The 10-sheet Fellowes Powershred DS-3 is a wastebasket-style paper shredder with very good features for the price and excellent reviews from owners. Rated at 10 feet of paper per minute, it shreds documents faster than most paper shredders. It's also one of the few budget shredders that has a 9-inch insertion slot. Its main drawbacks are that it's less secure than pricier shredders and it can't shred CDs, DVDs or unopened envelopes,
Quick and easy to use. Users say the Fellowes Powershred DS-3 is a speedy paper shredder. They add that it's easier to feed paper with this shredder than with other budget-priced models, thanks to its 9-inch insertion slot. The Powershred DS-3 is rated to have a 10-sheet paper capacity, but many owners say 5 to 6 sheets is more accurate.
Some Amazon.com contributors say the shredder is loud compared to other Fellowes models. The 2-inch confetti-style shreds are longer than those made with pricier crosscut shredders, but they are still considered adequate for most users. Its 5-gallon wastebasket-style bin is heavy to lift when full, but it has a handle for this purpose.
Solid array of features. The Fellowes Powershred DS-3 offers a good range of features for a budget shredder. Safety features include a power switch located in the back to help prevent turning on the shredder accidentally, and when the shredder is turned on (with auto-start), a sensor shuts it off if a hand gets close to the opening. This makes it extra safe even for under-desk use. An opening in the front for unshredded paper lets this model double as a recycling bin. One caveat is that the Powershred DS-3 can't handle media like CDs, DVDs or unopened envelopes -- though it can shred staples, small paper clips and credit cards.
Adequate for basic shredding needs. The Fellowes Powershred DS-3 isn't the most powerful paper shredder, and it isn't the worst. Users say it's a good budget option if you don't need the fancy features of more expensive shredders but need a step up from the lowest-end shredders. A one-year warranty covers the shredder, along with five years for the cutters. Users on Fellowes.com and Amazon.com are generally pleased with customer service provided by Fellowes.
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The Powershred DS-3 earns unusually high recommendations from owners posting here: About 98 percent of the more than 90 owners leaving feedback say they would recommend it to a friend. Owners rate this model highly for safety and design. Some report jams with unopened-envelopes or when feeding more than about seven sheets at a time.
Review: Powershred DS-3 Crosscut Shredder, Contributors to Fellowes.com, As of July 2013
The Powershred DS-3 scores an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5, based on the opinions of 90 users posting reviews at Amazon.com. Most praise the shedder for its safety features and overall performance. Consistent complaints, on the other hand, include noisy operation, large shred size and sheet capacity.
Review: Fellowes Powershred DS-3 10-Sheet Crosscut Shredder, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
The Powershred DS-3 receives about 25 reviews on Walmart.com, where it scores 4.2 stars out of 5. Users are generally pleased with this shredder, though some complain it's not powerful enough or that it's loud. Most reviews here are cursory, though a few owners go into detail.
Review: Fellowes DS-3 10-sheet Cross Cut Shredder, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2013