How to Choose the Best Shredder For Your Purposes


Security Level
DIN 32757
Home / Office
1 - 4 Users
Up to 500 sheets/day
Business
5 - 9 Users
Up to 2000 sheets/day
Commercial
10+ Users
More than 2000 sheets/day

Security Level 1:
• Strip width ≤ 12mm.
• Strip Length ∞

General/Low Security, everyday use at home,
but not for confidential information.

Not recommended by
Shredder Warehouse

Not recommended by
Shredder Warehouse

Not recommended by
Shredder Warehouse

Security Level 2:
• Strip Width ≤ 6mm.
• Strip Length ∞
• Strip Area ≤ 800mm2.

Low/Medium Security, private information, internal documents.

Ideal 2270,
Ideal 2220,
Ideal 2360,
Intimus Pro 20 SC2 shredder,
Intimus 26 SC2 shredder,
Intimus 32 SC2/CC3 shredder,
Intimus 1000 SC2/CC3 shredder,
Intimus 2000 SC2/CC3 Shredder,
Fellowes P-38,
Fellowes 70S,
HSM Securio B22 shredder,
HSM Securio C16 shredder,
 
Ideal 3104,
Intimus 60 SC2/CC3 shredder,
Intimus 3000 SC2 shredder,
Fellowes 225i/225Ci,
HSM Securio B34 shredder,
HSM Securio P36 shredder,
Fellowes 90S,
Rexel RES1223 Mercury Executive Shredder,
Rexel RDS2250 Mercury High Volume Office Shredder,
Rexel RDS2270 Mercury High Volume Office Shredder,
Rexel Mercury RES1523 Strip Cut Shredder,
Rexel Mercury RSS2434 Strip Cut Shredder,
Rexel V120 High Performance Personal Shredder,
Fellowes 2339S Shredder,
Rexel Shredder RSX1834,
Ideal 2404 Shredder,
Kobra+1 SS4 Shredder,
Kobra 240.1 S4,
Kobra 260.1 S4,
Kobra 300 SS4,
Kobra 300 SS5,
ShredinaBin with KOBRA 300.2S4 cutting head,
Kobra 300.2 SS4,
Kobra 410 TS S5,
Kobra 400 S5,
 
Intimus 175 SC2/CC3 shredder,
Fellowes 425i/425Ci,
Fellowes 485i/485Ci,
HSM Securio P40 shredder,
HSM Securio P44 shredder with auto oilier*,
Fellowes 3140S,
Intimus 130 SP2/CP4 shredder,
Fellowes 125i,
Fellowes Powershred 325i/325Ci,
Fellowes Powershred 385i/385Ci,
 

Security Level 3:
• Particle Width ≤ 4mm.
• Particle Length ≤ 80mm.
• Particle Area ≤ 320mm2.

Medium Security - Confidential and sensitive information

Fellowes P-48C,
Intimus Pro 20 SC2 shredder,
Intimus 32 SC2/CC3 shredder,
Intimus 1000 SC2/CC3 shredder,
Intimus 2000 SC2/CC3 Shredder,
HSM Securio B22 shredder,
HSM Securio C16 shredder,
Intimus 26 CC3 shredder,
Fellowes 73Ci,
Fellowes 63cb,
Rexel Stack & Shred Auto+60 Home/Personal Shredder,
Rexel Stack & Shred Auto+100X Personal Shredder,
Fellowes P-35C,
Fellowes Ds-1 Cross Cut Shredder,
Gold Sovereign Shredder,
Paper Monster L220,
 
Ideal 3104,
Intimus 60 SC2/CC3 shredder,
Fellowes 99Ci,
Fellowes 125Ci,
Fellowes 225i/225Ci,
HSM Securio B34 shredder,
HSM Securio P36 shredder,
Intimus 3000 CC3 shredder,
Rexel RDX1850 Mercury High Volume Office Shredder,
Rexel RDX2070 Mercury High Volume Office Shredder,
Fellowes 2331C,
Paper Monster L163,
Kobra+1 CC4 Shredder,
Kobra 240.1 C4,
Kobra 260.1 C4,
ShredinaBin with KOBRA 300C4 cutting head,
ShredinaBin with KOBRA 310TS-AF-C4 cutting head,
Kobra 300.2 C4,
Kobra 300 AF.1,
Kobra 410 TS C4,
Kobra 400 C4,
 
Intimus 175 SC2/CC3 shredder,
Fellowes 425i/425Ci,
Fellowes 485i/485Ci,
HSM Securio P40 shredder,
HSM Securio P44 shredder with auto oilier*,
Intimus 130 SP2/CP4 shredder,
Fellowes AutoMax 130C,
 

Security Level 4:
• Particle Width ≤ 2mm.
• Particle Length ≤ 15mm.
• Particle Area ≤ 30mm2.

Medium/High Security - confidential and commercially sensitive documents

HSM Securio B22 shredder,
Rexel Prostyle+ 5 Cross Cut Shredder Black,
Rexel Prostyle+ 5 Cross Cut Shredder White,
Rexel Prostyle+ 7 Cross Cut Shredder Black,
Rexel Prostyle+ 7 Cross Cut Shredder White,
 
HSM Securio B34 shredder,
HSM Securio P36 shredder,
HSM Securio P36 with auto oiler,
Fellowes AutoMax 300C,
HSM Securio B34 shredder with auto oiler,
HSM Securio P44 Super Micro Cut shredder with auto oiler,
Rexel Stack & Shred Auto+200X Office Shredder,
Rexel Stack & Shred Auto+300X Office Shredder,
Rexel Stack & Shred Auto+750X Large Office Shredder,
Rexel Mercury REX1323 Cross Cut Shredder,
Rexel Mercury RSX1834 Cross Cut Shredder,
Rexel Prostyle+ 12 Cross Cut Shredder,
Rexel V65WS Promax Compactor Shredder,
Ideal 2404 Shredder,
Intimus 802CC Shredder,
Kobra+2 CC2,
Kobra 240 C2,
Kobra 300 CC2,
ShredinaBin with KOBRA 300CC2 cutting head,
Kobra 310 TS CC2,
Kobra 400 C2,
 
Intimus 175 CC4 shredder,
HSM Securio P40 shredder,
HSM Securio P44 shredder with auto oilier*,
HSM Securio P40 shredder with Auto Oiler,
Fellowes AutoMax 500C,
Fellowes AutoMax 200C,
Fellowes Powershred 325i/325Ci,
Fellowes Powershred 385i/385Ci,
 

Security Level 5:
• Particle Width ≤ 0.8mm.
• Particle Length ≤ 13mm.
• Particle Area ≤ 10mm2.

High/Maximum Security - top secret or classified documents; required for government, military and research institutes

Fellowes Powershred 99Ms,
Rexel Stack & Shred Auto+100M Personal Shredder,
 
Rexel Stack & Shred Auto+500M Departmental Shredder,
Rexel RLM11 Shredmaster Large Office Shredder,
Intimus 502HS,
Intimus 602 HS Shredder,
Intimus 007SE Shredder,
Intimus 007SX Shredder,
Intimus 007SF Shredder,
Intimus 007SL Shredder,
Kobra 240 HS,
Kobra 300 HS,
Kobra 400 HS Auto-Oiler,
Kobra 400 HS-COMBI,
 
Fellowes 225mi MicroShred,
 

Security Level 6
(Unofficial Standard):
• Particle Width ≤ 1mm.
• Particle Length ≤ 5mm.
• Particle Area ≤ 5mm2.

Maximum Security - top secret or classified documents; required for government, military and research institutes

  Intimus 60 CC6 shredder,
Rexel RDSM750 Mercury High Security Office Shredder,
Rexel RDSM770 Mercury High Security Office Shredder,
Kobra 310TS HS-6,
Kobra 400 HS-6 Auto-Oiler,
 
 



What to look for:

  • Security

    You need to determine how sensitive or confidential your information is. Most shredder manufacturers use the DIN 32757 Standard which has 5 levels of security. A 6th level has been added unofficially. Generally, a home can get away with low level security (Levels 1 - 2) by using a strip cut shredder, whilst an office, school, college, university, law enforcement, financial/insurance institution or government department with commercial and sensitive documents will need a higher level of security (Levels 3 - 5 or even 6) by using a cross cut shredder.

  • Strip or Cross/Confetti/Particle Cut

    With the strip cut you will get a higher output, whilst with the cross cut the particle size will give you greater security for your data and reduce the volume of paper waste. Paper from strip cut can be reassembled. Waste from the confetti cut is much harder to re-assemble, and DIN levels greater than 3 are almost impossible due to the size of particles.

  • Performance

    The number of users and the number of sheets of paper you need to shred at one time or in a day will determine the size of machine you require. Are there end of month jobs you need to do that will take large volumes? A higher capacity shredder with a large waste volume will be better for you and be less time consuming for your staff.