Fellowes Powershred W11C Cross-Cut Shredder Review


This durable shredder may be noisy and a bit top-heavy, but it does the job quickly and efficiently. It boasts an 11-sheet capacity and can shred for up to 5 minutes before needing a 20-minute cool down.

"Value" and "efficient" are two adjectives that show up with some regularity in Fellowes Powershred W11C reviews. This cross-cut shredder claims the affections of users who appreciate the 11-sheet capacity and its utility for home and small office shredding needs. In posts at Walmart, for example, reviews assert that the Fellowes Powershred W11C is relatively quiet and zips through eight sheets but is just a tad slower when tearing into 11; it also thoroughly chews through credit cards and card stock. And while the instructions warn against inserting unopened junk mail, one user reports on the company website that doing so is problem-free. Users advise that oiling the works about once a month helps to keep things running smoothly and the noise level down.

The Fellowes Powershred W11C (starting at $75, Amazon) earns an average 4.7 out of 5 for safe operation in reviews on the Fellowes site and an average 4.2 for style and design. Indeed, a handful of posts at a variety of review sites grumble about a top-heavy design that's prone to tipping over. The shredding head must be lifted off to empty the container, but at least, one user notes, a handle makes that easy. We also read some complaints about limited durability.

Fellowes categorizes this model for "household" use and specs say it can shred up to 5 minutes before needing a 20-minute cool down. Users pretty much affirm that, with one review describing the Powershred W11C as "relentless." It is designed to handle credit cards and staples in addition to the usual paper, all of which fall into a 4.75-gallon bin after passing through the 9-inch throat. The shredder features a patented safety lock and comes with a general one-year warranty plus a three-year warranty for the cutter.

Although the price sits at the very top edge of the Cheapism ceiling, hundreds of positive reviews for the Fellowes Powershred cross-cutter argue for including it on the list of best shredders. Chances are you won't be disappointed.

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