Recently, we discussed 10 things that you should always and absolutely shred — including old tax returns, cancelled credit cards, and pay stubs. Shredding these types of documents, which contain personal and financial information, can save you the headache of potential financial fraud or identity theft. When you’re considering purchasing a shredder, it’s crucial to find a shredder that not only does the job, but does it well.
I had a chance to recently test the Fellowes 79Ci PowerShred, which is an excellent choice for shredding personal and sensitive documents whether at home or at your office. The PowerShred features several cutting-edge technologies [Get it? Cutting-edge? Oh, never mind.] that make this shredder one of the best on the market — at least, for those in need of shredding without compromise. One of my least favorite experiences with paper shredders is the obnoxious paper jam you get when you try to shred too much at once – and then you’re just stuck. With the Fellowes 79Ci PowerShred, a sensor will let you know if you’re cool to keep shredding, or if you have (instead) reached maximum capacity and should reduce the amount of paper you’re trying to shred. This 100% jam-proof feature helps prevent those frustrating jams — and keeps you moving through your stack of bills much faster.
And, speaking of bills, it’s undeniably important for your shredder to destroy papers to a point where the original works can’t be pieced together again. The Fellowes 79Ci features cross-cut capabilities that destroy documents into 399+ particles — so there’s no risk of someone identifying your personal / financial information (at least, not from these shredded papers). Plus, in our tests, the 79Ci was incredibly quiet — thanks, in large part, to the automatic SilentShred technology. That’s a feature that I especially appreciate as an apartment-dweller (where it’s easy to disturb the neighbors).
Additionally, should you (or unattended children) accidentally get a little too close to the shredder blades, the 79Ci will automatically stop if it senses fingers in proximity with its SafeSense technology — a feature well worth the cost of the shredder alone for those concerned about safety.
If you’re looking for a shredder, I’d recommend looking closer at the Fellowes 79Ci — and while you are most certainly welcome to stop what you’re doing right now and buy one immediately, you could also win one that we’re giving away! You read that right — we’re giving away one of these awesome shredders to a LockerGnome reader. Just tell us what you would shred if you won the Fellowes 79Ci in the comments below. If you want to enter more than once, check out Chris Pirillo’s separate review.
For more information, check out the official contest rules.