Thursday, May 15, 2008

Shredders: Getting a Good One


Looking for eye-catching office products? Sorry, this isn't the post for that. (Try here or here.) But if you could use a really good shredder, read on.

A good shredder can save you a lot of frustration, as Michele explains so well.

How do you pick a good shredder? Organizer Jamie Martin has this to say:
I recommend a Fellowes brand shredder. They are the market leader. ... Two things that separate many shredders from the rest are a quiet motor and how long you can shred before the motor overheats. Fellowes is known for having many models with a quiet motor and longer shredding time. [Quoted with permission.]
Jamie used to be the product manager of shredders at Fellowes and admits she may be a bit biased - but she also knows her shredders! Here's one medium-use shredder she's pointed her fellow organizers to; besides being a cross-cut shredder (a must) with a pull-out bin and credit card shredding capability, she notes that "it has the 'safe-sense' feature for added safety, especially needed if you have kids or pets in the house."

Personally, I've had a Fellowes shredder for years and it's worked well for me. Being older, mine doesn't have a pull-out bin; that's something I would certainly want if I were selecting a new one. I'm sure there are fine shredders made by other companies, too - but if you want to go with Fellowes, they have a shredder selector to help you find the one that's right for you. Even if you don't necessarily want a Fellowes brand, this selector may help you understand what features are available, so you can decide which ones matter to you.

You can read more recommendations at ConsumerSearch and Unclutterer.

Related Posts:
Shredders With Style
Serious Shredding
Staples MAILMATE Shredder
The Spoon Sisters
A Simple Shredder
Oddest Shredder Ever
Update: Six More Shredder Options


Anonymous said...

I've been going thru your blog for the past two hours or something. Your site is freaking great! haha and it's cool how you come up with creative ideas and finds. Keep it up. :) -Merryan, 19 from Manila

Jeri Dansky said...

Merryan: I'm so glad you're enjoying my blog. How did you happen to find me?

Michele said...

These are great, specific suggestions .

Jeri Dansky said...

Thanks, Michele. This is a post I'd been planning to write for a while, and your post about shredders gave me the push to finally do it.

merryan said...

Well I was kinda in my I-want-to-organize-my-bedroom phase again, so I searched the web for yknow, tips and pictures and stuff. I guess your site came up as one of the results.

I plugged your URL at my multiply site, btw. Hope you don't mind. It's at

Jeri Dansky said...

Merryan, of course I don't mind - I'm delighted!