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Paper shredder reviews

Last tested: 01 January 0001

A paper shredder is a simple way to keep your personal information safe. Most shredders tested by CHOICE were good overall, but the lower ranking shredders were generally slower or less user-friendly.

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We review 15 paper shredders priced from $20 to $289 to find out which performs the best. This test will tell you which models:

  • shred quickly and reliably
  • are the easiest to use.
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Recommended retail, as of October 2013.

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Ease of use score
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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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Noise while shredding single sheet (dBA)
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Measured while shredding a single sheet.

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Time to process 100 sheets (sec)

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  • Overall score
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  • Performance score
  • Ease of use score
  • Noise while shredding single sheet (dBA)
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  • Brand
  • Model
  • Price
  • Type of cut
  • Size of cut
  • Max number of A4 sheets per pass
  • Time to process 100 sheets (sec)
  • Operating cycle
  • Shred credit cards
  • Destroy CD
  • Shred staples
  • Shred paperclips
  • Claimed bin volume
  • Dimensions
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