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Put away your kitchen shears: These $10 herb scissors with 10 blades make chopping fresh basil a breeze

Cooking with fresh herbs is a great way to up the flavor factor when you're trying to get dinner on the table. It can also increase meal prep time dramatically. Until now, that is — thanks to these X-Chef Herb Scissors that'll set you back just $10 at Amazon. Equipped with five times as many blades as traditional kitchen shears, they make chopping a breeze and help you finish the job in a fraction of the time. So if you're a fan of fresh basil, thyme, oregano and more, grab a pair — spring cooking's about to get a whole lot easier.

Eat your heart out, Edward Scissorhands!

Pros
  • 10 blades make chopping more efficient
  • Can mince herbs right into a bowl or over food, no cutting board required
  • Bright green handles help them stand out in a drawer
Cons
  • More difficult to clean than standard kitchen shears
$10 at Amazon

On busy nights, anything that helps speed up prep work is a boon, and X-Chef Herb Scissors are just such a tool. For starters, one snip with this stainless steel set is the equivalent of 10 slices using a knife, meaning your basil, scallions, chives and other herbs will be finely, evenly chopped in no time. Plus, you won't have to bust out the cutting board just to mince the garnish for your roast chicken — cut up the herbs right over the dish.

Another benefit? You'll be less likely to nick your fingers with these scissors compared with a knife. And while they might look like a pain to clean, they can go on the top rack of the dishwasher, and their blade protector has a built-in cleaning comb that you can swipe through to remove any stuck-on bits.

three pairs of green herb scissors on an orange and red background
When it comes to handy kitchen tools, these herb scissors make the cut. (Amazon)

X-Chef Herb Scissors have already impressed nearly 3,000 Amazon five-star reviewers.

"Why didn't I get this sooner?" lamented one reviewer. "I'd previously hand-chopped green onions or other herbs, but these scissors cut them into perfectly sized bits in mere seconds. The results were so good that I actually had fun using them. I'm really not particularly good at hand-chopping, but this works like a charm! And the scissors guard/cleaner is quite clever and useful."

"These scissors are the best tool ever!" gushed another happy home cook. "Instead of chopping up my fresh herbs and scraping them into whatever dish I'm making, I just hold the herbs over the dish and clip away. Fast, convenient, no mess, no fuss. In the morning, when I'm preparing a fresh salad to take to work, instead of having to drag out the knife and cutting board, I just snip the fresh basil into the salad."

"These shears are great," wrote a final fan. "You will have to do a bit more cleaning than regular shears, as there are more blades, but it is not difficult to clean. [I] also like the color, as it stands out and is easy to find in a drawer with other kitchen gadgets."

Know a mom who likes to cook? Mother's Day is just around the corner (just sayin').

$10 at Amazon

Another time-saving kitchen gizmo Amazon shoppers love? This No. 1 bestselling Fullstar Vegetable Chopper.

Want perfectly diced veggies in one go? This is the tool for you. It also comes with spiral and ribbon blades.

"Impressive!" exclaimed one satisfied shopper. "It makes chopping up small veggies like baby carrots, onions and celery a breeze! I'm a senior now with arthritis, and this really helps speed things up in the kitchen while giving my achy hands and fingers a break from the rigors of manually chopping up everything."

$22 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.