- 1 The best home-office paper shredder
- 2 The best high-security shredder
- 3 The best small, light-duty shredder
AmazonBasics 15-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper/CD/Credit-Card Shredder
The best home-office paper shredder
This cross-cut shredder offers an easy-to-use, quick, and safe way to dispose of sensitive paperwork, old credit cards, and data DVDs. It can run jam-free 15 sheets at a time for over 20 minutes without overheating.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $110.
The AmazonBasics 15-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper/CD/Credit-Card Shredder is worth the price because this model makes it easy to keep up a shredding habit—a cheap, frustrating shredder isn’t worth the savings if you never use it and just chuck your crumpled bank statements into your recycling bin. It chows down on large stacks of documents and can run through hundreds of pages without overheating. The cross-cut shreds, measuring around ⅛ inch wide and an inch long, are secure enough for the common documents most people need to shred—much smaller than strip-style shreds—and cross-cut shredders are generally less expensive than micro-cut models, which make even smaller pieces. Plus, ample warning lights tell you if you’re trying to feed more paper than the shredder can handle, if the motor is overheating, or if the bin is full or incorrectly situated.
AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper/CD/Credit Card Shredder with Pullout Basket
The best high-security shredder
This micro-cut shredder renders documents all but impossible to reassemble. The large bin is easy to pull out and empty, but this machine runs slower and can’t shred quite as many sheets at a time as standard cross-cut shredders.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.
If you have extremely sensitive documents or you’re just more concerned about security than shredding capacity, you might sleep better at night knowing that your personal or business papers have been totally obliterated. In this case, the AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper/CD/Credit Card Shredder with Pullout Basket is the best choice. It can turn 12 sheets at a time into bits of confetti measuring 5/32 by 15/32 inches—around half the size of cross-cut shreds—and collect them until you fill out its 6.7-gallon pull-out bin. Credit cards and CDs are also no match for its grinders. The smaller shred size and higher security come at the cost of speed; this shredder is a little slower than the AmazonBasics 15-Sheet Cross-Cut model, and it needs to stop and cool off after about eight minutes of shredding instead of 20.
AmazonBasics 6-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder
The best small, light-duty shredder
This compact shredder offers more security than similarly priced cross-cut shredders. Because of its small page capacity, it’s best for occasionally shredding a few documents at a time.
If you have light shredding needs—for example, you get most of your statements and other paperwork digitally—the AmazonBasics 6-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder is the most powerful option for occasional use at home. In our tests, this shredder ran for six minutes before needing a cooldown break, and it even plowed through stacks of eight pieces of stapled paper. Although the shred sizes were inconsistent—ranging from standard micro-cut size to small cross-cut rectangles—this smaller, high-security shredder comes at a reasonable price.