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Last updated: 24 August 2017

A good garden shredder will quickly turn whatever you want to get rid of into woodchips suitable for mulching garden beds or adding to compost. If you're not sure which type you need, our garden shredder buying guide will help you decide.

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Our test covers electric garden shredders, some with a blade cutting system, and the rest with a roller cutting system.

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

  • are best at cutting freshly cut material, dry material and leafy material
  • are easiest to use
  • are the quietest.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which shredders have a reverse function and come with a collection bag. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Cutting system

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Blade: cuts the material into small chips and is generally better for shredding fresh or leafy material. Roller: the roller has ridges to crush and cut the material.

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Ease of use score

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Ease of use score is made up of: feeding in material (40%); whether blockages occur and the ease of clearing them (40%); moving the shredder around (20%). Ease of accessing and adjusting the blades is noted but not scored.

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Performance score is made up of: Shredding freshly cut material (plumbago up to 20mm in diameter), 40%; shredding dry material (dry/semi-dry melaleuca 20-40mm in diameter), 40%; and shredding leafy material (freshly cut reeds), 20%.

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