Best Kitchen Scissors iMore 2021
Anyone who has tried to snip a scallion with a blunt pair of scissors knows the true pain of dull blades. A sharp pair of kitchen scissors is vital to any home cook. But you can take your culinary cutting to another level with specialist designs that are custom-made for specific tasks. From the tip of a basil leaf to a lobster's tail -- via a chicken wing -- our selections are all a cut above.
- From start to Finnish: Fiskars Kitchen Scissors
- Chicken lickin': Wellstar Heavy Duty Poultry Shears
- Salad days: Trudeau Toss and Chop Tongs
- Chopperator: Vosin Come-Apart 6-in-1 Kitchen Scissors
- Brill bill: Kikkerland Toucan Kitchen Shears
- Pizza parer: Dreamfarm Scizza Scissors
- Sage sabre: Fiskars Fast-Prep Herb Shears
- Baby sharp: Baby Food Cutter Kitchen Scissors
- Scale away: RSVP Endurance Seafood Scissors
- Simple snippers: Joyce Chen Unlimited Scissors
- Save thyme: X-Chef 5-Blade Herb Scissors
- Clear cut: Livingo Heavy Duty Come-Apart Scissors
From start to Finnish: Fiskars Kitchen ScissorsStaff Pick
Finnish brand Fiskars' orange-handled scissors have become a design classic since their introduction in the late 1960s. So much so, over a billion pairs have been sold around the world. The product holds a place in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent design collection. This version of the classic, specially designed for use in the kitchen, offers Fiskars' iconic comfortable handle design but with blades perfect for food use.
Chicken lickin': Wellstar Heavy Duty Poultry Shears
Specially created for chopping chicken, these shears are designed for spatchcocking, butterflying and boning poultry, chicken or turkey. This is thanks to their ultra-sharp spring-loaded blades and a specially designed cutting notch on the rear edge to cut through bones easily. Made from high-quality food-grade stainless steel, these shears have a safety clip lock to keep them closed for safe storage.
Salad days: Trudeau Toss and Chop Tongs
Ideal for rustling up salads, salsas, and other fruit and veg medleys, these scissors quickly chop your fresh produce straight into the bowl thanks to the curved chopper design. It means you save on washing up cutting boards, always a win. The two stainless steel blades have micro-serrated edges, so don't need sharpening. The soft grip handles are comfortable to use and lock shut for safe storage.
Chopperator: Vosin Come-Apart 6-in-1 Kitchen Scissors
These multi-function scissors from Vosin are great for camping or dorm life thanks to their many uses. As well as decent kitchen snippers, the serrated area on the handle can be used to open screw caps or crack nuts while the corner area of the handle works as a can opener. The clever bit is that the blades detach for separate use as a chef's knife and a smaller kitchen knife. This also means the scissors are easy to clean.
Brill bill: Kikkerland Toucan Kitchen ShearsFun for kids
Kikkerland is well known for its playful product designs, and these bird-themed scissors are no exception. Their witty looks will be a hit with kids, helpful if you're trying to encourage them to get involved in the kitchen. They boast soft-grip handles, stainless steel blades and a steel insert in the handle which works as a bottle opener. The removable beak boasts strong magnets, which means you can store them on your fridge.
Pizza parer: Dreamfarm Scizza Scissors
With a cleverly angled shape, these are designed to slice through your pizza -- Scizza can cut any size pie, from stonebaked skinnies to deep dish monsters. The lip on the bottom blade also works as a slice dispensing device. That non-stick nylon base on the blade is totally non-scratch, so Scizza will not damage cookware, work surfaces and won't dull on pizza stones. They are also heat resistant up to 400 degrees.
Sage sabre: Fiskars Fast-Prep Herb Shears
Small but perfectly formed, these shears measure in at a palm-friendly five inches. They are shaped in such a way the design maximizes the power of your thumb and index finger for better control and quick cutting action. The soft-grip handles have a spring action to save hand strain when prepping lots of herbs. They come complete with a plastic sheath to cover the blades for a tidy storage solution.
Baby sharp: Baby Food Cutter Kitchen Scissors
Clearly a niche product, we're not suggesting every kitchen needs a pair of these, but safety-conscious parents of babies and toddlers swear by these. With rust-proof ceramic blades that are BPA-, lead-, PVC-, phthalates- and formaldehyde-free, you can sterilize these scissors in boiling water and even in the microwave. They boast both a safety lock on the handle and a cover for the blades. So, sleep-deprived parents don't need to worry too much if they leave them within children's reach.
Scale away: RSVP Endurance Seafood ScissorsExpert's tool
Regular fish and shellfish eaters will find this product a game-changer. These scissors have a specially curved design making them ideal for use when preparing fish and shellfish. The four-inch stainless steel blades can snip fins, remove heads and tails, scrape away scales, pull out fish bones, crack shells and de-vein shellfish. They feature a hygienic, comfortable Santoprene handle and are dishwasher safe.
Simple snippers: Joyce Chen Unlimited ScissorsBest for lefties
Left-handed folk can be a little sensitive about scissors. Take away the drama with a pair that can be used by both left- and right-handers. This is because the handles are flexible on the outside, making for a smart ergonomic design. Torque engineered, they have precise blades made from a mix of chrome, molybdenum and stainless steel. Joyce Chen's wonderfully simple scissors would look great in any modern kitchen and can be used for anything, from slicing open packets to cutting through small bones.
Save thyme: X-Chef 5-Blade Herb Scissors
X-Chef's kitchen scissors boast no less than five blades which, if you do the math, is equivalent to ten knife chops, meaning you save precious time prepping your favorite herbs. A heavy-duty steel rivet holds the blades together, and the handle has an ergonomic design for comfortable handling. These specialist scissors come complete with a companion plastic comb to help remove the herbs from between the blades.
Clear cut: Livingo Heavy Duty Come-Apart Scissors
The no-nonsense option for pragmatic people who want one simple tool that will deliver in the quality and durability stakes, the Livingo scissors are a classic choice. Made from high density, super-strong carbon stainless steel that is three times stronger than ordinary steel, they are also ultra-sharp. The blades come apart from easy cleaning and can go in the dishwasher, but are rust-resistant too. The handle design means these can also be used as nutcrackers and a bottle opener.
Blades of glory
It may surprise you that so many different varieties of kitchen scissors exist, but they do so for a reason. Clever cooking requires clever tools, and clever chefs would do well to invest in those that suit the types of cuisine they prepare often.
For example, chicken-lovers would do well to pick up some specialist spring-loaded blades, like the strong Wellstar Shears, while cooks that use herbs often should consider a multi-blade cutter like the X-Chef option or a small and quick tool like the Fiskars Shear.
We would also strongly recommend getting a good quality pair of generic kitchen scissors for everyday use. In our opinion, Fiskars' classic orange handled scissors deserve a place in everyone's kitchen drawer and will last for years to come.
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