Swingline ShredderI've had several shredders over the years. My last one before testing this Swingline Stack-and-Shred one out was an Executive Machines shredder that had a standard insertion slot. So I was curious how this Swingline would compare.
First, the noise. Noise is all relative. My Executive Machines would regularly hit 85db at a high pitched whine. This Swingline only got up to 75db using the outside feeder and was even more quiet - 68db - when using the internal auto feed. Also, the noise was a lower groan noise. So it does a good job on noise levels. Any shredder is going to create some noise.
I didn't enjoy the feed mechanism for single feeds. On most other shredders, like the Executive Machines, you simply stuck papers into the open spot and they were sucked in. It made it easy for papers of all sizes. With the Swingline, the slot is at an angle and the paper goes in vertically across the top of the unit then bends 90 degrees to go down into the shredder. This can be tricky to arrange. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get the paper to catch. If it does catch and then jam, you have to open the lid to get the paper out - but the unit won't run with the lid open. So then, if the paper is stuck, you have to convince the paper to lay flat within the unit so you can close the lid and get it to restart.
That inner area is where you lay paper flat to have it auto shred. Usually I am shredding receipts and bills and things so I don't have stacks of neat 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper. Even when I gathered some up to test this out, it didn't reliably draw them in. It would jam occasionally or not sense the paper.
On the up side, the hopper is large and has a window so you can see how much is in there. The controls are large and easy to use. The unit itself is sturdy. I ran both units side by side all day during my noise tests and while the Executive Machines one would stop occasionally due to overheating, the Swingline just kept going.
Here is how the cuts compare. The Swingline is on the right.
The Swingline cuts are slightly larger and longer. So if someone really did want to reassemble the jigsaw puzzle of a document, they'd have a slightly easier time. Still, I think there's only so much you can worry about.
In general despite its drawbacks I'll be keeping the Swingline as my new office shredder and giving my old one away to a family member. I like the Swingline's sturdiness and large hopper and am willing to deal with the slight aggravation of the way the top feeder works.
FTC Note: I was provided this shredder free from Amazon Vine for testing purposes.
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