Updated: November 2017

Electric Scissors Reviews:

Last year during our Christmas day celebration of opening gifts and getting the kids situated with their new toys I was very frustrated with the way that childrens toys are packaged. If you are a parent you probably know what I'm talking about. Hard plastic covers, lots of loops and twisted ties in the back, and packaging that doesn't open up very conveniently. I vowed never to go through that hassle again so I started researching "power" scissors that could cut through virtually anything. There are not a lot of products on the market, but you can find a few decent pairs of electric scissors. Some run on batteries (AA's) and others have rechargeable batteries built into them like the Black & Decker SZ360 which is a top rated model on Amazon and several other websites. I anxiously ordered the Black and Decker product off of Amazon for about $20 and was happy to see it arrive in the mail. I have used it at several events like birthday parties since I bought it and I can't say enough about it. I'm looking forward to opening all the gifts on Christmas day this year and "sawing" right through them.
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Just what is an electric scissor? They don't look like a regular pair of scissors for the most part. They are much easier to hold in your hand and don't require you to use your fingers to generate any power. The small blades at the end of the scissors on the Black & Decker are not the strongest we've seen, but they do the job on most plastic packaging and easily cut through paper, fabric, and vinyl. I must admit it took me a few times to get the hang of how to operate them successfully. In reviews posted on Amazon.com there are quite a few people that just don't feel comfortable using the SZ360 and say it doesn't cut properly. The vast majority of owners, though, say it cuts just fine and they love it. I agree wholeheartedly and think they are a great invention. For $20 how can you go wrong with the Black and Decker. For those looking for more power and the ability to cut through items like plastics, rubber, and wire mesh take a look at the Kett KD-441 Heavy Duty electric Scissor Shears that sell for $250. We could not find any reviews that either substantiate the manufacturers claims or negate them, but for $250 you better have a lot of cutting to do in order to justify the cost. Many of the electric scissors that we came across were in sewing stores and are meant for cutting things like fabrics. The Dritz 28500 and Consew EC110 Fabric and Cloth Cutters are two examples of these types of electric sewing scissors. The Easy Cutter EC1 Electric Scissors sell for about $100 and appear stronger than the Black & Decker model. Another pair that couldn't hold up to the most demanding quilters and sewing enthusiasts was the Singer Scissors Smart which failed in most cutting jobs. Amazon.com carries the Black and Decker model and sometimes you can find similar products in home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot. I saw a real cheap pair in my True Value hardware store, so keep your eyes open for them. As you can see, prices are about $20 for a basic pair that should cut through things like plastic packaging and the more expensive models are $200 and can cut thicker items.

Best Cordless Electric Scissors:

Based on reviews that I read and my own personal experience, the Black & Decker SZ360 ($20), a 3.6-Volt Ni-Cad Cordless Power Scissors, are the best on the market for the money. You get up to 70 minutes of run time on a single charge and they will cut through fabric, hard plastic, cardboard, paper, tarps, etc. Owners use these electric scissors on projects like scrapbooking, decorating, crafts, sewing, and of course for ripping apart the plastic packaging on all sorts of products. A few reviews on Amazon note that the Black & Decker scissors don't always work properly and I would agree to a point. I will often have to get them lined up correctly before they will cut through an item. Sometimes you can hear the blades moving but nothing is happening. I think it's due to the shape of packages since they are not uniformly flat and so you have to adjust the electric scissors as you cut.

Top Rated Electric Cutter/Scissor for Sewing:

As we mentioned, many of the electric scissors we saw are sold in sewing and fabric shops. Any seamstress knows that cutting through fabrics is part of their job and having a quality pair of electric power scissors is a good idea. The My-T-Fine Cordless Ergonomic Electric Cutter sells for double what the Black & Decker does, but looks eerily similar in design and function. The cutter is cordless and recharges while it sits on the storage base. The handgrip is slip resistant the design is ergonomic for your hand. This one claims about 75 minutes of continuous use on a single charge. Comes with a 2 year warranty. The My T Fine works on blister packs, fabric, cardboard, newspaper, gift wrap paper, and more. You can find it online at Sewingmachinesmart.com. A much cheaper pair of electric scissors are the Trimtek TT-10 Cord/Cordless Electric Scissors W/Cutting Guide which sells for under $10 on Sewingmachinesplus.com. It looks like half scissors, half electric scissors. The Trimtek runs on 2 AA batteries or an AC/DC adapter. I have a feeling this product requires more power from your hands (like a traditional pair of scissors) than is supplies through the batteries.

Other Power Scissors for Cutting:

The EC Cutter - Cordless Electric Cutter ($100) is available on Mygoodscissors.com and comes with a fully rechargeable battery that attaches to the back of the unit to supply the power. It will cut many things, but is not recommend for material over 1/8 inch thick. It's very similar to the Dritz electric scissors and the kit comes with extra parts and blades. When we were online in November (2013) it was out of stock, so good luck trying to get it in time for Christmas.