The Rexel Style+ Cross Cut 7-Sheet Paper and Credit Card Shredder is an efficient and modern-looking machine that’s good for the home or small office.
- 2 year warranty
- Pullout bin
- Shreds credit cards
- Limited bin capacity
- Handles less than promised
The recommended retail price of the Rexel is £128.38, but it goes for significantly less on some retail sites online; Amazon, for instance, has it available for around £63, making it one of the more affordable shredders on the market. Most, if not all, shredders have some sort of manufacturer’s warranty, but unlike similar shredders from other companies, the Rexel Style+ has a warranty stretched to a very generous 2 years.
This shredder has a cross cut, producing scraps of paper measuring 4 by 23 mm, which is a security level of p-4. It’s not the smallest it could be, but is ideal for ordinary folk looking for a little extra peace of mind when disposing of their bills. Plus, it isn’t a regular strip cut, which is hardly protection at all.
The Rexel Style+ Cross Cut has a continuous run time of up to three minutes, with an automatic cooling down period that lasts between 10 to 20 minutes. It’s important to note that most shredders you encounter will have a mandatory cooling down period, unless you go for a big industrial one. There’s an automatic start and stop function, as well as a reverse function for clearing any accidental jams. If you keep the shredder on automatic mode while it’s cooling, it will restart by itself to let you know when it’s ready to go again.
It’s stated that the Rexel Style+ can take 7 sheets, but as we all know, what the manufacturer states is often an overly optimistic overreach. Some users have stated difficulty with shredding upwards of 3 sheets of paper at a time. Still, people often don’t consider paper thickness as a factor, although it can be integral to a shredder’s usability. If you stick to a thinner type of paper, you should be able to shred 7 sheets at a time. Otherwise, you can break it into smaller increments.
The Rexel Style+ isn’t completely helpless though. It does take credit and debit cards (albeit one at a time) as well as a staples and paper clips attached to your papers, which will save you from having to remove them individually. It’s important to note that the 7 sheet capacity does not apply to credit and debit cards – your plastics need to be put one at a time. As stated earlier, the shredding capability really depends on the quality of the material you want to shred.
It’s a small and tidy thing, measuring at dimensions of 42.8 x 25.8 x 48 cm, weighing 3.9 kg when empty. It’s a perfect size for tucking away under your desk or even on top of it. With the rounded edges and shiny black and white exterior, this shredder definitely looks a tad more stylish and trendy than others. This isn’t just for looks, however, since the Rexel Style+ also includes an ergonomic handle for easy transport to and from wherever you’ll be needing it.
What’s most notable about the Rexel Style+ is the pullout bin. It’s a drawer, making access and removal easier on you or anyone else who needs to empty the shredder. Typical shredders tend to be a little top heavy, as the lid also contains the motor and the blades, but you won’t have to worry about the lid-to-bin ratio with the Rexel Style+ Cross Cut Shredder.
The pullout bin does make it convenient for cleanup, but it still has a few limitations. Although the bin holds up to 7.5 litres, it’s best to empty the bin way before it reaches the full amount. When it’s full, the bits of paper at the very top of the bin get stuck in the blades, and as a result, the drawer can be hard to open. Once you do finally get it open, with a bit of force no doubt, the shreds will fall all over and make a right mess.
What’s more, a full bin makes for a higher likelihood of paper jams. Thankfully, the Rexel Style+ also features a small window on the drawer, so you can monitor the bin’s contents while you use it.
Overall, the Rexel Style+ Cross Cut is easy to use and does what it says. Most notable specs are the viewing window and the pullout bin. It’s efficient, but best for light to moderate use only. At 73 decibels, the Rexel Style+ is reasonably quiet for a shredder. Some have noted that the Rexel Style+ produces a lot of dust, so it would be best to keep a small vacuum handy for cleanup.