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The Best Nail Clippers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about a certain Kai nail clipper that is chic enough to be a decorative object, and yet another Japanese nail clipper that slices through nails like a Santoku knife, and even an affordable crystal nail file that beats going to the salon, here we’re delving into the best nail clippers on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best ergonomic nail clippers

Harperton Nail Clipper Set Fingernail and Toenail Clipper

“I’ve tried over a dozen brands of nail clippers, including Seki, Tweezerman, and Victorinox, and these are as good. The innovation is in the very sturdy top lever, which makes your compression much more likely to result in a clean cut, rather than a tear. I’ve had clippers whose levers were so weak they’d bend before cutting my nails — not these. They also have a comfortable, ergonomic shape, and a hole in case you want to hang them or add them to a key chain. For anyone with weak hands that can’t grip tightly, I think these would be great.”

Best cheap nail clippers

Revlon Toenail Clipper

“I found out by chance that Revlon toenail clippers are the best. They’re built strong and last. I’ve had mine 20 years, and ordered a new one for my dad. Its handle serrations are different, but otherwise appears to be the same heavy-duty stainless construction. Works great for fingers, too, as its large size makes it easier.”

Best angled nail clippers

Mehaz 668 Pro Angled Wide Jaw Toenail Clipper

“Finally found these clippers that are a good practical design and work perfectly: Angled cutting head is a wise improvement, the cutting edges are very sharp, the rubberized sleeves provide good grip (though are useless at catching the cut nails, which is no problem), and the heft and size of the down-press lever made my first-time use this morning easy. I’ve used clippers from Revlon and they’re a waste of money, even for fingernails.”

Sharpest nail clippers

Green Bell G-1008 Nail Clipper (Takumi No Waza)

“I have never seen clippers this good, in fact, I have never imagined clippers this good existed. After fighting for years with the $1.98 drugstore clippers you can buy anywhere, I finally got disgusted and bought a couple pairs of good clippers. The first to arrive were from Klick, and were pretty good, a huge step up from what I had been using — I have no complaints about them. A few days later these arrived. Heavy-duty, ultrasharp, nonslip surfaces, everything a clipper should be.”

Editor’s note: We’ve written about these before.

Best nail clippers for ingrown nails

Kohm KP-700 Toenail Clippers for Thick/Ingrown Nails

“Trying to perform minor surgeries on your big toe with a pair of tweezers, a pocketknife, and traditional clippers is a bad idea. Buy these before the ingrown nails become even more of a problem. These are the only way to cut the nail far enough without hurting yourself or paying more money to have a doctor use the same tool. The price may seem quite steep compared to traditional nail clippers, but these clippers are incredibly well-built, and I’d expect them to last a lifetime.”

Best nail clippers with a built-in nail file

Nail Clippers For Fingernails By Clyppi — Swing Out Nail Cleaner / File

“These are the last clippers I will ever buy. Simply amazing. They are everything I want in nail clippers. They have a wide handle for us guys with big hands and fingers. They have an aggressive hook on the swing-out file. No more wishing for a more substantial hook to dig out that nasty toe jam! The body of these clippers is also substantial, with plenty of room to hold on to while doing the serious business of nail care. Gone are the days of multiple cuts to lop off thicker nails!”

Best nail clipper with a catcher

Seki Edge SS-101- Deluxe Fingernail Clipper

“Best fingernail clippers I’ve ever owned!! Stopped chewing my nails, got these clippers. BEST EVER! Best feature is it collects your nail trimmings, so they are not flying all over the place then stabbing you in the foot later. I can cut all nine of my fingernails without having to empty it. Probably more if you and your family wanted to go on a fingernail-cutting spree.”

Best extra-large nail clippers for toenails

World No. 1 Extra Large Toenail Clipper 5.5” Long, 4mm Wide Open Jaw

“This item is big, but as the name states, it is an extra-large size. My fingernails and toenails are thick and strong, and in the past, have broken lower-end nail clippers, and even forced some of the big name-brand clippers to come apart (I am looking at you Revlon). This thing is awesome. Cuts through my claws flawlessly, and fit comfortably in my hand. Don’t be deterred by the price. You will definitely get your money’s worth.”

Best small nail clippers for travel

Muji Nail Clipper Made in Japan

“Wow, so impressed with this product. It looks beautiful, feels solid, and performs like a champ. Since I’m almost 40, I figured it was time to buy some grown-man-type products that were built to last. These little clippers deliver that and more. Yes, they cost more than the drugstore version, but man, these things cut way better, and are built to last. I have pretty strong nails, and these things clip through with little to no effort.”

Best scissor-style nail clippers

EasyComforts EZ Grip Nail Clippers, Large

“Who ever designed the original nail clippers is not so smart. They are slippery and hard to handle. This clipper totally solves that problem. It is super easy to use at all angles and do not slip off you hand. And yet, they still fold up compactly.”

Best nail clippers in a carrying case

FIXBODY Nail Clipper Set – Black Stainless Steel Fingernails & Toenails Clippers (Set of 2)

“Can I just say that I never thought I would love a pair of nail clippers, but I do love these. They are excellent quality, super sturdy, cut well, and my husband said they look like ‘tactical gear’ haha! My husband and I hate the flimsy kind of nail clippers, but these are top-of-the-line stainless steel, so well worth the buy in my opinion. They come in a handsome leather carry bag — perfect for a backpack or a purse pocket. I am buying these as stocking stuffers for several people in my family.”

Best nail clippers for dogs

Millers Forge Quality Nail Clipper

“Three beautiful Newfoundland girls live with us. All have thick, difficult to cut nails — even after a bath. They are also a little testy about having mani/pedis on their best days due to the time it takes to clip and file. Millers Forge clippers are sharp, strong, and take little strength in wrist to use. This tool speeds the process up dramatically. I no longer feel as if I’m sawing through tree trunks with a butter knife. There is no splitting or splintering of nails, so no need to file the nails afterward. This is a wonderful tool and I recommend it highly.”

Best nail clippers for babies

Safety 1st Sleepy Baby Nail Clipper

“Do you have a newborn and want desperately to cut their nails? Look no further. I used this baby faithfully for over a year before the glorious little light it comes with burned out. It still works as a nail clipper, but the light was by far the best feature. When my daughter’s nails started getting long, I would keep this for when she fell asleep. Lights on or off, I would clip away by the lights of this clipper. Since then, I have included it in baby gifts to a number of friends. For the very reasonable price, it is so worth it!!”

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The Best Nail Clippers, According to Amazon Reviews