Microplane Zester Grater

Last updated date: September 20, 2019

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Microplane Zester Grater

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 125 expert reviews, the Microplane Microplane Zester Grater placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Grater for a detailed review of all the top graters.

Expert Summarized Score
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
2,073 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Fairly easy to wash and clean. Removes zest with less effort while retaining the bitter pith. Collects the zest easily without injury to your hands. Nine eye catching colors.
- Top Products
The metal part is made from surgical-grade stainless steel, ensuring years of continued use without having to worry about rusting or dulling.
- Nino Starter
The narrow, easy-to-maneuver plane is especially great for zesting lemons because it has holes even on the curved edges of the grater, which allow you to get in hard-to-reach spots.
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 30, 2017 | Full review
Small tabs on the bottom edge of the grater keep this steady or the countertop if you prefer grating upright, and keep the metal from scratching your counter or cutting board
- The Spruce Eats
December 24, 2018 | Full review
Non-slip rubber feet add stability
- Worcesbest
What experts didn't like
Doesn't stay sharp for long. Very unsafe as there are two strips underside that are extremely sharp.
- Top Products
Given all the pros, this product is impeccable.
- Worcesbest

From The Manufacturer

The Microplane premium Black zester/grater is perfect for zesting citrus, grating hard cheese, chocolate, cinnamon, onion, garlic, and ginger. Constructed out of 18/8 stainless steel with razor sharp edges. Premium handles are ergonomic, and soft to the touch. Non-slip rubber feet add stability and protect your plates. Each grater comes with it's own plastic safety cover. Dishwasher safe.

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Expert Reviews: 14
Cuisipro Boxed Grater
2. Cuisipro Boxed Grater
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 18
Deiss Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater
3. Deiss Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 19
Microplane Fine Grater
4. Microplane Fine Grater
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 5
OXO Box Grater
5. OXO Box Grater
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 23
K BASIX Cheese Grater
6. K BASIX Cheese Grater
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
Spring Chef Professional Box Grater
7. Spring Chef Professional Box Grater
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 10
Raniaco Stainless Steel Grater
8. Raniaco Stainless Steel Grater
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 7
Microplane Zester Grater
9. Microplane Zester Grater
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 5
Utopia Kitchen Cheese Grater
10. Utopia Kitchen Cheese Grater
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 16

An Overview On Graters

Graters are sometimes called shredders, choppers or slicers. Their main job is to quickly cut up various foods into smaller pieces without much effort, so they either melt faster in a recipe or are more bite-sized and easier to chew. The two biggest graters on the market are the box grater, which sits firmly on a countertop or a cutting board, and a handheld grater, which can be suspended over a frying pan or plate of food.

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Whether you are a professional chef or an enthusiastic home cook, you’ll want to have a grater on hand. Before you select a model for your kitchen, read this guide to gain a better understanding of what you should look for while you shop.

Take a look at your specific needs to determine whether a box grater or a handheld grater would be a better fit. Box graters are meant to rest on a kitchen counter. They can withstand the pressure of shredding hard vegetables, like carrots and cabbage. Handheld graters work better for individuals who like to add a little extra flavor to their recipe or who want to garnish their plate with a little color before serving it to a guest.

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Once you know the type of grater you’re interested in, you can move on to examining the material the grater is made out of.  While there are some graters on the market created out of wood and bamboo, stainless steel is the most commonly used material. The benefits of stainless steel include durability, easy cleaning and a resistance to rust.

Check graters for non-slip handles and bases. The Spring Chef Box Grater has both, and this ensures that your grater won’t go flying when you’re busy grating that garlic.

See how many different types of cuts you can get with the shredder you’re interested in. The Microplane Fine Grater only has one blade with teeth that cut fruits, vegetables and herbs nice and fine, but the Deiss Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater has four blades that offer a coarse, medium and fine cut, along with a bonus slicer.

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Look for any extras that the grater may offer. For example, the Cuisipro Boxed Grater has a detachable base that is designed to grate ginger. Some models come with an attached measuring container, while others offer a small detached storage container. You can also get graters with some citrus juicers.

DWYM Fun Fact

Just like most inventions, necessity led to the creation of the first grater. Back in 1540, many French citizens began avoiding meat, due to an increase in diseases among meat products. As a result, more and more cheese was being produced — so much so that townsfolk couldn’t consume it fast enough. The hardened cheese then became a big pain to try and cut up.

A man by the name of François Boullier designed the first cheese grater, and he made it out of pewter. Today, most graters are made from stainless steel. If you ever want to take a look at the first grater model, all you have to do is visit the Musee de Havre in France.

Graters didn’t catch on in the United States until the 1920s when Jeffrey Taylor decided to create a model to shave the hard cheese he had in his store. This was during the Great Depression when food wasn’t as plentiful.

At present, there are many different types of graters to choose from. Each has a different use.  Graters with larger teeth are better for creating carrot slices for coleslaw or salads, while graters with finer teeth work better on lemon zest and ginger. There’s even a grater in Jamaica that doubles as a coconut grater and a musical instrument.

The Grater Buying Guide

  • Always be cautious when using a grater, as the product can cut through skin if you accidentally run your finger or knuckle over the teeth.
  • Since graters have sharp teeth, it is important to store them out of the reach of small children. A top cabinet is a good choice. If you need to use a bottom cabinet, they make child locks you can use until the little one grows up enough to understand the danger involved in using the grater.
  • If you have a hard time holding on to a grater, look for one with a large or wide handle. That will allow for a better grip.
  • While it is important to verify with the product label, most graters are dishwasher safe. Of course, they can also be washed and rinsed by hand if need be.
  • Graters also help in preparing food for certain pets. For example, guinea pigs eat raw vegetables. It’s easier for them to munch on carrots, celery and zucchini after you’ve used the slicer on your grater.
  • You don’t just have to reserve your grater for food. You can also use it to shave down old soap to make new bars.
  • Check to see if the company offers a satisfaction guarantee or a warranty, as these are good indicators that the company stands behind its products. Believe it or not, some companies even offer a lifetime guarantee!
  • In addition to a warranty, look for any special recommendations, such as a recommendation from Cook’s Illustrated. That way, you know experts have tested the product and found it to be satisfactory.
  • When comparing grater prices, it is important that you only compare like units and that you take into consideration any extras the grater may offer. For example, the Spring Chef Box Grater is cheaper than the Cuisipro Boxed Grater because the latter comes with an additional ginger grater. Additionally, when comparing the handheld graters, you’ll find the Deiss Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater is slightly cheaper than the Microplane Fine Grater because the blade and handle are much thinner.