Garden Gate Lock: Review & Recommendations

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

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best garden gate lock 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 a door lock.

The most important facts in brief

  • Garden gate locks increase your comfort and security.
  • A distinction can be made between screw-on locks, box locks and mortise locks.
  • If you have a metal garden gate, the appropriate recesses for your lock should already be in place. If you have a wooden garden gate, you can add these later with a little skill.

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  • The best screw-on lock
  • The best box lock
  • The best tubular frame lock
  • The best bolt lock

The best screw-on lock

This screw-on lock is suitable for doors and gates opening to the left or right. Due to the galvanized lock body and the solid steel bolt, this lock offers a robust mechanism.

The ABUS screw-on lock fits perfectly to wooden garden gates, because only one recess for the locking cylinder has to be provided. This recess can also simply be added yourself.

You are free to choose whether to install a cichlid key or a profile lock cylinder in this lock.

The best box lock

This box lock has a closing latch and is also suitable for doors that open to the right or left.

The lever handle set and the backplate are made of black plastic.

This garden gate lock is easy to install and offers all the advantages of a box lock. It is therefore perfect for wooden garden gates, as this lock only requires 2 cut-outs, which are easy to add.

The best tubular frame lock

This mortise lock impresses with its solid workmanship, thus satisfying high security requirements. The security level is 7 of 10 possible levels.

Furthermore, this tubular frame lock is suitable for doors opening to the left and right.

According to the manufacturer, the garden gate lock has a high durability and weather resistance due to the galvanic zinc coating.

This mortise lock is perfect for metal garden gates where the matching recesses are already present.

The best bolt lock

This yellow galvanized, rather simple bolt lock is ideal for high garden gates or wattle fence doors.

The lock can be easily opened from the inside as well as from the outside and is very popular not only because of its eye-catching and beautiful design.

The installation and operation are also simple and easy to understand even for laymen.

Guide: Questions to consider before buying a garden gate lock

For whom is a garden gate lock suitable?

Basically a garden gate lock is suitable for every garden gate. It serves as additional security or locking of the garden gate.
In addition, a universal lock can also be used to lock your garage door and/or cellar door.

Since a garden gate lock should often be simple and flexible in its handling and functionality in addition to security, it is recommended to buy a universal box lock.

This can be used flexibly with regard to the location of use. In addition, it can be used right and left as well as inwards and outwards.

Basically a garden gate lock serves as an additional locking device for the garden door.

It can be mounted not only on the garden gate or garden door but also on cellar and garage doors. To do this, the lock is simply screwed onto the garden door and fixed in place.

With garden gate locks you can choose between a screw-on lock, a box lock and a tubular frame lock.

All three models provide additional protection or safety for unwanted persons.

You can also let your children or dogs play and run around outside without having to worry about someone opening the garden door and running into the street.

In any case, before any purchase decision is made, the benefits and efficiency expected from the product should be considered.

Furthermore, the security level and the dimensions of the garden gate lock should be included in the purchase decision.

Is a garden gate lock useful or superfluous?

Basically, a garden gate lock can never be superfluous. Because the intention of a garden gate lock lies on the one hand in its security and on the other hand it serves for additional locking.
A garden gate lock protects against unauthorised access. In addition, some insurance companies require the installation of a garden gate lock on large properties.

Did you know that most burglaries take place in autumn and winter?
The “peak season” for burglars is the time from October to March. But also in summer the number of burglaries increases due to the holiday season.

By locking it with a lock, unwanted unauthorized persons can gain difficult access to your property.

Also, if you have small children or pets (such as a dog), it is an advantage to have extra protection so that the door does not open easily and the child/pet runs out into the street.

Can I retrofit a garden gate lock or do I need a new garden gate?

The answer to this question depends on the type of garden gate you have. Do you have a wooden garden gate or a metal garden gate?
If you have a metal garden gate, you must have the necessary recesses to insert the appropriate lock.

If the required recesses are not available, you cannot retrofit a garden gate lock for a metal garden gate.

If you have a wooden garden gate, which usually does not have the necessary recesses, you can still retrofit a garden gate lock.

For example, with a screw-on lock, you only need to add a recess so that the locking cylinder can be inserted.

If you want to use a tubular frame lock (mortise lock), your garden gate must be wide enough for you to make a recess on the side.

However, this requires much more skill than adding the recess for a screw-on lock.

How do I determine the required dimensions of a garden gate lock?

You do not need any measurements for a box lock or a screw-on lock, because the box lock is placed on the outside of the garden gate, for example.
The screw-on lock only needs the recess for the cylinder and therefore does not require any measurements and dimensions.
However, if you decide to use a tubular frame lock (mortise lock), we will explain the most important dimensions and how to measure them in the following

Backset: This is the most important dimension and indicates the length from the outer edge of the cuff to the middle of the keyhole.
Insertion depth: It indicates how deep the lateral recess in your garden gate must be.
The cuff: This is the visible part of your mortise lock that is recessed into the edge of the door. Height, width and thickness are also important here.
The distance dimension: This dimension indicates the length from the centre of the cylinder to the centre of the pivot axis. In Germany this is usually a length of 72 mm or 92 m

In this video you will find the information again vividly presented:

In what size should I buy a garden gate lock?

A garden gate lock is available in many different sizes. Smaller locks usually have a size of at least 11.8 x 10 x 2 cm.
Large garden gate locks can reach a size of 24 x 6.7 x 2.4 cm.
Depending on what you want to use the garden gate lock for or where you want to install the garden gate lock, you can choose between a small or large model.
If you need a garden gate lock for several places, it is advisable to buy a universal lock.
Before you decide to buy, it is especially important to ask the question of where you want to mount it and the question of how many, i.e. the number of pieces.

How do I change a garden gate lock?

Here we give you a short instruction how to change your mortise lock/tube frame lock very easily:

Measuring the lock cylinder: If you want to change the cylinder lock directly, you will need the measurements for a new cylinder lock.
Removing the lock cylinder: Loosen the fixing screw and insert the key into the lock. Turn the key to 11 or 1 o’clock and pull out the cylinder.
Removing the square: Loosen all screws from the door fitting and remove the fitting. Unscrew the door handle from the square. Now you can pull the square out of the mortise lock.
Changing the door lock: Loosen the screws on the front of the door. After that the mortise lock is free and you can pull it out.
Assembly: Mount the fittings, square and handles. Insert the lock cylinder.

What does a garden gate lock cost?

Depending on the material your garden lock will be made of, the price range is slightly different.

Simple tubular frame and box locks can be found online from as little as 15-20 €.

You can even get unscrew locks from 10 €. Depending on quality and brand, prices can also be up to 70 €.

Particularly with tubular frame locks, where handles and a cylinder lock are also required, complete sets are also available, however, for around 100 €.

Where can I buy a garden gate lock?

In principle, you can buy garden gate locks online, in a DIY store or in a specialist security store.
If the security standard is to be very high, we recommend that you seek advice and buy products from a security specialist shop.
You can also get simple, practical garden gate locks from DIY stores and especially online.
According to our research, most garden gate locks are purchased via the following online shops:

hornbach.com
amazon.com
webshop.schachermayer.com
safety engineering-feldmann-shop.de
bauhaus.info

If you don’t need any advice and you know the measurements or don’t need any measurements at all, the Internet offers you numerous possibilities to purchase the right lock.

Platforms like Amazon offer you various garden gate locks at a reasonable price.

Home improvement stores such as Obi, Hagebaumarkt, Toom, Bauhaus and Hornbach also offer garden gate locks. There you can also get advice again if in doubt.

A safety specialist shop is the best place to go for you if you want intensive advice and safety comes first.

If you have questions regarding dimensions, security levels and quality, you can expect expert know-how there.

What alternatives are there to a garden gate lock?

Padlock
A possible alternative to the Schliss garden gate would be the padlock. This does not require any recesses and can be fitted to any gate.

Electronic garden gate locks

Electronic locks have recently become interesting for more and more people.

No matter whether access is granted by code, fingerprint or transponder. Electronic locks increase comfort and security.

However, is an electronic lock recommended for the garden gate? No! The garden gate is characterised by the fact that it is exposed to weather conditions around the clock. No matter whether it rains, snows or freezes.

The comfort provided by an electronic lock cannot be reconciled with the annoyance when an electronic lock is already defective after a short time.

Garden gate Lock bolt

Bolts offer the simplest security for your (wooden) garden gate. Bolts have a more symbolic character and have at most the benefit that the garden gate no longer rattles through every wind draught.

Unauthorized persons are not deterred by this. Attacks are suitable for adding a lock and are more suitable for a garden shed than for the garden gate.

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

If you want to get a garden gate lock, there are three main options you can choose from:

  • Screw-on lock
  • Case lock
  • Mortise lock

The different types each have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you prefer, a different species is suitable for you. With the following section we would like to make the decision easier for you.

What distinguishes a screw-on lock and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The garden gate screw-on lock is particularly suitable for wooden doors and is the easiest to handle. Because of this, both the technology and the installation are the most flexible.

It should also be mentioned that this model is particularly robust and stable with regard to the material and is also weatherproof thanks to the galvanised lock body.

The screw-on lock has the property that you only need one recess for the lock.

You can easily add these yourself for wooden garden gates. However, these are often already present.

Advantages

Easy to retrofit
Cribbon key or profile cylinder possible
Robust
Low cost

Disadvantages

Requires suitable recess for metal garden doors

Screw-on locks are very solid and have a robust mechanism.

It is attached to your garden gate from the outside. So you do not need a recess to insert the lock into the garden gate. This makes it ideal for wooden garden gates.

The fact that this variant is available with a profile cylinder or with a crayon key means that you are very flexible in influencing your costs and your security.

What distinguishes a case lock and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

There are different types of box locks. There are additional box locks which are used for one-sided securing of entrance doors.

The garden gate box lock is suitable for the garden gate as well as for cellar doors, garage doors or steel locks and can therefore be used universally in its place of use.

As a result, both the technology and the assembly are the most flexible.

It should also be mentioned that this model can also be used in combination with a profile cylinder or on the other hand with a lock or half cylinder and is therefore called a universal lock.

For the front door box locks were replaced by the mortise lock.

Advantages

Easy mounting
Simple operation
Universally applicable

Disadvantages

Less secure than mortise locks

Box locks have the advantage in relation to garden gates that they only require 2 cut-outs to be fitted. The installation is therefore very simple.

They can also be mounted straight on doors or gates that have a low thickness.

With such narrow doors the installation of mortise locks is very difficult. That is why the installation of box locks is particularly suitable for wooden garden doors.

What distinguishes a tubular frame lock and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The garden gate tubular frame lock is particularly suitable for doors or gates with a narrow frame and for doors with glass inserts.

In addition, it should be mentioned that this model is mainly used for metal garden doors, as in most cases a recess has to be subsequently installed for wooden garden doors.

The tubular frame lock is a subtype of the mortise lock. However, the terms may also be used interchangeably because this subcategory is only characterised by the fact that it is suitable for doors with narrow frames.

Mortise locks are therefore suitable for doors or gates with a narrow frame. Most garden gates have a narrow frame.

Its use is similar to that of general mortise locks. The lock is inserted into the door and operated by a cylinder.

Advantages

Very safe
Can be operated from both sides

Disadvantages

More expensive
Recesses must be provided

This use is also common for ordinary front doors and offers a high level of security.

Due to the fact that mortise locks have to be inserted into the garden gate, this type is particularly suitable for metal garden gates, because it is not easy to add the recesses in wooden garden gates later on.

Make sure that in the best case the appropriate recesses are available.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate garden gate 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 possible garden gate locks.

The criteria you can use to compare garden gate locks include

  • Door type
  • Material
  • Dimensions
  • Stop direction
  • Fitting
  • Technologie
  • Security

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

Door type

The most important criterion, whether and which garden gate lock suits you, is the door type.

A metal garden gate should already have the appropriate recesses to be able to integrate a mortise lock.

If you already own a metal garden gate without suitable recesses, we advise against buying a mortise lock.

In the case of a metal garden gate, it depends mainly on what recesses it has in order to decide which garden gate lock is recommended.

A wooden garden gate does not necessarily have to have the recesses. The recess for a screw-on lock can simply be added later.

The recess for a mortise lock, however, is much more difficult to add later. Mortise locks can be used for both wooden and metal garden gates.

Did you know that locks have been used in Germany for more than 2000 years?
The oldest find is roughly dated to the 1st century BC and comes from a Celtic settlement near Ingolstadt.

Material

Basically garden gate locks are made of high-quality and stable material, which is not easily destroyed.

After all, the aim is to make it more difficult for unwanted guests to enter and not to be able to simply open the door.

In any case, all choices regarding the material have the intention of ensuring optimal protection against unauthorized persons.

On the one hand, it can be made of steel and zinc, or it can be made of plastic.

While screw-on locks and mortise locks are usually made of steel and a galvanised surface, case locks are also made of steel, but the handle set and the plate are made of plastic.

With the tubular frame locks, it should also be mentioned that in most models the counter and latch spring are made of a special steel.

So you can install your garden gate lock everywhere and let your children or pets play outside without worrying that something might happen.

Dimensions

As already mentioned, size plays a decisive role in the different models.

Therefore you should be aware that the size of the garden gate locks must match the size of the garden gate.

The smaller garden gate locks can reach a size of 11.8 x 10 x 2 cm, while large garden gate locks can easily reach a size of 24 x 6.7 x 2.4 cm.

You can always read up on all their advantages and weigh them up for yourself to find the perfect model for you.

If you want to buy a garden gate lock not only for your garden gate, but also for other doors such as the cellar door and/or garage door, it is advisable to buy a model with a universal lock.

These have a flexible field of application and can be used both right and left.

Fitting

In principle, fittings consist of two metal components: the hinges and the clamps.

The hinges serve as a movable leaf, which means that the door/gate has a fixed axis of rotation.

The cocks, on the other hand, are rigidly fixed to the door frame or goal post and are not movable.

Before you decide on a fitting, you should consider the material of your garden gate. There are different fittings for wooden gates than for metal gates.

The fitting of garden gate locks can vary from model to model.

It is important to consider what material your garden gate is made of before making a purchase decision.

Here you can buy various gate hinges and cocks, as they adapt to the garden gate.

In the table below you will find a presentation of the respective categories and a short description of them.

If you want to buy a fitting for your metal gate, you can choose between welded or construction hinges.

With regard to the pistons, you can choose between weld-on or screw-through clamps.

If you want to buy a fitting for your wooden gate, you can choose between long, medium and angle hinges.

Depending on the weight of your goal, a different goal tape is suitable. As far as the blocks are concerned, you can choose between plate, screw, support and wall blocks.

Stop direction

The stop direction or opening direction refers to whether the door opens to the left or right.

When purchasing, please make sure that the garden gate lock also matches the opening direction of your garden gate!

Technologie

You must be aware of what you mainly need your garden gate lock for.

Do you just want to increase your safety or would you also like to be able to close your garden gate? Then you need a trap!

The technology refers to whether you need a trap that closes when you close your garden gate.

With a screw-on lock and mortise lock you have this comfort with the latch.

Security

One of the decisive criteria when buying a garden gate lock is the security level.

Because a garden gate lock should not only prevent access by unauthorised persons, but also protect children or pets from running onto the street or the neighbouring property.

The security level of garden gate locks varies from model to model.

Most models have already marked the security level in their product description, such as the products from ABUS.

However, if you do not know what security level your desired garden gate lock has, it is best to ask the manufacturer or the seller.

If you want optimum security for your garden gate lock, we recommend using a tubular frame lock or a screw-on lock, as the security level is five.

For the case lock, the security level for most models is also five, but can also be three to four. Here it often depends on the materials used and the fittings.

The most secure type of these 3 garden gate locks is the mortise lock. There you can install different profile cylinders, which are themselves protected by different safety devices.

But maybe you are not interested in the highest level of security that can be achieved, then box locks or mortise locks will do.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about the garden gate lock

How do I repair my garden gate lock?

Basically it depends first of all on what is broken with your lock before the next steps can be taken.

If you notice that the closing of the garden gate lock is more difficult than before or is possibly blocked by something, there may be other causes independent of the lock.

On the one hand, the door may have warped so that the bolt and latch no longer fit. If this happens, you can carefully file down the strike plate.

On the other hand, the garden gate lock can also be dirty or rusty. It is advisable to spray the moving parts with a Caramba or WD40 spray.

Another problem can be the mechanics, which may have slipped or become jammed, which can be made common again with light blows.

If your garden gate lock is largely damaged, it is recommended that you change the lock directly

It is equally advisable to change all faulty mechanical parts that are connected with the closing force.

If one of the springs is defective in the lock, you must unscrew the door lock on one side, insert a new spring and mount the lock again.

How do I oil my garden gate lock?

If your garden gate lock rakes or jams, you should oil it! Silicone spray is perfect for lubricating your lock!

Simply spray it into the locking cylinder. There are also special oils that you drip into the locking cylinder that will solve this problem.

Avoid household oils at all costs! They will stick your lock together instead of lubricating it!

How do I defrost my garden gate lock?

In the wintertime it can happen quite often that your garden gate freezes lock and makes it difficult for you to open the door.

If you find that your lock has frozen, do not lose your nerve.

Kicking, hitting locks and anger help the least in these situations.

Before we tell you how you can use your lock again, we would like to give you a few tips along the way.

Please never use violence, also means not hitting locks and kicking.

Do not use reinforcements, extensions or pliers, do not thaw the lock with water or heat the key (it can bend) and never use hand heat.

Really make sure that you never try to defrost your lock with your own body heat.

The warmth of your hands is by no means sufficient for this, rather your hands freeze eventually or at worst you stay pecking at the metal.

Here are a few tips on how you can still open the lock.

  • De-icing sprays are the simplest and fastest option.
  • If you do not have a de-icer spray at hand, you can try heating the lock with a lighter.
  • Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer or a red light lamp outside if there is an electrical outlet.
  • The best way to prevent locks from freezing is to sprinkle the lock with oil beforehand!

Can I build a garden gate with lock myself?

You can also easily build your own garden gate with lock! Here we give you a short instruction as inspiration:

    Sawing the slats: You’ll need several slats that you’ll put together to make your garden gate. You will also need 2 square timbers, which will be the goalposts. Don’t forget that you will also need 3 battens to connect the individual battens and to fix the structure to the goalposts. The square timbers should be a little longer than the battens. Otherwise there are no limits to your creativity.
    Paint the battens: Pick a nice colour that is weather resistant and paint all battens and skirtings with this colour.
    Screw the garden gate together: Lay your slats that are to become the garden gate in a row on the floor and straighten them. Then take your 3 remaining slats and fix them in a “Z” on your garden gate. Start with the crossbar!
    Attach the garden gate lock: In this step you can directly attach your garden gate lock or bolt.
    Fasten the squared timbers in the ground: Use the squared timbers as posts in the ground. Make sure that they have the correct distance and that they are straight!
    Lift the garden gate into the hinge: The last step is to hook the gate. Your garden gate is ready

As further inspiration you can watch this video:

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