In this guide we’ll take a look at the best garden shears for the UK market.
I’ve compared build quality, performance, size and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Are The Best Garden Shears?
More Detailed Garden Shears Reviews
The Bosch Isio Cordless Shrub and Grass Shear Set is battery-powered and rechargeable. The interchangeable heads allow you to easily move from trimming shrubs to handling grass clipping, and it runs for up to 50 minutes per charge. There’s also an available long handle that makes grass trimming easier.
These shears perform well and are comfortable to use. If you are looking for an electric model, these are the best garden shears for you.
Looking for more control or a non-electric option? The Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Active Soft-Grip Hand Shears are an excellent option. The blades are chrome plated carbon steel to resist rust, and the handles are made from tubular steel, rather than wood, for better durability. There’s even a notch included on the blade for cutting thicker stems. Nonslip grips ensure you never lose your handhold.
These garden shears are very well made and will be sure to last you a very long time. These are easily some of the best garden shears available.
The Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Steel Lawn Shears are designed to make trimming hard-to-reach areas simple and easy. These shears offer hollow-ground C50 carbon steel blades that will hold an edge for longer, and the soft grips help prevent your hands from slipping. Both blades are also lacquered to prevent rust and make cleaning simpler. The handles are long, and made from tubular steel rather than wood.
Garden Shears Buying Guide
Whether your hedge has grown wild, your rose bush is out of control, or your lawn isn’t quite a pristine as it was, you need a trusted pair of garden shears that are up to the challenge!
Below I’ve outlined what I believe to be the best garden shears on the market.
I personally own the Bosch Isio model as I wanted electric garden shears. I must say, they’re very good and speed up the job massively.
The Best Garden Shear Sharpener
The Multi-Sharp 1401 Shear & Scissor Sharpener works with most manual garden shears, as well as household scissors. It can also be used for sharpening secateurs and other fixed-blade, manual tools. Note that this is not for use with electric systems. The block itself is made from tungsten carbide to ensure a long use life, and is designed to sharpen both blades at the same time, while maintaining the correct angle to ensure proper cutting.
How to Use Garden Shears Correctly
There are several different types of shears out there, and they don’t all work in the same way, nor are they designed for the same tasks. Let’s look at a few of the types, and how they’re used before we highlight the actual models I’ve found.
Hedge Shears: Hedge shears come in both manual and electric varieties. Manual styles can be used for snipping leaves and small branches, but also for trimming larger branches (even trunks for younger hedges and shrubs). The electric varieties are really used mostly for trimming and shaping hedges, and should not be used for cutting through thick branches. With that being said, they’re quite helpful for keeping those hedges looking good all year long.
Pruning Shears: Larger than hedge shears, with longer blades and thicker handles, pruning shears allow you to manually snip off leaves and twigs, but also tackle thicker branches. They can be used on hedges, shrubs around the base of a home or deck, and even on smaller trees.
Lawn Shears: While these look a bit like pruning shears, don’t get the two confused. Lawn shears are designed for handling unruly grass in areas where your mower can’t go, and where you don’t want to use a strimmer. The blades are usually thinner and shorter than with pruning shears, and the handles are much longer and angled in orientation to the cutting head. They can be used for trimming lawn, ornamental grasses and other plants when you need to cut to an edge.
Combo Units: You’ll find a couple of combination units out there (we’ll cover one such option here shortly) that work as both hedge and lawn shears. These are electric models, and they come with detachable heads to suit the task at hand. For instance, you can use one head to trim your shrubs and hedges, and then change to a lawn head to trim grass to an edge where a strimmer might cause damage, and a mower is too large to fit.
Care and Maintenance of Garden Shears
Caring for and maintaining your garden shears is important. That includes everything from knowing how to sharpen garden shears to ensuring that you remove plant matter and dirt before storing them away.
Most fixed-blade garden shears can be sharpened easily with a standard sharpener (there’s one included below the list of best shears). However, for electric models, you’ll need a rotary tool with a sharpening head, or take it to a professional shop.
In terms of cleaning, there’s not a lot of work to do. You’ll need some hot, soapy water and a good brush (plastic bristles are preferred). Soak the blades to loosen stuck-on grime, then scrub it all way. Be careful not to cut yourself while cleaning them, though.
I’d recommend a good cleaning after every use, and then a deeper cleaning at the end of the season. Always make sure to leave time for the blades to dry (in a wide-open position), and lightly oiling them periodically will help prevent rust from building up. Many styles of garden shears have lacquered or coated blades, but this coating can wear off through use. Regular oiling will help extend the lifespan of these tools.