Best shredders (February 2023): top picks to securely destroy paperwork

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The best shredders can be essential tools in the fight against identity theft. They will allow you to securely destroy sensitive documents quickly, easily, and efficiently, and unlike previous models, modern shredders are compact and quiet as well.

Surprisingly, global Google Trends shows that the search for paper shredders has been remarkably stable over the past 18 years with a gentle decrease since the mid-2000s, probably because a lot of paperwork - bank statements, invoices, etc. - started to move online, reducing the need to have physical shredders.

These include various features to help you shred non-paper documents and items, such as credit cards. This means they are a great addition to any home office, and many shredders are now more affordable than ever.

Whether you need one for your home or for a business that handles sensitive data, paper shredders are the perfect way to handle private information. To help you find the one ideal for your setup, we've collected the best ones here, taking functionality and value into consideration. 

We compared the products across aspects like how many sheets they can shred at once, the types of materials they can shred (paper, credit cards, CDs, and metals), shredding speed, and the operation noise. We looked at how easy the waste disposal was and how compact the shredders were, among other things.  

We've also reviewed the best home printers for remote and home office work.


The best shredders of 2023 in full

Fellowes Powershred 79Ci Paper shredder against a white background

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1. Fellowes Powershred 79Ci Paper shredder

Excellent large capacity shredder for home offices

Specifications

Size: 26.5 x 39 x 54.2 cm
Weight: 28.2lb
Features: 100% jam proof, continuous shredding

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23-liter capacity
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Doesn't jam
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Safesense
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14 sheet input

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Pricey

A great choice all-round for the office and home, the Fellowes Powershred 79Ci Paper shredder has a 23-liter capacity and uses a cross-cut mechanism that will slice and dice anything you feed into it in two ways for maximum security. One of the best things about this model is that it is 100% jam-proof, so you will never have to wrestle with it to pull out paper that has got stuck. Along with paper, the shredder shreds plastic cards, CDs, and other types of materials too. 

It also packs SafeSense Technology that immediately disables the unit if anybody’s fingers get dangerously close to its internal components, making it a suitable option for home offices. It also has a max sheet input of 14 sheets, which is double what you will find on most budget variants. 

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Bonsaii Evershred against a white background

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2. Bonsaii Evershred

A good all-purpose paper shredder

Specifications

Size: 31.8 x 24.1 x 50.5 cm
Weight: 16.8lbs
Features: 30 minutes continuous shredding, low noise

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14 sheet input
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Thorough shredding
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Jam protection
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Shreds CDs and staples

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Needs maintenance

With up to a 30-minutes running time, the Bonsaii Evershred can shred 3500 sheets of A4 paper in a single charge, making it a great option to chew through all of those documents that you have been waiting to dispose of. Like the Fellowes shredder at the top of our list, it has a maximum of 14 sheets shredding capacity and cuts paper into tiny 5mm x 50mm particles – and it will even shred credit cards, CDs and staples. 

This model features a jam protection system with autostart and autoreverse, which saves you from dealing with the frustration of paper jams, and its 17-liter pull-out bin, while not class-leading, is plenty sufficient. There's an overheat and overload protection technology to protect the shredder's blades and motor and extend its life.  Not to mention, the low noise design presents a quiet and peaceful shredding experience. 

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Rexel 2101942UK against a white background

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3. Rexel 2101942UK

Small but reliable paper shredder

Specifications

Size: 38.2 x 23.6 x 38.6 cm
Weight: 9.8lbs
Features: Compact design, auto start and stop

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Portable
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Place on desk
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GDPR compliant

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Paper-only

This shredder from Rexel is a small yet capable model for shredding anything from bank statements to utility bills and credit cards – but be aware that it will not shred CDs. However, it does support GDPR compliance, protecting your business from identity theft by disposing of your documents in a secure and compliant manner. 

Suitable for up to A4 paper size, it has an auto start and stop function that will also run in reverse for clearing paper jams. This shredder works in small bursts, running for up to two minutes continuously before it needs to enter a cool down period. Its compact bin will hold 7.5 litres of waste, and you can keep the shredder running for longer by regularly oiling it with Rexel Shredder Oil sheets. 

Overall, this super-compact shredder is excellent if you can't spare much shelf space. 

Also, check out the best portable monitors too if you need an extra monitor without losing desk space. 

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Bonsaii DocShred C156-C against a white background

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4. Bonsaii DocShred C156-C

High security rating shredder

Specifications

Size: 352×221×443 mm
Weight: 11lbs
Features: Auto start/stop, 5.5 gallon waste bin, transparent window

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High security rating
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21-liter bin

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Noisy

Capable of destroying multi-page documents up to eight pages at a time, this shredder is a great security-conscious shredder for any home office. Featuring a high P-4 security rating, it can destroy staples, clips, ATM receipts, credit card bills and even CDs. 

Its motor kicks into action once its light sensor detects something to be shredded, and a reverse mode lets you easily unblock jams. Its 21-litre bin is a great size for preventing the need for frequent trips to the bin. Its noise level of 70db is at the higher end of the scale, so while it’s capable, it isn't particularly quiet — not a problem though if you only shred occasionally. 

The DocShred doesn't operate too fast; it shreds around 44 sheets per minute. This may be slow if you have to shred hundreds of sheets, but if you're only doing a few dozen sheets at a time, it should be fine. 

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Robert Dyas 6-sheet Cross-Cut paper Shredder against a white background

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5. Robert Dyas 6-sheet Cross-Cut paper Shredder

Versatile paper shredder

Specifications

Size: 39 x 16.4 x 31cm
Weight: 8.8lbs
Features: Overheat protection, 15L basket volume

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Shred by width or length
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Regular features
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Handle for transport

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Basic

This compact and affordable shredder can cut paper both lengthways and width ways, making it harder to read personal information once paper has been shredded. Its adequately sized 15-inch mesh bin stores plenty of waste, and you can shred up to 6 sheets at a time without worry of it overheating thanks to the automated overheating protection. The Robert Dyas 6-sheet shredder can shred credit cards too, but it struggles if the sheets are too thick. 

The shredder has a two-minute shred cycle that then powers off to reset. It packs many of the regular features that you will find on a shredder, including auto shutdown, a reverse function for unblocking paper jams, and an access handle for easy transportation. 

This inexpensive and premium-looking shredder is also relatively quiet, making it quite suitable for use at home.

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More than paper shredders

If you're looking for more than just the best shredders for your home or office, we've also featured a range of other office equipment to run alongside any shredders you may need:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a shredder?

Paper shredders are devices for cutting up paper into thin strips or tiny particles. These machines are generally used to destroy sensitive documents, with some of the best shredders being able to shred credit cards and small metals too. 

How to choose the best shredder for you?

To choose the best shredder for yourself, you’ll first want to consider what your shredding requirements are. 

If you need to destroy large piles of documents, you’ll want a shredder that can cut up multiple sheets at once. Depending on the number of documents you have to eliminate, you’ll want to check the shredder’s run-time and cooling down-time. Not all shredders can run continuously for 30-45 minutes, some of them run for 2-10 minutes before needing a cooldown period of 15-30 minutes. 

While most shredders can work through paper, there are some that can destroy credit cards and CDs too. If you often need to destroy these materials, pick a suitable shredder for the task. You’ll also want to consider the shredder’s noise levels. If it’s too noisy, it may not be suitable for home use.

The best shredders: How we test

We tested various shredders to arrive at the best shredders. We looked at various aspects of their design and functionality, starting with how swiftly they work through documents, how many sheets they can cut at the same time, and how long their running and cooling down times are. 

We considered what materials they can destroy, whether there are safety mechanisms in place to prevent finger injuries, and the size of the waste bin. We also assessed the noise, size, and weight of the shredder to judge whether it’d be suited for home use or office use, among other aspects.

Collin Probst
B2B Hardware Editor, TechRadar Pro

Collin is the B2B Hardware Editor for TechRadar Pro. He has been in journalism for years with experience in both small and large markets including Gearadical, DailyBeast, FutureNet and more.


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