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I've had a pretty bad run of luck when it comes to shredders - three shredders in 18 months, one blew the electrics, one didn't even shred - it just sort of crumpled the paper.
I purchased this Rexel shredder on the staples website. I got it through work you get a discount the more you buy. On opening the box and taking it out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised with the look of it. It is more compact than others, which is probably due to the curved edges, curved drawer and the white and black contrast in colours make it stylish looking (well, as stylish as a shredder can look!). This now lives in our living room on the shelf and I have to say it doesn't stand out or make the shelf look like a stationary cupboard.
It is able to shred upto eight sheets at a time, and credit cards one at a time. At first I used this for office use and found it great for my 'every day' shredding needs. I took it home when doing a big clear out, which culminated in a bin bag of paperwork which needed shredding. The Rexel shredder couldn't cope with this too well - as every now and again it would overheat and took 5 to 10 minutes to work again.
I found the noise of this shredder to be pretty good, not half as loud as the other ones I've had.
Once full, the drawer is easy to access and easy to empty. It is also easy to squish the paper down to create more space, and the confetti cut ensures you can shred more than the ribbon cut.
Overall I have found this to be a pretty durable shredder, and although it can overheat, it is able to shred even with staples in and cuts up confidential information to a high standard. A shredder is one of those dull but necessary purchases for me, and because of this the main thing I look for is one that will last - which this one seems to be doing. Nine months and still going strong.
Sadly my shredder that had been good for many years broke a month or so ago and I did leave it a few weeks thinking I'd be fine without a shredder. However, the bills I wanted thrown away were piling up and I knew I missed having a shredder to get rid of confidential letters so I made the decision to get a new one. This time, the one I picked was by Rexel, it is called the ProStyle Confetti Cutter and it is a nice model, I've heard of the brand before and it seemed to get good reviews online. I also liked the look of it as it's not your usual black shredder but in white it is quite nice.
So, as mentioned it is a beautiful stylish white and black design and is rounded at the edges, the sides are a black plastic as are the buttons on the top and the body is white. It weighs 1kg, so not the lightest and it measures at 49 x 28.5 x 49cm and it has a 20 litre capacity which is good enough for me also. This shredder also has a handle and in general it looks quite stylish compared to other shredders out there and I do like that it is white as it stands out a bit more in my house. It has a lot of good functions and isn't too bulky either and is a good enough height and perfect for my home.
REXEL PROSTYLE CONFETTI CUTTER
Now, the main things you want to know when buying a shredder are how many sheets it shreds at once and what it can do. This shredder can shred 11 sheets of paper at a time which is more than my last one could do, it also accepts staples, credit cards and paperclips which is a very good feature as not many do. At first, I was a bit unsure about the credit card feature but I had to try it and so I placed it right in the centre of the shredding slot and it did indeed shred it with ease, you should only do one at a time though or you'll probably break the shredder but it is a very handy feature to have.
The shredder also shreds A4 paper into 4 x 35mm pieces and it has a shredding speed of 1.6m per minute. To use this machine is very easy as you only need to turn the on switch and it is ready to go once plugged in. You can put up to 11 sheets of paper in and then it will begin to shred once they are sat in the shredding slot. If you have made a mistake or have decided you don't want to shred something, you can quickly hit the reverse button which pulls the paper back up. It has an auto start/stop which is why once the power is on that it starts shredding, saving you clicking anything else.
Once paper is being shredded it doesn't seem to be too noisy which I like, it also has an induction motor which should help with quieter shredding. You can see the body start to get full which is also helped by it being more of a window to make it easier to see when the shredded paper has reached full capacity. With this shredder holding a maximum of 20 litres, it says that this is the equivalent to 200 sheets of paper so unless you have a home office and are shredding a lot, then this should take you a while to fill if you are only shredding the odd few bits of paper every day.
So far, I am very happy with my Rexel shredder, it really does seem to work well for my needs but maybe if you want something bigger then this won't be for you, this is best for a household or small office. I have had mine a month or so now and have had to empty it which has been very easy to do and it doesn't make too much noise when on. If you are only shedding a few bits of paper at a time and can't be bothered taking staples etc off documents, then this is the ideal shredder for you as it tackles all of this. The only downside to this model is that it is pricier than others on the market.
If you want to buy this Rexel ProStyle Confetti Cutter shredder then you can do from Argos and from Amazon where it will cost you £59.99 from Amazon which is the cheapest deal with free delivery.
The official Rexel website is http://www.rexeleurope.com/.
I needed to find a shredder after my last one had given up. I searched for a while and found the Rexel 6 sheet confetti style shredder. The shredder looks good and is not too big that it will take up too much space. It is a pretty good price for what it is, £39.99 at many shops at the time of writing this review.
I am now on to my second Rexel shredder as my first had to be taken back to the shop which I bought it. It states that it is able to cope with 6 sheets at once but I have found that this is too much for it to cope with. On my first shredder I used to put the 6 in at once but in the end the shredder would overheat and finally it struggled with 1 sheet of paper. Maybe it got sick of all of the shredding? I then had it replaced and since then I have put no more than 3 sheets in at once and everything seems to be fine.
The shredder is quite loud when it but this does not bother me much as the paper has been chewed in no time. There is also a carry handle on the top which I have not seen on other shredders. It makes moving the unit around very easy.
The shredder holds 7.5L which does not mean much to me. All I know is that I have to empty the bin every few minutes if I am shredding continuously. For added safety protection, the shredder has a thermostat which turns the unit off if it starts to overheat and it is finger safe so no risk of injury from any fingers finding their way inside the shredder.
The one thing that I wish they had thought about was the fact that, by the time it automatically stops to say it is full, it is very difficult to open the unit to empty it. Once you have managed to open the container where the shredded paper goes the paper ends up everywhere. It would have been good if they had made the shredder stop a little sooner to make emptying easier and less messy. There is a viewing window to see when the shredder needs to be emptied but I have found this useless as I place mine on the floor so you can not see inside.
The paper which comes out is cut into very small confetti cut strips, 4x35mm to be exact, which is very small and could not be read by any would be identity thief. The shredder says it can take paper clips, which it can, but it also says it can take credit cards. Try this at your own risk as if 6 sheets of paper can break it I do not like to think what a credit card could do.
A good shredder at a good price which looks very snazzy. The best part is the 2 year warranty though as, in my experience, you may need it.