Becoming a Best Buy shredder is no easy task, but our latest tests have found a pair of paper shredders that really impressed our experts.
Among the eleven we tested were models from big brands in the shredder market such as Fellowes and Rexel, together with own-brand items from high street stationers Ryman, Staples and WHSmith.
With prices varying between £20 and £130, the shredders we’ve reviewed range from tiny, budget models that you can slot under your desk for occasional use, to ones with cavernous bins that wouldn’t look out of place in an office.
There’s no point in buying a shredder that’s ear-piercingly noisy, a pain to empty or doesn’t destroy your documents securely – avoid the dross by heading straight to our Best Buy shredder reviews.
New Best Buy shredders
For a shredder to score highly, it goes without saying that it has to decimate your private documents into pieces that even the most persistent of fraudsters would balk at.
But we only award Which?’s coveted Best Buy status to shredders that have other strings to their bows. Having the capacity to swallow down plenty of paper before they need emptying is a must. A great shredder will have a reliable motor and a feed that can handle more than just a few sheets of A4 at one time.
One of our new Best Buys is described by Which? shredders expert Adam Marshall as: “a brilliant all-rounder that can churn through loads of paper…by destroying more than 150 sheets of A4 before it needs emptying, it’s the most capacious shredder we’ve reviewed.”
And if you think you have to pay a fortune to get a perfectly performing paper shredder, you’ll be surprised to hear that this one costs only £50. In fact, finding a superb shredder that won’t break the bank is easier than it sounds – check out our selection of the best cheap shredders for under £60.
Paper shredder reviews
To see full reviews of all our newly tested shredders, click on the individual links below:
AmazonBasics 5-6 Sheet Cross Cut – £24
Fellowes 48-C – £48
Fellowes 11C – £56
Fellowes Powershred 63Cb – £130
ProAction 12 Sheet 25 Litre – £50
Rexel Whisper V30WS – £50
Rexel Style Plus – £70
Ryman CC12 – £20
Ryman XC-808M – £40
Staples Space-Saver – £100
WHSmith Black 12 Litre A4 Cross Cut – £20
Prices correct on 03 July 2016.
How we test paper shredders
We get through A LOT of paper to discover which shredders would make a wise purchase – and those that wouldn’t. To make sure that they are secure enough, we measure the confetti they produce. Of course it needs to be tiny, but inconsistently sized shreds undermine our confidence in the machine’s mechanism and adversely affects the score.
Then comes the 1,000 page durability test. Our dedicated lab testers feed in the reams 50-pages at a time to see which machines overheat or get too exhausted to continue. We also test how fast each shredder is. The quickest on test takes just over a minute to devour 25 consecutive individual A4 sheets, the slowest takes more than five minutes.
Our everyday usability tests wheedle out the machines that are a nightmare to clear and we give the noise they make a score out of five – top marks if you’d barely notice that the motor’s running, one if the whole street knows when you’re shredding.
To ensure that you purchase a paper shredder that ticks all the right boxes, take a read of our expert guide on how to buy the best shredder.