Bar Lock: Review & Recommendations

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

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best bar lock for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. On this page you will also find some important information that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a bar lock.

The most important facts in brief

  • The bar lock allows you to create a safe home and be better protected against burglary.
  • A basic distinction is made between bar locks with two or three securing points.
  • Bar locks can be fitted to all doors and windows. Unlike other security locks, these can also protect old building doors and double leaf doors.

Bar lock test: The ranking

Place 1: Window bar lock

The window bar lock FOS650 W white is a keyed alike bar lock at an average price. However, it can be ordered with both keyed alike or with different keying.

It is especially ideal for patio and balcony doors up to 3.20 m high. Furthermore you can also choose between three colours: brown, silver or white. FOS650 has triple locking of the locking side: top, side and bottom.

2nd place: door bar lock

The RSL100 bar lock is a narrow, white door lock, at an average price. The bar lock is suitable for all wooden, metal and plastic doors.

The dimensions are: 25,5 x 9,5 x 3,5 cm and the bar lock is made of metal. The metal bar lock is especially suitable for double wing doors, as it is a narrow and simple bar lock.

Place 3: Window bar lock

The window bar lock SVD Grd. -Krt. is a VdS approved bar lock at a low price. The white bar lock scores points with buyers above all with its restrained and simple appearance.

The required fixing materials for wooden, aluminium or plastic windows are included in the delivery. Furthermore, the usual opening width is not affected in the tilt position.

Guide: Questions you should consider before buying a bar lock

What is a bar lock?

The bar lock is an additional lock and special box lock with metal bars that usually run up and down and end in lock cases. It increases the protection against burglars.
Bar locks occupy the full height of the door on the inside and make it more difficult to push in and pick up. In addition, espagnolette locks lock vertically, which also secures the door on the closing side.
You can upgrade almost any door with them. Above all, a bar lock is used to securely lock doors and windows, but it can also be used for furniture, bicycles, mobile homes and more.

With most bar locks, an additional lock is usually installed in the middle of the door leaf. However, with bar locks, the current lock on the door can also be replaced by a new one.

How does a bar lock work?

First and foremost, it is important to know that there are two different functions for bar locks: The bar lock for doors and windows works differently than the bar lock for cabinets.
The function of a bar lock for doors is simple. There are no further distinctions between espagnolette locks for front doors or apartment doors.

Once the door lock is used, this immediately affects the locking of the bar lock.

Usually, the bar lock can be locked or unlocked using the additional lock or the new lock. The additional/new lock now has two bars, one going up and the other going down. Both bar ends end in holders.
Each time the door is locked, the rods extend in both directions and are locked in the holders. This fixes the bars above and below the door, giving it additional support so that it cannot be pushed in or levered out.

As soon as the door is unlocked again, the rods come out of the holders and return to their initial position. The bar lock also works in the same way for windows.

With cabinets, on the other hand, the rods are turned. Instead of the brackets there are hooks at the ends here, which are turned when locking and are placed around a metal pin. The metal pin keeps the door closed and is located both at the top and bottom of the cabinet.

What are the advantages of a bar lock?

A bar lock has many advantages, it offers increased protection against burglars, a bar lock can be installed in almost every door and it can be used for windows, gates and doors as well as for furniture.
The fact that bar locks are usually directly visible from the outside makes them a deterrent to burglars, because they make their work very difficult.

With their vertical bars, bar locks prevent windows and doors from being easily forced open from the outside.

Even a small hole in the window pane of a window would not be enough for a burglar to get in.

Furthermore, bar locks can also secure furniture. This is particularly useful in commercial or business areas, for example, for medicines, chemicals or sensitive documents. However, it can also simply be used to protect a cupboard door, desk or display case at home.

Bar locks are very practical because you can install them on almost any door, whether the door can be opened from inside or outside. In addition, the material of the door does not play a big role for a bar lock, no matter if it is a wooden door, plastic door or metal door, the bar lock always works.

Bar locks are particularly suitable for double leaf doors and old building doors due to their extraordinary design. Thanks to the bar doors it is not necessary to renew the door completely in order to guarantee a high protection against burglary.

How much does a bar lock cost?

There is a wide price range between the different bar locks. Depending on the quality and model of the bar locks, the cost varies.
The range can be from about 95 to 440 euros, and for some locks you have to buy a set of bars, which can range from about 40 to 130 euros.

Where can I buy a bar lock?

Bar locks can be bought both in specialist shops and in many online shops. There is also the possibility to buy second-hand bar locks.
According to our research, bar locks are most often bought through these online shops:

amazon.com
ebay.com
expert-security.com
keys.discount
baumarkt.de

All bar locks that we present on our site have a link to at least one of these shops. If you have found a padlock that you like, you can strike right away.

What are the alternatives to a bar lock?

In addition to bar locks, there are also other locks that make your home more secure, such as the widely known crossbar lock. Each variant has its own advantages and disadvantages. In the following section we will give you a brief overview of the alternatives to a bar lock.

Decision: What types of bar locks are there, and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy a bar lock there are two alternatives you can choose between.

  • A bar lock with two securing points
  • A bar lock with three securing points

The number of securing points of the two different bar locks each have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you prefer and what you want to use the bar lock for, a different type is suitable for you. With the following section we would like to make the decision easier for you.

What distinguishes a bar lock with two securing points and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A bar lock with two securing points is secured at both the top and bottom. It can be used flexibly even with smaller door and window dimensions and is therefore suitable for everyone.

Of course a bar lock with three securing points offers even greater protection than one with two securing points.

Advantages

Can also be used for smaller doors/windows
Two securing points

Disadvantages

More unsafe than with three securing points

What distinguishes a bar lock with three securing points and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The bar lock with three securing points offers a higher level of protection, mainly due to the three securing points. The additional latches are attached to the top, bottom and sides of the door.

The only disadvantage of this model is the additional space required at the door/window. Therefore this model is not an option for everyone.

Advantages

Three securing points
Increased safety

Disadvantages

Requires more space

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate bar locks based on these factors

In the following we will show you on the basis of which aspects you can decide between the multitude of bar locks.

The criteria you can use to compare the bar locks include

  • Closure
  • Electrical
  • DIN
  • Colour
  • Material

In the following paragraphs we will explain to you what is important for the individual criteria.

Closure

A distinction is made between:

  • Keyed alike
  • Different locking

Normally, locks for bar locks are always different, i.e. one key unlocks a lock. If you buy two different locks, one key opens one lock and another key opens the other.

It follows that the key from the first bar lock does not fit on the second one and vice versa. Keyed alike means that you can use one key for several locks. The advantage is that you only need one key for all locks.

It does not matter where the cylinders are installed, as long as they are keyed alike, you can open and close all keyed alike locks with one key.

Furthermore, many sellers also offer articles with the possibility to combine the same locking function, so that you can, for example, unlock the garage door with only one key in addition to the bar lock.

Electrical

An electric bar lock works thanks to batteries, which means it has an alarm function and thus provides more security.

Although bar locks offer great protection against burglary even without batteries, batteries can still turn bar locks into an alarm system in an emergency.

DIN

When buying a bar lock, the following question arises: Does the door open to the left or right? This depends on the hinge type (the side where the hinges are located). A distinction is made between left opening doors (DIN left) and right opening doors (DIN right).

DIN or to determine the opening direction of doors is very easy. First of all, stand in front of your door so that you can see the hinges. If the hinges are on the left side of the door, your door opens to the left (DIN left) and if the hinges are on the right side of the door, your door opens to the right (DIN right).

To give you a better idea, we have selected a suitable video with instructions on how to determine the correct door opening direction.

Colour

Another purchase criterion is the colour, which must not be neglected even when it comes to safety issues.

It is important that you are clear about what you want to signal with the colour. In the following table we list two strategies with colour recommendations.

Material

In your considerations regarding the material of the bar lock, you can decide according to your personal preferences. Bar locks are very flexible and compatible with all materials.

You can usually find out what material a bar lock is made of in the product description.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about the bar lock

What is the best way to retrofit my doors and windows?

A bar lock is perfect for retrofitting the apartment door, patio door or window. You can simply order a bar lock for the apartment door and then attach it to the door. However, you will need a set of bars in the right size for the front door.

For the window and terrace door, the existing handle is simply replaced with a bar lock. It secures your patio door or window with additional securing points (top and bottom). For the patio door you will also need a set of poles.

How do I mount a case lock?

A bar lock can also be easily installed by yourself, with the right tools and precise instructions. To mount a box lock, you should definitely buy a drill or cordless screwdriver. You will also need the following tools:

  • hole saw 35mm
  • different drills: among others 13mm, 3mm and 4mm for the corresponding materials
  • Phillips screwdriver / bits
  • 10 mm masonry drill (for wall anchors)

For the assembly instructions you have to pay attention to the purchased model and the matching rod set. On Youtube you can find exact assembly instructions for various makes and models.

Which supplements (bar sets) are suitable for my bar lock?

With the bar sets you have to pay attention to different criteria to find the right accessories for your bar lock. Above all, it is important to pay attention to the right size. You simply measure the length of the object for which you ordered the bar lock and then ask the seller for the available sets.

Depending on the available sizes, the length of the rod can also be shortened. In most cases you will get the suitable bar set from the seller of the bar lock. Rarely does the bar lock from one supplier fit with the bar set from another supplier.

What happens to the bar lock in “tilt mode” (window/patio door)?

If the bar lock is installed correctly, it does not affect the “tilting mode” in any way. Depending on the bar lock model, there are sometimes even two “open” positions and one closed position.

To make you feel even safer in your own four walls in addition to your bar lock, we have selected a video for you with 12 more tips for a safe home.