Updated: November 2017

Rotary Grater Reviews

When it comes to slicing food, a good grater can make a world of difference. Box and pyramid graters work well for softer cheeses and other foods. If you've ever tried to grate something really hard like parmesan cheese or almonds and nearly sliced your knuckles off when you slip, you know it can be a little tricky. Rotary graters solve this problem by getting your hands and delicate skin out of the way of the sharp grating surface. With a rotary grater, you open the handle and put your food to be grated into the hopper, where it's held in place by the handle grip when you close it. You then turn the handle, which spins the grating drum against the food (all done inside the device, so again you never worry about the grater cutting or scraping you), and voila, out comes the grated material. Rotary graters are great for slicing and grating things like chocolate, nutmeg, hard cheeses, or nuts. You can also use them right at the table and deliver freshly grated cheese over meals. Some people use them for softer cheese, but I find they work best on harder materials. In this guide, we will take a look at the most popular rotary cheese graters out there and find out what you should expect to pay for them.

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Best Rotary Grater:

RECOMMENDED: Our favorite rotary grater is made by Microplane ($20-$25). Microplane makes a variety of kitchen cutting and slicing utensils, mostly in the form of zesters and graters (they also make wood working tools, which is what they got their start in). What makes their products unique is how they are made. Instead of punching holes in metal to create cutting surfaces, they use a process called photo-etching to dissolve holes in the metal with chemicals, resulting in very fine, very sharp edges that simply slice better. The Microplane rotary grater works like all rotary graters. You flip open the hinged handle, pop your chunk of cheese or whatever in the hopper, close the handle lightly with one hand, and with the other, start turning the crank. You don't have to squeeze the handle hard - even a light grip keeps the food in contact with the cutting blades. Since you can take the drum and handle out, you can use it in either left or right handed mode (just switch it to the other side). The body is all molded plastic, but the grating blades are made of surgical grade stainless steel, and the whole thing is dishwasher safe and easy to clean (to make cleaning even easier, you should soak or rinse it in warm water after use -- that softens up and helps remove any food "chunks" stuck in the grate). It comes with two grating drums, one coarse and one fine, and a cleaning brush. We like the fact that they are inexpensive and easy to clean, and they really are sharp -- they make quick work of any grating chore you throw at them. Overall a great buy (available in white, black, and red). CHECK LOW PRICE AND BUY HERE.

Now keep in mind these things are made of plastic. We read some reviews of people snapping off the handles and breaking them, but if you use them correctly, that shouldn't happen. Also, remember the grating drum is SHARP - wrap a towel or something around it when removing the drum from the handle so you don't cut yourself.

Cuisipro Rotary Cheese Grater

Cuisipro makes all kinds of kitchen products - tongs, basters, whisks, strainers, you name it. Fortunately, they also make a nice rotary greeter. The Cuisipro Rotary Cheese Grater also sells for around $20-$25, and has a similar design that lets it be used by lefties or righties. What we like about the Cuisipro is that the whole thing is stainless steel -- that makes it a little sturdier and solid in your hand. The drum is removable and the whole thing can be thrown in the dishwasher for cleaning. Handles hard cheeses with no problem. Some people complain that the grater barrel is too thin and easily damaged -- but I'm guessing they were really applying too much pressure and squeezing too hard. Just a constant grip is all that is needed to keep the food in contact with the grater.

Zyliss All Cheese Rotary Grater:

Our final contender is the Zyliss All Cheese Grater. The Zyliss has a more modern look and design than the others, but functionally it does the same thing - grate your cheese without cutting your fingers. It also comes with fine and coarse grating drums which can be removed for cleaning. And yes, the whole thing is dishwasher safe. It's a little cheaper than the other 2 and sells for around $20. I find the handle on this one to be a little harder to hold, and yes, plastic can break. But if you are into modern design kitchen tools, this is the grater for you.