AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Review

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This unit does heavy-duty shredding (CDs included) without overheating. It also comes with a safety feature that triggers an automatic shutdown if a foreign object (like tiny fingers) comes into contact with the blade.

The AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut shredder has garnered more than 2,300 reviews on the ecommerce vendor's site and earns an average four-star rating. Although this model is described as a "medium-duty" shredder, reviews indicate that it handles what passes for heavy-duty shredding by home users without overheating. AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cutter reviews say it easily shreds up to 10 sheets and some say it manages the advertised 12 sheets. Paper clips and staples pose no obstacles, either, many users assert.

Quite a few also report they have exceeded the recommended 5-minute continuous run time. One reviewer, for example, claims to have shredded materials for 90 minutes straight, with just one auto shutdown when the machine got too hot. Users really like the efficiency and many report relying on it to shred backlogs of sensitive documents.

AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut reviews at Fat Wallet, are divided, with some extolling its virtues (such as price) and others grumbling about design or reliability issues. As with all inexpensive shredders, reports of malfunctions and total breakdown within days or weeks of purchase appear with some regularity.

This all-purpose shredder can chew paper (up to 600 sheets a day, according to the specs), credit cards, staples and paper clips, as well as CDs and DVDs -- the latter two through a dedicated slot where these media are shredded into four pieces. The primary paper throat is 8.7 inches wide. The shredding mechanism sits atop a 4.8-gallon bin and must be removed to empty the basket. The AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut shredder (starting at $50, Amazon) features SafetyShred, which triggers an automatic shutdown if an object that the machine isn't designed to destroy enters the shredding slot. It can be reversed to clear jams, and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

The combination of features and overwhelmingly positive feedback make the AmazonBasics 12-Sheet shredder a hands-down top pick.

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