4 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 and cutting parchment paper to slicing pizza and spatchcocking a chicken, the scissors are 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 our favorites.

KitchenAid Shears

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, and 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 Unlimited Scissors

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

There’s a reason these Joyce Chen shears 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 Kitchen Shears

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

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

Shun Premium Kitchen Shears

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

While you certainly don’t need to spend this much to get great snips, slices, and cuts, I couldn’t write this list without including one of my favorite shears. This pair from Shun is 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.