The combination padlock is a very quick and easy way to secure your belongings from outside tampering. All you need is to define your personal numerical combination and whatever you want to secure becomes relatively safe. The advantages of the combination padlock are many, but there are so many makers and models in the market that it can be quite difficult to make a choice. This review is thus aimed at helping you make the right choice, by providing you with a list of the top 10 and best padlocks in 2017.
- Combination vs Key Padlocks
Combination padlocks are a more convenient means of securing your belongings, although key padlocks are deemed safer in the long run. Still, if you have to secure anything from tampering in a relatively safe environment, the combination padlock remains a favorite choice, plus you don’t have to carry a key around, all you have to do, is to remember your secret combination.
- Three vs 4 Digits Combinations
According to statistics, 3-digit combination padlocks can be cracked by an expert in as little as 40 minutes, while the same expert will require about 4 to 5 hours in order to crack a 4-digit padlock. This makes 4-digit combination padlocks much more ideal than 3-digit ones.
- Choosing A Combination
There are different methods of choosing your combination, and this will depend on the particular padlock that you purchased. The important thing here is to make sure that you avoid obvious combinations like 1-2-3-4, your birthday and other easy stuff like your house number.
- Further Security Considerations
It is necessary to restate that combination padlocks are ideal for situations where there is already a certain level of safety. Such ideal situations are places where any potential tamperer cannot be left unseen with your lock for more than a couple of minutes. In the absence of such preconditions, it is advisable to procure a more secure system.
Please Enjoy with The Top 10 Combination Padlocks in 2017.
- 10. Master-Lock ProSeries 1177D Resettable Combination Lock
- 9. Master-Lock 1533TRI Mini Combination Lock – Set of 3
- 8. Master-Lock Vertical Word Combo Resettable Lock
- 7. Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-digit Combination Padlock
- 6. Master-Lock 643D Brushed Aluminum Combination Lock
- 5. Master-Lock 178D Die-Cast Resettable Padlock
- 4. Master-Lock 4696D Resettable 4-Digit Combination Lock
- 3. Desired Tools 4-Digit All Weather Combination Padlock
- 2. Master-Lock 653D 4-Digit Combination Padlock
- 1. Master-Lock 5400D 4-Digit Combination Key Storage Safe
10. Master-Lock ProSeries 1177D Resettable Combination Lock
The Master-Lock ProSeries combination lock features easy to use dials, which can be turned both in low light conditions and even with hand gloves. The dials also have a shackle seal and a dust cover to protect the dials and internal components from dust. The 4-gigit lock is housed in a 2.25-inch wide solid brass body and no extra tool is required to reset the combination.
- Pros: Large ergonomic dials, designed for industrial and commercial applications
- Cons: N/A
9. Master-Lock 1533TRI Mini Combination Lock – Set of 3
This Master-Lock 3-digit combination lock comes in a set of three locks, and is available in an anodized aluminum finish with red, blue and purple colors. It features a hardened steel shackle for better resistance to cutting, a dial combination system, and a wide metal body. All three locks come with the same combination for opening them, but it cannot be changed. For their quality and good engineering though, they are backed by a limited lifetime warranty from Master-Lock.
- Pros: Comes in a set of 3, lovely and bright colors
- Cons: Only 3-digit security, not resettable
8. Master-Lock Vertical Word Combo Resettable Lock
This Master-Lock 1535DWD lock features a 4-digit word combination lock system. It is also available in four colors, including black, green, blue and purple, and its hardened shackle has a 1/4-inch diameter for better security. The body is made of solid metal for extra strength, and the lock itself is quite easy to set and reset using a coin on its bottom. Vertical word combinations offer you an easier to remember security phrase, it is then left for you to be a little creative. This lock is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
- Pros: Available in four colors, beautiful design
- Cons: N/A
7. Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-digit Combination Padlock
With Wordlock’s PL-004 padlock, you are able to create up to 100,000 different word or letter combinations. This is made possible by the 5-digit combination, which makes this lock much more safer than 4-digit systems. It is resettable, and available in four different colors, including white, black, pink and red. Its body is made from cast metal, and designed in quite a stylish way. This lock will be perfect for your bike, as a sport-lock, travel locks and others.
- Pros: Improved security with 5-digit system, available in 4 colors
- Cons: Shackle looks rather thin
6. Master-Lock 643D Brushed Aluminum Combination Lock
Master-Lock’s 643D brushed aluminum lock is stylish, solid and weather-proof. It is ideal for use in schools, storage lockers, by employees and other indoor uses. It is resettable, sleek and very nice looking. With 1.5 inches of width, and a hardened steel shackle, this lock can easily secure your belongings, while looking very stylish.
- Pros: Nice brushed aluminum design, resettable 4-digit combination
- Cons: N/A
5. Master-Lock 178D Die-Cast Resettable Padlock
Made using die-cast metal, this padlock features 2 inches wide solid body with a hardened steel shackle to match. It comes with a 4-digit resettable system, which offers a respectable level of security. To reset its combination, a combination change key is required, and it is included in the package. Master-Lock’s 178D is a tough and reliable padlock that comes in handy whenever you need to secure your belongings without any hassles.
- Pros: 4-digit resettable lock, 2 inches wide solid body
- Cons: Requires a combination change key
4. Master-Lock 4696D Resettable 4-Digit Combination Lock
This extended shackle padlock is designed for use with equipment cases and allow Transport Security Agents the ability to look into the case without damaging or abusing the cargo. This padlock is perfect for luggage passing through the airport. It is designed to withstand the abuse of airport conveyors, and is available either with numerals or with letter combinations. The 4-digit system provides enough security for a travel luggage, and its black-and-white contrast design makes it easy to make out the combination. It is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
- Pros: Features an extend shackle, 4-digit combination
- Cons: N/A
3. Desired Tools 4-Digit All Weather Combination Padlock
Desired Tools presents this colorful lock that is perfect for use in schools, the gym, storage and employee lockers. It is available in 5 colors, including red, green, blue, black and silver. The desired color can also be selected during purchase, unlike others that may ship random colored padlocks. This lock features a 4-digit system with large, easy to read numerals. The personal code can also easily be set and reset. There is a 60-day money-back guarantee supporting it, as well as a 3-year manufacturer warranty.
- Pros: Available in 5 colors, 4-digit security, 3-year warranty
- Cons: It looks rather dated
2. Master-Lock 653D 4-Digit Combination Padlock
Master-Lock’s 653D is a very stylishly designed 2-inch padlock featuring a durable steel, solid body. Beautified with a silver finish and colorful soft-touch parts, its 4-digit dials are chrome plated for pure elegance. The combination code is of course resettable, and the dials are displayed on the side of the lock for quick reading. Topping it all off is the 3/4-inch shackle, made from hardened steel, which provides extra resistance to cutting. It can be used for employee lockers, schools, gym and cabinets.
- Pros: Made of durable steel, easy to read numerals, lovely design
- Cons: N/A
1. Master-Lock 5400D 4-Digit Combination Key Storage Safe
Okay, so this Master-Lock 5400D is not exactly a padlock, but it can be used to lock up keys, so that you don’t need to hide them anymore. There are families or roommates who have to share keys at times, and the only solution was to find a safe hiding place. With this key-safe, all you have to do is to lock up the key and hang this safe on the door-knob, problem solved. It features a 4-digit combination, can hold up to five keys, and its body is made of die-cast metal. It is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
- Pros: Great concept, solves a common problem
- Cons: N/A
We have run through our list of the top padlocks in 2017, including our number #1 key-safe system. You should understand that the final choice is still yours to make, and that all the padlocks in this review are quality products. We wish you luck and satisfaction therefore, with whichever choice you make.