Worx ZipSnip Cutting Tool

Last updated date: November 20, 2019

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Worx ZipSnip Cutting Tool

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Overall Take

The WORX ZipSnip Cutting Tool offers a powered alternative to hand-held rotary cutters. This tool is excellent when you have a tough material that needs a little coaxing to get through. The self-sharpening blade will never fail you and the safety mechanisms are outstanding as well. In our analysis of 26 expert reviews, the Worx Worx ZipSnip Cutting Tool placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Rotary Cutter for a detailed review of all the top rotary cutters.

Expert Summarized Score
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
815 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Blade is self-sharpening and therefore, you do not have to detach and sharpen it every day. The sharpened blade ensures that the cutting is precise every single time. You can cut through multiple objects comfortably. There is a lock-out switch which provides safety, and the grip is soft and comfortable.
- Products Browser
August 7, 2019 | Full review
Runs smoothly and delivers a nice cut and finish. The non-slip texture provides a comfortable nonslip grip whereas the slim design suits it for small locations
- Top Ten Product Review
August 23, 2019 | Full review
There is a lock-out switch that works in conjunction with the trigger so you won’t damage your materials or injure yourself.
- Tech Buyers Review
July 8, 2018 | Full review
It comes with a lock-out switch that works in conjunction with its trigger. The soft grip handles improves comfort while the lightweight design allows for easy control.
- The Motor Masters
April 29, 2019 | Full review
Has a self-sharpening blade, so it requires no maintenance as far as the blade is concerned, along with a lock-out switch that automatically shuts it down when it detects any operational trouble to avoid causing injury or damaging your materials.
- Cool Things
November 29, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It is not powerful as other saws.
- The Motor Masters
April 29, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The 4V ZipSnip Cordless Electric Cutter is a lightweight and handy tool that will make you forget all about scissors. The 4V ZipSnip is small enough to fit in a utility drawer yet handles tough jobs that scissors and knives can’t. ZipSnip is powered by an efficient, rechargeable 4V MaxLithium battery that holds a charge for months. The charge light indicator lets you know when your ZipSnip is fully charged and ready for action. The self-sharpening blade slices through a wide variety of materials and ensure a precise cut every time. As a safety measure, there is a lock-out switch that works in conjunction with the trigger so you won’t damage your materials or injure yourself. ZipSnip weighs only one pound so it’s easy to control and the soft grip handle delivers maximum comfort while using. Get yourself a couple of ZipSnips – one for inside and one for out in the garage and yard. Say so long to scissors!

Overall Product Rankings

Olfa RTY-2/C 45mm Splash Rotary Cutter
1. Olfa RTY-2/C 45mm Splash Rotary Cutter
Overall Score: 9.9
Expert Reviews: 3
Arteza 45 mm Quilting Rotary Cutter
2. Arteza 45 mm Quilting Rotary Cutter
Overall Score: 9.9
Expert Reviews: 6
Premier Blades 45mm Rotary Cutter Tool
3. Premier Blades 45mm Rotary Cutter Tool
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 3
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
4. Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
Worx ZipSnip Cutting Tool
5. Worx ZipSnip Cutting Tool
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
Martelli Ergo 2000 45mm Rotary Cutter
6. Martelli Ergo 2000 45mm Rotary Cutter
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0
W.A. Portman Rotary Cutter Set
7. W.A. Portman Rotary Cutter Set
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0
Olfa Small Rotary Cutter 18mm
8. Olfa Small Rotary Cutter 18mm
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 0
Headley Tools 45mm Rotary Cutter
9. Headley Tools 45mm Rotary Cutter
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 1
Olfa 45mm Tungsten Ergonomic Rotary Cutter
10. Olfa 45mm Tungsten Ergonomic Rotary Cutter
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Rotary Cutters

Whether you sew, craft or enjoy finish work, a rotary cutter can become your best tool. A rotary cutter features a circular blade attached to the end of a handle. These tools are used to cut a perfectly straight line without having to lift the material with your other hand. They function best on a solid surface that cannot be scratched or cut open, such as a strong plastic. Rotary cutters are sold in multiple sizes and with countless different features to make your particular job easier. While you think about what your rotary cutter will be used for, let’s do a little more research on the different types of rotary cutters out there.

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Rotary cutters have extremely sharp blades that are designed to cut through several layers of fabric or thick material with ease. There are many factors that you want to consider when choosing a rotary cutter to help with your project. The diameter, safety features, material, handle and accessories are all things that come into play when picking out a rotary cutter.

Figuring out the right size of blade is a great place to start. A general guideline to remember is the wider the blade, the thicker material you can cut. The only downside to a larger blade is the lack of ability to cut small, intricate lines. If you are doing detailed work, you’ll want to shop for a smaller blade. The sizes range from 18mm to 60mm. If you are buying for a beginner crafter, a 45mm blade is your best bet. The Olfa 45mm Splash Rotary Cutter is a great choice for beginners. You’ll find this size is most common for the fact that it is versatile.

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Next, we can look at the safety features of the rotary blades. One of the best aspects of a rotary cutter is the fact that the blade is entirely covered on one side so it offers built-in safety by default. The blade usually retracts as soon as you stop putting pressure on it, which is another built-in safety mechanism. In addition, you can find rotary cutters that come with blade covers to both protect users and blades when not in use. Of course, you should always keep rotary cutters in a safe place away from children.

Another feature to think about is the material that the manufacturer used to make the blade. Look for a cutter made from tungsten like the Arteza 45mm Quilting Rotary Cutter. Stainless steel is another strong material to look for such as in the Premier Blades 45mm Rotary Cutter Tool. If you can find a rotary cutter with a good strong blade, you won’t have to replace it as often. Another highly recommended material is carbon steel. Some of the best kitchen knives are made from carbon steel. You’ll know you’ve found a good rotary cutter when they are made with good steel.

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Whether you have well-functioning hands or struggle with arthritis, the blade handle on a rotary cutter can make all the difference for your comfort levels. Most rotary cutter handles are ergonomic and fit to the curve of your hand when held, such as the WORX ZipSnip Cutting Tool. There are also options that are just slightly contoured for those looking for a less form-fitting choice. Some even feature rubber handle grips to prevent any slipping, like the comfortable grip of the Fiskars Rotary Cutter.

Finally, make your money stretch by purchasing a rotary cutter with accessories. It is always smart to bundle your purchase with other tools you’ll need to complete your project in a timely manner. One suggested accessory is a cutting mat to keep your other household surfaces free from scratches. It also helps to have a mat that is non-slip to keep your material in place while cutting. Another fantastic accessory is a ruler track to keep your lines straight and even. And lastly, extra blades are always a must-have. Many of the best rotary cutters come with extra blades such as the Arteza 45mm Quilting Rotary Cutter and the Premier Blades 45mm Rotary Cutter Tool. With all these factors in mind, you can confidently shop for the best rotary cutter for your project.

DWYM Fun Fact

The first rotary cutter was invented by Mr. Yoshio Okada. He founded OLFA, a company that produced many tools for the sewing world. He was inspired (after seeing a tailor struggle with shears to cut silk) by a rotating car tire. It was sold on shelves in 1979 and was quickly adapted by countless other companies, while OLFA continued to evolve the product over the coming years.

The first cutter was a 45mm diameter and since then, OLFA has created three other sizes to accommodate the needs of crafters. The other sizes include 18mm, 28mm and 60mm diameter blades. To further enhance the experience, OLFA offers decorative edge cutters for a patterned look on materials.

As material and fabrics evolved, so did OLFA’s rotary cutters. The tough-to-cut, man-made fabrics challenged the company to design not only a sharper blade but also a more maneuverable unit that would easily cut small pieces without hurting the crafter’s hand.

The Rotary Cutter Buying Guide

  • Because most rotary cutters are used for quilting or crafting, it makes sense to find one that is recommended by fellow crafters or quilters.
  • When looking into accessories, find a ruler mat that is roughly 24×36 inches to accommodate your fabrics. You’ll also want the ruler mat to be clear so you can see the fabric while you cut and ensure that it is not bunching up.
  • After using your rotary cutter, it is common to see debris on and around the blade. It is fairly simple to clean the unit. Sometimes it might be a good idea to take the blade off and clean under it as well.
  • To cover all the safety bases, invest in a glove for the hand opposite your cutting hand so if a slip occurs, your fingers are protected.
  • Remember that a rotary cutter blade usually projects out the top of the handle, so you’ll have to get used to cutting from a different angle than other scissors and tools.