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Review: Best Graters

Grating cheese or other ingredients doesn't really sound like a difficult task but try grating a large amount with a grater with weak blades. The grater has undergone an amazing transformation. The main types are Flat Graters, Box Graters & Rotary Graters. The flat grater has a flat design with a handle on one end. You can grate cheese or vegetables by standing them up or lying them over a bowl. While they do a good job of grating, they are tedious to use. You can grate soft and sometimes hard cheeses and vegetables easily, depending on how sturdy your grater is. They often have a middle section for slicing. That usually works better for vegetables. Cheese is difficult to slice with that feature.

The Box grater however answered the call of those of us who got tired of cramping our hands to support the flat grater. Box graters are designed to stand and often have 3 to 4 sides that offer a different grind for each.  I like the variety these graters have and the handle at the top along with the standing construction makes grating a lot easier.

These work well for most cheeses and vegetables. The coarse grate side is only good for hard cheese however. The grater is hollow inside which is a great way to contain your ingredients while grating. Some newer styles even have storage cups.

Finally you have the Rotary grater. Most of these have hand cranks but there are a select few that are electric. These graters usually have interchangeable grating drums that fit in the body of the grater. These are good for cheese but really stellar for vegetables like cabbage and zucchini.  You typically feed the ingredients through the top opening and crank with the other hand.

The only issue with these graters is they can tend to clog if you are not careful due to the constant turning action. You should be checking the drums after each grating session to make sure it isn't getting full of leftover ingredients. The Rotary grater however is less work than the other previous methods. The grating drums can then be removed for washing.

At the end of the day, choosing the right grater has more to do with your personality. If you are always in a hurry or like short cuts, then the Rotary grater would be best. If you don't mind manual labor but want ease of use, you're probably going to prefer the Box grater. If you don't mind manual labor and don't cook much, the Flat grater is fine. Heck, you hardly cook anyway and when you do, it isn't high volume.

This list of best graters in 2021 was comprised to show you all of the various types of graters and what they can do. From grating or slicing cheese and vegetables, the graters on this list are some of the best you can buy.

The Best Graters in Detail

KitchenAid Gourmet 4-Sided Stainless Steel Box Grater

This unique box grater takes grating to the next level. The KitchenAid Box Grater comes with a 3 cup storage container which edged it over the others as my top pick. The box grater fits perfectly over the container and catches the grated or sliced ingredients. Easily grate potatoes, carrots, onions or any other vegetable and even cheese. Once you are done, you can use or store the leftovers in the container with the lid. There are also capacity markings on the container for accurate measuring. The soft handle is comfortable to grip during use. The container is freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe along with the grater.

Trudeau Cheese grater

The Trudeau 4 Sided Grater will get the job done. The stainless steel blades are rust proof. They also have a unique nonstick coating on them. This particularly useful when grating vegetables and fruits. Never worry about the flavors of the grater infusing into the ingredients. The ingredients to glide resistance free over the blades and makes it easy to clean. The commercial grade construction makes it long lasting and durable. The no-slip, comfortable handle and the no-skid base provides the ultimate in stability while grating. It is dishwasher safe and comes with 10 year warranty.

Cuisinart Box Grater

The Cuisinart Box Grater will make it easier. The sturdy design and stainless steel blades will ensure fast and precise results. The four sided grater will allow you to slice or choose the perfect coarse for grating foods like chocolate, nut or even cheese. It has a soft handle and a no slip base. You can also use it to slice your favorite veggies for a salad or a tasty stir fry. It's hand washable dishwasher safe.

Sur La Table Four-Sided Grater

This is a nice standard grater. It has four sides for grating or slicing ingredients for any dish. The Sur La Table Four-Sided Grater has a handle that is smooth and comfortable for gripping and holding it steady. It works well for hard or soft cheeses. You can also grate veggies with ease or slice them. It is a touch bigger than the average grater which makes grating large amounts possible. It produces even slices and good quality. The stainless steel construction is very sturdy and is dishwasher safe.

Microedge Box Grater

The Jaccard brand has been manufacturing quality kitchen products for over 30 years. This exclusive tri-blade grater is a great buy. It has a fine blade, which is great for zesting for fine grating hard cheeses. The coarse blade is strong enough for all shredding jobs and the ribbon blade is great for carrots, zucchini or soft cheeses. It is constructed with the Microedge technology which uses chemical etchings to ensure sharp durable blades. The comfortable ergonomic handle makes it stable. The blades are designed for long term use. It also comes with a reusable cover to protect the blades. It is safe for use in the dishwasher.

Zyliss Classic Cheese Grater

Using a traditional grater is not always the best option. The Zyliss Rotary Grater is a great alternative. The large barrel grater makes it easy to grate up softer vegetables such as cucumbers or zucchini quickly. It also has a fine drum that is optimal for harder items such as nuts and chocolate. It is easy to assemble and has a funnel that helps direct the food during the grating process. Great for left or right handed users and is dish washer safe.

Paderno World Vegetable Grater

Enjoy professional results with the Paderno Cheese Grater W/Rotating Handle. This rotary grater is made of thick, durable plastic. It has two stainless steel, durable drums. One produces a coarse texture while the other is for fine grates. It also comes with two cylindrical containers with lids. Use it to grate cheese, chocolate or veggies. Place it in the grating area and hand crank to begin grating. The graters will quickly grate with little work. It's easy to assemble and hand washing is preferred.

BOSKA Boska Holland Mini Oak Table Grater

This rotary grater is a favorite among both professional and home cooks. The simple design makes it easy for anyone to use. You feed the ingredients through the opening at the top. Squeezing down on the top with one hand, the other turns the crank. The stainless steel, one drum grater has been designed for hard items such a Parmesan cheese or carrots and does a superior job. Quickly grate over pasta or your favorite dish. Whether you are a lefty or a righty, this grater works. The entire unit is dish washer safe.

IKEA STRALANDE Rotary Grater

This affordable rotary grater is made of durable plastic with a very simple design. It comes with two drums with sharp, stainless steel blades and makes grating cabbage, cucumbers or hard cheeses a breeze. Convenient to use right at the dinner table. Use to add fresh toppings to pizza, pasta or salads. Easy to use by placing the ingredients inside and turn the comfortable hand crank. Suitable for both right and left handed users. This durable rotary is a must have and is dishwasher safe.

Zyliss Classic Rotary Cheese Grater

This is one high powered cheese grater. The comfortable ergonomic handle minimizes fatigue. The Zyliss Restaurant Cheese Grater can quickly produce more shreds than the others on this list in the least amount of time. Enjoy freshly grated cheese, cabbage, carrots or even lettuce. It is made with durable plastic and one stainless steel, fine grating drum for hard cheeses. It easily dissembles for washing and is dishwasher safe.

CHEFS Stainless-Steel Flat Grater

This heavy duty grate can grate anything from cabbage and carrots to potatoes and cheese to chocolate and more. It has an oversized paddle and sharp edge teeth. These blades are like razors and can quickly and easily grate anything. The soft rubber handle is comfortable and the rubber bottom makes stay put while in use. This one of the sturdiest grater you will ever own. The design makes it easy to store in the kitchen drawer. It is also dishwasher safe. This is definitely a grater worth investing in as it is built to last.

Rosle Medium Grater

This is my absolute favorite grater. It is just over 15 inches and has a great surface area for for grating all types of vegetables such as zucchini, carrots, and of course cheese. The stainless steel construction and satin finish handle is comfortable and minimizes fatigue. The bottom of the grater has rubber feet which allows for maximum stability when grating. It is well balanced and has a great design that ensures years of use. This is a great quality grater. It is dishwasher safe and easy to store.

OXO Medium Grater

This medium grater works well for grating hard cheeses, chocolates, carrots and many more items. The blades are designed to allow you to grate in any direction and yield more food in less time. It has a soft and comfortable handle which provides comfort when grating. The no-slip foot allows you to easily stand the grate up and use it with complete stability. The stainless steel blades are sharp and guarantee to grate with perfect results every time. It is dishwasher safe and built to last.

The Good Cook Flat Grater

The Good Cook Flat Grater

The Good Cook Flat grater offers three grating options all at once. The middle blade is for slicing. This style of grater is along the lines of old school graters. While it doesn't do a great job with that, it is perfect for grating. The medium and large coarse options are great for shredding cheese for tacos, carrots, cucumbers or other dishes where large or medium coarse is preferred. It is durable and the chrome design is built to prevent warping or bending and is dishwasher safe.

Cuisipro Ultra Coarse Grater

This grater has an ultra coarse blade which is great for softer ingredients like mozzarella, cabbage or even zucchini. The Cuisipro Ultra Coarse grater is constructed with an exclusive Surface Glide technology. This allows cheese to be grated with less work and glides easily over the blades. It has an ergonomic handle that ensures comfort and the no slip bottom keeps it stable. The grater is dishwasher safe.

OXO Good Grips Box Grater

This box grater is one of the best you can buy and my favorite. It has four sides that allow you to slice, and grate with three different options. The grater blades are sharp and sturdy. It can be used with cheddar, mozzarella or hard and aged cheeses like Parmesan. It also comes with a storage container where what you grate collects in the bottom. As an extra bonus, the storage container stores inside the grater when not being used. It is also dishwasher safe.

Zyliss Rasp Grater

The Zyliss Rasp Grater is a sturdy grater that does an amazing job on harder cheeses. The ergonomic handle is comfortable and the stainless steel blade is razor sharp. It has a build in scraper that makes cleaning it out a breeze. This grater works perfectly for Parmesan and other aged cheeses that have a firmer texture. This style of grater does not however work well for soft cheeses such as mozzarella or cheddar. The reversible plastic cover can slip inside the grater to collect the grated foods. It is dishwasher safe.

IKEA CHOSIGT Cheese Grater with Container

This is a good no frills grater that simply gets the job done with the bonus of a container. I like this selection because it also comes with two grater blades. This grater allows for perfect results grating cheeses such as cheddar, jack or mozzarella. It also has another attachment for harder, aged cheeses such as Parmesan or manchega cheese. The container collects the cheese while grating and can be used to store it. It is easy to wash and store. This is a good all purpose grater that is also dishwasher safe.

Zyliss 2- Way Grater

This compact size of this grater is perfect for small jobs or if you don't cook or grate often. The Zyliss 2-Way Grater is designed to grate fast with superior results. It is made with an acid-etched, high grade stainless steel blade that optimizes the output. Use this grate to quickly grate Parmesan cheese for pasta. It also works well for softer cheeses such as cheddar or mozzarella. The blade allows you to grate in any direction which speeds up the grating process. This grater is a great value and stores easily. It is dishwasher safe.

best Morgan's Famous Grater

Morgan's Famous Grater

The Morgan's Famous Grater has been around for some 200 years to the delight of professionals and home cooks. The box grater is made if the finest stainless steel and is guaranteed to be sturdy. It offers fine, medium and coarse as three grating options. These various grating blades allow you to use it for soft cheeses like cheddar. It can also be used with medium and hard grade cheeses like Parmesan and aged cheddar as well. It is dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Buyer's Guide

We understand that you're elated about buying a new grater for your kitchen. Rightfully so, since it is sure to help you prepare some mouthwatering dishes for yourself and your loved ones.

However, before you pull the trigger on this purchase, we would like to take you through all there is to know about this handy kitchen tool in our comprehensive buyer's guide.

What are the Different Types of Graters?

Graters come in five types.

  • Box Graters
  • Flat handheld graters
  • Flat heavy-duty graters
  • Multi-purpose graters
  • Rotary graters

Let's take a brief look at them now, shall we?

Box Graters

These types of graters are four-sided with each side boasting a differently sized grating hole. If you're wondering what purpose this feature serves, well, you're able to grate a wide variety of foods this way. Whether it is potatoes that need to be grated for hash browns or vegetables for Chow Mein, the box grater has got you covered. Here is a great guide that tells you how to use all four sides of your box grater!

Flat Handheld Graters

Flat handheld graters are also called rasps and boast a single flat grating board. The medium to small-sized grating holes on these bad boys are great for grating garlic, nutmeg and fine cheese.

Flat Heavy-Duty Graters

A larger sized flat handheld grater is called a flat heavy-duty grater. This type of grater has a single panel with grating holes which must be held steady with one hand as you rub the food across its surface with your other hand. Simple and efficient.

Multi-Purpose Graters

Multi-purpose graters are the most versatile graters of them all. You can simply switch up the plates on it to ones that meet your slicing and shredding needs. The grater's base is made from a housing that stores the shredded material.

Rotary Graters

If you're into baking and frequently find yourself in need of shaved chocolate and grinded nuts, well, this type is for you! Rotary graters are great for shredding soft food types in small amounts which are placed in the basket that the grater boasts. Once the food is placed, you simply use the hand crank to rotate the basket, and voila, shredded food!

What to Look for When Buying Graters?

We would now like to talk about some factors to look out for when in the market for a new grater.

Material

We all know that a utensil's composition is what makes or breaks its longevity. However, in the case of tools like a grater, the material will also determine its effectiveness at doing what it does best- grating.

Now, most graters usually come in stainless steel makes whose resistance to corrosion is important because you'll be exposing your grater to moisture and liquids quite frequently. The material is also great at making blades that shave precisely and cut deep. So, the next time you'll need to remove only the colored part of a citrus fruit, just grab a grater, and make short work of the task.

While evaluating the best graters for you, we came across some graters that were made out of wood, ceramic, and even tin! Now, tin is a corrosive metal, so we recommend avoiding that material altogether.

As far as wood and ceramic goes, make sure that a grater made out of it is water resistant and cuts just as well as metal. These types of graters are usually safer and easier to clean. However, nothing can beat the surgical accuracy of metal graters.

Size & Storage

The general rule of thumb is that the larger the grater, the more food you'll be able to shred and slice. However, larger graters will demand more space. Also, not to forget that they would be relatively heavy and difficult to move around.

So, we recommend that you weigh the pros and cons of it and decide upon the size of the grater depending on the amount of food you regularly grate. Some manufacturers provide a handy container for storing the various blades which is always a plus point.

How We Chose the Best Graters

What's the use of taking you through our list of the best graters if we do not disclose the methodology that we adopted when shortlisting them? Well, here is our secret recipe to selecting the best graters.

Design

When we talk about a grater's design, we're not talking about aesthetics. Well, an aesthetic grater never hurt anyone, unless that someone was not careful with the blade. Please be careful with the blades.

When we say design, we mean a grater that possesses handles that do not feel uncomfortable to grip for long times. Ideally, a box grater should also boast an anti-slip bottom.

Easy to Clean

The best graters, like the ones on our list, are dishwasher safe since no one likes extra load on sink duty. On the flip side, easy-to-clean does not only mean being dishwasher safe. In fact, experts recommend spot cleaning your grater and only washing it on hand to ensure the blade’s sharpness.

How Much Do Graters Really Cost? Is it Worth Buying One?

The price of a grater depends on its type. Generally speaking, a grater would not cost you upwards of $50. Usually, the most expensive graters are the rotary ones. As far as their worth as an investment goes, they are a far cheaper option when compared to a food processor which is not only expensive but also has a larger footprint.

So, in our opinion, a grater is a great investment for when you instantly need small amounts of food shredded and sliced.

Best Graters FAQ

Here is a list of FAQs to tackle all your grater related queries.

What is a grater used for?

A grater is simply used to grate foods into fine pieces. The best grater will make short work of potatoes, cheeses, and carrots when it comes to slicing and shredding them.

What is the best grater?

The best grater, in our opinion, is the KitchenAid Box Grater. The one-of-a-kind comes with a 3-cup storage container that has capacity markings for accurate measuring. The soft handle on the grater is super comfy to hold and the grater, along with its box, is also freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe.

What are graters made from?

The best graters are made out of stainless steel which lends the grater its sharp and durable nature. Some graters are even made out of ceramic and wood.

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