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Paper Shredders: The Best to Buy

In times when, on many fronts, privacy is severely tested, we may find ourselves needing to purchase a paper shredder that can protect us from the theft of sensitive data. It is not only computer security that is prey to hackers and fraudulent companies. Even personal data on paper could be a source of interest on the part of malicious people.

If you think of the large amount of strictly personal information that we usually handle on paper, from personal data, domicile to account numbers, you will realize how important it can be to destroy a document before delivering it to a separate collection. How to juggle the many types of shredders, then? Here are some useful tips that can guide you in choosing the best shredder for your needs.

How to choose a paper shredder

The first question (with a simple answer, to tell the truth) should be asked, “where will I use the shredder most?”. This question is only apparently stupid, since starting from here, it is possible to make a clear distinction between the performances required of the shredder.

A domestic use precludes using this tool to get rid of mostly useless, duplicate, or relatively important documents. They obviously have a lower cost and are particularly useful for compacting (and taking up less space). In this case, we have:

  • Collection capacity between 25 and 250 liters at least.
  • Shredding of multiple sheets simultaneously (30/50 or higher) of CDs and other non-paper media.

On the contrary, professional/work shredders have a completely different setting to safeguard the data present on the document, which, once destroyed, must no longer be legible to anyone. Obviously, the cost goes up, and there are some parameters to look at:

Parameters to keep in mind

Once the intended use of the shredder has been established, it will be necessary to clarify the level of confidentiality of the documents that will be shredded. In this regard, the main manufacturers propose a distinction of devices based on protection classes and safety classes.

The protection classes provide for a layering of data protection into:

  • “Normal” for internal company data.
  • “Greater” for confidential data, which cannot be disclosed to third parties.
  • “Very high” about confidential or secret data.

The security classes, strictly related to the type of data protection to be operated, concerning the number and type of fragments or strips to be obtained. There are shredders capable of cutting:

  • Striped, typical of entry-level devices and suitable for environments that do not require high-security standards but provide basic performance. Now uncommon due to the growing need for privacy and security.
  • Cross and cross-cut, indicated to protect sensitive data due to the difficulty of reassembling the parts.
  • Crossed with micro particles and diamonds, they offer even greater safety than the simple crosscut. They provide additional protection even if more expensive than others.
  • Cryptographic, ideal for confidential or secret data.

Collection capacity and type of cut are important characteristics. We must not forget the cutting efficiency in numerical terms. Taking as the unit of measurement a sheet in (UNI standard) A4 of 80 g/m², you may need a machine capable of shredding a large number of sheets at the same time, or physical media such as CD, DVD, cards, even laptops, hard disk or other. Other important functions are:

  • AutoFeed: makes the shredder independent from the active insertion of paper packs. It will be sufficient to place the stack of paper of interest in the device’s trolley and press the start button to pick up the sheets automatically.
  • Special cutters for shredding leathery materials into small parts.
  • Anti-overheating, especially useful in industrial devices in intensive use.
  • Recognition of metal parts.

The most popular shredders

After reviewing the main features useful for guiding a shredder’s purchase, it is worth briefly dwelling on the currently best-selling devices on the Amazon store.

As we often happen to underline, the best-sellers’ ranking does not necessarily correspond to the ” best ” devices in an absolute sense. Still, it can give a good estimate of users’ satisfaction who electively seek quality at an acceptable price.

Here is the ranking of the best-selling paper shredders on Amazon!

Bestseller No. 1
Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Capacity, Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder, 4.1 Gallon
  • Cross-cut shred size: turns paper into small confetti-like pieces measuring 3/16...
  • Sheet capacity: shreds up to 8 sheets of 20-pound bond paper at a time (no need...
  • Run time and thermal protection: 3 minutes on / 30 minutes off; if shredder runs...
  • User-friendly design: 3-mode control switch (auto, off, reverse); overheat LED...
  • Support and warranty: please refer to user manual, troubleshooting guide, and...
45%Bestseller No. 2
Aurora AS890C 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper/Credit Card Shredder with Basket
11,733 Reviews
Aurora AS890C 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper/Credit Card Shredder with Basket
  • Crosscut paper and credit card shredder destroys your sensitive documents
  • Shreds credit cards, paper clips and staples
  • 8-sheet capacity
  • 8.7-inch throat width
  • Measures 12 x 7 x 16 inches
Bestseller No. 3
Paper Shredder,12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper/CD/Credit Card Shredder, 5.8 Gallons Shredder for Home Office Use with Pullout Basket,Overload and Overheating Protection
  • [ 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper,Solid Cutters and Professional Steel Blades,Practical...
  • [ Provides Powerful Side Shredding,Destroys credit cards and CDs/DVDs ] With...
  • [ Overload and Overheat System & Auto Shut-Off &Paper Jam Protection System ]...
  • [ Easy Operation with One-Switch Control & Quality Materials ] Continuous...
  • [ 5.8 Gallons Cut Shredder suitable for Home Office use ]Personal office...
Bestseller No. 4
Amazon Basics 12-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder with Pullout Basket
  • Micro-cut shred size: turns paper into tiny confetti-like pieces measuring 5/32...
  • Sheet capacity: shreds up to 12 sheets of 20-pound bond paper at a time (no need...
  • Run time and thermal protection: 10 minutes on / 40 minutes off; if shredder...
  • User-friendly design: 4-mode control switch (auto/on, off, reverse, and...
  • Support and warranty: please refer to the user manual, troubleshooting guide,...
13%Bestseller No. 5
Aurora AU800SD Professional Strip Cut Paper Shredder/CD/Credit Card Shredder Without Wastebasket, 8-Sheet Strip-Cut No Basket, Black
  • Shreds credit cards and CDs / DVDs
  • Auto start/ stop. Thermal protection / Overheat protection
  • Jam-Remover (forward) and Manual reverse for cleaning paper jams
  • Extendable arm to fit over most waste baskets (Max length is 15" or 38.1 cm)
  • Shred Paper Capacity: 8 sheets of 20 lb. bond paper
12%Bestseller No. 6
Aurora AU1220XA 12 Sheet Crosscut Paper and Credit Card Shredder with 5.2 gal Wastebasket
  • Crosscut with 12 sheet capacities; destroys credit cards and small paper clips
  • Shreds paper, credit cards into small pieces (3/16 by 1-9/16 inches), security...
  • Nonstop 3-minute continuous run Tim
  • Overload and thermal protection, 4-mode power switch (auto-off-reverse-forward)
  • 5.2-Gallon wastebasket with LED indicator lights standby/ overheat
16%Bestseller No. 7
Bonsaii 14-Sheet Cross-Cut Heavy Duty Paper Shredder, 30-Minute Continuous Running Time, Credit Card/Staples Shredders for Office, Quiet Shredding Machine with Jam Proof System (C169-B)
  • Heavy duty shredder keeps working up to 30 minutes without stopping based on the...
  • Crosscut paper shredder, max 14 sheets of paper shredding capacity (letter size,...
  • Jam proof system with auto start/stop and manual reverse functions, helps you...
  • 4.8 gallons pull-out wastebasket for less frequent and easy emptying, and the...
  • Overheating and overloading thermal protection with LED indicators, 1-year...
12%Bestseller No. 8
Aurora AU870MA High-Security 8-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper Credit Card Shredder Black
  • High-security micro-cut with 8 sheet capacity; destroys credit cards
  • Shreds paper and credit cards into tiny pieces (5/32 by 15/32 inches), security...
  • 5 minute continuous run time; auto start and manual Reverse to clear paper jams
  • 3.9 gallon wastebasket; thermal protection with auto shut-off and overheat LED...
  • Backed by an Aurora 1-year limited warranty
30%Bestseller No. 9
Shredder for Home, Bonsaii 6 Sheet Cross Cut Paper Shredder for Small Home Office Use, Portable Handle Design with 3.4 Gallons Wastebasket (C237-B)
  • Cross-cut Shredder: Home office shredder with 6-sheet capacity without removing...
  • Overload And Overheat Protection:The Bonsaii Paper shredder will run...
  • High-Security P-3 Level: Shredder for home office which can destroy clips,...
  • Convenient Design: Portable handle with 3.4 gallons transparent window bin makes...
  • Moderate size (14.1 x 11.8 x 7 inches) make it practical as using in small home...
6%Bestseller No. 10
Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card Home Office Shredder
  • Strip-cut shred size: turns paper into 1/4-inch-wide strips at a rate of 9.84...
  • Sheet capacity: shreds up to 8 sheets of 20-pound bond paper at a time (no need...
  • Run time and thermal protection: 2 minutes on / 15 minutes off; if shredder runs...
  • User-friendly design: 3-mode control switch (auto, off, reverse); easy-to-empty...
  • Support and warranty: please refer to the user manual, troubleshooting guide,...

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