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Best Paper Shredder Review 2013

Updated on August 21, 2013

2013 Best Home and Office Paper Shredders

Paper shredders are great to help maintain privacy from sensitive documents. There are some big differences sometimes between shredders that you will want to pay attention to.

First, there are strip cut shredders. These make long cuts in strips and these can often handle more paper with less maintenance. The more narrow the strip cut, the more security you get from your documents.

Cross cut shredders give you a lot more security because they cut both horizontally and vertically as well. Anyone who might steal your shredding will have to be a master at puzzles! These types of shredders typically cost a bit more and will need more maintenance over time.

You need to decide how much shredding you will be doing every day. It can be easy to burn out the motor if you aren't careful. For people who won't be shredding much every day, a device that will do about 50 sheets in a day will work just fine.

There are even cheaper shredders to handle less volume of about 10-15 sheets if you think you will just be using it periodically. For offices that will have a higher volume of shredding, you will want to consider one that will handle 100-150 sheets per day.

Higher volume shredding will be much faster if you opt for a machine that can handle 10-15 sheets at one time; feeding the unit one paper at a time will just be a waste of time.

I like finding shredders that feature an auto start/stop. This way, it will only run when it detects paper in the feeder and it stops running when it is done. I like this feature since I don't have to turn the machine on and off every single time.

Look for one with a reverse feed. This is a great feature to have when you find you have paper jams. You back the paper out to clear the shredder, and then can start it up again when ready. I also prefer a clear basket so I can see when it needs to be emptied.

For heavy duty work, or offices, I recommend a unit that will handle staples and thick things like credit cards.

Bin size is also another thing you want to look at. The bigger the basket, the less you need to empty it. However, some larger units take up more room and often have issues fitting under desks.

Check reviews to see how quiet each machine is that you are considering since noise can be another factor when buying shredders.

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5 stars for Fellowes Powershred Sheet Cross Cut Shredder

Paper Shredder Reviews

Fellowes Powershred Sheet Cross Cut Shredder

A highly rated unit is the Fellowes Powershred Sheet Cross Cut Shredder. I like that this unit is so affordable. This will handle 11 sheets at one time for more convenience and will shred credit cards, staples and paper.

The manufacturer claims that it will shred up to 880 sheets in 5 minutes. So far, I have found this to be mostly true, but I often don't keep track when I'm shredding. I like that this device will handle normal sized paper, but also legal sized as well because it has a 9" wide paper entry.

It has an electronic auto start/stop and the lid is easy to lift off for emptying the 5.5 gallon bin. For added safety, the interlock switch instantly stops the shredder when the unit is lifted off the bin.

I will say that 11 sheets at one time seems quite a bit, and the machine sounds strained when I do more than about 8 pages at a time. Anything thicker than regular paper will require you to put less in at one time.

AmazonBasics 12 Sheet Cross Cut Shredder with Basket

Next, take a look at the AmazonBasics 12 Sheet Cross Cut Shredder with Basket. I love that these units will not only do paper and credit cards, but it will also shred CD's and DVD's as well. Discs are cut into 4 pieces, and the unit will handle staples as well.

It features a 4.8 gallon wastebasket, and it will shut off automatically when foreign objects are inserted. For heavy duty shredding, it will handle about 600 sheets per day. There is a window built into the basket so you can easily see when the basket needs to be emptied.

It does a great job at shredding but it is quite loud, as most seem to be. This compact unit is great for small spaces.

Norazza Data Destroyer CD/DVD Shredder

The Norazza Data Destroyer CD/DVD Shredder is a great little compact device for shredding discs with sensitive data. It can be used with CD's, DVD's, VCD's, and mini discs.

It will shred up to 15 discs per minute, but you must do them one at a time. It doesn't technically shred your discs, but it will destroy both sides of the disc so your data is protected.

The unit is very user friendly with controls on the top and it measures only 10.5 x 5.9 x 5 inches so you can even store it in a drawer if need be. It fits quite nicely on a desk for shredding sessions and looks cool in a silver finish.

Be advised that this thing is quite noisy but to delete data from discs, I wouldn't expect anything less.

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Best Paper Shredder for 2013

Fellowes Ds1 11 Sheet Confetti Cut Paper Shredder

I also like the Fellowes Ds1 11 Sheet Confetti Cut Paper Shredder that will do even up to 13 sheets quite easily. I use this in my home and I love that it features SafeSense technology which will stop the shredder when hands come close.

It also has an auto start/stop feature as well. Reverse mode is also handy from time to time on this device. The mesh style basket is housed in a solid basket with the front open so you can see how much paper is in it, and when it needs to be emptied.

To do this, you simply need to put your foot on the pedal at the bottom and it tilts out for you to then lift out and empty. When the basket is removed, the shredder won't work; this way, you don't have to worry about anyone else using it without the basket to catch the confetti.

It will shred paper, credit cards, staples and even small paper clips. I have noticed that this device seems to be quieter than many others I've used.

SimplyShred 7 Sheet Micro Cut Paper Shredder

The SimplyShred 7 Sheet Micro Cut Paper Shredder is a good workhorse for your office. It will do paper, credit cards, CD's and DVD's without a hitch. This one is the quietest that I've ever used.

The motor is only a 55 induction motor which is better than most on the market. It will shred upwards of 3000 pieces of 8x11 inch paper. It has an 8.7" wide feed so you can do legal sized documents as well.

The motor can shred 9.88 feet of paper per minute as well. I highly recommend this for big jobs. The basket is a pull out design that has a tiny window towards the top for you to know when it is time to empty it.

I really appreciate the bottle of oil that came with the device for routine maintenance. The unit is pretty sturdy but small enough to easily fit under a desk.

Fellowes PowerShred 17 Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder

Another highly rated device is the Fellowes PowerShred 17 Sheet Cross Cut Shredder. This unit comes with a very large 9 gallon bin that is easy to slide out and empty.

That does mean the unit is a bit bigger, so make sure you have the space for it. I like that the window on the front of the basket is vertical so it gives you a much better view of how full it is.

It will do paper, staples, paper clips, credit cards and CD's/DVD's as well. It also has SafeSense technology which will keep hands safe when it comes close to the paper opening. Paper jams are pretty common with shredders but this one was made with patented technology which prevents over feeding.

It does this by measuring paper thickness with a sensor in the paper entry. It senses wrinkles in the paper and will shred more powerfully to get through those.

This is a good machine to have in an office since it was designed to be a bit more quiet.

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© 2013 Bob Miller

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