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Best Kitchen Shears of 2022

We tested kitchen shears from brands like J.A. Henckels, OXO, KitchenAid, and others to find the best products
Best Kitchen Shears of 2022
Group photo of all the kitchen shears in the review.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

Our Top Picks

By Bennett Fisher ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 21, 2022
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Our team researched 50 of the best kitchen shears on the market, then bought and tested 9 top-ranked models for head-to-head evaluation to help you find the right pair of shears for tacking everything from cardboard to chicken bones. We compared each pair side-by-side with a critical eye, assessing the performance and features of each product in a variety of tests. The most essential performance metrics that we evaluated are sharpness, ease of cleaning, and overall comfort. Our test results will help you choose the right kitchen shears for your nightly culinary expeditions and beyond.

We've tested a variety of kitchen gadgets to take the stress out of your selection and make your culinary endeavors smooth and enjoyable. If you need to slice and dice in the more traditional sense, we've also tested an assortment of knives, including bread knives, chef knives, and knife sets.


1

Best Overall Kitchen Shears


J.A. Henckels International Take-Apart


Comes Apart for Easy Cleaning: Yes | Handle Size: 2 Fingers
REASONS TO BUY
Sharp blades
Easy to clean
Micro-serrated blade
REASONS TO AVOID
Fewer features than some other models
No non-slip material on the handles

If you are looking for the sharpest pair of kitchen shears with no frills or gimmicks, then scroll no further. Where other models struggled, the J.A. Henckels International Take-Apart kitchen shears excelled, cutting through everything from bone to cardboard effortlessly. These have no extra features or grooves on the blade, and they're able to come apart for easy cleaning. We found their rounded plastic handles comfortable even for extended use, and the shears open and close smoothly, facing little resistance and requiring minimal effort.

While this pair's handle is comfortable, it is slightly smaller than other models, fitting only two fingers comfortably with bigger hands and three fingers well with smaller hands. These shears are simple and well-rounded in their ability to cut everything from green onions to chicken breasts, but if you are looking for a pair with more features that will function more like a multitool in the kitchen, then check out some of the others on this list.

best overall kitchen shears
The J.A. Henkels International Take-Apart shears resting on a cutting board.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

2

Good Performance at a Great Price


Acelone Premium Heavy Duty


Comes Apart for Easy Cleaning: No | Handle Size: 3 Fingers
REASONS TO BUY
Large handles
Scale scraper
Includes protective sheath
REASONS TO AVOID
Blades don't separate for easy cleaning
Handle can feel slippery

The Acelone Premium Heavy Duty kitchen shears have almost everything we're looking for at an enticing price. This versatile tool cuts herbs, meat, and even bones with ease and can also crack nuts, scrape scales, and open bottles. Our testers with larger hands especially appreciated the generous handle size. While the blades don't fully separate for easy cleaning, we found it easy to just toss them in the dishwasher.

We wish this model had a grippier handle instead of hard, sometimes slippery plastic. We also noticed some leftover rough spurs at the base of the plastic handle, but this was quickly remedied with a little sandpaper. Overall, a small inconvenience on a handy kitchen tool.

kitchen shears - good performance at a great price
Credit: Matt Bento

3

Best Handle Comfort


OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Scissors


Comes Apart for Easy Cleaning: Yes | Handle Size: 3 Fingers
REASONS TO BUY
Sharp blades
Herb stripper
Soft handle
REASONS TO AVOID
Mild rusting around the pin
Open and close resistance

The OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Scissors live up to their name as they had our favorite grips of all the shears tested. These have a cut-out in the handle with silicone stretched over it, giving them a nice squish when closed. This silicone also provides them with a non-slip grip even when wet. Along with the best grip, they had one of the sharpest blades right out of the box. Where other models became dull, the OXO's sharp edge lasted throughout months of testing. As a bonus, it comes with a built-in herb stripper that has two size options.

While we love the cut of this pair, the open and closing is met with some resistance due to the tightness of the pin connecting the blades. However, this tight pin keeps the edges close together, allowing these shears to cut even soft chicken fat. This pair also experienced some rusting around the pin and under the logo cap after going through the dishwasher, but after several times through, the rust never spread away from the pin to the blade. That said, we'd still recommend hand washing and drying them after each use to reduce the chance of rusting.

kitchen shears - best handle comfort
The OXO Scissors making easy work of this bunch of cilantro.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

4

Best for Bones


TUO Poultry Shears


Comes Apart for Easy Cleaning: No | Handle Size: 4 Fingers
REASONS TO BUY
Spring-loaded
Latch to lock closed
Curve in blade so hard bones don't slip
REASONS TO AVOID
Flattens herbs when cutting

If you want a pair of shears to have displayed in the kitchen, the TUO Poultry Shears is your best option. They are spring-loaded with long handles, so they are ready for more after every cut, making them a good choice for cutting wings apart for the big game. Because of the long handles, they have adequate leverage to cut hard items like bone.

This pair falls short due to its narrow range of uses; they don't cut herbs or fat very well due to the space between the blades. This space even makes it hard for this pair to cut paper. This pair would be a good addition to a well-rounded pair and could cut up chicken bones or other hard items.

kitchen shears - best for bones
Cutting green onion with the TUO Poultry Shears.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

5

Best for Seafood Lovers


Gidli Heavy Duty Utility Scissors


Comes Apart for Easy Cleaning: No | Handle Size: 3 Fingers
REASONS TO BUY
Dishwasher safe
It comes with bonus seafood shears
Bottle Opener
REASONS TO AVOID
Not as sharp as the rest
Uncomfortable Handles

The Gidli Heavy Duty Utility Scissors are just like the Marico Ultra Sharp Premium pair but come with an additional pair of curved seafood scissors. The extra pair of scissors is handy when a curved blade is needed to cut food, such as prawns or using the handle to crack crab legs. The shears themselves are decent at cutting and cut through most things. They can also run through the dishwasher, which is a big plus.

These couldn't cut through fat without having to tear it and smashed green onions when cutting instead of keeping a nice round shape. We think that is due to the tension of the blades not being as close together.

kitchen shears - best for seafood lovers
Both pairs of Gidli Heavy Duty Utility Scissors on the stove.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

6

Best to Match to Your Kitchen


KitchenAid All Purpose Shears


Comes Apart for Easy Cleaning: No | Handle Size: 3 Fingers
REASONS TO BUY
Blade sheath
Color options
Handle comfort
REASONS TO AVOID
Handwash only
No extra features

The KitchenAid All Purpose Shears have the most color options in the review to match your kitchen style. They have a comfortable ergonomic non-slip handle that makes them one of the most comfortable shears on the list. Their blade is sharp and has a nice no-slip serrated edge making it easy to cut everything we tested.

While we love the look and feel of this pair, they fail to meet our expectations. The biggest disappointment is that they claim to be dishwasher safe, but they showed rusting on the blade and around the pin after one wash. This would be less of a problem if they came apart for an easy hand wash or if the packaging requested to be handwash only.

kitchen shears - cutting green onions with the kitchenaid all purpose shears.
Cutting green onions with the KitchenAid All Purpose Shears.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

7

A Sturdy Pair of Shears


Mercer Culinary Shears


Comes Apart for Easy Cleaning: Yes | Handle Size: 2 Fingers
REASONS TO BUY
Easy to Clean
Sturdy
Smooth
REASONS TO AVOID
Mild rusting around the pin and on the blade
The handle has squared edges

The Mercer Culinary Shears are sturdy and straightforward. They can come apart at the hinge for easy cleaning and have no extra grooves for food to get stuck in.

They aren't as sharp or as comfortable as the top pairs, which landed them lower on the list. The blade was unable to cut fabric or fat at all, making them less versatile. They also developed rust around the pin and on the blade after one run through the dishwasher.

kitchen shears - the mercer culinary shears leaned up against some vegetables.
The Mercer Culinary Shears leaned up against some vegetables.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

8

An Okay Affordable Option


Mairico Ultra Sharp Premium


Comes Apart for Easy Cleaning: No | Handle Size: 3 Fingers
REASONS TO BUY
Dishwasher safe
Bottle opener
Fish Scaler
REASONS TO AVOID
Open and close resistance
Uncomfortable handles

The Mairico Ultra Sharp Premium shears come equipped with a bottle opener and fish scaler. The bottle opener works better than others with this attachment. They are dishwasher safe making them easy to clean after each use. They also have one of the lower prices on the list, making them a good option if the cost is a deciding factor.

However, when opening and closing, there is some resistance from the blades scraping past each other, and the handles are hard plastic, making them uncomfortable after more than a few minutes of use. They can not come apart quickly, making them hard to rinse effectively, so they need to be run through the dishwasher to clean effectively.

kitchen shears - the mairico ultra sharp premium loaded in the dishwasher.
The Mairico Ultra Sharp Premium loaded in the dishwasher.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

9

Another Pair of Simple Shears


Spring Chef Shears


Comes Apart for Easy Cleaning: No | Handle Size: 2 Fingers
REASONS TO BUY
Blade sheath
Dishwasher safe
Non-slip handle
REASONS TO AVOID
Not as sharp as other models
Blades cannot separate for cleaning

The Spring Chef Shears are simple and are good enough to have in the kitchen. They do the job and are easy to throw in the dishwasher after each use, showing no signs of rust after washing. The handle is fairly comfortable and has a non-slip silicone liner. They come with a blade sheath that is nice for keeping them clean in the drawer or on a camping trip.

However, they aren't as sharp as some other models we tested. The blades do not come apart, making them harder to rinse and feel confident all raw meat juice came off, and they do not have any extra features that can make them more well-rounded. These would make a good backup but are not our go-to option.

kitchen shears - the spring chef shears on a cutting board.
The Spring Chef Shears on a cutting board.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

kitchen shears - finely cutting cilantro with the gerior heavy duty come-apart shears.
Finely cutting cilantro with the Gerior Heavy Duty Come-Apart shears.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

Why You Should Trust Us



Bennett Fisher is our head tester. He is a product developer specializing in sun protective clothing and backpacking equipment but has also focused on human-centered design with composites and household items. He has spent the past three years using fabric shears while sewing up prototype apparel and bags, helping him understand the importance of a comfortable pair of sharp shears. It is no different in the kitchen or around the house when you need something cut or opened. Kitchen shears are convenient and make quick work without getting out a big knife or cutting board, and should cut right through anything, not hurting your hands in the process.

To help you make the best decision on a new pair of kitchen shears, we sorted through the top shears available on the market and bought and tested the top nine. We created and executed an extensive testing plan to put each pair of kitchen shears head to head, sharing with you the best of the best. A pair of scissors' main job is to cut, so that was our top priority in our assessment. We cut bone, chicken breasts, herbs, pork chops, plastic packaging, cardboard, fabric, and anything else put in front of us to determine which pair consistently performed the best. Then we looked at how easy it was to clean up our mess by handwashing each pair rating them on the time it took to wash. But we didn't stop there; we also threw them all in the dishwasher to see if they could handle the heat without rusting or staining. Additionally, we looked at how the handles felt in hand, wet and dry, rating them on grip and comfort during extended use.

The TUO Poultry Shears cutting chicken
The TUO Poultry Shears cutting chicken
The KitchenAid All Purpose Shears cutting up a pepperoni pizza.
The KitchenAid All Purpose Shears cutting up a pepperoni pizza.
Group photo of all kitchen shears in the review
Group photo of all kitchen shears in the review

Analysis and Test Results


We made a list of the most redeeming qualities of a pair of kitchen shears and formulated a testing plan to rank each pair on our list based on these metrics: sharpness, ease of cleaning, handle comfort, multiuse, and aesthetic. The top-scoring models have the best balance of these qualities.

Sharpness


If shears can't cut, they are useless in your kitchen, so we tested to make sure our top picks have sharp, strong blades. To test this, we started with green onions, looking to see if the onions kept a round shape or became flattened. We also assessed the edge of the cuts to see if it was a clean-cut or if there was pulling. After that, we cut chicken, looking at what pairs could easily cut the bone, fat, and meat without picking up different pairs for each job. While cutting meat, we found that over half the pairs had a hard time cutting the fat off of the chicken. Instead of cutting through the thin, loose fat, the shears would fold it between the blade and only tear the fat instead of cutting it. We cut light polyester-spandex fabric and experienced the same result, that only half of the pairs could make cuts with the entire blade. We also cut thick plastic packaging, pork chops, carrots, cilantro, and cardboard where minor differences were noted, but not as stark as the fat test.

The top scorer is J.A. Henckels International Take-Apart. They were the most consistent pair in our review, cutting everything on the list, followed closely by the OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Scissors. Both pairs have a micro-serrated edge on one blade, preventing slippage while cutting, and both blades are close together when shut, stopping anything from folding in between them. The ability to cut thin, flexible material sets these two shears apart from the KitchenAid All Purpose Shears.

kitchen shears - cutting open plastic clamshell packaging with the j.a. henckles...
Cutting open plastic clamshell packaging with the J.A. Henckles International Take-Apart shears.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

Ease of Cleaning


After each use, especially raw meat, the scissors need a good wash. We wanted to see which pair was the fastest to clean thoroughly, so we used a simple sponge, hot water, and dish soap. After handwashing each one, J.A. Henckels International Take-Apart won the day because they could come apart quickly and had the simplest design with no extra grooves for gunk to get stuck in.

kitchen shears - easily hand washing the j.a. henckels international take-apart shears
Easily hand washing the J.A. Henckels International Take-Apart shears
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

We didn't want to stop there, so we placed them all in the dishwasher and ran it overnight. When inspecting each model after the wash, the KitchenAid All Purpose Shears, OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Scissors, and Mercer Culinary Shears had rusting around the pin. However, other pairs like the Acelone Premium Heavy Duty had no visual signs of wear from running through the dishwasher.

Rust on the pin of the OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Scissors.
Rust on the pin of the OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Scissors.
Some rust on the Mercer Culinary Shears after washing in the...
Some rust on the Mercer Culinary Shears after washing in the dishwasher.
The KitchenAid All Purpose Shears showing rusting after a run...
The KitchenAid All Purpose Shears showing rusting after a run through the dishwasher.

Handle Comfort


We don't like our hands cramping after cutting for long periods, and we are guessing you don't either, so we made handle comfort equally weighted with ease of cleaning. On top of all the cutting for the sharpness test, we also cut three feet of cardboard to test heavy use on a resistant material. After all that cutting, the OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Scissors had the softest and most comfortable handles. The handle has silicone stretched over it, giving the shears a nice squish when closed. The KitchenAid All Purpose Shears come in next with a much firmer but more ergonomic handle.

kitchen shears - the oxo good grips multi-purpose scissors slicing through a slippery...
The OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Scissors slicing through a slippery chicken breast.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

Multi Purpose


Want one tool in your kitchen that can do it all? Here we looked at the extra features the shears had on them besides cutting. Points we awarded for each unique feature per pair, and the Gerior Heavy Duty Come-Apart easily has the most. This pair comes with a bottle opener, peeler on the blade, fish descaler, flathead screwdriver, and nutcracker/jar opener, by far the most attachments out of our test fleet.

kitchen shears - a few models we tested featured a bottle opener.
A few models we tested featured a bottle opener.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

Aesthetics


The aesthetics metric is as simple as it sounds. Which pair looks the best? We know you want your kitchen to look good. In a lineup of all the shears, the wooden handled TUO Poultry Shears with its unique tiger coloring is easily the most eye-catching and will be the envy of all of your dinner guests. We also like the sleek look of the OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Scissors and J.A. Henckels International Take-Apart, both of which blend in nicely with your appliances. If you like color options, we took into account that the KitchenAid All Purpose Shears are available in several different colors.

kitchen shears - the mercer culinary shears resting on a cutting board after cutting...
The Mercer Culinary Shears resting on a cutting board after cutting herbs.
Credit: Bennett Reece Fisher

Conclusion


Our team of experts spent weeks testing and reviewing each model for the sharpest, most comfortable, and easiest to clean. They calculated the results and brought you which pair is the best based on their findings. We did all of this testing, so you don't have to spend time purchasing and returning multiple pairs and hopefully make your shopping experience a little easier.

Bennett Fisher


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