The best secateurs for pruningWe test pairs from £55 to £13 to find the best

15 December 2014

Pruning with secateurs

For easy pruning you need great secateurs.

We've rigorously tested 12 pairs of secateurs to help you find a great pair for your winter pruning. Our new reviews include classic models from the likes of Felco, as well as secateurs that you’ll be able to pick up at a bargain price.

Every gardener needs a pair or two of great secateurs. They need to be robust enough to deal with some heavy pruning, but light enough for everyday use. But should you splash out of a pair of expensive secateurs that might get lost in the garden, or would a cheaper pair be just as effective?

Some of the most popular secateurs around, such as Felcos, can cost more than £50. But we tested one pair that was only £13. How do they compare?  No one wants secateurs that do not leave a clean cut and lose their spring within weeks.

Among the 12 secateurs that we've tested, two are Which? Best Buys. Another pair is recommended for weak grips. Log in to see which secateurs will make your autumn pruning a pleasure, or sign up for a £1 trial to Which?.

Buying secateurs

Once you've discovered which secateurs would be best for you and your garden, the next step is to ensure you’re getting the best out of them. 

Which? Gardening's secateur expert Adelaide Gray says: 'Keeping the blade of your secateurs sharp and free from sap is a good place to start, but also check you're not trying to cut through stems that are too thick. As a rule of thumb, if you're trying to cut a stem wider than the blade you should use a pruning saw.' 

Our guide to secateurs contains plenty more tips, as well as features to look out for.

Secateurs reviews

Here are the 12 secateurs that feature in our reviews:

Darlac Bypass Pruners Small £15
Darlac Compound Pruners £13
Draper 190mm Anvil Pattern Ratchet Action Secateur £9
Draper 200mm Soft Grip Bypass Pattern Secateur £15
Draper 210mm Bypass Pattern Secateur £13
Felco No.7 £55
Fiskars Quantum £35
Fiskars Smart Fit £13
Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Ratchet Anvil Secateurs with Loop Handle £15

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