The best secateurs to tidy up your garden

Get ready to prune your garden to perfection with our pick of the best garden secateurs.

The best garden secateurs - Modern Gardens

by Caitlin Casey |

When the sun is shining and the warmer months are in full swing, what better to do than get out and groom your garden? Before you start though, you should make sure you have the best choice of garden secateurs to ensure pruning and cutting can happen with full efficiency.

Whether you're new to gardening or have been green-fingered for years, secateurs are sure to have come up with a garden tool you'll need. These little clippers help to trim down any dead bushes and clean up your plants.

We've hunted down the best garden secateurs on the market right now. Whether you have a large bushy garden or a small balcony with plants, secateurs are the perfect tool for any modern garden.

What are secateurs?

Secateurs are a staple tool for every and any gardener - from beginner to expert. Also known as hand pruners, secateurs are sharp scissors that you use on plants.

The reason why they're so effective in gardens is that they're strong enough to cut through thicker branches, but also work well on smaller plants and flowers.

They have a curved shape to them, designed with plant branches in mind to cut most effectively. You can see the photo above to see the classic curved blade.

You can also get loppers and shears for your garden, which differ in size and shape.

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Secateurs vs. shears: what's the difference?

One of the biggest questions when buying secateurs is the difference between garden shears and secateurs. Are both of them necessary to effectively trim down a garden?

The answer really depends on the size of your garden, what you're looking to do and what your budget is. We would recommend investing in both shears and secateurs to ensure you have the right tools for every job.

The biggest difference between the two is that secateurs are smaller, used for trimming plants and branches, and held in just one hand. Shears are commonly used for larger jobs, used with two hands, and are better if you have hedges, larger plants, and need to cut up bigger amounts of garden waste.

The tell-tale signs to remember? Secateurs are smaller and curved in shape, shears are large and have long blades to cut more at once. Secateurs are really just more precise.

Types of secateurs to buy: anvil and bypass

There are two types of secateurs you can buy on the market: anvil and bypass.

Bypass works with cutting action, the same way as using a pair of scissors. It does what it says on the tin because the blades literally 'bypass' each other to make the cut. We recommend these for all-around use and if you're looking for a pair of secateurs to last.

Anvil secateurs work with a crushing action, where the two blades meet each other. These secateurs are better for sturdy branches, stems that are thicker, deadwood and thick bushes.

The best secateurs UK 2022

These GRÜNTEK secateurs are our top pick for the best bypass secateurs you can get right now. Top-rated on Amazon, they're perfect for dead hanging and pruning with extra-sharp Teflon-coated blades. Great value for secateurs that are just over £10.

Features: SK5 Japanese steel, Teflon coated, ergonomic handle

Blade length: 18mm

Review: "These look robust and very well made, are extremely sharp and I can’t believe they only cost £10.70 delivered. Unbelievable value compared to other brands I looked at. They cut well straight from the packet."

If you're looking for a pair of anvil secateurs, then these babies are yours. Our top choice for anvil secateurs, these Spear and Jackson cutters have been rated Gold in the Great British Growing Awards 2020. Another SK5 steel blade, these are ultra-sharp and non-stick. Great for all modern gardens.

Features: PTFE coated SK5 steel blade, ambidextrous locking catch, lightweight body,

Blade length: 15mm

Review: “I searched the internet to find the best pair to buy, I have the start of arthritis in my right hand and needed something that would help me cope with it... well after using them for a few weeks, I love them so much I bought a pair for my mother.”

With a 5-year guarantee, you can buy these secateurs knowing that you're getting good quality. Hardwood Bypass secateurs means that they're strong enough to get through even the toughest branches. Non-stick and a carbon steel blade, this is sure to do the job for you.

Features: Non-stick carbon steel blade, lightweight and strong, soft grip handle

Blade length: 12mm

Review: “Cheap, but very effective bypass pruners. At this price, what's not to like.”

Micro-secateurs are made with smaller hands in mind to make it extra easy to prune your garden. Great for anyone looking for a lighter tool or has difficulty with dexterity in their hands.

Features: Carbon steel blade, lightweight, perfect for smaller hands

Secateur length: 16cm

Review: “Excellent, easy to use, comfy grip, sharp cutting.”

If you're taking your gardening seriously, you may want to invest in these professional, premium secateurs. Slightly more expensive, they're worth the price with a comfortable grip, sharp blade and non-slip handles. These can cut up to 3/4" branches and have a sap groove design to avoid any stickiness.

Features: Ergonomic non-slip handles, drop forged body and handles, premium titanium sleep blade, sap groove design

Review: “Used to cut thick brambles out of the garden, very sharp and cuts very thick stems easily. Cannot fault them in any way, a very high-quality garden tool!”

Another trusted collection, these secateurs from tool specialists Draper are made with stainless steel. Highly resistant to rust, they also have impressive FSC-certified ash handles. They're precise and they look good, too.

Features: Stainless steel, FSC-certified

Review: “The wooden handles are built to last and feel very solid, one thing it does mean is that these Secateurs are heavier than most others, so perhaps don't buy if you want a lighter pair. They are super sharp and can cut through quite thick branches. The latch to keep them closed is a little more fiddly than others but worth it in my opinion."

Designed for lefties, these Left Handed Secateurs will ensure you too can cut back your plants with ease. The rubber cushion prevents jarring over repeated use and the bright terracotta grip means you're unlikely to lose them in the shrubbery!

Features: Cuts to 2.5cm diameter, robust alloy handles, carbon steel blade, RHS Endorsed.

Secateur length: 21cm

Review: "My best garden buy in a long while. I love them. Feel good and solid and the stamped into the metal logo is a nice touch (slightly different to the black logo in most online pix, but I checked with Burgon & Ball & they confirmed this is a genuine product).

"Lovely orange comfortable handle really does ensure you don’t lose them. They’re a nicely engineered item with the ability to take apart (replacing blade etc) if you need to. In short, best secateurs I’ve ever owned and the L/H aspect really does make things a bit easier for lefties."

Whether you’re pruning climbers, trimming hedges, snipping garden wire or cutting back shrubs and twigs, these Bosch EasyPrune cordless secateurs will give you the extra power you need for tougher branches up to 25mm.

Features: 3.6V Li-Ion battery, 490g weight, cordless with Bosch micro USB charger

If you're looking for a great present for your loved one, these Sophie Allport secateurs will be as well-designed as your garden. Made from ash wood and stainless steel with a canvas bee-patterned pouch for safekeeping and bee detail on the blade, these secateurs are efficient, stylish, and effective. A perfect idea for someone who loves their garden.

Features: Stainless steel blades, top lock, tan gold canvas pouch

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