I switched to a guillotine chopper b/c I was tired of my trimmers tugging and pulling my paper. Even a brand new one did! That was the last straw for me! Seems no matter where I got it or how much I paid for it, they were all junk (wait-I take that back: my first trimmer was $6 at a dollar store. It lasted a long time! The lady at Hobby Lobby, where I had gone to get supplies to begin scrapbooking, held up a $28 trimmer, which blew my whole budget of $25 for supplies!) I love my chopper and will never go back to a trimmer!
There is also one called a Cutterpillar (by Cutterpede, I believe) that has a light. It's a rotary one. If you want a GREAT guillotine style, try a Tonic!
I have one and I love it, the light is a fantastic feature. I didn't realize how much I would love the light. BTW it is not made by cutterpede, but it does have a lifetime warranty especially on the blade
Edited by CorrieW on 06-16-11 10:54 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
The only advice I can give you about trimmers is to stay away from the ones with the little v-type blades. They dull quickly and tear the paper rather than slicing it. Your best bet for a trimmer is either a guillotine or rotary blade style trimmer. I've had my Making Memories trimmer for about 2 years now and it works great. It has a self-sharpening blade so I get perfect clean cuts every time.
A guillotine is probably your best bet. It's strong enough to cut through a lot of papers with one quick slice, and there's nothing to get dull. The "blade" is not really a blade. It cuts by rubbing metal against metal.
I have two old heavy wooden ones purchased years ago at garage sales. One is 12" and one is 16". I don't know if the new plastic ones are as durable.
I have several trimmers as well. The rotary ones are more versatile since you can use interchangeable blades of different styles.
I am a Fiskars fan 100%. I have the rotary trimmer style plus a Guillotine. My rotary is so old that it doesn't even have the side piece you pull out to extend the measurements. It has a 3 hole punch on the opposite side of the trimmer. It works great... and I have only purchased replacement blades once. They are pretty cheap and I even used a 40% off coupon making them $3.00 for a set of 2 blades.