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Fellowes Powershred 79Ci

Est. $180
July 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci

Best home paper shredder

  • Jam-free operation
  • Ample safety features
  • Shreds paper clips, staples, CDs and DVDs
  • Quiet operation
  • Doesn't handle unopened junk mail well
  • Messy to empty

Bottom line

The Fellowes Powershred 79Ci earns top marks in more reviews than any other paper shredder. It combines excellent safety features with quiet operation, convenience and enough power to shred a variety of media. It's also jam-proof. Though it's not built to stand up to the rigors of heavy-duty use, reports say that it is ideal for small-office or home users with moderate shredding needs.


Perfect for moderate use. Reviewers say the Fellowes Powershred 79Ci is a powerful crosscut paper shredder that can chew through paper as well as credit cards and data discs with ease. It can, however, struggle with unopened junk mail, some owners say. One contributor says that the shredder can run about 10 minutes at a time before needing to cool down. It's rated to accept as many as 14 sheets of paper at a time, and owner reviews say that spec is fairly accurate.

Fellowes boasts that this shredder is jam-proof, and tests at Popular Mechanics back this up. Users are impressed with its quiet operation. The main complaint we found is that the bin can be messy to empty; it has inner protrusions that can rip a plastic bag. The Powershred 79Ci was previously known as the Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci; aside from the new name, the shredders are identical.

Features and safety

Useful safety features to prevent accidents at home. The Fellowes Powershred 79Ci paper shredder offers robust safety features, including a sensor that shuts off the shredder if a hand gets too close to the insertion slot. It has a second slot to shred media like credit cards, paper clips, staples, CDs and DVDs, and that slot is covered by a safety flap to help prevent finger entry. It's a console-style shredder, and its 6-gallon, pull-out bin has wheels for easy emptying. Its rear-located power switch makes it harder to accidently turn on the shredder. The Powershred 79Ci carries a Level 4 security rating.


Pricey, but great for the home office. The Fellowes Powershred 79Ci paper shredder may a bit pricey for a shredder that's best for use in a home or a home office. Still, it earns rave reviews from users and experts, who say that it justifies its price, especially for a home office. The Powershred 79Ci carries a warranty that's longer than most shredders (two years overall, lifetime on the cutters). Judging from owners' feedback on retail sites, they're particularly pleased with Fellowes' customer service. Many report that the company was responsive to complaints and, in many cases, replaced defective models.

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Our Sources

1. tests the Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci, which is identical to the Fellowes Powershred 79Ci. Here the shredder is tested and compared to other paper shredders, including console models with pull-out bins. Editors test each shredder for speed, effective capacity, convenience and, where appropriate, ability to handle data discs.

Review: Fellowes PS-79Ci, Editors of, Not dated


The Fellowes Powershred 79Ci receives an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 on, following more than 500 user reviews; it's one of the top-rated paper shredders at this retail site. Many user reviews here address reliability, customer service and warranty issues.

Review: Fellowes Powershred 100-Percent Jam Proof 79Ci, Contributors to, As of July 2013


About 700 owners rate the Fellowes Powershred 79Ci paper shredder at the manufacturer's own site, and 97 percent of them say they'd recommend it to a friend. Comments aren't completely positive. A few owners complain that the safety features make it harder to use than older models; others say the bin can cause a mess.

Review: Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder, Contributors to, As of July 2013


The Fellowes Powershred 79Ci is one of the top-rated paper shredders sold at this office supply site, based on the approximately 600 reviews from owners posted here; 97 percent say they'd recommend it to a friend. As at other sites, the main complaint is that emptying the bin can be messy.

Review: Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof 14-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder, Contributors to, As of July 2013


At this retail site, more than 100 owners review the Fellowes Powershred 79Ci paper shredder, and 94 percent say they'd recommend this model to a friend. Owners like the quiet, jam-free operation of this shredder and praise its speed and capacity. A few complain that its 6-gallon bin is small.

Review: Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 14-Sheet Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder, Contributors to, As of July 2013


Popular Mechanics editors set out to disprove Fellowes' claim that the Intellishred PS-79Ci (which is identical to the Powershred 79Ci) is "100 percent jam proof" by shoving cardboard, crumpled paper and CDs into the machine. The shredder turns off when misfed, but it never jams.

Review: Fellowes Jam-Proof Paper Shredder Test Drive: Scam Watch, Seth Porges, Oct. 1, 2009


More than 70 owners give the Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci (which is identical to the Powershred 79Ci) mostly enthusiastic reviews here, making it one of the top-rated shredders despite its relatively high price.

Review: Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci Shredder, Contributors to Walmart .com, As of July 2013

8. The New York Times

Reviewer Sam Grobart, a technology expert, recommends the Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci (which is identical to the Powershred 79Ci) as a good mid-priced paper shredder, based on its jam-free operation and automatic safety shutoff. However, only three shredders are discussed here, with no evidence of testing or use.

Review: Shredders: What to Buy, Sam Grobart, March 31, 2010


This older comparison test of paper shredders is outdated, and only part of the original review is visible online. The Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci (identical to the Powershred 79Ci) ranks third for its great design and quiet motor, but Laura Moser is disappointed that it can't shred unopened junk mail.

Review: Home Slice, Laura Moser, Sept. 30, 2008

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