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Best box grater 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated March 1, 2020
Best box grater of 2018
Simply review and buy them. I make the search easier for you, by reviewing the best box grater on the market. There’s a product for every kind of user on the list of affordable options below. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets.
Test Results and Ratings
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№1 – Box Grater
Why did this box grater win the first place?
I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this box grater come in second place?
I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this box grater take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
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Proper Care For Cheese Graters
After use, it’s best to clean the cheese graters immediately. For microplanes, you can just let them pass with running water. To remove some food particles that get stuck on the ridges, soak the grater in warm water and then clean the ridges with a toothbrush.
Premium Quality Box Cheese Grater made by The Asian Slice seems to be one of the sturdiest graters out there; made out of stainless steel and with a large handle, it will withstand anything you throw at it.
KT Kitchen Tools Cheese Grater & Lemon Zester
The KT Kitchen Tools Cheese Grater & Lemon Zester can grate various forms of cheeses, like cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan. You can also zest citrus fruits with this tool as well. Thanks to its high-quality stainless steel blade, you can grate almost everything with so much ease.
This handheld grater is easy to clean because you just have to let it pass under running water and it’s dishwasher-safe. The handle is ergonomically designed to fit every hand and gives a safe grip. To protect your fingers from getting cut while picking it up from a drawer, a safety cover is provided.
Zyliss Classic Rotary Cheese Grater
The Zyliss Classic Rotary Cheese Grater is NSF Restaurant Certified which means that it conforms to the standards of public health protection. A fine drum is built to grate hard cheeses, nuts, and more. You can clean this unit easily by separating the handle and the drum.
What I love about this cheese grater is its switchable handle to suit left or right handed users. This is dishwasher-safe so you can clean this quickly without using your hands. If you’re looking for a reliable rotary cheese grater, then Zyliss may be your best option.
Deiss PRO Citrus Lemon Zester & Cheese Grater
The Desiss PRO works double as a lemon zester and a cheese grater. It has a very sharp stainless steel blade that won’t corrode. A non-slip handle enables you to hold the grater firmly.Unlike box graters, the Deiss PRO is easy to store with its slim design.
To clean, just let it pass under running water. This unit works easily on hard cheeses, lemons, and hard chocolates. If you like a unit that works best as a zester, then the Deiss PRO may be your perfect choice.
Paddle and rasp graters are ideal for efficiently zesting citrus and grating spices, ginger, and hard cheese. This one’s durable construction and wide plane performed far better than any other one we tried.
If you simply want a tool for citrus zest, spices, ginger, and hard cheeses like Parmesan, get the Microplane Professional Series Fine Grater. The razor-sharp teeth take off just the right amount of zest, while the wide plane makes quick work of a block of hard cheese. Its heavy-duty, nearly all-metal construction makes it durable, and its slim shape fits easily into a drawer or utensil holder.
Why you should trust me
Before becoming an editor at Wirecutter, I worked in the food industry—with stints in a restaurant kitchen, cookware retail, and chocolate making. I was previously the managing editor of the print quarterly The Art of Eating and have written for that magazine Saveur, Condé Nast Traveler, Feast, Jamie, and Tasting Table, among other publications.
The Mac + Cheese Cookbook ; Tara Marchionna and Alistair Bramley, who at the time we spoke to them were product designers at Smart Design. Marchionna and Bramley have designed graters as well as many other tools and gadgets for OXO and other companies.
A dull grater is the kind of thing you might be able to ignore for a while, but a sharp one will make grating noticeably easier and faster.
How we picked and tested
A grater consists of a flat or slightly curved steel surface with holes, which are made either by stamping or etching or a combination of the two. In stamping, the holes are mechanically punched out of a steel sheet, and the side of the hole that protrudes catches the food and forces it against the edge to shear it apart. For etching, a chemical process is used to corrode thinner, more flexible sheets to create very sharp, fine teeth that catch and shave off pieces of the food.
The OXO Good Grips Zester on the left has etched teeth, while the OXO Medium Grater on the right has stamped holes.
Pecorino shredded by a variety of box and rasp graters.
On the surface, etched teeth may seem preferable to stamped holes because they can be made sharper, but there are trade-offs. America’s Test Kitchen points out in its grater review (subscription required) that the more rigid surfaces of stamped models produce thick, uniform shreds, while the super-sharp teeth of etched graters snag food easily, but bend against dense vegetables, creating less contact and producing shorter, paper-thin shreds.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
The one thing the Cuisipro is not good at is grating mozzarella (despite what ATK says)— which, to be fair, very few other graters can do well. In our testing, nearly all graters caused the cheese to crumble and shear off in chunks. Because the Cuisipro’s teeth are so sharp, you can’t really force smaller chunks through the holes unless you’re wearing a cut glove to protect your fingers.
The Värdefull’s bidirectional holes.
The slide-in container works well enough at limiting mess, which is especially pronounced without it, since it has no sides. You still need to grate over a plate or board because some gratings will fall from the front of the plate. Gratings also tend to collect in the divot that forms the pull-out handle—a small inconvenience, but not a huge deal.
Lemon zest produced from rasp graters.
As product design engineer Tara Marchionna, who worked on OXO’s graters, told us, “Microplane has such a stranglehold on the market because of its highly protected combination stamping-etching process,” which produces the sharpest graters out there. That sharpness, together with the slight angle of the teeth, means that Microplane graters remove zest with just the right amount of delicacy and thoroughness. Those teeth slice right through ginger fibers as easily as the Cuisipro (though there’s no included container to catch the juice as with our top pick).
The teeth on the Microplane Professional Series Fine Grater are angled just slightly enough to take off citrus zest without tearing into pith.
Microplane’s Professional Series’s large surface area can grate a big block of cheese more quickly than the narrower Microplane Classic Zester/Grater I tried. The former is made almost entirely out of metal—only the non-slip rubber stop on the end is not—which makes it much more durable than the Classic or Gourmet Series versions and other models with plastic handles or frames. Even though the handle is smooth, it’s not slippery when wet, and it fits comfortably even in a small hand—and was fine in bigger hands, too. Its plate also caused the least amount of shearing and crumbling among paddle and rasp models when grating hard aged cheese.
On the downside, that wide plate can make it hard to see what you’re doing, and because it doesn’t have wraparound teeth, you can’t maneuver it into nooks and crannies to get every last bit of zest.
Care and maintenance
All the graters we tested were easy to clean; hold them under hot running water and wipe or blot with a soapy sponge, taking care not to wipe against the blade (or you’ll shred your sponge). It’s best to at least rinse them immediately after use. Almost all the graters are also top-rack dishwasher-safe, although hand washing—which is what Cuisipro recommends—will help keep the edges sharper for longer. Little bits of food can get stuck in etched teeth, especially the smaller ones, and for that Microplane recommends soaking the grater in warm water and then stroking a cleaning brush in the same direction as the teeth.
As with knives, it’s best to store graters some place where they won’t get banged up and dulled. If the grater comes with a guard, you should use it to protect the grater and also your hands.
This grater also performed better than any of the other paddle graters on mozzarella and better even than our top pick, with minimal shearing or crumbling. Because it grated the cheese so neatly, the shreds didn’t tend to clump and stick together as much as they did with other graters. You’ll still need some hand protection to pass the last little nub of cheese through, since the teeth are so sharp. Of course, as the Cuisipro V Grater has only one size of hole, it isn’t as versatile as our main pick.
The Cuisipro V Grater’s deep sides help prevent gratings from flying everywhere.
Cuisipro 6-Sided Box Grater: Overall we liked this grater, but unless you’re particular about garnishes we think you’re better off with the 4-sided Cuisipro. This model adds a side for shaving chocolate or Parmesan and another that turns hard aged cheeses (like Parm) into the consistency of powdery snowflakes. It also occupies roughly twice the volume as the 4-sided version, and each side offers only a 2.25-inch-wide strip for grating, which is about the same as the narrower sides on our top pick.
Carrot shredded by the Cuisipro V Series Extra Coarse grater.
Microplane Gourmet Series Extra Coarse: The Gourmet performed about the same as the Professional Series Extra Coarse, which is to say middling. But we prefer the Professional series to the Gourmet because it has less plastic and the handle is more comfortable for small hands, and we found that our top pick, the Cuisipro 4-Sided Box Grater, and runner-up, the IKEA Värdefull, both performed better for coarse shredding jobs.
OXO Good Grips Zester: Its teeth catch a little too much on citrus, and when you overcome the friction, the sudden jolt can send zest flying everywhere. There was more shearing and crumbling with hard cheese than we had with the other handheld paddle graters, and it also made grating nutmeg difficult.
OXO Good Grips Medium Grater: The bidirectional holes made grating seem to go faster and produced the kind of shreds you would buy prepackaged, but the shreds also clumped up more, and the grater still caused too much shearing and crumbling to keep it in the running. This is really more of a fine grater than a medium one.
KitchenIQ Coarse Grater: This made grating carrots very easy and fast, no doubt helped along by the non-stick surface and few teeth. But it also produced a lot of carrot juice, which is not what you want if you’re grating for a salad or cole slaw.
OXO Good Grips Box Grater: This box model has a slim profile and did the second-best job on mozzarella after the OXO Two-Fold. However, it was mediocre at everything else, and the narrow container it comes with makes the grater too tall and tippy to use comfortably. The removable non-slip base of the grater also leaves a substantial gap that traps bits of food.
Cuisipro Dual Grater: This etched rasp model has medium teeth on one half and fine zester teeth on the other, with a guard that covers half and can be slid up and down (but also only protects half the grater at a time when it’s banging around in your drawer). The fine teeth bite a bit too much into zest, and you can end up taking off too much unless you take short, quick strokes. Pecorino crumbled against those teeth, the plate flexed too much, and most troubling, it was difficult to slide that guard up and down—in fact, trying to slide it over was when I felt most in danger of fumbling and grating myself.
KitchenIQ V-Etched Container Grater: This grater set has very sharp blades and was better than most other graters at shredding Pecorino Romano, but like KitchenIQ’s coarse paddle version, this one tended to juice carrots in addition to shredding them. The plate with the smallest holes takes off a little too much when zesting. This grater can only be used horizontally, and it’s the most expensive model we looked at.
IKEA Stralande: Though this rasp grater might do in a pinch if you’re extremely limited in space, its plane is too narrow to shred carrots and potatoes on the large holes, and grating mozzarella or cheddar is quite inefficient as well because of the limited surface area. The fine holes do a serviceable job in shredding hard cheese, however, with not too much crumbling.
The Microplane Classic Grater/Zester aces zesting citrus, but it’s not so good at grating cheese or ginger, and its cheap build kept it from making the cut.
Norpro 4-Sided Grater with Container: This model’s curved sides made it harder to grate consistently. The container also makes it too tall to use comfortably on a counter and though it does store inside the grater itself, the fit is rather sloppy. This grater is also a major space hog: Its base is 6.by inches, while other box graters are about by inches.
RSVP International Box Grater: A high-quality standard box grater, this model is both sturdy and well made, but did not distinguish itself in testing. It was not as good at grating carrots as the cheaper Norpro version.
Rösle Coarse Grater: This remarkably sturdy model is one of the most well made and heavy duty, and it’s also very large, about 1inches long and inches wide. The holes are also much larger than average and quite sharp, but for the price, performance, and amount of space it takes up, its uses are too limited for us to recommend it. Also, despite having rubber feet, this grater slides around on glass (such as the bottom of a bowl) when wet.
Browne Cuisipro Coarse Grater: Good Housekeeping didn’t like this one, saying, “Even though the Cuisipro Coarse Grater is well constructed, its grating performance didn’t impress us.” We agree. Though it’s as heavy duty as the Rosle, this flat grater performed okay on mozzarella but produced ragged carrot shreds.
Chef’n 2-in-Dual Cheese Grater: Cleverly designed so that one side has large holes and the other medium, this flat grater takes up very little room, but did not excel at any grating tasks. Because the holes are positioned diagonally and both sides’ holes are visible at the same time, it can be difficult to tell what the best direction for grating is, and I found myself carving a groove into the carrot, which kept it from grating properly. Good Housekeeping gave it a C+ for being flimsy, difficult to use, and lacking a protective cover.
OXO Complete Grate and Slice Set: Carrots tended to get stuck in this grater. This was particularly problematic since they had to be grated horizontally, which made grating myself seem extra likely.The interchangeable plates don’t sit very securely in the container.
This is a grater that works perfectly for soft cheese and hard food. It comes with four sides. There are also four grating plates, which will allow you to grate with different levels of coarseness.
Also known as zester, it comes with small holes. It has a slick stick-like design, which also makes it space-efficient. It results to super-fine texture of the cheese because of its small holes.
This is another option that will be great for grating hard cheese. It comes with a hopper to contain the cheese, a drum, and a handle that you have to turn for grating cheese.
This is the simplest from the types of cheese graters. It has a handle and a shredding plate. It will allow you to shred cheese directly into the plate. With its flat design, it is also a good thing that it requires minimal storage space.
OXO Good Grips Two-Fold Grater
Simplicity and affordability – these are two of the things that might make you love this cheese grater. This is the perfect option for budget-conscious buyers. Despite being an affordable option, you can be confident that it will deliver superior functionality.
The nonslip grip is also a plus. This makes it easy and comfortable to hold the grater, even for an extended period.
Electric and Cordless allows you to grate freely without having to use both hands.
On a full charge, you can grate up to 1kg of cheese which works pretty quickly. Grating is done inside the rotary drum with fine graters which makes it ideal for nuts and chocolate as well.
The compartment on top of the drum is where the cheese is placed in ready for grating and to avoid getting your fingers grated as well, the anti-slip thumb handle helps to hold the cheese down as you grate. Besides using it for cheese, it can be used to grate chocolate as well.
How the Zyliss Classic Cheese Grater Works
Watch the Zyliss Classic cheese grater in action and see how effective this rotary cheese grater is.
The Zyliss Classic is featured at number and on our list of the best cheese graters, and they come in two different sizes.
How we tested
The last time we looked at graters, we selected a classic four-sided box design sporting the usual large and medium holes, a slicing blade, and pinhole-style bumps for fine grating. However, we can’t even remember a time when we used this (or any) box grater’s slicing blade, and for fine grating, we always turn to the super-sharp etched holes of our former winning rasp-style grater.
Sizing Up the Situation
We began by shredding 1-pound blocks of mozzarella on the largest holes of the graters to see how fast each would finish the job without letting the cheese ball up or shear off in crumbles and quickly made an important discovery: A generous-size grating plane mattered more than the sharpness of the grater’s teeth. This was particularly evident in the bigger of the two paddle models, which boasted larger-than-average holes and a grating surface that demolished the block of cheese in less than two minutes, producing long, perfect strips.
While the grating surface on one box model, a remake of our former winner, was a good size, an unfortunate new design twist put a snag in its ability to shred: holes that open in two directions to enable grating upward and downward. According to the manufacturer, this innovation should “cut the grating time in half,” but it left us with cheese crumbles instead of shreds. We got much better results with this tool by sticking to grating down, with gravity.
Design flaws in other models also impeded efficiency. One foldable model refused to stay unfolded. Another, which opened like a fan, rested on a base that walked and wobbled on the counter, thwarting our ability to grate. A tall, slender two-sided grater was hopelessly prone to tipping over—a deal breaker, since grating is a potentially hazardous task, and a grater needs first and foremost not to budge. Some of these nontraditional designs sported absurdly narrow grating surfaces that prolonged shredding time and had smaller capacities that forced us to constantly stop and off-load the shreds.
This test showed us that we preferred plainer designs with uncomplicated features: comfortable handles that eased the repetitive motion of grating and wide, rubber-lined bases or feet that kept the grater securely anchored to the work surface.
We shredded mozzarella, carrots, and potatoes on the large holes of each grater, and ginger and Parmesan on the fine holes of the models that had them. We gave highest marks to tools that grated these items quickly and easily and with minimal waste, producing long, thick shreds on the large holes that held up in carrot cake and potato pancakes, and fine wisps on the small holes.
Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block
Admittedly expensive, this handsome block certainly seemed to live up to its billing as “the last knife block you ever have to buy.” The heaviest model in our testing, this block was ultrastable, and its durable bamboo exterior was a breeze to clean. Well-placed medium-strength magnets made it easy to attach all our knives, and a rotating base gave us quick access to them. One tiny quibble: The blade of our 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a little.
Schmidt Brothers Downtown Block
This roomy block completely sheathed our entire winning knife set using just one of its two sides—and quite securely, thanks to long, medium-strength magnet bars. Heavy, with a grippy base, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard made this model extra-safe but also made it a little trickier to insert knives and to clean; the wood block itself showed some minor cosmetic scratching during use.
Schmidt Brothers Midtown Block
This smaller version of the Downtown Block secured all our knives nicely, though the blade of the slicing knife stuck out a bit. With a base lined with grippy material, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard afforded extra protection against contact with blades but made it a little harder to insert knives and to clean; the wood itself got a little scratched during use.
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Recipes should tell you if something should be finely grated or coarsely grated. Graters are very sharp and you have to be careful not to shred your knuckles along with the cheese (or vegetable) you are shredding! All you need to do is firmly hold onto the grater and with a downward stroke, start grating.
Flat graters work well and take up only a little space in the drawer. However, they only offer you only one choice for shredding size.
Is the best rotary cheese grater better than its old version, the box grater? Imagine if you are making a sandwich, you might just use a knife to slice your cheese. But then, you would get uneven slices. Then you decide to use a cheese grater. Your problem is now solved.
Now, what if you are crazy about cheese and you can’t get enough? Surely, there is a better way to prepare your awesome cheesy recipe to make things way easier.
Box grater features different coarseness on each side. What good is a rotary grater if it cannot yield different grate? A package with many different blades can give you the versatility to choose how you want your cheese to be ground.
If you are making large batches of food involving cheese, you could spend less time and effort in grating them to tiny bits. Now that you have them quick and ready it’s time to see which among the hot items available online is the best of them all.
Orecchi Rotary Cheese Grater Shredder
Large Chamber – A large chamber can make things easier for you. You will not have to pre-cut your cheese to tiny pieces before grating them.
Sturdy Material – It’s made of sturdy ABS and free of harmful BPAs. They can be cleaned through your dishwasher to make it easier for you.
Pouch Included – It comes with a handy pouch to store them neatly.
Fixed Drum – If you want a different texture other than fine, you will have to purchase a different grater as this can only do one job. That is to give you a finely textured cheese.
Flimsy Handle – If you are the type, who uses brute force to grate cheese, be careful! The handle is a little flimsy and does not feel sturdy to handle a heavy beating.
Kuuk Drum Grater for Cheese
Mountable Base – It can be mounted on smooth surfaces and free your other hand to flick a page of your book or browse your recipe on your phone.
Different Drum – To cater different types of cheese and other food, they included two different drums with a different texture. This makes them effective on soft cheeses, hard cheeses, and some other vegetables.
Not Suitable for Large Bowls – Since it is fixed, you will not be able to catch your yield in a large bowl. If you are making large batches, you will have to transfer your yield to a larger working bowl.
Consumes a Lot of Space – If you want everything cleaned up, boxed, and stored in your top shelf, you will find that this is a little bulky for a cheese grater and consumes a lot of space in the cabinet.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your box grater wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of box grater