The 10 Best Paper Shredders

There are many cases both in the home and at work where confidential documents need to be destroyed thoroughly, so no trace of the data remains. In those cases the documents usually cannot be burned, so the next best option is to cut them into tiny pieces, so they will become unreadable. That is exactly what a shredder does – with its powerful electric motor it moves steel teeth that cut the paper into small pieces. Shredders are a common thing in an office, but many homeowners have one in their house too. It is always more secure to grind a paper with sensitive data than throw it in the trash.

Shredders are made by many brands that make office equipment, so the market is full of them. It might be hard to pick a good one that fits your particular situation, so we will help potential buyers by compiling a list of 5 best shredders for their money.

Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Destroys CDs
#1
Fellowes Powershred 79Ci
9.7
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#2
Bonsaii Paper Shredder C169-B
9.4
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#3
Aurora AU1210MA
9.2
/
10
LONGEST CONTINUOUS RUNTIME
#4
AmazonBasics 8-Sheet
9.1
/
10
Best Budget
#5
AmazonBasics 15-Sheet
9.1
/
10
MOST AFFORDABLE FULL-SIZE MODEL
Fellowes Powershred 79Ci
#1
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
9.7
/
10

This model has a totally jam-proof system. It is very strong, and will have no problem cutting through the thickest materials. The motor is not very loud – it uses Silent Shred technology, and the shredder will not disturb people in other rooms. The motor is silent and also saves energy, so the efficiency turns out to be almost 100%.

The shredder has an interesting safety option – the SafeSense sensors stop the machinery when hands are near the opening. The average shredding speed is 4.3 meters per minute. There is a button which activates the reverse function.

The device can handle up to 16 sheets of paper in unison. It cuts particles only 5/32 of an inch in width and ½ inch in length.

The bin holds 6 gallons of grounds, and the motor can work for up to 20 minutes straight. It needs a cooldown of 30 minutes after that.

Pros:

  • The motor does not make a lot of noise while working
  • The powerful motor can cut a lot of paper in one go, and the shreds are rather small
  • Safety does not allow children to get hurt

Cons:

  • The plastic wheels are hard to install

Bonsaii Paper Shredder C169-B
#2
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
9.4
/
10

This model has a high-capacity cooling system, and this allows the machine to run up to 30 minutes without taking a break. In 30 minutes it can cut up 3500 sheets of paper, so it is a good model for an office where many documents need to be destroyed.

The model has a crosscutting blade, and it can cut up to 14 sheets at one time. The particles are no bigger than ¼ inch by 14/25 inch. The system is jam-proof, and if the machine finds a piece it can’t chew, it starts the reverse function.

The box for paper grounds holds 4.5 gallons. This is a good volume, and you will not be emptying it often. There is a window made of clear plastic in the bin, which allows you to see the scraps inside.

The machine will show a red LED when it is overheated. It has a one-year warranty.

Pros:

  • The motor and the processing speed are amazingly quick, and it does not have to cool off often
  • The motor is fairly quiet, and will not disturb people in other rooms
  • The bin is large enough for a long working time

Cons:

  • The slide-out box for garbage makes it hard to put the ground in a small bag

Aurora AU1210MA
#3
LONGEST CONTINUOUS RUNTIME
Editor’s Rating:
9.2
/
10

This device can slice up to 12 sheets at once, and also will cut harder things, like CDs or DVDs and also credit cards. The pieces will be 5/32 inch in width and 15/32 inches in length. The model is notable for being able to run a very long time without stopping – up to an hour straight.

The model will immediately stop, when it detects a jam, and enable the reverse. The garbage bin fits 5 gallons, and this lets it work for a long time without the need to unload. When the bin is filled, the LED will display its status. The LED also indicates when there is an overheating problem.

The small wheels on the shredder’s bottom are made of soft plastic and do not scratch the floor. The manufacturer provides a one-year guarantee with the device.

Pros:

  • Very quiet, does not make much noise or vibration
  • Can cut for an extremely long time – up to an hour long, and after that it just needs a short cool-down
  • Not too high a price for such a good shredder

Cons:

  • It is hard to empty the bin without spilling a lot off the paper

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet
#4
Best Budget
Editor’s Rating:
9.1
/
10

This one cuts the paper into very small pieces, no larger than 3/16 by 27/32 inches, so it meets the P3 security standard. The small machine can run for up to three minutes straight, after which it requires a cool-down period of 30 minutes. The feed is angled for safety purposes, and if it gets jammed, simply press the manual reverse button to clear the jam.

The machine can chew up to 8 sheets at one time. The grounds fall into a bit, which holds 4.1 gallons.  The machine is strong enough to cut up a credit card, but a CD is too much for it.

The device has an LED indicator, which lights up, when the device is overheating. The clear window on the bin lets you easily see when the shreds get to the top. Then the bin easily pulls out with the ergonomic handle.

The manufacturer places a 1-year warranty on his device.

Pros:

  • Much quieter than most other models
  • Small and compact – the perfect one to get for a small office
  • Automatically detects paper and starts cutting

Cons:

  • As it is designed for a small office, it will not be able to handle much heavy work, and will overheat

AmazonBasics 15-Sheet
#5
MOST AFFORDABLE FULL-SIZE MODEL
Editor’s Rating:
9.1
/
10

This model is able to cut up to 15 sheets simultaneously, and the shreds are no bigger than 4 by 31 mm. The shreds fall into a large basket, holding up to 6 gallons. The device can run for 20 minutes without stopping, and after that needs a cooldown period of 45 minutes. The device will stop automatically when it detects a jam or overheating.

The garbage basket pulls out easily, and is equipped with an ergonomic handle. When anything goes wrong or the bin overfills, the LED indicator will switch on. There is a switch for manual reverse, which helps you clear a jam. Aside from paper the device can also cut up credit cards and CDs. Staples and paper clips are also easily destroyed.

 

Pros:

  • Very small shreds – no chance of reassembly
  • Noticeably quiet – noise is no louder than
  • The canister is of a great shape and it is easy to empty into a garbage bag.

Cons:

  • It is hard to reinsert the bin after removing it