Best Heavy Duty Padlocks to Buy in 2023

Padlocks are an essential tool for keeping any storage door secure. Read our guide on the best Heavy Duty Padlocks you can buy in 2023
Whether you need to lock up your garage, shipping container, or self-storage unit, a padlock is a reliable and straightforward solution. 

With so many padlocks on the market, it can be tough to know which one to choose. In this guide, we'll go over the top padlocks to buy in 2023.

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Things to Consider Before You Buy a Padlock

Before buying a padlock, there are a few things to consider to make sure you buy the right one for your needs:
  • Key or combination lock: Key locks are easy to use and reliable, but it's essential to keep the key safe. Combination locks, on the other hand, don't require a key, so you won't have to worry about losing it. However, combination locks can be more complicated to use.
  • Shackle length: This is the length of the metal part that goes through the object you want to lock. Make sure to measure the distance between the two points you want to lock, and choose a shackle length that fits. If the shackle is too short, it won't fit, and if it's too long, it'll be easier to cut.
  • Suitable for outdoor use: If you plan to use the padlock for garage storage, outhouse storage, lockup storage, shipping container storage, or self-storage, make sure it is suitable for outdoor use. Look for padlocks that are weather-resistant and made of materials that can withstand the elements.
  • Strength rating: If you're using the padlock to sure high value items, you'll want to look for one with a high strength rating. If you're using it for low-security applications, a lower-rated padlock might be sufficient. Remember that you get what you pay for, so investing in a high-quality padlock can save you money in the long run.
Of course, padlocks are not the only way to make Garage doors secure. Check out the other techniques here.

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Keyed Alike or Keyed To Differ?

When researching which locks to buy, you may come across the terms 'keyed alike' and 'keyed to differ'. Here's a breakdown of their differences and benefits:

Keyed Alike
  • All locks within a set can be opened using the same key
  • Benefits include efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and ease of use
  • Drawbacks include limited access control and higher replacement costs if key is lost
Keyed To Differ
  • Each lock has a unique cylinder that requires a different key to unlock it
  • Benefits include organised access, better security control, and lower replacement costs if key is lost
  • Drawbacks include more keys to handle and keep track of
Master Keyed
  • Locks are keyed to differ but also master keyed
  • Each lock has a unique key, but there is one master key that can open all locks
  • Benefits include flexibility, efficiency, and high levels of security control


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Heavy Duty Padlocks

Chubb Padlock (Battleship)

The Chubb Battleship is a heavy duty padlock, high-security padlock that's perfect for outdoor use. It features a hardened steel body and shackle, and a six-pin cylinder that's pick-resistant. The padlock also includes a keyhole cover to protect it from the elements.
Feature Spec
Price £245
Strength 7/10
Key or Combination Key
Suitable for Outdoors Yes
Body material Hardened steel

You can get a Chubb Padlock (Battleship) here

Ifam Padlock (Sliding Bar)

The Ifam Sliding Bar Padlock is a unique padlock that uses a sliding bar mechanism to lock and unlock. It's a high-strength padlock that's perfect for securing gates and sheds, and our pick as a shipping container padlock. The padlock is also weather-resistant, making it suitable for outdoor use.
Feature Spec
Price £42.50
Strength 6/10
Key or Combination Key
Suitable for Outdoors Yes
Body material Brass

You can get a large Ifam Padlock (Sliding bar) here.

Heavy Duty Outdoor Padlock
Squire Combination Padlock

Squire Combination Padlocks are amongst the best combination padlocks you can get for your money. They are are a medium-strength padlock that uses a combination to lock and unlock. It's perfect for use in low-security applications, such as lockers or storage boxes. The padlock features a four-digit combination that's easy to set and reset.
Feature Spec
Price £29 – £99
Strength 5/10
Key or Combination Combination
Suitable for Outdoors Yes
Body material Die-cast alloy

You can browse different Square Combination Padlocks here.

Squire SS50CS Padlock

The SS50CS padlock is a high-security padlock that features a solid steel body and shackle. It also includes a hardened steel plate that protects the shackle from cutting and sawing. The padlock is keyed, which means that it's easy to use and reliable.
Feature Spec
Price £85
Strength 8/10
Key or Combination Key
Suitable for Outdoors Yes
Body material Solid hardened steel

You can find the Squire SS50CS padlock here.

Kasp Padlock (Disc)

The Kasp Disc Padlock is a medium-strength padlock that features a stainless steel body and shackle. The padlock uses a five-pin cylinder that's drill-resistant, making it a reliable choice for low-security use. The padlock also includes a keyhole cover to protect it from the elements.
Feature Spec
Price £20
Strength 4/10
Key or Combination Key
Suitable for Outdoors Yes
Body material Stainless steel

Here's where you can find a Kasp Disc Padlock.

So you've found your perfect heavy duty padlock - but do you have enough storage space? At Stashbee we have thousands of secure spaces that are available to rent for storage; from garages to outhouses, lockups to shipping containers, and even self-storage.

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Updated 17th Apr 2023

Written 15th Feb 2023