Bonsaii EverShred C169-B 14-Sheet Cross-Cut Heavy Duty Paper Shredder
If you have a reasonable amount of paper to be shredding and the idea of only being able to use some for five minutes before having to stop, then this model should appeal to you.
It can run for up to 30 minutes before having to pause, so will get plenty done without you having to spread it out over an entire day. This is down to the advanced cooling technology, which can handle 3,500 sheets in this time. Even after this, it only needs 10 minutes to get ready for the next lot. Perfect for a good old mass-document shredding session.
Anti-jam detection will sense when the machine has been overloaded, automatically reversing to try and unclog the issue without intervention. Perfect if you know it is going to have to work hard but you’ll likely have other things to be getting on with.
It will cross-cut paper down to 5mm x 40mm pieces, so there is no chance of any fraudsters piecing it all back together. It will cope with 14 sheets on a single pass, and the 22cm entry slot could accommodate anything from letters to envelopes and receipts if placed in the middle of the opening.
- Long running time
- Short cooling time
- Some paper easily falls out if full when emptying
A super long running time and top security levels makes this Bonsaii model one of the best cross-cut shredders currently available.
- Sheets: 14
- Level: P-4
- Power: Electric
- Bin Capacity: 17L
- Dimensions: 32.8 x 24.2 x 50.5 cm
FELLOWES Powershred 62MC Micro-Cut Shredder
With a high level of security and plenty of little workings to make life easier for you and your office, this Fellowes Powershred is one of the most heavy duty on the market. It is ideal for those extra-conscious about home documents or for any small businesses.
It turns your A4 sheets into over 2000 particles thanks to the micro-cut level, so there is little chance of anybody being able to pop it all back together again. There is no need to spend ages removing all of the paper clips and staples beforehand as they won’t interfere with the process either.
The 19-litre bin will keep you going for quite a while, and also features a viewing window so you can see when it needs emptying. When the time comes, simply pull it out and remove the paper. Because it will all be in smaller particles, the capacity is stretched even further. You can also efficiently shred your old credit and debit cards.
There is a running time of seven minutes and quick cool down time, and loads of other handy extra features such as a reverse function to try and remove debris, a safety lock and a finger-safe build.
It may seem pricey for a micro-cut, but is actually good value for the level of security and ease of use it offers. Plus, having that extra peace of mind is priceless.
- Good level of shredding
- Quiet in operation
- Large disposal drawer
- Bit clumsy to move or wheel around
- Overheats if working at maximum level
The few little niggles we have with it are easy to rectify, and the size of the paper in the end is well worth the cash for safety and security. One of the top paper shredders on the market.
- Sheets: 10
- Level: P-5
- Power: Electric Bin
- Capacity: 19L
- Dimensions: 47.6 x 34.8 x 26.5 cm
FELLOWES Powershred 62MC Micro-Cut Paper Shredder User Manual
Rexel Auto+ 175X Cross-Cut Paper/CD/Credit Card Shredder
If you work in a large, busy office environment, you can’t be too careful when it comes to shredding. From company account cards to official paperwork and information about your employees or customers, it needs dealing with.
But you can’t waste all day feeding hundreds of sheets of paper into a shredder one by one. This large, heavy duty appliance from Rexel allows you to load it up with 175 sheets at any one time and can shred eight sheets per pass. It will continuously run for 5 minutes until empty, and there is a very generous 32L waste bin so it won’t need emptying every two minutes. Just stack, shut and you’re done.
It isn’t only bank cards and paper it can deal with, either. Shred CDs and DVDs too, and don’t worry about removing paper clips, staples and other ties as it will deal with them without running into any issues.
Auto+ Jam Clearance will reverse and refeed any papers which are at risk of jamming, and if there is any debris left behind it can clear it and remove it itself, so it does not contribute to any sticking.
It will enter sleep mode after 2 minutes of being left idle, to save on energy and reduce the risk of injury. When in operation it is very quiet, maximum approximately 60 dB so that it won’t affect the office and any important conversations.
- Large capacity
- Energy saving operation
- Wheels for easy movement
- Price - but it is relevant to what you get
Powerful, able to tackle anything and let you get on with your day at the same time.
- Sheets: 175
- Level: P-4
- Power: Electric
- Bin Capacity: 32L
- Dimensions: 49 x 35 x 51.5 cm
AmazonBasics 5-6 Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder
With a six sheet capacity and the ability to shred credit cards one at a time, this budget shredder from Amazon will be able to handle all those old invoices, bills and your junk post.
Runtime is two minutes, and there is a 30 minute cooldown time after this, so it is perfect for anyone who needs a shredder for occasional use and who this won’t bother. The thermal protection will cut out the power if the device starts to overheat
Cards can be inserted into the little dedicated section, and they are shredded with no trouble at all. No more dulling your scissors trying to cut them up, whether they’re old bank cards, identification cards or credit cards.
The 14.4-litre bin will help you shred for longer without having to stop and empty it, but when the time does come, just remove the lid and tip the contents into the recycling bin. Paper jams can also be rectified, with the reverse shred feature so that you can get going again in no time.
As it is cross-cut, it is more secure than a strip cut and faster than a micro cut. We don’t think it handles the stated 5 or 6 sheets well and would say it is best sticking to 3, but this doesn’t take away from performance. Most importantly perhaps, the card section works very well, as and when you need it.
- Quick at shredding
- Seems to avoid jams well
- Gets slow when bin is over half full
A reliable item for any of those occasional home use shredding tasks, and we'd say the price is pretty good for what it does.
- Dimensions: 38.1 x 30.7 x 19.6 cm
- Capacity: 14.4L
Duronic Mini Desktop PS391 Micro-Cut Shredder
You’ve set your heart on a micro shredder that will cut your paper down into such small sections that even the most masterful of thieves could not piece together again, but you want something that will comfortably sit on your work/home office desk.
There is no need to find a happy medium, as this little surprisingly powerful appliance will provide you with both. Fit up to three folded sheets of A4 in the opening, and the shredded paper will come out tiny. Each sheet takes just three seconds to cut.
The five-litre bin is transparent, so you’ll be able to see when it needs emptying, and all you need to do is take the lid off and tip it into the bin or recycling.
It is no surprise that it stops after two minutes to prevent overheating and then needs around half an hour to recover. It isn’t a rare issue, after all. Therefore it isn’t a shredder for heavy duty use, but more one for if you’re sat at a desk, and a piece of paper will need shredding periodically after you’ve taken the data from it.
For the price, the combination of the size and the security level is very good, and we have no doubt you’ll be able to get plenty of use out of it for years to come.
- Paper needs folding which is a bit of effort and can make it difficult to get straight
Small and does the job, which for the price, is all you really need.
- Sheets: 3
- Level: P-4
- Power: Manual
- Bin Capacity: 5L
- Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 25 cm
Fellowes Powershred M-8C 8 Sheet Cross-Cut Personal Shredder
A perfect shredder for home use, which will cut your A4 sheets small enough to be discreet.
There is a recommended daily load of around 60 sheets, which is approximately seven uses throughout the day when loading to maximum capacity of eight sheets at a time. It can run for about 5 minutes at a time before it needs to cool off for 30 minutes, which is a forced precaution, so there is no way to overrule it.
Paper clips, credit cards and staples can all be dealt with. There is little noise produced, but it does get louder the more paper you add so bear this in mind if you don’t want to cause a disturbance.
A safety lock prevents it being accidentally activated which adds an element of security to your appliance and home, and it will also stop running if the bin is removed from the body.
Even though it advertises that it can handle eight sheets at a time, it did struggle with anything above five, and we did think it looked as though it could easily jam if overloaded frequently. However, for shredding anything which comes through your letterbox or a few sheets every so often with a small business, it is up to the job. A smaller 6 or 7 sheet version is available, too.
- Good for moderate personal use
- Generous bin
If you don't overwork it, then this shredder is great for home office use when you're uber-concerned about security.
- Sheets: 8
- Level: P-3
- Power: Electric
- Bin Capacity: 15L
- Dimensions: 24.5 x 34 x 37.9 cm
Fellowes Powershred M-8C 8 Sheet Cross Cut Personal Shredder With Safety Lock User Manual
Rexel Style+ 7 Sheet Manual Cross-Cut Shredder
With auto start/stop and a reverse mechanism for helping to clear any blocks, this is a shredder which should help you handle any minor security needs.
It will run for 2 minutes before needing a bit of a cooldown of around half an hour, perfect for dealing with the junk mail you’d otherwise let pile up on the telephone table. The paper is cut into confetti-size, around 4 x 35 mm, so there is no denying it will do the job.
Because it is on the compact size, it will also suit anyone who wants to keep it stored under a desk for occasional use, or kept tucked away in a cupboard.
It states it can handle credit cards, and when we tried it did this effectively, but we aren’t sure how many it could handle in a short period of time as it is not one for intensive use.
If we are honest (and over-critical), the price is a bit high for what you get. As technology moves on, there are shredders which can last for a lot longer and handle more high-demanding tasks for not much more money.
But if you’re after a simple shredder which just gives peace of mind and is compact enough to slot away in storage then the Rexel name is worth paying that bit more for compared to cheaper non-brand alternatives.
- Compact size
- Good at sorting out possible jams
- Doesn’t feel trustworthy enough to take 7 sheets at a time
- Short running time
For any minor shredding tasks but with the power of a cross cut, this is an ideal model at a great price and it is also nice and compact. Good for any home offices.
- Sheets: 7
- Level: P-4
- Power: Manual
- Bin Capacity: 12L
- Dimensions: 37 x 20 x 38 cm
Rexel Style+ 7 Sheet Manual Cross Cut Shredder for Home or Small Office Use User Manual