Fellowes Powershred 73Ci

Test 08/2019

  • Fellowes Powershred 73Ci - front
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  • Fellowes Powershred 73Ci - boxed
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  • Fellowes Powershred 73Ci - fellowes-led
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  • Fellowes Powershred 73Ci - side
Test seal: Fellowes Powershred 73Ci, Rating 8.8

last modified: 23.03.2020, 11:59

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All rating criteria details:

Handling 20%
Safety 20%
Speed 20%
Volume 20%
Cut quality 20%
Tested by: Jonas



The Fellowes Powershred 73Ci is characterized by its fast operation. It has a modern design and a large capacity. This makes it possible to work comfortably and intuitively with it. It offers a high degree of work safety. However, our test showed that it requires a large amount of power and also has a large cut size.


  • High speed
  • Large capacity
  • High collection volume
  • Modern and elegant design
  • Ensures a safe working environment


  • High power consumption
  • Large cut size
  • High dust generation during shredding

360° View

A powerful device with large cutting size. Optimal for private use.

The Fellowes Powershred 73Ci stands out from the other shredders in our test with integrated SoftSense technology. This guarantees a high degree of safety. As soon as you touch the frame of the infeed slot, the device automatically and immediately stops the cutting process.

LED-Display of the Fellowes Powershred 73Ci.
The LED-display of the touchscreen-control panel lights up blue.

Special features

The Fellowes Powershred 73Ci also convinced in other categories of our test. It offers the largest capacity and the fastest cutting speed of our test as well as a touch screen control panel. Fellowes also excels in service with the Powershred 73Ci. In addition to the document shredder and an informative operating manual, the scope of delivery also includes the appropriate oil for oiling the knives and garbage bags for the shredder waste.


Visually, the Fellowes Powershred 73Ci convinces with its modern and at the same time elegant form. It is solid and very well manufactured. In addition to the Safesense technology and the clearly visible safety instructions, the relatively narrow infeed slot also contributes to safety. In addition, the touch screen control panel and various LEDs provide comprehensive information on the current operating status or possible problems such as paper jams or overheating.

Thermal image of the Fellowes Powershred 73Ci Particle Shredder
After use, the maximum temperature is 27.8°.


The shredder can be operated immediately after it has been connected to the mains and is switched on. The control panel and LEDs make this easy and provide the necessary assistance. When the machine is in operation, it is characterized by its fast (speed per sheet: 8 seconds; speed maximum possible number of sheets per operation: 11 seconds) and quiet operation (max. 78.9 dB). The performance of the machine is also positive: up to 15 sheets can be shredded in a single operation. It shreds up to 81 sheets in one minute. Anyone who wants to shred CDs, credit cards, documents with paper clips or staples can do this quickly and conveniently with this shredder.

The touch screen control panel is simple and convenient to operate and can be switched between 3 operating modes. This allows the shredder to be set to shred continuously. On the other hand, it is also possible that the Fellowes Powershred 73Ci only works when paper or other shreddable objects are inserted. In the event of a paper jam, it is possible to spit out the paper by simply touching the reverse button. Remarkable is also with this device that it is almost impossible that it overheats. Even if the Fellowes Powershred 73Ci was in continuous use for more than 15 minutes and had to destroy the maximum amount of paper that could be inserted during each operation, a maximum operating temperature of 30.7 degrees Celsius was not exceeded. However, the fact that the power consumption of the device during operation is relatively high has a negative impact: we were able to measure the maximum power consumption of up to 581.3 W. Even in standby mode, the shredder consumes 1.8 W constantly.

Capacity & Cut size

With a capacity of 23 litres, this document shredder has a collection volume of up to 160 sheets of paper. The cut size is 4 cm x 0.4 cm.

We have evaluated over 100 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 85 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are a good 15 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 85% positive and 15% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Shredding performance
  • Oil bottle included in delivery
  • Noise level

The following points were noted negatively:

  • Clamping device for the garbage bags would be useful
Manufacturer Fellowes
EAN 0438596425264
Scope of delivery Oil, garbage bags, user manual
Quality impression Excellent
Packaging Printed with information
Additional warranty No
Quality of instructions Excellent
Width 39 cm
Height 54 cm
Depth 25 cm
Weight 11,045 kg
Stand-by power consumption 1.8 W
Power consumption 581.3 W
Capacity litres 23
Max. number of sheets 15
Automatic switch-off
Automatic reversal technology No
Readiness indicator
Sheet/minute 81
Number of sheets Collecting container 160
CD shredder
Extra container for CDs/cards No
Speed 1 Sheet 8 sek
Speed max. number of sheets 13 sek
Staples/paper clips to remove No
Card shredder
Maximum volume 78
Plastic wrapping
Safesense technology
Cut size 4 cm x 0.4 cm
Highest temperature 30.7 °C
Cut quality

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