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Tired of the painstaking task of chopping various foods? Then we have the solution for you: a grater. It is one of the must-haves in every household and helps you grate even the hardest foods in seconds.

With our grater test 2021 we want to help you find the right grater for you. Which one is right for you depends on several factors. We present the most important features of a grater and compare the different models to make your purchase decision as easy as possible.




Summary

  • The grater is an important kitchen utensil. Not only does it help you chop food, but it also ensures that this happens evenly.
  • There are different graters for different uses. Basically, a distinction is made between a coarse and fine grater.
  • A grater is made of either steel or plastic and can be operated both manually and electrically, depending on the model.

The Best Grater: Our Picks

Graters: Buying and evaluation criteria

Below you will find different points of view to distinguish and evaluate a grater.

The following criteria can be used to compare graters:

In the following sections, we explain what is important for the individual properties.

Area of use

Depending on what you want to use the grater for, there are different types and designs.

When buying a grater, first consider what you want to use it for. A rough distinction is made between the following two types of graters:

  • Coarse grater: This grater is especially suitable for vegetables, fruit or potatoes. With its large openings, it can even grate raw vegetables into small pieces.
  • Fine grater: The small grater is mainly used for baking, for example for grating chocolate. However, it can also be used perfectly for spices or cheese.

If you want to improve your cooking skills even more, you can buy special graters for various foods. For example, there is a special grater for cheese, and there is even a special grater for Parmesan cheese.

Operation

A grater can be operated manually or electronically.

The operation of a manual grater is not without danger. That is why high-quality products usually come with a hand guard. This is to protect your hand from injury.

While manual grating is much more time-consuming, an electric grater can save you a lot of time. With these products, you can put the food in the grater as a whole piece and adjust how thick you want the strips to be.

Accordingly, electric graters are more expensive to buy than manual graters, which is why you should think carefully about whether an electric grater is worth it for you.

Material

Graters can usually be made of two different materials: Steel or plastic.

Steel is the most common material a grater is made of. However, not all steel is the same. There can be a big difference in quality between the different models and manufacturers.

High-quality graters are made of stainless or coated steel. This makes them less susceptible to rust and thus guarantees a longer life. Furthermore, these models look very classy.

Products made of plastic are the cheaper alternative to a steel grater. They are easy to clean and functional.

Additional features

In addition to the area of application, the material and the operation, the additional benefits also play a major role when purchasing a grater.

We have summarised the most popular features below:

  • Collecting container: The collecting container is probably the most popular benefit of a grater. Both steel and plastic graters can have this feature. The container directly collects and "stores" the grated parts.
  • Grating surfaces: Some models include different grating surfaces. This allows you to use different attachments for one grater.
  • Dishwasher-safe: Since cleaning a grater is not that easy, dishwasher-safe is a great advantage.

Some benefits are not available with every grater. However, we think that cleaning in the dishwasher, for example, is very important so that you don't injure yourself when cleaning.

Grater: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following guide, we would like to answer the most important questions about graters. We have selected the most important questions for you and will answer them shortly. After reading the guide, you will know all the essential background information about the grater.

What is a grater?

A grater is a kitchen utensil that helps you to chop various foods.

A grater should be in every well-equipped household and is considered a must-have in every kitchen.

It not only helps you to chop food evenly when cooking and baking, but also when decorating dishes.

In addition to the basic distinction between coarse and fine graters, there are further specialisations in the respective groups. For example, there is a special Parmesan grater that is ideal for grating hard cheese.

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You can also use a grater to decorate your dishes and make them eye-catching.
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There are also special graters that differ from "normal" kitchen graters in their appearance. These include nutmeg, apple and ginger graters.

What types of graters are there?

If you want to buy a grater, you can choose between several types. Below we have summarised the four most important types of graters and present the most important advantages and disadvantages of each type in more detail:

Type Explanation Advantages Disadvantages

Universal grater

Its shape makes it suitable for grating both coarse and fine foods You can grate all kinds of foods. Cheap to buy You have less space for grating each type, as half of the grater is suitable for coarse foods, the other half for fine foods.

Square grater

As the name suggests, the square grater has four different sides. Each side can be used to grate differently All types can be grated. Inexpensive to buy Only available in manual operation.

Vegetable grater

If you like to eat salad, you should definitely have a vegetable grater in your kitchen. It can be used to cut fruit and vegetables into fine pieces Slices can be shaved Grating is not possible.

Drum grater

With the drum grater you can no longer hurt yourself, because the food is put into the top of the grater. Then the grated food comes out by pressing with the finger Low risk of injury Expensive to buy

What are the alternatives to a grater?

The only alternative to a grater of any kind is the knife. With its help, you can of course chop any food. However, chopping with a knife requires not only much more time, but also nerves of steel.

But you can never cut or grate food as evenly and beautifully with a kitchen tool as you can with a grater.

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A knife is only a limited alternative. With a grater, you can also chop foods that would be impossible to chop with a knife.
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Which grater is suitable for which food?

The following table gives you a compact overview of which grater you should use for which food:

Type of grater Food

Universal grater

potatoes, carrots, raw vegetables, fruit, cheese

Square grater

vegetables, fruit, cheese, lemon peel, apples, nutmeg

Vegetable grater

vegetables, fruit

Drum grater

nuts, vegetables, carrots

As you can see, there is not always a clear distinction as to which grater is suitable for which food. Most of the time, a grater can be used for many foods. Which one you choose depends on your preference.

Conclusion

Instead of laboriously chopping various foods with a knife, the grater not only does it much faster, but also manages to chop foods where the knife would have long since given up the ghost.

A grater is one of the "must-haves" in every kitchen and is highly valued in both single and family households.

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