Don’t call these bad boys scissors: a serious pair of kitchen shears can—and should—be used for so much more than trimming construction paper or cutting bangs. I reach for mine every time I need to prep a sheet of parchment paper, open a bag of frozen peas, snip a bundle of herbs, trim pie dough, break down a chicken, slice up a pizza, and so much more. And I think you should too. But when it comes to stocking your arsenal, which cutters should make the cut? I test-drove seven of the most well-reviewed and popular kitchen shears on the market to find the absolute best—here’s what I found out:
Best Overall: Oxo Good Grips Kitchen & Herb Scissors
Inexpensive but always effective, these kitchen shears from Oxo distinguished themselves during testing with their simple dependability and the sort of understated user-friendly design that has become a hallmark of the brand. The generously proportioned handles fit comfortably into both big and small hands, and though the grips are not lavishly cushioned, they never left us feeling cramped or pinched. Also, while the Oxo shears were lighter weight than some of the other models I tried, they still felt well-balanced and quality-built.
Combining one conventional blade with one micro-serrated blade that’s designed for tackling really slippery stuff (read: chicken skin), the Oxo shears made quick, clean work of every challenge I threw at them, from trimming parchment paper for baking pans to snipping fine herbs or breaking down a whole chicken.
Of course, if one of the jobs you’re asking your shears to do involves raw poultry, you’re going to want to make sure they’re easy to clean—and on that point, again, the Oxo model passed with flying colors. Sporting a central hinge that opens and unlocks smoothly to easily separate the high-carbon stainless steel blades, these shears are a cinch to dissemble for washing and just as simple to put back together again.
Finally, while our testing extended over only a few days of regular kitchen work, with more than 500 5-star reviews on Amazon, I was encouraged by the wealth of customer testimonials attesting to the Oxos long-term reliability. Not to mention, in the unlikely case that something should go wrong, Oxo’s generous satisfaction guarantee ensures you can always request a replacement pair at no extra cost.
What else can I say—isn’t it time you started snipping?
An Upgrade With Some Extras: Shun Kitchen Shears (Formerly Sold as the Kershaw Taskmaster Shears)
The Oxo multipurpose kitchen shears are a great all-around choice for daily use and an excellent value, but if you’re a serious cook for whom budget isn’t really a concern—or are just the type who gets off on gadgety stuff—you might consider the Shun Kitchen Shears as an upgrade pick.
Here’s why: The Shun kitchen shears excel at all the same tests the Oxos aced—but offer a few more bells and whistles that those more basic shears do not. Namely: a bottle opener, a nutcracker, a jar