Sentinel On Guard
The value-priced Sentinel On Guard is rated level 4 for security because it produces tiny, micro-cut confetti. There is a convenient viewing window on both sides of the waste bin, so you always know when it is time to empty it.
- Can shred 6 feet per minute
- Handle for easy lifting
- Can't take a lot of abuse
The GBC EX12-05 has a sleek and attractive curved front, which you’ll appreciate if you have to leave it out in plain sight at home. Its controls are simple, with just three buttons to worry about: forward, reverse, and auto.
- Powers through unopened junk mail
- Cool-down indicator
- Separate slot for cds and cards
Whether you need ultimate portability, or simply don’t want an electric model, this Muji Handy might just do the trick. It measures about 7 inches long, weighs less than a pound, and is operated with a convenient crank found on one end.
- Requires little storage space
- Best for small jobs
- Blades dull over time
The Aurora Desktop is a compact, yet powerful, option with a profile that is low enough to sit anywhere unobtrusively. If you want to dispose of private documents as soon as you are done with them, you can keep this model close at hand.
- Produces cross-cut confetti
- Generously sized handle
- Slot too narrow for multiple sheets
The Fellowes 79Ci uses a SafeSense technology to stop it when hands touch the paper opening, making it a good choice for those with small kids running around. It is also ultra quiet, so toddler (or adult) naps are never disrupted.
- Backed by a 2-year warranty
- Rarely ever jams
- Emptying it can be frustrating
Royal 1840MX Platinum Series
The Royal 1840MX Platinum Series is suitable for home use or light-duty office work. It can run continuously for 60 minutes before needing to cool down, only takes about five seconds to shred a single piece of paper, and has casters for mobility.
- Starts and stops automatically
- Alerts you when the bin is full
- Inserting paper can be tricky
The diminutive Bonsaii 6-Sheet is an affordable choice with a four-minute run time that is perfect for casual use. It has a 2.9-gallon bin capacity and an auto mode that starts working as soon as the sensor detects something in the slot.
- Can handle staples
- Larger versions also available
- Not the most powerful option
Fellowes Powershred 125Ci
The Fellowes Powershred 125Ci can take on any job, thanks to three levels of jam prevention technology and the ability to destroy paper clips and credit cards. Its slim design allows for convenient placement and makes it ideal for offices or homes with limited space.
- Can run continuously for 45 minutes
- Not overly loud
- Full-bin indicator
Capable of accommodating up to eight documents at once, the Aurora High-Security creates micro-cut pieces that will keep your sensitive data effectively impossible to reconstruct. The integrated handle makes it a breeze to empty when it’s time.
- Manual reverse function
- Overheating indicator
- A durable build
The AmazonBasics 24-Sheet is a high security, cross-cut option that can turn a letter-sized sheet of paper into pieces small enough to put your mind at ease. It is capable of handling CDs, DVDs, and credit cards, and is equipped with thermal protection.
- Ample 7-gallon bin
- Simple 4-mode switch
- 1-year limited warranty