Garden shredders are available in two main forms:
- Impact shredders (aka rapid shredders) tend to be noisy, but are an especially good choice for shredding green or leafy waste. They are relatively light compared to crushing shredders. Often there is no built in collection box, so a separate bag or bucket has to be used.
- Crushing shredders (aka silent shredders) are very quiet, more expensive, and are a better choice if you anticipate shredding woody materials. They also tend to include a collection box. A disadvantage is their extra weight.