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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 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Home Office Shredder
116,432 Reviews
Amazon Basics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Home Office Shredder
  • Important Note: Do not spray or keep any aerosol products in or around the...
44%Bestseller No. 2
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
17%Bestseller No. 3
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
Bestseller No. 4
Bonsaii 18-Sheet Crosscut Paper Shredder, 60-Minutes Shredder for Home Office Heavy Duty EverShred with 6 Gallon Pullout Basket & 4 Casters, Anti-Jam High Security Credit Card Shredder(C149-C)
  • 【60-Minute Shredding】Bonsaii paper shredder continuous running time up to 60...
  • 【18-Sheet Shredding Capacity】The cross-cut shredder up to 18 sheets(Letter...
  • 【Low Noise & Easy to Move】The document heavy duty shredder with 62 dB low...
  • 【Auto Start & Reverse】Auto start/stop and auto-reverse function protect you...
  • 【Large Capacity & 1-Year Warranty】6 gallons pull-out wastebasket capacity...
Bestseller No. 5
Aurora AS810SD 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card Shredder Basket
8,915 Reviews
Aurora AS810SD 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card Shredder Basket
  • Paper shredder helps you keep yourself safe from identity theft
  • Shreds up to 8 sheets at once at 9.7 feet per minute
  • Shreds CDs and credit cards as well
  • Basket Volume: 3.20 gallon plastic basket
  • CD Shred Size: 1 3/8" wide strips
Bestseller No. 6
Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card Home Office Shredder
22,526 Reviews
Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card Home Office Shredder
  • Important Note: Do not spray or keep any aerosol products in or around the...
Bestseller No. 7
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)
4,747 Reviews
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. 8
Aurora High-Security 8-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper, CD/DVD and Credit Card Shredder, White/Gray
157 Reviews
Aurora High-Security 8-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper, CD/DVD and Credit Card Shredder, White/Gray
  • High-Security Micro-Cut with 8 sheet capacity; destroys credit cards and...
  • Shreds paper and credit cards into tiny pieces (5/32 by 15/32 inches), security...
  • 6-minute continuous run time; Auto start and manual reverse to clear paper jams
  • 4.0-gallon pullout wastebasket for easy emptying; thermal/ overload protection...
  • Backed by an Aurora 1-year limited warranty
Bestseller No. 9
Bonsaii 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder with 3.5-gallons Pullout Basket, Black (C220-A)
  • Cross-cut paper shredder with 12 sheets (Letter Size, 20lb) shredding capacity;...
  • Destroys paper, credit card(one at a time), clips, staple.
  • 5 minute continuous run time with 45 minute cooldown time; Auto start and manual...
  • 3.5 Gallons pull-out wastebasket capacity for less frequent and easy emptying,...
  • 4 Removable universal wheels, 2 lockable front wheels, easy to move or park.
6%Bestseller No. 10
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/...

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