HSM Shredstar X5

Test 04/2020

  • HSM Shredstar X5 - testing
  • HSM Shredstar X5 - front
  • HSM Shredstar X5 - back
  • HSM Shredstar X5 - left
  • HSM Shredstar X5 - right
  • HSM Shredstar X5 - boxed
  • HSM Shredstar X5 - bottom
  • HSM Shredstar X5 - top
Test seal: HSM Shredstar X5, Rating 9

last modified: 23.03.2020, 12:32

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All rating criteria details:

Safety 30%
Handling 20%
Volume 20%
Cut quality 20%
Speed 10%
Tested by: Thomas



The Shredstar X5 is a compact document shredder which showed one of the best performances in the test. You can shred up to ten pages in one go with this model. Even plastic items like CDs and DVDs are no problem for the shredder. Compared to its competitors, it also offers several LED control lights, which prove to be quite useful in practice.


  • Extra compartment for CD and credit card cuttings
  • Large collection container with large viewing window
  • Powerful engine
  • Extensive readiness indicators


  • No parental lock
Good workmanship and a strong motor characterize this device.

Special features

With the Shredstar X5 you can shred up to ten pages of paper in one go. This is made possible by the very powerful motor the model is equipped with. This is also the only shredder in the test that has a warning light for the level of the wastebasket.


The Shredstar X5 is designed completely in black and looks very robust. The control panel in the upper area is set off in silver, which gives a nice contrast overall. On request, you can also order this compact model in white.

Starting up the shredder

With this shredder, too, it is sufficient for the sheets to touch the sensor on the feed shaft. Then the shredder starts automatically and switches off again immediately as soon as there is no more paper in the tray. The reverse mode, with which you can eliminate a paper jam, is activated by a separate switch. If the shredder gets too hot during operation, it switches off automatically thanks to the built-in temperature sensor. In the test, this happened at a temperature of 44 degrees Celsius. But after about 14 minutes the shredder is ready for use again. This model has a temperature LED as well as a warning light when the wastebasket needs to be emptied.

Collection volume, cut size and additional

With a performance of up to 85 pages per minute, the Shredstar X5 shredder is one of the most powerful models in the test. The shred bin is also relatively large with a volume of 18 litres; about 65 pages can be stored here. To empty the paper bin, you have to lift the complete cutting unit once. A carrying handle on each side makes it much easier to remove. Positive: The viewing window shows you when it is time to empty the paper container.

The result of the shredding process are small paper shreds measuring only 4 x 35 millimetres. Positive: Staples and paper clips do not have to be removed before shredding, which saves you a lot of time. However, if you want to shred a large amount of paper, it is still recommended that you remove them, as this will increase the life of the cutting unit. The manufacturer HSM gives you a guarantee of six months from the date of purchase; an additional guarantee is not offered.

The Shredstar X5 comes with a second collection container. This is designed for plastic waste because you can even shred chip and credit cards as well as CDs and DVDs. But this is not the only advantage of this model in the test: The richly illustrated user manual, which comes to your home in several languages, is also easy to understand.

We have evaluated about 50 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, we can say that about 60 percent of the buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are a good 35 percent of users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 3.4 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 60% positive and 35% negative ratings

Here you have to note that at least at Amazon the ratings for two different devices have been combined. We have tested the HSM Shredstar X5 "White Edition". At Amazon, this device runs under the colour "white". There is an identical device "black/silver".

The "wrong" shredder runs under the colour "white/silver". The ratings then refer to a completely different design.

The following points were positively noted:

  • Large collection container
  • Quiet
  • Separate CD container
  • Powerful

Negative comments were made on the following points:

  • Plastic gear parts
Manufacturer HSM
EAN 4026631047777
Height 405
Width 335
Depth 225
Weight 4.75 kg
Scope of delivery Shredder, manual, CD container
Manual language GER and more
Quality of instructions Excellent
Max. number of sheets 10 (measured)
Capacity litres 18 l
Automatic switch-off Automatic temperature control, paper sensor, overfill
Power consumption 60 Wh (1 sheet) - 118Wh (10 sheets)
Maximum volume 74,7 dB
Speed 1 Sheet 6.8 s
Speed max. number of sheets 6.8 s
Sheet/minute 85
Cut size 4 x 35 mm
CD shredder Yes
Card shredder Yes
Staples/paper clips to remove No
Extra container for CDs/cards Yes
Quality impression Excellent
Additional warranty No
Stand-by power consumption 1 Wh
Cut quality

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How many sheets can be destroyed per minute?
We measured 85 sheets per minute.
How loud is the shredder?
We measured the highest volume at 74.7 dB.
How big is the HSM Shredstar X5?
The shredder is 40 cm high, 33 cm wide and 22 cm deep.
Is this shredder suitable for private households?
How much does the shredder weigh?
The shredder x5 weighs approximately 4.2 kg.


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