In a nutshell

These surprisingly strong little loppers are a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner. Light and powerful they're great for the easy, general cutting of thicker branches and come with a lifetime warranty.

What we tested

  • Handling
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Cutting
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Maintenance
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Very light
  • Simple design and easy to use
  • Excellent cutting strength for size
  • Great value


  • Small cutting width
  • Limited reach

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What are the Darlac Compact Compound Anvil loppers like to use?

With a rust resistant, coated steel blade and a gripped metal anvil these compact loppers have a 30mm cutting width and slice through medium size branches with ease, thanks to the compound action cutting mechanism. The aluminium handles are short but lightweight and have rubber grips on the end to help you apply pressure without slipping. These are smaller and have less cutting width than the other loppers in our trial but they are deceptively powerful, capable of slicing through tough, dense wood you’d think they’d struggle with. They're really easy to use and small and light enough to keep by your side as you garden, ready to nip out anything your secateurs can’t handle. Replacements of all parts are available.

Are the Darlac Compact Compound Anvil loppers good value for money?

With a lifetime warranty and a small price tag these strong, easy to use loppers are excellent value for money.

Who are the Darlac Compact Compound Anvil loppers most useful for?

We’d recommend these loppers for all gardeners needing to prune out growth up to 30mm thick, but particularly anyone who lacks strength or grip.


If you're pruning larger branches, take a look at our review of the best pruning saws or for smaller cuts our round up of the best secateurs. For help clearing up see our test of the best wheelbarrows.

Product Specifications

NameDarlac Compact Compound Anvil loppers
ModelCompact Compound Anvil loppers
CuttingMechanismCompound Action
Cutting width30mm
Blade materialSteel
Non-stick coating on bladeYes
Lifetime WarrantyYes