Unlike, say, shaving or moisturizing, clipping your nails can feel more like a chore than a rewarding routine. Most of us tend to tackle the task with whatever nail clippers we grabbed in the checkout line of the drugstore. This is a mistake! It’s totally possible to enjoy cutting your nails, but you first need to first get a good clipper. Or several clippers: everyone have a dedicated clipper for fingers, and a separate one for toes. (Ideally, the toenail clippers will have a straight-across blade, in order to avoid all-too-common ingrown toenails—cutting your toenails with small, curved fingernail clippers makes it all but impossible to get the right nail shape. )
Because nails can be gnarly, the best nail clippers for men (and anyone, really) tend to be made out of durable, lasting material like carbon or stainless steel. They’ve got to pack the punch when you clip down through the hard nail, while also resisting rust and deterioration. There isn’t a ton of room for innovation in fingernail and toenail clippers, but some devices do have small upgrades, like gripped handles, or even a nail-catching case. We spotlight some of those here in our roundup of the best nail clippers for men, from fingernails to toenails—and a bonus pick for your cuticles (for preventing hangnails).
We snipped our way through dozens of devices (and ten times as many nails) to bring you this list of the best men’s nail clippers. Let’s start with our favorite of them all.
Best Fingernail and Toenail Clippers for Men
Our top pick:
Tweezerman isn’t just known for its tweezers: The brand has cornered the grooming-tools market, and their stainless steel nail clippers are top of this list for being both top-quality and low-cost. And just like we’d advise, this pair includes a curved edge for fingernails, plus a larger straight-edge for toes. While there are certainly more innovative designs and powerful tools out there, these are the best of the best at the baseline task of cutting your nails and never rusting.
Other Fingernail Clippers We Love
The Sharpest Clipper
As soon as we tested KIYA’s black-carbon steel nail clippers, we understood the difference between a great nail clipper and a cheap copy: A great one (like this KIYA) works like a straight razor during a shave. It cuts smoother, cleaner lines with more precision than the duller competitors—which, up until now, you had never registered as dull in the first place. Turns out we’ve been settling for hack jobs all these years. For just a few bucks more, you can upgrade to the sharp-edged shears engineered by knife-smiths from Japan. Save yourself from subpar clippers and the ragged results.
The Coolest Clipper
The Klhip is like a tiny Transformer in its teeny tiny leather pouch. It has a built in cavity to catch the nail clippings, a pop-out lever to make cutting easy, a magnet that holds the lever in place (when it’s all tucked away), and a textured thumb grip. To top it off, the entire thing is made from high-grade 440C Japanese chromium steel.
The Chic-est Nail Clippers
Seki Edge makes ’em sharper than the rest, stronger than the rest, and editorially sexier than the rest, too. (That label on the clippers—beautiful.) On top of that, is anything more deserving of a teeny leather carrying case than these fine-yet-powerful pieces of design? Couch them in luxury between their cuttings, like they deserve.
The Best Clipper for Wide or Thick Toenails
Some guys have really fat toes—and that’s a matter of fact. If you need some extra width for your own thick toenails, then pick SZQHT’s stainless steel snipper. It opens much wider than a run-of-the-mill drugstore clipper, too (15mm) to chomp down on the thickest of toenails, and comes with a separate nail file to help smooth over the cut.
The Best Pocketknife Nail Clipper
This keychain clipper from Victorinox Swiss Army follows you everywhere, and can do everything shy of changing a flat tire. It’s part pocketknife, part nail file, part cuticle pusher, part scissor, and of course, part nail clipper.
The Best Travel-Ready Nail Clipper
While it’s true that all nail clippers are basically travel-friendly, these ones from Erbe Solingen are quite a bit more compact than usual, and they fold up to keep the blades closed together in transit. One more thing you don’t have to pack: a built-in file and pops up and out of the shell, and even doubles as a cuticle pusher.
The Toughest Toenail Clipper
While these Solingen-steel toenail clippers are comically large, the tool’s medical-grade shears are well-suited for slicing through even the gnarliest toenails. It’s like doing a hand grip exercise while finishing your grooming routine.
The Best Cuticle Clipper
Every time you cut your nails, you should also be tending to your cuticles. While many clippers come with a built-in cuticle pusher, they still strand you without a dedicated, angled clip for the cuticle itself. That’s why this standalone cuticle snipper is a must-have device, thanks to its smaller, angled mouth. It’s so much easier than using tiny scissors, with far fewer (agonizing) accidents along the way.
The Best Manicure Set
Don’t jump at the first $11 manicure set you see on Amazon. Because if that’s all it costs, despite having 30 items inside—then what does that say of the tools’ quality? Instead, look for soemthing with fewer tools in a slightly more cost-appropriate price range, like Zizzon’s 9-piece manicure-pedicure kit. Sure, some of the tools might seem excessive, but once you get the hang of, say, the cuticle pusher, there’s really no turning back.