Paper shredders have a unique role in the lives of those who use them. Whereas most technology tries to improve the way we create things, these devices do the opposite. They help us get rid of documents we no longer want – or maybe even want to prevent other people from ever seeing. Either way, a paper shredder is only as good as it’s destructive capabilities and this will – of course – vary between brands. Some brands are about as good as the trash their shredders are built to destroy – probably doing a poor job and not lasting very long – while others are built to last and can handle large volumes of paper on a daily basis without compromising performance. Since most people typically want the latter – a shredder that will deliver value for money – here are five major paper shredder brands for you to consider.
#1 – Formax
As a relatively new brand on the market, they’ve managed to make their mark during their 5-year stint. Their shredders are built very well and could definitely be expected to last (though since they’re a young company – time will have to tell for sure in a few years). Customer opinion on their products has been favorable so far and they have clearly carved out a space in the market for paper shredders as the newcomer keeping up with the more well-known brands.
#2 – DestroyIt
These shredders are made in Germany and are probably the best brand around. Their prices can be as high as their quality but their shredders are extremely easy to use and well equipped with powerful blades that get the job done quickly and efficiently. They are, perhaps, best suited to heavy use in an office environment.
#3 – Intimus
They are one of the veterans of the paper shredder market. Having been around for ages, they’ve had plenty of time to fine tune their craft and currently make shredders that are up to par with the best on the market. Their prices tend to be more affordable than DestroyIt – although it’s still worth checking.
#4 – HSM
These are some of the most sturdy and long-lasting shredders you’ll find anywhere. More than anything else, they seem to prioritize building products that will serve their customers for a lifetime and offer a range that spans small home users to large-scale commercial use.
#5 – Dahle
Another German-made brand, Dahle rounds off our list of five as the “average joe” of the paper shredder market. Manufactured in Germany to high quality standards like the DestroyIt brand – but typically selling for less – they are a popular choice among home users.
All of these brands make quality shredders and the decision as to which to choose is more personal preference (and budget) than anything else.