Shred With Ease: The Best Garden Shredders

Effortlessly tackle branches, twigs and other garden debris with our handpicked selection of shredders.
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Using a garden shredder is the most convenient way of cutting garden waste ready for composting. Whether you want an electric, battery or petrol-powered machine, the latest are lightweight and provide excellent cutting performance.

As garden waste comes in several forms, certain machines may not be able to handle it all. Therefore, we recommend choosing a shredder with a cutting capacity of at least 40 mm because, from our experience, a machine with this capacity should be able to handle most branches. If you opt for a lower-performing machine, you’ll have to deal with time-consuming blockages that can be really frustrating and defeat the purpose of using a shredder.

To assist you in selecting a garden shredder, our handpicked selection lists top-performing models, chosen based on our first-hand experience using multiple machines to shred an array of garden debris. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Bosch AXT 25 TC Garden Shredder
Best Overall: Bosch AXT 25 TC Cordless
Bosch AXT Rapid 2200 Garden Shredder
Best Value: Bosch AXT Rapid 2200
Ryobi RSH3045U Silent Impact Shredder
Best Quiet: Ryobi RSH3045U Silent Impact Shredder
Einhell GC-KS 2540 Shredder
Best Budget: Einhell GC-KS 2540 Shredder
Hyundai Electric Garden Shredder
Best Budget Runner-Up: Hyundai Electric Garden Shredder
Forest Master FM6DD Wood Chipper
Best Petrol: Forest Master FM6DD Wood Chipper

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Garden Shredders

Shredding garden waste is a task that we carry out a lot when maintaining various gardens of properties that we manage (Airbnbs and rentals).

Whether we are shredding the debris for composting or reducing the amount of garden waste bags we fill, they’ve become an essential tool for our gardening tasks. Therefore, over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of testing a variety of garden shredders that range from budget to cordless and even large petrol chippers (as shown in the images below).

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During our ongoing testing, we analyse the shredder’s cutting performance, ease of feeding debris into the opening, construction quality and usability.

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest garden shredders (for this article), we are continually testing the latest models from top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved model, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test where applicable.

As well as our testing and experience using a range of garden shredders, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the shredder’s cutting capacity, collection, construction and blade quality, supplied accessories, portability, usability, ease of assembly, warranty and value.

The Best Garden Shredders

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1. Best Overall: Bosch AXT 25 TC Cordless

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Bosch is a reputable brand that produces multiple garden shredders and the AXT 25 TC is their flagship model. It uses a high torque 2,500W motor that effortlessly cuts through both soft and hard garden waste for composting.

To prevent the dreaded blockages that commonly occur, this model uses a patented block release system, which allows blockages to be loosened without removing the hopper every time.

Pros
  • High speed (4,100 RPM) cutting performance
  • Large 53 litre collection box
  • Maximum cutting capacity of 45 mm
  • Space saving design
  • 230 KG/H material throughput
  • During testing, we found that the patented Turbine Cut system made a huge difference
Cons
  • Most expensive electric garden shredder within our roundup
  • Quite heavy at 30.5 KG

Although expensive, the AXT 25 TC is the ultimate garden shredder that provides maximum cutting performance from the high torque motor. The main drawback is that it comes with a premium price tag and it’s also the heaviest electric model at 30.5 KG. However, after experiencing the performance of this machine whilst testing, it made the alternatives feel like a large step backwards.

2. Best Value: Bosch AXT Rapid 2200

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Another garden shredder by Bosch is the AXT Rapid 2200, which is by far the most popular machine in our roundup. It’s the cheaper alternative to the AXT 25 TC above and it features a smaller 2,200W PowerDrive motor for cutting softwood and green garden debris.

In terms of its cutting capabilities, it uses laser-cut precision steel blades that effortlessly shred through garden waste via its 3,650 RPM high-speed motor.

Pros
  • Powerful 2,200 watt electric motor
  • No load speed of 3,650 RPM
  • Material throughput of 90 KG/H
  • 40 mm cutting capacity
  • Lightweight at 12 KG
  • During testing, we liked the fact that the hopper was larger as it allowed for an easier feed
  • Includes a 2 year warranty
Cons
  • You'll need to use an extension lead as the power cable is short

Overall, the Bosch AXT Rapid 2200 is the best garden shredder that combines value for money and performance. Unlike cheaper alternatives, this model is produced by a reputable brand that provides readily available parts and support

3. Best Quiet: Ryobi RSH3045U Silent Impact Shredder

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Garden shredders are well-known for being very loud as they operate but the Ryobi brand has designed their machine to run “silently”. However, although this is how it’s marketed, during testing, we wouldn’t state that it was silent but it’s certainly much quieter than other machines we’ve been testing with a noise output of just 93dB.

Pros
  • Powerful 3,000W electric motor that shreds through most garden debris
  • Hardened steel blades
  • Easy to move around thanks to its large wheels and integrated handle
  • The container can hold up to 55 litres of shredded material
  • Supplied with a safety plunger to force debris into the shredder
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to other electric machines

If you want to keep your neighbours happy with a quiet garden shredder, the Ryobi RSH3045U is the perfect solution. Although it’s not actually silent, it’s much quieter than other machines and it hasn’t sacrificed any shredding performance to make it quiet either.

4. Best Budget: Einhell GC-KS 2540 Shredder

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If you are on a tight budget but want a high-quality garden shredder that’s developed by a reputable brand, Einhell has the solution. Known as the GC-KS 2540 model, it’s powered by a 2,500W motor and features two steel reversible blades for shredding all of your green garden waste and branches.

Pros
  • During testing, we liked the large funnel opening as it made feeding debris to the shredder far easier
  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Lid can be opened with ease for cleaning
  • Supplied with a collection bag that hooks to the machine at the bottom
Cons
  • It struggles with branches over 40 mm (machine turns off and any large branches need to be removed before restarting)

To conclude, the Einhell GC-KS 2540 is an excellent budget-friendly garden shredder and its popularity is a clear indication to just how well it performs. It does have some limitations but for the money, you can’t go wrong.

5. Best Budget Runner-Up: Hyundai Electric Garden Shredder

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Another cheap garden shredder that’s worth considering is the Hyundai HYCH2400E. Although more expensive than the Einhell alternative above, this machine is backed by a three-year warranty, which is very impressive considering its price. Another benefit of this machine is that it’s able to shred slightly larger debris with a cutting capacity of 45 mm.

Pros
  • Shreds wood up to 45 mm with a 4200rpm shredder speed
  • Supplied with a detachable debris collection bag
  • Relatively lightweight and easy to transport
  • Extra long 10 metre power cable
  • Backed by a 3 year warranty
  • Easy to assemble out of the box
Cons
  • During testing, we found that the mulch that it produced wasn't very fine (not a major problem)

Considering the reputable brand backing, impressive three-year warranty and it’s affordable price tag, the Hyundai HYCH2400E is a great option to consider. Although slightly more expensive than some of the alternatives, it’s still a “budget” machine and is ideal for shredding a wide variety of garden waste ready for composting.

6. Best Petrol: Forest Master FM6DD Wood Chipper

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For professionals or gardening enthusiasts with large gardens, this petrol-powered garden shredder may be the best option. It uses a 6 horsepower 208cc four-stroke engine and it’s capable of cutting up to 50 mm.

Petrol garden shredders are renowned for being bulky and difficult to manoeuvre. However, this model has a compact design that has been designed to fit through a standard garden gate with ease.

Pros
  • Shreds through 50 mm wood with ease
  • Powered by a 6HP 4-stroke engine
  • Hopper and shoots can be folded away for easier storage
  • Dedicated UK support team
  • Lightweight when compared to other chippers
Cons
  • Most expensive shredder within our roundup
  • Too bulky for most gardeners

Overall, the Forest Master is the best petrol garden shredder on the market that provides great performance and is still relatively affordable. The 6-horsepower engine is powerful yet fuel efficient and ideal for hours of garden shredding.

Garden Shredder Buying Guide

Garden shredders are an essential tool for reducing large piles of garden debris ready for composting. They are available in a range of types that include petrol or electric-powered machines that are suitable for multiple branch sizes.

To help you make an informed buying decision, we have produced the below guide regarding garden shredders.

Why Shred Garden Waste

Whether you are using a hedge trimmer to cut overgrown hedges, clearing dead leaves or doing other gardening tasks, you’ll need to get rid of the waste. The best way of doing this is to use a garden shredder to cut the large debris into hundreds of tiny pieces.

The benefit of the debris being far smaller is that it can be easily recycled as they take up less space in the bag. You can also reuse the trimmed waste within your compost or as insulation around the base or roots of other plants.

Electric vs Petrol Shredders

The majority of homeowners will be choosing an electric garden shredder due to the convenience it offers. However, the main drawback is that the cable length can restrict how portable the shredder is compared to the petrol alternative. However, this can be easily solved by using a good extension lead to expand how far away you can use the machine.

Petrol garden shredders are more powerful and rugged, which is a requirement for gardeners or enthusiasts. However, they will require servicing and will cost far more than the electric alternatives.

Cutting Mechanism

There are three main types of cutting mechanisms used within garden shredders. These include impact, roller and turbine cutters that all offer different types of performance.

Impact Shredders

Usually, the cheapest and nosiest type of garden shredder is the impact shredder. It uses a spinning blade mechanism that is capable of cutting debris into very fine pieces. However, it is only suited to soft garden waste and may need a replacement blade after 1 or 2 years of regular usage.

Roller Shredders

With the use of rigid rollers, the roller garden shredder will quietly crush and cut most garden debris. It can pull the waste through the machine, which makes it easier to use but it is more prone to becoming blocked by certain materials. The main drawback compared to the impact type of shredder is that they can be more expensive and heavier.

Turbine Shredders

The best type of garden shredder is the turbine shredder, which combines impact and roller-cutting qualities. The only main drawback is that they often cost far more than the alternatives but it’s a worthwhile investment.

Performance

The performance of a shredder is determined by the torque and speed the motor can deliver. The higher the torque and the faster the blades or rollers spin results in faster debris cutting.

Cutting Capacity

The cutting capacity of a garden shredder refers to the maximum branch diameter that it can cut. This metric only refers to cutting wood and not dead leaves or other green garden debris. In terms of what to expect, the majority of high-performing shredders will easily cut 40 mm and above.

Portable Design

Most garden shredders will be transported around the garden and elsewhere, which means that they need to be easily portable. An easy-to-grip carrying handle and wheels that can roll easily on all terrains are essential design features.

Many of the high-performing garden shredders will also weigh over 20 KG, which may be difficult for some people to move. Another factor to consider is the dimensions as it must be able to pass through garden gates or manoeuvre around patios.

Types of Garden Waste

Every garden shredder is designed for grass, leaves and soft or medium wood. You cannot place any rocks, cement or bricks into the shredder because it will damage the cutting mechanism. It’s also advised that you avoid putting any soil or damp grass into the shredder because it can clog the blades or rollers.

Collection Box

To collect all the cut garden debris, you will require a collection box or bag at the bottom of the shredder. These are either optional extras or integrated into the design. As with a lawn mower, you will not want it to fill up too quickly but you also don’t want it to be bulky too.

It’s also worth pointing out that if you are on a budget, you technically don’t require it as you can simply place a rubbish bag or container at the bottom.

Conclusion

Garden shredders are an essential gardening tool for cutting down garden debris, twigs and small branches. They are available with electric and petrol-powered motors that spin the sharpened blades for shredding.

All of our recommendations are suited to a range of budgets, which include both petrol and electric garden motors but depending on the types of garden debris you plan to shred will determine the type of shredder that you’ll require

If you require further information regarding our garden shredder recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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