Last updated: August 10, 2021

Welcome to our big garden gate lock test 2021. Here we present all the garden gate locks that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of customer reviews on the Internet.

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

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to when you want to buy a front door lock.




The most important facts

  • 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 present. If you have a wooden garden gate, you can add them later with a little skill.

The Best Garden Gate Lock: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a garden gate lock

Who is a garden gate lock suitable for?

Basically, a garden gate lock is suitable for every garden gate. It serves as an additional security or locking device for the garden gate.

You can also use a universal lock to lock your garage door and/or cellar door.

Basically, a garden gate lock is used to lock a garden gate. However, if you also want to secure other doors, it is advisable to use a universal lock. (pixabay.com/ klickblick)

Since a garden gate lock should not only be secure, but also easy to use and flexible, it is advisable to buy a universal lock.

This can be used flexibly with regard to the place of use. In addition, it can be used on the 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 installed 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 security against unwanted persons.

In addition, you can let your children or dogs play outside without having to worry about someone opening the garden door and running into the street.

In any case, before making a purchase decision, you should consider the benefits and efficiency you expect from the product.

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

Is a garden gate lock useful or superfluous?

Basically, a garden gate lock can never be superfluous. This is because the intention of a garden gate lock is, on the one hand, its security and, on the other hand, it serves as an additional locking device.

A garden gate lock protects against unauthorised access. In addition, some insurance companies require a garden gate lock to be installed on large properties.

Did you know that most burglaries occur in autumn and winter?

The "peak season" for burglars is the period from October to March. However, the number of burglaries also increases in summer due to the holiday season.

By locking the door with a lock, it is more difficult for unauthorised persons to gain access to your property.

Also, if you have small children or pets (such as a dog), it is an advantage to have extra protection that the door does not simply open 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 gate you have. Do you have a wooden garden gate or a metal garden gate?

In the case of a metal garden gate, the necessary recesses must be available in order to insert the appropriate lock.

If the recesses for a garden gate lock are available, it is no problem to buy the appropriate lock and then install it. (Image source: 123rf.com / 83778112)

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

With 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 lock cylinder can be inserted.

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

This requires a bit 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 or dimensions.

However, if you decide to use a tubular frame lock (mortise lock), we explain the most important dimensions and how to measure them below:

  • Backset: This is the most important dimension and indicates the length from the outer edge of the forend to the centre of the keyhole.
  • Insertion depth: It indicates how deep the side recess in your garden gate must be.
  • The forend: This is the visible part of your tubular frame lock that is recessed into the edge of the door. Again, the height, width and thickness are important.
  • 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 mm.

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

What size garden gate lock should I buy?

A garden gate lock comes 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 easily 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 mount 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 making a purchase decision, it is particularly important to consider the question of where - i.e. where you want to fix 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 guide on how you can easily change your mortise lock/tubular frame lock:

  1. Measuring the lock cylinder: If you also want to change the cylinder lock directly, you need the measurements for a new cylinder lock.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove the square: Loosen all screws from the door fitting and remove the fitting. Detach the door handle from the square. Now you can pull the square out of the mortise lock.
  4. Changing the door lock: Loosen the screws on the front side of the door. The mortise lock is then free and you can pull it out.
  5. Assembly: Fit the fittings, square and handles. Insert the lock cylinder.

How much does a garden gate lock cost?

Depending on the material your garden lock is made of, the price range varies somewhat.

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

Screw-on locks are available for as little as €10. Depending on the quality and brand, prices can go up to 70 €.

Especially for tubular frame locks, which also require handles and a cylinder lock, there are also complete sets available for around 100 €.

What alternatives are there to a garden gate lock?

Padlock

A possible alternative to the garden gate lock would be the padlock. This does not require any recesses and can be attached to any gate.

Electronic garden gate locks

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

Whether access is granted by code, fingerprint or transponder. Electronic locks increase convenience and security.

But is an electronic lock recommendable 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 is raining, snowing or freezing.

The convenience of an electronic lock cannot be reconciled with the annoyance of an electronic lock becoming defective after only a short time.

Garden gate lock bolts

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

They do not keep unauthorised persons out. Latches 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 is right for you?

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

  • Screw-on lock
  • Box lock
  • Tubular frame lock

The different types each come with advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you prefer, a different type is suitable for you. In the following section, we would like to make it easier for you to decide.

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

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

In addition, it should be mentioned that this model is particularly robust and stable in terms of material and is also weather-resistant due to the galvanised lock body.

The screw-on lock has the characteristic that you only need a recess for the lock.

With wooden garden gates, you can easily add this yourself. However, they are often already available.

Advantages
  • Easy to retrofit
  • Buntbart key or profile cylinder possible
  • Robust
  • Inexpensive
Disadvantages
  • Requires suitable recess for metal garden gates

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

They are attached to the outside of your garden gate. 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 bunt-bit key gives you a great deal of flexibility in influencing your costs and your security.

What are the characteristics of a box lock and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

There are different types of rim locks. There are additional box locks that are used to secure one side of a front door.

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 application.

Because of this, both the technology and the installation are the most flexible.

It should also be mentioned that this model can also be used in conjunction with a profile cylinder or, on the other hand, with a lock or half cylinder and is therefore referred to as a universal lock.

For the front door, box locks have been replaced by the mortise lock.

Advantages
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to operate
  • Universally applicable
Disadvantages
  • Less secure than mortise locks

Box locks have the advantage in relation to garden gates that they only require 2 recesses to be fitted. Installation is therefore very simple.

In addition, they can be mounted on doors or gates that are not very thick.

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

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.

It should also be mentioned that this model is mainly used for metal garden gates, as in most cases a recess must be subsequently installed in wooden garden gates.

The tubular frame lock is a sub-form of the mortise lock. However, the terms can also be used synonymously because this sub-category is only characterised by the fact that it is suitable for doors with narrow frames.

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

The use is similar to the use of general mortise locks. The lock is recessed into the door and operated via a cylinder.

Advantages
  • Very secure
  • Can be operated from both sides
Disadvantages
  • More expensive
  • recesses must be available

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

Due to the fact that mortise locks have to be recessed into the garden gate, this type is particularly suitable for metal garden gates, because adding the recesses to wooden garden gates at a later date is not easy.

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

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate garden gate locks

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible garden gate locks.

The criteria you can use to compare garden gate locks include:

  • Door type
  • Material
  • Dimensions
  • Direction of opening
  • Fitting
  • Technology
  • Safety

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

Door type

The most important criterion for deciding which garden gate lock is right for you is the type of door.

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

If you already have a metal garden gate without suitable recesses, we advise you not to buy a mortise lock.

With a metal garden gate, it is mainly a matter of which 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. Box 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 sturdy material that is not easily destroyed.

The aim is to make it difficult for unwanted guests to enter and to prevent the door from being opened easily.

The workmanship and material of garden gate locks varies from model to model.

In any case, all the possible choices regarding the material have the intention of guaranteeing optimum protection against unauthorised persons.

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

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

In the case of tubular frame locks, it is also worth mentioning that in most models the counter and latch spring are made of special steel.

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

Dimensions

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

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 have a size of 11.8 x 10 x 2 cm, while large garden gate locks can 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 in order 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, then it is advisable to buy a model with a universal lock.

These have a flexible range of use and can be used both on the right and on the left.

Fittings

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

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

The hinges, on the other hand, are fixed rigidly to the door frame or the door post and cannot be moved.

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 hardware of garden gate locks can vary from model to model.

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

Here you can buy different gate hinges and blocks, as they adapt to the garden gate.

In the following table, you will find a presentation of the respective categories as well as a short description of them.

Type Gate hinges Clamps
Metal gates Weld-on hinges, Construction hinges Weld-on clamps, Screw-through clamps
Wooden gates Long hinges, Middle and angle hinges Plate clamps, Screw-on clamps, Supporting clamps and Wall clamps

If you want to buy a fitting for your metal gate, you can choose between weld-on and construction hinges.

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

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

Depending on the weight of your door, a different door hinge is suitable. You can choose between plate, screw, support and wall brackets.

Opening direction

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

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

Technology

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

Do you only want to increase your security or do you also want to be able to close your garden gate? Then you need a latch!

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

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

Security

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

A garden gate lock should not only prevent unauthorised persons from entering, but also protect children or pets from running into the street or onto the neighbour's property.

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

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

If you still 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 these have a security level of five.

The security level for a box lock is also five for most models, but can also be three to four. It often depends on the materials used and the fittings.

The most secure type of these 3 garden gate locks is the mortise lock. Here you can install different profile cylinders, which themselves have different security levels.

However, you may not be looking for the highest level of security, in which case box locks or mortise locks will suffice.

Facts worth knowing about garden gate locks

How do I repair my garden gate lock?

Basically, it first depends on what has broken in your lock before the next steps can be taken.

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

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

One of the most frequently asked questions on the Internet is whether and how I can repair my garden gate lock. Here it should be clarified in advance what kind of defect it is. (pixabay.com / picjumbo_com )

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

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

If your garden gate lock is largely damaged, it is advisable to change the lock directly.

It is also advisable to replace any faulty mechanical parts that are connected to the closing force.

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

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 lock cylinder. There are also sepcial oils that you can drip into the lock cylinder to solve this problem.

Avoid household oils at all costs! They will gum up your lock instead of lubricating it!

How do I de-ice my garden gate lock?

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

If you find that your lock has frozen, don't lose your nerve.

Kicking, smashing locks and anger are the least helpful 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 force, including kicking and punching locks.

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 not at all sufficient for this; rather, your hands will eventually freeze or, in the worst case, you will end up picking at the metal.

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

  • De-icing sprays are the simplest and quickest option.
  • If you do not have a de-icing spray at hand, you can try heating the lock with a lighter.
  • Alternatively, if you have a socket outside, you can use a hairdryer or a red light.
  • The best way to prevent locks from freezing is to drip oil on the lock first!

Can I build a garden gate with a lock myself?

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

  1. Saw the battens: You will need several slats that you will assemble into your garden gate. You will also need 2 squared timbers, which will be the gate posts. Don't forget that you will also need 3 battens to connect the individual battens and to attach the construction to the gate posts. The squared timbers should be slightly longer than the battens. Otherwise, there are no limits to your creativity.
  2. Paint the battens: Choose a nice weather-resistant colour and paint all the slats and battens with this colour.
  3. Screw the garden gate together: Lay the slats that will 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!
  4. Attach the garden gate lock: In this step you can directly attach your garden gate lock or a bolt.
  5. Fix the squared timbers in the ground: Fix the squared timbers as gate posts in the ground. Make sure that they are spaced correctly and that they are straight!
  6. Lift the garden gate into the peg: The last step is to lift the garden gate into the hinge. Your garden gate is ready

For further inspiration, you can watch this video:

Image source: 123rf.com / 99882311

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