Armoured Bolt: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our big Panzerriegel Test 2020, where we present you all the Panzerriegel we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

With this we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best armor bolt for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page, which you should pay attention to if you want to buy an anti-tank bolt.

The most important facts in brief

  • An armored bolt can help you protect your door against attempts to break in and out. Basically, a distinction is made between armoured deadbolts with one-sided
  • There are numerous models in various designs for both single and double sided operation.
  • Crossbars with one-sided operation are particularly suitable for side doors such as in the cellar, garden or garage. Armoured deadbolts that can be operated from inside and outside are suitable for house or apartment doors.

Panzerriegel Test: Favourites of the editorial team

  • The best armoured bolt with exchangeable cylinder
  • The best two-speed shooting anti-tank bolt
  • The best armoured bolt for all doors
  • The best armoured bolt for DIN right and DIN left doors
  • The best armoured bolt in stainless steel look

The best armoured bolt with exchangeable cylinder

The Abus Panzerriegel 2700, manufactured in Germany, is suitable for house or apartment owners who attach great importance to security.

Due to the VdS certification, the high security level of nine, and the integrated pull-out protection for door cylinders, this model is especially recommended for security conscious people.

The special Abus V410 full cylinder allows the Abus Panzerriegel 2700 to be operated from inside and outside. This model is therefore particularly suitable for apartment and front doors.

The best two-speed shooting anti-tank bolt

The Abus Armour Bolt 2600 is ideally suited for high burglary protection. With a security level of 9 it offers maximum security in relation to the entrance door security and is a very popular model on the market.

The Abus EC550 full cylinder allows the Abus Armour Bolt 2600 to be operated from both sides. This model is therefore particularly suitable for apartment and front doors.

With access from the outside, you can lock your door even when no one is at home. In addition, there is a deterrent effect for uninvited guests, as the lock is already visible from the outside.

The best armoured bolt for all doors

The Ckey Panzerriegel 850 is a sturdy and robust steel crossbar. For doors up to 850 mm it offers optimal burglary protection. The security bolt can be operated from inside and outside.

The Ckey Panzerriegel 850 has a full cylinder and can therefore be operated from inside and outside with one key.

Armour bolts with a full cylinder can be locked from both sides in contrast to bolts with a half cylinder. They are therefore particularly suitable for apartment and front doors. Because this way you can protect your home even if there is no one in the apartment or house.

The best armoured bolt for DIN right and DIN left doors

The Ckey Panzerriegel 900 is a stable and robust steel crossbar. For doors up to 900mm it offers optimal burglary protection. The security bolt can be operated from inside and outside. The Ckey Panzerriegel 900 has a full cylinder and can therefore be operated from inside and outside with a key.

Armour bolts with a full cylinder can be locked from both sides in contrast to bolts with a half cylinder. They are therefore particularly suitable for apartment and front doors. Because this way you can protect your home even if there is no one in the apartment or house.

Many burglars are also deterred by the fact that the lock is already visible from the outside. When buying or ordering, 5 keys are already included. You can give them to the flatmates or keep them as spare keys.

The best armoured bolt in stainless steel look

The Abus 1500 armoured bolt from Abus, manufactured in Germany, offers the best possible protection against break-ins and attempted levering out for all types of side doors. Especially the security level 8 and the VdS certification of this model guarantee the quality.

Due to its Abus EC550 half cylinder, the Armour Bolt 1500 can only be opened and closed from the inside. As with most models, this lock can be operated with a key.

Three matching keys are supplied with the purchase or order. These can also be given to roommates or put aside as spare keys. Armour bolts, which have a half cylinder as the locking mechanism, can only be removed from the inner side.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy an armoured bolt

What material is my door made of?

Basically, an armoured bolt can be attached to any door, regardless of whether it is a plastic, metal or wooden door. The main thing that matters is the surface.
In order for an armoured bolt to be attached optimally, your door should have a smooth surface without ornaments or similar unevenness. Usually only security bolts that can be operated from one side can be installed on glass doors, as a suitable hole in the door is required for double-sided cross bolts.
You should also check whether there is sufficient clearance between the door and the wall for the lock box. It is also important that your door is solid and thick enough to support the weight of an armoured bolt.
Depending on the material, this weighs between 3 and 6 kilograms. Otherwise, for every type of door, be it an apartment door, a cellar door or a garden door, a suitable armoured bolt can be found.

How wide is my door?

Another important aspect is the dimensions of your door. To avoid a bad purchase, you should take a horizontal measurement of the door width and compare the values obtained.
On average, doors have a width of 80 – 105 cm. Some crossbars are variable in their width adjustment. For doors with widths of 60 – 120 cm, protective latches are also available in special sizes.

What additional options are available?

Besides the usual armour bars, there are some additional distinguishing features, depending on what you are looking for.
An example of this is the armoured bolt with a locking bar. This allows you to open the door as wide as a column to see who is in front of the door. In order to open the door fully, it must be closed and the locking bar unlocked, similar to the steel chains already known.
Another extra is an alarm system built into the security bolt. With this type of electric bolt, a loud alarm sound can frighten burglars. There is also the possibility to install a SIM card so that in case of a break-in the stored phone number is contacted immediately, no matter if police or apartment owner.
There are also various modern variants for the operation of protective bolts. For example, cross bolts are available which can be controlled by remote control. Bolts are also available which can be opened with an electronic chip held in front of the sensor instead of a key.

How much is a deadbolt?

Due to the large variety of products on offer, the price fluctuates from bar to bar.
Security bars are available starting at a price of 100 euros. For house and apartment doors a higher quality model is usually recommended. These are available from about 250 Euro up to 350 Euro. […]

Where can I buy locking bars?

At a specialist shop you can get advice on the spot and look at and compare different armour bolts.
Example places for this would be DIY stores like:

OBI
Bauhaus
Conrad
Hornbach

The disadvantage of the retailer, however, is the limited choice and, in addition, usually higher costs. Therefore, due to the high selection of offers, an online purchase is highly recommended. Testimonials and reviews can also help you with your choice.

Orders on the Internet can be placed directly with manufacturers, or with well-known online shops such as:

  • amazon.de
  • ebay.de

Can I install an anti-tank bar in a rented apartment?

In principle, you should contact the landlord or the property management before installing a crossbar.
It is especially important to record the approval in writing with a signature. Some landlords wish to retain the original state of the door, others even prefer to upgrade it and contribute to the costs. It is best to check with your landlord to be sure.

What are the advantages of deadbolts over other security measures?

Nowadays there are many possibilities for high burglary protection. With regard to entrance door security, many security measures can be found, including steel chains or additional locks. The problem with these smaller common measures is the easy and silent breaking open.
Chains can simply be cut or alarm systems can be put out of action. Meanwhile there are many tips and tricks to break typical locks or door chains. For this reason, an armoured bolt has a great advantage as it secures the entire width of the door. It is not possible to lever it out due to the stability of the cross bolt.
Another advantage is the easy handling. Moreover, armoured deadbolts can also be installed without a professional craftsman and can be installed on almost any door.
In comparison to unsecured doors, human force cannot compete with the robust deadbolt locks. These can withstand a pressure of up to one ton. For these reasons, cross bolts usually offer a security level of 8 to 10.

How do I mount a crossbar?

With a bit of craftsmanship and assembly instructions, anyone can attach an armoured bolt. This is anchored to the wall using lock boxes on the right and left side of the door.
The height is usually a little below or above the door handle. For armoured bolts that are to be operated from both sides, a hole must be drilled through the door using a hole saw. The required tools will be found in the operating instructions.
In general, the following tools are used during installation:

Screwdriver
Allen key
Wood / metal / masonry drills
Spirit level
Hammer

In case of doubt and uncertainty, the bolt attachment can also be ordered for a fee.

The time required for this is usually around 60 minutes. Joineries and locksmiths are usually inexpensive and know the area well.

Decision: What are the different types of Panzer Bars, and which one is right for you?

Before buying a tank bolt, you should definitely think about its operation. The locking cylinder depends on it. Depending on individual needs, a different armoured bolt is suitable for every house or apartment owner.

A basic distinction is made between two types:

  • Bolts operated from the inside
  • Bolts operated from inside and outside

In the following we will help you to find the right tank bolt. We will introduce you to the different models of locking mechanisms and show you what you should pay attention to. Furthermore, you will find an overview of which crossbar is suitable for what and what its advantages and disadvantages are.

How does an armoured bolt with one-sided operation work and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

For basement or garden doors, it is recommended to install an armoured bolt with half cylinder. These can only be locked from the inside. There are two locking types available on the market for this product category of crossbars.

Advantages

Low cost
Very easy handling
Reduced installation time

Disadvantages

Only visible from the inside
Lower security level

The most common variant is the one where the bolt can be locked with a key. The simpler way is to lock the bolt mechanically with a push button. In this variant the cross bolt does not have a locking cylinder.

Compared to crossbars that can be operated from both sides, bars that can be locked on one side are usually cheaper.

How does an armoured bolt with double-sided operation work and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Armoured deadbolts that can be locked from both sides are best suited for apartment and front doors.

This way, you can lock your door even when nobody is at home. In addition, there is a deterrent effect for uninvited guests, as the lock is already visible from the outside.

Advantages

High security level
Deterrent effect
Security without presence

Disadvantages

Mostly more expensive
hole must be drilled
Not suitable for every door

Usually crossbars, which can also be operated from outside, have a higher security level. Armoured deadbolts that can be operated from both sides have a full cylinder, also known as a double cylinder, as the locking mechanism, which is opened and closed with a key.

It should be noted that a hole must be drilled through the door to reach the lock from the outside. This is not possible with every door.

Here is a quick overview:

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate tank bolts based on these factors

To make it easier to decide which product is best for you, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate Panzerriegel.

We explain every single criterion in detail so that you can make the best decision with enough information and a secure feeling.

In principle, the criteria are as follows:

  • Closing mechanism
  • Dimension
  • Door width
  • Colour
  • Weight
  • Sealing agent
  • Security level
  • VdS Certification
  • Special features

Closing mechanism

The most important element of an armoured bolt is the locking cylinder. These are available in different configurations and designs.

In the best case scenario, a locking cylinder should function perfectly for several years and should not be able to be operated with a wrong key. To ensure that the cylinder cannot be pulled out of the door by force, a suitable size should be installed.

The width of the door leaf and also the location plays an important role here. Cylinders are standardized and therefore have clearly defined size measurements. The size specifications refer to both the external and internal dimensions.

Locking cylinders have different designs, such as round cylinders, oval cylinders or professional cylinders. The latter is the most common variant used for door locks today.

A subcategory of professional cylinders are half and full cylinders. W

This enables the door to be unlocked even if a key is in the other side of the lock. Especially in places like old people’s homes or kindergartens, doors are equipped with this type of lock.

Many armoured deadbolts are also available without locking cylinder. Preferred cylinders can be re-ordered and installed as well. In addition, locking cylinders can also be exchanged, so that the right lock can be used for everyone.

Dimension

The dimension gives you the measures of the length, height and width of an armour bar. Using these values, you can measure whether an armoured bolt is suitable for your door by using the

It is also clear how far out the bolt comes and how high it is built. On average, transoms have dimensions of 90 x 10 x 8. However, there are many deviations from this standard value.

Door width

The most important thing is to calculate the width of your door before buying a deadbolt.

Not every cross bar fits every door width. Some variants are extendable. An extension tube can be installed for this purpose, or a deadbolt in a certain special size can be ordered. Compare the values of the crossbars with the door width you calculated and check which one is the right one. As a rule, crossbars secure doors with a width of 60 to 120 cm.

Colour

Most bars are available in several colours. The most common colours are white, silver and brown. If you prefer to leave the armoured bolt unobtrusive, you can choose a bolt in a similar colour to the door.

Brown security bolts, for example, are visually suitable for wooden doors. But other colours can also be applied according to individual requirements.

Weight

Before buying a protective latch, you should check whether your door can bear the weight of the latch.

In most cases this is not a problem, but you should be careful with very thin or easily broken doors. Some armoured bolts require a certain door leaf thickness.

However, this is indicated and is only necessary for heavier bars. Armour bolts weigh between 4 and 10 kilograms, depending on type and quality. The weight also plays a role when ordering or transporting a crossbar.

Sealing agent

How you prefer to operate your armoured bolt depends on your own needs and wishes.

The most common variant is to lock the armoured bolt with a key. Often three to five keys are included in a delivery. For a very fast and uncomplicated opening, a push button is also used as a locking mechanism for one-sided locking bolts.

This means that the bolt can be conveniently searched for without having to search for a key. The loss of keys is also avoided. However, this variant is not possible with cross bolts that can be operated from inside and outside.

For this type, code cards or electronic chips can also be individually installed for opening.

Security level

Crossbars differ not only in their colours and dimensions, but also in their security levels. The highest security level is level 10 with maximum security.

However, lower levels, as well as armoured bolts that have not been rated in their security level, properly secure the door and provide protection against burglars and uninvited guests.

VdS Certification

It is becoming increasingly difficult for consumers to filter out high quality products. The VdS seal of approval is awarded by the association of non-life insurers and ensures confidence when buying security technology.

It is one of the most important quality references. Since certification is not required, but is subject to a fee, many providers do not have their products tested. However, this does not mean that security technologies without VdS certification are not good.

It should therefore not be decided solely on the basis of this criterion. However, some companies are obliged to apply only VdS-certified security measures. Examples of this are industries with a high rate of burglary, such as banks or jewellers.

Special features

Many crossbars have extras and additional functions so that they can be optimally adapted to every consumer.

Some of them, for example, have a locking bar that allows the door to be opened as wide as a crack without unlocking it. Others are equipped so that they can be opened very quietly.

An extension tube for wider doors can also be ordered for some crossbars. Other additional functions would also be built-in alarm systems or personalised locking options, such as adjusting the extraction position of a key.

Trivia: Facts worth knowing about the topic of armoured bolts

What is the break-in rate in Germany?

In recent years, the number of break-ins and attempted break-ins has increased significantly. According to police reports, the burglary rate will even increase by a third in 2014. According to “Die Welt” the number of burglaries in 2015 was more than 167,000.

An accumulation of burglaries is particularly noticeable during the darker seasons, but also during the holiday season. But also in everyday life, during a short absence, it shocks many house and apartment owners to find their home ransacked.

Popular items for burglars are mainly jewellery, paintings, business cards and cash. In most cases victims suffer for many months or even years from the incident.

Sleep disorders and anxiety are among the extreme psychological effects that an invasion of privacy can cause. The main problem for the increasing number of break-ins into one’s own four walls is lack of security and the lack of appropriate protective measures.

To give you a better overview of the number of burglaries in recent years, I have created a table with the current figures for you.

What alternatives are there to the deadbolt lock?

Armoured bolts can already provide maximum security at the entrance door, but other areas of the living space should also be secured.

Windows or balcony doors can be protected against burglary with bulletproof glass, for example. Lockable window handles are also a recommended measure. Especially built-in alarm systems or motion detectors act as a deterrent.

There are many offers for security measures on the market, but the most effective security measure is probably correct behaviour and a forward-looking way of thinking.