Picking a mailbox, which mailbox is best, the best mail box for you

Let our handy reference guide help you choose the perfect mailbox.

Here at Mail Boss, we get questions like this all the time;

“How do I pick the right mailbox?”
            “What’s the right mailbox for me?”
                       “What’s the best mailbox?” 
                                  “Which mailbox should I buy?”

Well first off, don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Obviously we’re pretty certain that our mailboxes are the best you can buy, but you don’t have to take our word for it. We’ll start off with a few factors that separate Mail Boss security locking mailboxes from other inferior or copycat mail boxes on the market, then we’ll get down to the specifics about which Mail Boss security locking mailbox would be the best choice to suit your individual needs. The first thing you should consider when buying a new mailbox is SECURITY.


mail theft, identity theft, stolen mail, how to protect your mail, how to protect your identity,

Stealing unsecured mail is the easiest way for a thief to get ahold of your identity.

“How do I keep my mail safe from thieves?”

-SECURE LOCKING MAILBOX-

Stolen mail is a leading cause of identity theft, the fastest growing crime in the nation, and identity thieves regularly check unlocked mailboxes to steal bank or utility bills and fish for other valuable personal information. Unfortunately, most mailboxes on the market can be easily fished by hand or simply pried open with a screwdriver in a matter of seconds. With this type of mail theft on the rise, buying a locking mailbox is your first line of defense to reduce your risk of having your identity stolen. Lucky for you, all of our Mail Boss locking security mailboxes have been specifically engineered to offer the highest level of security while maintaining the lowest possible price.

“How do locking mailboxes work?”

Mail Boss secure locking mailboxes have each been individually designed to prevent leveraged entry, deter hand fishing, and most importantly: protect your deliveries. While there’s no way to make any mailbox 100% theft proof while remaining USPS approved each of our secure mailboxes get extremely close, and help keep your mail safe in a unique way. First and foremost, deliveries are instantly captured via one of our patented mail slots or bins, which are nearly impossible to pry or fish. Once your delivery is safely inside our secure mail vault, our locking delivery boxes protect your mail while shielded by vandal-proof electro-galvanized steel. Your mail can then only be accessed by using one of our laser cut keys via our secure patented anti-pry latch locking access door. All of these security features combine to form a sort of mail bunker around your sensitive information and prevent any common criminal from making a quick buck off of your good name.


rusty mailbox, old mailbox, new mailbox, Weather proof mailbox, weather resistant mail box

Knock-off mailboxes that don’t have weather proofing will have to be replaced more often.

“How do I know if my mailbox is weather proof?”

-WEATHER RESISTANT MAILBOX-

Buying a new mailbox shouldn’t have to be a regular occurrence. You’re going to want to make sure you protect your investment and your deliveries with a mailbox that will stand the test of time as well as a variety of weather conditions. A mailbox that rusts easily will have weak structural stability and will eventually lead to the destruction of your mail.

When it comes to weather protection, Mail Boss locking mailboxes go far beyond skin deep. All of our secure mailboxes are constructed of cold rolled electro-galvanized steel. Now this may sound like a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo, but it’s actually a pretty big deal when it comes to both longevity and protecting your mail.

First, we compact room temperature raw steel stock through a series of metal rollers, similar to rolling out cookie dough, in a process that forces atoms together in a tighter bond. Cold rolling the steel in this way makes its strain hardened strength as much as 20 percent stronger than similar width steel! Next the steel plates are immersed in an aqueous zinc/saline bath and electroplated with zinc which protects all of our materials from corrosion. Finally, after our boxes have been thoroughly welded together, all of our locking security mailboxes are given a weather-resistant powder coating. As an added bonus, not only does this use of cold rolled electro-galvanized steel help make our mailboxes weather proof, but the added thickness and strength of the steel makes Mail Boss mailboxes both baseball bat proof and vandal resistant.

Powder coating is a process in which a thermoplastic polymer is electrostatically fused to a metal surface and then cured at a high heat to create a hardened plastic skin on your mailbox. Powder coating your mailbox helps it resist rust and is an order of magnitude more resilient than conventional paint. With minimal maintenance you should have a beautiful mailbox for years to come. But just because or boxes are tough doesn’t mean they have to be boring. You can still show off your personality, add a little character, and bring some major curb appeal to your home, as many of our boxes are available in a multitude of colors and finishes.


column mount mailbox

Mail Boss Mailboxes can be easily installed in columns for a classier look.

“How should I attach my mailbox?”

-WALL MOUNT, CURBSIDE, OR COLUMN-

Well, there are a lot of different variables in that question, depending on your type of residence, what kind of delivery service you receive and how much mail you regularly collect. If you’re in an urban setting with walk up mail delivery, a wall-mounted mailbox may be the right solution for you. Wall mounted mailboxes attach directly to the wall of a business or residence and can typically hold about 2-3 days of mail. Of course if you’d prefer to mount a smaller box to a post, a few of our wall mount boxes also have that capability.

If you live in a suburban or rural area that has drive up delivery or already have a residential curbside mailbox, free standing post-mounted mailboxes are typically installed at the end of a driveway or, as the name implies, alongside a curb. United States Postal Service (USPS) regulations dictate that curbside mailboxes must be placed on the right-hand side of the road 6 to 8 inches away from the curb, and the slot or door must be mounted 41 to 45 inches from the ground. To accommodate these regulations, Mail Boss offers a variety of in ground and surface mount posts to suit almost any situation. For a full list of USPS regulations, view our blog post here: A Guide to USPS Mailbox Regulations.  If you need help determining the right post height click here. All of our curbside mailboxes can also be cluster mounted by using a spreader bar and can facilitate as many as four mailboxes per post.  

Of course there’s always the most formal version of the post-mounted designs: column-mounted mailboxes. Column mailboxes are typically custom built for a particular home and offer proud homeowners unique style options and significant protection from the possibility of snow plow damage. All of our curbside boxes can be easily installed in a new or pre-existing column as long as the proper measurements are taken into consideration. For tips and tricks on how to install a Mail Boss mailbox into a column see our blog post here: How to Install a Mail Boss in a Column


“What’s makes Mail Boss mailboxes better?”

-SUPERIOR QUALITY COMPONENTS-

Accept no imitations or substitutions, Mail Boss brand mailboxes gain their strength and security by utilizing a plethora of high quality components. Sure, there are other “cheaper” mailboxes on the market, but as the saying goes; “You get what you pay for”, and with Mail Boss, what you get is quality, security and peace of mind. Mail Boss only uses top of the line, high quality components to keep your mail safe, and the resulting security you get from Mail Boss products is far greater than just the sum of their parts. Mail Boss’s holistic approach to design and security assures that our secure locking mailboxes leave no points of exploitable vulnerability, giving you a safe haven of security without a single chinks it’s armor.

Patented Anti-Pry Latch Locking Mechanism 12-Disc Wafer Lock with hardened steel face or 7-pin tube lock High security – anti-pick, anti-drilllaser cut keysStainless Steel Hinges
Patented Anti-Pry Latch12-Disc Wafer LockLaser Cut Brass KeysStainless Steel Hinges
Provides real theft prevention.Anti-Pick, Anti-Drill lock with flame hardened tool steel cam.With over 1,000 possible combinations.Durable and corrosion resistant.
Mail box is easy to install with the innovative Fast-Trak feature, you can quickly and conveniently install the curbside MailBoss mailbox on a MailBoss post, an existing post or gang plank. Wall Mount Mail Boss mailboxes are also easier to install with the Fast-Trak feature.
Epoch Design stands by the quality and craftsmanship of our products. Therefore we offer a free Limited Lifetime Warranty on the Mail Boss and all Mail Boss products with proof of purchase to the original owner. The Lifetime Warranty covers manufacturing defects and any failure of moving parts under normal use. We pledge to repair or replace, at our option, any product or component that is defective in material or workmanship for as long as you own it. If your product is determined to be defective, contact our Customer Service Department at 1 (800)-589-7990 (9-5 PST) and we will assist you in procuring the correct replacement parts free of charge. The Lifetime Warranty excludes deliberate or accidental damage, and does not extend to misuse, finishes, rust, or improper installation. However, we evaluate each Warranty claim on a case by case basis, so please contact us should you have any questions or concerns about your Mail Boss product.

“What’s the right mailbox for me?”

-PICKING YOUR PERFECT MAILBOX-

Now that we’ve worked through the basics we can get down to finding the perfect commercial or residential mailbox for you. If you’re in a school, office, mail center, or restaurant, and mainly need a receptacle for key drops, interoffice mail, money, checks, keys, or ballots you should try our Dropbox. If you receive mostly envelopes or magazines, and a few small packages, the Metro, Townhouse, or Mail Manager might better suit your needs.  And of course if you receive lots of mail and/or packages, and need maximum storage capacity and security the Mail Boss or the Package Master would be your best bet.

Based on what we’ve discussed simply take a look at this handy dandy chart below and you should easily be able to determine the perfect mailbox for you.

How to pick the right mail box
DropboxMetro Wall MountTownhouse Wall Mount
Mail Manager CurbsideMail Boss CurbsidePackage Master Curbside

Vandal Resistant Construction

11 lbs of 1.2mm galvanized welded steel

18 lbs of 2.0mm & 2.5mm 12 & 14 Gauge Galvanized Welded Steel

20 lbs of 2.0mm & 2.5mm 12 & 14 Gauge Galvanized Welded Steel

23 lbs of 1.5mm & 2.0mm 14 & 16 gauge galvanized welded steel

40 lbs of 2.0mm & 2.5mm 12 & 14 gauge galvanized welded steel

53 lbs of 2.0mm & 2.5mm 12 & 14 gauge galvanized welded steel

Uses

Ideal for residential deliveries, schools, office, home, mail centers, restaurants, key drops, etc. Designed to secure interoffice mail, money, checks, keys, ballots and more!

Optimal for walk up residential deliveries, small mail bundles, magazines and checks.

A decorative alternative to the metro, optimal for walk up residential deliveries, small mail bundles, magazines and checks.

Secure and affordable curbside box accepts packages up to 3.5″h x 10.2″w and can accept mail bundles, books, prescription medications, magazines and checks. Innovative baffle door deters both hand & tool fishing.

The original and most popular residential curbside locking mailbox, accepts packages up to 1.9″h x 10.25″w and accepts mail bundles, books, prescription medications, magazines and checks. Incoming mail slot deters fishing by hand.

Our largest residential mailbox, ideal for commercial use, and bulk mail deliveries. Accepts legal size envelopes and packages up to 4.5″h x 4.5″w x 10.5”l. Patented mail shield prevents both hand & tool fishing while allowing for large deliveries.

Mail Storage Capacity
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
3-7 days
1-2 weeks
7-10 days

Installation

Wall Anchors

Fast-Trak bracket mounting system for easy mounting to walls, also compatible with post mounts

Fast-Trak bracket mounting system for easy mounting to walls, also compatible with post mounts

Universal hole pattern for multiple mounting applications

Patented Fast-Trak mounting plate installs easily on posts, planks, or platforms in minutes

Patented Fast-Trak mounting plate installs easily on posts, planks, or platforms in minutes

What’s Included
3 laser cut keys, vandal resistant mail flag, installation hardware, lifetime warranty
3 laser cut keys, vandal resistant mail flag, installation hardware, lifetime warranty, reflective house numbers
3 laser cut keys, vandal resistant mail flag, installation hardware, lifetime warranty, reflective house numbers
3 laser cut keys, vandal resistant mail flag, installation hardware, lifetime warranty, plastic floor liner
3 laser cut keys, vandal resistant mail flag, installation hardware, lifetime warranty, reflective house numbers
3 laser cut keys, vandal resistant mail flag, installation hardware, lifetime warranty, reflective house numbers, plastic floor liner
Pry resistant mailbox