Best Bet: Bridge Paper Shredder

Photo: Bobby Doherty

Those looking to disappear the occasional hard-copy bill, canceled check, and other identity-thief bait need not invest in an NSA-caliber document-eater. The Japanese-designed Bridge shredder ($60 at has a compact, two-inch-tall silhouette and weighs little more than your smartphone: Rest it over the mouth of a trash can (the angled sides accommodate all bin shapes), and the battery-powered device produces paper tagliatelle with the push of a button, shutting off automatically after three minutes. It stows discreetly in a drawer or, thanks to a wood finish, can add a minimalist touch to your desk.

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