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Fellowes Powershred 99Ci 100% Jam Proof

Pros: Rugged blades that will easily shreds folded, wrinkled paper. Stands out for its patented paper measuring sensor that makes the unit virtually jam-proof.

Cons: Some users reported that this model's bin bags do not fit well, resulting in pieces of shredded paper left in the bin.

Summary: Rugged design, ample features and jam-proof performance make the Fellowes Powershred the best paper shredder available.
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Royal 1840MX 18-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder

Pros: We love that this model will shred up to 18 sheets of paper at a time, making it the best choice for consumers that need to shred a lot of paper.

Cons: Costlier than other paper shredders we tested. Papers might get jammed if not inserted at the perfect angle into the paper slot.

Summary: This model might be too much for users who have basic paper shredding needs; but is an ideal choice for large paper shredding jobs.
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Royal Consumer MC14MX Micro Cut Personal Shredder

Pros: Stands out for shredding paper into micro-cut pieces. Ideal for consumers who want to shred private papers into extremely small pieces.

Cons: Big shredding jobs might cause the unit to overheat. Once hot, the shredder does not cool down quickly. Shreds less paper at a time than other models we tested.

Summary: The best choice for consumers who want the micro-cut option, otherwise the Fellows Powershred is the best choice.
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Aurora AU820MA 8-Sheet High Security Micro-Cut Pap...

Pros: An affordable model that offers efficient, 12-sheet shredding. Durable, basic design that is easy to use.

Cons: Doesn’t have the advanced features of other models we tested, but the value price is worth the sacrifice for consumers on a budget.

Summary: No bells and whistle, but a basic, affordable shredder that is ideal for basic paper shredding needs.