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Fellowes Powershred 60Cs ReviewPrice: $100 List | $69.99 at Amazon
Pros: Relatively fast
Cons: Expensive in relation to its performance, loud
Bottom line: Gets the job done, but noise may annoy some users
The Fellowes Powershred 60Cs is relatively fast for a small cross-cut model. However, its mediocre performance in our shredding quality testing means there are better values to be found elsewhere. For example, the AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Cross-Cut offers almost identical performance and nearly half the price, and the Bonsaii DocShred C156-C Micro-Cut offers increased security fro the same price. Additionally, this was one of the louder, more annoying models that we tested, so you'll want to steer clear if you have sensitive ears or work in a crowded office.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Criteria for Evaluation
The chart below compares the Fellowes Powershred 60Cs' performance in our testing to that of the other models we bought and tested.
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 a 5. This put it below average and towards the bottom of a metric that saw scores between 4 and 9. The relatively lower security level of cross-cut blades lost the Powershred 60Cs some points right off the bat. It was able to shew 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' 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, something like the Fellowes Powershred 79Ci or the AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Micro-Cut.
The Powershred 60Cs scored a 7 in our speed testing. This was fairly good for a smaller shredder, putting it towards the front of a metric with scores falling between 3 and 9. 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' speed has you covered.
Ease of Use
The Powershred 60Cs scored an average 6 in our ease of use testing, putting it smack dab in the middle of a metric that had scores between 4 and 8. 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 a number of 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 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 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, but the shredding unit is quite heavy, making this a potentially awkward and two handed operation. Fellowes did give the Powershred 60Cs a 6-gallon bin to make emptying a less frequent affair. The Powershred 60Cs also lacks some of the added features of its big brother, the Powershred 79Ci, 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 just doesn't stack up to the competition. It shared the low score of 3 with the Bonsaii DocShred C156-B, well behind the top score of 7. It has a high pitched whine that would 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 cancelling headphones.
The Powershred 60Cs has a list price of $100. Given its capacity and performance this is far above the average market price. At the time of this writing you could find the Powershred 60Cs online more in the $60 range. However, even at this price it's not a great value. You can get almost identical performance from the AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Cross-Cut for $30, or the increased security of micro-cut from the Bonsaii DocShred C156-C Micro-Cut for $55.
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 much better values can be found from other manufacturers.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata
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