Paper shredder buying guide: How to find the best device for your home or office

We'll help you choose the best paper shredder to dispose of your confidential information safely.

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Key facts about paper shredders:

  • A paper shredder can help you destroy private, confidential and sensitive documents conveniently at home or in the office.
  • When choosing a paper shredder, you need to decide what size model you need and consider whether you want your paper shredded into strips, confetti or micro-confetti, depending on how secure your information needs to be.

Compare some of the best paper shredders

Data obtained January 2019. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
Name Product Average price (AUD) Type of cut Shredded sheets per pass Bin volume-L Purchase today
The Keji KESC7LTBK is an affordable model for basic document shredding.
Lenoxx XS-510
Lenoxx XS-510
The Lenoxx XS-510 is a basic shredder with a quiet motor for the home or office.
Lenoxx EC1018
Lenoxx EC1018
The Lenoxx EC1018 is a high security model designed for a home office.
The Kogan KAPPRSHRDRA is tailored for home office use and can shred credit cards and CDs.
Rexel Promax V60WS
Rexel Promax V60WS
Rexel’s Promax V60WS is quiet enough for home use.
Rexel Mercury RES1523
Rexel Mercury RES1523
Rexel’s Mercury RES1523 offers advanced features including credit card, paper clip and staple shredding.
Rexel Auto+ 100X
Rexel Auto+ 100X
Rexel’s Auto+ 100X is a powerful, personal shredder with auto-feed mode and jam-free technology.
Rexel Auto+ 100M
Rexel Auto+ 100M
Rexel’s Auto+ 100M provides high security for shredding your personal and confidential documents.
Fellowes Powershred 73Ci
Fellowes Powershred 73Ci
The Fellowes Powershred 73Ci is a modern paper shredder suitable for any home office.
Fellowes Powershred 90S
Fellowes	Powershred 90S
The Fellowes Powershred 90S is designed for personal home use.

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Types of paper shredders

The first decision you'll need to make when choosing a paper shredder is whether you need a home, office or commercial model. The right size for you depends on how often you need to use the shredder and how many people will be using it.

Standard specs for different shredder sizes
TypeNumber of usersRuntime (minutes)How many sheets of paper can be shredded at onceBin volume (litres)
Small office1-55-1010-3038-110
Commercial/large office5+30+20+114
Industrial machinesHigh volumeContinuousUnlimitedMore than 114

Cut type

Next, consider which cut type you'll need. Paper shredders have three different available cutting types: strip-cut, cross-cut and micro-cut. The best cut type for you depends on how securely your information needs to be disposed of.

Strip-cut: Long, vertical strips

  • Best for: basic, non-sensitive data

Cross-cut: Small diagonally cut confetti that is barely readable

  • Best for: sensitive, personal information

Micro-cut: Tiny, micro-confetti

  • Best for most secure and confidential information
What is regarded as sensitive information?

All personal information should be securely destroyed when it doesn't need to be stored anymore. This includes any documents that include your name, date of birth, bank and credit card details, passwords, pins and signatures.

Examples of sensitive documents could include passport and visa copies, bank statements, pay stubs, bills, receipts, legal documents, employment records, medical records, investment transactions, used plane tickets, tax forms and transcripts.

Security rating

Within the three different cutting types, there are seven different security levels from P1 to P7, with P1 being the least secure. Each paper shredder should clearly state on the packaging which security level it is rated for.

A P3 to P5 level shredder is generally sufficient for safely disposing of most confidential documents. Most people won't need a paper shredder with more than P5 security.

Security levelUseDocument examples
Low (P1-P2)
  • Everyday use at home or work
  • Non-sensitive information
Invoices, photocopies, everyday files
Medium (P3)
  • Frequently used for health-related information
  • Sensitive/confidential documents
Bank statements, tax returns, credit card account data
High (P4-P5)
  • Sensitive and confidential personal, corporate and government information
Secret documents, highly classified military information
Very high (P6-P7)
  • Top secret information
Government documents that need the highest level of security possible

How to compare paper shredders

A paper shredder could cost you from $20 to $399, depending on the brand, model and bin capacity.

When choosing a paper shredder, consider the following key features:

  • Processing time. The processing time includes both the time the shredder can run and a necessary cooling down period of about 15 minutes each cycle. If the shredder can only run for a short window before needing to cool down, it could take you a long time to shred many documents at once. If you're after a long running time, you'll need to pay more for a higher-end model.
  • Bin capacity. You will require a greater capacity if you use the shredder frequently and don't want to empty the bin or basket constantly.

Additional factors to think about:

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