MLA Approved Locksmiths are Vetted Inspected Qualified
UK's Largest Trade Association For Locksmiths
Home > ADVICE AND TIPS (FAQS) > Rim Cylinder Lock – What is the Best & Most Secure?
Do you have a rim cylinder lock fitted to your door and want to know what is the best & most secure rim cylinder? We will tell you what rim cylinders are, the pros and cons of having a rim cylinder as your door lock and also the price of a replacement.
If you prefer to save time contact an MLA approved locksmith near you who can advise and fit a replacement cylinder.
Rim cylinders are part of a Rim nightlatch system (often referred to as a Yale type lock ) found on wooden and timber doors, they are the outer part that you interact with on the outside to open the door with a key.
This kind of cylinder has been around a very long time, the basic version has not changed much to this day. Popular brands of Rim Cylinder include Yale, ERA, Mul-T-Lock, Eurospec, Union etc..
The advantages of using a rim cylinder are as follows:
The best & most secure rim cylinder for your night latch will be a High-Security cylinder that is British Standard approved. Most manufacturers will have a high-security version, these are a lot more expensive but are worth the investment.
Remember if you want a British Standard version you’ll need to change the complete lock including the back case.
We also recommend to look for a rim cylinder that is:
Have a Euro Cylinder fitted? read our most secure euro cylinder lock please click here as euro cylinders are prone to lock snapping.
Rim Cylinder locks are relatively cheap locks to replace, expect to pay from £10 for the cylinder on its own.
The price of changing a rim cylinder lock for a night latch would be from £70 including the labour cost of the locksmith. This can increase a lot more depending on the security, brand, and if you want to change the complete lock including the back case.
For advice on costs please read our locksmith price guide here
There is just one standard size available for Rim Cylinders so a locksmith will have no problem replacing the lock for you.
Rim cylinders can also be keyed alike so you can use one key for every lock in your home.
This is a job for an experienced locksmith to complete as any wrong fitting of the lock could leave the lock prone to attack from thieves and/or effect your home insurance.
To replace or fit a Rim Cylinder lock
Find a local MLA locksmith near you
Night Latches – A Simple Guide to Yale Locks + Most Secure Night Latch
How can I check the credentials of the locksmith?
Sash Jammers – Are They Good? & Best Sash Jammer to Fit
Digital Door Locks – What are they & When To Use them
Are Locksmiths DBS / Security Checked?
Should You Change Locks On New House After Moving? – Experts Tips For All Homeowners
Our Locksmiths are criminal record checked.How we check our locksmiths
Our Locksmiths are Regularly Inspected.How we inspect our locksmiths
Our Locksmiths have passed the MLA exam.Read about MLA Exam here
Use My current Location
Join the UK's largest locksmith association, all levels of membership available for those new to locksmithing to trading locksmiths.
MLA Member ID