Feel like your rusty old garden shears simply don't quite cut it anymore? We've got you covered with our selection of the best garden shears you can buy to help you tame that neglected greenery.
No gardener's tool kit is complete without a trusty set of shears, ready for pruning and making room for all new beautiful blooms. Trimming and cutting aren't just great for aesthetics or space-saving, plant health and growth are reliant on a bit of pruning.
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Say hello to clean cuts and healthier hedges and plants than ever before with a great new set of garden shears.
Best garden shears at a glance
• Best shears for reliability: Fiskars Solid Hedge Shear HS21 – View offer on Amazon UK
• Editor's pick: Spear and Jackson Razorsharp Telescopic Hedge Shears – View offer on Amazon UK
• Best shears for long tasks: Davaon Pro Heavy-Duty Gardening Shears – View offer on Amazon UK
Best garden shears
Best shears for reliability
If reliable trimming is what you're after, then these solid hedge shears are perfect. Carefully
- Hardened steel blades
- Soft-touch handle for a sturdy and comfortable grip
- Long-lasting durability
- Not suitable for grass
Lightweight aluminium telescopic handles, with shock absorber grips, these shears have won gold
- Soft feel grips
- Easy to use twist and lock telescopic mechanism
- Shock absorber
- A little heavy
Best shears for long tasks
Prune your garden with comfort and ease, with these precision shears from Davaon. The gearing
- Precision cutting
- Durable and ergonomic
- Some customers find handles too short
Best set of garden cutting tools
Everything you need to cut and prune in one very handy set! Great without compromising on quality,
- Includes anvil loppers, shears and secateurs
- Good value
- Sharp and sturdy
- Heavy tools
Best for durability
The perfect tool for trimming and shaping your shrubs, these durable and precision-cutting shears
- Shock guard
- Comfortable grip
- Durable and sharp
- Best for thinner hedges
Best shears for precise pruning
Cut easy and smooth with this set of shears, which allows for clean and precise cuts to benefit
- Includes 61cm hedge shears and 21cm pruning shears
- Easy to use
- Safety lock
- Hard to lock them closed
What to consider when buying garden shears
First and foremost, you need to consider what you'll be using your new garden shears for. Some common uses for shears include:
• Cutting branches and stems
• Shaping and trimming hedges
• Cutting up garden waste for easier disposal
• Trimming flowers and plants for display and arrangements
• Trimming and edging lawns
Once you know what you need them for, you'll be able to determine what you need from building your shears.
Depending on what needs pruning in your garden, you'll need to look for a blade that's the right length and shape for the job. Long, flat blades are great for cutting hedges with speed, whilst a shorter curved blade is better for cutting with precision. If the latter is what you need, you'd be better off buying some garden secateurs.
You'll also need your blade to be strong enough to hack through those rogue branches and stems. Carbon steel blades are a great quality material to look for in your shears - it's robust, will retain its sharpness, and provide a smooth cut.
To be able to control the cutting shears with ease, you'll need the handles to be the appropriate length. Much like with the blade, shears with longer handles are ideal for trimming hedges and lawn for reach, whilst shorter handles give more control.
Other things you may want to consider are a lightweight handle that's easy to manoeuvre, reducing fatigue or arm ache, an angled handle optimised for hedge work, and ergonomic handles with non-slip, comfortable grips.
In order to deliver power and precision in one, many garden shears come with added features to make the task lightwork and enjoyable. Such features can include geared or telescopic mechanisms, rust resistance, shock absorption, and safety locks.
Shears vs. secateurs
Secateurs are commonly used for small tasks, like trimming plants and thin branches, whereas shears take on the bigger jobs.
Garden shears are like the secateurs' big brother, used for trimming hedges and cutting those hard-to-reach branches. It helps that shears are commonly long-handled and telescopic, making them great for reaching higher trees.
Rusty and blunt blades be gone and get ready to meet your shiny new replacements. Check out our top picks of the best garden shears ready to help you get your greenery back in shape.
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Angelica Daujotas is a Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media where she tests products for What's The Best, Yours and Mother and Baby.