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Microplane Graters & Zesters
Posted by Samantha on 12/8/2012 to Knife Comparison Guides & Charts

Microplane has changed the world of grating and zesting as we know it. Inspired by woodworking rasps, their ingenious team came up with an incredibly useful kitchen prep tool that perfectly grates a large variety of foods with ease. They evolved many lines of their grating products to include something for everyone. They offer professional graters, fun colored paddle graters, a classic line, a gourmet line and a premium classic line - all in the name of grating. While the blades on each line are incredibly similar, the shapes, handles and outer composition differ across the different lines to suit different chef’s needs and skill levels. 

The Microplane graters are available in fine, coarse, extra coarse, ribbon, shaver or spice grating sizes. Each of these sizes can handle different types of foods and produce different outcomes. The differences between their various lines comes down to the size and shape of the graters and grating surface, as well as handle material and color. 

Professional Microplane Graters

The Professional series of graters is a combination of unparalleled performance providing exceptional durability and simple elegance. This line consists of five paddle style graters, all laser welded for enduring strength and are made from 18/8 stainless steel. This line also has a slider attachment for grating small foods like garlic, nuts and spices. 


The Artisan series is what we like to consider as the “fun” line. This is a contemporary addition to the Microplane collection made up of paddle style graters. This series offers 4 of the most popular blade styles including fine, ribbon, coarse and extra coarse. These graters are available in a wide array of color options to suit any kitchen decor, or mix and match to get the best of both all worlds. Choose from red, blue, yellow, green,  white or grey.


The Classic series culminates the original graters that made Microplane kitchen tools a must-have amongst professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts. Each feature the iconic Microplane long, narrow, rasp-style design that originated in the workshop. The Classic series is available in several color options and includes a zester, zester/grater, ribbon style grater, extra coarse grater and spice grater. 


The Gourmet series is designed with both the professional chef and the home cook in mind. These paddle style graters offer a wider grating surface to make fast work of zesting, grating and shaving. This series also offers a slider attachment for grating small foods like garlic, nuts and spices. The Gourmet line offers the following grater styles: star, fine, coarse, ribbon, large shaver, extra coarse and ultra coarse. 

Premium Classic

The Premium series, or premium classic, is similar to the classic series but offers additional color options and rubber feet at the base of the graters to protect work spaces and add additional stability. This series is available in a zester/grater, ribbon grater, extra coarse grater and spice grater. 

In addition to zesters and graters, Microplane offers other prep tools for getting the most out of the foods you prepare. Their Specialty series includes citrus tools, a cheese plane, a meat tenderizer and more. The Easy Prep series offers tools that do just that, make preparation easy. In this line you will find gadgets like and herb mill and a cheese mill, which function similarly to a pepper mill, only for herbs or cheese. 

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