21 Best Paper Shredders Of All Time — At All Price Points

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We all have tons of important documents that pass through our desks, but there are times when things need to be secure. And the only way to do that is to dispose of it. This may mean bills, old paperwork, private letters, or even expired licenses. 

A paper shredder is a great way to get rid of confidential papers safely. By shredding your documents and expired credit cards, you avoid becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft.

Keep in mind that there’s a maximum amount of pages that can be inserted at one time for paper shredders. The higher the number, the faster you can work. But higher numbers may mean less compact machines that cost more and take up space.

These are all things to consider when looking for the best paper shredder, whether for your home office or personal needs.

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1. AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder

Cross-cut paper shredder with 12-sheet capacity, it destroys credit cards and shreds paper into cross section strips. The 7-minute continuous run time with 30-minute cool-down time also has auto start and anti-jam auto reverse.

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2. Aurora AS890C 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper/Credit Card Shredder with Basket

This crosscut paper and credit card shredder destroys your sensitive documents. It also shreds credit cards, paper clips and staples.

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3. Bonsaii EverShred C149-C 18-Sheet Heavy Duty Shredder

It has a continuous running time up to 60 minutes without stopping, as well as an advanced cooling system and patented cutting technology.

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4. Fellowes Powershred 99Ci Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

The Jam Proof System eliminates paper jams and powers through tough jobs. SafeSense Technology stops shredder when hands touch the paper opening.

(Walmart, $248.98)

5. Boxis AF80 AutoShred 80-Sheet Micro Cut Paper Shredder

Drop a stack of 80 sheets into the Auto-Feed fold-out tray, and watch the shredder tear through at 11 feet per minute. It will run for 10 minutes continuously before needing a cool-down period.

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6. Royal 112MX 12-Sheet Cross Cut Shredder

This shredder can shred up to 12 sheets of paper per pass, or CDs and DVDs in a crosscut pattern. The Royal paper shredder features a pull-out wastebasket so you can dump your shredded paper easily. It also features an auto start and stop function to prevent overheating.

(Walmart, $78.15)

7. Honeywell 6 Sheet Strip-Cut Shredder

The 6 Sheet Strip-Cut Shredder from Honeywell is perfect for getting rid of private info, credit cards, confidential and other sensitive documents, and will save you from all the hassle associated with identity theft. Featuring an automatic start and stop and thermal overload protection, this functional shredder is an absolute must-have. 

(Target, $36.49)

8. Swingline GBC Stack-and-Shred 130X Auto Feed 130-Sheet Shredder

Spend less time shredding versus a traditional shredder — just stack, shut and you're done. Shred up to 130 sheets with automatic shredding and up to 6 sheets at a time during manual feed shredding. The 7-gallon pull-out waste bin has full indicator, and runs consecutively for 10 minutes on with 30 minutes off.

(Office Depot, $357.19)

9. HSM Shredstar X17 Cross-Cut Shredder

This is the ideal shredder for 1-5 users in an office environment. It also shreds staples, paper clips, credit/store cards, and CDs/DVDs. Just separate CD cutting unit with own waste container for sorted disposal. Quiet operation minimizes noise development.

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10. AmazonBasics 6-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder

High-security, micro-cut shredder with 6-sheet capacity, it destroys credit cards one at a time. Shreds paper into tiny pieces, with 3 minute continuous run time and 30-minute cool down time.

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11. Bonsaii DocShred C156-D 12-Sheet Paper Shredder

This shredder includes: auto start and manual reverse to clear paper jams, and thermal protection system to protect motor from overheating. The 5.5 gallon wastebasket means less frequent emptying.

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12. Sentinel FM121P 12-Sheet Paper Shredder

Auto start/stop, manual reverse function, open door, overload and overheat indicator, it also has ultra-quiet operation and continuous run time of 2 minutes. A large 4 gallon capacity pull-out waste bin with a window lets you see when container is full.

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13. GoECOlife GMC225Pi 22-Sheet Paper Shredder

Shreds up to 22 pages per pass, with durable cutters that can also handle credit cards and DVDs. A 20 minute runtime for serious shred jobs, the GoECOlife has energy-saving technology that virtually eliminates energy loss, only drawing power during actual shredding operation.

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14. AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Paper Shredder

Shreds paper into strips, meeting security level P3 standards. The 3 minute continuous run time with 30-minute cool down cycle prevents overheating LED indicator. Cross-cut paper shredder with 8-sheet capacity.

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15. Pen + Gear 6-Sheet Crosscut Paper/Credit Card Shredder

The compact unit is designed with Pen Gear's proprietary ShredSafe easy feeding entry with a safety angled slot to help prevent injury. The manual forward feature of the jam remover can be used to help clear the cutters in the event of a paper jam. An LED indicator lets you know if the device is overheating. 

(Walmart, $34.96)

16. Costway 10-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

Shred up to 10 sheets at a time! This shredder can can cut paper, standard staples, as well as credit cards. It also has overheat protection and a large basket capacity of 3.96 gallons.

(Walmart, $54.99)

17. Insignia 6-Sheet Crosscut Countertop Mail Paper Shredder

Shreds up to 6 sheets of paper per pass to cut down on time spent shredding. Countertop design comes with a compact 0.8-gallon bin, designed to fit neatly atop your office desk.

(Walmart, $29.99)

18. Premium 290-SHRED Paper Shredder

Featuring an easy-to-use hand crank, it requires no electricity and shreds up to three sheets of paper at a time. Four support knobs on the bottom keep it standing upright and stable, while the removable top provides simple access to the disposal compartment. This hand crank paper shredder can protect the confidentiality of your old documents.

(Walmart, $11.59)

19. Mini Portable USB Paper Shredder 

The shredder with letter opener can help you tear envelopes easily. After cutting, the strip width is good to protect your information and privacy.

(Walmart, $22.88)

20. Ziszor! Portable Handheld Paper Shredder

For mobile checking fans, it's the ideal way to destroy live checks after they have been deposited remotely, or use it to take care of lighter loads that build up in pockets and purses. The Ziszor! is sturdily constructed with steel alloy cutting wheels that can handle up to five sheets of paper, and its compact size allows you to store it neatly.

(Walmart, $19)

21. Compucessory Light Duty Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

Compact cross-cut shredder offers protection for discarded confidential documents in your small or medium-size office. Stacked cutters shred 12 sheets per pass into confetti, as well as credit cards, staples and paper clips. 

(Walmart, $98.97)

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer who focuses on health, wellness, and relationships. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her.

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