The best cheese graters for your kitchen in 2022

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Cheese grater has always been a kitchen utensil in my house. I’m a cheese addict and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Cooking has never been my forte, so I spent my college years eating pasta and cheese in some form, and I’d like to tell you that it ended there.

But throughout my time exploring cheeses from around the world, there was always one thing that got in the way of my full enjoyment and that was the grater. Invented by François Boullier in the 1540s, innovation has taken its sweet time. The models of yesteryear required a lot of muscle to achieve the desired result and became a nightmare when you got to the smaller bites, while pre-grated options just somehow just don’t taste the same.

Regardless of your cooking skill level, every kitchen will no doubt have some form of cheese grater, and yet they’re never really a considered purchase. They will likely be an afterthought and the cheapest and closest one will be sourced, resulting in a rusted, broken and unusable item that will have to be thrown away a few months later.

Those who buy consciously save in the long term. There are so many to choose from – whether you prefer a box grater, electric or zester. Although it may sound unusual, professional chefs have been known to use the latter from brands like Microplane for its simplicity and effectiveness. These models allow you to get a lot of cheese in a very short time, but hardcore fans may prefer an option that gives thicker chips. You will have a large stack, but they will be very fine slices.

The design you’re probably most familiar with is the hand box grater, which has a variety of different cutting slots so you can customize the shape and size. If you have one of these larger styles but only use one side, you can minimize storage space and opt for one of the more compact zester options. Variety is one of the many advantages of these models, and shorter designs also exist. There are also electric and rotary models. The former is the most efficient and will add to your kitchenware collection, while rotating designs use a manual crank handle – you’ve likely seen them in Italian restaurants around the world.

Besides all your cheese grating needs, you can also use this kitchen utensil to grate lemon, lime or orange peel, chop potatoes, carrots, chili peppers, ginger and basically any kind of hard product.

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Microplane Citrus Zester / Cheese Grater

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For a light cheese sprinkling on any meal – be it spaghetti bolognese or lasagna – the legendary Microplane grater is at your disposal to make grating a breeze. If you’re new to the brand, let this be your official introduction as the US-born label has completely revolutionized the once-challenging process.

This particular grater is ideal for hard cheeses such as parmesan and citrus fruits; Lemon, lime and orange to add a zesty kick to your desserts. However, there are different shapes and thicknesses according to your needs. There’s the Coarse Microplane Grater (£29.95) and the Fine Microplane Grater (£29.99) for garnishing, plus a range of colors to suit your kitchen aesthetic.

You won’t know how you ever rubbed without one.

Joseph Joseph Multi-Grate 2-in-1 Paddle Grater

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Joseph Joseph has taken the ease of the Microplane and gone with it by offering this two-in-one grater so you can mix and match the size of your cheesy goodness. The paddle style comes complete with an easy-grip, non-slip grip to eliminate those dreaded finger mishaps. The stainless steel blades allow you to preserve your dairy products for years to come, while making the cleaning process easier as they are dishwasher safe.

Tenta Kitchen 4 Piece Cheese Grater Set

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After all, variety is the spice of life. So if you like your cheese or grated items to come in a variety of shapes and sizes, investing in this four-piece set will come in handy. Although it comes with a set of slides, it remains compact where each piece can be stored in the box to minimize much-appreciated cabinet space. The base not only serves as a shelf and shelf for the center cheese rack, but also has a non-slip design to keep it firmly on your workspace throughout the process. The colorful frames add a playful edge.

Debo cheese grater

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You can get the whole family involved in making dinner by enlisting your little ones to grate. This Twofer model has different patterns for all hard cheeses, chocolate, root vegetables and even potatoes with a bowl to catch all the shavings. It’s also dishwasher safe and has a handle so you can hang it up if space is at a premium.

Alessi Parmenide grater with cheese cellar

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Alessi is a cheese grater for interior design fans and always sets an accent with its kitchen utensils. The Italian brand is known for transforming everyday objects into luxurious design objects – and this grater is no different. It was conceived by Argentine interior designers and decorators to combine a grater and serving bowl in one. The modern curved look gives a chic look that makes it worthy of any stylized tablescape.

KitchenAid 4-sided cheese grater

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Because of their tremendous versatility, crate graters are often the option of choice. They have a variety of different razor sizes on hand making them suitable for all your cooking needs and for a seemingly endless range of products. From popular appliance label KitchenAid, this durable model is designed to stand the test of time with dishwasher-safe construction and a one-year replacement and lifetime guarantee. It’s child’s play.

OXO Good Grips box grater

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Similar to the KitchenAid grater above, OXO’s box design also offers shaving styles in a variety of sizes, including an option for slicing cucumbers and carrots to enhance a simple salad.

But it earned its spot in our roundup because of the storage box attachment, which has measured markings for your grated ingredients. Taking the guesswork out of the following recipes is a great way to ensure you’re adding the exact amounts while reducing the washing up.

KICHLY cheese grater vegetable grater

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The sheer variety of this hexagonal box grater from KICHLY gives you great value for your money. There are six different sized graters, including a chic wavy option. In addition to the safety of the process, there is a comfortable but firm grip on the top, as well as a non-slip rubber base. The stainless steel construction also resists rust, so this kitchen accessory should stand the test of time.

SEYODA rotary cheese grater

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With nearly 2,000 five-star reviews, this is the top-rated cheese grater on Amazon — and it’s clear why. The compact size doesn’t make it much larger than the box graters above, yet almost eliminates the elbow grease required to add cheese shavings to your dishes. Fix the base on your surface and place the cutter according to the size you want. Attach the handle and simply twist to slice, grind and julienne to your heart’s content. Three blades are included, designed to make chopping carrots, potatoes, cheese, garlic, and even hard nuts like peanuts and almonds easier.

Zyliss All cheese grater

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When it comes to transforming the reaming process, this is one of the most efficient systems. The Zyliss All Cheese Grater comes complete with two interchangeable blades that can handle any food that comes its way – be it soft items like cheese or the harder stuff like chocolate and nuts. The entire system is ergonomically designed to make it as quick and seamless as possible for both right-handed and left-handed users. It also folds in on itself for easy storage.

Solis Slice & More grater – stainless steel

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New cheese grater on the block, this electric option eliminates any form of manual labor. It comes with five cutting drums with razor-sharp constructions suitable for all types of chopping, grating and more. Once placed inside, it gets to work at the push of a button. There are different speeds – normal or high – as well as non-slip feet to keep it firmly on your counter.

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