Paper Shredders: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 19 crosscut paper shredders by feeding them paper and credit cards and, where appropriate, CD and DVD discs. Each shredder earns a numerical score for overall performance, based on separate ratings for speed, effective capacity, convenience and the number of sheets of paper shredded at one time. Decibel ratings and notes on safety features aren't provided.
Fellowes Jam-Proof Paper Shredder Test Drive: Scam Watch
by Seth Porges
Our AssessmentPopular Mechanics puts to the test the claim that the Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci shredder is in fact jam-proof. After stuffing the model with cardboard, crumpled paper and CDs -- loading it way beyond the manufacturer's recommendations -- they determine that the manufacturer's claim is true -- the model never jammed.
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine, the U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org, puts 30 paper shredders through objective tests, rating each for durability as well as speed, shred size, versatility and ease of use. Top rating and a Best Buy award go to the Fellowes DS-1, available here in the United States. Unfortunately this report on paper shredders is outdated and archived (though still available to subscribers), and covers quite a few brands not available in the United States.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com carries more than 200 paper shredder models. While most get only a handful of reviews, there are a few models that stand out for receiving high average ratings and a critical mass of reviews. The Fellowes Powershred W11C, the Fellowes Intellishred SB-99Ci, the Fellowes Intellishred PS-79Ci and the Aurora AS890C all get good to very good average scores, with fewer owner complaints than other models. Among small shredders, the inexpensive Aurora AS420C Desktop Crosscut shredder gets high average scores. Due to the lack of recent professional reviews, Amazon.com has become an important review source for shredders.
by Contributors to Staples.com
Our AssessmentOwner-written reviews of paper shredders here cover more than just the Staples brand, and Staples makes it easy to filter the models by the factors most important to you. Many paper shredders sold here have accumulated hundreds of reviews, but they're nicely summarized.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentQuite a few paper shredders get useful owner-written ratings and reviews here. Most are budget models, but the pricier Fellowes PS-79Ci is among the top-rated. The Fellowes DS-3 also earns top marks here. An unbranded Walmart paper shredder costing only $25 has a big fan club, maintaining an average rating of 4.5 stars in more than 225 reviews.
by Contributors to Costco.com
Our AssessmentAmong the paper shredders priced here for home use, three GoEcoLite models get reasonably high average ratings from users, along with the less pricey Fellowes P-58Cs. We didn't see GoEcoLite models reviewed elsewhere, so this is a good site to check if you're looking for user reviews of that brand.
by Contributors to Fellowes.com
Our AssessmentFellowes.com makes it easy to compare its paper shredders by showing the average user rating for each, the number of reviews on which the rating is based, and each model's main features. Clicking on a model shows not only the users' detailed reviews, but a summary of the ratings on four different factors and the percentage of users who'd recommend the model to a friend. Six models priced for home use stand out here.
Shredders: What to Buy
by Sam Grobart
Our AssessmentTechnology editor Sam Grobart advises readers against buying super-cheap paper shredders, saying, "low budget shredders will excel only at jamming, overheating and destroying your sanity." He recommends two paper shredders for home and home-office use. We'd rank this article much higher if it documented testing or actual use.
Shredders and Shredder Supplies
by Contributors to OfficeMax.com
Our AssessmentAlthough most products get only a handful of reviews, OfficeMax.com gives a good overview on paper shredders, including pros and cons for those rated. Among home-office shredders, the Fellowes Powershred HD-10CS gets a rating of 4.7 out of 5 with more than two dozen reviews and the OfficeMax 10-Sheet Micro-Cut Shredder gets an overall rating of 4.5 with nearly 50 reviews. The OfficeMax 8-Sheet Micro-Cut Shredder also scores well.
by Contributors to OfficeDepot.com
Our AssessmentMost of the paper shredders listed at this retail site earn only a few reviews, but three Fellowes models do stand out, including two budget models.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentMost of the paper shredders sold here earn mediocre or poor average ratings from users, but the moderately priced Init NT-PS10CC (*Est. $60) fares pretty well as a good value. Users do say it's noisy, heavy to empty, and not apt to last much longer than its one-year warranty.
The $879 Office
by Mathew Honan
Our AssessmentMathew Honan recommends the ultra-portable Ziszor Shredder (*Est. $30) paper shredder as part of a brief article on setting up a budget-priced office. Honan says the Ziszor can handle two or three folded sheets at once, but the review doesn't make clear that this is a strip shredder with quite limited security.
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping editors test only four paper shredders in this older review, and only one of the two top picks is still readily available: the Fellowes Powershred DS-1. We'd rank this review higher if it were more current, since it's based on thorough testing -- including tests to make sure children's fingers can't be pulled into the shredder.
Paper Shredders Reviews and Prices
by Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
Our AssessmentConsumerGuide.com publishes single-product reviews based on testing, but the last reviews of paper shredders were done in 2006 and are mostly outdated. The Fellowes W11C earns a Best Buy award based on an overall average rating of 4 (on a 5-point scale).
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget sells only a few paper shredder models. Though the site invites users to post reviews and ratings, most of the shredders have accumulated too few reviews to make their average ratings significant. Many of these paper shredders are strip-cut models such as the Aurora 8-Sheet Strip Cut Paper Shredder AS810SD.
by Editors of Epinions.com
Our AssessmentEpinions.com lets you sort shredders by factors including price, brand and capacity. However, most paper shredders listed here have few, if any, reviews.