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 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.
KitchenAid KG300ER Box Grater
Trudeau 4 Sided Box Grater
Cuisinart Box Grater CTG-00-BG
Sur La Table Four-Sided Grater
Microedge Box Grater
Zyliss Rotary Grater
World Cuisine Cheese Grater with Rotating Handle
Boska Holland Monaco Collection Romano Stainless Steel Rotary Cheese Grater
IKEA STRALANDE Rotary Grater
Zyliss Restaurant Cheese Grater
CHEFS Stainless-Steel Flat Grater
Rosle Medium Grater
OXO Medium Grater
The Good Cook Flat Grater
Cuisipro Ultra Coarse Grater
OXO Good Grips Box Grater
Zyliss Rasp Grater
IKEA CHOSIGT Cheese Grater with Container
Zyliss 2- Way Grater
Morgan's Famous 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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I have a huge repertoire of necessary gadgets and machines that make my life easier. I am always searching for the next best kitchen star tool!I am also trained in both wine tasting, pairing and I had a stint as a professional, private sommelier. My experience with food, wine and professional kitchen appliances/tools are what makes me an expert in the broad culinary industry.
I have a huge repertoire of necessary gadgets and machines that make my life easier. I am always searching for the next best kitchen star tool!