Helping You Choose a Garden Shredder that is right for you and your garden

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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  • 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


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

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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  • 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


  • 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

Best Quiet Shredder 2021

TackLife PWS01A

TACKLIFE Garden Shredder, Wood Chipper, 2500W Power, Max 40mm Cutting Capacity, 55L Collection Box, Induction Quiet Motor, Adjustable Cutting Blade, Low Noise -PWS01A

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  • 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 around £160 (
    £174.99) this is great value for a highly rated, quiet shredder


  • Chippings/shreddings are quite large.  May not suit some users particularly for mulching
  • Too early to get meaningful reliability information.
Our Rating

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

Dirty Pro Tools Impact Shredder

Dirty Pro Tools™ Garden Shredder 40mm Cutting Width Electric 2500W

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

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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