With the sun far behind us, what better time to keep your garden tidy than with a bit of an autumn or winter groom? 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.
Black Friday deals on secateurs
We interrupt the regularly scheduled content to let you know that although Black Friday is over, there's still time to grab some last chance Black Friday deals on secateurs. These are the retailers that still have deals available or keep scrolling to continue reading our buyer’s guide.
23% off + extra 10% with the voucher box: gonicc 8" Professional Secateurs WAS £29.95, NOW £22.97
20% off: GRÜNTEK Bypass Secateurs WAS £15, NOW £11.98
7% off: Spear and Jackson 6758GS Razorsharp Geared Anvil Secateurs WAS £14.36, NOW £13.33
38% off: Bosch Easyprune Cordless Secateurs WAS £89.99, NOW £55.95
50% off: Secateurs Pack of 2 WAS £19.99, NOW £9.99
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.
Best secateurs at a glance
• Best premium secateurs: gonicc 8" Professional Secateurs - Buy now on Amazon
• Best top-rated bypass secateurs: GRÜNTEK Bypass Secateurs - Buy now on Amazon
• Best top-rated anvil secateurs: Spear and Jackson 6758GS Razorsharp Geared Anvil Secateurs - Buy now on Amazon
Best secateurs UK
Best premium secateurs
If you're taking your gardening seriously, you may want to invest in these professional, premium
- Ergonomic non-slip handles
- Premium titanium sleep blade
- Sap groove design
- Suited to larger hands
Best top-rated bypass secateurs
These GRÜNTEK secateurs are our top pick for the best bypass secateurs you can get right now.
- Sharp, SK5 Japanese steel
- Great value secateurs
- Ergonomic handle
- Customers found these fiddly to use
Best top-rated anvil secateurs
If you're looking for a pair of anvil secateurs, then these babies are yours. Our top choice for
- PTFE-coated SK5 steel blade
- Ambidextrous locking catch
- Lightweight body
- Not guaranteed a clean-cut edge
Best secateurs for durability
Hardwood Bypass secateurs means that they're strong enough to get through even the toughest
- Non-stick carbon steel blade
- Lightweight and strong
- Soft grip handle
- Basic for an experienced gardener
Best micro secateurs
Micro-secateurs are made with smaller hands in mind to make it extra easy to prune your garden.
- Carbon steel blade
- Lightweight and comfy
- Better suited for smaller hands
Best wooden-handled secateurs
Another trusted collection, these secateurs from tool specialists Draper are made with stainless
- Stainless steel
- FSC-certified wood handle
- Easy to use
- Customers disappointed by the finish
Best left-handed secateurs
Designed for lefties, this Left Handed Secateurs will ensure you too can cut back your plants with
- Carbon steel blade cuts 2.5cm
- Robust alloy handles
- RHS Endorsed
- Perfect for lefties
- Customers concerned about the sharpness
Best powered secateurs
Whether you’re pruning climbers, trimming hedges, snipping garden wire or cutting back shrubs and
- Perfect for gifting
- Cordless with a long-lasting battery
- Charged by micro-USB cable
- The first charge is long
Best secateurs gift set
If you're looking for a great present for your loved one, these Sophie Allport secateurs will be
- Stainless steel blades with top lock
- Tan gold canvas pouch
- Perfect for gifting
- For smaller hands
Verdict: Which is the best secateurs?
If you're serious about tackling some branches, we recommend the Gonicc 8" Professional, which is durable, strong, easy to use and ergonomic. Not only is the blade coated with Antirust oil to prevent corrosion, but you won't have any issues with sap - due to the useful sap groove. This is a premium, drop-forged design. We love it.
What are secateurs?
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.
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. Garden Answers writer Geoff Hodges adds: "these are best for pruning live, green growth."
Anvil secateurs work with a crushing action, where the two blades meet each other, which are "lower, broader, blunt" according to Geoff. Therefore, these are better for sturdy branches, stems that are thicker, deadwood and thick bushes.
What to look for when shopping for the best secateurs?
With the help of Garden Answers contributor, Geoff Hodges, we have got a definitive list:
Blade Coating - Blades coated with non-stick PT FE are more rust-resistant, therefore making cutting smoother.
Sap Groove - This is a blade that directs sap away from the edge to prevent gumming up.
Cushion Stops - These rubber stops reduce jarring and excess force from causing musculoskeletal problems.
Blade Catch - This holds the blades shut when not in use, to make sure they're safe when transporting and storing. Make sure it isn’t too loose, which would interfere with pruning.
Non-Slip Handle Grips - These prevent the handles from slipping from your hands.
Contoured Handles - Choosing an ergonomic handle will help with grip, movement and cut.
Spring - Make sure to find a strong spring that stays put whilst pruning.
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, and shears are large and have long blades to cut more at once. They are really just more precise.
How do I sharpen secateurs?
Geoff Hodges comments on the importance of sharp blades when pruning: "Keep them sharp – just like your best carving knife in the kitchen. Using a blade sharpener before every pruning session makes pruning quicker, easier and keeps plants healthier."
They can be sharpened with a whetstone, diamond tool or sharpening steel.
We recommend this Darlac sharpener.
We recommend this video from the Garden Ninja, Lee Burkhill, for a step-by-step:
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