Our goal is to find the best home office shredder. Such a shredder should cost a maximum of 150 Euro, rather significantly less.
Especially important for a paper shredder is a cross cut. Strip cut is also in the private household no longer up-to-date and offers only insufficient security by a much too large particle size. Details on the security levels can be found below.
We regularly search the market for shredders that meet our criteria.
The test field is determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest). The devices are then purchased anonymously in the trade. After completion of the test, we regularly search the market for new products and carry out supplementary tests.
In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:
- Safety and security
- Cut quality
In order to evaluate the individual criteria, we have defined a standard test in each case. For example, the quality of the cut is evaluated by measuring the material to be cut. The destruction of individual pages, the maximum number of pages in the endurance test, is tested here. Here it is important that no particles are larger than specified by the manufacturer.
The volume, for example, is always measured at the same distance of one meter. This corresponds approximately to the distance to the ear.
In our test we had to notice clear differences in quality. The individual document shredders were particularly different in terms of volume, speed and uniform particle size.