The Gloves Are Off – Intimus Vs. Destroyit Paper Shredders

Destroyit Paper ShreddersIf you are a business, government agency or military organization and are looking for the best paper shredder around, you have probably run across the names Intimus and Destroyit (found here). Both brands of paper shredders have been around for decades. So when the dust clears, which of these two models should you ultimately consider using? Having used dozens of models from both manufacturers, I have my favorite and I’d like to explain why.

Before I explain my personal preference, I’d like to say that both Intimus and Destroyit make good shredders. Years ago Intimus was run by a German company called Schleicher. Back then Intimus was easily one of my favorite paper shredder brands. Several years ago they were bought out by Martin Yale. While Intimus is still a great brand, they have changed a little from what they once were.

Destroyit paper shredders are made by Ideal Krug & Priester and have been made in Germany since 1951. They are distributed in the USA by MBM Corporation. The continuity in German manufacturing and quality engineering has resulted in Destroyit being one of the most preferred names in the paper shredding industry.

So if I were lined up in front of an equally capable Intimus and Destroyit shredder, which one would I choose? Based on customer satisfaction and personal experience, I would have to pick Destroyit hands down. Over the years, Destroyit has simply developed into one of the most solid paper shredder brands around.

Here are a few reasons why I would consider Destroyit over Intimus:

  • Quality – Destroyit shredders continue to be made using the same high-quality standards that have been used for decades. The cutting shafts are made entirely of hardened steel and feature a lifetime warranty. Quality management by Destroyit is certified under DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 standards. Do I consider Destroyit shredders to be of better quality than Intimus? Yes, I do.
  • Simplicity – Have you ever used a paper shredder that had buttons and lights all over it that looked as if it was from a sci-fi movie? That can be very frustrating. Destroyit shredders, on the other hand, are EXTREMELY easy to use. The controls on their office are all contained in a simple rocker button. That button lets you turn on the shredder and put it in reverse. That same button also includes warning and indicator lights.
  • Safety – Destroyit paper shredders are by far some of the safest available. I especially like the transparent safety shield that they include in the feed opening. While I still recommend using common sense while operating a shredder, I don’t feel unsafe at all while operating a Destroyit shredder.

Here are some Destroyit paper shredders that I personally recommend:

  • Destroyit 2360 (found here) – This is one of the most affordable Destroyit paper shredders that features the new rocker button design that I absolutely love.
  • Destroyit 2604 (found here) – This is a great all-around office paper shredder. It is available in a strip or cross cut version and includes an automatic oiler.
  • Destroyit 2604 SMC (found here) – This is an excellent Level 6 high security paper shredder. It is a solid machine and includes an automatic oiler.
  • Destroyit 3105 (found here) – If you need a great departmental paper shredder that can be used by multiple people in the office throughout the day, this is the shredder for you.
  • Destroyit 4005 SMC (found here) – This is a great high-end high security Level 6 paper shredder. If you don’t want to fork out a lot of money for the Intimus 0077SL, this is a great alternative.

Hopefully this has helped you determine the right shredder for your office. You can find our entire selection of Destroyit paper shredders here and Intimus paper shredders here. If you still have questions about Intimus or Destroyit paper shredders, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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