The Walmart 6-Sheet Crosscut Shredder with Easy Lift Handle is a budget paper shredder that earns kudos from most owners as an excellent value for light use. It's designed to handle staples and small paper clips as well as credit cards and paper, and the motor is protected from overheating -- the bane of many budget shredders. While fine for typical household duty, the large shred size and small capacity limit its appeal for business use.
Good enough for light duty. Judging from about 700 user reviews and ratings at Walmart.com, the Walmart 6-Sheet Crosscut Shredder with Easy Lift Handle is a decent shredder for personal use. Owners say it's adequate for light duty as long as you don't insert more than three sheets of paper at a time (though it's officially rated at six sheets). This Walmart shredder's main drawback is that it's loud, and its shredded pieces are 5.6 mm wide -- compared to 4 mm for most crosscut shredders.
Because of this, it's not as secure as other crosscut shredders. The manufacturer doesn't list its bin capacity, but users estimate it to be about 3 gallons. It's a "wastebasket" shredder, so you'll have to lift off the motor and cutters to empty its contents. Users say this model's "easy lift" handle helps with this. Some users say paper can get stuck in the cutters every now and then.
Basic media handling and safety features. The Walmart 6-Sheet Crosscut Shredder with Easy Lift Handle includes two safety features: a cover on the insertion slot for when it's not in use, plus a patented SafeSense feature that shuts off the motor if an object is forced into the slot. This feature earns mixed reviews from owners, some of whom say paper and cards must be fed in at a certain angle to avoid triggering the safety mechanism. This Walmart shredder can handle staples, small paper clips and credit cards – just be careful not to overload it.
Decent bang for the buck. The Walmart 6-Sheet Crosscut Shredder with Easy Lift Handle is a good value for personal use, especially considering its ability to shred things like staples and credit cards as well as its basic safety features. If you're shredding needs are limited to destroying things like tax forms or bank statements, this Walmart shredder may be an affordable way to further secure your sensitive information. It comes with a one-year warranty and three years on the cutters.
Nearly 700 owners rate and review this six-sheet budget shredder at Walmart.com, with more than 90 percent saying they'd recommend it to a friend. Most users say it's a good value, as long as you respect its limits. The main drawbacks noted are noise and some inconveniences when feeding paper.
Review: 6-Sheet Crosscut Shredder with Easy Lift Handle, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2013