Best Shredders in 2020

Fellowes 35250 Powershred Performance Oil, 12 oz. Bottle w/Extension Nozzle Review:

I must admit that I'm a paranoid freak who must shred all important documents, especially bills and receipts.
My wife told me that I really abuse my shredder without paying over time... so that's why I got this shredder oil!

This is a must have if you have a shredder that you use often and would like to keep it in shape for long time...

*** TIPS ***

✔️ If your shredder has a Reverse mode then put the oil across the opening while running in reverse mode. Make sure your shredder basket is not empty by shredding few papers first so that oil is absorbed by the shredded paper rather than on the basket.

✔️ If your shredder does not have a Reverse mode, place several pieces of paper on the shredder then while holding the top of the paper, put the oil across the paper in the mid section then turn on the shredder. This will prevent oils from dripping down too fast.

✔️ Wrap the bottom of this oil bottle with aluminum foil (see picture) so that it will catch any oil drips and you don't have to hold and touch sticky oils on the bottle.

I took the picture next to a soda can for a scale.

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

GOOD: -- Notably quiet. -- Paper shreds to a small size that is unlikely to be reassembled, especially after you mix the bag. -- Opening seems too small for adult fingers (a plus for safety). -- A shredder bag can easily fit over the canister. -- Relatively fast. -- Easy to operate. --Doesn't seem to create and scatter visible dust like some micro-cut shredders do. -- Seems to be well-made and should be durable.

NOT-SO-GOOD: -- Shredded paper seems to stick to the cogs at the exit, which makes it rather messy when emptying the bag unless you brush the paper hanging down from the cogs. -- Gummed envelope material seems to stick to the cogs even more than regular paper. This means shredding those dad-gum gummed address labels is probably not a good idea (we use scissors on those). --The shredded paper is not compacted in the bin, so you'll have to push the paper down or empty the bin more often. -- I know you're not supposed to do this, but access for repairing the machine is limited (we doubled the life of our previous shredder by disassembling and cleaning the rotors). -- The bin doesn't easily shut after being opened for emptying, and apparently Amazon does not sell replacement bins, so if yours jams while shutting it for goodness sake don't force it.

SUMMARY: It's a good value -- quiet, fairly inexpensive, small size of shredded paper without creating visible dust, capability for several sheets at once.

AmazonBasics SP12A Paper Shredder Sharpening & Lubricant Sheets - Pack of 12 Review:

My micro-cut paper shredder started acting up recently, struggling to shred anything more than two sheets at a time and even stopping part way through shredding. I was a little skeptical about these shredder sharpening and lubricant sheets but I decided to give these a try figuring it was worth a shot and a lot cheaper than buying a new shredder. I followed the instructions exactly of shredding a sheet and then putting the shredding in reverse for 10 seconds. Half way through running the shredder in reverse I noticed the shredder start speeding up and the motor stop struggling. The shredder has been running like new since. I didn't think it would work, but they really did and I'm impressed.

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

      Bought this shredder to replace a 10 year-old Staples heavy-duty unit in my home office. Selected the Fellows because of reviews found here and elsewhere on the ’Net. This Fellows shredder is As Advertised! Great value. Super quiet. Efficient. Safe; so safe, I no longer fear my necktie getting caught and dragging me to my demise.ツ

Now, about that ONE complaint, with two suggestions. It centers around the plastic bag for the bin.

[1] Save your money.
      Avoid buying the Fellows bags. Based on the sample bags sent with the shredder, the bags appear to be a bit tougher than most plastic bags, but at 21¢ per bag, there is a cost-effective alternative. For instance, we use ProForce Commercial 7-10 gal. Trash Bags (1000 ct.) that cost less that 3¢ per bag. That is a 18¢ savings per bag!

[2] Keep the plastic bag from collapsing in the bin.
      I did try the Fellows sample bags that came with the unit, but the bags inevitably fell into the bin and were covered-up by the shredded paper; making a bit of a mess when it came time to remove the bag. And because Fellow bags are taller than the bin is deep, there is some product waste. However, if you use a medium-size binder clip (such as: ACCO Binder Clips, Medium, 12 Per Box (72050)) and place them to grab the bag along the top edge of the bin, approximately 1½" from each end (please see my photos), the bag stays up, the shredded paper stays in the bag, and bag removal is clean and simple with no shreds on the shag!

!! P L E A S E    N O T E !!
      There is one trick to the Binder-Clip fix: When positioning the binder clips over the bag along top edge of the bin, be certain each clip is tilted inward to clear the side walls of the shredder when the bin is pushed back in. If you forget to do this, you will be reminded when the bin fails to go all the way in and the door-open status light atop the shredder glows red.

Happy shredding!

AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Home Office Shredder Review:

This is a quite nice machine. Very basic yet built tough to do the job. The first job I had for this shredder was a ten inches pile of documents and several closed documents, some quite thick ones. I even had my kids help me with it, for the very thick ones I opened as I was afraid of jamming the machine. The machine performed quite well which generated 9 full buckets of shredded paper. Many of the documents where stapled at the top corner and the shredder chewed right through it without any issues. I did get the machine jammed with a set of 9 sheets so I was a bit surprised as the maximum recommended is 12. They were packed very tight so that is why I think it jammed the machine.
Heavy duty feel to the build of the machine
Basic features to get the job done - Auto On with a sensor, reverse to remove jams, safety button which only allows the teeth to rotate when the top is fully attached to the bucket (great feature as the teeth are EXTREMELY sharp which is a good thing
Compact Size and discreet
It produces a lot more dust than our previous unit
Its a bit noisy, so if you are using in an office its best to put it on an more isolated area than in your desk
The shredded material is quite wide and long (about ¼ inch by 1 and ¼). It would be nice if they were chopped once more to less than half an inch
THought the unit with the motor is well built, the bucket is quite flimsy and due to the safety mechanism it will be hard to retrofit it to another bucket without bypassing the safety click (and that would be dangerous as the unit could turn on while upside down and that would be VERY VERY dangerous.

Overall I would definitely recommend this simple shredder for the home office use. If there is lot of demand and several people on constant of use like in an small office, this might be OK but it would be on the edge. I used for 30 minutes basically only stopping to dump out the material and it got a bit worm but delivered only with a small jam. Please let me know if this helps you or if you need any additional pics or other info. Cheers,

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card Home Office Shredder Review:

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!

While I have not tried the maximum of 8-sheets at once, it has been able to successfully shred up to six documents, at once, with ease, and incredibly fast. I also value the ability of having both an auto-start option, as well as manual reverse, to clear out any possible jams.

In the past, I have had shredders that cost 2-3 times the cost of this one, and they didn’t even compare to the level of quality that this offers. They actually burnt out, very quickly, as I have a high-amount of paperwork that needs to be shredded, continuously, throughout my work-week. While this paper shredder is able to accommodate the destruction of paper, and card stock, on a 2-minute continuous run-time, I also appreciate the ability to be able to effectively shred, and demolish, both credit cards, store cards I no longer use, and even CDs!

In addition, I am also extremely impressed by the size of this paper shredder, as it’s not too large, and fits absolutely perfectly within my printer-station, cart, among both my inkjet, and laser printers.

Overall, I am thoroughly happy, pleased with my purchase, and also have the pleasure of being able to rely on the AmazonBasics 1-year limited warranty, should any issues arise. However, so far, I have had absolutely no issues whatsoever when using this product.

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!

AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card Home Office Shredder with Pullout Basket Review:

I'm so happy I can shred more than ten things with a shredder!

I bought this to replace my husband's previous 8-year-old shredder. Some of the plastic between the blades was coming off and blocking the blades from turning. You couldn't shred more than a couple minutes before it would overheat or jam and then turn off (and then it wouldn't work for a few hours).

Enter AmazonBasics 12-sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder with Pullout Basket!

I was scared to actually put 12 sheets at once into this contraption as I was scarred from the previous shredder but boy am I glad I did. It put faith back into paper shredders for me.

This baby churns like a quiet Devastator (I hope you get this reference). I could probably shred at night and no one would hear me.

I've shredded credit cards, CDs, and paper with this sucker and not one thing has jammed it.

I did read the instruction manual and saw that you are NEVER supposed to shred:

-large paper clips
-windowed or insulated envelopes
-continuous forms
-bound pages (checkbooks, notepads, magazines, etc.)
-laminated documents
-any items with adhesives
-hard materials or plastic (except credit cards and CDs)

I admit to shredding windowed envelopes, continuous forms (like those credit card balance transfer checks), and ad mailers that have cards stuck to them with strips of adhesive. I didn't know you weren't supposed to shred these things but now I do and will take extra special care NOT to shred these. Now I remove all mailers from envelopes, remove glue/adhesive strips, and remove the cards that come in said mailers so it's not too thick for the shredder to handle at one time.

I still do shred continuous forms like balance transfer check offers and credit card offers.

It's quiet
It shreds 12 sheets of paper, credit cards, and CDs as stated in the product description
It can run 8 minutes plus without overheating (it hasn't overheated on me yet)
It hasn't jammed
The bin is a good size to not have to empty it frequently
The micro-cut is fabulous
It wheels around smoothly, no creaking or squeeking, and is easy to move around
Striker (the cat) loves the end results :)

Aurora AU870MA High-Security 8-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper Credit Card Shredder Black Review:

I've had this just under a month now. Bought it to replace my old straight cut machine that finally bit the dust after many years of service. I have to admit that even though I had seen the dimensions when I ordered it, I was a little shocked at how small it actually looks out of the box. No worries though since the micro cut shreds settle much more compactly and after 4 weeks of intermittent use, I'm about to empty it for the first time. Another plus is how much quieter it is compared to my old machine. It was the first thing both my wife and I noticed with the first use. I can only assume that reviewers who complained about the noise of this model have either received a defective unit, are first time shredder buyers or perhaps were expecting something like the big high capacity machines. This one is just perfect for my home office and light to medium duty use.
Other observations: The grip area at the top makes this far less awkward to remove from it's waste bin than my older machine. With respect to capacity, so far I have yet to bog it down. The practical sheet capacity is about as expected; that is about 1/2 to 2/3 of the "rating" because most everything I typically have to shred is heavier than 20lb so I generally only feed 2-3 sheets at a time which slows it down just a little with 24lb or heavier stock. About the only negatives I have so far that knocked 1 star off are: due to the shape of the waste container, I worry about it being tipped over by the dog but I solved that by tucking it in between a printer stand and a small storage unit and secondly, the feed slot is just barely over 8.5 inches wide so you have to "aim" more than my old machine to feed it. This is my first experience with the Aurora brand so only time will tell, but so far I am very pleased especially given the price I paid..

(One piece of correspondence folded A4 portrait, straight cut, capacity 1.5L, cut number) SANWA SUPPLY hand shredder PSD-12 (japan import) by Sanwa Review:

Great little shredder, I just shredded about 150 pages in the past two weeks. I ripped up the documents a little first to leave only the parts with my name, address etc, so that cut down on shredding time. I like that there are no exposed teeth or gears on the underside. It was easy to take apart and empty and put back together.
Notes-- Paper needs to be folded the right size to get through. Max is two layers, would not recommend three at all. Definitely not CDs and credit cards. Could use a grip on one side where you push down while the other hand cranks the handle. Does not cross cut, so I recommend feeding the docs up and down rather than sideways through to minimize information lining up with the shreds and coming out legible, with a quick manual snipping of the shred pile at the end.
For crafts -- so far the shreds on mine are very neat! You could feed very long pieces of paper through continuously without the box underneath so the shreds did not get curled

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Home Office Shredder Review:

This works great! I don't typically test it with the full 8-sheet capacity, but I regularly put mail through that hasn't been opened yet, such as credit card offers, and it handles them just fine. I finally got rid of the huge stack of mail that had been building up on my counter because I didn't want to throw it away but I had lent my old shredder to a friend and never got it back. So, after some research I finally bit the bullet and bought a new one. I do like the cross-cut as my old one just did the strips. I feel this one is more secure, but it's not like I'm shredding secret government documents or million-dollar bank statements. Still, it would take some serious effort to try to put these bits back together.

I did try shredding a credit card and although it slowed a bit, it handled it. You just have to do those one at a time. I also put through stacks of paper and even if some of them got fed in at a bit of an angle, it didn't jam and everything went through fine. Again, it slows a bit, but that's fine as long as it doesn't jam.

The first day I got it, I used it for about a half hour and it didn't overheat or shut off. I pretty much filled up it on the first round and it was a trooper. I know you can put bags in it but since I just use it for paper, I simply empty it into my other recycle bag when it's full and ready to go out. That's better anyway since the bags are recyclable and I'm trying to be better about that.

This could also be used to make packing paper as the shredded bits would pack nicely around breakable items. Or, you could shred some pretty colored paper to make your own stuffing for presents. Or confetti. The possibilities are endless and I'm sure someone has made a Pinterest board about it.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with this and would recommend it. I've had good luck with the Amazon brand.