Best Shredders

Last update March 16, 2017
Are you concerned about protecting your business or personal information? Then purchasing a shredder can be a great solution for efficient waste management and a stress-free way to dispose of your confidential documents. Look through our review and make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
SECURITY LEVEL
CUT TYPE
Shred
SHREDDING CAPACITY
RUN TIME / COOL DOWN TIME
BIN CAPACITY
RECOMMENDED NUMBER OF USERS
NOISE LEVEL
Warranty
 
PROS
A low noise level, high capacity and energy efficiency are what makes this high-end paper shredder highly favored by the majority of business people. Has Safety Lock function when the bin is opened and SafeSense technology.
CONS
When compared to the other shredders, this one is rather bulky.
OUR VERDICT
If you're looking for a high-performing shredder for the office use, Fellowes Powershred 99Ci shredder is just what you need. It delivers three levels of advanced jam prevention with 100% Jam Proof System.
detailed parameters
SECURITY LEVEL
Р-4 (5/32 " х 1-1/2 ")
CUT TYPE
Cross-Cut
Shred
Staples, Credit cards, Paper clips, CDs/DVDs, Junk mail
SHREDDING CAPACITY
18 sheets per pass
RUN TIME / COOL DOWN TIME
30 / 40 minutes
BIN CAPACITY
9 gallons
RECOMMENDED NUMBER OF USERS
3 - 1
NOISE LEVEL
56 dB
Warranty
2-year warranty
PROS
This is a medium-duty shredder for home and office use. Big wastebasket holds approximately 575 sheets of shredded paper.
CONS
The warranty procedure isn't exactly straightforward. To replace the product (in case of breakage), you'd firstly need to contact the manufacturer and wait for 2 weeks.
OUR VERDICT
This micro-cut paper shredder is an excellent choice for handling a multitude of the tasks. Additionally, the shredding machine has locking caster wheels, which ensure excellent mobility around the office.
detailed parameters
SECURITY LEVEL
Р-4 (0.15 " х 0.4 ")
CUT TYPE
Micro-Cut
Shred
CDs/DVDs, Credit cards
SHREDDING CAPACITY
14 sheets per pass
RUN TIME / COOL DOWN TIME
10 / 30 minutes
BIN CAPACITY
8.5 gallons
RECOMMENDED NUMBER OF USERS
1 - 3
NOISE LEVEL
68 dB
Warranty
1-year warranty
PROS
An affordable yet fully-functional micro-cut paper shredder will come in handy for most users willing to dispose of their CDs/DVDs, credit cards and other paperwork. Has extra lid that prevents small objects from getting into the paper slot.
CONS
Relatively low run time compared to other P-4 shredders in this review.
OUR VERDICT
A stylish, highly-capable and performing paper shredder will become a win-win product for both, home and office users. You'll never overload or overheat the unit thanks to responsive sensors.
detailed parameters
SECURITY LEVEL
Р-4 (5/32 " x 15/32 ")
CUT TYPE
Micro-Cut
Shred
CDs/DVDs, Credit cards
SHREDDING CAPACITY
12 sheets per pass
RUN TIME / COOL DOWN TIME
8 / 45 minutes
BIN CAPACITY
6.7 gallons
RECOMMENDED NUMBER OF USERS
1 - 3
NOISE LEVEL
65 dB
Warranty
1-year warranty
PROS
A basic and straightforward paper shredder to use at home or in a small office. You'll never overload the unit thanks to the see-through window and have it ready for the next use anytime.
CONS
A relatively short run time and limited bin width - 4.5 inches.
OUR VERDICT
If you don't plan to shred all the papers in your place but seek the unit for light duty jobs, Aurora paper shredder will work its best. It's very simple in use and maintenance. You'll never have an issue with it.
detailed parameters
SECURITY LEVEL
Р-3 (1/5 " x 1 17/20 ")
CUT TYPE
Cross-Cut
Shred
Credit cards, 20 lb. bond paper, Clips, Staples
SHREDDING CAPACITY
4 sheets per pass
RUN TIME / COOL DOWN TIME
2 / 30 minutes
BIN CAPACITY
1.32 gallons
RECOMMENDED NUMBER OF USERS
1
NOISE LEVEL
70 dB
Warranty
1-year warranty
PROS
There is no need to remove staples when destroying paper-based documents. The unit can be easily moved around your office owing to its space-saving design.
CONS
It has a small capacity waste bin.
OUR VERDICT
It's an optimal choice for destroying small amounts of sensitive paper documents to satisfy your personal shredding needs.
detailed parameters
SECURITY LEVEL
Р-3 (7/32 " х 1 27/32 ")
CUT TYPE
Cross-Cut
Shred
Credit cards, DVDs/CDs, Junk mail
SHREDDING CAPACITY
6 sheets per pass
RUN TIME / COOL DOWN TIME
2 / 30 minutes
BIN CAPACITY
1 gallon
RECOMMENDED NUMBER OF USERS
1
NOISE LEVEL
70 dB
Warranty
1-year warranty

What is a Shredder

If you’re working in a bank or any other governmental organization, you know at first hand how important the use of a shredder is. Most businesses and individuals who worry over protection of their personal data and privacy come down to using this universal yet effective device to dispose of the papers they don’t want to reveal to anybody else. Shredders have gained incredible popularity worldwide and become indispensable devices in all those organizations where privacy is far too important. In our review you’ll find some of the most popular and widespread models to make a choice from.

Those customers who’ve got used to keeping their personal data on external hard drives may also get interested in our other review on encrypted drives - reliable digital storage devices that ensure full data protection.

What To Look For

Probably, the most important thing to consider first is a Security level of the chosen model. Understanding how the shredders are classified into security levels will help you make the right pick. There are 7 security levels:

  • Level 1 (Р-1) is used to shred general documents into up to 12-mm strips;
  • Level 2 (Р-1) is used to cut paper into up to 6 mm wide strips;
  • Level 3 (Р-3) is designed to destroy confidential data with 2–4 mm of cutting width and 80 mm of shred size;
  • Level 4 (Р-4) is one of the most popular and used to shred sensitive documents with up to 2×15 mm of cutting width;
  • Level 5 (Р-5) is designed to cut top secret documents into 0.8×12 mm cuts;
  • Level 6 (Р-6) is used to shred paper into confetti up to 0.8×6 mm of shred size.
  • Level 7 (P-7) is designed to destroy top-secret government documents into 0.7-2.6 mm cuts and 40000 fragments.

The cut type a shredder produces is also very important. Typically, there are 3 cut types: strip-cut, cross-cut, and micro-cut. Strip-cut shredders cut paper into long strips. They are characterized by a low-security level and are primarily designed for heavy workloads. Cross-cut shredders cut paper in two different directions: along and across. They are best suited for banks and other institutions that don't require the highest level of security for destroying confidential data. Micro-cut shredders cut paper into bits of confetti. They are high-security paper shredders mainly designed for public and state institutions.

Other significant features, which need to be considered, are the Capacity and the Type of a shredder. The shredder capacity is primarily influenced by its operating speed. And the operating speed, in its turn, considerably depends on how many people will actually use the shredder and how many sheets of paper can be shredded per pass. Thus, shredders can be divided into several types according to the number of users and the amount of work they can do:

  • Personal shredders: for 1-2 person use or shredding up to 100 sheets per day and bin capacity up to 20 liters;
  • Small and mid-size office shredders: for 3-4 person use or shredding from 100 to 300 sheets per day, and bin capacity up to 20-70 liters;
  • Large office shredders: for continuous heavy use or shredding from 1000 sheets per day and bin capacity up to 70-85 liters.

It is worth remembering that the high capacity influences the device's runtime and heat level. The average runtime at maximum capacity is up to 15-20 minutes, afterwards, the device needs some time to cool down, generally, it's not more than one hour.

When buying a paper shredder, you should also think of the available Extras and Safety. It should be noted that a shredder features cutting slots for destroying not only paper documents but also credit cards, CDs/DVDs and even paper clips. Also, you should pay particular attention to the models with auto Start/Stop function, which makes document shredding more convenient without the need to press any buttons. If the shredder is in a standby mode, the device automatically starts its operation once the paper is placed in the entry slot and then shuts off when the operation is over. You should keep in mind that loading a large amount of paper into the slot may cause a paper jam inside the cutting blades. Therefore, the manufacturers have equipped some paper shredders with an auto reverse function, which allows the blades to shred in a forward direction if required. Besides, the shredder safety is a matter of great importance as the improper use of the device can be very dangerous. For this reason, be very careful when using the device in the workplace and avoid getting foreign objects into the feed slot by accident. Furthermore, there are shredders equipped with a Safety Lock function, which activates when the bin is opened. This means that if the bin suddenly opens during the shredding process, the device ceases its operation automatically. One more essential feature is a motor protection against thermal overload designed to automatically turn the shredder off in case of overheating. This peculiarity greatly extends the lifespan of the device.

And finally, the last but not least thing you need to consider is Usability. In terms of usability, a noise level is probably one of the most important features that determine the user's comfort. Depending on the model, shredders are characterized by different noise levels. Accordingly, it's more convenient to use a shredder with a lower noise level. As a matter of fact, the noise level should not exceed 60-70 dB. Besides, the size of a shredding bin should not be under 4 inches. If the usability is one of the main criteria when buying a shredder, it's worth paying attention to the dimensions of the device as shredders can considerably range in size. Normally, the smaller the shredder is, the easier it is to move it around the office. Among the other things, caster wheels provide your device with mobility. Some advanced models offer a variety of additional features, including a full basket indicator, which shows when the bin is full. On the contrary, when it comes to the cheaper models of paper shredders, you can see if the bin is full through a clear window on the front of the waste basket, which is also quite convenient.

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Review of Fellowes 99Ci Heavy Duty Paper Cross-cut Shredder

Fellowes 99Ci Heavy Duty Paper Cross-cut Shredder

Fellowes 99Ci Heavy Duty Paper Cross-cut Shredder

Security Level

Fellowes paper shredder is one of the most multifunctional devices on our shortlist. It boasts top-level security, high speed and, meanwhile, it has one of the lowest noise levels among its competitors. The shredding device has a Security Level Р-4, so it shreds paper into tiny pieces (5 / 32 " x 1-1 / 2") that make the documents nearly impossible to read after being processed. This is one of the highest levels of security, providing effective shredding of top secret documents including bank accounts and statements. This cross-cut paper shredder has the ability to completely destroy your documents. Thus, it's surely the best choice for your security needs.

Review of Fellowes 99Ci Heavy Duty Paper Cross-cut Shredder

Capacity and Type

This paper shredder is an excellent choice for small and mid-size offices for 3-5 users. Therefore, the shredder is indispensable for destroying all your sensitive data and paper documents and, thereby, protecting your company's information. This high-capacity shredder is designed for high-speed shredding of up to 18 sheets of paper per pass. Moreover, the maximum runtime for this shredder is up to 30 minutes, which greatly exceeds the maximum runtime of other models. The cool down time is 40 minutes, and then the shredder is ready for use.

Fellowes 99Ci Heavy Duty Paper Cross-cut Shredder in the use

Extras and Safety

Fellowes paper shredder is quite easy to use and, at the same time, it's reliable, durable and safe. The shredding device comes with a safety cover, which covers the cutting slots to prevent small objects from getting inside. An extra bonus is a motor protection against thermal overload, which prevents overloading and burning out. Moreover, the paper shredder comes with an LED light on the front panel, which indicates when a shredder is ready for use. In addition, the device has a Safety Lock function when a wastebasket is opened for more security of the device. The shredding device boasts extra features including separate cutting slots for shredding CDs and DVDs, staples, credit cards and small paper clips. Besides, a device features the SafeSense technology that has a built-in sensor, which automatically turns off the shredder if you touch a paper slot. What is more, the Energy Saving System reduces unnecessary power consumption not only when the device is in a standby mode, but also when it is operating.

Detailed review of Fellowes 99Ci Heavy Duty Paper Cross-cut Shredder

Usability

This best paper shredder is characterized by large dimensions of 25.19 x 11.44 x 17.31 inches, nevertheless, the device looks really stylish and fits in any interior. This shredder boasts the lowest noise level of 56 dB that causes no discomfort or interference when you are using it. SilentShred technology minimizes shredding noise, making the device almost noise-free. Furthermore, the shredder is fitted with additional caster wheels for easy transportation that can be locked if needed. Besides, the shredding device has LED sensors that alert you when a waste bin is getting full. Besides, the shredder features a large capacity basket of 9 gallons with a clear window, which allows keeping track when the basket is full.

Fellowes 99Ci Heavy Duty Paper Cross-cut Shredder application

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Review of Royal MC14MX Paper, Credit Card Micro Cut Shredder

Royal MC14MX Paper, Credit Card Micro Cut Shredder

Royal MC14MX Paper, Credit Card Micro Cut Shredder

Security Level

Royal miro-cut paper shredder is perfect to completely destroy all printed and digital media including credit cards. The device has P-4 security level that is likely a good security indicator. This high-quality shredder is the best choice for destroying personal and confidential information to fully satisfy your security concerns. Furthermore, this micro-cut paper shredder is designed to shred up to 14 sheets of paper into 0.15 x 0.39 '' micro cut particles.

Review of Royal MC14MX Paper, Credit Card Micro Cut Shredder

Capacity and Type

Royal micro-cut paper shredder has a pretty good shredding capacity due to a strong motor, powerful enough to shred up to 14 sheets of paper at a single pass. The shredding device provides 10-minute continuous runtime that allows you to shred up to 600 sheets of paper per day. Afterward, wait 30 minutes to allow the device to cool down before it can be used again. This shredder is best suited for small and medium-sized offices for up to 3 users.

Royal MC14MX Paper, Credit Card Micro Cut Shredder in the use

Extras and Safety

This micro-cut paper shredder has a variety of useful extras. The shredder is equipped with the Auto Start / Stop function, which activates automatically once you insert a sheet of paper into the paper slot and turns the device off after the operation is over. Furthermore, the shredder features the auto reverse function, which allows you to safely remove paper sheets and enables the cutter blades to rotate in the opposite direction in case of a paper jam. What is more, the shredder has a thermal overload protection, which signals to cool down the device. Also, the shredder has separate cutting slots for processing not only paper documents but also credit cards, CDs, and DVDs that may contain valuable information.

Detailed review of Royal MC14MX Paper, Credit Card Micro Cut Shredder

Usability

Royal micro-cut paper shredder has a convenient adjustable basket with a clear window, which permits you to check whether the bin has been filled already. The basket capacity is 8.5 gallons, which holds about 575 sheets of shredded paper. Besides, this stylish shredder looks really nice in any office. This high-capacity model with the dimensions of 14.5 x 18.8 x 27 inches comes with reliable locking casters for easy mobility around the office. Despite the weight of 39 pounds, the noise level during the operation is 68 dB, which is not that much and you don't feel any discomfort.

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Royal MC14MX Paper, Credit Card Micro Cut Shredder
Royal MC14MX Paper, Credit Card Micro Cut Shredder
 
Review of AmazonBasics Cross-Cut Paper, CD,Credit Card Shredder

AmazonBasics Cross-Cut Paper, CD,Credit Card Shredder

AmazonBasics Cross-Cut Paper, CD,Credit Card Shredder

Security Level

AmazonBasics paper shredder combines several cut types. For example, the strip-cut mode uses rotating blades to cut paper into 1/4-inch narrow long strips. The micro-cut mode guarantees the P-4 security level, cutting paper into confetti-like pieces of 5/32 " x 15/32 " of shred width. Thus, this shredder is a great solution for destroying highly sensitive, personal or confidential documentation.

Review of AmazonBasics Cross-Cut Paper, CD,Credit Card Shredder

Capacity and Type

This paper shredder has quite a good shredding capacity - up to 12 sheets at a single pass. The shredding device provides 8-minute continuous runtime at the maximum load. Then, the device needs 45 minutes to cool down before you can use it again. This micro-cut shredder offers the best compromise between price, quality, and capacity. This model is one of the most popular among its equivalents available on the market, which is best suited for up to 2 users.

AmazonBasics Cross-Cut Paper, CD,Credit Card Shredder in the use

Extras and Safety

AmazonBasics paper shredder helps get rid of ATM receipts, credit cards, damaged applications, payroll records, agreements and other outdated and unnecessary documents. Besides, the device is also capable of cutting CDs, DVDs, and BluRay Discs into 4 pieces at a time. For better security, this heavy duty paper shredder has a motor protection against thermal overload and overheating. As a result, the unit turns off automatically if foreign objects are detected in the paper slot. Also, this model is equipped with Auto Start / Stop and Auto reverse functions that help you remove jammed paper from the cutting slot.

 

Detailed review of AmazonBasics Cross-Cut Paper, CD,Credit Card Shredder

Usability

This compact paper shredder has an excellent design and looks nice on a desk or on the floor. The shredder comes with a 6.7-gallon bin with a special clear window on the side of the bin, which helps you make sure if the recycle bin is full or empty. Despite its dimensions (24.3 x 13.4 x 17 inches), the shredder operates at a fairly high noise level of 65 dB at the maximum load. Moreover, the shredding device features an 8.7-inch wide paper entry slot. Additionally, the shredder has LED sensors that indicate overheating and thermal overload.

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Review of Aurora AS420C Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

Aurora AS420C Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

Aurora AS420C Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

Security Level

This desktop-style cross-cut paper shredder is designed for economic and safe disposal of various documents. The shredding device has durable steel cutting blades, which tear documents and credit cards into 1/5 "x 1 17/20" tiny bits, and make it an indispensable device for ridding of personal documents containing sensitive and confidential information. According to current security standards, this model belongs to the Security Level P-3.

Review of Aurora AS420C Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

Capacity and Type

Aurora personal paper shredder is designed to handle small workloads. This lightweight, compact, and reliable paper shredder is ideal for occasional personal use at home or in the office. The shredding device is capable of cutting up to 4 folded sheets of paper or 1 credit card at a single pass. The runtime of the device at the maximum load is only 2 minutes, and then it needs up to 30 minutes to reach a proper operating temperature.

Aurora AS420C Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder in the use

Extras and Safety

Regardless of quite a low shredding capacity, Aurora desktop-style cross-cut paper shredder is equipped with a solid steel cutting blade, which allows coping with small workloads. Thus, you can destroy not only highly classified papers but credit cards as well. This shredding device comes with 3 modes - Auto On / Off function, Auto reverse function as well as a Standby mode (with an LED indicator). Additionally, a thermal protection prevents overheating of the device whereas the Auto start function automatically turns the unit on without pressing any buttons.

Detailed review of Aurora AS420C Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

Usability

A distinctive feature of Aurora cross-cut paper shredder is its high portability and ease of use. Also, the shredder features a wastebasket with a clear window and a convenient handle. Moreover, the device comes with a 1.32-gallon bin and a 4.5-inch wide cutting slot. As a bonus, the shredder has a detachable power cord and a knife for opening sealed envelopes. The shredder weighs only 1 pound, which makes it easy-to-move it from place to place. The noise level of the device is 70 dB.

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Aurora AS420C Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder
Aurora AS420C Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder
 
Review of AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder

AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder

AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder

Your Best Personal Assistant

AmazonBasics paper shredder can effectively destroy ATM receipts, bank accounts, mortgage statements, payrolls, insurance packages, and other outdated or sensitive unwanted data. The machine tears paper into small strips of 7/32 " х 1 27/32 " pieces, which conforms to the security level P-3. Despite its relatively low cost, the shredder offers a fairly good performance. Accordingly, this shredding device is well suited for personal use. Hence, it's perfect for your home or small office. Moreover, this shredder is capable of handling up to 6 sheets and 1 credit card at a time. An undeniable advantage is that you don't have to remove staples prior to shredding your documents. What is more, this model is highly portable. It weighs 8.2 pounds with the following dimensions: 12.1 " x 7.7 " x 15 ". Thus, the unit can be easily moved around your office. Taking into account all the above mentioned, the AmazonBasics paper shredder is probably the best in its class for personal use.

Review of AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder

A Bit of History

The idea of creating the first paper shredder came to Abbot Augustus from New York. He patented his invention for a "waste-paper receptacle". Unfortunately, his invention wasn't improved and manufactured. However, Adolf Ehinger invented the first paper shredder, which was manufactured in 1935 in Germany. Notably, it was based on the same principle as a manual pasta maker. According to the historical data, Ehinger used a shredder with the purpose of getting rid of his anti-Nazi documents. Later, the shredders were used by various organizations. When Adolf Ehinger saw the growing popularity of his invention, he established the company, engaged in manufacturing first paper shredders. In fact, his company continues to exist to this day. It’s interesting to note that when the U.S. embassy in Tehran was taken over in 1979, a paper shredder was used to destroy top-secret documentation. It’s particularly remarkable that after the model’s name had been announced, its sales grew by up to 20%.

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