Although I believe in the old adage “The more the better”, I understand that not everyone is in search of multifunctional kitchen shears. For those of you who are in search of something very basic, I thought it would be best to have “Top Three” position for “Best Basic” kitchen shears.

Sometimes, people are in search of basic shears because they simply do not want all of the extra features. Perhaps they already have a nut cracker and a bottle opener they are happy with. Maybe they simply do not have a budget which would accommodate a multifunctional set. Either way, to satisfy the needs of those in search of a basic set of shears, I selected KitchenAid’s Soft-Grip shears as the “Best Basic” shears. I made this selection based on their construction, price, and the positive consumer feedback they have received.

Nothing Fancy, But Still Appealing

While some other kitchen shears offer multiple functions such as bottle openers, can openers, fish de-scalers, and screwdrivers, this set of KitchenAid shears has one function – cutting through things. It is as simple as that. Shears are made for cutting and that is what these shears will do; they will not do much more than that.

Still, they manage to maintain a certain aesthetic appeal, as they are available in four colors. When purchasing these shears, you can choose between black handles, red handles, soft blue handles, or turquoise handles.

Comfortable and Non-Slip

The soft-grip silicone coating added to these shears is beneficial to your comfort as well as your safety. In terms of comfort, this coating acts as a soft of padding between you and the metal handles beneath it. Prolonged use of any type of scissors, whether they are kitchen shears or office scissors, can lead to callouses and pain at certain pressure points. This coating reduces the chances of that happening and, at the very least, increases the amount of time you can use them before that will occur.

Many people think that they only need to be concerned about slipping when working with a knife. The reality is that shears, if they are any good, will also be incredibly sharp and can be rather dangerous if you lose control of them. For that reason, it is very important that the handles of your kitchen shears are coated or textured to help you maintain your grip. The silicone covering on the handles of these shears will be adequate in maintaining a good grip environment.


There is nothing more frustrating for a left-handed person than attempting to use a pair of scissors which was clearly built for a right-handed person. The symmetrical construction of these particular shears makes them easily controllable for both right-handed and left-handed individuals.

Stainless Steel Convenience

I often find that most people who are looking for basic kitchen shears are also people who do not spend an incredible amount of time in their kitchen. That is not to say that they do not create incredible home-cooked meals, but they are usually the people who live busy lifestyles. As such, they purchase shears to speed up their cooking process but do not require extravagant multi-purpose shears because they keep their meals rather simple.

Being people with busy schedules, these are also usually the people who most require a set of kitchen shears which is dishwasher-friendly. Luckily for those people, these KitchenAid shears are constructed of stainless steel. This means that you can easily pop them into the dishwasher after use and forget all about them without having to worry that will stain or rust like high-carbon steel shears. However, it should be noted that they will not maintain the sharpness of their cutting edge for as long as high-carbon shears.

It’s Your Call

In the end, only you can say for certain whether or not these are the kitchen shears for you. Although I have included these in the “Top Three” list for kitchen shears and understand that some people truly only require a basic set of shears, I suggest truly thinking through this purchase before committing.

Even if you already own a bottle opener, a can opener, and a nut cracker, you may want to consider purchasing a versatile, multipurpose set of kitchen shears. I say this because I know that we all lose things from time to time. Having these small tools attached to a set of shears which are always in your knife block or stuck to the front of your refrigerator with a magnet makes it much more difficult to lose them.

However, if you are absolutely certain that you are in search of a basic pair of kitchen shears, I believe that the quality and price of the KitchenAid Soft-Grip Shears is bound to satisfy.