Diversion safes are a bit different than the rest of the gun safes on the market that most people “see”, because… well…. They don’t “see” them! Get it? No… okay fine.
Anyways, basically a diversion safe relies more heavily on hiding in plain site, rather than hiding in a closet like a closet safe, or being a heavy behemoth of a gun safe like your standard full size gun safe, or being bolted down next to your bedside like a pistol safe.
Most of the time, a diversion safe takes the form of an everyday item in a home, like a shelf, a clock, or even a tissue box to store your items and keep them safe.
Only downsides are that most of them don’t have a true lock, or a fire rating. So keeping large amounts of valuables or firearms in them for long amounts of time may not be the best option.
These safes are better for when you are home, and need to quickly access something.
So what do I look for when shopping for a diversion safe?
Shopping for a diversion safe is a bit different than a full size safe, as you don’t get nearly the security features that a normal safe will have. Instead I look for these things when I am shopping for a diversion safe.
- Quality – I need to make sure the product is good quality, and is made by a good reputable company.
- Accuracy – This safe needs to actually look like something that would be in a home, and not be immediately obvious that it doesn’t look like that item that it should be.
- Value – Honestly, these safes don’t need to be crazy expensive. However the value does need to be there.
So with nothing better to do, let’s show what safes makeup the best diversion safes! These are in no real order, as every safe offers something different, and won’t be for everyone.
1. The Red Herring by Console Vault
Console Vault makes some awesome products, and they really stand behind them. I actually have one of their console vaults in my truck right now (You can read more about that here)!
However did you know that Console Vault also makes a diversion safe?
Their “The Red Herring” is actually a great wall safe that looks like an electrical panel. You then open up the panel to find a 4 digit locking mechanism.
Having a true lock in this style of safe is rare so this one is definitely worth a look.
- Looks a lot like an electrical panel
- Made by a great company
- You have to damage a wall to install, because of this wouldn’t be great for apartments or rentals
- If your power goes out when you have visitors, they may end up finding this safe
2. The Issue Box by Tactical Walls
This is another one of my favorite options for diversion safes. I personally have one of these, and they are pretty cool (you can read my full review here)!
Basically they have built a normal tissue box holder, and then you use a half-sized tissue box on top of a foam insert that is on the inside.
Then that foam insert is cut to whatever item/s you want to keep on the inside.
It is great for keeping a firearm, a knife, or even conversation pieces on the inside.
I think this is one of the better Christmas presents out there, as it does have quite a few things it can be used for and is sure to get a “Oh that is cool” from whomever gets it.
- Looks like something you would keep on a counter
- Very quick access
- Not super high quality
3. Wall Clock 1410 by Tactical Walls
I’m sure you will probably get tired of me talking about Tactical Walls, however they make some of the best and most accurate diversion safes that actually work for what they pretend to be as well.
Their 1410 Wall clock can come with 3 different styles of faces so that it will fit into any home.
What happens when you push on the top of the clock face? It rotates outwards giving you access to the inside, where there is a significant amount of room to store whatever you need to store.
- Is really high quality
- Looks just like a clock
- Very quick access
- Shouldn’t be found easily by anyone
- Not everyone wants a large clock on their wall
4. Diversion Shelving by Tactical Walls
Some of Tactical Wall’s most well known products are their shelves. These come in the form of both 1242 Full Length, 825 Double Pistol, and 812 Single Pistol shelves. Each one is a different length of shelves, meant for a range of rifles, pistols, and other valuables.
You can also choose from top locking, and bottom locking magnetic style locks. Which basically means you put a provided magnet over the lock and it unlocks it.
You can choose from 9 different wood finishes, 2 trims, and two different magnet styles.
- Can handle a lot of items
- Is kept out of the way
- Actually usable as a shelf to keep things on
- Many different size options
- You have to put holes in the wall
5. Mirrors by Tactical Walls
Ever want to buy a safe that you could just really “see yourself” owning? A Tactical Walls mirror may be your best bet!
These mirrors are functional, and they slide to the side to give you a huge amount of space to store items in.
They also work a lot like the shelves, where you put a magnet somewhere on the side and it unlocks the mirror.
There is a 50”, 40”, and 20” length mirrors.
Also, if a mirror isn’t your thing! They have plenty of other covers that will work as well to give the same idea.
If you like the idea of this mirror safe, you should also read this article, where I detail the top 4 mirror safes out there.
- Very usable as a mirror
- Looks really nice
- Different finishes to choose from
- You have to put a huge hole on the wall for install
6. Coffee Table, End Table and Night Stand by Tactical Walls
This is by far probably the coolest one on this list. You can have a table or night stand with a bottom that slides out.
Having one of these tables gives you the maximum amount of space out of really any of these diversion safes on this list.
- Probably the nicest item on this list
- Everyone needs a coffee table
- No one checks the bottom of a table, so even friends likely won’t know what is in it
7. Gunbox 2.0 and Echo
These options are a bit different than the rest on the list. Mainly because they aren’t really pretending to be anything else. However, because of their design, the Gunbox 2.0 and Echo aren’t exactly something people will automatically attribute to being a gun safe.
Because of this, it buys you time, and also gives you a very formidable gun safe, even if it is noticed! Just remember to bolt it down.
- Is a true pistol safe
- Looks great
- Has a good lock on it, unlike many of the other safes on this list
- Not totally a diversion safe
8. Barska AX11680 Hidden Dictionary Book Safe
It’s hard to find the right words to describe the Barska AX11680! That may be because there aren’t actually words in this dictionary (see what I did there?).
This hidden dictionary book safe is pretty much your standard book safe, however it does actually have a lock on the inside! Most of these types of diversion books tend to open right up to the contents, however with the lock on this one, it is one of the better book safes on the market today.
- Can very easily be hidden
- Looks like a true dictionary
- Has a lock on the inside
- Not everyone has books in their house to hide this with….
9. San Tan Woodworks Flags
Need something cooler and more American than anything else on this list? San Tan Woodworks makes many different styles and sizes of wooden American Flags that also act as hidden safes.
These are all made to order, and made right here in the USA.
- Doesn’t get much more patriotic than this
- Great quality
10. BONUS – Browning Six Panel Door
Yes, yes I know, this isn’t really a diversion safe, however as a bonus on this list, the Browning Six Panel door can inconspicuously and securely hide a whole room in your home.
This door looks just like any other door, however it has 20 bolts, 10 gauge steel, is 500 pounds and is almost $5000.00.
- Works for panic rooms
- Has true steel
- Looks great
- Is made by a good manufacturer
- Not everyone can put this in their home
- Crazy heavy
Buying a diversion safe can be a lot of fun! There are so many different options, and so many different ways to make your items more accessible and more hidden!
These safes may be a great option for those in apartments, as most apartments don’t allow for people to have gun safes that are bolted to the floor.
Can’t bolt a safe down? Hide your stuff instead.