Guide

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!

8%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 confetti-like pieces measuring 3/16 by...
  • Sheet capacity: shreds up to 8 sheets of 20-pound bond paper at a time; also...
  • Run time and thermal protection: 3 minutes on / 30 minutes off; if shredder runs...
  • User-friendly design: 4-mode power switch (auto, off, reverse, forward); LED...
  • Support and warranty: please refer to the user manual, troubleshooting guide,...
Bestseller No. 2
Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder
  • Shreds/cuts paper into 1/4-inch-wide strips at a rate of 9.84 feet per minute;...
  • Shred up to 8 sheets of 20-pound bond paper at a time (no need to remove staples...
  • Run time is 2 minutes on / 15 minutes off; if shredder runs continuously beyond...
  • 3-mode control switch (auto, off, reverse); easy-to-empty 3.2-gallon bin
  • Please refer to the user manual, troubleshooting guide, and instructional video...
Bestseller No. 3
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
15%Bestseller No. 4
Aurora AU1210MA Professional Grade High Security 12-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper/CD and Credit Card/ 60 Minutes Continuous Run Time Shredder
  • High security micro-cut with 12 sheet capacities; destroys CDs, DVDs, credit...
  • Shreds paper, CDs, DVDs, credit cards into small pieces (5/32 by 15/32 inches),...
  • Nonstop 60-minute continuous run time. Basket Capacity - 300
  • Anti-jam auto-reverse to clear paper jams; ultra-quiet operation
  • 5.0-Gallon pullout bin with LED indicator lights standby/ overheat/ bin-full/...
18%Bestseller No. 5
bonsaii 10-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper Shredder, Credit Card Shredders for Home Office Use, 5.5 Gallons Large Wastebasket with Transparent Window, Black (C209-D)
  • Crosscut paper shredder with 10 sheets of shredding capacity (letter size,...
  • Easy operation with light-indication, overheat and overload protection to help...
  • 5.5 gallons large wastebasket capacity, can hold up to 320 sheets of paper, no...
  • 4-minute continuous running time with 40 minutes cool-down time, this paper...
  • Manufacture's 1-Year limited warranty protects your interests
Bestseller No. 6
Amazon Basics 8-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Shredder with Pullout Basket
15,580 Reviews
Amazon Basics 8-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Shredder with Pullout Basket
  • Micro-cut shred size: turns paper into tiny confetti-like pieces measuring 5/32...
  • Sheet capacity: shreds up to 8 sheets of 20-pound bond paper at a time (no need...
  • Run time and thermal protection: 5 minutes on / 30 minutes off; if shredder runs...
  • User-friendly design: 4-mode power switch (auto, off, reverse, forward); LED...
  • Support and warranty: please refer to the user manual, troubleshooting guide,...
20%Bestseller No. 7
Shredder for Home, Bonsaii 6 Sheet Cross Cut Paper Shredder and Credit Card Small Home Office Use Shredder, Portable Handle Design with 3.4 Gallons Wastebasket (C237-B)
6,955 Reviews
Shredder for Home, Bonsaii 6 Sheet Cross Cut Paper Shredder and Credit Card Small Home Office Use Shredder, 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...
16%Bestseller No. 8
Fellowes Powershred 99Ci 18-Sheet Capacity, 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Paper Shredder
3,402 Reviews
Fellowes Powershred 99Ci 18-Sheet Capacity, 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Paper Shredder
  • Shreds 18 sheets of paper per pass into 397 (5/32” x 1-1/2” Security Level...
  • Maximum run time: 30 min on / 40 min off. For 1-3 users. Amps: 5; Basket Type...
  • 100% Jam Proof System eliminates paper jams and powers through tough jobs
  • SafeSense Technology stops shredder when hands touch the paper opening
  • 9-gallon pull-out bin with LED bin-full indicator.9 inch wide paper entry.This...
Bestseller No. 9
BONSEN Paper Shredder, 8-Sheets Cross Cut Paper Staples and Credit Card, High Security Level P-4 Shredder for Office Home Use with 3.96 Gallons Wastebasket, Black
163 Reviews
BONSEN Paper Shredder, 8-Sheets Cross Cut Paper Staples and Credit Card, High Security Level P-4 Shredder for Office Home Use with 3.96 Gallons Wastebasket, Black
  • P-4 High security level shredder provides with added security for sensitive...
  • Paper shredder for home meets the relevant product safety standards of ETL...
  • Documents shredder with max 8-sheet of shredding capacity (letter size), can run...
  • Auto start/stop and manual reverse makes it easier for shredding and paper jams...
  • Cross cut shredder is equipped with lift-off head which can hold up to 3.96...
Bestseller No. 10
8-Sheet Strip Cut Home Paper Shredder,Bonsaii CD and Credit Card Office Shredder Machine with Overheat and Overload Protection,3.5 Gallons Wastebasket,Black (S120-C)
  • Multifunctions: Strip-cut Home Paper Shredder which can shreds 8 sheets A4 size...
  • Overheat and Overload Protection: Small Home Office Paper Shredder design with 3...
  • Jam Protection: Bonsaii Paper Shredder for Home Use,62 dB low noise, angled feed...
  • Shredders for Home Office: Measures 0.24 inches; Backed by an Bonsaii 1-year...
  • Large capacity safe protection:Paper Shredder With light-operated function, the...

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