• 6 to 15 Sheet Capacity
  • Amazon Basics quality
  • 6-gallon
  • 6 to 10 sheet capacity
  • 4.5-gallon pullout bin
  • High security micro-cut
  • Auto start & stop
  • Overheat protection
  • 8 sheet capacity

If you deal in sensitive information while working from home, a shredder is a necessary home office accessory. We reviewed dozens of shredders to bring you three great choices.

Perfect for working from home, this cross-cut shredder works well for destroying pay stubs, bills, receipts, bank statements, medical records, and other private documents or personal data.

More stable than a strip-cut shredder, the cross-cut functionality cuts diagonally in both directions through papers. Transforming your private sheets of paper into tiny protected paper particles. It can accommodate multi-page documents, and the removal of staples or small paper clips is not required first.

This shredder has all of the reliable functionality that you need.

Top WFH Features

  • 6 to 15 Sheet Capacity
  • Amazon Basics quality
  • 6-gallon

Stay safe from identity theft with the Aurora High-Security Micro-Cut shredder cuts through paper, CDs and credit cards. The 4.5-gallon pullout basket is the perfect home and small office.  The Aurora accepts up to ten sheets of paper at a time and shreds them into tiny pieces. The opening of the shredder is 8.7 inches wide to accommodate any document and has casters (wheels) for easy mobility. Keep vital information from falling into the wrong hands with this great quality shredder.

Top WFH Features

  • 6 to 10 sheet capacity
  • 4.5-gallon pullout bin
  • High security micro-cut

This small shredder is a great home office option because it can easily be stored and only used when needed. The Aurora Professional accepts up to eight sheets of paper at a time and shreds them into 1/4-inch strips at a speedy 9.8 feet per minute. Designed to provide economical document security, this paper shredder is the perfect home device to help keep you safe from identity theft.

In addition to paper, the shredder can destroy CDs and credit cards, keeping vital information from falling into the wrong hands.  The extendable arm fits over a wastebasket to easily collect the destroyed paper and documents.

Top WFH Features

  • Auto start & stop
  • Overheat protection
  • 8 sheet capacity

How Shredders Work

Shredders usually either cut the paper into strips or cross cut paper into tiny squares. Strip-cut shredders may use rotating blades to cut the paper and other materials into strips. Cross-cut shredders use two different sets of teeth that rotate in opposite directions, resulting in much smaller, square particles.

When objects are inserted into the shredder’s throat, a sensor is activated and the shredder pulls the paper into the jaws of the shredder. The paper or other material is pulled through the blades or “jaws” of the machine and typically fall into a receptacle that is part of the shredder.

The receptacles can vary in size and are measured in gallons. Some portable shredders do not have receptacles but can be easily fit over common waste baskets. Most shredders will stop functioning once the receptacle is full.