These are key features that make the job to be done easier, safer and more affordable.
Look for shredders that feature jam-proof or high jam-prevention technology. Often this technology is paired with key jam-reduction functions like auto-reverse, a throat capacity indicator and a more powerful shredding motor. Always check the item description for jam-prevention features that will make your job a little easier.
Shredder safety comes in many forms, from lock-out features that disable the gears when not in use to touch-sensitive bars that pause the unit's operation if a hand gets to close. Most shredders come with a way to reverse the motor, but read the description carefully to ensure you're getting the necessary safety features for the people who will be using it.
If shredding is part of your everyday routine and energy costs are a concern or if you’re just trying to save money, look for units that feature the Energy Star label. No matter how often you use it, energy savings will definitely add up throughout the year.
Depending on the size of your office and the size of each shredding session, consider whether you’ll need a slim design with a 2-gallon waste bin or a larger unit that holds 5 or more gallons.
Often overlooked, don’t forget to check the noise level of your intended shredder. After 15-20 minutes of shredding, the whirring and grinding can be hard on others in the office, especially when phone conversations are the norm. If noise reduction is a factor, look for shredders that feature a noise level of 75 dB or less.