These pruning shears are the best, hands down! I do a lot of gardening and yard work, so I am familiar with garden tools. I have tried countless shears for trimming bushes and small trees, even the types you plug in, but I will always use this brand. The first thing you notice is the padded handles. This is a must if you do a lot of pruning. I prefer not to wear groves when pruning so I get a better grip on the pruning shears, so the padding is a must. Secondly, these are incredibly sharp. I swear they will cut through just about anything, from a small rose bush to bigger trees that need trimming. These are the best pruning shears I have ever owned and will recommend to any serious gardener.