What is a Micro-Cut Shredder?

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 the cut the higher the level of security.

Whether you require a micro-cut shredder really depends on the type of material you are shredding. If you are looking for a personal home shredder for everyday shredding than either a strip-cut or cross-cut shredder would likely be fine for your needs. However if you are a business or have particularly sensitive or confidential material to shred then you might consider a micro-cut model.

Micro-cut models will also be given a higher DIN (or security) level than strip-cut and cross-cut models - reflecting the fact that they shred material more finely.

So, do you think you need a micro-cut shredder? Or will a cross-cut be OK for your needs?