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AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut Review

Price:   $50 List | $44.99 at Amazon
Pros:  High security, inexpensive
Cons:  slow, loud, can't shred CDs
Bottom line:  A decent choice if you don't shred often but want the highest security
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Manufacturer:   Amazon

Our Verdict

If you only shred a spare document here and there, but want those documents to be shredded into the most secure, tiny bits, the AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut can do the job. It's not our favorite inexpensive micro-cut model, Bonsaii DocShred C156-C Micro-Cut took that honor because it can shred CDs, which is something the AmazonBasics can't do. However, if you don't tend to save sensitive documents on CDs, the AmazonBasics is $5 cheaper and has similar performance apart from CD shredding.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Max Mutter


Last Updated:
Thursday
July 20, 2017

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The AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut is an inexpensive micro-cut option. It doesn't have the power for large shredding jobs or for shredding CDs, but if you're shredding jobs are occasional 10-page documents and a credit card here and there it provides good security.


Performance Comparison


Mostly due to its low capacity and somewhat shrill noise, the AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut was one of the lower overall scorers in our testing. In the sections below we detail how it performed in all of our individual tests.

Shredding Quality


Earning a 6 out of 10 in our shredding quality test, the AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut was about average in terms of shredding performance. It provides the heightened security of micro-cut, but is somewhat held back by its low capacity. It was able to easily handle stacks as large as its advertised 6-sheets with relative ease, we even put an 8-sheet stack through with no jamming. However, it did struggle with thicker items like junk mail envelopes. You'd be better off opening up those envelopes and unfolding the paper inside before you shred them. It did have enough power to tear through a credit card, which is one shredding item that really benefits from the additional security of micro-cut. However, it cannot shred CDs, something its main competitor can do. If you don't tend to shred CDs this obviously isn't a big deal, but it can be nice to have the option.

The AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Cross-Cut has a handle and a slot for credit cards.
The AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Cross-Cut has a handle and a slot for credit cards.

Overall, the AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut provides high security for small shredding jobs. However, if you tend to shred more than 10 pages multiple times a week, you'll likely enjoy the speed benefits of a more expensive, larger models, like the AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Micro-Cut.

Speed


As we mentioned above, the AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut is a fairly low capacity shredder. Because of this it was also one of the slower models, working through just 42 sheets per minute in our speed test. We certainly wouldn't want to shred any very long documents with this shredder, but its plenty fast enough for a few pages here and there.


Ease of use


The AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut was an average performer in our ease of use testing, earning a score of 6 out of 10. Day to day use is quite simple. It has a single switch that toggles between off, auto (on), and reverse. There is also a warning light to indicate if the shredding unit is overheating. A small plastic guard prevents fingers from getting in touch with the blade, and a small slot allows you to insert credit cards. It also has a small handle, making it easy to remove the shredding unit with a single hand. The only reason it didn't earn top marks was its bin. At 4.1 gallons it is a decent size for a small capacity shredder, but it only has a small window in the front to give you an idea of how full it is. For a small shredder like this that will likely hide away under a desk, we would have preferred a digital full indicator on the top of the shredding unit.

The shredding unit isn't terribly difficult to remove.
The shredding unit isn't terribly difficult to remove.

Noise


The AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut was one of the worst performers in our noise testing, scoring a 4 out of 10. It is not particularly loud, but it does produce a high pitched whine that can get grating pretty quickly. We definitely wouldn't want to have to listen to this shredder for more than a couple minutes, but it is bearable for the odd 10-page document.

Value


The AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut lists for $50. The Bonsaii DocShred C156-C, its main competitor, lists for $5 more. These machines performs very similarly, except the Bonsaii can shred CDs and the Amazonbasics can't. Both machines are great values for low volume shred jobs that require high security, but we think the Bonsaii's added versatility makes it a slightly better value.

Conclusion


The AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Micro-Cut is a good choice if you want high security, but don't shred very often, and don't need to shred CDs.
Max Mutter and Steven Tata

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