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How to Choose the Best Paper Shredder

Selecting the best paper shredder depends on several factors, from where the shredder will be used to how much it will be used. One of the biggest mistakes shredder buyers make is purchasing a shredder that does not meet their needs, often buying a shredder that is not robust enough. For example, they may purchase a personal shredder when they may need an office shredder for bigger jobs.

They may even need a heavy duty shredder if working in a large office. For greater security needs, a micro cut shredder is the best choice, and a credit card shredder may be required if there is a need to destroy more than paper. Also while buying a home paper shredder, buyers may need to consider safety features to safely shred around children and pets. Seems like a lot to think about? Just answer the following questions to make your paper shredder choices easy.

How Much Do You Shred?

When selecting a paper shredder, consider a combination of how much time you spend shredding with how much paper you typically shred.

I want to shred
2-8 minutes
5-12 sheets
at a time:

Choose a
home paper shredder.

I want to shred
7-30 minutes
10-18 sheets
at a time:

Choose a
home or home office shredder.

I want to shred
45 minutes continuously
13-38 sheets
at a time:

Choose a
heavy duty shredder.

What level of shredder security do I need?

Your concerns about identity theft and data security will determine the security level you will need for your paper shredder.

Do I Need A Paper Shredder With Special Features?

Along with numerous options in shredder performance and security levels, there are also many features available that make shredding more effective for the home or workplace. When you think about where your shredder will be located and who will be using it, some additional needs may have to be considered.

Paper Jams

A paper shredder with anti-jam technologies can help prevent the #1 frustration among shredder users. Look for 100% Jam Proof or Jam Blocker if you want to stop paper jams.

Safe Paper Shredder

A paper shredder used in the home can be a hazard for children and pets. Choose a home paper shredder with safety features if this is a concern for your home office.

Quiet Paper Shredder

If noisy paper shredders have been a nuisance in the past, or if you work in a shared space, a paper shredder with quieter performance may be important.

Energy Saving Paper Shredder

Because 80% of paper shredder energy consumption comes from in use activity, you may want to look for a shredder that maximises shredder energy savings 100% of the time-both in and out of use.

After a paper shredder, a credit card shredder is one of the most common choices among consumers. You can find shredders that can shred staples, paper clips, credit cards, CDs, DVDs and junk mail, in addition to paper.

Find your Perfect Shredder

With this knowledge, hopefully you’re now able to find the best shredder for your needs. We’ve split our range into four categories to help you make your choice.

Shredders for the home

Shredders for the home office

Office Shredders

High Security Shredders

Alternatively, discover the full range of Fellowes Shredders below.
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