AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder
From AmazonBasics

Price: $34.99 Details

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Average customer review:
(4.5 stars, based on 1967 reviews)

Product Details

  • Brand: AmazonBasics
  • Model: AU860XA
  • Dimensions: 15.90" h x 7.30" w x 12.80" l,

Features

  • Cross-cut paper shredder with 8-sheet capacity; destroys credit cards (one at a time)
  • Shreds paper into strips measuring 3/16"x 1-27/32", meeting security level P3 standards
  • 3 minute continuous run time with 30 minute cool down cycle with overheat LED indicator
  • Angled feed entry for safety with auto start mode and manual reverse to clear paper jams
  • 4.1 gallon bin with see-through window to easily determine when bin is full; Integrated lifting handle for easy emptying; Backed by AmazonBasics 1-year Limited Warranty

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

105 of 105 people found the following review helpful.
5This shredder was a surprisingly good value and quieter than I expected
By Amazon Customer
I am not someone who uses a paper shredder every day, but when I do, I really use it hard. This shredder was a surprisingly good value and quieter than I expected. That said, my last one overheated and needed to be replaced. This shredder has a 3 minute constant run time and a nice overheat indicator light that should help prevent me from making the same mistake.

Another thing I want to comment on: I am always paranoid about buying anything electrical online. I fear it won't work properly and returning it will be a hassle. If your like me, you'll be happy to know Amazon leaves a little note inside the package that they test the paper shredder before shipping it to you!

114 of 120 people found the following review helpful.
4Very good shredder for home office
By Andrew
‚ÄčI purchased this shredder 3 months ago. Love it!
I was looking for something basic for my home office.

Pros:
- Instead of cutting vertically ("strip-cutting"), this shredder chops the sheets both horizontally and vertically ("cross-cut"). Instead of having some long spaghettis of papers, you get some little pieces of spaghettis, much harder for somebody to infer the original content.
- Automatic mode: the shredder starts automatically when you insert a sheet (you can disable this behavior). It will stop on its own if you don't insert anything else.
- The security trigger locks the shredder as soon you remove the head from the bin.
- It doesn't take much room.
- Transparent window to see through to know when to empty the bin.
- Not noisy.

Cons:
Nothing for now.

Notes:
Avoid plastic envelopes/papers. I tried to shred an envelope made of plastic. Pieces of plastic got stuck inside of the blades. It took me 20 minutes to get it clean. That's when the "reverse" feature comes handy.

I would recommend this item if you need something basic for daily use. If you want something for multiple people, I would go for something bigger.‚Äč

62 of 65 people found the following review helpful.
5Finally, the stack of old mail will go away!!!
By Kym
This works great! I don't typically test it with the full 8-sheet capacity, but I regularly put mail through that hasn't been opened yet, such as credit card offers, and it handles them just fine. I finally got rid of the huge stack of mail that had been building up on my counter because I didn't want to throw it away but I had lent my old shredder to a friend and never got it back. So, after some research I finally bit the bullet and bought a new one. I do like the cross-cut as my old one just did the strips. I feel this one is more secure, but it's not like I'm shredding secret government documents or million-dollar bank statements. Still, it would take some serious effort to try to put these bits back together.

I did try shredding a credit card and although it slowed a bit, it handled it. You just have to do those one at a time. I also put through stacks of paper and even if some of them got fed in at a bit of an angle, it didn't jam and everything went through fine. Again, it slows a bit, but that's fine as long as it doesn't jam.

The first day I got it, I used it for about a half hour and it didn't overheat or shut off. I pretty much filled up it on the first round and it was a trooper. I know you can put bags in it but since I just use it for paper, I simply empty it into my other recycle bag when it's full and ready to go out. That's better anyway since the bags are recyclable and I'm trying to be better about that.

This could also be used to make packing paper as the shredded bits would pack nicely around breakable items. Or, you could shred some pretty colored paper to make your own stuffing for presents. Or confetti. The possibilities are endless and I'm sure someone has made a Pinterest board about it.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with this and would recommend it. I've had good luck with the Amazon brand.

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