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Powerful and Easy to Empty (Use Plastic Grocery Bag) ... But Loud and Top Heavy
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2017
This is my second purchase of this model shredder after the first one died after 5 years and 11 months. What I believe killed it was shredding a credit card by inserting it alone directly over the safety tab/switch inside the paper slot. (In the future I will tape the plastic card off center so that it doesn't feed directly over the switch.)
I have used, owned or looked at many shredders over the years. I have owned larger professional type models with pull out drawers with larger capacity and I have owned (and tossed) the single sheet shredders that are ineffective because they take only singe sheets ... or jam ... or just create strips which isn't exactly a secure way to discard sensitive info.
For me a shredder has to be powerful enough to shred multiple sheets with staples. And it has to be fast to use and empty. Everything else is negotiable.
Here is why I purchased this shredder again (fortunately still available after 5 years) and here are the downsides ... cons.
Shreds well without jamming.
Easy to empty – tip: paper container will take a standard plastic grocery bag
Reasonable capacity for home use – empty once a week.
Loud – this thing screams … would be really annoying to use over a prolonged uninterrupted time.
Top heavy – to clean you need to lift off the heavy top and sit it on the floor (or somewhere). Besides being heavy, there will be a few hanging shreds that you will have to manually pick up.
All in all, I will take the that fact that it doesn’t jam easily and is easy to clean, particularly if you use a plastic grocery bag, over the annoying noise level and heavy top that needs to be removed to clean.
I can put in a few papers and walk away. I can empty this thing in less than 30 seconds without having to worry about chasing down a mess of stray paper pieces that fall out when emptying into another container. And this is why a bought this shredder again.