Shredders 11/20/11

Published On: Nov 22 2011 10:43:54 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 25 2011 03:32:21 PM CST

Security expert Robert Strang has been investigating identity theft for 30 years. His advice … Robert Strang, "Buy a shredder. Shred your old documents, shred your old bills, your bank statements, anything that comes in with your name, your address, or any personal information." ) Consumer Reports tested 19 paper shredders - shredding 25-thousand pages of paper in the process. "We tested cross-cut shredders. They slice paper both vertically and horizontally, so it makes it hard for crooks to reassemble your documents." The shredders tested ranged in price from 40 to 270 dollars. Some you empty by just pulling out a drawer - others are like a wastepaper basket.

Mandy Walker "With those, you have to lift the shredder mechanism off the basket to empty it. Some of them are pretty heavy, so that can be kind of difficult. Also they tend to be top heavy, so they map tip over easily." In the tests, some machines shred pages a lot slower than others. ) One of the most expensive, from Swingline, can shred 100 pages at a time. But it can be tough to feed in just a few sheets. By far the best shredder was this 270-dollar Staples machine, which can handle at least 22 sheets at a time. It has a pull-out drawer that's easy to empty, and it shreds CDs, DVDs, and credit cards. For far less, this 90-dollar Royal is also a good choice. It can't handle quite as much paper. But it has a pull-out drawer and is very easy to use. ."