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A paper shredder helps keep sensitive information away from undesirables. Flickr / huaxixi

Documents may have gone digital over the years, but paper-based ones still flood nearly every office. Some of these contain sensitive information that either can be used against you (if not the company you work for) or are prone to theft. These include tax and financial documents, as well as client and employee information. You can continue keeping these or you can simply dispose of them permanently through a paper shredder.

To keep printed info private, you will need a good paper shredder for your office. Besides shredding confidential papers, it also crushes other sensitive materials such as credit cards, CDs and DVDs, and can even take care of non-confidential stuff such as junk mail. Some have mechanisms that help prevent jamming, while some automatically start after detecting a sheet to shred.

Check out the best office paper shredders of 2020:

1. AmazonBasics 6-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper Shredder
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AmazonBasics' 6-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper Shredder can shred up to 6 sheets of 20-pound bond paper at a time -- without having to remove staple wires or small paper clips. Its features include a Reverse Function for retrieving unshredded or partially shredded documents and Easy Start for automatic shredding once the machine detects paper.

2. Bonsaii DocShred 8-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper Shredder
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The Bonsaii DocShred shreds up to 8 sheets of paper at a time into small pieces, keeping your confidential information safe. Ideal for use at a home office, this heavy-duty paper shredder features a 5.5-gallon wastebasket that has a convenient handle design to make it easy for you to empty it out when full.

3. Aurora Professional Strip Cut Paper Shredder
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Aurora's Professional Strip Cut Paper Shredder is perfect for keeping you safe from identity theft. It can accept up to eight sheets of paper simultaneously before shredding them into quarter-inch strips. Its features include an extendable arm that can fit over most wastebaskets, overheat protection and a forward-moving Jam-Remover and Manual reverse for cleaning paper jams.

4. AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper Shredder
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AmazonBasics' 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper Shredder does not just shred paper, it also shreds through CDs, DVDs and expired credit cards, rendering these useless. Its user-friendly design consists of a 3-mode control switch (auto, off, reverse) and an easy-to-empty 3.2-gallon bin.

5. Fellowes Powershred W11C
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Fellowes' Powershred W11C Cross-Cut Shredder can shred up to 11 sheets of paper per pass into over 400 cross-cut sections. Its Safety Lock feature allows this child- and pet-safe shredder to be disabled for added safety and protection. It can run up to 5 minutes before it needs to cool down.

6. Aurora Anti-Jam 14-Sheet Crosscut Paper Shredder
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Aurora's Anti-Jam Crosscut Shredder has an anti-jam auto-reverse mechanism that clears out paper jams. Ideal for small and home offices, this one cuts up to 14 sheets of paper, in addition to CDs/DVDs, credit cards, staples and paper clips. It features a 6-gallon pullout bin with LED sensors that indicate standby if the door is open or if the shredder is overheating, overloading or full.

7. Fellowes Powershred 79Ci Cross-Cut Paper Shredder
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Thanks to the patented SilentShred technology, Fellowes' Powershred 79Ci delivers an "ultra-quiet" shredder performance for any environment. It features a 100% JamProof system that eliminates annoying paper jams, powering through tough jobs in the process. Its Energy Savings system constantly provides optimal energy efficiency -- both during and after usage.

8. Fellowes Powershred 99Ci Cross-Cut Paper Shredder
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Fellowes' Powershred 99Ci Cross-Cut Paper Shredder securely shreds tax documents, CDs/DVDs, credit cards and other sensitive materials. Featuring a 9-gallon bin with an LED light for indicating whether it is full, it can shred up to 18 sheets of paper per pass into nearly 400 cross-cut particles. Thanks to its patented SafeSense technology, the shredder automatically stops when hands touch the paper opening.

9. Aurora Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder
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Aurora's Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder has a lightweight compact design that makes it an ideal addition to a small or home office. It features a convenient handle design for easy carrying, a letter opener, and a detachable power cord. This compact paper shredder also has a transparent 1.32-gallon basket that can handle approximately 40 sheets.

10. Aurora JamFree 20-Sheet Crosscut Paper Shredder
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Ideal for small and medium-sized offices, this variant of Aurora's JamFree Paper Shredder can shred up to 20 sheets of paper. Its Touchguard sensor forces the machine to stop immediately when touched to prevent accidents. The shredder itself automatically restarts just by simply inserting a sheet of paper without having to turn it on beforehand.