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Last updated: 01 July 2021


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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. 

Note that these products were tested in 2013 and most are now discontinued. To see the discontinued models, click the Discontinued filter to the left (under Related products). CHOICE has no plans for another garden shredder review at this time - if you're keen for us to do one, you can request a test here.

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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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    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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