Kitchen shears review and compare

A good set of kitchen shears can handle a wide range of cutting duties, and needn’t cost the earth.
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  • Updated:6 Aug 2008



Test results for 16 pairs of kitchen shears priced $10 to $160

Some kitchen jobs are too tough for ordinary scissors. Cutting up raw chicken needs not just power to snip through meat, gristle and bone, but also non-slip handles for when your hands get greasy. Trimming woody flower stems takes a reasonable amount of force and cutting power, not to mention sharp well-aligned blades for a clean cut. A good pair of multipurpose shears can handle these tough jobs but still neatly cut paper or herbs.

There are two main types: straight-bladed multipurpose shears and poultry shears with curved blades, intended to allow easier cutting around bones and hard-to-reach places. Either is sometimes available as ‘pull-apart’, where the two blades separate for easy cleaning (seven of the tested models can do this).

Our test results were surprising. None of the poultry shears outperformed the best straight-bladed shears at cutting chicken or indeed overall.

Please note: this information was current as of August 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market.

Brands tested

Straight-blade shears
  • Cuisena Kitchen Shears 949667
  • Cuisena Kitchen Scissors 949668
  • Homemaker Everyday Kitchen Shears
  • Messermeister Kitchen Take-Apart Scissor DN2070
  • Messermeister Utility Take-Apart Shear DN1070
  • Mundial All Purpose Take Apart 0666
  • Oxo Good Grips Kitchen & Herb Scissors 1072121
  • Oxo Good Grips Kitchen Scissors 31181 (A)
  • Victorinox 7.6375
  • Victorinox Super Schere 7.6363
  • Wiltshire Kitchen Shears Laser Edge LASE9809
  • Wiltshire Kitchen Shear Resolution W1153
  • Wüsthof Pull Apart Shears 5558
  • Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Multipurpose 43967-000
  • Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Select 41471-000
  • Zyliss Multi Purpose Shears 30374
Poultry shears
  • Fiskars Functional Form Poultry Shear 85-9975
  • Mundial Poultry Shears 321-10
  • Victorinox Poultry Shears 7.6343
  • Victorinox Poultry Shears 7.6350


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