The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci paper shredder earns high marks from owners posting on user review sites. Most recommend it for a small business with daily shredding needs. It earns kudos for its safety features, quiet operation, large bin capacity and ability to shred a large volume of paper. It also shreds things like junk mail, staples and data discs -- but some say it can overheat, especially when pushed to its claimed 17-sheet paper capacity.
Powerful enough for daily shredding. Most Amazon.com contributors who purchased the Fellowes Powershred 99Ci paper shredder for their small businesses say that it's adequate for the task, at the very least. There's some debate here, however, on whether the Powershred 99Ci lives up to its claimed 17-sheet paper capacity. Most report having no problem with shredding 10 to 15 sheets at a time, though some say it can overheat faster at these capacities.
Many owners -- who often fill up large trash bags full of shredded paper -- say it stands up well under daily use. Like many Fellowes shredders, the Powershred 99Ci is relatively jam-free and runs quietly. Some complain that emptying the 9-gallon, pull-out bin can be messy.
Safety first. Users praise the Fellowes Powershred 99Ci for its ample safety features. One owner writing on Amazon.com says the shredder's sensor immediately shut down the machine when it detected a child's finger near the paper-insertion slot. A safety flap covers the second slot that shreds unopened envelopes, paper clips, staples, credit cards and data discs. Its main power switch is located on the backside to avoid turning the shredder on by accident. This crosscut shredder has a Level 4 security rating, though some user reviews on Costco.com and OfficeDepot.com say the shredded strips could be shorter.
Solid small-business workhorse, but could be overkill for others. The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci isn't for everyone; in fact, it's likely to be overkill for home or personal use. But for small businesses with moderate to above-average shredding needs, it's a solid value -- and it's much cheaper than buying a commercial-grade paper shredder, which can cost a thousand bucks or more. The Powershred 99Ci comes with a two-year warranty, along with a lifetime warranty on the cutters.
Users who post reviews on retail sites like Amazon.com, Costco.com, OfficeDepot.com and Fellowes.com are pleased with the manufacturer's customer service. The shredder includes Fellowes' Energy Savings System, though it's unclear whether this helps reduce energy costs.
More than 200 users review the Fellowes Powershred 99Ci on Amazon.com. Here, the shredder earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most praise its safety features, performance and quiet operation. Some complain the 9-gallon bin is unwieldy and hard to empty.
Review: Fellowes 3229901 Powershred 99Ci 17 Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
The Powershred 99Ci receives a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 on Fellowes.com, where more than 95 percent of owners would recommend this shredder to a friend. In addition to an overall rating, user reviews here are broken down by subcategories; such as safe operation and jam resistance.
Review: Powershred 99Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder, Contributors to Fellowes.com, As of July 2013
More than 160 users review the Powershred 99Ci at OfficeDepot.com. Here, it receives 4.7 stars out of 5. Many praise it for its ease of use, safety features and quiet performance. A few say that the shredded strips are too long.
Review: Fellowes 99Ci 100% Jam Proof 17-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder, Contributors to OfficeDepot.com, As of July 2013
The Powershred 99Ci receives more than 260 reviews at Costco.com, and they are overwhelmingly positive. Some users, however, echo complaints on OfficeDepot.com, saying that the shredded strips are too long and could be pieced back together.
Review: Fellowes Powershred 99Ci 17-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder, Contributors to Costco.com, As of July 2013