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Microplane Grater/Zester

For fluffy, evenly sized cheese shreds, this is the perfect grater. Its design is based on that of a rasp, the small and efficient woodworking tool. The cutters are especially sharp, which guarantees easy grating. But this also means you'll need to exercise extra caution--no one likes grated knuckles. The large handle allows for a firm grip, and the completely flat grating surface makes it easy to move the cheese across the blades. Carrots, onions, and medium to firm cheeses all worked beautifully with this grater. It's also an excellent choice for larger strips of citrus zest or ginger. --Jill Lightner


KitchenAid KG300 Box Grater, Black

Its bottom rimmed with rubber for slip-resistant stability on the counter, this stylish box grater is made of mirror-finish, 18/8 stainless steel and provides a serious cook with three grating blades and one slicing blade. For convenience, a 3-cup plastic container fits snugly inside the grater to catch food. The grater is calibrated in 1/2-cup gradations, has a lid for storage, and is dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe. There are three grating blades: fine for breadcrumbs, cheese, chocolate, and nutmeg; medium for pulping fruits and vegetables; and coarse for hard vegetables like potatoes and beets. The slicing blade creates uniform 1-1/2 slices in a jiffy. The grater has a large, round, satin-finish, stainless-steel handle and a rugged plastic top. It's rust-resistant and dishwasher-safe. KitchenAid says the first year of the grater's lifetime warranty against defects is "hassle-free," with a replacement shipped at no cost and without question if a defect is detected. --Fred Brack


Delonghi DFG440 Cucina Food and Cheese Grater

Freshly grated Parmesan adds pizzazz to any salad or pizza. This electric grater made in Italy gets rid of elbow grease (and scraped fingers) by quickly grating blocks of cheese at the push of a button. Recharge the unit before using by plugging the base into the wall. Then simply put small cubes of cheese--hard or soft--into the food receiver. Just press the button and squeeze the handle to grate the cheese against a rotating stainless-steel grater drum. The grated cheese comes out the side into a waiting bowl, or when used at the table, directly onto a hot dish. Sitting in the base, this electric grater measures 9 by 4 by 4 inches, and is covered by a one-year warranty against defects. --Ann Bieri


Zyliss Rotary Cheese Grater

Put away that cardboard canister of prefabricated, over-processed Parmesan cheese and grate your own with this Zyliss hand-crank cheese grater. You'll never go back to the packaged stuff again. And, thinking versatility, this fine grinding drum works equally well on hard cheese, nuts, or chocolate. Dust some ground chocolate over cocoa or crepes, nuts over brownies, and, of course, fresh Parmesan over spaghetti. Just slip the steel drum inside the grater, hold on with one hand while twisting the handle on with the other, place the cheese or nuts into the 2-1/4-inch by 1-inch well, and grind as little or as much as you need. The drum is open on one side for easier sprinkling over food. --Doree Armstrong


Zyliss Swiss Army Grater with 3 Drums

Cooks who like to prep food the old-fashioned way—without the use of electrics—will appreciate the compromise this grater offers. This manual food processor operates by a hand crank, relieving some of the wrist stress of grating by hand but still providing better control over the texture of food. This tabletop grater/shredder/slicer comes with four interchangeable 18/10 stainless-steel drums of varying textures to grate larger quantities of food. The fine drum is excellent for grating Parmesan cheese to mix into pesto sauce, chocolate shavings to garnish a cake, or peanuts to top off a plate of Phad Thai noodles. The coarse grating drum grates squash, carrots, or beets for a salad while the slicing drum cuts discs of carrots or cucumber, potatoes for chips, or slices of cheese. The bircher drum is ideal for shredding apples for muesli, soft cheeses for melting into casseroles or sauces, or vegetables to garnish a salad. A transparent plastic bowl is included with the set to catch and hold food as it comes out of the grater. The retro-design tabletop grater has a non-skid rubber bottom and table clamp to keep it firmly mounted on a work surface and a plastic food guide to push food through. The drums are dishwasher-safe and the unit itself wipes clean by hand. --Cristina Vaamonde


Cuisinart DLC-093 Stainless Steel Specialty Food Processor Disc Set 3-pc.

How did we ever get along without food processors? This three-disk set enables you to expand the use of your machine with several terrific time-savers. The fine grater is used with especially hard foods such as nutmeats, Parmesan cheese, ginger, and horseradish, and the resulting uniform size of those tough-to-grate fibers are wonderful for adding to all sorts of recipes. The julienne disk gives you uniform 3-by-3-millimeter strips of vegetables or medium-hard cheeses, which is a great way of adding decorative touches to salads and stir-fries. Your guests will think you spent hours in preparation. For dealing with large quantities of tomatoes, squash, or firm fruits, the 6-millimeter-thick slicing disk is the way to go. Each disk is dishwasher-safe, and of course, needs careful handling--they are supersharp, so watch your fingers! --Jill Lightner


Progressive International Jumbo Tover Grater

With this pyramid-shaped tool, you can efficiently grate a mound of mozzarella in no time flat. The comfortable grip ball on top helps you steady the grater against even the hardest Parmesan cheese and keeps your supporting hand away from sharp edges. The Deluxe Tower's three-sided construction features coarse and medium options for topping off lasagnas and salads, and two finer-grating choices for zesting citrus or shaving chocolate. The stainless-steel surface makes for fairly easy cleanup, and thanks to the grater's durable construction, you can always send it through the dishwasher. --Emily Bedard


Cuisinart Fine Grater Disc, fits 7- and 11-Cup Processors

The fine grater disc makes easy work of grating Parmesan or Romano cheese for topping pasta dishes, nuts or coconut for topping cookies and cakes, ginger for adding to spice pastes and for seasoning a variety of Asian dishes, or horseradish to make your own horseradish sauce. Best of all, this disc lets you forget about scraping any more knuckles on that hand-held grater. The disc slots easily onto the detachable disc stem, but be sure to handle it carefully, as these blades are very sharp. --Jennifer Harris


MIU France Stainless Steel Spice Grinder, Set of Two

Like good coffee, salt and pepper taste quite different freshly ground. These high-quality stainless steel grinders bring out the subtleties of both seasonings, proving that when prepared properly and used imaginatively, they’re anything but basic and boring. Each grinder operates with a spring-loaded mechanism activated by a simple one-handed push of a button-- making them easy to use while cooking. Solid, 18/10 stainless steel construction with acrylic accents stands up to the punishment of the typical kitchen and still looks elegant at the table. These grinders are covered by a lifetime warranty. --Mary Park


Trudeau Adjustable Cheese Slicer

Shaving off thin, even pieces of cheese with a knife can be a tricky. Hand-held cheese slicers designed to be drawn across a piece of cheese, make the task much easier. Trudeau's adjustable cheese slicer makes the job easier still, with a steel roller that creates a smooth slicing motion. The soft, rubber handle of this slicer also has a ridged thumb spot for a no-slip grip, and is slightly curved for extra leverage.

The slicer harp, as well as roller and slicing wire, is made of stainless steel. Moving the spring-loaded roller among a trio of notches on the inner sides of the harp arms, changes its distance from the cutting wire and adjusts the thickness of cheese slices. The wire is anchored on each end by small metal blocks inserted into slots on the underside of the harp arms. To replace the wire, edge blocks slowly out of slots using a butter knife or broad-bladed screwdriver.

Wash the Trudeau slicer by hand to preserve the life of its thin steel cutting wire. Allow it to dry completely before storing, or hang dry on a utensil rack. The slicer measures 7-1/2 inches long by 4-3/4 inches wide across the harp. One replacement stainless steel cutting wire is included. Trudeau guarantees this product with a five-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. --Garland Withers


Pedrini Pleasure Rotary Grater

Great for quickly preparing cheese and vegetables for cooking or serving, this rotary grater comes with three interchangeable drums. One grates hard cheeses and vegetables such as carrots, another shreds soft cheeses and vegetables such as cabbage, and the third slices vegetables such as cucumbers. Fashioned of plastic, with stainless-steel drums, the Italian-made grater has a handle that can be comfortably and firmly gripped. All parts could go safely into the dishwasher, but to preserve the drum's sharp cutting edges it's best to hand wash this tool. It measures 8-1/2 inches long. --Fred Brack


FoodSaver 2-Quart Rectangle Canister with Cheese Grater

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OXO Good Grips 1057944 i-Series Hand Held Grater

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MIU France Stainless Steel Rolling Herb Mincer

This 18/10 stainless-steel rolling herb mincer reduces fresh cilantro or parsley leaves into fine pieces and can even be used to julienne or finely dice larger vegetables, such as peppers or potatoes. Rest one hand on the mincer’s rounded hood and simply roll the five wheel-like blades over herbs or vegetables to chop them. To clean, unlock and pull out the pin on the mincer’s side and the blade falls out of the bottom. You must exercise caution when handling the blades as they are extremely sharp and, unfortunately, the roller chopper does not come with any kind of a blade guard to protect fingers or drawers from nicks while it is in storage. This chopper has a beautiful mirror finish and is dishwasher-safe. --Cristina Vaamonde


MIU France 4-Piece Stainless Steel Rotary Cheese Grater

This 18/10 stainless-steel cheese grater manually grates small amounts of hard cheese, chocolate, or nutmeg. The grater comes with three drums, which easily insert into place by releasing a latch just below the hopper. The fine drum is ideal for hard cheeses, such as Parmesan or Romano, while the coarse drum grates nutmeg or chocolate to perfection. A slicer drum is also included for slicing softer cheeses. To grate, food goes into the top of the hopper and you apply some pressure on the holder as you turn the handle. The grater blade deposits your ground food out of the bottom of the hopper. This grater is dishwasher-safe. --Cristina Vaamonde


Microplane Coarse Grater

For fluffy, evenly sized cheese shreds, this is the perfect grater. The cutters are especially sharp, which guarantees easy grating. But this also means you'll need to exercise extra caution--no one likes grated knuckles. For ease in resting the grater on the counter while in use, there's a hard acrylic frame around the metal. The frame also prevents scratches to your countertop. The large handle allows for a firm grip, and the slightly curved grating surface makes it easy to use with oddly shaped chunks of chocolate. Carrots, onions, and medium to firm cheeses all worked beautifully with this grater. It's also an excellent choice for larger strips of citrus zest or ginger. --Jill Lightner


MIU France Stainless Steel Food Chopper

This manual mini food chopper is perfect for mincing small quantities of onions, garlic, or herbs quickly and with minimal cleanup. The upper half of the chopper is made of beautiful brushed stainless-steel with a transparent plastic bowl on the lower half for watching the chopping process. Pump the non-skid handle up and down and the zig-zag-shaped blade cuts and then rotates to cut at a different angle during with the following pump for more precise chopping. The bowl easily twists off the chopper for filling and emptying and secures back on with a twist in the opposite direction. A pointed stand on the chopper’s underside props it up so the blade doesn’t touch the tabletop and also assists in scooping stray pieces of vegetable from the lip of the cup. A plastic base keeps the chopper from sliding during use. --Cristina Vaamonde


OXOSteeL 50581 Grater

With its 3-by-4-1/2-inch convex face, this 10-inch grater is ideal for Parmesan or other hard cheeses. It also grates potatoes for crusty potato pancakes, carrots for a classic Bolognese sauce, and onions for fresh salsa. Oxo's Steel line is an all-stainless-steel variant of the company's familiar fat-handled Good Grips line. Rather than being straight-sided, this tool's handle is tapered from heel to finger grip and has satin-finish, stainless-steel panels top and bottom. The handle's sides feature the same design as those in the Good Grips line--they're made of soft processed rubber for comfort, with "fins," or grooves, that flex under pressure, conforming to individual finger grips and providing control when handles are wet or slippery. Like all Oxo tools, this grater is dishwasher-safe; a hole in its handle facilitates hanging on a hook or peg. --Fred Brack


KitchenAid KG301 Rotary Grater, Black

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OXO Good Grips 1052349 Seal & Store Rotary Grater, White

Cheese, nuts, and chocolate can be grated ahead of time with this rotary grater, and stored conveniently right inside the silicone-sealed chamber until ready to use. Or, cut the exact size chunk you want to grate, insert it, seal it, and just before serving you can churn out a fresh sprinkle of parmesan on a casserole or flourish that whipped cream topping with a dusting of dark chocolate shavings. To use, squeeze the soft-grip handles with one hand, which causes the silicone-edged feeder to push the food against the sharp stainless-steel grating cylinder, and turn the soft rotating knob with the other hand. A plastic cap on the barrel keeps grated pieces contained, or removes to let the food grate directly into a bowl, on a pie, etc. The stainless-steel grating cylinder measures 3 by 1-1/2 inches, while overall the grater measures 6 by 5 by 3-1/4 inches. Easily disassembled for cleaning, the entire grater is dishwasher-safe. --Ann Bieri


OXO Good Grips 1057945 i-Series Container Grater

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OXO Good Grips 32780 Multi Grater

This multigrater can be used standing upright or over any size bowl. Withtwo separate textured surfaces, grating can be coarse or fine. Smartly placed nonskid feet anchor the multigrater and provide stability and resistance to slipping and sliding. Its stainless-steel surface is dishwasher-safe; plus, it's easy to store with a snap-apart mechanism that allows it to lay flat or folded in a drawer.

The Good Grips line features durable, nonslip, flexible handles on every product. Ergonomically designed to fit the palm comfortably and softly, the pressure-absorbing processed rubber handle puts less tension on the hands while still providing an outstanding grip. Made from the same material as dishwasher gaskets, the handles are slip-proof--wet or dry--as well as dishwasher-safe. Good Grips products are moderately priced and have won the Tylenol/Arthritis Foundation Design Award. --Laurie Notaro


Peugeot Tidore Nutmeg Shaver, Clear 4-1/4-inches

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Cuisipro 9.5-Inch 6 Sided Grater

This versatile tool has a different grating surface on each of its six sides--one for every kitchen shredding task. Four smaller surfaces include panels for fine, extra fine, medium, and slice grating, while two larger panels produce coarse and julienne grating. Made of durable 18/10 stainless steel, the hexagonal cylinder stands 9-1/2 inches high and carries a 5-1/2-inch diameter. Added conveniences include a tube-like handle for a firm hold, and a snap-and-slide bottom that catches grated contents and swings open to empty. This sturdy tool is dishwasher-safe, and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. -- Amy Arnold


Microplane General Purpose Food Grater and Citrus Zester 40020 - Medium Screen

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Microplane Professional Medium-Ribbon Two-Way Grater

This manual grater cuts medium-sized ribbons of cheese, butter, or chocolate with ease and, as an additional timesaver, grates in either direction. Originally designed for shaving wood, the patented 18/8 stainless-steel Microplane blade has razor-sharp teeth that make grating effortless and that won’t clog. The large 5-by-2-1/2-inch grating surface can accommodate bigger ingredients, such as a head of cabbage for cole slaw, and the matching 18/8 stainless-steel frame and satin-finish offer durable support for the blade. The grater has a non-slip rubber grip just above its head to keep it steady on a tabletop during grating. A plastic safety cover is also included to keep fingers safe and to keep the blade from dulling while in storage. This grater is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. --Cristina Vaamonde


Girmi GT13 Cheese Grater

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Peugeot Vendome Chili Mill, Acrylic/ Natural 5-1/2 inches

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Cuisipro Rotary Cheese Grater

This 18/10 stainless-steel cheese grater manually grates small amounts of hard cheese, chocolate, nuts, or vegetables. To grate, place your food in the top of the hopper, press down on the holder, and turn the crank. The grater blade deposits your ground food out of the bottom of the hopper. The crank moves in either direction, making this cheese grater useful for both righties and lefties. For easy cleaning, the drum removes by flipping open the catch on the hopper and both pieces of the grater can go right in the dishwasher. Additional drums with finer and coarser grating holes are available seperately for this tool. --Cristina Vaamonde


Cuisipro Accutec Dual Grater

Made of 18/10 stainless steel, this long, 14-inch grater has a fine grating surface on one end for citrus zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, or garlic and a coarser end for grating hard cheese, chocolate, or vegetables. Its Accutec blade is photo-etched rather than stamped like most grating blades. As such, the blade is extremely sharp and holds its edge over time. This blade also glides through food without tearing or shredding, retaining the food’s fresh flavor. Plastic handles at either end of the grater are useful for holding in one hand and grating. You can also rest the grater over the top of a bowl to grate directly into the dish you’re preparing. This dual grater has eyes for hanging at each end and is dishwasher-safe. This kitchen tool is covered by a lifetime warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde


Black & Decker GG200 Gizmo Grater

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Henckels Twin Select Cheese Grater

Make quick work of whole spices, hard cheeses, and citrus rind with this Henckels Twin Select handheld cheese grater. Combining sleek style with commanding performance, the grater is crafted completely from 18/10 stainless steel for excellent durability and heft. The ergonomic handle design features an open construction that settles comfortably into your grip and allows for hanging. Generous without being unwieldy, the grating surface is securely attached to the handle and features a reinforced construction to eliminate bending. The dishwasher-safe tool is finished in an attractive brushed satin. It measures 10-3/8 by 2-1/4 inches and comes with a lifetime warranty. --Emily Bedard


Hoffritz Stainless Steel Rotary Grater

This attractive, hand-held grater, featuring an 18/8 stainless-steel grater blade and black exterior housing, is a great asset at the dining table, especially on nights when pasta is served--let your dinner guests grate just the right amount of Parmesan for their penne. It also comes in handy for cake decorating--accent your chocolate frosted cake with some grated white chocolate in no time at all. This versatile grater can also chop nuts. And it's dishwasher-safe, so cleanup's a breeze. --Julie McCowan


Cuisinart Lemon Zester with ABS Handle, Black

This handy little tool grates the peels of lemons, limes, and oranges into bits that make recipes more flavorful. Five tiny holes with blades produce little slivers of orange peel to flavor a cake or lemon peel to enrich a creamy pasta sauce. A single wider blade produces strips of zest for candying or garnishing cocktails. Designed to be functional as well as fashionable, the zester is made of durable stainless steel and has an ergonomic handle made of comfortable molded plastic with stainless-steel accents. The zester is dishwasher-safe, and has an eye for hanging from a toolbar. This Cuisinart kitchen tool is covered by a five-year, limited warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde


Cuisipro Stainless Steel Herb Grater

This 18/10 stainless-steel herb mill minces small amounts of parsley, rosemary, oregano, or other herbs to garnish pasta or salads or flavor vegetables and meats. Place your whole herbs in the top of the mill and turn the crank. The crank moves in either direction, making this herb mill useful for both righties and lefties. The tough blade chops herbs into tiny pieces and deposits them out the bottom. For easy cleaning, the blade removes by flipping open the catch on the mill mechanism and both pieces of the mill can go right in the dishwasher. --Cristina Vaamonde


Microplane Slider Attachement for the 35000 Grater Series

This attachment slides onto the blades of any grater in Microplane’s 35000 series to grate smaller foods. Lift the lid on the attachment’s hopper and load it up with ginger, garlic, nuts, or a hunk of cheese. Place the weighted lid back on and push lightly as you slide the attachment back and forth on your grater. The slider grates small foods more quickly while keeping your fingertips safe from the grater’s sharp teeth. This attachment is made of polycarbonate plastic and is dishwasher-safe for easier cleaning. --Cristina Vaamonde


Amco 4-Side Box Grater

With four cutting sizes to chose from, this professional-quality cheese grater can fulfill all your grating needs. Coarsely shred cheddar to top a bowl of chili, or create a fine powder of Parmesan to stir into homemade Alfredo sauce. The cheese falls into the middle of the box, neatly heaping the shreds inside until you're ready to use them. But this very versatile grater is for more than just cheese--use it to grate lemon rind or to shred carrots or zucchini for muffins or quick breads. --Dana Van Nest


Nor Pro Wood/Cheese Board w/ Bowl

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Chef'n Palm Grater

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Zyliss Cheese Grater Dispenser

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OXO Good Grips 20581 Grater

This easy-to-use single-panel grater transforms hard foods into finely grated textures. Because of the sharp stainless-steel blades, cheeses, chocolate, and citrus zests yield easily, and the soft, rubber handle absorbs pressure away from hands and avoids strain. The handle is also nonslip and won't budge, wet or dry. It's perfect for smaller jobs that don't require the use of a large grater, and cleanup is easy because the stainless-steel surface and rubber handle are dishwasher-safe. Good Grips products are moderately priced and have won the Tylenol/Arthritis Foundation Design Award. --Laurie Notaro


Oneida Oval Grater Set

Beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use, this set of two stainless-steel graters makes a fine gift. The shapely santoprene handle on each provides an excellent grip, while a santoprene ring around the base keeps the grater from slipping across a plate. Because the small grater stores inside the large one, and the oval shape makes them fairly flat in profile, the grater set stores compactly inside a cabinet or even more handily, a drawer. Each grater features coarse-grating blades on one entire side, ideal for cheese and carrots, while the other side features fine and medium grates for citrus zest, nutmeg, and more. Made of stainless-steel, the blade surfaces are quite sharp so care should be taken not to scrape knuckles.

Having two graters means the small one can go along on picnics or stay at a vacation cabin, while the full-size one does more of the heavy work. The large grater measures 9-1/2 by 4-3/4 by 2-1/4 inches, while the smaller one measures 6 by 3-1/4 by 1-3/4 inches. Cleaning the graters is easy. The nonslip ring pulls off the bottom to allow access to trapped food particles, and all the parts go right into the dishwasher. Oneida, maker of fine flatware and homewares, covers the grater set with a lifetime warranty. --Ann Bieri


Bosch MUZ 4 RS1 Coarse Grater Disk

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Bosch MUZ 4RV1 Grater Attachment

Designed for use with all Bosch stand mixer/kitchen machines whose model numbers begin with MUM 4, this grater attaches to Bosch's MUZ 4 FW1 meat grinder and grates nuts and breadcrumbs quickly and consistently. (The grater itself has no motor but attaches, via the meat grinder, to the motor of the Bosch machines.) Made of stainless steel, the grater has a transparent hood of rugged plastic that prevents food from scattering during operation. It measures 3-1/2 inches long. --Fred Brack


Bosch MUZ 7 RS1 Coarse Grater Disk

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Bosch MUZ 7 RV1 Grater Attachment

Designed for use with all Bosch stand mixer/kitchen machines whose model numbers begin with MUM 6, MUM 7, and MEK 7, this grater attaches to Bosch's MUZ 7 FW1 and MUZ 6 FW2 meat grinders and grates nuts and breadcrumbs quickly and consistently. (The grater itself has no motor but attaches, via the meat grinders, to the motors of the Bosch machines listed.) Made of stainless steel, the grater has a transparent hood of rugged plastic that prevents food from scattering during operation. It measures 3-1/2 inches long.

Also available for fitting onto the meat grinders are the following accessories: MUZ 7 LS2, a set of two disks with smaller (2-millimeter) and larger (6-millimeter) perforations than the 4.5-millimeter disk accompanying the meat grinders; MUZ 7 NV1, a set of 13 disks for extruding various pasta shapes; and MUZ 7 WS2, a set of three tips for stuffing different size sausages and shaping croquettes and dumplings. --Fred Brack


Pedrini Black & Satin Stainless Steel Cheese Grater

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Peugeot Amboine Nutmeg Shaver, Clr/Choc Wood 4-1/4-inches

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Progressive Mini Tower Grater

The Pro Grip Ultra Mini Tower grater brings freshly grated toppings to your breakfast or dinner table: Its diminutive size and sturdy pyramid construction let you grate Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, citrus rind, and chocolate easily and quickly. The comfortable grip ball on top helps you steady the grater and keeps your supporting hand away from sharp edges. Grating options include fine (fresh myzithra for your pasta), mini coarse (fresh chocolate for your cappuccino), and slicing (for a tiny carrot or two). The stainless-steel surface is small enough to clean with a single finger, but thanks to the Mini Tower's durable construction, you can always send it through the dishwasher. --Emily Bedard


Silit Multi-Purpose Grater

The common box grater is fine when there's a huge brick of cheese or a bunch of potatoes to be shredded, but the Silit grater is for the smaller tasks. It's great for small amounts of cheese, chocolate, carrots, cabbage, coconut, or plenty of other things that don't begin with "c." Instead of chopping an onion, use the Silit grater to avoid tears while keeping a cutting board clean. Place the food to be grated into the hopper, lock it into position, twist the domed lid, and the clear canister will fill up with the grated product. The clear bottom cup also makes a convenient, if casual, serving container.

The lid is indented with a concentric ring of comfortable thumb and finger indentations for a comfortable grip. There are three stainless-steel grating inserts to choose from--fine-hole, coarse-hole, and slotted. The slotted insert will make thin slivers of cheese or slender curls of chocolate. The inserts can all be fastened onto the bottom of the grater for easy storage.

Clean the grater using hot, soapy water; it is also dishwasher-safe. The grater has a 3-1/4-inch diameter and is 7 inches tall. Silit guarantees all of its products with a 10-year warranty. --Garland Withers


SilverStone 5-Piece Nonstick Multi Grater Set

This convenient multigrater set has all the pieces you need for grating and storing cheese, chocolate, and nuts. The five-piece set consists of a clear plastic base, white plastic lid, and three nonstick graters--one for slicing, one for tiny shreds, and one for large shreds. Each grater has a large, comfortable rubber handle on top and a nonslip rubber base, so you can hold it steady while grating. The graters snap into a little lip in the base, allowing you to rest the grater flat and let the cheese fall right into the container. Each grating surface is coated front and back with SilverStone, a nonstick surface by DuPont, so cheese doesn't stick and cleanup's easy. The graters store neatly inside the clear base, which can also be used to store any leftover cheese in the fridge. And the base is microwave-safe, so you can melt the cheese for nachos without dirtying another container. This set is dishwasher-safe; keep the cups away from sharp utensils to prevent damage to their nonstick coating. --Doree Armstrong


Typhoon Gary Rhodes Cheese Grater and Serving Set

In collaboration with the kitchenware company Typhoon, renowned restaurateur and acclaimed chef Gary Rhodes has lent his name to a unique line of cookware tools for the kitchen. Designed with a contemporary sensibility in mind, the Gary Rhodes collection has combined form, function, and style to create a range of kitchen gadgets and equipment that will appeal to a variety of home cooks.

With a unique flair, this confident cheese grater and serving set stands tall and makes a statement when placed upon the table. Blending stainless steel, white porcelain, seasoned beech wood, and robin's egg blue silicone, the contemporary styling of this kitchen gadget is simultaneously versatile and attractive. Shaped like a tall cone, the grater sits atop an asymmetrical porcelain bowl that doubles as a base and serving bowl. Set at a slight angle, the fine and coarse grating holes allow for cheese or chocolate to be precisely grated. With a dual function, the beech wood spoon is used as handle and serving implement. While both the stainless steel grater and porcelain bowl are dishwasher safe, the wooden spoon should be washed by hand. --Lea Werbel


Nor Pro 3 Drum Grater Nut Chopper

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Cuisipro Zester

This heavy-duty, six-holed, citrus zester removes peel from citrus to flavor cream-cheese frosting, buttery pasta sauces, or fish while leaving the bitter pith behind. One, single, larger hole also effortlessly produces strips of citrus for garnish or extracts. The zester’s high-quality, durable, 18/10 stainless-steel blade holds up over time. An ergonomically-shaped handle with a plastic nonslip grip reduces wrist strain during long zesting jobs. This kitchen tool is dishwasher-safe, and covered by a limited lifetime warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde


Pedrini Brera Grater

Gorgeous yet practical, this cheese grater is cunningly designed so it can be either held down on a surface or held directly over food while cheese is being grated. Its thick handle is rounded on the inside for comfort and hollow to reduce weight. Made it Italy of 18/10 stainless steel polished to a gleaming mirror finish, the grater has satin-finish insets in the handle for a stylish, contemporary look and measures 6-1/2 inches high. It's distinctive, dishwasher-safe, and has a hanging-hole for convenient storage. --Fred Brack


Legnoart Cherry Wood Cheese Grater Box with Pull-Out Drawer

A handsome implement for large families or busy home kitchens, this Legnoart cheese grater box marries harmonious aesthetics to easy functionality. The box, topped with a grating surface and fitted with a slide-out drawer, features a comfortable working angle and a generous capacity. It is ideal for strain-free tabletop grating and protecting your knuckles at the same time. A combination of hand-finished cherry wood and gleaming stainless steel, the grater is lovely to look at and unquestionably sturdy. The large grating plate removes easily for washing, and the drawer features tension braces to keep it from sliding out unexpectedly. Nonskid feet hold the box securely in place during use. Legnoart’s progressive philosophy includes using wood from renewable sources, and each grater is hand-finished by a craftsperson in the north of Italy. Simple in concept but artfully executed, this implement makes an excellent gift or family treasure. It measures 11 by 4 by 5-3/4 inches. --Emily Bedard

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