Looking for a reasonably priced pair of scissors that’ll tackle most common tasks? Fiskars’ iconic orange-handled scissors is the answer. From cutting paper to fabric to cardboard, these blades handily outperformed every other budget shear we tested, which makes sense: You definitely don’t get a spot in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection for being dull.
Before we go any further, it’s worth mentioning that because scissors are such a small, humdrum purchase, pricing tends to seesaw between a couple of dollars. If for whatever reason the Fiskars are over $10, or if you want another budget option that actually works, take a gander at our $ runner-up, the Scotch Titanium Non-Stick Scissors. Our testers found them to be sharp enough to recommend, plus they’re compact and surprisingly precise. They’re not as strong as the Fiskars (sometimes we needed both hands to get the job done), so if you’re only looking for something to conquer thin materials, these Scotch scissors will fit the bill.
But at under $10, we’re confident Fiskars are the best budget scissors you can buy, and not only because of their iconic orange handle. (Fun fact: The company has the color “Fiskars Orange” trademarked.)
You may remember these scissors from grade school, because, yes, they last that long. But — spoiler alert — the quality is legit, too. “Once you experience a good scissor, it’s hard to go back,” as Theresa McArdle, Fiskar’s current senior brand manager, told us. And we couldn’t agree more.
We loved the Fiskars Orange-Handled Scissors for a multitude of reasons, the main ones being its strength and comfort. Compared to other budget picks, the Fiskars Orange-Handled Scissors consistently sliced through paper, cardboard, and denim without getting caught up. It snipped flower stems like a pro, all the while being comfortable and easy to grip (cramped hands, pass).
What makes the Fiskars Orange-Handled Scissors so comfortable is their ergonomic handle. Back in the late ‘60s, the brand was the first to introduce plastic handles — a lighter alternative to the all-metal shears of the day. Another big innovation: Fiskars was the first to design a handle that actually curved with the user’s hands. With the handles expertly molded, those with smaller hands can easily fit four fingers into the bigger, bottom loop, while those with larger hands can fit three. With this type of relaxed fit, we found our fingers to be less tense while cutting, even when taking on cardboard or plastic. And when looking at Fiskars next to other low-price contenders, it felt and looked sturdier — not like the type of scissor you’d give a child during arts-and-crafts time (that’d be this one).Related11 Ways Kitchen Shears Will Sharpen Your Cooking Skills
Like all disposable scissors, Fiskars Orange-Handled Scissors will eventually lose their edge, but unless you’re using this every day on thick materials, it should definitely last you. If not, this sharpener should do the trick. For easy tasks and every-other-day-ish use, Fiskars is just about as dependable as you can get. And if you’re a lefty, they’ve got you covered (sans orange handle, unfortunately).
Out of all the budget scissors we tested, Fiskars offered the most control, even with its lightweight body. When compared with budget scissors that feel like toys and quiver at the sight of anything thicker than craft paper, Fiskars made confident cuts. It’s also designed to creep close into tight corners (hello, paper snowflakes!).
If you’re a serious crafter, we did test a couple of other Fiskars worth noting. The spring-loaded Fiskars Easy Action Scissors impressed our testers with their dexterity, but the design was just a little too bulky for everyday use. And the funny-lookin’ Fiskars Total Control Non-Stick Precision Scissors are great for hard-to-maneuver materials and spaces. And that’s not getting into all the Fiskars models we didn’t test.
As scissors that you’ll break out for random tasks, you can’t go wrong with the original classic. Add in a lifetime warranty, and you’ve got a pair that’s easy to get behind. It’s true, folks: No matter what we cut, the blades remained sharp, so we really must tip our hats to folks at Fiskars.