If you have a job that tends to generate stacks of sensitive documents, the Fellowes Powershred 99Ci is your new best friend. In our testing it tore through 180 sheets per minute, handled staples and paper clips without so much as a groan, and was by far the quietest model we tested. The only real downside is its high cost (it lists for $270, but ofter sells for quite a bit less online) and its size (it's about as big as a large kitchen wastebasket). If you don't need the blazing speed, we think the AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Micro-Cut is a better, more economical choice for most people. But, if you constantly find yourself shredding documents with page counts in the triple digits, this shredder is worth every penny.
Fellowes Powershred 99Ci Review
Pros: Fast, powerful, relatively quiet
Cons: Expensive, large
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci was the best overall shredder that we tested, and is great for those that have to shred hundreds of pages a day. If you don't shred quite that much, most people would be better off with the AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Micro-Cut.
The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci earned the top overall score in our testing, as you can see above. We ended up giving our Editors' Choice Award to a different model because we think the Fellowes is a bit overkill for most people, but for those that shred a lot it is the perfect tool. Read on to find out why.
The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci earned a high score of 8 out of 10 in our shredding quality testing.
Really the only knock against this shredder is the fact that it is cross-cut rather than micro-cut. Apart from that, it's almost infallible. in Tore through its advertised capacity of 18-sheets with absolutely no complaint. Even the thickest junk mail envelopes didn't stand a chance. Credit cards, CDs, staples, and paper clips were similarly no match for the Fellowes' powerful blades. Thought the AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Micro-Cut earned a higher score in this metric due to its smaller shred size, the Fellowes is a much more powerful machine. If you're ok with the security level of cross-cut, it's near perfect.
The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci earned a perfect score of 10 out of 10 in our speed testing, dethroning its sibling (the Powershred79Ci) as the fastest shredder on the block.
It gobbled through 180 pages per minute in our speed testing. For reference, that's the entirety of the Tolstoy tome War and Peace in under 7 minutes. It's also more than twice as fast as the Editors' Choice Award winning AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Micro-Cut, which logged a speed of 72 pages per minute. Bottom line, if the page counts of your shredding jobs routinely reach the triple digits, this is the shredder for you.
Ease of Use
The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci picked up a fairly average score fo 6 out of 10 in our ease of use testing.
Overall, the Fellowes Powershred 99Ci is quite user friendly. The bin is drawer style and easy to empty. It is also 9 gallons, by far the largest of any of the models we tested. This makes emptying the bin a much less frequent chore. It has a separate slot for CDs and credit cards with a plastic guard that prevents shards from flying out of the slot. The main shredding slot also has a safety sensor, so if your fingers get anywhere near the blades it shuts off. The attached wheels make it easy to move around the office if need be. It has the all-important reverse button in case you manage to jam the blades (although we found it pretty difficult, if not impossible to get this thing to jam). There are also lights that indicate when the bin is full and if the blades are overheating. This prevents you from overfilling the bin, and then risking a confetti avalanche when you finally remember to empty it.
The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci lost points in this metric for one main reason, its size. While the wheels facilitate moving this shredder short distances, it is a pain if you need to move the shredder up or down some stairs. It also takes up a lot of room and thus can't really be hidden underneath a desk (unless you have a very large desk.
The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci was by the least offensive sounding shredder that we tested, earning it the top score of 9 out of 10 in this metric.
This machine produces a low pitched hum. Even when overloaded it never sounds strained, just keeps on humming. This is in stark contrast to other models that emit annoying, high pitched shrills. In fact, this is the only shredder we tested that we think you could run for an extended period of time in a crowded office without getting dirty looks from all of your coworkers .
The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci lists for $270, but can often be found online closer to the $200 mark. This makes it a very expensive shredder, but if you shred hundreds of pages a day the added speed and power is well worth the cost. If your shredding jobs are less frequent and/or smaller, the AmazonBascis 12-Sheet Micro-Cut is a much better value.
The Fellowes Powershred 99Ci is the perfect shredder for those that shred a lot and need something fast, and are satisfied with the security level of cross-cut.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata