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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.
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.