The test kitchen’s favorite tool for cubing chicken, clipping fresh herbs, or slicing up a homemade pizza is our trusty kitchen shears. Those junk-drawer scissors won’t cut it—literally! You want a kitchen-ready style with stainless-steel blades and a comfy grip. Here are four that met our high standards. Tip: Most of these models are dishwasher-safe, but hand-washing will keep blades in tip-top shape.


Budget Buy

kitchen aid classic shears black 0918
Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

You can't go wrong with KitchenAid Classic Shears ($11). We loved the soft-grip coating on the handles, which offers control when slicing through everything from leafy greens to pizza. Neatniks and parents of small children will appreciate the plastic sheath that covers the blades when not in use.

Classic Cut

henckels take apart shears 0918 black
Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

"Sharp and precise—and they feel substantial," said our tester of Henckels International Take Apart Shears ($15). The all-purpose pair killed it in our kale-cutting test and handled chicken bones like a champ, too. The blades come apart for quick cleaning; the serrated part near the handles serves as a bottle opener and nutcracker.

Shore Thing

zyliss shellfish shears white 0918
Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

Break out Zyliss Shellfish Shears ($20) for your next clambake or lobster boil. The slim, curved blades snipped right through crab shells without damaging any meat. And we're all for a multitasker: The handles have both an integrated cracker and pick, so you can go ahead and ditch those extra tools

For the Birds

good grip poultry shears 0918 black
Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

If you cook a lot of chicken (who doesn't?), then try something specialized and heavy-duty like OXO Good Grips Poultry Shears ($25). The micro-serrated blades made easy work of slippery chicken skin and tough-to-cut bones. The only downside? The cost.