Cross-Cut Shredders

Strip-Cut Vs. Cross-Cut Shredders: What Are The Differences?

How can one ensure the protection of sensitive documents? Choosing the correct method of document disposal has a high impact on data security.

So, when choosing a shredding machine, it's essential to consider the type of shredding. It gives more security and ensures the safe disposal of confidential Information.

Let's explore two common types of shredders: cross-cut and strip-cut. 

Read along to discover their differences and decide which suits your needs.

Strip-Cut Shredder Vs. Cross-Cut Shredder 




Strip-cut Shredder

Cross-cut Shredder

Shredding Direction 

It is a primary-type shredder. Cut papers into long, thin strips about 3/32" to 1/2" wide.

It's also known as a confetti-cut shredder. Cut papers in crosswise from 5/16" x 3" to 1/32" x 3/16"

Speed of Shredding

Fastest/ Excellent 

Fast/ Good

Security Level

Offer a lower security level because the strips can be reassembled more easily.

Provide a higher level of security. It is much more complex to reassemble the small pieces of confetti.


Cheaper than a cross-cut shredder 

More expensive 


Less maintenance 

Higher maintenance


Suitable for shredding general documents with low and moderate levels of confidentiality.

Ideal for shredding more sensitive documents. Offer higher level confidentiality.

Waste Capacity

Produce longer shreds of paper to maximize waste bin capacity.

Produce smaller shredded particles for more efficient waste disposal.

Final Words

Cross-cut shredders are better if you prioritize the confidential and safe disposal of sensitive documents. They provide more security with smaller waste output, making them suitable for handling sensitive information effectively.

Strip-cut shredders are more affordable and offer faster shredding with larger waste output but lower security. They are suitable for general documents requiring lower security and less protection.

Assessing your specific shredding needs, including volume, space availability, and frequency of use, can help determine which type of shredder is most suitable for your requirements.