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The Best Paper Shredders on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Best paper shredders under $50

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder

“I absolutely love the fact that I am able to shred multiple documents at once, at a quick-pace, which was a huge selling point for me, and the ability to do so, without removing staples, is even more convenient! In the past, I have had shredders that cost two to three times the cost of this one, and they didn’t even compare to the level of quality that this offers. While this paper shredder is able to accommodate the destruction of paper, and card stock, on a two-minute continuous run-time, I also appreciate the ability to be able to effectively shred, and demolish, credit cards, store cards I no longer use, and even CDs! I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a perfectly sized, sturdy, yet lightweight paper shredder for both home, and office, use. Also, for the price, this compares to even the higher dollar competitor paper shredders, and I feel this is such a fantastic deal!”

Aurora High-Security 8-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper Credit Card Shredder

“Quiet, efficient, and effective at shredding credit cards. Everything ends up in little tiny bits. I read a lot of reviews before I tried this one for my home office, and I add my praise to the other positive reviews. I have had it about 10 months. It is far more solid than the ones the ones in the same price range at our local Office Depot/Office Max. I don’t use it every day, but keep a sack where I out everything that needs to be shredded. Then about once a month I sit down and shred for about a half hour. My last one always got hot and I would have to pause after 15 minutes to let it cool down before it wanted to work again. This one handles the work smoothly and easily. I don’t put more than five sheets in at a time though, just as a precaution. I want it to last, and I don’t have to rush.”

Best paper shredders under $100

AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder

“As an attorney, I have lots of evidence that needs to be shredded. Since opening my practice, my drawer of damning documents, smoking guns, and admissions has been piling up. You’re not a real attorney until you hurriedly shred documents right before the FBI, SEC, or local LEO comes bursting in your office door. Now my clients can rest easy knowing that their secrets are safe with the landfill. Micro-cut. I bought this shredder because of the micro cut feature. What do the movies Batman Returns and Argo have in common? Besides the obvious, they both have scenes where shredded documents have been put back together, by penguins and children respectively. With micro-cut, anyone wanting to reassemble my documents will have to employ a lot more penguins, employ a lot more children, or have a lot more patience.”

AmazonBasics 15-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper, CD, Credit Card Shredder

“Pretty thrilled with this shredder right now! I had a completely full 15-gallon garbage bag of financial documents in the corner of my bedroom that I had been unable to shred with my old super slow shredder that would shut down after two to three minutes of use. So, I commenced shredding, and shred, and shred and shred, nonstop, until the entire bag was finished! This shredder is definitely KING of shredders, IMO, for the price! VERY happy!”

Best high-capacity paper shredders

Fellowes Powershred 99Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

“So far this shredder is a BEAST! Having gone through three small shredders in the past two years, I finally went for the big dog. So glad I did. I’m taking every precaution to ensure this one has a long life … oiling at every bin change, extra aware of the number of papers I put through, and mindful of run time. I LOVE that this one has lights (green, yellow and red) to ensure you don’t run too large of a stack through. It also has easy to use forward and reverse buttons, large capacity bin, and when on the enclosed rollers, its actually a perfect height to shred a large stack of papers while standing … no back breaking bending over to feed papers (I’m five-foot-six). And the best part … super quiet compared to other shredders I’ve used. Doesn’t drag or sound like a dying cat. Love this shredder … so glad I spent the ‘big bucks’!!!”

Bonsaii EverShred 18-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder with 6 Gallon Pullout Basket, 60 Minutes Running Time

“I LOOOOVE this shredder! We had boxes and boxes of mail and documents with personal information stored in our closet, accumulated for the last five years, ever since our last paper shredder drowned in a flood. I probably spent a couple days researching, and this was the only one that claimed that you can run it for an hour. This puppy delivered. I filled up three 30-gallon bags full of shredded paper without having to stop and let it cool down in between. The trick is that this one has a built in fan to keep the unit cool so it can work longer than the average shredder. Can it cut 18 sheets at the same time? I wouldn’t do it on any shredder, but I did feed it 10 sheets and did just fine. I fed the shredder with a sheet with oil every 10 minutes or so to keep the blades lubed and in pristine cutting condition. With the volume and speed of it cutting, I wish the shredded paper hamper was bigger and designed better so that it can be emptied quickly, but for what it can already do, FIVE stars.”

Best paper shredder for continuous shredding

Bonsaii 10-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper Shredder, 240 Minutes Continuous Shredding

“This shredder is a workhorse and just pulverizes whatever you give it. I put whole pieces of junk mail in and it handles it with ease. I’ve shredded old credit cards with it, no problem, no large pieces left, it chews it up completely. Roomy bin. I use the 13-gallon trash bags in it, they fit fine and capture the shreds easily. It’s faster than the smaller personal shredders and it really does micro cross cut the pieces. It has a longer run-time before you have to give it a rest. I’m very pleased with this shredder.”

HSM Shredstar X17 Cross-Cut Shredder

“We just moved and I unpacked papers I’ve been saving for 35 years, bill, receipts, canceled checks, you name it. I should have started shredding 35 years ago. This shredder is wonderful. While I didn’t try to hog 20 sheets through at a time, I did run checks through bunches at a time, phone bills from the old days, 10–15 pages thick. Clump after clump of personal data falling into little pieces. By the time I reached the recommended two-hour break I had filled two 30-gallon trash bags with shredding packed down. (I know it’s a continuous shredder, but they recommend giving it a rest after two hours of shredding.) I needed the break after two hours of shredding. Let’s see how it lasts. I’d say I have about six more bags to fill and then this shredder can live a life of leisure.”

Best desktop paper shredder

Aurora AU1200XD Compact Desktop-Style Basket Shredder

“I absolutely love this paper shredder. I live in an apartment complex in an urban area and have an irrational fear of my address or information getting out, but this paper shredder puts my mind at ease. I never thought that, at 23, something of this nature would bring so much calm and ease to my life. It’s honestly probably one of the best purchases I’ve made in the past six months.”

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The 9 Best Paper Shredders, According to Reviewers