The latest revision of those graters is the Elite series with a more ergonomic design. The plastic cover holds up to a cup of the grated product - and there are measurements on it so you can see how much you grated. To keep the grater from sliding around on the counter as you grate, there's a non-slip base.
Are these earthshaking features that will make you throw out your current Microplane graters and buy these new ones? Probably not.
But if you're in the market for a new grater for yourself - or as a present for someone who doesn't already have a drawer full of Microplane graters - these Elite graters are worth a good look.
One of the Elite series graters has a grating surface that wasn't available in the original series - the star grater ($16.95) that's intended for grating hard cheeses like parmesan.
For me, this is the perfect grater since I tend to grate at angles rather than straight up and down, and the star-shaped teeth work no matter which direction you're moving. The result is a really fine and somewhat irregular pile of fluffy shreds.
The other graters in the series are the usual suspects - fine, coarse, extra coarse and ribbon. All very useful graters, if you don't already have them.
I have to say that the star grater is now my favorite for grating hard cheeses, no doubt about it. Before this, I was using a fine grater, but this one definitely is easier to use and I'm pleased that the grater cover holds a decent amount of cheese. Maybe not enough if you're planning on grating a pound of cheese, but plenty for that pasta dinner.
I was provided with samples fro the purpose of a reviews on Serious Eats.