10 best secateurs

10 best secateurs

Looking for new secateurs? Browse our pick of the very best, from budget to premium models.

We’ve trialled and reviewed hundreds of garden tools to identify the best ones for value, comfort and quality. Browse our list of the 10 best secateurs – with detailed lists of pros and cons, ease of cutting, weight and price. We’ve included bypass, anvil and rachet types. All secateurs listed below received a rating of at least three and a half out of five stars, so you can be sure of good quality and performance.
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Browse our choice of the 10 best secateurs, below.

1

Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs
Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs

Pros:

  • Reassuringly robust, well balanced and comfortable in the hand
  • Cutting easy thanks to the very sharp, strong blade that stays sharp for a long time

Cons:

  • Chunky safety catch is at the base and needs two hands to engage (although with practice you can use the side of your leg!)
  • The bolt for dismantling and maintenance is stiff.

Voted Best Buy by our testers, these simple secateurs have few parts or gimmicks. They have a strong blade to make cutting easy and effortless. They’re ideal for all pruning jobs, including heavy duty jobs, cutting consistently well. Their red and white handles make them hard to lose in the garden. They’re well made, sharp and strong, easy to use and long lasting.

Read the full review: Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs review


2

Darlac Expert Bypass DP1030A

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Darlac Expert Bypass DP1030A
Darlac Expert Bypass DP1030A

Pros:

  • Nice to hold with a comfortable grip
  • Cut efficiently and smoothly and make large cuts easily
  • Comes with a generous lifetime guarantee

Cons:

  • A number of different screws need to be tackled for adjustment or maintenance
  • Handles are wide when fully opened which may be a problem for smaller hands

With a comfortable grip, these robust secateurs are nice to hold. The central safety catch is easy to engage with the thumb and can also be used to reduce the blade aperture (opening width) for light work There is a handy wire cutting notch on the blade and the red handles help to make them easy to find if lost in the garden. They come with a lifetime guarantee.

Read the full review: Darlac Expert Bypass DP1030A review


3

Felco 8 Bypass Secateurs

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Felco 8 Bypass Secateurs
Felco 8 Bypass Secateurs

Pros:

  • The non-slip handle shape works well
  • The safety catch is easy to reach and use
  • Servicing is provided for life

Cons:

  • Several different screw need tackling for adjustment
  • The grip is wide when fully opened and not helpful for smaller hands
  • An expensive premium priced model

A BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner, these are classic secateurs from the world-renowned Swiss brand Felco. They feel sturdy and cut well in a variety of different jobs. They’re also easy to maintain and come with the Felco lifetime guarantee. The secateurs feel chunky but light and the ergonomic handle protects the wrist and hand, making longer pruning jobs less tiring. The blade also has a handy wire cutting notch. The red non-slip handle makes them easy to see if lost in the garden.

Read the full review: Felco 8 Bypass Secateurs review


4

Stihl PG25 Anvil Secateurs

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

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Stihl PG25 Anvil Secateurs
Stihl PG25 Anvil Secateurs

Pros:

  • Smooth, easy cutting action
  • Central safety catch simple to operate with one hand
  • Blade can be handily sharpened on the go

Cons:

  • Handles are hard in the hand and feel uncomfortable after prolonged use
  • Several screws need dismantling for adjustment or maintenance

A BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner, these sturdy, compact secateurs cut woodier stems with ease. It’s easy to sharpen and replace the blades, and their orange handles make them easy to find tin the garden. These are strong secateurs that cut through hard woody prunings with ease.

Read the full review: Stihl PG25 Anvil Secateurs review


5

Darlac Compound Action Pruner

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

Darlac Compound Action Pruner DP332 secateurs review
Darlac Compound Action Pruner DP332 secateurs review

Pros:

  • Small and light, half the weight of other models tested
  • Easy to make most cuts thanks to the lever action
  • Smooth closing mechanism

Cons:

  • Struggled with larger cuts
  • Blade opening limited, making it tricky to sharpen the blades

These bypass secateurs have a central lever action, which makes them very easy on the hands when cutting, just like a ratchet secateur. The handles have a soft grip for comfort and they’re surprisingly light – half the weight of some of the other secateurs tested. The safety catch is on the top of the handle and easy to switch on or off with a flick of the thumb. Given the Best Buy badge by BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, these are a great tool for those with weaker hands.

Read the full review: Darlac Compound Action Pruner review


6

Spear & Jackson Razorsharp PRO Heavy Duty Bypass Secateur

Our rating: 4 out of 5

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pear & Jackson Razorsharp PRO Heavy Duty Bypass Secateur
pear & Jackson Razorsharp PRO Heavy Duty Bypass Secateur

Pros:

  • Feel sturdy and robust with a strong blade
  • Replacement parts are available
  • 10 year guarantee

Cons:

  • Feel sturdy and robust with a strong blade
  • Replacement parts are available
  • 10 year guarantee

These classic secateurs feel sturdy, capable and long lasting. They have rubber shock absorbers on the handles to make cutting larger stems comfortable but the central safety catch often caught halfway through a cut which was frustrating. Cutting width also needed to be adjusted for different size stems. The plastic-coated handles are bright red so easy to spot if mislaid. Replacement blades and springs are available and they have 10-year guarantee.

Read the full review: Spear & Jackson Razorsharp PRO Heavy Duty Bypass Secateur review


7

Wolf Garten RS5000 Professional Anvil Secateurs

Our rating: 4 out of 5

Wolf Garten RS5000 Professional Anvil Secateurs
Wolf Garten RS5000 Professional Anvil Secateurs

Pros:

  • Feel well balanced in the hand
  • Central safety catch easy to reach and engage
  • Blade opens wide so sharpening is easy
  • Cone with a 10 year guarantee

Cons:

  • Large and heavy and may be too much for gardeners with smaller hands and those lacking strength
  • Cord wrist strap gets in the way

With an integral spring, these large anvil secateurs are comfortable to use. The blade feels sharp and is angled so accessing difficult cuts is much easier. Plastic grips on the aluminium handles make holding them softer and less cold. However, the wrist cord just gets in the way and larger cuts were a struggle.

Read the full review: Wolf Garten RS5000 Professional Anvil Secateurs review


8

Wilkinson Sword Comfort Ratchet Pruner

Our rating: 3.8 out of 5

Wilkinson Sword Comfort Ratchet Pruner
Wilkinson Sword Comfort Ratchet Pruner

Pros:

  • Cut well and central safety catch easy to reach and opens and closes easily
  • Blade removable for sharpening and replacing

Cons:

  • Metal handles cold in the hand despite soft grip inserts
  • Opened further than most of the testers could grip
  • Their dark colour makes them harder to find amongst prunings

These ratchet secateurs feel robust and strong and the ratchet mechanism and anvil blade make cutting efficient and easy – the ratchet can be used in up to three stages which is great if hand strength is an issue. The ratchet mechanism did rattle noisily but still cut well. The blade is replaceable and they come with a 10 year guarantee.

Read the full review: Wilkinson Sword Comfort Ratchet Pruner review


9

Lasher Bypass Secateurs

Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

Lasher Bypass Secateurs
Lasher Bypass Secateurs

Pros:

  • Forged handles have a textured grip and are comfortable and easy to hold
  • Simple to take apart for sharpening or replacing the blade
  • The eye catching yellow stripe on the green handles makes them easy to spot amongst piles of clippings

Cons:

  • Safety catch has a sharp edge which is hard on the fingers
  • Struggle with larger cuts and stiff to close

These eye-catching bypass secateurs have good grip and are comfortable, apart from the safety catch which has a sharp edge that kept snagging the fingers. They cut smaller wood well but struggled with larger cuts and they were stiff to close which made quick snipping frustrating. They’re easy to locate if they get lost amongst clippings.

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10

Fiskars Quantum Bypass Secateurs

Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

Fiskars Quantum Bypass Secateurs
Fiskars Quantum Bypass Secateurs

Pros:

  • Cork handles are soft, warm and comfortable
  • Central safety catch is easy to engage for both left and right-handed user
  • Replacement parts available

Cons:

  • Heavy to use and struggles with thicker, larger cuts
  • At the top end of the price scale and were the most expensive secateurs we tested

These cork handled bypass secateurs have a non-stick hardened steel blade that won’t stick or clog. They’re beautifully and simply designed, and they’re easy to use and make smaller pruning cuts well. They’re heavy to hold but comfortable and the grip is good – the cork keeps the handles warm on colder days.

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Read the full review: Fiskars Quantum Bypass Secateurs review