Dispose of your documents thoughtfully with the best paper shredder in Australia for 2023

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This guide was first published on 9 June 2023. See more.

Throwing away your personal files and documents in the bin or recycling isn’t enough to prevent the wrong types of people from using them to try and steal your identity. The best way to dispose of documents securely in Australia is with a paper shredder.

Shredders come in a variety of shapes and sizes (and prices). They can often be used for disposing of more than just paper as well – many of the best models will also break down your credit cards and CDs to ensure they are safe from having information stolen.

And like a laptop, they are essential in a modern office, even if that office is at home.

But how do you choose the right model?

It can be hard to decide which paper shredder is right for your needs. To help, we’ve done extensive research of some of the best ranking sites on Google recommending paper shredders in Australia.

We filtered through the vast array of products, and came up with this list of the three best paper shredders in Australia.

If none of these products is quite right for you, we’ve pulled together a guide on what to look for when choosing a paper shredder at the bottom of the page.

These are the best paper shredder models in Australia right now

Centurion 7 Sheet Cross Cut Shredder

The Centurion 7 sheet Cross cut shredder is a powerful shredder capable of securely breaking down paper, CDs and credit cards easily.

Its cross cut mechanism ensures your documents are securely destroyed, with the feeder able to accept seven sheets of paper at a time. There’s a separate feeder for CDs and credit cards.

The 18 litre bin is large enough to let you shred a heap of papers before you empty it as well, making it a fine balance between capacity and ease of use.

Kogan Cross Cut 10 Sheet Paper Shredder

Kogan’s 10-sheet cross cut paper shredder is a great, affordable option that allows you to easily destroy up to 10 sheets of paper at a time.

It also offers a credit card and a CD disposal slot for destroying old bak cards and any disc media you may have data stored on.

A reverse function lets you easily backtrack in the event of a jam, while the 21-litre bin is large enough to let you destroy lots of papers before emptying.

With a shredding speed of 2.6 metres/minute, it is an efficient and affordable option for destroying old documents.

Fellowes Powershred 79Ci

This premium cross cit shredder from Fellowes is geared more towards the office user rather than private use, promising to be completely jam-proof.

It can also easily destroy paper clips and staples, so you don’t need to remove those items from stacks of documents.

It can churn through 16 sheets of paper at a time, with a 23 litre bin capacity for easy emptying.

It also has an automatic safety function that will stop the shredder automatically if it detects hands near the paper entry location.


How we chose the best paper shredders in Australia

Review sites – including this one – are subjective by nature. Everybody has a different opinion of what is best.

So to try and counter the fact that every best guide on the internet has a different opinion of what is best, we approached our list by combining the results of some of the top sites recommending paper shredders on the market today.

To determine this list, we followed the same journey most consumers would follow: we went to Google.

We searched for “Best paper shredder Australia” and identified 8 of the top results. It’s important to note that Google results can change often. The full list of sites we referenced is outlined below:

Top ranking sites

We listed out all of the paper shredders listed on each site, tidying up any slight differences in spelling for consistency.

We then calculated the frequency in which each product was mentioned across those eight guides. The more frequently a product is mentioned, the more agreement there is between experts reviewing these products that it is, indeed one of the best products available.

We set a minimum of three mentions across all eight guides to be eligible for inclusion here.

Before we created this page we took some time to remove products that are either unavailable, or difficult to find in Australia.

We also leveraged our own experience with products to ensure that we wouldn’t be recommending any product that doesn’t deliver.

Full list of products considered for this guide

Centurion 7 Sheet Cross Cut Shredder
Kogan Cross Cut 10 Sheet Paper Shredder
Fellowes Powershred 79Ci
MUJI Handy Shredder
Lenoxx Home and Office 5 Sheet Paper Shredder
Lenoxx Electric Home Office 21L Cross Cut Shredder
Kmart Cross Cut Shredder
J.Burrows Micro Cut Shredder S333
Fellowes Powershred 99Ci
Bonsaii Evershred model C149-C18
Amazon Basics 8-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Shredder
Zintan Mini Paper Shredder
TRU RED 16-Sheet Micro Cut Commercial Shredder
Swingline Style+ Super Cross-Cut Shredder
Robert Dyas 6-sheet Cross-Cut paper Shredder
Rexel Momentum X406 Cross Cut Paper Shredder
Rexel Mercury Res1523 Paper Shredder
Rexel Cross Cut Momentum X410 Shredder
Rexel 2101942UK
Rexel 2020050X
Lenoxx 21L Cross Cut Paper Shredder
Fellowes Powershred P-25S
Fellowes Powershred LX50
Fellowes Powershred 99Ms Micro-Cut Shredder
Fellowes PowerShred 6C
Fellowes Powershred 12C
Fellowes AutoMax 130C Auto Feed Shredder
Bonsaii DocShred C261
Bonsaii C237-B Shredder
Aurora AU1640XA
Aurora AU1275MA
Aurora AU1220XA
Amazon Basics 6-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Shredder
Amazon Basics 12-Sheet Micro Cut Paper Shredder
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Best paper shredder in Australia buying guide

A close up of the Kogan shredder, one of the best models in Australia

Thoughtfully and securely disposing of documents is an important task in a world where identity theft and scams run rampant. A paper shredder makes doing that quick and easy, as well as offering ways to reuse and recycle used paper.

Whether you want to buy one of the products featured above or something different, these are the things to look for when choosing a paper shredder.

Shredding type

Paper shredders will cut through paper in one of two main ways.

A strip cut shredder cuts paper into ribbons is a straight cut along the sheet of paper, generally a little more than half a centimetre wide. It’s better if you need to shred documents quickly, but is less secure than a cross cut shredder

A cross cut shredder will break down the paper even further, cutting it both lengthways and across. The end result is a confetti-like substance which is even more secure.

Cutting other materials

While you’re likely buying a shredder to help you securely dispose of paper documents, some models can also break down other materials as well.

Perhaps the most significant of these is the ability to securely dispose of credit cards, though you may also want to break down physical discs like CDs or DVDs if they have important data stored on them that you need destroyed.

You may also want a shredded that can handle staples or paper clips, so you don’t have to remove them from stacks of paper before shredding.

How much paper can it shred

Another important factor when deciding which shredder to buy is how much paper it can shred in one go. Having to manually feed individual sheets of paper into a shredder isn’t really efficient, so look for a model that can dispose of more than six sheets at a time.

Paper feeding

Look for a model that detects when you add paper into its feeder to automatically start the shredding process. You’ll also want a model that can reverse feed – basically pull the paper back up when the paper gets jammed.

Some models also boast an automatic feeder, so you can just drop a stack of paper into the feed and it will work through it automatically.

Bin capacity

The size of the bin dictates how frequently you’ll need to empty the shredder. But if you only need to use the shredder every now and then, a bigger bin will take up a lot of space. Try and find the right balance for your needs

Price

Paper shredders start at about $50, but can cost hundreds for a more premium model. It’s best to understand how advanced a shredder you need so you can buy the best model for your budget.


Update history
  • 9 June 2023 – First Published

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  • Nick Broughall

    Nick is the founder and editor of BTTR. He is an award winning product reviewer, who has spent the last 20 years writing, editing and publishing technology and consumer content for brands like Finder, Gizmodo and TechRadar.

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