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.
Awesome DocumentSnap reader Laura Kenway from Bookkeeping Essentials sent me this video by Frank Abagnale for Nevada State Bank: You need to shred your papers!.
(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.
Your site mentions Strip-Cut, Cross-Cut, and Micro-Cut; but fail to mention Nano-Cut (1mm/5mm). I have a GoECO Life Nano-Cut which is used for Security Level P7.