Kitchen shears are big helpers in the kitchen. You can use them to cut the backbone out of a chicken before it goes in the oven, trim herbs like spring onions or parsley, cut fish, or finish up a chopping job you realized you didn’t do a great job on once it’s already in a pan. You can use them like regular scissors too, of course—to open packages or mail while you wait for water to boil. Below, a few options you may want to bring into your kitchen.

Most color choices: KitchenAid All Purpose Shears


Simple, attractive choice. Amazon

Check Price

These budget-friendly, simple shears get the job done. They’re got rust-resistant stainless steel blades with micro-serrated edges, which means they’ll make great, sharp cuts. Plus, these are thick enough to hold up while cutting thick vegetable stalks or thick cuts of meat. A protective plastic guard snaps on over the blades—and happens to make a very satisfying sound. Handles come in cute colors, like aqua, pistachio and black, or red.

Heavy duty: J.A. Henckels International Take-Apart Kitchen Shears


Feel free to use these outside, too. These heavy-duty scissors could be great for cutting through vinyl, plastic, or anything. Amazon

Check Price

These sharp, heavy-duty kitchen shears are made from stainless steel, with a micro-serrated edge that will easily cut chicken bones or slabs of meat. Use the bonus metal inserts between the handles to open bottle caps or crack nuts, and trust that they’ll hold up.

For meal prep: Jenaluca Herb Scissors


Specialty makes snipping chives a breeze. Amazon

Check Price

Are you a fanatic about herb garnishes? If you’re always picking wet cilantro of your knife blade, you might want a pair of these specialty herb scissors—with one snip, the five blades can function as ten knife chops. Get perfectly trimmed garnishes every time, especially if you’re cutting from kitchen herbs you’re growing yourself. These come with a comb-like cover that helps you clean all five blades quickly.