AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Review
Pros: Inexpensive, reliable, fast
Cons: Loud, bin could be easier to empty
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut offers all of the performance the majority of home offices need without costing too much.
The AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut passed all of our shredding tests, earning an above average score.
First off, the AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut easily handled a stack of its advertised capacity of 8 sheets of paper in our 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.
Obviously this model offers a cross-cut level of security. We feel this is plenty of security for most people, as it is going to take a potential thief a lot of effort and probably a healthy amount of luck to be able 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.
The AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut 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.
In our tests the AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut logged a maximum speed of 96 sheets per minute. This makes it faster than most consumer models, with only models meant for small offices obtaining faster rates in our tests. If you generally shred hundreds of pages at a time, you may one to upgrade to one of those more pro-level models. Otherwise the AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut will likely be more than fast enough.
Ease of Use
This is one area where the AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut is only average. It certainly isn't difficult to use, but largely lacks any extra user-friendly touches.
First the good. The AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut has a nice handle in the middle that makes moving it around quite easy. Its shredding slot is also designed so it's easy to load paper in from an angle, which is useful if you want to keep the shredder underneath a desk.
On the slightly annoying side, to empty the bin you have to remove the entire shredding unit. 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.
This is the one thing we really don't like about the AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut. In our tests it produced a relatively screeching 81 decibels. It also has a higher-pitched noise that feels quite grating. This is no big deal for occasional shredding, but if you often shred giant stacks of paper in a single go the noise is likely going to wear on you.
Considering the performance it provides and the relatively low price it sells for, we think the AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut is a great value.
The AmazonBasics 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, the AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut will likely suit you perfectly.
— Max Mutter and Michelle Powell