Which garden shredder brand to buy in 2020
By Adelaide Gray
We've surveyed thousands of Which? members to find out which popular garden shredder brands have the happiest customers.
If you're thinking of investing in a new garden shredder, you want to be confident you're buying from a brand that won't let you down. Our expert guide is here to help.
We know from our years of expert testing that you don't always get what you pay for when it comes to garden shredders. We've found a Best Buy garden shredder for less than £200, but other models over £350 have failed to make the grade.
Based on feedback from thousands of Which? members, we've rounded up the most reliable garden shredder brands around. Our survey covers popular brands including Bosch, Black and Decker, Flymo and Ryobi.
Once you've decided which brand is right for you, head straight over to our Best Buy garden shredders page for the inside track on the best models.
Garden shredder brands rated
Each of our garden shredder reviews are backed by the results of our rigorous lab tests.
For each garden shredder brand included in our survey, we reveal:
- Average test score.
- How reliable it is – we ask garden shredder owners if they've encountered any faults. That lets us predict the average life expectancy for each brand’s machines.
- How owners rate it – as part of our survey, we ask owners if they would recommend their garden shredder to a friend or family member. This gets turned into a percentage score, so you can spot the most popular brands at a glance.
- Our overall verdict – we summarise all of our testing and survey data for each brand and give it an overall verdict.
Only logged-in Which? members can discover which brands are the best in our table below.
|Table of garden shredder brands|
Average test score
|Ease of use||Customer score||Verdict|
|69%||72%||This is a popular brand for garden shredders, and has been highly rated by its customers in our survey, achieving an overall score of 72%. We've awarded Best Buys to three of its shredders which we've tested. The models that didn't make the cut still performed well, but had one or two niggles that held them back. Head to our garden shredder reviews to get the full lowdown on the models we've tested and find the best one for you.|
|69%||60%||Over the years we have tested several of this brand's garden shredders and they all scored 67% or above, with one achieving our coveted Best Buy status. Our tests have found that these shredders tend to be effective at shredding prunings, but can sometimes be tricky to use, and customers only awarded this brand two stars out of five for ease of use. If you want a tried and tested garden shredder, though, head to our garden shredder reviews.|
|62%||45%||This brand came bottom of our customer survey, scoring a fairly disappointing 45%. While the company is a big player in the garden tools market in general, it currently only has one, cheap shredder on offer. It's not a Best Buy, but it's worth considering if you're on a budget and have lots of woody material to shred. Read our full garden shredder reviews to see how it compares to other models on test.|
Average test score based on the results of all models tested (correct as of January 2016)
Customer score and Ease of use: based on how customer survey of 6,428 Which? members in April and May 2015
Head to our garden shredder reviews
Know which garden shredder brand you want? Use the links to go straight to our reviews and find your ideal model:
Choosing the best garden shredder
Garden shredders don't come cheap, so you don't want to waste your money on one that's frustratingly loud, constantly blocking and can't handle your garden prunings. We put all of the models we review through their paces at the Which? lab so we can help you take the guesswork out of choosing.
Head to our garden shredder reviews to find the best model for you and your budget.