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Hi all, Keith Longmire here.  With my wife Jo, I run the Garden Shredder Review.  Welcome to the ‘all new site’.  All new because we got hacked early in 2019.  The whole site was trashed. – including backups.

As I am an IT consultant the lack of back-ups was hard to take.  Jo is an artist and photographer – you can see some of her work at jolongmire.com

The Garden Shredder Review – Background

The original site started way back in 2011. We had decided that our garden produced too many clippings to be able to continue ‘bagging and tipping’. We decided to buy a shredder – but which one? There was practically no guidance available on the internet (still true apart from this site).

We have a medium (ish) size garden.  It runs to around 600 sq metres with patio, pond, lawn and trees.  It’s not even an overly high maintenance garden with most of it laid to lawn. There is about 40m of 3m high, mixed laurel and elm hedging along the road side. On the other side of the garden there is 40m of Laurel hedging (no elm) but we do have 3 Maple trees. 

In all we have 7 trees including the Maples, one apple, one plum and a couple I still don’t recognise.  It shouldn’t have been a surprise just how much biomass a garden like this produces – but it was.  It seemed that every weekend became a routine of trimming hedges and trees, chopping all the cuttings to an acceptable size for bagging, and multiple trips to the tip for disposal.

The problem was that my day job as an IT consultant meant frequently being away from home.  At the weekends I would come home and do my bit with the heavy lifting jobs in the garden.

It has to be said – I am no gardener.  My skills are more at the heavy lifting end of the scale. I do know how to look after the lawn, cut the hedges and prune the trees.  As the garden developed the time taken to dispose of all the clippings seemed to be increasing every week.

It simply didn’t make sense.  A round trip to the tip was 7-8 miles. Putting bags of woody cuttings into the car always seemed to end up with another scratch in the paintwork.  Putting that much rubbish into plastic bags for dumping was pretty much insane. 

We decided there had to be a better way.  We thought we would buy a garden shredder.  Trouble was, as you might have found, buying a Garden Shredder in the UK is not that easy.

This site started as a place where we shared all the research we had done to choose our own garden shredder.  Rather than reading the whole site you can download our simple guide – “Choosing a Garden Shredder That is Right for You and Your Garden

Over time we have continued to create reviews of shredders and have written or collated articles on many related topics.

We hope it is still of use to you.

Our Experience in Buying A Garden Shredder

When we made the decision that we needed a shredder my mental image was of one of those used by the local council.  These were the very big, noisy machines that you seemed to be able to throw whole trees into and they flew out the other end as chips and dust.

It didn’t take long to realise that the machines used by council work men were a) big, and, b) expensive.  For out size of garden, the choice was going to have to be an electric shredder

Despite the relative lack of take up of garden shredders in the UK there were a bewildering range of models on sale. We were keen to know what would work best for us.  Frustratingly, it seemed very difficult to get clear guidance or advice.

As I was away much of the time I started to research our options.  Being away, I wrote down my findings so I could share them with Jo.  I think it was Jo who said, “If we are having this much difficulty in making up our minds – there must be lots of others who are having trouble too.”

Seems like she was right – those notes formed the basis of the original Garden Shredder Review site.

There have been times when the site has sat in the background and been forgotten.  We would then get someone asking a bunch of questions and I would get my butt in gear and update the site.  Over the years it grew to be much bigger and reviewed more options.

Use our reviews to compare garden shredders

Being honest, we don’t pretend that we have personally, physically reviewed all models shown on this site.  Obviously, where we have first hand knowledge (usually on the Bosch machines) we will include it.  Otherwise our reviews are from research conducted on the internet.

To be included in our reviews each garden shredder normally needs to meet specific criteria:

  • More than 20 reviews on Amazon
  • Amazon rating 4stars or better
  • Other reviews elsewhere on the internet to substantiate the Amazon reviews

Sometimes models will be reviewed that don’t meet all of these criteria.  These will be machines that we have used ourselves or have been recommended to us.

Our Pick of Electric Garden Shredder for 2019

Our current top picks are:

Over the years we have reviewed models from Einhell, Black and Decker, Ryobi and many others.  It seems that the Bosch machines simply pass the test of time much better than any others.