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The Best Electric Garden Shredders of 2021

2020 was a strange year.  With Covid hitting in March, it was difficult to get out and review changes in Garden Shredders as we normally would.  In the times between lockdowns, we have as usual, been reviewing the best of the shredders you can buy.  Here is our updated summary of the best shredders available in 2021.

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Bosch AXT 25TC (Turbine Cut)

The Bosch AXT 25TC has been our shredder of the year for the last 5 years.  Before that its slightly less powerful predecessor – the 23TC – held the top spot.

This shredder is so good that the only viable alternative is to look at the best of the smaller petrol shredders/chippers.

Bosch Shredder AXT 25 TC (plunger for trimmed material, 53-litre collection box, cardboard box, material throughput: 230 kg/h, max. cutting capacity: Dia. 45 mm, 2500 W)

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Pros

  • Cuts just about any sort of garden clippings
  • Enormous throughput – 230kg/hr
  • Cuts branches up to 45mm – that is getting up to small log size
  • Quiet – 82dB You can easily hold a conversation while using
  • 2years parts and labour warranty

Cons

  • Price – it’s expensive
  • Not much else
Our Rating
4.8/5

Best Impact Shredder 2021

Bosch AXT 2200

Bosch 600853670, Shredder AXT Rapid 2200 (2200 W, 230 Volt System, Cutting Capacity 40 mm, in Carton), Green/Black

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Pros

  • Cuts up to 40mm diameter
  • Copes with most types of small, soft green clippings
  • Large capacity hopper for quicker feeding
  • 90kg/hr throughput
  • Lightweight – 12kg
  • 853 reviews on Amazon – 3.8 stars

Cons

  • Blade life not great – still better than practically any other impact shredder
  • Noise – 105dB – that is pretty noisy
  • No self-feeding mechanism
  • No collection box
Our Rating
4.1/5

Best Quiet Shredder 2021

LSRL Garden Shredder 2500W, Adjustable Cutting Size, Max.45mm Cutting Capacity, Silent Induction Motor, Low Noise, 55L Collection Box, Garden Shredders and Chippers with Transport Wheel

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Pros

  • Cuts up to 40mm diameter with ease
  • Great for larger, tougher, woody clippings
  • Powerful self feeding mechanism
  • Copes well with a range of cuttings and clippings without jamming
  • Quiet.  92dB. It’s not the quietest machine we have reviewed but it isn’t going to upset your neighbours
  • Price.  At from Amazon, this is great value for a highly rated, quiet shredder

Cons

  • Chippings/shreddings are quite large.  May not suit some users particularly for mulching
  • Too early to get meaningful reliability information
  • Amazon removed Tacklife from its listings for allegedly procuring reviews.
Our Rating
4.3/5

Impact Garden Shredders - Contenders

The impact range of shredders are generally the cheapest and most popular garden shredders you can buy.  Here are 2 that are definitely worth a look.

The Handy Impact Shredder

 The Handy Impact Shredder

Quiet Garden Shredders - Contenders

Quiet garden shredders, sometimes misleadingly called Silent Shredders, are true garden workhorses.  Here are 2 models that only just miss out on our best buy categories.

Makita UD2500/2

Makita UD2500/2 small image

Looking to Move Up To A Petrol Garden Shredder Chipper?

Shredding or chipping garden waste has stepped up during the Covid Lockdowns.  Spending more time at home tends to mean more gardening projects.  Removing,  reshaping or simple pruning creates lots of cuttings.  With social distancing it is much easier to deal with this at home.

We have seen an increasing number of people find the limitations of electric garden shredders to be too restrictive.  They want the increased power and capacity provided by petrol machines.

More in-depth reviewa are in the works. For now, we offer our guide to what to look for when buying a petrol garden shredder chipper.

Until we can get to our full shredder reviews, you might like to take a look at our round-up of some of the top petrol shredder chippers for the home gardener.

Forest Master 6HP Compact Petrol Garden Shredde

The Forest Master 6HP is a great step up from an electric shredder.  It is light weight, easy to move and handle, and copes with a wide range of garden waste.  Maximum shredding size is a small step up from Electric machines at just 50mm

Forest master FM6DD 6hp Petrol compact self-feeding wood chipper. Powerful garden machine delivers up to 3600 rmp. Chips up to 50mm (2 inch) Easy storage and portability

Zipper ZI-HAEK4100 4.1kw Petrol Chipper (5.5HP)

The Zipper ZI-HAEK4100 is an extraordinary machine.  It is only rated a little less powerful than the Forest Master, but it is able to cope with much larger maximum size branches.  It is styled like much bigger, professional machines.

The only real negative is the noise level.  At 115dB, you really will need ear protection.

Zipper ZI-HAEK4100 4.1kw Petrol Chipper | 196cc - 100mm cutting dia

About The Garden Shredder Review

This Garden Shredder Review website exists to help you cut through all of the hype and technology so that you can choose and buy the garden shredder that is right for you and your garden.

We also take a look at some of the pruning tools and gear you need to create and collect the clippings and cuttings you are going to feed the shredder.

Finally, we take a look at disposing of the shreddings through efficient composting and mulching.

About Our Garden Shredder Reviews

Bosch have featured strongly on this web site for many years.  That was never deliberate.  It is just that in our reviews the Bosch machines provide the most innovative and all encompassing range of electric garden shredders on sale in the uk today.

In 2020, for the first time since we started providing ‘Best Garden Shredder Reviews’, Bosch did not occupy all three top spots. It’s good to note that all of our 2020 selections have retained their top spots in 2021.

The Tacklife PWS01A is an excellent quiet shredder that has easily ousted the Bosch AXT25D from its long held position at the top of this category. 

Tacklife, Handy, and Dirty Pro Tools are also providing extremely strong competition in the highly competitive impact shredder market.

With other manufacturers are now providing better machines we can expect to see Bosch acting to up their game again.  The competition is sure to drive innovation in this garden shredder sector.

Types of Garden Shredder

It’s very important to realise that the main types of garden shredder: impact, quiet and turbine cut, are designed for different garden shredding needs. 

Read this guide to compare impact shredders.

Read this guide to compare quiet shredders.

Petrol Garden Shredder Chipper

One of the side effects of the Covid Pandemic has been the increase in interest in gardening.  People are moving out of the cities and buying houses with much bigger gardens than they have ever had before. 

Many of these people are clearing and cleaning larger spaces. For them, electric shredders often are not up to the job.

In 2021, for the first time, we are including reviews of the best petrol shredders for home gardening use.  Take a look at the Garden Shredder Review guide to buying a Petrol Garden Shredder Chipper.

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