You’ve decided you want to buy a shredder, so you go into your office supply store and see a huge wall of them. How the heck do you choose which type to buy?
At a high level, there are three types of shredders:
- Strip-Cut: Cuts the paper into strips. Pretty much useless. My kids could put the document back together.
- Cross-Cut: Chops up the paper into little bits. This is the type of shredder I’ve always used. Good but with enough time and resources, it could be reassembled.
- Micro-Cut: Turns the paper into confetti. You’re not putting that document back together.
(Incidentally, Frank Abagnale is the Catch Me If You Can guy.)
He makes a pretty compelling case for choosing a Micro-Cut shredder. That’s the one I’ll buy when I replace mine.
- Here is a good Micro-Cut shredder for home use: AmazonBasics 6-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder.
- Here is a more heavy duty version: AmazonBasics 17-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder.
Now that’s a shredding job.