Identity theft can drain your bank account, ruin your credit, and rob you of precious time. Especially in family-oriented, suburban areas, homeowners are turning to secure and safe residential mailboxes that lock.

In addition to being large, made of solid metal, water resistant and weatherproof, these mailboxes keep your most important information out of the hands of thieves.
A good, secure mailbox should have enough space for letters, large-sized envelopes, and magazines, with the sturdiest construction. It needs to have a sturdy lock with a large, angled drop chute.

Depending on where you live, your mailbox can be mounted to a wall near your front door or freestanding at the street near your driveway. The best mailboxes have a rustproof metal with galvanized steel or cast aluminum.

The residential mailboxes I review below are made of metal, galvanized steel or cast aluminum. They are wall-mounted or curbside, according to North-American standards. The mailboxes are designed for rural, urban and suburban communities.

Additionally, they come with reliable locks to prevent identity thefts. The mailboxes stand out by design, color, water resistance properties and locking mechanisms. All of them are durable, attractive by design, reliable and very popular nowadays.

The best locking residential mailboxes are priced from $100-$250. Your choice depends mainly on your needs, preferences and the mailbox design peculiarities. Of course, your personal budget also matters.

Make sure to check with your city, town or homeowners association to find out if they have rules or regulations on what type of mailbox is allowed.

Here Are the Top 10 Best Locking Residential Mailboxes:

1. Mail Boss (Mail Manager) 7506 Mailbox

Mail Boss 7506 Mail Manager Curbside Locking Security Mailbox, Black,Large
  • USPS Approved full-service residential locking security...
  • QUALITY: 14- and 16-gauge galvanized welded steel...
  • SECURITY: Innovative baffle door accepts small parcels,...
  • PATENTED: Includes patented Anti-Pry latch lock mechanism to...
  • ACCESSORIES: Includes concealed outgoing mail clip, 3 keys,...

This mail box is a curb side type which means that it is mounted on a short wooden pole near the house.

The box is easy to install with a solid build.

The product stands out from its counterparts for innovative design. The advanced baffle door helps to prevent thieves from sticking their hand inside the box to grab your mail. The sturdy, galvanized steel (14- or 16- gauge) design supports longevity, plus has a way of having a "look" that says "Stay Away!" Plus, the box can’t be opened with a crowbar with this galvanized steel.

Not only is this mailbox heavy-duty, but it is also USPS-approved (the US Postal Service). Additionally, it is equipped with a reliable 12-disc wafer lock, comes standard with 3 keys and a concealed outgoing mail clip (small, concealed clip to hold outgoing envelopes). Unfortunately, without an actual "space" for outgoing mail, even the smallest package can not go out with the postman--only a small-sized envelope can clip onto the inside.

Under inclement weather, some of the mail can get wet, and yes, this is a significant drawback. Nevertheless, I recommend the product as the best secure mailbox for incoming mail because it’s safe, durable, and reliable. It’s also quite affordable for the quality.

Because of the powder-coated finish, the mailbox will last much longer, and it will resist elements that usually cause a product to deteriorate. This makes the mailbox very durable. The powder-coating will also support a fade resistant and chip resistant finish. With the powder-coated finish, homeowners don't have to worry about rotting wood or termite invasions.

The mailbox is available in 4 colors: black, white, granite and bronze.

Product information:

  • dimensions: 21 * 10.8 * 11.2 in.
  • weight: 23 pounds
  • material: galvanized steel
  • finish: powder-coated
  • style: curbside
  • Pros
  • USPS approved
  • durable
  • strong and secure
  • easy to install
  • innovative design (baffle door)
  • anti-pry latch
  • securely protected against vandalism4 colors available
  • outgoing mail clip (for outgoing mail/envelopes)
  • outgoing mail indicator flag3 keys
  • Cons
  • not completely waterproof (mail gets wet)
  • some key jamming issues
  • outgoing mail clip limits outgoing mail to envelopes only

2. Architectural Mailboxes 6200B-10 Oasis Classic

Architectural Mailboxes 6200B-10 Oasis Classic Locking Post Mount Parcel Mailbox with High Security...
  • Postmaster General approved and patented design allows...
  • Body constructed of heavy 16 and 18 gauge galvanized steel...
  • Doors include rubber seals to keep deliveries clean and dry...
  • Suitable for installation into a pilaster or column - the...
  • 18-Inch d x 14-Inch h x 11.5-Inch w, 23-Pound - Use Adapter...

This mailbox is large, heavy-duty and easy-to install, and it is suitable to receive letters and small parcels (but larger packages might not fit down the chute).

The box can be installed on a pole, column or pilaster. The mounting hopes are pre-drilled. The necessary assembly hardware  includes hinges and rivets (made of stainless steel) and provided, assembly screws (zinc plated); and, 2 keys are included for special anti-pry latch lock technology.

The box has a solid build, especially with its thick, galvanized steel. The doors come with rubber seals that securely protect the mail from moisture and dirt. Additionally, due to the rubber seal, the mailbox is anti-corrosive.

The receiving slot is quite large, so if you're prioritizing magazines, larger manila envelopes, or small to mid-sized packages, this mailbox might be the one for you.

Colors available: black, sand, white, pearl grey and bronze.

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The Architectural Mailboxes Company was founded in 2000. It is certified as a woman-owned (WBE) business. The company conducts its operations in 3 locations: USA, Great Britain and Canada.

Product information:

  • dimensions: 11.5 x 18 x 14 in
  • weight: 22 pounds
  • rubber-sealed doors
  • finish: powder coated
  • affordable lockable-type product
  • material: galvanized steel (16 and 18 gauge)
  • Pros
  • durable
  • long-life
  • heavy-duty
  • easy to install
  • solidly-built
  • enough space for small parcels and mail bundles
  • Postmaster General-approved
  • weather (moisture) resistant and anti-corrosive
  • 5 colors available
  • large receiving slot2 keys (The Oasis 360 model comes with 4)
  • outgoing mail indicator flag
  • Cons
  • can be opened with a large crowbar
  • large enough for fishing and prying
  • looks boxy
  • large deliveries can clog the hopper

3. Architectural Mailboxes Geneva Mailbox [Currently Unavailable as of 7/20/20]

Architectural Mailboxes Geneva Locking Mailbox Black
  • Large delivery door that can accept parcels and mail...
  • Constructed of heavy gauge aluminum and galvanized steel
  • Concealed outgoing mail clip and flag
  • Use Adapter Plate 7530-10 for 4x4 wood post installation

This mailbox looks completely different from the previous two models with its elegant and distinguished design. Every model produced by the company, Architectural Mailboxes Company, is unique which makes for one beautiful design.

It is heavy duty with thick steel and aluminum,  and the door comes with rubber seals creating the perfect weather-resistant mailbox. The surface is powder-coated to eliminate corrosion (and, as explained above, the finish definitely extends the longevity of the mailbox), and the mailbox is large enough to receive those larger parcels.

It is very easy to install. Assembly hardware (hinges, rivets and screws) and instructions are included. The box is available in black, white, sand and bronze colors.

You retrieve your mail from the back of the box where the standard lock is located. Also, this box has a unique outgoing mail, red-pull out flag that differentiates the box from other standard mailboxes.

Product information:

  • dimensions: 15 * 17* 15 in.;
  • weight: 25.4 pounds;
  • the body material: 1.5 mm (16 gauge) galvanized steel
  • the door and front panel material: 2.5 mm (12 gauge) cast aluminum
  • finish: powder-coated
  • Pros
  • elegant design
  • heavy-duty
  • secure and reliable
  • large door with outgoing mail compartment
  • waterproof/water resistant
  • unique design for outgoing mail indicator flag
  • concealed mail clip (for one standard-sized envelope)
  • Cons
  • a mounting plate is required
  • flimsy rear door
  • can seem too large
  • paint peels in 2-3 years
  • not suitable for business application

4. Salsbury Industries Victorian Mailbox

Salsbury Industries 4460BLK, Black Victorian Surface Mounted Mailbox
  • May be used for U. S. P. S. residential door mail delivery
  • Include a 10-3/4" W x 2-1/4" H mail flap with the word...
  • Accessed from the front through a locking 10-3/4" W x 6" H...
  • Mailboxes can be surface mounted
  • Powder coated finish in black

This mailbox is a wall-mounted type, unlike the above 3 reviews (that are mounted on a post). This mailbox is easy to mount, durable, and made of cast aluminum.

It comes with an adjustable stop that limits the opening and closing of the door flap.

Just like the above mailboxes, the powder-coated finish will support the life of the mailbox. The powder-coated finish will resist elements that usually cause a product to deteriorate. This makes the mailbox very durable. The powder-coating will also support a fade resistant and chip resistant finish. With the powder-coated finish, homeowners don't have to worry about rotting wood or termite invasions.

The mail flap comes with “LETTERS” wording. It is made by brass and stands out with a Victorian, traditional look. The lock is standard; 2 keys are included. A thumb latch (gold finish) can be ordered and delivered by request.

The mailbox is available in 4 colors: black, white, beige and green.

Product information:

  • dimensions: 5.8 x 15.8 x 20 in
  • weight: 15 pounds
  • material: die cast aluminum
  • type: surface (wall) mounted
  • finish: powder coating
  • Pros
  • USPS approved
  • Victorian design
  • durable
  • lightweight
  • easy to mount
  • sturdy
  • good quality for the price
  • can be mounted to the door or to the wall
  • secure
  • affordable
  • Cons
  • not wide enough
  • too small for large envelopes and magazines
  • the slot is large enough to reach inside the box
  • no outgoing mail slot or mail clipping area

5. Mail Boss Epoch 7106 Locking Mailbox

Mail Boss 7106 Curbside Steel Post Mount Security Locking Mailbox, Black, Extra Large, 21 in. D x...
  • Large capacity USPS approved high security locking curbside...
  • Patented anti-pry latch locking mechanism and 12-wafer disc...
  • Patented Fast-Trak Mounting Plate for easy installation on...
  • Stainless steel hinges and powder-coated finish for optimum...
  • Includes 3 keys, reflective house numbers, 4 lag bolts and...

A more expensive model compared to the above-mentioned Mail Boss 7506 Mail Manager, this mailbox has the same large, heavy-duty, very secure, solid make. Plus, it is durable and strong. However, the depth of this box is greater which provides a little more space and room for the mail.

It is curbside by the style, designed for installation on a pole or column near the house. It is protected against identity theft thanks to its unique, patented anti-pry mechanism. The lock comes standard with a 12-wafer disc, guaranteeing complete security.

The case is made of thick electrogalvanized steel (14- and 16-gauge), defending against vandalism. Similar to the above-mentioned mailboxes, it is powder-coated, again, protecting the life of the mailbox against inclement weather or other wear and tear damage.

The mailbox is waterproof. It comes with a mounting plate and a vandal resistant flag, being easy to install and use. It is impossible to steal mail from the box, even using a crow bar.

It is a very secure model, preventing thieves from fishing and prying items out of the box. It does have an outgoing mail slot for small packages, and although those small packages might stick out a bit, it does have an area for small packages.

The mailbox is available in 4 colors: black, white, bronze and granite. The mailbox comes with reflective numbers and 3 keys. In terms of safety, it’s one of the best locking mailboxes for residential application, and I highly recommend the product.

Product information:

  • dimensions: 21 x 11.2 x 13.8 in
  • weight: 40 pounds
  • style/type: curbside
  • material: galvanized steel (12 and 14 gauge)
  • finish: powder-coated
  • anti-pry latch
  • 12-wafer disc lock
  • patented mounting plate
  • Pros
  • USPS-approved
  • outgoing mail slot (area for small packages)
  • easy-to-install
  • durable
  • functional
  • secure
  • sturdy
  • 4 colors to choose from
  • sufficient storage for the mail
  • large-capacity
  • water resistant
  • Cons
  • too narrow mail slot
  • heavy
  • expensive

6. MailBoss 7162 Metro Mailbox

Mail Boss 7162 Metro, Black High Capacity Wall Mounted Locking Security Mailbox,Medium
  • Large capacity security wall mount locking mailbox made of...
  • Patented anti-pry latch locking mechanism and 12-wafer disc...
  • Includes innovative mounting bracket for quick and easy...
  • Stainless steel hinges and powder-coated finish for optimum...
  • Includes 3 keys, reflective house numbers, 4 lag bolts and...

This mailbox is very similar to the other MailBoss products that were reviewed above. It is made of the same electrogalvanized steel material that is powder-coated and comes with the similar innovative and unique locking mechanisms.

Different from the curbside mailbox, it belongs to wall mount type (similar to the Salsbury Industries Victorian Mailbox above). Therefore, its design is much narrower, limiting the incoming mail to pieces that can drop vertically without needing too much depth space.

The mailbox is lightweight, secure and moisture-proof.  The mailbox comes with mounting bracket for easy installation. 3 keys, reflective numbers, a drill bit and 4 lag bolts are included.

This mailbox does not necessarily have an area for outgoing, small packages, but does have the standard mail clip with red outgoing mail flag for the postman. The red flag is discreetly hidden when you are not using it, much like the above Architectural Geneva Mailbox.

The Metro model is available in 5 colors: Galaxy (item number 7160), Granite (7161), Black (7162), White (7163) and Bronze (7164).

Product information:

  • dimensions: 7.2 x 15.4 x 14.8 inches
  • weight: 18.4 pounds
  • material: electrogalvanized steel (14 and 16 gauge)
  • finish: powder-coated
  • anti-pry latch
  • Pros
  • contemporary design
  • high-security
  • safe
  • convenient
  • well-built
  • lightweight
  • weather resistant
  • easy to install
  • 5 colors available
  • mail clip
  • unique outgoing mail flag
  • Cons
  • narrow mail slot
  • common mounting hardware issues

7. Protex WSS-159E II

Protex WSS-159E II Through The Door Drop Box with Electronic Lock, Beige
  • Battery operated Electronic lock
  • Designed to be mounted on a door from the inside with the...
  • The Perfect way to lock and secure cash, keys, mail, car...
  • Easy to reprogram the passcode
  • Indoor use only!

This product is entirely different from the other ones in several ways. It has a high price tag, it attaches to the inside of a door, and it looks and serves more like a safe.

The drop box comes with an electronic lock that is battery operated from the inside of your home. The owner programs the electronic 1-9 digit lock. Be careful when programming the lock, as you do not want to forget the code and not be able to get back into the box!

The box is mounted on the inside of the door, and it is mainly designed to keep cash, keys, and letters safe. The drop box is not as large as the above-mentioned mailboxes, but it can accommodate small envelopes.

The box is durable and strong, made of thick metal. It is safe, and is protected against the fishing and prying.

The box requires 4 bolts and other mounting hardware, but the four screws are included. The drop box is available only in white.

Product information:

  • dimension: 10 x 15 x 4.25 in.
  • weight: 15.5 pounds
  • material: steel
  • batteries type: AAA, 3 pcs.
  • color: white
  • Pros
  • can serve as mailbox and dropbox
  • attractive design
  • easy to program and use
  • top-quality
  • durable
  • suitable for delivery of small, high-value items
  • Cons
  • not suitable for larger envelopes/packages
  • rectangular holes need to be made in the door
  • difficult to mount
  • screws are not included

8. Special Lite Victoria Vertical Mailbox

Special Lite Products SVV-1013-BLK Victoria Vertical Mailbox, Black, Full Size
  • Decorative residential mailbox
  • Maintenance free cast aluminum
  • Powder coated finish
  • Svv-1013-blk victoria vertical residential wall mount...

This mailbox is designed for a wall-mount installation. It has a decorative and compact feel and is lightweight and durable. The mailbox is cast aluminum with a powder-coated finish, so its great for durability and longevity.

This mailbox has a high price considering the mailbox does not lock, does not have outgoing mail clips, and does not have a red outgoing mail flag.

It is available in 3 colors that are fade resistant: black, bronze and copper.

Product information:

  • dimension: 4 x 13 x 17.5 in.
  • weight: 7 pounds
  • material: cast aluminum
  • finish: powder-coated
  • Pros
  • decorative and stylish
  • compact and lightweight
  • rust-proof
  • large enough for magazines and small packages
  • durable
  • heavy-duty
  • simple
  • Cons
  • the hooks are not pre-installed
  • no clip for outgoing mail
  • no outgoing mail flag

9. MailBoss 7425 Wall Mounted Mailbox

Mail Boss 7425 High Security Steel Locking Wall Mounted Mailbox Office Drop Comment Letter Deposit...
  • Security wall mounted mailbox for convenient drop box...
  • Patented anti-pry latch locking mechanism featuring a...
  • Features heavy duty 16-gauge galvanized steel construction...
  • Stainless steel hinges for durability and ease of use
  • Includes instructions with mounting template, installation...

This mailbox is a wall mounted mailbox, and it is definitely more budget friendly compared to the above-mentioned Protex Dropbox. The big difference, of course, is that the Protex Dropbox is mounted to the inside of a door where this one is mounted on a wall.

This mailbox is suitable for offices, schools, restaurants, rental facilities and manufacturing plants that have need for a "dropbox" feel versus a mail-only feel.

The mailbox has a simple, clean design, and has the standard durability, security and reliability.

It can be installed outdoors, but it’s not waterproof, as with inclement weather, items will get wet.

Much like the MailBoss products, this mailbox has the heavy duty 16-gauge galvanized steel construction, 12-disc wafer, anti-pry locking technology. And, the mailbox comes with 3 keys.

The hinges and installation hardware (drill and driver bits, 4 screws and 4 washers) are included.

Several colors are available: white (the item number 7410), black (7412), galaxy (7413), granite (7415), bronze (7418), tan (7419), pink (7421), green (7422), yellow (7423) blue (7424), orange (7425), red (7426).

Product information:

  • dimensions: 11.2 x 4.7 x 16.2 in.
  • weight: 12.1 pounds
  • material: galvanized steel (16 gauge)
  • finish: powder coated
  • anti-pray latch
  • 12-wafer disc anti-pry lock
  • Pros
  • versatile
  • affordable
  • durable
  • secure
  • robust
  • simple and plain
  • big enough for large envelops and magazines
  • suitable for businesses, restaurants and schools
  • easy-to-install
  • Cons
  • not waterproof
  • it’s hard to insert large envelopes to the box

10. Qualarc Parcel Chest Delivery Box

Qualarc PCSDB-LG Parcel Chest Secure Locking Delivery Box Made of Galvanized Steel, Textured Gray,...
  • Weatherproof, sealed against the weather
  • Features an advanced locking mechanism that automatically...
  • Mounting bolt kit included for ground mount (large is ground...
  • Built from thick heavy gauge galvanized steel
  • Simple delivery instructions printed on parcel box

This delivery box is much larger in size and cost. In size, it is much larger at 22 x 17 x 24.5 in. compared with the Mailbox 7506 at 21 x 10.8 x 11.2 in. In cost, it's more than double the price, plus the highest price tag amongst all reviewed.

It can accommodate small, medium or large parcels.

The larger model is designed for ground installation only.

The box is very simple and easy-to-use. It comes with a special locking mechanism where you leave the door closed and unlocked, and the postman will place the parcel inside and lock the delivery box.

The product is weatherproof, sealed against moisture. It is made of thick galvanized steel. The box is available only in grey. But another, medium-sized, wall mount model is available (12 x 12.5 x 20.5 in).

Product information:

  • dimensions: 22 x 17 x 24.5 in.
  • weight: 45 pounds
  • material: galvanized steel
  • finish: textured
  • color: grey
  • shape: square
  • Pros
  • large
  • waterproof
  • secure
  • simple
  • sturdy
  • well-constructed
  • durable
  • good lock set
  • easy to install
  • Cons
  • high price
  • heavy
  • not a typical curbside mailbox

I have reviewed the 10 best mailbox products that are designed for residential applications. They are different by style, design, size and properties. Some of them are curbside, while others are wall mounted.

The mailboxes are both outdoor or indoor types. They are made of steel or aluminum.

Most of the products are suitable for keeping mail safe. A few of them can accommodate keys, cash and checks.

Meanwhile, all products I recommend are secure, anti-theft, reliable and durable.

They are made of strong metal that is powder-coated to avoid rust. Additionally, the mailboxes are very popular nowadays and quite affordable.

So, to select the best locking mailbox residential, consider its application, installation type, capacity and design.

Think carefully, if you need the box to be decorative or simple, large or small. Take into account, if you receive parcels, collect the mail every day or less frequently.

To get additional information, please, read information on manufacturers website. Also, if you want to protect your home, consider to buy the best wireless alarm systems.

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About the Author Anton Scharff

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