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The 6 Best Cheese Graters, According to Our Tests

The OXO Good Grips Etched Box Grater is the winner.
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Sometimes cheese graters can be overlooked, but these inexpensive gadgets actually offer so much versatility in the kitchen. You can use them to shred thick chunks of Cheddar, grate blocks of Parmesan, zest citrus peels, and shred zucchini for various baked goods

To help you find the right cheese grater for your needs, we tested a variety of models and chose our favorites based on their efficiency, shred size, construction, and ease of cleaning.

Below, you'll find our list of the best cheese graters according to our testing, including our top pick: OXO's Good Grips Etched Box Grater.

Our Favorites

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Best Overall: OXO Good Grips Etched Box Grater

View at Amazon ($30)

Why It's Great

  • Comfortable handle
  • Detachable zester
  • Includes a measuring cup

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  • Harder to store than other models

OXO's Etched Box Grater earned a perfect rating from Allrecipes Product Tester Rachel Johnson. It has a soft handle for a safe grip, includes a measuring cup to catch and measure ingredients, and has a detachable zesting plane to effortlessly zest citrus fruits. 

This stainless steel box grater has a four-blade design, meaning each side of the tool has a different grating surface. There is a medium and a coarse grater, a slicer blade, and a removable zester, all of which work well with different types of ingredients. We found that only minimal pressure was required thanks to the sturdiness of the grater.  

"This box grater is extremely versatile and performed very well against other tested box graters," Rachel says. "The collection tray is a very useful feature (would only be more so if it came with its own lid for storage) and the detachable zester is genius!"

The Details: Stainless steel and plastic; four grating blades; dishwasher safe

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Best Budget: Cuisinart Boxed Grater

View at Amazon ($13)

Why It's Great

  • Great for beginners
  • Large surface area
  • Sturdy stainless steel

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  • Food can get stuck on rubber edge

For half the cost of the OXO's box cheese grater, this affordable option by Cuisinart provides versatility without the bells and whistles. We recommend it for beginners because it has all of the essential elements and grate sizes you need.

Excellent for large quantities, this cheese grater offers four large surfaces on each side for fine shredding, coarse shredding, fine grating, and slicing. It features a sturdy, rubber handle that makes it feel a cut above similarly priced graters. If you're looking for a standard box grater, this model from Cuisinart fits the bill.

"This grater will stand the test of time and use and prove to be a piece that gets used frequently in the kitchen," Rachel says.

The Details: Stainless steel; four grating blades; dishwasher safe

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Best for Small Batches: OXO Etched Coarse Grater

View at Bed Bath and Beyond ($13)

Why It's Great 

  • Slip-free handle
  • Washes easily in dishwasher
  • Easy to store

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  • Only one grating surface

Handheld graters are the most convenient option for grating small quantities. This etched coarse grater offers the classic look and feel of a handheld grater combined with the reputable durability of an OXO product. 

Thanks to large shredding holes, OXO's handheld cheese grater produces coarse pieces and cleans easily in the dishwasher. While it's not the best option for zesting fruit or grating Parmesan, it's perfect for shredded Cheddar, mozzarella, and potatoes. It comes with a detachable plastic guard, so you can safely store it in your kitchen drawer after cleanup. 

"At a very reasonable price point, this grater is impressive in design and features sharp blades. This grater is an excellent choice for any level cook," Rachel says.

The Details: Stainless steel; one grating blade; dishwasher safe

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Best for Large Batches: KitchenAid Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder Attachment

View at Walmart ($60)

Why It's Great

  • Comes with three different blades
  • Easy to operate
  • Works well with hard and soft cheeses

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  • Requires a KitchenAid stand mixer

For cooks with KitchenAid stand mixers, we recommend this grating attachment. It comes with three different stainless steel blades: one for thin slices, one for medium-size shreds, and one for coarse pieces. This cheese grater is ideal for home cooks who plan on preparing big batches of shredded ingredients. 

Sure, it's on the pricer side, but this shredder attachment does most of the work for you. All you have to do is choose one of the three blades to use, select a speed, and then insert the food into the included tube. From there, the gadget creates uniform shreds. 

"This KitchenAid accessory is great for those who are able to store their KitchenAid appliance on the counter and apply accessories as needed. Wouldn't necessarily be ideal for small, one-off grating jobs or zesting citrus," Rachel says.

The Details: Stainless steel; three grating blades; dishwasher safe

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Best for Zesting: Zyliss SmoothGlide Dual Grater

View at Walmart ($21)

Why It's Great

  • Offers two grating options
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Easy to store

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  • Angled design can feel awkward

Zyliss's handheld grater is essentially two graters in one. It features large shredding holes on one side for coarse grating, and fine holes on the other side for zesting and finely grating ingredients like nuts, chocolate, or ginger.

Zyliss's SmoothGlide grater has a large surface area with an acid-etched blades that maintain their sharpness and withstand rust. The tool has a rubberized, non-slip grip for fuss-free handling, and it comes with a protective cover for safe storage. 

 "This grater is great for the beginner looking for an efficient product without taking up much room in a cabinet or shelf," Rachel says. 

The Details: Stainless steel and plastic; two grating blades; dishwasher safe

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Best Rotary: Mircroplane Rotary Grater

View at Williams Sonoma ($20)

Why It's Great

  • Produces microfine results
  • Easy to operate
  • Great for spices and chocolate 

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  • Not suitable for large blocks of cheese

If you don't own a rotary grater, you've probably seen one at restaurants like Olive Garden. With this model by Microplane, you can make family dinners and at-home date nights extra special. It has a classic style and a seamless design, and, most importantly, can dust flurries of Parmesan all over your pasta dishes.  

It might look like a complicated gadget, but it's actually super easy to operate. Simply insert the food through the hopper and then turn the crank. Not only is it a great tool for grating Parmesan, but it also comes in handy when garnishing desserts with spices or chocolate. We wouldn't recommend this grater for large blocks of cheese or vegetables because the hopper is on the smaller side. 

The tool comes apart into three pieces, which helps it get extra clean in the dishwasher. After it's washed, the grater is easy to put back together. 

"These blades are very effective, grating even slightly softer cheese and working like a charm with hard ingredients like Parmesan and chocolate," says Rachel.

The Details: Stainless steel and plastic; one grating blade; dishwasher safe

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Our Takeaway

We selected OXO's Good Grips Etched Box Grater as the best cheese grater on the market because it offers four grating blades for different shred sizes, comes with a measuring cup to catch and measure ingredients, and has a sturdy, functional weight. It doubles as a cheese grater and a citrus zester thanks to its detachable zesting plane.

How to Pick the Right Cheese Grater

Type

Box Graters: Box graters have four sides and often include different blades and shred sizes on each side. They have large surface areas that allow you to shred big batches of cheese and other ingredients. On the downside, box graters tend to be more bulky and difficult to store than their handheld counterparts. But they make up for this by eliminating the need for multiple grating tools. 

Handheld Graters: These are ideal for shredding small quantities of cheese or produce over a bowl. They are great for beginner cooks, as they're budget-friendly and only come with one shredding size. If you're looking to get multiple shred sizes from one grater, handheld graters may not be the best option.

Rotary Graters: This type is best for grating hard cheese like Parmigiano-Reggiano or for grating nuts and chocolate. How do rotary graters work? A rotating blade is enclosed along with whatever you're grating. All you have to do is turn the hand crank and the grater moves along the surface of the cheese. Shreds enter the barrel that you can easily empty onto your food. 

Electric Graters: Electric styles often come in the form of attachments for larger appliances like stand mixers or food processors. They're great for shredding large quantities of cheese or produce, but they're not necessary unless you already have one of those appliances. 

Zesters: Zesters are similar to handheld graters but have very small holes for fine grating. It's the ideal grater for zesting citrus fruits or making pastes out of ginger and garlic. Because of their flat, handheld design, they tend to be easier to use than the pinhole side of a box grater. 

Etched vs. Stamped

When you shop for cheese graters online, you'll probably see the words "etched" and "stamped" a fair amount of times. These terms refer to how the blades are created. Stamped graters have large, rigid blades that stick out of the grater and work by tearing cheese away from the block rather than cutting it. Etched graters on the other hand are made by a chemical process, creating razor blade-like indents on the surface. Etched graters tend to be sharper and better at creating fine shreds than stamped graters.

Shredding Size

Keep in mind whether you want coarse shredding holes, fine shredding holes, or both. While some types of graters only come with one shredding hole size (often handheld and zesters), others allow you to get multiple shreds from one tool (box graters and electric graters). Some box graters even come with wide blades for slicing.

About Our Tests

Allrecipes Product Tester Rachel Johson rounded up cheese graters from brands like OXO, KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Zyliss, and more. She tested each grater by grating a block of cheese, a zucchini, a carrot, and by zesting a lemon or lime, when applicable. 

Each grater was evaluated based on following metrics:

  • Overall Feel: Is the grater made to last?
  • Efficiency: How quickly and easily do these graters make shreds of cheese/vegetables?
  • Shred size: What shred sizes does the grate offer?
  • Cleanup: Is it easy to clean? Are the plates removable?

The Leftovers: Other Cheese Graters We Tested

zyliss classic rotary cheese grater
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Zyliss Restaurant Cheese Grater

View at Amazon ($14)

Although we loved Zyliss's handheld grater, the brand's rotary grater fell short in terms of durability. "While this grater is not the cheapest in value, it appears to be cheaply made. The value is found within the sharp blades, but is not invested in the structure of the handles/casing," Rachel says.

Microplane Box Grater
Credit: Williams Sonoma

Microplane Elite Box Cheese Grater

View at Williams Sonoma ($45)

While this grater earned points for its five unique shred sizes and its built-in measuring cup, it didn't feel made to last. "The grates are very sharp and precise, but the metal plates 'give' when pressed," Rachel says.

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Microplane Artisan Extra Coarse Hand Held Grater

View at Walmart ($11)

Surprisingly, Microplane's handheld grater didn't live up to the competition. "While the this brand typically boasts a superior product, this grater does not match expectations," Rachel says. "The flimsy quality of the blades attached to the unit of the grater was very disappointing."

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Chef'n GraterZoom Grater and Slicer

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This grater and slicer duo from Chef'n has an eye-catching design, but it falls flat when it comes to function. "Appeal mostly lies in the novelty design, which serves a very specific purpose," Rachel says. "This grater is clumsy, silly, and definitely not worth the higher comparative price point."

Why Take Our Word For It?

Allrecipes provides trusted recipes, tips, and product recommendations to millions of home cooks around the world. Product Tester Rachel Johnson and Commerce Writer Melanie Fincher selected the best cheese graters after testing and evaluating a variety of model's efficiency, shred size, construction, and ease of cleaning.