Clippers vs. Scissors

Though the choice to use nail clippers or nail scissors is mainly one of personal preference, there are some distinct advantages to using each.

Nail Clippers

Quick – Clippers cut through nails quickly and easily. Leave Sharp Edges – Clippers have a small jaw width so it takes several cuts to trim a single nail. All the cuts are also straight.  This tends to leave sharp edges.
Portable – Clippers are small and most fold for easy storage or travel. Not Good for Thick Nails – The jaw opening of clippers tends to be best for nails that are thin to medium in thickness.  Thicker nails simply won’t fit.
Inexpensive – Traditional clippers are very budget-friendly and most households have many. Easy to Lose – Because of their small size, clippers are easy to misplace or lose.
  Hard to Grip – Traditional clippers are small and metal, which can make them slippery and hard for some people to hold and squeeze.


Nail Scissors

Smooth Edges – It is much easier to control the cut size and shape with scissors.  The slight curve in the blade helps to follow the shape of the nail, minimizing small, straight cuts. Not as Portable – Scissors, with their sharp points, do not travel well on their own.  They should be kept in a protective pouch or package during storage and travel.
Solid Grip – Scissors style handles provide finger rings for leverage and control. Can be Dangerous – There is no safety built into scissors.  They can cut nails too short or even cut skin depending on the skill of the person wielding them.
Value – The right nail scissors can literally last a lifetime.  With some care and easy maintenance, they will easily retain their sharp edges and their smooth action.  While their cost is higher than that of a nail clipper, their life is typically much longer. Can be Uncomfortable – Because of the finger rings, some people can find scissors uncomfortable to use.  Those with arthritis or thick, sensitive fingers might find that the rings press into them painfully.

More Expensive – Good scissors require a larger, up-front investment.  Be prepared to pay in the $10 range for a value-priced, high quality pair.