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What is the difference between a safe and a vault?

You’ve probably noticed that our website and our company is called Safe and Vault Store, right? Well, we’ve been getting a few questions lately about what exactly the difference between a safe and a vault is. Most of us use these words interchangeably but there are some key differences to be aware of when using these terms.  

1)     A vault is a type of safe but a safe isn’t necessarily a vault. Do you remember when you were in school and your math teacher would say “all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares.” The relationship between safes and vaults reminds me of this. Both safes and vaults are used to keep valuables locked away and safe.

2)     A vault is often built in whereas a safe can be freestanding. Yet, safes may be built into walls as well (I’m sure you’ve seen our wall safes and floor safes). Most vaults are freestanding ‘safe-rooms” versus little steel boxes. A key way to think about this difference is to think of a bank vault—essentially a room that has been reinforced with steel and other protective devices.

3)     Vaults are just bigger, better, badder safes. The most sophisticated safes in the world are called vaults because they share many of the same characteristics as those ultra-secure bank vaults. We hope this little how-to-tell-the-difference has helped you understand some of the differences between safes and vaults. Check out our website and all the offerings on hand to get a good visual of all the differences.