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۞ Introduction ۞
Every home and office should have shredder, not just for shredding details about your workplace but with identity theft on the apparent increase, a shredder is almost a necessity these days.
Having wanted and needed one for a while, we had browsed around the different shops and prices and various features that they all had to offer.
Being on a budget and not wanting to spend £10's of pounds of one (let's face it, there are more exciting things to spend money on!) the Tesco Value Paper Shredder fitted all my needs.
۞ Packaging ۞
As this is a value product, it has the value packaging, red and blue. There's a picture of the shredder on the front and apart from stating the features that's all there is to it.
۞ What's in the Box? ۞
The shredder unit, the shredder bin and the instruction leaflet. Nothing more, nothing less.
۞ Assembly and Size ۞
As with all shredders, simply place the unit on top of the bin, plug in, slide the switch to On/Auto and away you go! Size wise this comes in at about 30cm/12" tall, 27cm/11" in width and approx15cm/6" in depth. This makes it a nice size to sit unobtrusively in a corner or against a wall or under a desk. One thing I do like about the unit is that the power cable does not need to sit in the notch on the bin as most do, this means that after emptying the bin, I do not need to get the lead in place before the unit sits securely back in place. The cable length is a decent metre and a half so it's not going to have to sit right next to the power socket every time you want to use it.
۞ So what does this Model do? ۞
Besides the obvious of shredding your documents, how it shreds is more important when it comes to buying one. This one strip cuts your documents, meaning you end up with long thin strips of paper rather than one that cross cuts which are more securely shredded. As each strip is only 7mm, I still think this is adequate enough as it would not be that easy to sort them out and stick them back together again!
It takes 6 sheets of paper at a time so this would be a disadvantage for a busy office. However, for the average home use it's ideal as after you've had the initial 'clear-out' batch of documents the amount of time it takes to shred a few papers is minimal. Be aware, this does NOT take staples or paper clips so make sure you remove them first. The maximum size of paper you can shred is A4.
The bin has a capacity of 10.5 litres which fills quite quickly but just a quick push down of the already shredded paper provides more room. To give you an idea, we shredded a pile of papers about 2" thick in total. We emptied the bin three times but as this is emptied straight into the recycling bin it does not cause a problem. Once you've finished, the motor automatically turns off.
۞ Any Features? ۞
Being a basic shredder there aren't many! Forward, Reverse, On/Auto and that's all. But then do you need any more?! All the functions are operated by a slider switch on the top left of the unit.
Another thing I like about this shredder is that the front of the bin has a curved lip to it and it stands proud of the actual unit. This means I can see at a glance just how full the bin is without having to remove the unit.
One of the most important features it has is a safety cut out, which I think every appliance should have. The leaflet states this shredder can be used continuously for 2 and a half minutes, after this time the motor may overheat. Despite the amount of shredding we do, this has yet to happen as there is always a pause between feeding in the sheets and it only takes seconds to do 6 sheets.
The safety warnings are printed in picture form on the unit just to remind you not to put your fingers, paper clips or dangly earrings in!!
۞ My Opinion ۞
All in all, this is an excellent little shredder. It's compact, simple to operate and does the job required which is all I wanted. Having the reverse function is good as if you do accidentally put more than the recommended amount of sheets in, you can easily remove them should the shredder get stuck.
Although it only takes 6 sheets at a time, once the edge of the paper connects with the cutters the paper is automatically fed through and it's not 'snatched' out of your hand like other shredders I have used.
The cable is a good length considering it's a value product. It also means this does not have to be right on top of your power socket to be used.
I've found that with something like bank statements where the paper tends to be a bit thicker it may only take 4 sheets but it's just a matter of getting to know what paper is 'heavier' than others.
As with most shredders, it's quite noisy but as you're unlikely to be using it all day, the noise is not bothersome.
The safety cut out is a 'must' feature that you shouldn't have to pay extra for and Tesco's have proved this with this shredder.
It comes with a standard one year guarantee ( remember to keep the shopping receipt) and purely from a fun point of view, it keeps most kids amused as so many of them like 'doing the shredding'! The plastic bin can be wiped over with a damp cloth for cleaning but PLEASE make sure it's completely dry before operating it again.
I have deliberately left the price till last as I wonder how much you would expect to pay for a basic shredder. This one has a price tag of £8.96 which I find incredible.
For under £9, no-one has an excuse not to have one. It really is a bargain buy.
As a side note for parents/guardians/grandparents, besides the usual documents you would think about shredding, don't forget that any letters that come home from school usually contain your child's name and form as well as the school's address…protecting their identity is just as important as yours so don't forget to shred those too.
۞ Other Info ۞
Made in China for Tesco's Delamare Road Cheshunt Herts, EN8 9SL
Available in larger Tesco stores and online. Model No. VSHB05.