AmazonBasics Thermal Protection Paper Shredder

Last updated: March 21, 2023


Although limited in capacity, this paper shredder has a price that fits every budget. In addition to paper, it can shred credit cards, and its lightweight form factor makes it easy to maneuver around your home or office. Though prone to jams, the model features a manual mode that allows you to reverse pages back out when they get stuck.

We looked at the top Paper Shredders and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Paper Shredder you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Despite the low price tag, this shredder can handle everything from paper to plastic.

In our analysis of 56 expert reviews, the AmazonBasics Thermal Protection Paper Shredder placed 3rd when we looked at the top 17 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Thoroughly shred multi-page documents (up to eight sheets at a time) with this AmazonBasics cross-cut shredder. The machine quickly turns paper into strips measuring 3/16 by 1-27/32 inches. Use the shredder to destroy ATM receipts, credit-card bills, mortgage statements, pay stubs, insurance packets, and other old or unwanted info. It will even shred credit cards (one at a time), and there’s no need to remove staples or small paper clips.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

See-thru bin makes it easy to tell when it is full.
The reason we have made it our top pick was its unique combination of low price and exceptional capacity—you’d be hard-pressed to find anything else this capable at this price.
Though it's only rated to handle up to eight sheets of paper at once, we were able to successfully feed a stack of 10 sheets of standard letter-size printer paper at one time.
This model of cross-cut paper shredder is able to shred pieces diagonally and into small pieces typical of its type. This gives me the security and peace of mind whenever I use the device in shredding my ATM receipts, financial bills, and other personal documents with sensitive info.
It does one thing great and that is shredding your documents in unreadable particles.
A reliable credit card destroyer.
It has an automatic turn on the feature and also has manual reverse to clear the paper jams.
In auto mode shredding begins once the sensor detects something something being inserted.

What reviewers didn't like

Jamming with more than 5 paper.
Difficult-to-reassemble bits while proving difficult to jam
If you're using this machine, be sure not to push it past its suggested capacity limit while also running it for minutes at a time.
This model shreds at 70 dB noise level, noisier than your regular strip-cut shredders
This shredder can’t shred CDs, it only runs for 3 minutes continuously and it doesn’t come with all kinds of nifty featues and sensors.
It only runs for 3 minutes. After that, it needs 20 minutes to cool down till it restarts.
View our Paper Shredder buying guide for in-depth advice and recommendations.

From our partners