Top 5 Best Paper Shredders for Business Use

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Looking for a new paper shredder? Today’s paper shredders can chop through thick stacks of paper, and some can even handle items like staples, ID cards, or CDs with ease. But finding the right shredder to fit both your budget and the unique needs of your business can be tough. These five shredders are ideal for business use, whether you have a home office set-up, or a more traditional workspace. If you feel overwhelmed when you look at the display of shredders at the office supply store, allow us to take the guesswork out of shredder shopping. Here are five great options to choose from.

1. HSM Shredstar BS10Cs Cross Cut Paper Shredder



If you own a small business, or simply work part time out of a home office, then you may find this paper shredder suits your needs. This paper was given an A- grade by the Good Housekeeping team, and actually beat out shredders by big names like Fellowes, Black & Decker, and Office Max, among many others. While this shredder is designed to take only 10 or 12 sheets a time, Good Housekeeping found it could take even more sheets than advertised, and it can also handle staples or paperclips attached to your documents.

Price: $156.86

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  • Easy to feed
  • Fairly quiet
  • Easy to move around
  • Fairly affordable
  • Top-rated

  • Some have reported sluggish customer support response times
  • Limited warranty on parts
  • Emptying the bin can be messy
  • Some users may prefer a higher bin capacity
  • Not the most attractive design

Find more HSM Shredstar BS10Cs shredder reviews and product information here.

2. Fellowes Powershred 79Ci



When WIRED compared five leading paper shredders, the Fellowes Powershred 79Ci came out on top. WIRED gave this shredder a score of 9/10 for “chomping through file folders, paper clips, and CDs like a champ.” The shredder also includes a sensor that will prevent you from getting your fingers clipped, as well as a durable feeder that can handle even intentionally mis-fed items.

Price: $166.19 (64 percent off)

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  • Safe
  • Rugged
  • Easy to use
  • LED display
  • Shreds more than just paper

  • 20-minute cooling-off period after long runs
  • High MSRP (but fairly easy to find on sale online)
  • Six gallon capacity may not be enough for large jobs
  • There are more secure cross-cuts out there
  • Maximum run time is a mere 12 minutes

Find more Fellowes Powershred 79Ci reviews and product information here.

3. Swingline Stack-and-Shred 100X



IF you tend to shred documents that are all the same size, this is a great shredder. You can place up to 100 sheets into the shredder, and it does the rest. While it can handle cards and envelopes, you might want to remove mail from its envelope prior to shredding. While it is quite small, this is a relatively heavy unit, weighing about 27 pounds. It has a fairly large capacity bin, which means you can get away with emptying it less frequently. However, unlike other models on this list, this shredder does not have casters on the bottom for easy movement.

Price: $180.91 (40 percent off)

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  • Has both manual and auto-feed slots
  • Handles paper, credit cards, paper clips, and staples
  • Seven gallon waste basket
  • Compact, squat design
  • Easy to empty

  • Heavy (weighs almost 30 pounds)
  • While it’s great for shredding paper in bulk, it’s not ideal for thicker folders or other items
  • Five minute duty cycle
  • Manual slot can jam
  • Limited machine warranty (cutters under warranty for seven years)

Find more Swingline Stack-and-Shred 100X reviews and product information here.

4. Staples 16-Sheet High-Speed Cross-Cut Shredder



PC Mag featured this Staples shredder in their roundup of the best shredders for your home or small office. In addition to cutting through stacks of paper, this shredder is more than equal to the task of destroying CDs, paper clips, staples, and credit cards (though the latter can be tricky at times.) The shredding bin holds up to 7.6 gallons of waste, but the shredder goes through so many feet of paper at once that you may have to empty the bin more often than you might think.

Price: $189.99

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  • Simple, minimalist controls
  • Automatic jam protection
  • Rated for 16 pages at a time (but can handle more in a pinch)
  • Shreds 14.5 feet per minute
  • Easy to move around

  • Only shreds for about eight minutes before it needs to rest
  • Cards can be harder to shred than paper
  • Excruciating 40-minute cooldown period
  • Better for fast shredding of small jobs than big ones
  • May be too powerful for some small businesses

Find more Staples 16-Sheet High-Speed Cross-Cut Shredder reviews and product information here.

5. Sentinel Pro FX20C24P



This beefy, high security shredder can handle up to 20 sheets of paper, two credit cards or one CD/DVD in a single pass. The shredder has some nice features, including a 8.6 gallon waste basket, an overheating indicator light, and a manual reverse function.

Price: $231.60

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  • Nice controls
  • Big waste receptacle
  • Cuts through papers that have staples in them
  • Easy to empty
  • Has casters

  • Only under warranty for one year
  • May not be as quiet as one expects
  • Won’t appeal to those who want a more compact machine
  • Basket window could be a bit bigger
  • May not be up to the needs of very large companies, or companies with a lot of paper waste

Find more Sentinel Pro FX20C24P reviews and product information here.


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