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AmazonBasics 24-Sheet Cross-Cut Review

A powerful model for those that need to shred 100+ pages a day
AmazonBasics 24-Sheet Cross-Cut
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Price:   $186 List
Pros:  Fast, powerful, relatively quiet
Cons:  Very large
Manufacturer:   Amazon
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jun 18, 2021
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  • Shredding Quality - 40% 8
  • Speed - 35% 9
  • Ease of Use - 15% 6
  • Noise - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The AmazonBasics 24-Sheet Cross-Cut is an exceptional paper shredder that offers great all-around performance, earning it a spot at the top of our awards podium. This model boasts impressive power that can eat through thick envelopes, credit cards, and CDs with ease. Its high capacity capabilities, fast shredding speed, and easy to empty bin make it a perfect companion for any home or small office. In fact, the only negative thing we have to say about this model is that it might actually be a bit overkill for most homes.

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Pros Fast, powerful, relatively quietInexpensive, reliable, fastHigh security, inexpensiveHigh security, inexpensiveSmall and compact, inexpensive
Cons Very largeLoud, bin could be easier to emptySlow, loudSlow, loud, can't shred CDsSlow, not particularly powerful
Bottom Line A powerful model for those that need to shred 100+ pages a dayThis shredder is perfectly sized, powered, and priced for home office useIf your shredding needs are small but your security needs are high, this is your machineA 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 Basics 24-Sheet Cro... Basics 8-Sheet Cros... DocShred C156-C Mic... Basics 6-Sheet Micr... Aurora AS420C Desktop
Shredding Quality (40%)
8.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Speed (35%)
9.0
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Ease Of Use (15%)
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Noise (10%)
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Specs Basics 24-Sheet Cro... Basics 8-Sheet Cros... DocShred C156-C Mic... Basics 6-Sheet Micr... Aurora AS420C Desktop
Bin Capacity 7 gallons 4.1 gallons 5.5 gallons 4.1 gallons 1.32 gallons
Advertised Sheet Capacity 24 8 8 6 4
Measured Sheet Capacity 26 11 8 6 4
Type Cross-Cut Cross-Cut Micro-Cut Micro-Cut Cross-Cut
Dimensions 11.9" x 16.3" x 26.2" 12.8" x 7.3" x 15.9" 15.5" x 14" x 8.5" 7.5 x 12.5 x 16 9.49" x 6.93" x 9.92"
Weight 36.5 lb 8.3 lb 13 10 4.9 lb
Shred Size 7/32" x 1 27/32" 3/16" x 1-27/32" 5/32" x 2/5" 5/32" x 15/32" 1.5" x 1 17/20"
Warranty 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year 2 Year Limited 3 Year Limited
Maximum Sheets per Minute 114 96 40 42 24

Our Analysis and Test Results

The AmazonBasics 24-Sheet Cross-Cut is a great all-around shredder, providing near-perfect functionality for those that shred hundreds of pages per month.

Performance Comparison


While it may be overkill for some homes, we love using the Basics...
While it may be overkill for some homes, we love using the Basics 24-sheet shredder.
Credit: Laura Casner

Shredding Quality


The AmazonBasics is one of the most powerful models we tested. In fact, it even bested its own capacity claim in our tests, easily dispensing with a 26-sheet thick stack of paper without complaint. It ate through the thickest of junk mail envelopes with ease and readily shredded both credit cards and CDs.


This almost over-the-top power adds some peace of mind, as you never have to worry that something made it through the blades without being completely shredded (unless you try to really push the limits and shove 30 sheets into it at once).

This shredder is both thorough and powerful.
This shredder is both thorough and powerful.
Credit: Laura Casner

Speed


The AmazonBasics 24-Sheet was also one of the fastest models we tested, hitting a maximum rate of 114 sheets per minute. This is an impressive figure and is likely fast enough for something like a legal office that has to dispose of a lot of documents. That being said, our fastest model topped out at an impressive 185 sheets per minute, so the Amazon Basics came in just a bit behind it.


Ease of Use


The AmazonBasics 24-Sheet has a design that leads to an overall friendly user experience.


The controls are intuitive, there are warning lights indicating if there is a jam, if the bin is open, or if the machine is overheating. There is a lip guard that prevents any fingers from getting into the blades and any CD shards from flying out. The large seven-gallon bin is easy to remove and empty. The main drawback is that this shredder is quite large. It's too big to be hidden under a desk and will need its own space. Luckily the wheels make it fairly easy to move around.

We appreciate the simple, straightforward controls and indicator...
We appreciate the simple, straightforward controls and indicator lights.
Credit: Laura Casner

Noise


If speed and shredding quality aren't enough then the noise factor, or lack-there-of, is sure to sell you on this 24-Sheet shredder.


While no shredder sounds good, this one is one of the least offensive. It emits a low-pitched moan that isn't too grating and can even blend into the background on occasion. There weren't many competitors in our test suite that are this pleasant to run for extended periods of time.

Unlike many of its competitors, while still somewhat loud, the...
Unlike many of its competitors, while still somewhat loud, the AmazonBasics 24-Sheet Cross-Cut does not emit an offensive sound.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


The AmazonBasics 24-Sheet lists for a hefty, but not astronomical price. Considering the amount of power and performance you get, we think this shredder is a great value for people that shred a lot of paper, and by a lot, we mean hundreds of pages a week. If you rarely or ever shred more than 20 pages at a time, this machine is definitely overkill, and thus likely not the best use of your funds.

This device is great for the active shredder, but may be overkill...
This device is great for the active shredder, but may be overkill for the casual user.
Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


The AmazonBasics 24-Sheet is a great shredder for those that regularly shred 100+ pages daily. No model that we've come across can match its combination of speed and power, making it perfect for people that both shred a lot, and tend to shred thick documents or stuffed envelopes.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata