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Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Review

This shredder is perfectly sized, powered, and priced for home office use
Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut
Credit: Amazon
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Price:   $45 List | $40.48 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, reliable, fast
Cons:  Loud, bin could be easier to empty
Manufacturer:   Amazon
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jun 18, 2021
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RANKED
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  • Shredding Quality - 40% 5.8
  • Speed - 35% 6.5
  • Ease of Use - 15% 5.7
  • Noise - 10% 3.0

Our Verdict

The Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut fits that perfect niche where it is small enough to not dominate a small office, yet powerful enough for the occasional big shredding session. It is also inexpensive enough that it won't eat up too much of your home office budget. Because it balances all of those qualities so well, this is likely the shredder we would suggest to most people. There are only two reasons we would advise going with a different model: if you regularly shred stacks of 50+ pages at a time, or if you personally want the added security of a micro-cut model. Otherwise, we think the Amazon Basics 8-Sheet is both a great option and a great value.

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Pros Inexpensive, reliable, fastHigh quality shredding, micro-cut, helpful indicator lights, user-friendlySpeedy, compact, user-friendly interface, budget-friendlyHigh security, inexpensiveSmall and compact, inexpensive
Cons Loud, bin could be easier to emptyInsecure handlesDifficult to empty, heavy lid, medium securitySlow, loud, can't shred CDsSlow, not particularly powerful
Bottom Line This shredder is perfectly sized, powered, and priced for home office useA paper shredder that offers high security micro-cutting, helpful indicator lights and an easy to empty waste binA speedy, compact, and intuitive paper shredder, perfect for household use at a price you just can't beatA decent choice if you don't shred often but want the highest securityA great space saver if you only need to shred documents occasionally
Rating Categories Amazon Basics 8-She... Amazon Basics 8-She... Aurora AU1230XA Ant... Amazon Basics 6-She... Aurora AS420C Desktop
Shredding Quality (40%)
5.8
9.0
6.0
5.7
4.4
Speed (35%)
6.5
7.0
8.0
4.3
2.4
Ease of Use (15%)
5.7
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6.0
5.7
7.1
Noise (10%)
3.0
6.0
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Specs Amazon Basics 8-She... Amazon Basics 8-She... Aurora AU1230XA Ant... Amazon Basics 6-She... Aurora AS420C Desktop
Bin Capacity 4.1 gallons 4 gallons 5.2 gallons 4.1 gallons 1.32 gallons
Advertised Sheet Capacity 8 8 12 6 4
Measured Sheet Capacity 11 10 13 6 4
Type Cross-Cut Micro-Cut Cross-Cut Micro-Cut Cross-Cut
Dimensions 12.8" x 7.3" x 15.9" 8.9" x 12.95" x 19.49" 13.31" x 8.46" x 15.87 7.5 x 12.5 x 16 9.49" x 6.93" x 9.92"
Weight 8.3 lb 17.2 Ib 13.1 Ib 10.0 lb 4.9 lb
Shred Size 3/16" x 1-27/32" 5/32" x 15/32" 3/16" x 1-9/16" 5/32" x 15/32" 1.5" x 1-17/20"
Warranty 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year / 3 Year Cutter 2 Year Limited 3 Year Limited
Maximum Sheets per Minute 96 114 171 42 24

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Amazon Basics 8-Sheet offers all of the performance the majority of home offices will need without costing too much.

Performance Comparison


Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut paper shredders - this model offers high enough performance for most home office needs...
This model offers high enough performance for most home office needs without breaking the bank.
Credit: Laura Casner

Shredding Quality


The Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut passed all of our shredding tests, earning an above-average score.


First off, the Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut easily handled a stack of its advertised capacity of eight sheets of paper during our hands-on testing. In fact, we were able to push it to a stack of 11 sheets before it started to struggle. It also handled a stuffed junk mail envelope with relative ease, making disposing of those piles of meaningless envelopes quick and easy.

Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut paper shredders - the amazon basics 8-sheet cross-cut handled pretty much everything...
The Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut handled pretty much everything we threw at it with aplomb.
Credit: Laura Casner

Obviously, this model offers a cross-cut level of security. We feel this is plenty of security for most people, as it will take a potential thief a lot of effort and probably a healthy amount of luck to reconstruct any meaningful pieces of your documents. However, if you want over-the-top security, you may want to consider a micro-cut model.

Speed


The Amazon Basics 8-Sheet also performed quite well in our speed testing. It wasn't one of the fastest models but offers more than enough expediency for most home use.


During our hands-on testing, the 8-Sheet Cross-Cut shredder logged a maximum speed of 96 sheets per minute. This makes it faster than most consumer models, with only models meant for small offices offering faster rates. If you generally shred hundreds of pages at a time, you may want to upgrade to one of those more pro-level models. Otherwise, the Amazon Basics 8-Sheet will likely be more than fast enough.

Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut paper shredders - the amazonbasics 8-sheet cross-cut is impressively fast.
The AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut is impressively fast.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


This is one area where the Amazon Basics earns an average score. It certainly isn't difficult to use but largely lacks any extra user-friendly touches.


First, the good. The 8-Sheet Cross-Cut shredder has a nice handle in the middle that makes moving it around quite easy. Its shredding slot is also designed to make loading paper at an angle easy, which is useful if you want to keep the shredder underneath a desk.

Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut paper shredders - you must lift the shredding unit off the bin in order to empty it.
You must lift the shredding unit off the bin in order to empty it.
Credit: Laura Casner

On the slightly annoying side, you have to remove the entire shredding unit to empty the bin. While this isn't particularly difficult, a drawer-style bin would be much more convenient. The window in the bin is also small, so it can be hard to tell if it's full or not.

Noise


This is the one thing we really don't like about the Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut. During our testing period, we couldn't get over the wretched noise it makes. Since you probably won't be trying to shred for five minutes straight, this is probably not a big deal, but if you often shred giant stacks of paper in a single go, the noise is likely going to wear on you or those around you.


Value


Considering the performance it provides and the relatively low price it sells for, we think the Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut is a great value.

Conclusion


The Amazon Basics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut offers the right set of features and is priced well for most home offices. Unless you have particularly sensitive documents that require the extra security of a micro-cut shredder, or you shred hundreds of pages in any given week, this device will likely get the job done.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell
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