Kitchen Shears That Make the Cut (and then some)

Trim, slice, snip, and cut with one of the most versatile kitchen tools.

A good pair of kitchen shears is one of those utensils that seems to get used for any number of purposes, some of which they weren't really designed for. From trimming fat, cutting parchment paper and slices of pizza, or spatchcocking a chicken, they're an unsung hero that no kitchen is truly complete without. If you don't already have some, or want to upgrade an existing pair, here are some of our favorites.

KitchenAid

KitchenAid kitchen shears.
These multi-purpose scissors will do just about everything you need them to and more.Amazon

If you're price-conscious with a lively kitchen and a love for cooking, meet your perfect match. Or in this case, pair. Heavy-duty, stainless steel, rust-resistant, with a soft grip handle shaped for comfort, these KitchenAid Multi-Purpose Scissors are a mighty-fine workhorse. There's also something satisfying about the way the protective, plastic blade guard clicks into place.

Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen kitchen scissors.
Unlimited scissor gives your all-purpose paring knife a run for its money.Amazon

There's a reason Joyce Chen Unlimited Scissors are a favorite among chefs. Comfortable to use, ambidextrous, and dishwasher safe, this sleek, precision-cutting pair looks as great on the dinner table as it does in the kitchen.

Wüsthof

Wüsthof kitchen shears.
Impressive lineage, check. Ambidextrous, check. Built-in bottle opener, check please.Amazon

Wüsthof shears come from a long line of proven kitchen tools by a brand that has been manufacturing high-quality knives since 1814. Sturdy, sharp and easy to maintain––the come-apart feature is very nice to have for cleaning and sharpening. Some might even call it essential.

Shun

Shun kitchen shears.
These kitchen shears are a sheer genius investment.Amazon

You do not need to spend this much to get great snips, slices, and cuts, but I couldn't write this list without including one of my favorite shears. The Shun Premium Kitchen Shears are a choice, no doubt about it. The blades are made from high-carbon, molybdenum-vanadium stainless steel––a signature of the Japanese brand's products––for ultimate strength and durability. They fully separate for easy cleaning. They're also customizable—an interlocking screw lets you adjust the blade tension to suit your preferences.