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SimplyShred Shredder Buying Guide

Get ready to discover the ultimate office tool in reliability and security. Trust SimplyShred to get the job done right the first time. Our reputation for five-star quality and solid workmanship guarantees you a smooth performance that won’t quit.

SimplyShred paper shredders do more than shred paper. The durable blades cut through sturdy CDs and credit cards with robust, long-lasting precision that put your mind at ease. Many of our models even cut through staples and paper clips for more convenience. Innovative built-in safety features such as automatic shut-off on paper jams and advanced technology that prevent accidental activation makes owning our shredder a breeze.

Shred business documents, sensitive financial information, legal documents, receipts, anything with a social security number, medical documents and more worry-free.  A shredder is a necessity and a wise investment with its irreplaceable value. Our paper shredder buying guide will help you decide on the perfect shredder for your home, business, or office. Do your own research for the best paper shredder review.


How to choose the right shredder

There are many specific requirements when determining which shredder to invest in for your business or personal use. From speed, space needed or even what type of documents you plan to shred, there’s bound to be a SimplyShred shredder that possesses all the features you need today.

  • How quickly do you need the machine to shred?
  • Approximately how many sheets will you shred a day?
  • What types of materials will you need to shred on a regular basis besides paper?
  • Will you prefer to remove staples and clips?


Paper shredder buying guide - Security levels

The security level of your paper shredder refers to both the output of the actual cutting and its format. This feature is extremely important to consider, along with the confidentiality of your unwanted documents.  Determine how sensitive your data is, and purchase a paper shredder that correlates with its shredding requirements for the highest security possible.

SimplyShred ’s brand of paper shredders is available in two levels, appropriate for a majority of businesses today.  Keep in mind that a higher security level means you can shred less paper at a time due to the fine amount of cuts required and increased blade count.

Security Level 3

The average home user or business can use a level three security shredder. These levels work for the destruction of confidential business and personal documents.  Documents shredded in this level are tough to decipher and are suitable for things such as old bills with account numbers, or names and addresses. Strip-cut, micro-cut and cross-cut types can be found with a security level three shredder. Your business can be HIPAA/FACTA compliant with a level three security shredder as a minimum.


Security Level 4

For secret documents and very sensitive material, a security level four shredder will do the job. Documents that are very crucial to a company’s operation (or an individual’s identity) can be safely removed in this level. Security level four shredders are normally restricted to either a cross-cut or micro-cut type for extra protection. Documents such as health insurance information, medical records, and employee data should be disposed of using a security four paper shredder.


Paper shredder buying guide - Run time and down time

The continuous run-time of a paper shredder varies among models, but the most important factor in determining its capacity would be the quality and price. Cheaper shredders have to rest between bouts of paper shredding, and its motor can overheat and needs to cool down before the next shredding can take place. A high-quality shredder can run continuously for an average of up to 8 minutes at a time, and these shredders need about 45-60 minutes to rest before the next run, sometimes longer.

SimplyShred’s business class paper shredders, regardless of cut-type or security level, have a run-time capacity of up to 10 minutes. Our highest industrial class paper shredders can have a duty cycle of around 25 minutes long, perfect for projects where a longer, intense run-time is vital. When you need to shred many papers over a longer period of time before motor overheating, use a SimplyShred paper shredder and ensure long, uninterrupted run-time with a comparable cool down.


Paper shredder buying guide - Cut type

Along with its security level, determining the correct cut type is vital when choosing the correct paper shredder.


Strip-Cut

Normally found in security level 1 through 3 shredders, the simple and economical strip-cut type paper shredder produces waste of around 3/8" for level one, 1/8"-1/4” for level two, and 1/16" for level three respectively. These are also known as straight-cut shredders. Safe for general documents or ones that pose no serious risk, this cut offers the lowest personal security but work well for reducing waste when recycling.  


Micro-Cut

Micro cut type paper shredders offer a much higher protection and peace of mind that the average strip-cut or cross-cut shredder. A variation of the cross-cut, micro-cut paper shredders are equipped with micro blades that are designed to cut sensitive data and secret documents into extremely tiny pieces of paper, rendering them nearly impossible to reassemble or decipher. Most micro cut shredders will require less emptying since the waste will be more compact and fine than cross-cut shredders. Micro-cut paper shredder produces waste around 1/12" x 5/12'' sized pieces.

SimplyShred’s maximum security micro-cut paper shredders are Built to Shred with a rated security level 4, producing waste small enough to protect you against from identity theft at home or the office.  With smooth, whisper quiet motors and long run-times, a micro-cut paper shredder from SimplyShred shredder is a sound and smart investment that will ensure top security.


Cross-Cut

Cross-cut type paper shredders are also known as confetti cut or diamond cut shredders. The durable cross-cut steel blades are designed to cut across a strip of paper to reduce the paper into rectangles, parallelogram or diamond shapes.

The average cross cut paper shredders are rated between security levels 2 through 3. The resulting paper waste is small enough to protect you against from common identity theft at home or the office. Cross-cut particles vary around 1/8” pieces. Like a micro-cut shredder, these particles are compact and thus allow you to shred for longer before emptying the basket. Some are built with multiple slots for paper, CDs and credit cards.

SimplyShred’s multifunctional cross-cut paper shredders are Built to Shred for personal and business needs, so they are all easy to use and stylishly designed to complement any environment. Quiet motors reduce grinding sounds and ensure uninterruptable, non-distractible shredding at any time during the day.  


Types of SimplyShred shredders

Each of our shredders is designed to fulfill any of your specific needs, whether at home or in the office.  We have shredders for small businesses, large commercial companies, and reliable models for the government’s top secret, high security needs.  With the ability to cut stacks of up to over 20 sheets at once, SimplyShred paper shredders will ensure your businesses’ confidentiality stays that way. Our paper shredding buying guide covers the essentials for your various shredder necessities.


Home Shredders

For personal use at home or light duty work, these shredders offer more than just the basic features. Ultra secure cross-cut and economically priced strip-cut models are available. Safely discard pesky junk mail and old credit card statements by shredding your sensitive documents in the comfort of your own home.  Compact and lightweight, home shredders are ideal for desk side use.

With super quiet motors, auto reverse on paper jams, durable steel blades and the ability to shred credit cards as well, SimplyShred home shredders take care of everything you need for protecting your security and more.


Office Shredders

In the office, you need a reliable shredder that cuts through everything from CDs, credit cards, staples and paper clips. SimplyShred offers long-lasting medium-duty office shredders that have both micro-cut and cross-cut blades to finely slice sensitive material into unreadable confetti. Ultra quiet motors will not interrupt important phone calls or cause distractions in the office.  

Our office shredders are user-friendly and shred up to 100 times a day. With models that can handle up to 28 sheets of paper at once, you can shred it and forget it. For easy, quick, and quiet results that outperforms your high expectations, rely on our quality line of office shredders.


Commercial Shredders

For unmatched performance and security that delivers the results you need when it matters most, SimplyShred’s commercial heavy-duty shredders tackles the heftiest of shredding jobs, guaranteed.  Extra large bin capacities ensure less trash bag runs. Quality protection against thermal and high temperature overload keeps your shredder working longer and harder.  We have models equipped with level 4 securities for commercially sensitive material and data. This level slices 2 x 15 mm particles.

Our industrial use commercial shredders can cut through stacks of paper, credit cards, paper clips and staples with unmatched ease.  Smart “JamStop” technology protects against malfunction. Effective performance permits hundreds of uses a day and never lets you down. With a winning combination of affordability and quality that lasts, SimplyShred shredder has got you covered.

SimplyShred Paper Shredder Buying Guide

Get ready to discover the ultimate office tool in reliability and security. Trust SimplyShred to get the job done right the first time. Our reputation for five-star quality and solid workmanship guarantees you a smooth performance that won’t quit.

SimplyShred paper shredders do more than shred paper. The durable blades cut through sturdy CDs and credit cards with robust, long-lasting precision that put your mind at ease. Many of our models even cut through staples and paper clips for more convenience. Innovative built-in safety features such as automatic shut-off on paper jams and advanced technology that prevent accidental activation makes owning our shredder a breeze.

Shred business documents, sensitive financial information, legal documents, receipts, anything with a social security number, medical documents and more worry-free.  A shredder is a necessity and a wise investment with its irreplaceable value. Our paper shredder buying guide will help you decide on the perfect shredder for your home, business, or office. Do your own research for the best paper shredder review.


How to choose the right shredder

There are many specific requirements when determining which shredder to invest in for your business or personal use. From speed, space needed or even what type of documents you plan to shred, there’s bound to be a SimplyShred shredder that possesses all the features you need today.

  • How quickly do you need the machine to shred?
  • Approximately how many sheets will you shred a day?
  • What types of materials will you need to shred on a regular basis besides paper?
  • Will you prefer to remove staples and clips?


Paper shredder buying guide - Security levels

The security level of your paper shredder refers to both the output of the actual cutting and its format. This feature is extremely important to consider, along with the confidentiality of your unwanted documents.  Determine how sensitive your data is, and purchase a paper shredder that correlates with its shredding requirements for the highest security possible.

SimplyShred’s brand of paper shredders is available in two levels, appropriate for a majority of businesses today.  Keep in mind that a higher security level means you can shred less paper at a time due to the fine amount of cuts required and increased blade count.

Security Level 3

The average home user or business can use a level three security shredder. These levels work for the destruction of confidential business and personal documents.  Documents shredded in this level are tough to decipher and are suitable for things such as old bills with account numbers, or names and addresses. Strip-cut, micro-cut and cross-cut types can be found with a security level three shredder. Your business can be HIPAA/FACTA compliant with a level three security shredder as a minimum.


Security Level 4

For secret documents and very sensitive material, a security level four shredder will do the job. Documents that are very crucial to a company’s operation (or an individual’s identity) can be safely removed in this level. Security level four shredders are normally restricted to either a cross-cut or micro-cut type for extra protection. Documents such as health insurance information, medical records, and employee data should be disposed of using a security four paper shredder.


Paper shredder buying guide - Run time and down time

The continuous run-time of a paper shredder varies among models, but the most important factor in determining its capacity would be the quality and price. Cheaper shredders have to rest between bouts of paper shredding, and its motor can overheat and needs to cool down before the next shredding can take place. A high-quality shredder can run continuously for an average of up to 8 minutes at a time, and these shredders need about 45-60 minutes to rest before the next run, sometimes longer.

SimplyShred’s business class paper shredders, regardless of cut-type or security level, have a run-time capacity of up to 10 minutes. Our highest industrial class paper shredders can have a duty cycle of around 25 minutes long, perfect for projects where a longer, intense run-time is vital. When you need to shred many papers over a longer period of time before motor overheating, use a SimplyShred paper shredder and ensure long, uninterrupted run-time with a comparable cool down.


Paper shredder buying guide - Cut type

Along with its security level, determining the correct cut type is vital when choosing the correct paper shredder.


Strip-Cut

Normally found in security level 1 through 3 shredders, the simple and economical strip-cut type paper shredder produces waste of around 3/8" for level one, 1/8"-1/4” for level two, and 1/16" for level three respectively. These are also known as straight-cut shredders. Safe for general documents or ones that pose no serious risk, this cut offers the lowest personal security but work well for reducing waste when recycling.  


Micro-Cut

Micro cut type paper shredders offer a much higher protection and peace of mind that the average strip-cut or cross-cut shredder. A variation of the cross-cut, micro-cut paper shredders are equipped with micro blades that are designed to cut sensitive data and secret documents into extremely tiny pieces of paper, rendering them nearly impossible to reassemble or decipher. Most micro cut shredders will require less emptying since the waste will be more compact and fine than cross-cut shredders. Micro-cut paper shredder produces waste around 1/12" x 5/12'' sized pieces.

SimplyShred’s maximum security micro-cut paper shredders are Built to Shred with a rated security level 4, producing waste small enough to protect you against from identity theft at home or the office.  With smooth, whisper quiet motors and long run-times, a micro-cut paper shredder from SimplyShred shredder is a sound and smart investment that will ensure top security.


Cross-Cut

Cross-cut type paper shredders are also known as confetti cut or diamond cut shredders. The durable cross-cut steel blades are designed to cut across a strip of paper to reduce the paper into rectangles, parallelogram or diamond shapes.

The average cross cut paper shredders are rated between security levels 2 through 3. The resulting paper waste is small enough to protect you against from common identity theft at home or the office. Cross-cut particles vary around 1/8” pieces. Like a micro-cut shredder, these particles are compact and thus allow you to shred for longer before emptying the basket. Some are built with multiple slots for paper, CDs and credit cards.

SimplyShred’s multifunctional cross-cut paper shredders are Built to Shred for personal and business needs, so they are all easy to use and stylishly designed to complement any environment. Quiet motors reduce grinding sounds and ensure uninterruptable, non-distractible shredding at any time during the day.  


Types of SimplyShred shredders

Each of our shredders is designed to fulfill any of your specific needs, whether at home or in the office.  We have shredders for small businesses, large commercial companies, and reliable models for the government’s top secret, high security needs.  With the ability to cut stacks of up to over 20 sheets at once, SimplyShred paper shredders will ensure your businesses’ confidentiality stays that way. Our paper shredding buying guide covers the essentials for your various shredder necessities.


Home Shredders

For personal use at home or light duty work, these shredders offer more than just the basic features. Ultra secure cross-cut and economically priced strip-cut models are available. Safely discard pesky junk mail and old credit card statements by shredding your sensitive documents in the comfort of your own home.  Compact and lightweight, home shredders are ideal for desk side use.

With super quiet motors, auto reverse on paper jams, durable steel blades and the ability to shred credit cards as well, SimplyShred home shredders take care of everything you need for protecting your security and more.


Office Shredders

In the office, you need a reliable shredder that cuts through everything from CDs, credit cards, staples and paper clips. SimplyShred offers long-lasting medium-duty office shredders that have both micro-cut and cross-cut blades to finely slice sensitive material into unreadable confetti. Ultra quiet motors will not interrupt important phone calls or cause distractions in the office.  

Our office shredders are user-friendly and shred up to 100 times a day. With models that can handle up to 28 sheets of paper at once, you can shred it and forget it. For easy, quick, and quiet results that outperforms your high expectations, rely on our quality line of office shredders.


Commercial Shredders

For unmatched performance and security that delivers the results you need when it matters most, SimplyShred’s commercial heavy-duty shredders tackles the heftiest of shredding jobs, guaranteed.  Extra large bin capacities ensure less trash bag runs. Quality protection against thermal and high temperature overload keeps your shredder working longer and harder.  We have models equipped with level 4 securities for commercially sensitive material and data. This level slices 2 x 15 mm particles.

Our industrial use commercial shredders can cut through stacks of paper, credit cards, paper clips and staples with unmatched ease.  Smart “JamStop” technology protects against malfunction. Effective performance permits hundreds of uses a day and never lets you down. With a winning combination of affordability and quality that lasts, SimplyShred shredder has got you covered.

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