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Microplane 34006 4-Sided Box Grater
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- Includes the 3 most popular blades (fine, medium ribbon, and ultra coarse) as well as a fourth slicer blade
- Soft ergonomic handle, and non-slip rubber feet add stability
- Fine blade is removable for easy access and cleaning
- Dishwasher safe, and easy to clean
- Safety cover included
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|Dimensions||3.12 inches x 10.25 inches x 5.12 inches||9.45 inches x 3.5 inches x 4.6 inches||1 inches x 12 inches x 1.31 inches||0.75 inches x 14 inches x 2.5 inches|
|Item Package Weight||1.25 pounds||0.65 pounds||0.09 pounds||0.49 pounds|
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* removable plate. One of the front panels slides out so that you can get inside the "box" to clean it well. I do not have a dishwasher so this is pretty important to me.
* grippy feet. So there's no plastic "food catcher" on the bottom, but I really like how the grater stays rock solid on the cutting board, plate, or mixing bowl.
* comfy handle. Easy to grip.
The plastic storage sleeve to protect yourself and the grater is nice also.
Made in USA.
1. It has a non-slip handle and feet so it feels very solid and secure when I'm using it.
2. One of the panels pops out so you can really clean if you need to do it by hand. I just put it in my dishwasher--no worries.
3. The four different panels makes it versatile so you don't have to go looking for different graters. It has a course side, fine side, ribbon and slicer.
4. The clear protective cover over the entire grater gives added security.
I know that it's a little on the pricey side but (sorry amazon!) I went directly to the microplane website. There is a sale section on it where they sell non-perfect items at a discount. I bought mine for $24.95 plus I believe $5 shipping. I was worried that I was going to get some hideously mangled product but honestly, I don't see anything wrong with mine. That discount is only until quantities are available so if you're in the market for a new box grater, you might want to check it out now.
I've been so very happy with my grater--I know you'll be too! This is one of the best kitchen purchases I've made.
To be fair, I grate a lot of cheese. I've probably used this twice a week or so since I bought it. With that said, about a month ago the black plastic surface above the shredding side started to crack and splinter. Now, if I'm not careful when shredding, little chunks of black plastic will fall in with the shredded cheese. Everyone loves finding one of those in their mac and cheese.
Now, I'll acknowledge that I probably use my cheese grater more than most - I make mac and cheese from scratch at least once a week. But, for $35 I expected something that would last longer than six months.
On the up side, it is really sharp: I took a gouge out of my thumb with it that still hasn't completely healed a month later.
Because the thing is, it's excellent at grating. I have an OXO box grater too, and there's just no comparison -- it's much easier and faster to use this one, with less force required from me, because it's so much sharper. Given my choice of graters, I'd use this one every time.
BUT, it's flimsy as heck. It flexes while you use it and develops cracks quickly. The top handles start falling out, the plastic casing around the grating sheets cracks -- pretty much everywhere there's any stress on it, it dies, and quickly.
So if you look at it as a disposable grater, something to use up and replace within six months or so, it's an absolutely excellent 5-star piece. But if you don't think you should have to buy a new grater every six months -- and, honestly, put me in that category -- then it's sort of inexcusable.
The first sign of deterioration was the small top handle pulling loose. This happened within weeks of receiving the item. Then small cracks started to develop around the extra coarse blade, which is the one I used most (mostly grating potatoes and cheese). Eventually the entire housing started to crack, and small pieces of the black plastic came off. At this point, I'm only able to reassemble three sides, the main top handle is only attached on one side, as the attachment point has completely broken off on the other, and there is barely any of the top frame of the extra coarse blade left, which renders it useless as it flexes too much to grate effectively. At this point the entire grater is utterly unusable.
I came onto Amazon today to order a replacement. I am really disappointed to see that Microplane has not redesigned this item. I will just be buying an individual extra coarse grater, for $15 instead, as $35 for a box grater that only lasts a year under moderate use is unacceptable to me.
I have uploaded two pictures of my dead grater in the customer images section.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My experience was like many others: the blades were sharp, but the plastic wasn't strong enough to endure the grating. Mine lasted 1-1/2 years with very occasional use. Read morePublished 1 month ago by anniemac
This grater is awful. The blades made in the US, but the rest in China. In less than 6 months the plastic started cracking, then the blades began to protrude from the plastic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I expected great quality from the Microplane brand and I am thoroughly disappointed in this product. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Missy Mugs
Good grater, but it is not sturdy enough for it's purpose. This is the 2nd one I've owned and the plastic framing material cracked on both of them.Published 4 months ago by amelia d. becke
We've had two. Both times the cheap plastic frame has cracked, making it useless.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Microplane has a solid plastic cover to protect users. Unfortunatly the company has pasted ad stickers that are virtually impossible to remove. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daro Books
I loved this box grater. I recommended it to my mother in law too. The microplane is great, but the plastic starts to fall apart really quickly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caterday is Fun
As a grater, this was a great product, but while the blades are still sharp, the plastic frame surrounding the blades cracked in the first couple of months and then steadily... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter van Hardenberg