The Only 10 Nail Clippers Worth Using (Because Yes, It Makes a Huge Difference)

I know what you're thinking: Does it actually matter what pair of nail clippers I grab the next time I'm A) just trimming or B) going in for a full-blown at-home mani/pedi job? Yes. The answer is yes, my friends! (Especially if you're planning on tackling your toes, are prone to ingrowns, or have especially small—or large!—nails, but more on that shortly.) 


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I'll be the first to admit that I went years without giving a second thought as to my nail clippers. But after randomly being gifted a pair of really, really nice clippers, I wondered how I'd ever used anything else in my life—all of a sudden everything else felt subpar, and I completely saw the light. (If you're like me, sometimes the most "boring" or "unsexy" products are actually the items that can make the biggest difference in your day-to-day.)

From getting the fastest, cleanest cut (nothing is worse than trying to clip and all your nail will do is bend) to nailing your ideal shape (sorry, had to!), choosing a best-of-the-best nail clipper will seriously level up your at-home clipping routine and will soon be one of your most prized medicine cabinet essentials. Keep scrolling for 10 of the best nail clippers worth your money—from the best model for your toes to the best budget pick—we have you covered. 

The Best Overall: Green Bell G-1008 Nail Clipper

The Best Budget: Tweezerman Stainless Steel Fingernail Clipper

The Best for Toenails: Seki Edge SS-112 Stainless Steel Nail Clipper

The Best Set: Harperton Fingernail & Toenail Clippers Set

The Best Straight Straight-Across: Tweezerman Precision Grip Toenail Clipper

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Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.