Kitchen Professionals Recommend These Cheese Graters in 2021

A cheese grater is an important tool for even those who are looking to be more “minimalist” in the kitchen. Although purchasing pre-grated cheese can save time, it also has some disadvantages: It’s usually costlier because it contains a lot of chemicals and preservatives to keep it from clumping. This powder coats the cheese shreds, giving it a gritty mouthfeel and preventing it from melting as easily as fresh cheese.

Kitchen Professionals Recommend These Cheese Graters in 2021Grating cheese, on the other hand, allows for the monitoring of the coarseness of the shreds while also allowing to grate a wide range of cheese varieties. Think latkes, coleslaw, and the freshest tomato sauce when you think about it.

The Good Housekeeping Institute tests kitchen appliances, equipment, and devices regularly to determine which are truly worth your money. We gathered 19 of the best cheese graters and shredded pounds of soft and hard cheeses to assess each grater’s strength, flexibility, practicality, and ease of use. We looked at each grater’s sturdiness, blade effectiveness, and cheese grating uniformity in addition to how well they grated cheese. Here are the three top picks by the professionals from the institute.

#3. Fresh Prep Slicer – Best Attachment

Fresh Prep Slicer - Best Attachment
The Fresh Prep Slicer will not disappoint if you already own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. It’s easy to use and can quickly shred, grate, and slice mountains of cheese and vegetables. This attachment is ideal if you’re regularly performing these tasks for a crowd or don’t want to crack a sweat hand grating. The only disadvantage is that the feeding tube must be hand-washed, which can be time-consuming.

#2. Premium Classic Series Zester Grater – Best for Zesting

Premium Classic Series Zester Grater - Best for ZestingMicroplane makes the best zesting method on the market. The finely etched blades are ideal for finely shaving nutmeg and chocolate and producing fine wispy strands of parmesan and lemon zest. They’re also strong enough to make fine pastes out of garlic and ginger. We do not suggest any zester for soft or medium-soft cheeses because the fine blades can clump.

#1. Good Grips Etched Box Grater with Removable Zester – Best Overall Cheese Grater

 Good Grips Etched Box Grater with Removable Zester - Best Overall Cheese Grater
The boxed grater from Oxo stands out from the crowd. This grater comes with a non-slip base and a reversible storage cup with a lid that fits one cup of shredded cheese. It has a comfortable handle and sleek engraved blades that are easy to grip. Rather than the usual pinholes found on box graters, the removable zester on this grater has engraved blades that make fine grating and cleaning a breeze.