Updated 26 Aug 2014


Essentiel 160L

Snapshot: The Essentiel 160L secateurs weigh 187g and have a maximum cutting diameter of 25mm. But how well do they cut?

Essentiel 160L
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Test results

Overall score
Cutting performance
Ease of use

Good points

  • Good cutting performance.
  • Easy to use.
  • Medium weight.
  • Supplied with a holder.


(No obvious bad points.)

How we test

Overall score

  • Cutting performance (70%)
  • Ease of use (30%)

About our test

4 users assessed the cutting ability of the secateurs by repeatedly slicing through 9.5mm dowelling (the jaws of all the models could handle bigger diameters than this).

Secateurs with a cutting score of 7.0 or more cut the dowel reasonably well. Those with a score of less than 6.0 couldn’t cut the dowel.

The same 4 users also commented on how comfortable the secateurs were to use.

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Cutting style
Maximum cutting diameter (mm)
Weight (g)