The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one Leaf Shredder that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The Leaf Shredder that is currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a Leaf Shredder. They responded that Shredding Effectiveness is by far their most important concern, followed by Ease of Use and Features. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a Leaf Shredder. Based on their answers, The Best model must have:
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained Leaf Shredders that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts. Each Leaf Shredder was rated for its Shredding Effectiveness, Ease of Use, and Features.
Analysts gathered 50 gallon bags of leaves mixed with small sticks. Shredding effectiveness took into account:
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Shredding Effectiveness score.
For each Leaf Shredder, analysts determined how easy it was to:
Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each Leaf Shredder.
Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a Leaf Shredder easier or more effective to use:
Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a Leaf Shredder to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
Electric leaf shredders are an easy and environmentally friendly tool for neatly discarding autumn leaves and other fallen foliage. Operating like an oversized weed trimmer, the device consists of a hopper for loading the leaves and a bladeless cutting line that whirs through bulky clippings, chewing them into small pieces for compact and tidy disposal. A safety trap over the hopper opening prevents any particles from flying out and reduces the mess of escaped dust and debris littering a yard, and multiple speed settings ensure that everything from dry pine needles to large wet oak leaves are efficiently processed. Elastic straps or tight clips make it easy to secure a waste collection bag underneath and ensure none of the pieces spill out. Some models also have adjustable legs that raise the hopper for disposing waste directly into a can or compost bin. The shredder plugs into an electrical outlet, eliminating the expense and hassle of gasoline and producing no harmful emissions.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.