In this guide we’ll take a look at the best garden shredders for the UK market.
We’ve compared shredding power, cutting width, reliability and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What Is The Best Garden Shredder?

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  • Best for the money
  • Incredibly light at only 12kg
  • Shreds branches up to 4cm
  • Shreds fast - 230kg per hour
  • Shreds branches up to 4.5cm
  • Large 53 collection bag
  • Best budget garden shredder
  • Great features for the price
  • Pretty quiet at only 98 decibels
  • Shreds hard and soft materials
  • Powerful steel blades
  • Easy to transport
  • Easy to use control panel
  • 2500W of power
  • Anti block system
  • Very quiet only 92db
  • Big 60L collection box
  • Good safety features
  • 2800W of power
  • 60L collect box
  • Wheels for easy transportation
  • Quiet to operat
  • Reverse function easily clears blockages
  • 50L collect box
  • Grinds up to 40mm thick
  • Easy to unblock
  • Great safety features

More Detailed Garden Shredder Reviews

Bosch AXT Rapid 2200 Blade Garden Shredder

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  • Best for the money
  • Incredibly light at only 12kg
  • Shreds branches up to 4cm
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Bosch AXT Rapid 2200 Blade Garden Shredder Review

The best garden shredder for the money is the Bosch AXT Rapid 2200. It’s one of the most popular garden shredder on the market as it has a good balance between features and price. It’s a very good mid-range option.

It’s got a 2,200 watt Bosch Power-Drive motor, capable of shredding branches up to 4cm. And at just 12kg it’s incredibly light, so you’ll have no issues wheeling it around your garden.

Where it differs somewhat is that instead of a waste collection box, it comes with the option of a bag. More versatile? Perhaps. For some it might be quite handy taking a bag to the dump or leaving it outside on rubbish collection day, as opposed to leaving your expensive bit of kit outside! Ultimately though, box or bag, it just comes down to your personal preference.

Overall, this Bosch garden shredder is a tried and tested product from a reputable brand. It’s got great features at an acceptable price, and this makes it one of the best garden shredder options on the market.

Bosch AXT 25 TC Quiet Garden Shredder

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  • Shreds fast - 230kg per hour
  • Shreds branches up to 4.5cm
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Bosch AXT 25 TC Quiet Garden Shredder Review

My top recommended high end model is the Bosch AXT 25 TC, a top of the range garden shredder with top features. However just be aware, it’s not the cheapest!

Here’s why I think it’s so good – firstly, like with most garden equipment, the more power the better. At 2,500 watts, she’s got a bloody good motor on her. To throw some more figures your way, this results in 4100 reps per minute and a shredding rate of 230kg per hour. That’s a lot of garden waste it can chomp through!

It’s also got quite a unique blade which Bosch call their ‘turbine-cut system’. Essentially this means it’s able to both chop and crush, making it versatile enough to handle anything from hard wood to soft greenery.

If you look through the reviews of other buyers, this Bosch garden shredder is praised for how rarely it’ll jam. In the rare case it does, the unit is actually quite sophisticated. It has a neat touchpad control, so you just press the reverse button.

Another feature sets the Bosch AXT 25 TC apart is its cutting capacity. At 4.5cm, it trumps 95% of the market that’s limited to 4cm. Now this probably doesn’t warrant you going out to measure your branches, but it’s good to know you’re getting a wide capacity.

And speaking of capacity, it’s got a 53 litre collection box which is bigger than most. The box also plays a key role in keeping you safe – the unit won’t operate unless it’s securely in place, which just gives you that added piece of mind.

Next, I challenge you to find a quieter shredder! At just 82 decibels, you won’t have to worry about annoying your neighbours. However, if you don’t really get on, you may want to consider a louder model – or perhaps a petrol garden shredder!

In terms of storage, it’s been designed very well. You can simply remove the hopper which makes it 30% smaller. Standing at 67cm you can tuck it away neatly in your garage or shed.

The only real downside when considering this model to the others I’ve reviewed is its weight. At 35kg it’s quite heavy, compared to the others which sit at about 15kg. I don’t find it much of an issue though as it’s got 2 wheels on the back.

Overall, this is a top of the range shredder, with industry leading features. It wins my vote for the best garden shredder you can buy!

Dirty Pro Tools™ Garden Shredder

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  • Best budget garden shredder
  • Great features for the price
  • Pretty quiet at only 98 decibels
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Dirty Pro Tools™ Garden Shredder Review

The Dirty Pro Tools Garden Shredder, in my opinion it’s the best garden shredder on a budget.

Now it doesn’t have the fancy branding and visual appeal of a Bosch garden shredder, but what it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in features and price.

At 2,500 watts, it actually matches the Bosch AXT 25 TC in terms of power. And with 4050 reps per minute, it’s no slouch.

It’s got your standard cutting width of 4cm and a good sized collection box at 50 litres. I’m a fan of the large wheels, and at just 15kg in weight it’s very easy to manoeuvre around your garden.

It’s relatively quiet; at 98 decibels you won’t be bothering the neighbours too much. Furthermore it’s got a 6 meter power cable which is longer than most.

Why I rate this Dirty Pro Tools shredder so highly is because of its unrivalled value for money. It’s features come close to the Bosch AXT 25 TC, but is considerably cheaper. It’s without question the best garden shredder you’ll find for the money.

That doesn’t mean to say it’s impeccable though. It’s certainly not as efficient as dealing with leaves as the Bosch, and as you’d expect, it’s going to be a bit more prone to blockages. The trick is to understand its limits, and not trying to push your luck!

Overall though, for those on a budget this model is the choice; all the features of a high-end model, for a fraction of the price.

Ryobi Garden Shredder

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  • Shreds hard and soft materials
  • Powerful steel blades
  • Easy to transport
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Ryobi Garden Shredder Review

The Ryobi Garden Shredder effortlessly shreds garden materials, both hard and soft. It’s powerful enough to convert most types of garden clippings and debris into well-shredded waste that’s easy to dispose of – offering an easy and convenient way to keep your garden clean. 

Equipped with powerful steel blades, this makes light work of any kinds of debris, while the safety features keep your hands safe. It comes with thick wheels and a comfortable handle for portability, while the body is both well-made and long lasting. 

Makita UD2500/2 Electric Garden Shredder

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  • Easy to use control panel
  • 2500W of power
  • Anti block system
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Makita UD2500/2 Electric Garden Shredder Review

The Makita Electric Garden Shredder is one of the best garden shredders on the market. This high power shredder utilises an effective cut and crush system that minimises shredded waste volume. The cutting speed is up to 40rpm, while the noise level is low so it won’t disturb you. 

This shredder has an easy to use control panel with an automatic anti block system for long lasting and easy usage. The automatic forward and reverse change is easy to operate, while the fill in the container is easily visible through the cut out holes. 

With large rubber wheels and convenient handholds, this shredder is easy to transport both into and out of storage. 

TACKLIFE Garden Shredder

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  • Very quiet only 92db
  • Big 60L collection box
  • Good safety features
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TACKLIFE Garden Shredder Review

Next, we have the new kid on the block this year, the TACKLIFE Garden ShredderThis really is one of the best garden shredders for the money.

Tacklife as a brand has gained lots of credibility over the past few years for it’s reliable products and striking ‘DIY’ looks. This certainly translates to it’s latest garden shredder model.

Like most on this list, it has a powerful 2,500 watt motor and a 4mm cutting width.

What really sets it apart though (particularly from the two models below) is its low noise levels (only 92db), huge 60L collection box, robust design and clever safety features.

In a nutshell, it means you won’t annoy your neighbours, you won’t have to stop to empty the box as much, and all your fingers will remain intact!

Joking aside, it’s a fantastic addition to the market and one we expect to see more and more of in UK gardens over the next few years.

Qualcast SDS2810 Garden Shredder

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  • 2800W of power
  • 60L collect box
  • Wheels for easy transportation
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Qualcast SDS2810 Garden Shredder Review

The Qualcast Garden Shredder is an exceptionally powerful shredder that’s perfect for large gardens, operating with 2800W of power. This has tough steel blades that run at 45rpm, and it can shred branches up to 42mm in diameter. 

This comes with a large box capacity of 60L making it ideal for gardens that need a lot of work. This requires infrequent emptying, although it’s easy to dispose of your waste when needed. The automatic feed allows for safe and easy operation, while the 3m cable length means it can be plugged into a power supply in the house if needed. 

Cobra QS2500 Quiet Electric Garden Shredder

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  • Quiet to operat
  • Reverse function easily clears blockages
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Cobra QS2500 Quiet Electric Garden Shredder Review

The Cobra Electric Garden Shredder is the best option if you don’t want to disturb the neighbours with your garden maintenance. This uses quiet drum technology which ensures both an efficient and quiet shredding process – perfect for some Sunday morning shredding!

With a 2500W motor, this makes light work of a tricky job. It can shred branches up to 40mm thick, coping easily with even large garden waste. The auto feed and reverse offers you ample control, and it’s easy to clear blockages with the reverse function. 

This comes with a 50L transparent collect box so you can easily see when it needs emptying. 

POWERPLUS Garden Shredder

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  • Grinds up to 40mm thick
  • Easy to unblock
  • Great safety features
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POWERPLUS Garden Shredder Review

The POWERPLUS Garden Shredder is another easy to use and powerful shredder, suitable for branches, shrubs and other garden waste. It can grind shrubs of up to 40mm thick, making it a fuss-free and easy way to rid your garden of wastage. 

This shredder comes with a sliding collect box, feed hopper and push stick. Although it doesn’t regularly block, it can be easily shut down and unblocked if needed. For safety, it will only turn on and operate if the collect box is properly locked in. 

This shredder comes equipped with wheels and an ergonomic handle for easy portability. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best garden shredder?

In our opinion, the Bosch AXT 25 TC Quiet Garden Shredder is the best garden shredder on the market. It can handle branches up to 4.5cm in diameter and can shred at an incredible rate of 230kg per hour. It’s also quiet and has a large collection box. Overall, we highly recommend this model.

Are garden shredders worth it?

There are several key benefits to buying a garden shredder.

Firstly, they can massively reduce the volume of your garden waste.

When I was a kid, we were lucky enough to live opposite some woods. I’ll always remember my Dad transporting wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of branches and clippings every time the garden needed tidying up. For the majority without this luxury, your only alternatives are trying to cram it into your council garden waste bag, or multiple trips to the dump. And don’t even get me started on how messy this gets your car!

Secondly, the little chips and shreds make a great addition to your compost.

The trick to a healthy compost heap is a good balance between your ‘greens’ and your ‘browns’. The greens are nitrogen-rich, whilst the browns are carbon-rich. Having a garden shredder than can handle both will enable you to get the balance just right.

Next, the shredded chips provided great insulation.

Over the past year I’ve been growing my own date palms. But like many up-and-comers, plummeting temperatures can take their toll. Good insulation is a must. This is where your garden shredder can help out. Run a few branches through it, and use the wood chips to protect the base and roots.

Lastly, the waste makes great mulch!

Feeding garden matter back into your soil is a great idea. Not only does it give your plants added nutrients, it acts as a barrier against weeds, and some nice wood chipping look very attractive too. All you need is a good garden shredder and you’re set!

How do garden shredders work?

Garden shredders work much in the same way as your classic paper shredder. You feed in the branches and clippings, and it will automatically pull the matter through the machine, cutting it into small pieces as it goes.

Once the collection box or bag underneath is full, you simply empty and you’re good to go again.

What types of garden shredder are there?

There are 3 main types of garden shredder.

Impact Shredders – These have a blade that spins at a very high frequency – many over 4,000 times per minute. As the matter passes through the blade chops it into small pieces. This is generally the best garden shredder type for most households.

Roller Shredders – These use a different kind of technology. You have a rolling drum up against a fixed metal plate. As the matter passes through, it gets crushed by the mechanism. These shredders tend to be a lot quieter, and you don’t have to worry about blunt blades. However, the units are usually bigger and heavier.

Turbine Cutter Shredders – These shredders combine the technologies of both Impact and Roller to crush and chop the matter as it passes through. This gives you the best of both worlds, and a shredder than can handle both ‘greens’ and ‘browns’.

What is the difference between a shredder and a chipper?

Generally speaking, a garden shredder is better suited for home use and can handle smaller branches up to 4.5cm. A wood chipper is more heavy duty and better tailored to larger branches and trees.

Will a garden shredder shred leaves?

Yes. So long as they’re dry! The cutting blades are very capable of chopping leaves finely resulting in a green matter perfect for your compost heap.

What NOT to put through your garden shredder?

Hopefully it goes without saying that you should not put soil or stones through your shredder. Soil will clog it and stones will absolutely annihilate it! Just make sure that you brush off any roots or plants before they go through.

Next up, you’re asking for trouble by putting any damp matter through. It’ll stop the blades being able to run efficiently, and ultimately lead to a jam.

And lastly, for those that ask ‘will a garden shredder shed paper or cardboard’… it won’t. It doesn’t have the same mechanism as a paper shredder and will most likely jam.

How much does it cost to hire a tree shredder?

Having done a bit of research, electric garden shredder hire costs about £30-£45 per day. If you want a petrol one, you’re looking at close to £100.

Now, if you know you’re only going to need it for one day, it’s certainly cheaper. Anything more than 2-3 days and you’re better off buying one.

How much do garden shredders cost?

Garden shredders for the home can cost anything from about £80 to £400. If you’re after a heavy duty petrol shredder, perhaps for professional use, you’re looking at anywhere from £500 all the way up to £1000.

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