The history of postal service in the United States dates all the way back to 1775 when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General. That’s the year before the U.S. officially became an actual nation, so…a long time. Here’s what to look for when shopping for the perfect mailbox.

Top Pick

This design includes an anti-pry latch, plus a 12-disc locking mechanism that can’t be picked or drilled. Mail Boss

When it comes to maximum mail security, there are tons of options for the safety conscious. Look for mailboxes built with galvanized welded steel and a locking mechanism designed to resist prying, picking and drilling. Some styles include a baffle door that makes it easy for the mail carrier to drop in small packages without compromising security.

Versatile Design

This can be mounted on a brick column, individual post or in a cluster. Mail Boss

Versatility is key when it comes to matching mail recipients with a mailbox—especially for selecting the right installation. Some receptacles offer a variety of mounting options, including brick column, individual post and cluster mounting for multi-family residences.

Great Value

This space-saver has an elegant, Old World finish. Available in five different colors to match your style and house. Gibraltar

Another consideration when selecting a mailbox is space. Individuals with smaller spaces may prefer a medium capacity wall-mount mailbox that holds a single day’s mail. That smaller footprint also makes it easy to upgrade on style so the mailbox serves as an attractive accessory, as well as a functional mailbox.

Also Consider

This option won’t rust and contains a UV-inhibiting finish so it won’t fade in the sun. Gibraltar

It’s important to select the most durable option for your environment, so users in areas prone to rust or sun damage may consider plastic options. Mailboxes constructed with double-walled plastic are super solid, never rust and resist fading, thanks to a finish that resists ultraviolet light.