The OXO SoftWorks Complete Grate & Slice Set is perfect for all kinds of prepwork. The convenient, compact set features coarse and medium graters, as well as straight and julienne slicers. Each color-coded surface can be used directly over bowls or plates, or placed on top of the lid, which doubles as a container for collecting and measuring food. Use the included food holder to protect your fingers. The handle on the container provides a secure, comfortable grip while non-slip feet stop the container from sliding. When you're finished, the surfaces and food holder fit neatly into slots inside the container.
Awkward to use, the plastic catch container is not as ridged as you need to grate medium density cheeses. The grader constantly gets pushed into the plastic cup thus making you stop and realign the grader. Much harder to use then a stand up box grader. We only buy block cheese and hand grate as needed for a family of 5, it was so cumbersome to use on a daily basis. Sadly this went back to the store.
I needed this for potato slices. It worked great. Since then, I have sliced carrots and grated Parmesan cheese. If you are looking for a fancy mandolin, this isn't it. But if you are in need of the occasional even slice or julienne, or something that will help capture large or small gratings, then I recommend this product. It comes with a finger protector, so you will not slice off the tips of your fingers. This is not for the professional chef. It is handy, though, and I had nothing like it in my armature kitchen that would do the job. It was totally worth the price.
The main reason I bought this was to protect my fingers when grating so that I can get every bit of food grated. Sadly, I had to return this because the food holder which protects your fingers is poorly designed. The sharp pointed grips on the underside, used to hold cheese in place while grating, tears through the top of the cheese rather than hold it securely in place. It does grate cheese but leaves a considerable amount of cheese jammed into the food holder along with cheese that cannot be grated. Also, this grater takes more work to clean than the metal four-sided standing grater that I have been using. For these reasons I cannot recommend it.