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Last updated: 27 October 2023


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A good garden shredder will quickly turn garden clippings into fine mulch and woodchips, suitable for covering garden beds or adding to compost.

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.
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Our test covers corded electric and cordless (battery) garden shredders, some with a blade cutting system, and the others with a roller cutting system. If you're not sure which type you need, our garden shredder buying guide will help you decide.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which shredders have useful features such as a reverse function and a collection bag or bin, and our Recommended list will show you at a glance which models come out on top.

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    Price is recommended retail or the price we paid. For cordless models, this includes the cost of the battery and charger.

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    Power source

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    Electric (corded) models need to be plugged in, while cordless (battery) models can be more portable. See our buying guide for more details.

      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.

        Performance score

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        The performance score is equally weighted between the results for: shredding freshly cut material up to 20mm in diameter, shredding dry material typically 20–40mm in diameter, and shredding leafy material.

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        Ease of use score

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

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