In this expert review, we take a closer look at De Raat's popular PT1 home safe.

It is a home safe designed to protect cash and valuables. De Raat's PT series is Security Level S2 certified according to European Standard EN 14450, filled with a fire-retardant material and can be anchored to the floor or wall. The ET series includes the same construction method, certification and models, but is equipped with a digital code lock instead of a key lock. See also below for an overview.


Pros and cons De Raat PT1 - in short

PT-1 side closed

  • Easy operation
  • European certified Security Level S2 according to EN 14450
  • Can be anchored to bottom (2) and / or rear wall (2)
  • Excellent quality
  • Little to no fire protection
  • Not highly achievable certificate for safes
  • Free passage is reduced by safe door that can open up to 90 degrees

Model overview De Raat home safes

De Raat PT (key lock) Range

Model External dim. (mm) Internal dim. (mm) Weight (kg) Volume (L)
De Raat PT 0 250 x 290 x 220 160 x 220 x 140 17 5
De Raat PT 1 330 x 450 x 380 240 x 380 x 292 39 27
De Raat PT 2 450 x 450 x 380 350 x 380 x 292 48 39
De Raat PT 3 600 x 450 x 380 500 x 380 x 292 61 55
De Raat PT 4 810 x 450 x 380 700 x 380 x 292 79 78
De Raat PT 7 700 x 500 x 450 600 x 410 x 370 81 91
De Raat PT 8 900 x 570 x 490 800 x 500 x 400 110 160

 

De Raat ET (electronic code lock) Range

Model External dim. (mm) Internal dim. (mm) Weight (kg) Volume (L)
De Raat ET 0 250 x 350 x 220 160 x 280 x 140 25 6.5
De Raat ET 1 330 x 450 x 380 240 x 380 x 292 39 27
De Raat ET 2 450 x 450 x 380 350 x 380 x 292 48 39
De Raat ET 3 600 x 450 x 380 500 x 380 x 292 61 55
De Raat ET 4 810 x 450 x 380 700 x 380 x 292 79 78
De Raat ET 7 700 x 500 x 450 600 x 410 x 370 81 91
De Raat ET 8 900 x 570 x 490 800 x 500 x 400 110 160

Pros


Ease of use
 : The PT1 is has a double-bit key lock. Operation is simple and because the key is not too long, it is still fine to hang on a key ring.

Safety : The safe door and double-walled hull are solidly constructed. The locking pins on 3 sides (front, top, bottom) give a solid impression. With a value deposit of £4,000 in cash, this safe offers more than enough protection for most individuals. Jewellery are of course also stored safely here.

Anchoring: The PT1 is provided with 2 anchoring holes in the bottom and in the back wall. So there are enough options to anchor the safe properly. A mechanical anchoring set is included in the delivery.

Quality: The quality is more than sufficient. The finish is simple, but neat and solid.


Negatives

Fire protection:  Although the safe is burglar resistant, the fire safety performance is very limited. The fire resistant filling causes some delay, but the construction is not suited for fire protection; in a fire the contents will be destroyed within a short time.

Certification: Although the PT1 carries the S2 label according to EN 14450, it is certified by an Eastern European institute, namely Czech Trezor test. Experts among us know that the level of such an institute is significantly lower than safes certified by ECB.S. The production process is also less strictly monitored. De Raat opts for easy certification and thus a cheaper product and not for optimal security.

Interior: Due to the integrated hinge construction, the safe door can be opened up to 90 degrees. This significantly reduces the net passage. This is definitely something to consider when purchasing. The shelf is removable.


Expert assessment De Raat PT1

The De Raat PT1 home safe is a high-quality safe for storing valuables and cash. This safe is suitable for both private and small business use. The safe feels sturdy and offers a good price / quality ratio. The PT1 is the second smallest of the 7 models in the PT series.

The certification is not optimal. The right standard, but the better ECB.S certification has not been chosen.

Consider the narrow passage due to the thickness of the safe door.

 

Ease of use 8
Security (burglary) 7
Model series 9
Interior 6.5
Final assessment 7.6

 

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