Reviews You Can Rely On

Royal HD1400MX Review

A solid performer, but lacks some speed for a high capacity model
Royal HD1400MX
Credit: Royal
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:   $200 List
Pros:  Large bin, above average performance
Cons:  More expensive than some higher performing models
Manufacturer:   Royal
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jun 17, 2021
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
62
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#9 of 14
  • Shredding Quality - 40% 6.4
  • Speed - 35% 5.7
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.4
  • Noise - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Royal HD1400MX offers slightly above average performance and the security level of cross-cut. However, it falls behind many of the comparably priced models, making it a poor choice for most users. Namely, it struggled a bit at its advertised maximum capacity, and we recorded its maximum speed at 55 sheets per minute, nearly 20 sheets per minute slower than some of our higher-performing models. This speed felt a bit slow for a model that is clearly meant for larger shredding jobs.

Compare to Similar Products

 
Royal HD1400MX
This Product
Royal HD1400MX
Awards  Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award Best Buy Award Top Pick Award 
Price $200 List$127 List
$122.99 at Amazon
$59 List
$64.18 at Amazon
$45 List
$44.42 at Amazon
$45 List
$40.50 at Amazon
Overall Score Sort Icon
62
82
67
58
44
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Large bin, above average performanceMicro-cut, high-security, user-friendly interfaceSpeedy, compact, user-friendly interface, budget-friendlyInexpensive, reliable, fastSmall and compact, inexpensive
Cons More expensive than some higher performing modelsTrash bin sticks, credit card shredder just slices in halfDifficult to empty, heavy lid, medium securityLoud, bin could be easier to emptySlow, not particularly powerful
Bottom Line A solid performer, but lacks some speed for a high capacity modelA high-end paper shredder with micro-cutting capabilities, a low hum, and an intuitive interfaceA speedy, compact, and intuitive paper shredder, perfect for household use at a price you just can't beatThis shredder is perfectly sized, powered, and priced for home office useA great space saver if you only need to shred documents occasionally
Rating Categories Royal HD1400MX Amazon Basics 12 Sh... Aurora AU1230XA Ant... Amazon Basics 8-She... Aurora AS420C Desktop
Shredding Quality (40%)
6.4
9.2
6.0
5.8
4.4
Speed (35%)
5.7
8.0
8.0
6.5
2.4
Ease of Use (15%)
7.4
7.0
6.0
5.7
7.1
Noise (10%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
3.0
7.0
Specs Royal HD1400MX Amazon Basics 12 Sh... Aurora AU1230XA Ant... Amazon Basics 8-She... Aurora AS420C Desktop
Bin Capacity 6.2 gallons 5.7 gallons 5.2 gallons 4.1 gallons 1.32 gallons
Advertised Sheet Capacity 14 12 12 8 4
Measured Sheet Capacity 14 16 13 11 4
Type Cross-Cut Micro-Cut Cross-Cut Cross-Cut Cross-Cut
Dimensions 13.5"x 17.2" x 20.9" 14.5" x 10.3" x 20.5" 13.31" x 8.46" x 15.87 12.8" x 7.3" x 15.9" 9.49" x 6.93" x 9.92"
Weight 25.0 lb 21.1 Ib 13.1 Ib 8.3 lb 4.9 lb
Shred Size 5/32" x 1-1/2" 5/32" x 15/32" 3/16" x 1-9/16" 3/16" x 1-27/32" 1.5" x 1-17/20"
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year Limited 1 Year / 3 Year Cutter 1 Year Limited 3 Year Limited
Maximum Sheets per Minute 60 133 171 96 24

Our Analysis and Test Results

Keep reading to find out how the Royal fared in all of our individual tests.

Performance Comparison


Royal HD1400MX paper shredders - overall, this shredder comes in at only slightly above average.
Overall, this shredder comes in at only slightly above average.
Credit: Katherine Elliott

Shredding Quality


The Royal scores just above average in our hands-on analysis for this metric. Not too far below our top scorer, this device lost some points in relation to the micro-cut models because of the relatively lower security of cross-cut. Generally speaking, it was able to handle its claimed top capacity of 14 sheets, but it seemed that it had to strain in order to do so. We did inevitably experience one paper jam while using the recommended 14 sheet stack. If you're using the Royal for a big shredding job we would suggest keeping the stack size at 12, it is much happier in that range. Thick junk mail envelopes, on the other hand, presented no challenge, it ate these up with gusto. As long as you're complacent with the security level of cross-cut, you won't be disappointed by the Royals' shredding performance.

Royal HD1400MX paper shredders - the hd1400mx is a cross-cut model, providing an adequate level of...
The HD1400MX is a cross-cut model, providing an adequate level of security for most people.
Credit: Katherine Elliott

Speed


The Royal receives an average score in the speed metric. It threw down a respectable pace of 55 sheets per minute in our test for maximum speed. However, This is far off the 140 sheets per-minute pace of our top-scoring model.

Royal HD1400MX paper shredders - the royal's dual slots make feeding things like cds and credit cards...
The Royal's dual slots make feeding things like CDs and credit cards easier.
Credit: Katherine Elliott

Ease of Use


The Royal is one of the better scorers in this metric. It is just behind our top scorer, but far above our lowest. Its pleasantly large 6.2-gallon, drawer-style bin is very easy to pull out and empty. The entire front of the bin is transparent enough that it's easy to see how close to full it is, but not so transparent that it feels like a very visible pile of paper shreds is messing with your clean office aesthetic. A nice set of pivoting wheels makes it easy to roll around. This is quite useful if you want to hide it away somewhere and only roll it out for shredding jobs. The shredding slot has a lip that facilitates inserting paper from an angle. This makes it easy to shred documents while leaving the device under your desk and out of sight. The separate slot that feeds straight down into the shredding blades works great for more ridged items like credit cards and CDs. It has just three buttons, one on/off button and a pair of forward and reverse buttons for working through jams. We didn't find the forward button to be particularly useful, but it's always nice to have a little extra versatility. Three lights right next to the shredding slot indicate whether it is on, if it is overheating, or if the load of paper being fed through is too thick. The only reason the Royal missed out on the top slot is that it lacks some of the nice extra features that our top performers offer, such as a digital full indicator and safety sensor.

Royal HD1400MX paper shredders - we liked the semi transparent front of the royal's bin.
We liked the semi transparent front of the Royal's bin.
Credit: Katherine Elliott

Noise


The Royal fell right in the middle in our noise testing. Its motor had a relatively harmless low-pitched hum, but the blades made such a noticeable and grating paper crinkling sound that the advantages of that low hum were completely canceled out. All in all, it is not the worst noise produced by one of our shredders, but certainly isn't the best.

Value


The Royal lists for quite a hefty price. Considering its performance this is a very poor value as similar performers are readily available for much less. Even at a discounted price, however, the Royal isn't a great value as there are still other models in this lower price tier that outperform it.

Conclusion


The Royal is a well-designed shredder that offers above-average performance in some of the metrics we deem important. However, its high cost and the presence of many equal or better performers in the same price range make it less attractive.

Royal HD1400MX paper shredders - unfortunately the price of the royal is a big deterrent considering...
Unfortunately the price of the Royal is a big deterrent considering its only slightly above average overall performance.
Credit: Katherine Elliott

Max Mutter and Steven Tata

Ad-free. Influence-free. Powered by Testing.

GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No cherry-picked units sent by manufacturers. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing and comparison.

Learn More