Top 10 Best Paper Shredders 2018

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Model
Features
Fellowes Powershred M8-C



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  • Can shred 8 sheets at a time
  • Has a 15 litre bin size
  • Cross cuts the paper
Amazon Basics 6-Sheet Cross Cut

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  • Can shred up to 6 sheets at a time
  • Has a 14 litre bin
  • Can shred for 2 minutes none stop but then needs to stop to cool down
Amazon Basics 8 Sheet


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  • Runs for 2 minutes and then needs to cool for 15 minutes
  • Can cut up to 8 pieces at the same time
  • Has a reverse function
Texet CC612N Shredder


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  • Has a 12L bin
  • Can cut up to 8 pieces at the same time
  • Small in size
Bonsaii Doc-Shred C156-C


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  • Cuts the paper into really small pieces
  • Can cut up to 8 pieces at the same time

One of the factors about modern life that never ceases to amaze us how much paper we use. Whether at home or in the office – or, as is more commonplace these days, in the home office – we use sheets of paper daily, and the amount that comes through the post is simply amazing. From bills to accounts, to personal letters and mailshots, it must amount to a great weight in paper usage, and this in an age when we’re supposed to rely on digital communication!

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One of the problems with getting so much communication with your address on is that it easily available to anyone who wants to intercept it, or to look in your bin for discarded items. This happens surprisingly often, so don’t adopt the ‘it won’t happen to me’ approach – it might! Also, there is plenty of other potentially sensitive information included on communications to you: your bank account numbers, credit cards, and more are all of interest to thieves.

Indeed, identity theft is a growing crime these days and leads to innocent people losing money, or being accused of crimes they did not commit. This is why it is not recommended to simply throw away your correspondence. One method of dealing with it is to burn it – which is great if you happen to have somewhere to do it – but a safer and more effective method of disposal is the paper shredder.

These devices have been around for many years, but only with the rise of the home office have they become more commonly seen. We took a look at ten of the best on the market right now, but before we get into them, let’s look a little more at what the best paper shredder is, how it works and why you need one.

Best Paper Shredder

1: Fellowes Powershred M8-C


First on our list is this model from Fellowes, a known brand with some excellent products in the office and home help niche, and it’s a nice model that stands upright and does not take up too much room. Now, a word of warning: this one is designed to take up to 8 sheets of paper at once. That means standard paper, not thicker glossy stuff, so it will work perfectly with bank statements but may struggle with 8 sheets of photo-quality paper, if you get what we mean.

It can shred continuously for 5 minutes – any more and you risk overheating – so that’s a decent time and plenty sheets destroyed, and it is very easy to use. It has a bin that is fitted with a safety lock, so if you try and remove it when in use it will switch off, and a decent 15litre capacity. There is also a clear window so you can see when it needs emptying. It measures just 25x34x38cm so is not too big, and it’s sensibly priced too.

Key Features
  • 8 sheets at a time
  • 15 litre bin
  • Cross cut

2: Amazon Basics 6-Sheet Cross Cut


If you are looking for a cheap and simple shredder that won’t break the bank yet does decent job, this one from the Amazon Basics range could well fit the bill. It’s less than 30 quid for a start, and comes with all the features you could possibly need from a basic home shredding machine. This one is designed to shred as many as 6 standard thickness sheets of paper at once, and has a feed width of 220mm. It’s very simple to use.

The bin can collect more than 14litres – which is more than enough – and it can shred for two minutes at a time. Following this, like most, it will need to cool down for half an hour, but a two minute time is short. It shreds into suitably small strips so that is no problem, and it 38x31x20cm so is a standard sort of size. All in all, it’s a nice little basic shredder that would suit anyone who does not have heavy use.

Key Features
  • 6 sheets
  • 14 litre bin
  • Only 2minutes run time

3: Amazon Basics 8 Sheet


If you think of this one as a bigger, more powerful version of the one reviewed above you are on the right lines. It is an 8-sheet shredder that can cut that many pages neatly into very thin strips, and it has a 2 minute run time – not the longest – but only needs 15 minutes to cool down. It also has an automatic start and stop function so once it has cooled off it will start shredding again. That’s a neat feature if you’re not always around.

Also, this one has a reverse function for clearing paper jams – which can be a problem with shredders – and it is also powerful enough to shred credit cards (which most will do) plus CD’s and DVD’s, which is ideal if you are destroying stored information. Measuring 34x32x17cm it is also compact so won’t take up much space in your office, and at the price is something of a bargain so it’s one for the shortlist without a doubt.

Key Features
  • 8 sheets
  • Cuts CD’s
  • Auto start
  • Reverse function

4: Texet CC612N Shredder


If you thought the above were great prices, this one takes things even further. It’s from Texet, and it’s an 8-sheet shredder that does the job as it should. The makers do point out that 8 sheets is the maximum for 70gsm paper; that’s standard paper as used in correspondence, so anything thicker and you need to reduce the quantity. It’s a nice standard design, an upright model with a removable 12litre bin, and it’s simple in design and operation.

There’s nothing special about this one – indeed, there’s nothing special about any paper shredder as by and large they do what they are designed to do and that’s it – but it is compact at 36x30x15cm, and it has a maximum run time of two minutes and 30minutes to cool down, which is around the norm for one of these. This one is perfectly decent as a home shredder, and at the price may even be the one to beat.

Key Features
  • 8 sheets
  • 12l bin
  • Compact size

5: Bonsaii Doc-Shred C156-C


If you’re looking for a quality shredder and are happy to pay a little more than the prices above, it’s worth looking at the excellent range from Bonsaii, from which this neat little shredding device is taken. This one is an 8-sheet shredder and is also able to handle CD’s, so is powerful enough for heavy duty work, and it has a huge 21-litre waste compartment, which does add to the size, with a clear window for indication purposes.

Where this one wins is that it cuts the paper not into strips, but into pieces just 10mmx4mm, and it does so quickly and neatly. It has a reverse function for clearing paper jams, and the usual short run time plus cool-down period, and it is a reliable and easy to use machine that is built to a high quality standard. This one is a little bigger than some thanks to the capacity, but not by a great deal so is still worth looking at.

Key Features
  • 8 sheet
  • 21 litre bin
  • larger than some

6: Fellowes Powershred 6C


Our second example from Fellowes is this one, and it’s the smaller version of that featured first on our list. This one is a 6-sheet shredder, and not suitable for the likes of CD’s and thicker card. And is very compact indeed so you don’t waste much space. It is easy to use and comes with the usual features you would expect from this brand. This one cuts into strips so is not as effective as the one above, but is still useful.

It can shred continuously for 3 minutes and needs a 30 minute rest to cool down afterwards, which is a minute more than most of these can shred for. It has a bin that is fitted with a safety lock, so if you try and remove it when in use it will switch off, but it’s only an 11litre bin so quite a small capacity. There is also a clear window so you can see when it needs emptying. It measures just 25x34x38cm so is not too big, and it’s sensibly priced too.

Key Features
  • 6 sheets at a time
  • 11 litre bin
  • Cross cut

7: Rexel Style+ 7-sheet


So far we’ve looked at shredders that pretty much all look alike – tall square boxes in grey – but this one, from the Rexel brand, goes a little bit further and actually looks quite stylish. Whether that’s enough to justify the extra price, as it’s one of the most expensive on the list, is up to you to decide. It’s a 7-sheet shredder, and while it will do credit cards it will not cut CD’s, and it is rather neat so would fit in any modern office set-up where appearance is important.

This one can shred for 2 minutes at a time and then needs to be left for a while to cool down, and has a 12litre bin – not the biggest, then, but apparently equivalent to 80 sheets of A4 paper. It’s easy to use and has an auto stop and start function so there’s no risk of overheating, and it is compact in size at 37x38x30cm, although there are those on the list that are smaller. If you want a paper shredder that comes anywhere close to being stylish, this could be it.

Key Features
  • 7 sheets at a time
  • not for CD’s
  • 12litre bin

8: Amazon Basics Cross Cut Shredder


If you are looking for a cheap and simple shredder that won’t break the bank yet does decent job, this one from the Amazon Basics range could well fit the bill. It’s less than 30 quid for a start, and comes with all the features you could possibly need from a basic home shredding machine. This one is designed to shred as many as 6 standard thickness sheets of paper at once, and has a feed width of 220mm. It’s very simple to use.

The bin can collect more than 14litres – which is more than enough – and it can shred for two minutes at a time. Following this, like most, it will need to cool down for half an hour, but a two minute time is short. It shreds into suitably small strips so that is no problem, and it 38x31x20cm so is a standard sort of size. All in all, it’s a nice little basic shredder that would suit anyone who does not have heavy use.

Key Features
  • 6 sheets
  • 14 litre bin
  • only 2minutes run time

9: Bonsaii EverShred C169-B


So far we have included machines that are designed for either light office or occasional home use. This one, another from the Bonsaii range, takes into the realms of the big boys. This is a heavy duty shredder that has all the credentials needed for serious commercial use, especially where security is at a premium. It can handle as many as 14 sheets of paper – that’s around double the norm – and can also run for an amazing 30 minutes continuously. That is some serious power indeed.

Furthermore, it cuts the paper into tiny pieces measuring 5mmx40mm, and has a 17litre bin that will easily handle a large load. To give you an idea of the shredding power of this, you could get rid of 3500 sheets of A4 in half an hour, before it needs to cool down, and it does this thanks to a unique and patented cooling system. You will of course pay more for this one – although we don’t think it in any way expensive given the capability – but if you need heavy duty, for perhaps getting rid of hefty documents, this has to be high on your shortlist.

Key Features
  • 14 sheets
  • 30 minutes continuous shredding
  • 17 litre bin

10: Bonsaii 18-Sheet Paper Shredder

Last on our list is this 18-sheet cross-cut high quality and heavy-duty shredder from Bonsaii. There are so many things to like about this shredder. To begin with, if you are looking for a shredder for use in a small office or just want to be able to carry out that necessary admin work – i.e. shredding stuff – without the noise, you’ll appreciate the 62dB of noise produced by this appliance. Often when you get a low-noise shredder, it means that it’s not particularly good at its job. However, this model makes light work of everything from normal paper to DVDs, CDs, credit cards and even staples and can handle 18 sheets of A4 paper at a time.

It will even operate continuously for as much as an hour without stopping and that combined with the fact it comes with a 23-litre wastebasket, means you won’t have to stop and start your shredding too often. The wastebasket even has a clear panel that allows you to constantly check how close it is to being full. With both auto-reverse and auto-start functions, you are saved from the frustration of having to switch it on and off and those nasty paper jams. Worth considering.

Key Features
  • Low noise level of 62dB
  • Maximum 60-minutes continuous running time
  • 23-litre waste basket

That’s our list of the 10 best paper shredders on the market, and we’re sure you’ll agree that we’ve covered all the bases, but which one is for you? Before we go on to talk about that, let’s recap some of the important features to look for.

How It Works

We’ve covered why you need a paper shredder above: you want to protect sensitive information against prying eyes. It’s not possible to put a password on paper correspondence, after all, so destroying it in the most effective fashion is the way to go. That’s where the paper shredder comes in, and it’s a clever yet simple device that every home should own.

How does it work? A paper shredder consists of a compact box – part of which is the bin into which the waste goes – and an electric motor. The latter powers a system of blades within the device, which are designed to slice up the paper into very thin strips or pieces. They operate quickly and shred various quantities at once – depending on the specification of the machine – and they are cheap to buy and run.

The scraps are deposited in the box which you can remove and empty, and they are too small to piece together so you can dispose of them safely. These are very useful items that do a sound job and make a lot of sense, so let us show you the top 10 best paper shredders on the market right now, and see if there’s one here for you.

Important Features to Consider

Whether you want a shredder for your home office or for a commercial premises, it pays to have a good look at what you want out of your new machine. Let’s list a few features that you need to consider, and that vary between machines:

Sheet Capacity – this is the number of sheets of standard 70gsm paper that the shredder can cut at one time, and it ranges between 6 and 14 across our list. The lower number should be adequate for home use, but you will need more for a commercial office.

Continuous Use – by their very nature, shredders are hard-working machines and they cannot run for long periods due to the risk of overheating. The usual continuous running time is between 2 and 4 minutes – that’s enough to cut a good few sheets – with a 15 to 30 minute cooling off period, but the two heavy-duty models from Bonsaii are far more capable – and more expensive.

Credit Cards and CD’s – be careful if you need a machine that can cut credit cards and CD’s, as not all of those on the list offer this capability.

Bin Size – how much capacity is there in the removable bin that the shreds go into? The range on our list is between 11litres and 23litres, and the bigger it is the less emptying you have to do. Bear in mind that 11 litres is quite a large amount of sheets.

Shred Size – some of these machines shred the paper into long, thin sheets, while others – the more secure – offer the ability to cut into tiny squares. If security is your concern, the latter option is clearly preferable.

Budget – there is a £140 price difference between the cheapest and the most costly of these, so make sure you have your budget set out in advance.

That’s our list of the features you should look for, so is there one on our list for you? Let’s wrap it up!

Let’s Wrap It Up!

We thought it best to single out not one but a couple of these so you get an idea of what you need. First, if you want a budget model that cuts a sensible number of sheets and has sensible bin capacity, the Amazon Basics 8-sheet model, number 3 on the list, will do the job at a great price, and is compact and easy to use too. It would be ideal for home use or for light office use, and can also cut CD’s.

If you really do need a heavy-duty model, one that can handle great amounts of paper and keep running for a long time, you really need to revisit the final two on our list, from Bonsaii. They are the only ones with the prolonged running capacity, thanks to a patented cooling system, and while they do cost a lot more than most on this list, they are far and away the best machines for the purpose.

So, there you have it; why you need the best paper shredder, and ten to choose from. Have another look and we hope that you find one that suits you.