Top three garden shredders
The best garden shredders can churn through garden waste quietly and quickly without getting blocked up.
The worst we've tested struggle to mulch even the flimsiest of branches, get jammed easily and make clearing garden material a noisy nightmare.
We've pulled out our top three impact and roller shredders from our tests in the table below. We also reveal the shredders to avoid.
Best garden shredders
Garden shredders to avoid
Not all garden shredders are great. Here is one model that will leave you feeling underwhelmed as it will either fail to cut thicker branches, get jammed easily or be very hard to unblock.
Useful features to look for when buying a garden shredder
Here are two of the most helpful features to opt for in your new garden shredder:
- A tamper This will spit out any unruly blocked sticks.
- Collection box Avoid mess and gives you one place for all the cuttings to be held.
Why Which? garden shredder reviews are better
When clearing up garden prunings, you want a reliable and quick shredder that will help you whizz through the job - not one that's constantly blocking up, struggling with certain materials or making a racket. We put garden shredders through their paces in our tough tests so you can choose one that will make your gardening chores that bit easier.
Each shredder has material fed through it for 30 minutes. We rate how easy it is to put branches into the machine, then weigh the material produced to see how much it shredded. We put a variety of garden debris into each shredder to see how good it is with different types of material, including:
- Straight, fresh branches, up to 20mm in diameter
- Prunings from an overgrown conifer hedge
- Spiny and woody branches with side-shoots growing at awkward angles
- Soft, fibrous plants
- Dead branches up to the maximum diameter specified for the shredder (typically 30-40mm).
We rate how fine the shreddings are and how much the machine blocked in the process, plus how easy it was to clear out when it did.
The shredders are assessed for speed and efficiency, as well as noise and vibration, and how easy they are to move and store.
We also look at overall ease of use as well as safety, so we get an idea of how user-friendly they are for experienced and novice shredder users alike.