In this guide we’ll take a look at the best garden shredders on the UK market this year.
I’ve tested and reviewed shredding power, cutting width, reliability and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Garden Shredder?
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Garden Shredder Reviews
Bosch AXT 25 TC Quiet Garden Shredder Review
My top recommendation is the Bosch AXT 25 TC. It’s a top-of-the-range garden shredder with some really impressive features.
Here’s why I think it’s so good – firstly, it’s extremely powerful. With an impressive 2500 w motor, this first-rate machine will make your life easy; effectively chewing through garden matter without any problem. To throw some more figures your way, this mighty engine results in 41 rpm per minute and a shredding rate of 230 kg 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’. 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 jams. This is impressive considering the mass of the matter being shredded. In the rare case that it does jam, you simply use the neat touchpad control; pressing the reverse button generally sorts out any issues.
Another feature that sets the Bosch AXT 25 TC apart is its cutting capacity. It can cut diameters of up to 4.5 cm. This trumps 95% of the market; other machines are generally limited to 4 cm. Of course, you probably aren’t going to go out and measure your branches, but it’s good to know that this shredder won’t shy away from most tasks.
You’ll also be pleased to know that it’s got a 53 L collection box, which is bigger than most. Bosch have fitted it with a system to help keep you safe: the unit won’t operate unless it’s securely in place, which just gives you that added piece of mind.
What’s more, I challenge you to find a quieter shredder! Purring in at just 82 decibels, you won’t ever have to worry about disturbing your neighbours.
In terms of storage, it’s been designed very well. You can simply remove the hopper which makes it 30% smaller, and tuck the 67 cm high unit neatly away in your garage or shed.
The only real downside when considering this model is its weight. At 35 kg it’s quite heavy, especially considering that the others on this list sit at about 15 kg. I don’t find it much of an issue as it’s got 2 wheels on the back, but it’s something to bear in mind.
Overall, this is a top of the range model, with industry leading features. It wins my vote for the best garden shredder you can buy!
Bosch AXT Rapid 2200 Blade Garden Shredder Review
The Bosch AXT Rapid 2200 is one of the most popular models on the market; it strikes a good balance between features and price. Overall, I consider it to be an excellent mid-range option.
It’s got a 2200 w Bosch Power-Drive motor. Pretty powerful and capable of shredding branches up to 4 cm. At just 12 kg it’s incredibly light, so you’ll have no issues wheeling it around your garden.
Where it differs somewhat from other models, is that instead of a waste collection box, it comes with a bag. This could potentially be more versatile: for some it might be quite handy. You could take the bag to the dump or leave it outside on rubbish collection day – a better prospect than leaving the more valuable collection box outside, or emptying the heavy debris into a green bin! 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 a decent price, and this makes it one of the best garden shredder options on the market.
Ryobi Silent Garden Shredder Review
If you fancy shredding at 8am on a Sunday morning, the Ryobi Silent Garden Shredder is the one for you. This shredder is very quiet to use, and I found it could handle pretty much everything I threw at it!
With a 3000W motor, you’d expect this shredder to be reliable. It features two reversible hardened steel blades that shred branches, brambles and shrubs into a fine mulch. The maximum cutting diameter is 45mm, wider than a lot of other shredders on the market.
This shredder comes with a 40L container for holding the shredded material. While not quite as roomy as others on this list, for the average garden, this capacity will be ample.
For added safety, this shredder comes with a plunger so it’s easy to keep your hands away from the cutting blades.
If you’re looking for a reliable and quiet to operate garden shredder, the Ryobi Silent Impact Shredder is my top recommendation!
Dirty Pro Tools™ Garden Shredder Review
The Dirty Pro Tools Garden Shredder is the best garden shredder on a budget, in my opinion. I say this because efficiency-wise it doesn’t come far behind the top models, but it’s a fraction of the price.
Now, it’s true, it doesn’t have the fancy branding or visual appeal of a Bosch garden shredder. But, what it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in features and value.
At 2500 w, it actually matches the Bosch AXT 25 TC in terms of power. And, producing 4050 rpm, it’s certainly a hard worker.
It’s got your standard cutting width of 4 cm, and a generously-sized 50 L collection box. All very helpful features for getting the shredding done fast. I’m a fan of the large wheels too – combined with its 15 kg weight, this shredder is 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 m power cable which is longer than most – this gives you a bit more freedom and you might not even have to use an extension lead.
I rate this Dirty Pro Tools shredder so highly because of its unrivalled value for money. Its 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.
Of course, it’s not without fault – it’s certainly not as efficient as dealing with leaves as the Bosch, and, as you’d expect, it’s a bit more prone to blockages. The trick is to understand its limits, and not try to push your luck!
Overall though, for those on a budget this model is a great choice; all the features of a high-end model, but it won’t leave your wallet in tears.
Ryobi Garden Shredder Review
The Ryobi Garden Shredder effortlessly shreds garden materials, both hard and soft.
It has a good 2500 w motor which is powerful enough to convert most types of garden debris and clippings debris into well-shredded waste. You’ll cut time too by not having to sort the hard from the soft, offering an easy and convenient way to keep your garden clean.
It weighs 15 kg so is quite a standard, relatively-lightweight option. The two sturdy back wheels aid manoeuvrability as well, so it isn’t difficult to position in the garden.
The collection box is a reasonable 40 L – not the biggest, not the smallest. It will hold a fair amount of waste and is easy to remove for emptying.
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 a comfortable, ergonomic handle for easy portability, while the body is both well made and long lasting.
TACKLIFE Garden Shredder Review
The TACKLIFE Garden Shredder may be new to the scene, but it’s certainly worthy of a spot on this list.
Tacklife, as a brand, has gained a lot of credibility over the past few years for creating reliable products with striking ‘DIY’ looks. Naturally, this shredder is no different!
Like most on this list, it has a powerful 2500 W motor and a 40 mm cutting width.
What really sets it apart though is its huge 55L collection box, robust design and clever safety features.
In a nutshell this means: you won’t have to stop to empty the box as much, you can get the job done quickly, and all your fingers will remain intact!
Joking aside, it’s a fantastic addition to the market, and a model that we expect to see in more and more UK gardens over the next few years.
Wolf-Garten Electric Garden Shredder Review
The Wolf-Garten Electric Garden Shredder effectively shreds a whole range of garden materials. I was impressed by the power and low noise, and I’d have no concerns using this model in busy residential areas.
This shredder boasts long lasting reversible blades and two-handed safety switching. The reverse feed makes it easy to clear any blockages.
The only downside to this shredder is that it’s a little heavy, at 26kgs. However, the ease of use and quality more than makes up for the added weight.
If you’re looking for a reliable and quality shredder from a reputable brand, the Wolf-Garten Electric Garden Shredder is well worth considering.
The Handy Garden Shredder Review
The Handy Garden Shredder is a simple and very affordable shredder that makes light work of most garden waste.
As one of the most affordable on this list, you may be expecting a reduction in quality. In fact, this shredder more than rivals its pricier competitors. It can shred branches of 45mm, with many more expensive models only shredding debris up to 40mm thick.
Not only that, this shredder comes with a roomy 40L collection box and a removable hopper. The 3m cable and wheels means it’s easy to move to around the garden, saving you time overall.
I was highly impressed with how easy this shredder was to handle. It weighs just 13.8kgs. In fact, the only downside to this shredder is that it’s slightly louder than others on the market.
Things to Know Before Buying a Garden Shredder
If you’re someone who loves to prune the garden, but hates having the deal with all that bulky garden waste, a garden shredder will make your life so much easier!
They efficiently slice up waste, making it much easier to dispose of.
So, if you’re thinking about buying one, have a look at the pointers below to help you make an informed decision:
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 leaves every time the garden needed tidying up. For the majority without this luxury, the only alternative is to cram clippings into your council garden waste bag, or take multiple trips to the dump – don’t even get me started on how messy this gets your car!
A handy shredder reduces down this garden waste making it much easier to handle and dispose of.
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.
The shredded chips provided great insulation.
Over the past year I’ve been growing my own date palms. But, as with many new plants, 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.
This is a money saver too – no need to buy bark or similar insulation from the garden centre!
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. What’s more, some nice wood chippings look very attractive too. All you need is a good garden shredder and you’re set!
There are 3 main types of models you can buy.
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. They have a rolling drum which is positioned 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 like this can handle both ‘greens’ and ‘browns’.
Generally speaking, a garden shredder is best suited to general home use. It can handle smaller branches up to 4.5 cm, and sometimes ‘green’ waste too, depending on the shredder. If you’re looking for something to help you tackle standard garden tasks, reducing down small branches and clippings, a garden shredder will make a great companion.
A wood chipper is heavy duty and better tailored to larger branches and trees. If you’re working industrially cutting trees, or have one fallen tree in your garden, you’re going to need a wood chipper. These can be hired for a day which can prove helpful.
Models can range significantly in how much they weigh.
The lightest shredder that I reviewed weighs just 12 kg. Naturally, this makes it much easier to move around than a heavier model. The heaviest shredder on this list weighs 35 kg, but seeing as it has wheels it’s not too taxing to transport.
A lighter shredder may not be quite as robust as a heavier model, and this will likely be reflected in the size of waste it is able to handle. Therefore, you need to strike a compromise between finding a practical weight for you, and a shredder that can handle what you need it to.
Generally, the best garden shredder will have a cutting diameter of around 4 – 4.5 cm.
Anything smaller than this and you may find that it’s not worth bothering with. Of course, you will also be trying to shred branches smaller than 4 cm, but if your shredder can cope with a larger diameter, it will make lighter work of these smaller tasks too.
The Bosch AXT 25 TC can handle up to 4.5 cm whilst still shredding effectively. Then several of the other models that I reviewed could comfortably deal with 4 cm branches.
Garden Shredder FAQs
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 it, replace it, and you’re good to go again.
Yes. So long as they’re dry! It depends slightly on the model, but most models have cutting blades which are very capable of chopping leaves finely. This will result in green matter perfect for your compost heap.
First up, you should not put soil or stones through your shredder. Soil will clog it up and stones will absolutely annihilate it! Just make sure that you brush mud 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, if you’re musing ‘will a garden shredder also shred paper or cardboard’… it won’t. It doesn’t have the same mechanism as a paper shredder and will most likely jam. Better to save yourself some time in the long run and just buy a paper shredder as well.
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 to hire one. Anything more than 2-3 days and you’re better off buying one.