Earlier this year I decided to try and declutter and, in particular, tackle the paperwork mountain that had built up over a number of years. As this included sensitive documents including old bank statements, bills and other documents containing personal information I needed a way of disposing of this securely.
This Texet shredder was an inexpensive purchase costing less than £10 from a discount outlet. I chose this due to its low sale price and small size as I don't now want to replace a mountain of papers with a bulky appliance. This is small and discreet and can be stored inside the box it came in between uses. That unfortunately is where the positives begin and end.
One of the obvious disadvantages of a small shredder is that the capacity is very small and the basket containing the shredded paper needs to be emptied frequently during use. That in itself isn't too problematic but I hadn't also taken into account the limited numbers of papers that this shredder can cope with at any one time. The shredding blade here is pretty weak and this can only really cope with a single sheet of paper at any one time which means shredding large quantities of paper can be slow going.
At the same time, this has an auto cut off safety function which kicks in after several minutes of continuous shredding. This really doesn't take very long to come into play and, with a sheet at a time, shredding becomes really long winded, coupled with the regular emptying of the bin. Failure to empty the bin regularly will also result in the safety cut out kicking in and the shredder can't be used for around ten minutes until the motor has cooled down sufficiently.
This all makes for a very frustrating shredding experience! In all, I wouldn't recommend this shredder unless it is only every going to be used for very small quantities of paper in one sitting. It might be suitable for somebody who is very organised and vigilant about shredding each document that comes through the door! For me, I had to pay out more money to buy a shredder with a stronger motor and greater capacity.
I bought this shredder as it was on offer at my local supermarket and thought it would be easy to shred my documents rather than burn them.
The shredder itself is easy to use. It is essentially a bucket with a motor sat on top that you feed paper through. One of the few advantages of this shredder is that it is quite small, so for storage purposes it is a lot easier. However its small size is also a slight hindrance as this also means that the bucket itself holds less. This is not a big issue - I'm just lazy.
The shredder however only takes 6 pieces of paper, which when you have a few takes a while to feed through. The other disadvantage is that you can only shred so many pieces at a time and then you have to let the machine cool down. When you can only shred 6 pieces of paper at a time and then have to let the machine cool after 2 minutes of shredding it does become tiresome. The shredding itself serves its purpose, the documents are shredded, however I've found the strips they are shredded into are quite wide. Having since used another shredder I have since found that the cross cut shredders make a much better job of destroying personal documents.
Overall the machine did its job, but for me I found it slow to use. It also stopped working completely after 6 months of infrequent use therefore I had to get another.
Would I recommend it? Not really. For a little extra money you can buy one that takes more sheets and cross cuts them.