If you're relatively new to gardening, here's a quick guide to the above tools:
Hand pruners - are small scissor-like garden tools that are designed for delicate cutting and trimming of flowers, leaves, and fleshy branches
Hedge shears - are pruning shears that are immediately recognizable because of their long straight handles and similarly straight blades; used for shaping hedges and bushes
Loppers - are as big as hedge shears but function more like hand pruners; have long handles and typically concave blades used on growing saplings or dry branches
When you're buying loppers, don't forget to check the quality and make of the blades, the ratcheting and cutting mechanism, handle length, bumpers, and even the availability of replacement parts.
Because of the different features and abilities of each, this list is arranged in no particular order. Choose your loppers based on your specific needs and if any of the cons listed for each are deal breakers for you.
The 5 Best Loppers - Reviews
#1 - Kseibi Lopper
There are many excellent loppers, like Corona's, but they tend to be heavy. If you're a senior with waning strength or are petite in build, these would be the perfect brand and model for you.
Apart from their light weight, another useful feature of the Kseibi loppers is their extendable arms.
The handles extend from 27 inches up to 40 inches. This added height allows you to reach branches higher up without needing to climb on a ladder. You get five different extension lengths with a click lock that is easy to set and release.
When you purchase this item, you'll get a maintenance brochure emailed to you.
Telescopic handles with up to 40 inch range
Cuts branches up to 2-3 inches think
Steel blades have a non-stick coating
Responsive customer support
Can be difficult to cut when it's fully extended
Lock mechanism can be finicky
#2 - Spear & Jackson Anvil Loppers
You can buy a single lopper or up to five loppers in a single order with this brand. The ratcheting action on these is excellent and makes cutting larger branches easy. The sturdy design and cutting performance is comparable to more expensive brands.
The handles on the Spear & Jackson are also telescopic. When unextended, they are 18 inches long but when extended, they go as far as 31.5 inches. They are adjusted using twisting end-caps.
Impressive cutting ability
Uses ratchet action to cut larger branches
Has a locking mechanism for safety
Handles need to be extended fully to engage the ratchet; not ideal if you are working within small confines
Handles are prone to bending
Ratchet tends to catch on smaller branches
A bit heavier than the Kseibi (although still lighter than other brands)
#3 - Gnome Hand Loppers
These Gnome loppers are neither super lightweight nor telescopic but what stands out about them is how the blades are extremely sharp.
These loppers use gear driven action to cut. The gearing is so great that you don't need to strain or apply a lot of pressure when doing work with these tools. These make them ideal for those with weaker hand strength.
Quite surprisingly, for their strength, they actually have a smaller form than other brands.
These are Amazon's Choice for bypass loppers.
Cheaper than other loppers; good value for money
Well-designed and constructed despite their smaller size
Gearing action is excellent
Rubber grips are more ergonomic than other brands
Slightly heavier feel and design
Colors make them more difficult to see
Handles do not extend
#4 - Tabor Tools Mini Lopper
If you are looking for a sturdy powerhouse of a lopper and you don't need to reach too high, then these are for you. These loppers are able to cut through smaller branches very quickly and easily.
Despite the short handles (15"), you can feel the power behind each cut.
The blurb for this product emphasizes that 1 inch is the limit for its cutting ability but it CAN cut through thicker branches. This may lead to faster dulling though so only get these if the gardening that you do has you working with trees and plants with thinner branches.
Apart from the quick cutting ability, one other noteworthy thing we like about the Tabor loppers are the handles. The handle grips are satisfyingly ergonomic.
Powers easily through 1 inch thick branches
Because of its design and construction, you can make fast and precise cuts
Ergonomic handle grips
The blades have a hole so you can hang the loppers on a hook or a nail for easy storage
If you are cutting larger branches, this is not for you
Shock absorbing bumper tends to break
Handles do not extend
#5 - Fiskars PowerGear2 Lopper
Similar to Tabor, Fiskars is a great brand for gardening tools. The blurb says they can only cut up to 1.75 inch branches but from my experience, so long as the branches can fit the blades, these loppers can cut through them.
Having said all that, they do come with some restrictions. This model may be heavy for people with smaller builds or weak hands. They're also not telescopic and the 32" handles need to be fully extended for big branches. There are also some reports of blades snapping.
For now, I'd cite its best points to be its satisfactory performance, budget price, and lifetime warranty.
These are Amazon's number 1 bestsellers in hand loppers, as of writing.
Blades are easy to replace
Can only cut smaller branches
May be heavy for some users
Tips of the blades can snap easily
Difficult to use in smaller spaces