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Fellowes Powershred 73Ci Review

Good all-around performance, but this shredder doesn't live up to its price tag
Fellowes Powershred 73Ci
Credit: Fellowes
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Price:   $200 List | $230.21 at Amazon
Pros:  Fast, user friendly
Cons:  Expensive
Manufacturer:   Fellowes
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jun 18, 2021
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#4 of 11
  • Shredding Quality - 40% 6
  • Speed - 35% 8
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Noise - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Powershred 73Ci lives up to the Fellowes reputation of making high-quality paper shredders. However, it feels a bit overpriced to us. It is substantially more expensive than most comparable models on the market. It offers average speed as well as shred quality. Where this model truly shines is in its ease of use, so if a user-friendly experience is what you are looking for, you won't be disappointed.

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Pros Fast, user friendlyFast, powerful, relatively quietInexpensive, reliable, fastHigh security, inexpensiveSmall and compact, inexpensive
Cons ExpensiveVery largeLoud, bin could be easier to emptySlow, loudSlow, not particularly powerful
Bottom Line Good all-around performance, but this shredder doesn't live up to its price tagA 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 great space saver if you only need to shred documents occasionally
Rating Categories Fellowes Powershred... Basics 24-Sheet Cro... Basics 8-Sheet Cros... DocShred C156-C Mic... Aurora AS420C Desktop
Shredding Quality (40%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
Speed (35%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
4.0
2.0
Ease Of Use (15%)
8.0
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6.0
7.0
Noise (10%)
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Specs Fellowes Powershred... Basics 24-Sheet Cro... Basics 8-Sheet Cros... DocShred C156-C Mic... Aurora AS420C Desktop
Bin Capacity 6.1 gallons 7 gallons 4.1 gallons 5.5 gallons 1.32 gallons
Advertised Sheet Capacity 12 24 8 8 4
Measured Sheet Capacity 12 26 11 8 4
Type Cross-Cut Cross-Cut Cross-Cut Micro-Cut Cross-Cut
Dimensions 19.4" x 15.5" x 10.37 11.9" x 16.3" x 26.2" 12.8" x 7.3" x 15.9" 15.5" x 14" x 8.5" 9.49" x 6.93" x 9.92"
Weight 19 lb 36.5 lb 8.3 lb 13 4.9 lb
Shred Size 5/32" x 1-1/2" 7/32" x 1 27/32" 3/16" x 1-27/32" 5/32" x 2/5" 1.5" x 1 17/20"
Warranty 2 Year Machine / Lifetime Cutter 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year 3 Year Limited
Maximum Sheets per Minute 109 114 96 40 24

Our Analysis and Test Results

We were impressed by the performance of the Powershred 73Ci during our testing, but not by its price. There are other shredders that perform just as well and cost considerably less. For more details on how well it did in all of our tests, read on below.

Performance Comparison


While it performs average or above average across all out metrics...
While it performs average or above average across all out metrics, this machine is rather pricey.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Shredding Quality


We would call the Powershred 73Ci's shredding quality slightly above average. It handled its advertised 12-sheet capacity with aplomb, did quite well shredding thick junk mail envelopes, and didn't complain when we shred credit cards and CDs. Our only slight complaint is the fact that the Powershred 73Ci provides cross-cut level security, as opposed to micro-cut, which is simply less secure.

The PowerShred 73Ci's cross-cut level security isn't as good as...
The PowerShred 73Ci's cross-cut level security isn't as good as micro-cut, but is still quite effective.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Speed


The Powershred 73Ci posted a maximum speed of 109 sheets per minute in our speed testing. This is plenty of speed for most users but isn't particularly impressive given its price tag. We tested models half the cost, that clocked in at 72 sheets per minute as well as some that are significantly faster, clocking a speed of 114 sheets per minute for the same or slightly less money. So while the Powershred 73Ci is fast, you can certainly get faster for less.

Ease of Use


Fellowes has a knack for creating user-friendly interfaces and adding in helpful features, and the 73Ci is no exception. It features touch-sensitive controls, a sensor that automatically stops the blades if your fingers get too close, and intelligent jam-proof technology that automatically stops when there is a jam, reverses the paper out a bit, and then attempts to shred it again. In our experience, this was able to work through some minor jams without any user input, which was kind of nice. The six-gallon bin has a big window so you can easily tell how full it is. It also pulls out easily, even when stuffed to the gills. Finally, the attached wheels make it easy to move the shredder around if you need to rearrange the office or hide it away until it is needed.

All of Fellowes' shredders have a nice, clean interface and a guard...
All of Fellowes' shredders have a nice, clean interface and a guard that automatically shuts off the blades if a finger touches it.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Noise


The Powershred 73Ci is fairly average in terms of audible annoyingness. You're certainly going to notice when it's running, but the sound isn't too obtrusive. We wouldn't want to use this too often in a crowded office, but the occasional few minutes here and there shouldn't garner too much ire from your officemates.

Value


The Powershred 73Ci and its relatively high list price represent a fairly poor value. Though it is a great shredder, you can get similar performance and often better security for the same or less from many other models. In this case, you are paying for the name as well as the user-friendliness.

This shredder is super user friendly, but the cost might deter you.
This shredder is super user friendly, but the cost might deter you.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


The Powershred 73Ci is a great shredder, but it comes with too high of a price tag. If you are looking for something that is super user-friendly and don't mind the high price tag, then this might be a good option for you.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata