Graters review and compare

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  • Updated:18 Jul 2008
 

02.Results

The following models scored the best results in our tests

What to buy
Brand Price
Hard cheese graters
Bodum Parma cheese grater 3277 $19.95
Alessi Parminde Ggrater red AARU01 R /
Blue AARU01 AZ
$34.95
All-purpose box graters
Oxo Good Grips multi grater 32780 $16.95
# Breville Box Grater 4 Face
Powder Pink BRE-322
$22.45
Eterna 4 sided grater 13640 $14.95
Flat graters
# Cuisipro Accutec Dual Grater 746846 $29.95
Microplane Coarse Grater / Microplane Fine Grater $39.95*
Cuisipro Accutec Fine Grater 746878 $39.95
Microplane Medium Ribbon Grater $39.95*
Zyliss Contour Grater 71375 $18.95
Rotary graters
Zyliss All Cheese Grater 11355 $42.95
Avanti Cheese Grater S-552 $16.95
 

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Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below.

  Performance Suitable for
Brand / model
(in rank order within groups)
Overall score (%) Performance score (%) Ease of use score (%) Hard cheese Soft cheese Hard vegetables Chocolate Zest Spices Price ($)
Hard cheese graters
Bodum Parma Cheese Grater 3277 84 100 74 •• S S 19.95
Alessi Parmenide Grater Red AARU01 R / Blue AARU01 AZ
www.gcv.com.au
81 100 68 •• S S 34.95
Avanti Cheese Bug 12768 77 100 62 •• S 21.95
Nigella Lawson’s Living Kitchen Parmesan Grater
www.anasazihome.com
76 100 60 •• 59.95
All-purpose box graters
Oxo Good Grips Multi Grater 32780
www.oxo.com
85 95 78 •• •• •• •• 16.95
# Breville Box Grater 4 Face Powder Pink BRE-322
www.breville.com.au
81 88 76 •• •• •• •• •• •• 22.45
Eterna 4 Sided Grater 13640
www.mcpher.com.au
81 88 76 •• •• •• •• •• •• 14.95
Chef Inox Multi Grater with Base 7351
www.chefinox.com.au
80 89 74 •• •• •• •• 24.95
Vue 4 Sided Box Grater AD-HK 80 89 74 •• •• •• •• 18.70
Oxo Good Grips Box Grater 1057961 (with storage container)
www.oxo.com
79 93 70 •• •• •• •• •• •• 34.95
Cuisipro 6 Sided Grater with Base S/S
www.zimba.com.au
77 88 70 •• •• •• •• •• •• 29.95
Eterna Triangular S/S Grater with Santoprene Handle 13641
www.mcpher.com.au
77 88 70 •• •• •• •• •• •• 14.95
Propert Deluxe Box Grater with Container 7310
www.propert.com.au
76 84 70 •• •• •• •• •• 14.95
Davis and Waddell 4 Sided Grater D1000
www.albi.com.au
69 76 64 •• •• •• •• •• 16.95
# Stixx Suctionware Grater 1009 69 88 56 •• •• •• •• 29.95
Avanti Triangular S/S Grater 12769 61 71 54 •• •• •• •• •• 9.95
Flat graters
# Cuisipro Accutec Dual Grater 746846
www.zimba.com.au
88 94 84 •• •• •• •• 29.95
Microplane Coarse Grater (A) 88 100 80 •• •• S 39.95 (A)
Microplane Fine Grater (A) 88 100 80 S S •• S 39.95 (A)
Cuisipro Accutec Fine Grater 746878
www.zimba.com.au
87 100 78 •• S •• •• 39.95
Microplane Medium Ribbon Grater (A) 86 95 80 •• •• •• •• S •• 39.95 (A)
Zyliss Contour Grater 71375
www.zyliss.com
82 88 78 •• •• •• •• •• •• 18.95
Wiltshire SS Round Handle Grater W3024
www.mcpher.com.au
78 88 72 •• S •• 5.00
Anolon Grater with Suregrip Handle 52265-C
www.cookwarebrands.com.au
77 75 78 •• •• 22.95
Chef Inox Como Flat Grater
www.chefinox.com.au
77 75 78 •• •• •• 7.95
Ecko 123 Flat Grater 1067064
www.worldkitchen.com
77 75 78 •• S •• 4.95
Oxo Softworks Grater 80551
www.oxo.com
77 75 78 •• •• 7.00
# So.eat Grater with Plastic ABS Handle 48046 68 81 60 •• •• •• 3.90
Avanti Non Slip Universal Grater 12772 67 69 66 •• •• 19.95
# Tefal 33163 112
www.tefal.co.uk
66 75 60 •• •• 12.95
Borner Twin Design-Line Grater Fine and Coarse (plastic)
www.cambur.com.au
62 56 66 •• ••     15.00
Dalson Non stick grater KG12210
www.dalsonware.com.au
61 69 56 •• •• ••   4.40
Rotary graters
Zyliss All Cheese Grater 11355 (Drum)
www.zyliss.com
74 94 60 •• •• •• •• 42.95
Avanti Cheese Grater S-552 73 92 60 •• •• •• 16.95
Cuisipro Accutec Rotary Grater 74678400
www.zimba.com.au
69 92 54 •• •• •• 39.95
Zyliss Classic Cheese Grater 11370
www.zyliss.com
66 83 54 •• •• •• 25.95
Culinare 3 Drum Food Mill Grates Shreds and Slices C12002 60 75 50 •• •• •• •• 19.55
Avanti Drum Cheese Grater 15959 59 75 48 •• 29.95
# Davis & Waddell Mini Multi Grater 3 Drum Stainless Steel D86063
www.albi.com.au
55 63 50 •• ••   12.95
 

Table notes

(A) The Microplane graters are razor sharp and are best used with a slider attachment that sells separately for $17.95 (code 35037)
Price Recommended retail as of December 2006.
# Discontinued model.

Overall scores. The overall score is made up of:

  • Performance: 40%
  • Ease of use: 60%

Suitable for:
• • Recommended for this type of food and performed well in our tests.
Recommended for this type of food, but performed less well in our tests.
S Not recommended for or tested with, but suitable for this type of food.

How we tested

  • Smartly protected with a stainless steel mesh butcher’s glove, our home economist spent days on end putting the 39 graters through their paces to find out which of them do a good job grating hard and soft foods. Can they grate parmesan cheese and chocolate without clogging the blade? Can they zest a lime leaving the pith on the fruit? Will they take the top off your fingers while grating nutmeg?
  • She tested the graters on the foods they’re meant for and indicated if they could do more jobs than just those they’re recommended for.
  • She also assessed their general comfort and grip, versatility and ease of cleaning as well as the quality of the grated food they produced.