Tips For Buying A Great Office Paper Shredder

Home Office Paper ShreddersWhether you work at home or run a business, finding the right paper shredder can be a bit of a task. You certainly don’t want to buy something that will break down in a few months, but don’t want to break the bank either. Here are a few useful tips you may want to follow when buying a good office paper shredder.

To begin with, not all paper shredders are created equal. The first thing I would recommend doing is staying away from most sub $100 department store shredders. Most of these shredders feature a poor build quality and often struggle shredding more than a few sheets of paper.

These are some features you will want in your office paper shredder:

Continuous Duty – It is a good idea to purchase a shredder with a continuous-duty motor. This means the shredder can run continuously without the need of a cool down period. Simply put, it won’t overheat. This is a good sign of a great shredder.

Throat Width – Be sure to get a shredder with a wide opening. Shredders limited to 9-inches wide makes it difficult to properly feed jumbled sheets of paper.

Cross Cut (Security Level) – I recommend getting a cross cut paper shredder. This is the best way to ensure your documents cannot be read or be re-assembled. A security level 3 is more than sufficient for a home office. You can read more on shredder security levels here.

Shred Capacity – This one seems like a no brainer, but I recommend getting a shredder with at least a 10 sheet shredding capacity. The more sheets the better, however, the higher the sheet capacity the higher the price.

Removable Bin – I hate having to remove the shredder head to empty a shredder. Get a shredder with a removable bin. This will keep things cleaner and will cut down on frustration.

Noise Level – While not all shredders specify their decibel rating, I recommend getting something that is at least 60 decibels or quieter for a home office.

Destroyit Brand Paper ShreddersBrand – While a brand isn’t always the end all answer, there are a few brands that continue to be hits with our customers. This includes Destroyit, HSM, Dahle, Intimus and Formax.

These are some of the most important features to take into consideration when buying a paper shredder. For more advice, feel free to speak with one of our paper shredder specialists at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

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