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Jan 10, 2010 09:45 AM

Which box grater?

Seems like a silly question, but I don't know which one to get to replace my very old box grater which is getting very dull. The new Microplane box grater looks terrific, but I wonder if it isn't too sharp (concerned re safety). SLT has a nifty looking six sided box grater. And of course, there's the OXO grater...pretty much anything OXO is good. Does anyone have an opinion on which is best?

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  1. This doesn't seem silly to me. Oddly, IKEA has an excellent box grater, "Griller":
    Normally I avoid IKEA kitchen utensils because the quality isn't very good. (I'm a "spend a little more but love it for a lifetime" kind of shopper.) However, this $5.99 design has been a winner with me for 3+ years. It has 3 grate sizes, the comfortable handle and box bottom pop off for easy cleaning, and --perhaps smartest of all, to me--the bottom is flat to stand up but with rounded edges so you can tilt as you grate. It's simple stuff, but it works well.

    1. I received a Microplane box grater for Christmas. I was concerned at first about how sharp each side is, but it does have a plastic guard for when it is not in use, and then one of the sides slides up to facilitate cleaning. The design is pretty impressive. I can't speak to long-term use right now, but did find other favorable reports on earlier grater discussions on Chowhound.

      How did you use your old box grater? That may help you decide what to replace it with.

      1. I just got the OXO grater and I love it. It was one of the top two when Cook's Illustrated reviewed them. The only thing that I didn't like was that I found them at TJ Maxx for $12 a couple of weeks after I bought mine at Bed, Bath, & Beyond for $16 or $17.

        The OXO one has a box that attaches to the bottom that keeps all of your gratings contained, has measurements on the side, and has a top so that it can be used for storage. Nice plus.