Shredder Buying Advice - Articles and News

As we all know too well, today is Black Friday! And whether you are looking to purchase a home shredder for shredding receipts and bank statements - or an office shredder for sensitive customer data, there are a number of great offers to be had. Below are some of the popular paper shredders on sale today: And don’t forget to use our Compare feature to view each shredder’s sp... [Read More]
All shredders have a duty cycle (also known as run time). This refers to the length of time that the shredder can continuously shred before it needs to cool down. Many small household shredders will run for 2 or 3 minutes continuously before they need a cool down period (e.g. 20 minutes or so). However, some larger high-spec shredders can shred for an hour non-stop - or even continuously. When bu... [Read More]
A number of shredders from Rexel feature Mercury Anti-Jam Technology (or Rexel Jam Free Technology as it's also known), a handy feature which is intended to stop paper jams that are the result of overfeeding - so here’s a quick overview of how it works. Every shredder has a sheet capacity limit and the Anti-Jam Technology feature means that the shredder will only shred stacks of paper withi... [Read More]
When it comes to paper and paper shredding, there are a number of ways to try and be as eco-friendly as possible. According to Recycle Now as a nation we get through 12.5 million tonnes of paper every year, with around 24 trees being used to make 1 ton of paper. More and more of us are using recycled paper and in turn recycling our paper more efficiently – but we can’t simply... [Read More]
A number of shredders are now marketed as micro-cut and super micro-cut models. So what exactly does this mean and how do they differ from strip-cut and cross-cut shredders? Essentially micro-cut and super micro-cut shredders shred material into even smaller pieces than cross-cut models. Therefore, they offer a greater level of security when it comes to your document destruction as the smaller th... [Read More]
Shredder DIN security levels refer to what particle size a shredder shreds your material into. Certain documents and data are more sensitive than others and therefore require to be shredded into smaller pieces, ensuring it would be impossible for anyone to piece them back together again. Companies and organisations have legal requirements with regard to the safe keeping and destruction of data &nd... [Read More]
n.b. This article was updated on 28th July 2017 Modern shredders come with a variety of handy features - and if noise level (or reduction of!) is high on your list of priorities then you may well want to consider a shredder that offers quieter operation or noise reduction technology. A lot of paper shredders don't have specific information as to how many decibels they run at whilst in use, ... [Read More]
PLEASE NOTE: This article refers to the old DIN 32757 shredder security levels. A new more comprehensive DIN standard called DIN 66399 has since been developed. When you come to purchase a paper shredder for the home or office, you will find that the shredder has a stated security level, otherwise known as a DIN level. DIN 32757 is the European standard for paper shredder security. Esse... [Read More]
When buying a paper shredder one of the main decisions is whether you opt for a strip-cut or cross-cut model. Here is our guide to the advantages and disadvantages each of these types of shredder have to offer: Strip-Cut Shredders Strip-cut shredders shred material into long thin strips. They are generally considered to be basic shredders for the everyday shredding of non-sensitive material. Ad... [Read More]
Typically, when we think of shredders we think of shredding paper. However, a number of shredder models now also have the ability to shred CDs. This is a great way to dispose of CDs with sensitive data on them, rather than the messier ways of trying to destroy them by bending them out of shape, cutting them up with scissors or trying to scratch the data side to make them unreadable. If shredding o... [Read More]
These days we expect most shredders to have basic features such as a reverse function and the ability to shred a decent number of sheets of paper at a time. But some shredders really do go the extra mile, offering many more additional features designed to make shredding easier and safer. Here are some cool shredder features to look out for: 1) Quiet shredding All shredders will make some&nb... [Read More]
The Gadget Show recently tested just over 20 of the market leading home shredders to establish which performed best, resulting in a handy list of the top 5 paper shredders. Three tests were done, as follows: 1) The speed test – how quickly would each shredder shred? 2) The security test – how finely would each shredder shred? 3) The hardcore shredding test – how well wo... [Read More]
If you are looking to buy a shredder for your office or home business there are a number of things that you might want to consider: 1) Will you need to shred anything other than paper? The bulk of your shredding will most likely be paper – but you may also have a requirement to shred CDs for example. A number of shredder models can handle the shredding of CDs and DVDs, in addition to paper... [Read More]
When people think about shredders they normally think about the electric models that we are all now very familiar with. But a useful alternative for a number of situations is the manual, hand operated variety. Hand operated shredders are typically much smaller, lighter and hence more portable than their electrical counterparts – and as they don't require mains power (or even batteries) they... [Read More]
So, you need a paper shredder but don’t know where to start? Well look no further. Here at we’ve compiled a great range to choose from. But first you need to decide on the following: What kind of material will you be shredding? Typically you will be shredding paper, but you may also require a shredder that can handle staples and paperclips too. Some shredders w... [Read More]