fingerprint reader
2) Runner Up: Vaultek PRO VT
Both smart and tough, the Vaultek PRO VT has combined the best features from previous models, as well as new features, like the high-density closed-cell foam. The foam does not absorb oils or moisture from the gun and users appreciate the customized settings.
In terms of protection, features include dual anti-impact latches, anti-pry bars, interior mounted hinges, and “impact detection” — helping to prevent break-ins. The Vaultek PRO VT offers an interactive smartphone experience, as well as a 4-point entry — use the “smart” key, rapid-fire backlit keypad, Bluetooth app, and manual keys.
- Great anti-lock protection
- Bluetooth capabilities
- 4-point entry
- Compared to the Gunbox 2.0, the biometric sensor takes longer to open
- Not overly inconspicuous
3) Best Budget: SentrySafe Quick Access Pistol Safe
With a price range between $100-$200, the SentrySafe QAP1BE Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe offers a number of advanced features without the high price tag. Durable and secure, this gun safe can be opened using the swipe of a finger or a silent digital lock and override key. The safe is constructed using solid steel, as well as a pry-resistant door. It also features a gas strut to instantly and quietly open the safe for single-handed access. This makes it ideal for use as a bedside gun safe.
While security, ease-of-use, capacity, and value are rated well, some users are concerned about the longevity of this safe. Some users have stated that the door struts were not fully operational after the safe’s warranty expired. The door struts appear to be the greatest complaint.
- Solid construction
- Quiet gas strut feature
- Great price
- Issues with door struts
4) Upgrade Pick (If Money is No Object): Vaultek MX Series (Wi-Fi)
If you have a large budget, the Vaultek MX Series is a highly durable and capable option. There are options to hold two handguns, four handguns plus magazines, or eight handguns. The oversized fingerprint scanner ensures a faster, more responsive experience, and digital monitoring systems ensure that you remain notified. In fact, it is 20 percent larger than your average biometric gun box, storing up to 20 unique fingerprints.
- The large fingerprint scanning surface
- Made from carbon steel, featuring advanced anti-theft protection
- 5-point entry and impressive smart safe technology
- For some, it is quite large and bulky
- Very high price point ($649)
5) Best Car Safe: Vaultek Slider Series
This compact series is ideal for concealing your gun in tight spaces, offering four options to choose from, ranging from $199 to $349. The Slider Series - Bluetooth starts at $229, which includes a biometric scanner, illuminated keypad (with 40,000+ combinations), and machined keys.
The new and improved design fits handguns up to 8.875" in overall length, featuring a three-point precision rail system with rapid-deploy ball bearing guides. The slim, vertical design of this safe allows you to hide your handgun inconspicuously under a desk, on a bookshelf, or in a car.
- New increased height
- Inconspicuous vertical design
- Limited in terms of the hand guns that can be concealed
- Setup isn't as straightforward as some of the other options
You never want to compromise or settle when buying a biometric gun safe. If you want the best fingerprint gun safe, choose the Gunbox 2.0. It costs just a little more than the other options listed (outside of the Vaultek MX Series), yet gives you a higher level of security, with a design that will not attract thieves or curious children.
All of the models on this list work well, but the Gunbox 2.0 offers the most optimal features, especially if you want to ensure that only authorized adults have access to your weapon.