Pruning shears have been in use for centuries. They are the basic tool for cutting branches from trees, removing errant twigs from bushes or shrubbery or trimming back shoots from grapes and berry bushes, among others. Because these are hand operated tools, ergonomics is the most important aspect to making the top of this list followed by durability and ease of cutting. Price wasn't considered in these selections because the best pruners will give you the easiest cutting ability while being comfortable, regardless of how much they cost.
The Felco F-8 Classic Pruner with Comfortable Ergonomic Design features Swiss hardened carbon steel blades, a wire cutter and a blade adjustment. They will cut a thickness up to 1-inch, and are one of the most comfortable pruners made.
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Ergonomics make any pruner the easiest and best pruner available, and the Felco F-8 Classic Pruner with Comfortable Ergonomic Design is one of the best ergonomically designed pruners there is. Not only is it comfortable and easy to use, but it has Swiss hardened carbon steel blades that make any pruning chore a snap. They have a sap groove, that allows the sap to drain away and not clog up the blade mechanism, an integrated wire cutter and the blades are adjustable for precise cuts. They will easily cut 1-inch thick branches while keeping your hand comfortable the entire time. None are better, and this Felco proves it.
The Felco F-6 Classic Pruner For Smaller Hands comes with hardened carbon steel blade, a sap groove and a small hand design that optimizes the cutting force. If you have smaller hands, man or woman, these are the pruners for you
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When you make the best pruner available, why rest on your laurels? The Felco F-6 Classic Pruner For Smaller Hands gives you everything that the top rated pruner gives you except that it will fit smaller hands better. In essence, these pruners are geared towards men with a smaller hand size and most women will feel comfortable with these in their grasp. This makes them incredibly ergonomic for those that use them, they have a cushioned grip, a sap groove and the handles optimize the cutting force. These are as good or better than the top rated pruners, and if they weren't designed for a specific hand size, they would be #1.
The Barnel B888 8-Inch Aluminum Straight Blade Garden Ratchet Hand Pruner has an aluminum cutting blade for lightness and comfort, an assisted ratcheting system to make cutting easier and they will fit smaller hands with ease. Read Full Review
This is the most bang for the buck pruner on this list. The Barnel B888 8-Inch Aluminum Straight Blade Garden Ratchet Hand Pruner has a ratchet action that allows your hand to rest while keeping the cutting force directly on the item to be pruned. The ergonomic handle and cushioned inserts fit smaller hands well, the aluminum straight blade makes them light and comfortable to use, and they are relatively inexpensive for everything you get. They give you a 7/8-inch cutting width, and if there weren't any Felco pruners listed, these would be at the top of the heap.
The Bahco Ergo Bypass Pruner PX-M2 comes with reinforced fiberglass plastic handles with a soft cushion upper grip. Able to tackle 3/4-inch material, the ergonomically bent handle design assure comfort and ease of use every time. Read Full Review
The Bahco Ergo Bypass Pruner PX-M2 has an ergonomically designed slanted handle to keep your arm and wrist from tiring during all of your pruning tasks. Rated to cut up to 3/4-inch material, the grips are designed for medium sized hands, which means that it will fit a majority of the people that use them. Fiberglass reinforced plastic handles assure lightness and durability, and the upper handle has a soft grip for added comfort. These pruners might be characterized as a one-size-fits-most design, and although not inexpensive, they will be adequate for most pruning tasks.
The Fiskars 7943 Softgrip Bypass Pruner has a FiberComp construction for light weight, hardened steel blades for cutting ease and the soft grip handles are made for small or medium sized hands while being the lowest priced pruner here. Read Full Review
This is the least expensive pruner on the list, but if you want a decent pruner at the best price, the Fiskars 7943 Softgrip Bypass Pruner is the one for you. The soft grips mean comfort, the hardened blade means ease of cutting and the handles are made to fit small to medium sized hands. It's FiberComp construction-reinforced fiberglass composite material gives you durability and a light weight to reduce fatigue, and the 5/8-inch cutting width will tackle most pruning chores. For most suburbanites, you won't need a better pruner than this one.