We’ve found the best graters for shredding everything from chunky vegetables and garlic to cheese and nutmeg. Find out which ones are our top buys.
Microplane gourmet fine grater
Best hand-held grater
Key features: Ultra-sharp blade, comfortable handle, easy to store.
Number of grades: One (fine).
Comments: This is a kitchen classic, and for good reason. The trademark fine blade is exceptionally efficient, making light work of citrus peel and garlic as well as hard ingredients like nutmeg. It turns a wedge of parmesan into snowy mounds, but if you're a fan of coarsely grated cheese for sandwiches, you'd need to supplement it with a traditional box grater. The handle is comfortable and can be stored on a hook, making it a space-saver, too.
Comments: This thrifty grater has some nice features: it sits flat on the work surface and doesn’t wobble about, avoids mess by catching gratings, and you can grate back and forth as the sharp blades are double-sided. It offers excellent value for money and the two surfaces should be sufficient for most basic kitchen tasks.
Joseph Joseph fold flat grater plus
Best grater for storage
Key features: A stylish design (it would make a nice wedding present) and excellent for storage.
Number of grades: Four (coarse, medium, fine and slicer).
Comments: Joseph Joseph excel in space-saving kit, and this fold-action grater is no exception. Each of the four grating surfaces work well, especially the fine function, which would give you excellent parmesan shavings.
Stellar four-way box grater
Best anti-slip grater design
Key features: Acid-etched blades for optimum sharpness.
Number of grades: Four (coarse, fine, ribbon and shaver).
Comments: Acid-etching purportedly creates the sharpest blades, and this Stellar grater can attest to that. It feels really sturdy, but the finest setting isn’t the best – you might need to supplement it with a fine grater for parmesan and nutmeg.
What to buy
Graters come in a few different shapes and sizes. Flat graters come with a straight sheet of metal and, usually, a plastic handle – they win on the storage front. Box graters often have a larger surface area for grating, and the shavings neatly gather in the centre. Microplane graters have extra fine blades, making them perfect for grating spices or garnishes.
What we looked for when testing graters
Surface area of the grater: The bigger the surface area, the quicker you can complete the task in hand.
Sharpness: We looked for a blade that made uniform shavings in one clean sweep, not blunt blades that were awkward to manoeuvre.
Sturdiness: Wobbly metal and boxes that didn't balance well were marked down.
Extra functions: We looked for graters that were collapsible or had handy extras, like clever storage capacity.
Ease of storage and cleaning: Graters are one of the most tricky kitchen items to clean. We looked for dishwasher-friendly graters that scrub up as new and can be hung or stored flat in a small amount of space.
How we tested
We tested using parmesan, carrot, cheddar, courgette, lemon and ginger.
What didn't make the cut?
Blunt and flimsy graters.
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