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Review: The Swingline Stack-and-Shred Hands-Free Paper Shredder (an Essential for Every Home Office)

By November 27, 2012

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Swingline Stack-and-Shred ShredderThere are few home office devices that everyone should own. A dependable shredder is one of them. I own a highly rated cross-cut shredder (whose brand name I'll leave out of this Swingline review), but suffice it to say that shredder has been gathering dust in a corner of my office despite reams of paper waiting to be shredded. The reason? It's just too time-consuming to only work a few pages at a time through the manual feeder. The Swingline Stack-and-Shred Shredder solves this issue with literally hands-free operation, shredding up to 100 sheets (depending on your model) automatically. Shredding a stack of documents is as easy as opening the lid and putting in the papers (staples and all) and walking away if you want to. For the most part, that is.


  • Hands-free usage
  • Easy and intuitive to use
  • Large waste bin
  • Self cleaning feature (no need to use shredder oil)
  • Quick jam clearing
  • Also shreds credit cards, paper clipped documents, stapled documents


  • Auto shredding doesn't work well with thick, small, or folded papers
  • Only six sheets for the manual feeding
  • Can quickly trigger the high temperature warning if you shred too much at a time
  • Jams more often when the waste basket is almost full

Typical Price: From around $100 for the 60X, $160 for the 80X, and $200 for the 100X | Compare Prices

I tested out the Swingline Stack-and-Shred 80x Paper Shredder, which fits 80 sheets and works pretty much as advertised, no instructions required. Put the papers in the tray up to the max line and as soon as you close the lid, the shredder goes to work. It's relatively quite in operation too (but still noticeable).

In my tests, performed like a champ with regular-sized papers, even stapled ones, but jammed up with thick, small paystubs. For oddly-sized or thick documents, you can use the manual feeder, which I wish had more page capacity rather than a 6-sheet slot.

Still, that's not why you would purchase this shredder. The whole point is the hands-free operation. I was able to go through 5 gallons of shredded paper in just a couple of passes--a lot of documents quickly and almost effortlessly shred.

I did put the shredder to the test, shredding probably a ream-full of paper. At that point, the shredder's overheating warning light lit up and I had to wait a few minutes until the temperature went down and restart the shredder.

All in all, this is a great time-saving shredder that can actually help you get around to shredding that big stack of papers you've been putting off shredding--or gang up all your shredding jobs and quickly take care of them. Although it's rather large and heavy, the Swingline Stack-and-Shred 80X Paper Shredder has a low enough profile that you can stick it under a desk.

Starting at about $100, the Swinline line of Stack-and-Shred shredders is a little of an investment that others in its category, but the productivity/time savings is well worth it. It's pretty much the easiest way to shred a stack of papers (short of hiring someone to do it for you).

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