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Best shredder of 2021: paper shredders for the home office

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The best shredders are more important than ever for making sure that private and sensitive documents are disposed of securely, especially as cases of Identity Theft fraud continue to rise at an alarming rate.

While shredders may not be the most glamorous of tech, they are still incredibly important, and there is now a huge range of shredder makes and models. While many people may think of shredders as big and bulky (not to mention noisy) devices that take up a huge amount of room, the best shredders can easily fit into any modern office or home.

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Shredders are also a lot more affordable than they once were, and many include additional features, such as advanced shredding techniques and the ability to safely shred credit cards, for instance.

Meanwhile, getting a large capacity shredder is ideal for busy offices, as they can hold more waste paper, meaning you don't have to empty them so often.

Not only do the best shredders ensure your privacy and security, but many businesses require them, especially if you're handling private data about your customers. 

Here then are the models we think are the best shredders in terms of functionality and value for money.

Fellowes Powershred 79Ci Paper shredder

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1. Fellowes Powershred 79Ci Paper shredder

Capable large capacity shredder

Reasons to buy
+23-liter capacity+Doesn't jam+Safesense+14 sheet input

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. 

It also packs SafeSense Technology that immediately disables the unit if anybody’s fingers gets 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.

Bonsaii Evershred

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2. Bonsaii Evershred

A good all-purpose paper shredder

Reasons to buy
+14 sheet input+Thorough shredding+Jam protection+Shreds CDs and staples

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’ve 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.

Rexel 2101942UK

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3. Rexel 2101942UK

Small but reliable paper shredder

Reasons to buy
+Portable+Place on desk+GDPR compliant
Reasons to avoid
-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.

Bonsaii DocShred C156-C

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4. Bonsaii DocShred C156-C

High security rating shredder

Reasons to buy
+High security rating+21-liter bin
Reasons to avoid
-Noisy

Capable of destroying multi-page documents up to eight pages at a time, this shredder is 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.

Robert Dyas 6-sheet Cross-Cut paper Shredder

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

Versatile paper shredder

Reasons to buy
+Shred by width or length+Regular features+Handle for transport

This compact and affordable shredder can cut paper both lengthways and with 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 without worry of it overheating thanks to automated overheating protection. 

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.

Amazon Basics shredder

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6. Amazon Basics shredder

Good budget paper shredder

Reasons to buy
+Budget paper shredder+cross cut+Autostart

For smaller shredding tasks, this cheap and cheerful Amazon Basics shredder Will perform many functions that more expensive models can but without the expensive initial overhead. For a penny short of £50, this model will cross-cut paper, credit cards and CDs into tiny strips – though it will only do so for five minutes before needing to cool down for 30 minutes. 

It automatically starts shredding when you feed something into it, and it features a manual reverse mode designed to clear paper jams. The Amazon model has a paper capacity of between 10 and 12 sheets, and its 18.2-litre pullout bin is decent for the cost.

Aurora AS810SD 8-Sheet shredder

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7. Aurora AS810SD 8-Sheet shredder

Another capable budget shredder

Reasons to buy
+Low price tag+20.4 liter basket+Power saving

Featuring a cream-and grey-design that will look great in any office, this Aurora shredder is highly affordable and will cut anything from paper to CDs and credit cards. It can shred up to eight sheets at once into its capacious 20.4-litre disposal basket. 

Despite its low price tag, this shredder model packs plenty of features including the ability to manually forward and reverse paper jams, and the fact that it doesn’t consume power in standby mode makes it great for any home or office with green credentials. The model will start shredding as soon as you feed something into it, and if stray fingers find themselves near its blades, the unit will automatically shut off thanks to a three-way safety switch.

GoECOlife GMW124P-Wht Limited Edition

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8. GoECOlife GMW124P-Wht Limited Edition

Quiet paper shredder

Reasons to buy
+Quiet shredder+Good for small office+Prvents overload

This model from GoEcolife has a powerful motor that lets you shred up to 12 sheets of paper at once. One of the other best features about the shredder is its whisper-quiet operation, which makes it a great option for more reserved home offices or businesses. 

Its 16-litre disposal bin is sufficiently sized, capable of capturing anything that you shred - from paper to standard staples and credit cards. It also packs an overhead (and overload) indicator that prevents damage by protecting the motor.

ProAction 5 Sheet 10 Litre Strip Cut Shredder

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9. ProAction 5 Sheet 10 Litre Strip Cut Shredder

Home office paper shredder

Reasons to buy
+Good for home office+Standard features+Affordable

Capable of slicing through five A4 sheets at once, this shredder is ideally positioned for use in any home office. Its 10-litre disposal basket isn’t the most capacious, but this lends the unit small dimensions that make it more inconspicuous than most models. 

The ProAction 5 is one of the most affordable shredders on our list, but despite this it packs standard features including auto on/off shutdown, a safety cut-out function and it will reverse materials to quickly unblock paper jams.

Bonsaii 10-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

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10. Bonsaii 10-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

Paper shredder with bin window

Reasons to buy
+25-liter bin+See how full bin is+Overload protection
Reasons to avoid
-Long cool-down time

Most shredders don't let you know how full they are unless you take off the top lid, but not this shredder from Bonsaii. Featuring a small window, you can peek inside to see how full it is and roughly when you will need to empty its disposal bin. 

That bin holds a huge 25 litres of waste, but with a 4-minute continuous run time paired with a 40-minute cool-down time, you won’t fill it as quickly as you would on other models. The Bonsaii model totes easy operation thanks to light-indication, overhead and overload protection which helps you operate the machine with minimum concern.

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More than paper shredders

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

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology in a career spanning four decades. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.