Fellowes Powershred 60Cs Review
Pros: Relatively fast
Cons: Expensive in relation to its performance, loud
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|Pros||Relatively fast||Micro-cut, high-security, user-friendly interface||High quality shredding, micro-cut, helpful indicator lights, user-friendly||Speedy, compact, user-friendly interface, budget-friendly||Inexpensive, reliable, fast|
|Cons||Expensive in relation to its performance, loud||Trash bin sticks, credit card shredder just slices in half||Insecure handles||Difficult to empty, heavy lid, medium security||Loud, bin could be easier to empty|
|Bottom Line||This shredder gets the job done, but its noise may annoy some users||A high-end paper shredder with micro-cutting capabilities, a low hum, and an intuitive interface||A paper shredder that offers high security micro-cutting, helpful indicator lights and an easy to empty waste bin||A speedy, compact, and intuitive paper shredder, perfect for household use at a price you just can't beat||This shredder is perfectly sized, powered, and priced for home office use|
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|Shredding Quality (40%)|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Specs||Fellowes Powershred...||Amazon Basics 12 Sh...||Amazon Basics 8-She...||Aurora AU1230XA Ant...||Amazon Basics 8-She...|
|Bin Capacity||6 gallons||5.7 gallons||4 gallons||5.2 gallons||4.1 gallons|
|Advertised Sheet Capacity||10||12||8||12||8|
|Measured Sheet Capacity||10||16||10||13||11|
|Dimensions||9.2" x 14.6" x 16"||14.5" x 10.3" x 20.5"||8.9" x 12.95" x 19.49"||13.31" x 8.46" x 15.87||12.8" x 7.3" x 15.9"|
|Weight||12.8 lb||21.1 Ib||17.2 Ib||13.1 Ib||8.3 lb|
|Shred Size||5/32" x 2"||5/32" x 15/32"||5/32" x 15/32"||3/16" x 1-9/16"||3/16" x 1-27/32"|
|Warranty||1 Year Machine/ 5 Year Cutter||1 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||1 Year / 3 Year Cutter||1 Year Limited|
|Maximum Sheets per Minute||55||133||114||171||96|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Below we discuss the details of how the Fellowes Powershred 60Cs performed in all of our individual tests.
In our shredding quality testing, the Powershred 60Cs scored just below average. The relatively lower security level of cross-cut blades lost the Powershred 60Cs some points right off the bat. It was able to chew through its advertised maximum capacity of 10 sheets of paper at once, but it sounded like that was quite an effort for the motor. It also consistently jammed when fed thick junk mail envelopes. It tears through credit cards with relative ease but is not rated for burlier items like CDs. Generally, the Powershred 60Cs's shredding quality is plenty for smaller jobs, but if you shred stacks of sheets in the triple digits with any regularity, you'll want to get a model with a bit more oomph.
The Powershred 60Cs scored fairly well in our speed testing. It was not among the top performers, but it was far ahead of our lowest scorer. We were pleasantly surprised by how this smaller shredder kept up with some of its larger counterparts. It logged a top speed of 67 sheets per minute. This is plenty of speed for all but the largest of shredding jobs. Unless you consistently want to shred hundreds of sheets at a time, the Powershred 60Cs's speed has you covered.
Ease of Use
The Powershred 60Cs scored right smack dab in the middle of our highest and lowest scoring shredders. Fellowes generally delivers top-notch interfaces and nice features in their shredders, and the Powershred 60Cs is no exception. It has a single, intuitive switch that toggles between on, off, and reverse. There are several symbols adjacent to the shredding slot indicating how to properly use the shredder, and there is a light that indicates if it is overheating. There is also a "safe sense" safety sensor that shuts the shredder off if any fingers get too close to the blades.
The bin has a nice large window at the top, making it easy to see when it is full. The Powershred 60Cs lost ease-of-use points for a couple of reasons, but mostly because it is a sit-on-top model. These are inevitably harder to empty than drawer-style models as you must lift and remove the heavy shredding unit to get to the bin. The Powershred 60Cs provides in-cut handles on the front and back of the shredding unit to facilitate this. Still, it is quite heavy, making this a potentially awkward and two-handed operation. Fellowes did give the Powershred 60Cs a six-gallon bin to make emptying a less frequent affair. It also lacks some of the added features of the more advanced and pricier Fellowes models, namely a digital full sensor. All in all, those that shred infrequently will be happy with using the Powershred 60Cs, but if you tend to complete large shredding jobs, you will want a higher-end, more heavy-duty shredder.
Noise is one area where the Powershred 60Cs falls behind in comparison to its competition. It has a high-pitched whine that would probably drive you to throw it out the window after shredding for more than five minutes. It is certainly bearable in small doses and for small shredding jobs, but anything bigger may require an additional investment in noise-canceling headphones.
Given its capacity and performance, it is hard to argue positively for the price of the Powershred 60Cs. It is not as expensive as some of the pricier models in our test suite, but it is far from inexpensive.
The Fellowes Powershred 60Cs lives up to the company's reputation of manufacturing high-quality, dependable office products. However, it feels like you have to pay a premium for the name, as a much better value can be found from other manufacturers.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata
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