Finding the best paper shredder for home use can be difficult, as there is so much choice on the market. Here we will take a look at some of the best options, as well as other safe ways to get rid of old bank statements, bills and other sensitive information.
The only safe way to get rid of your old bills is to either shred them or burn them. Burning isn’t a very environmentally friendly option, so here we will focus on paper shredders. Cross cut shredders are the best, as they cut paper into tiny strips much like confetti, so it’s impossible to piece them back together. If you have a lot to get rid of, you might want to consider a shredder which is fast. You can check the speed in feet per second, to see how many documents you can destroy in a certain period of time. For home use however, speed usually isn’t hugely important.
You might also like to look for a shredder which is capable of destroying credit cards. Depending on the volume of paper you will be shredding, it might be important to check the size of the bin. If you shred large volumes, it’s best to choose one with a large bin so you won’t be having to empty it constantly. Similarly, it’s usually a good idea to choose a model with an easily removable bin so you don’t have to move the whole machine when it needs emptied.
One final thing to consider when looking for a shredder to safely destroy sensitive documents is the continuous run time. If you shred your documents frequently this probably isn’t an issue. However, if you prefer to save it all up and do one large batch, you’ll need to ensure the shredded can run for long periods. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for it to cool down before continuing.