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Last updated: 17 November 2017

A paper shredder is a simple way to keep your personal information safe. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best paper shredder for your needs. Our buying guide will help you know what to look for in a paper shredder, and check out how we test to see how we get our results.

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We test paper shredders that shred just paper, along with models that can also destroy CDs and credit cards.

Our expert testers give every paper shredder a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • shred quickly and reliably
  • can securely destroy credit cards, CDs and DVDs.
  • are the easiest to use.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are the quietest and which are the fastest. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Claimed bin volume (L)

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Type of credit card cut

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This is commented on but not scored, since not all models can handle these items. Cross-cut is the more secure method.

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Ease of feeding paper into the shredder (including the tendency to jam) and ease of clearing jams. Ease of using controls. Ease of emptying bin. Stability.

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Shredding a single A4 sheet (scored on time taken and quality and size of cut). Shredding 100 A4 sheets (in batches of the maximum number allowed at one time, scored on time taken).

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Measured while shredding a single sheet.

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Time to process 100 sheets (sec)

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