The Best Cheese Graters

The Different Types of This Essential Kitchen Tool

The question is not if you need a cheese grater, but what kind to get. Most everyone has at least one cheese grater, but I admit that I own several different types of cheese graters and love them all for different reasons.

The different types of cheese graters below all serve different purposes and all of them make grating cheese an easy task.

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    Box Grater

    Box Grater
    Box Grater. Photo from Getty Images/Dorling Kindersley


    • This is a classic all-purpose grater for both hard cheeses and softer cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella.
    • Most models have a sturdy base, a secure handle on top and can also grate harder vegetables such as carrots and beets.
    • A box grater typically offers 3 to 4 different grating sizes.
    • Some box graters have a removable storage container that will catch and measure the cheese as you go.


    •  The super-fine grating surface does not work well for cheese; it's more appropriate for grating...MORE ingredients like whole nutmeg and grating ginger root.
    • Box graters can be a little awkward to hold and might slip while you're grating. You also have to be careful not to grate your finger when the piece of cheese you are grating is small.
    • Softer cheeses can get stuck inside the cheese grater and mashed into the holes.
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    Boska Cheese Grater

    Boska is a family-owned business in the Netherlands that specializes in cheese tools. They have been developing, manufacturing and distributing these unique and finely made cheese tools for over 100 years.


    • The Cheese Grater "Milano" is specially designed to grate soft to very hard cheese while preventing the cheese from sticking to the grater.
    • The Boska grater is easy-to-use and store; it's sleek and efficient.
    • The sharp grating surface, and the unique non-stick formula, make this...MORE grater impressive, practical and user-friendly.


    • Not quite as versatile as a box grater.
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    Microplane Grater

    Microplane Grater
    Photo from Getty Images/Tonic Photo Studios


    • The microplane grater originated as an excellent smoothing tool for woodworking.
    • Sleek and easy to store.
    • Allows for grating in both directions.
    • A microplane grates hard cheese very finely. I love the super-fine texture,  it practically melts in your mouth.
    • Useful for grating parmesan over pasta, either before serving or at the table.
    • Also called a microplane zester, it works well for zesting citrus fruits, garlic, ginger and grating nutmeg. It's an indispensable, small kitchen tool.


    • No...MOREt appropriate for grating less finely or for grating softer cheeses.
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    Rotary Cheese Grater

    Rotary Grater
    Photo by Getty Images/Martin Jacobs


    • Ideal for really hard cheeses, such as grating Parmigiano-Reggiano over pasta. Will work with Asiago and Canaria as well.
    • Often stored in the refrigerator, with a chunk of cheese inside.
    • Rotary graters can be easier to hold than box graters (which sometimes slip), providing extra leverage to quickly and efficiently grate cheese.
    • Safer than microplane graters.
    • Can also be used to grate nuts and hard chocolate.


    • Can take up more room in the cupboard.
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    Food Processor Grater

    Grating Plate from a Food Processor
    Grating Plate from a Food Processor. Photo by Jennifer Meier


    • Most food processors come with a grating plate. A food processor is an easy way to shred and grate large amounts of cheese, both hard and soft.
    • Ideal for grating cheeses, nuts, coconut.
    • Safest way to grate cheese - no scraped knuckles.
    • Makes easy work of grating Parmesan or Romano cheese for topping pasta dishes, nuts or coconut for topping cookies and cakes, ginger for adding to spice pastes and for seasoning a variety of Asian dishes, or horseradish to make your own horseradish sauce.
    • Dishwas...MOREher safe.


    • If you don't already have a food processor, it's not worth buying one just for grating cheese.
    • Not as convenient for grating small amounts of cheese.