Graded Safes And Rating Guide

For specialist advice on which Euro graded safes (or non graded safes) to choose contact our experienced safe design and installation experts.

What Are Euro Graded Safe Ratings?

Graded safes ranging from grades 0 – 7 provide the following cash and valuables ratings;

If you know what grade safe you need visit the relevant page to see our top recommended graded safes or call our safe specialists for more information.

phoenix mercury safe
The Master Grade 2 Safe

What are Graded Safes?

Graded safes are required for insurance purposes on many occasions.

IKS are MLA approved, experienced safes installation specialists. We provide a custom service and can help you decide which graded safe is best for your needs. Read on for further information on graded safes.

For advice on buying a graded safe for insurance purposes, call us to speak to a safe installation expert.

Safe Grades Explained

burton home safe
The Harley Grade 0 Safe

The safe grade defines the safes ability to withstand attack. Graded safes are tested to European Standard EN1143-1. Safe grades range from 0 to 7 with 7 providing the highest level of protection.

Grade 0 is the graded safe with the lowest cash rating of £6000 and grade 7 has the highest cash rating of £250,000. Below we tell you what the ratings are for each safe grade 0-7.

Buying Non Euro Graded Safes

You can also buy non graded safes that have a cash rating as low as £1000 and up to £4000. High quality non graded safes are a good option for those who;

  • Plan to store lower value items up to the value of £4,000.
  • Would like a small budget safe for home or business purposes.

Non Graded Safe Ratings

Non graded safe ratings from £1K to £4K with £4K cash rated safes being one of our best selling safe categories.

£1K Cash Rated Safes £10K Valuables Rating£3K Cash Rated Safes £30K Valuables Rating
£2K Cash Rated Safes £20K Valuables Rating£4K Cash Rated Safes £40K Valuables Rating
burton aver eurovault S2
The Superior £4K Cash Rated Safe

The Burton Aver S2 £4K cash rated safe is a best selling non graded safe. We hold stock and can provide fast and efficient installation of this excellent value safe, as well as other popular safes.

At IKS Locksmiths we are experienced, MLA approved specialists in safe installation. We are based in Barnet, North London and provide non graded and graded safe installation services across the UK.

If you need advice on buying a safe for your home or business give us call to discuss your needs.

Here are the answers to some other frequently asked questions about buying a graded safe.

What Should I Look for When Buying a Safe?

When buying a safe consider what you want to keep in the safe and the value of the contents. This will help you to decided what you need in terms of;

  • Safe grade – the value of contents protection required
  • Safe size – how big the items to be stored are and the space you have to accomodate the safe
  • Safe functionality – ie. fire resistance, water resistance, the locking method
digital safe - consort electronic safe
The Consort Electronic Safe

The safe grade you need is determined by the value of contents to be stored in the safe.

You can read advice on choosing the best safe here.

Do I Need a Euro Graded Safe for Insurance?

When it comes to taking out insurance on the contents of a safe the grade of the safe you have will determine the level of insurance coverage that you can get on the contents.

How Heavy Should a Home Safe Be?

The weight of the safe relates to the safe grade. The safe grade needed depends on the value of the contents and level of protection required. Higher graded safes will be heavier and more resistant to intrusion.

Graded safe weights range from around 65 kg for a grade 0 safe up to as heavy as 2,350 kg for a grade 7 safe. Safe weights vary depending on the safe make and model.

What is a Cash Rating for Safes?

luxury graded safe
Luxury Custom Design Safe

The cash rating of a safe refers to the level that the contents of the safe can be insured for by your insurance company. For example if you have a £35,000 in a safe your insurance company will require the safe to be £35,000 cash rated to provide insurance cover. This would be a grade 3 safe.

What Does Valuables Rating Mean on Safes?

If you had a £35,000 watch you would need a safe with a £35,000 valuable rating for insurance purposes. This would be a grade 0 safe.

Which Secure Graded Safe Should I Choose?

If you plan to keep multiple items in a safe or if you plan to add to the items stored in your safe in the future then it is advisable to future proof by choosing a safe with a higher rating. Think about the maximum likely value to be stored in your safe to decide on the best safe grade to choose for your needs.

So if you plan to keep a number of items in your safe, for example;

  • £35,000 watch
  • £10,000 Jewellery
  • £50,000 Cash
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You may need to choose a higher safe grade to be covered by your insurance company.

Where to Buy a Secure Graded Safe?

Getting advice from an experienced safes installation expert will ensure that you get the best value for money. It is important to get advice professional advice on;

  • The best safe
  • The best location for your safe
  • The best safe installation method

You can read more about safe installation here.

We are Master Locksmiths Association approved safes installation experts providing excellent value for money and high levels of customer service. We are professional safes installers based in Barnet in North London installing safes across the UK. Whether you are in Hampstead or Harrogate, or anywhere is the UK, we can help. If you are thinking of buying a safe give us a call for advice and a quote.

How can we help you?

For professional security advice and information call to speak directly to Martin, our Master Locksmith and security specialist.


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