If you want to get the best flavor from your cheese than you need to grate it yourself. To grate it yourself you need a grater. The kind I recommend is the only one you will ever need – a box grater. A box grater is 4-sided, like a box. Each side should have a different size holes for shredding different types of cheeses and to shred them different sizes.
When choosing a box grater, there are two things that you should look for. Is it stable? You don’t want the cheese grater to be moving all over the table when you are at work, or you may end up with some nice cuts on your hands. I also like a grater that has a lid or container at the bottom, so that the chesee has somewhere to go. It also makes it easy to transport the cheese to it’s next location. A couple brands I like are Faberware (which is what I have) or Oxo. Alton Brown recommends in his book “Alton Brown’s Gear for Your Kitchen” a model from KitchenAid. $15-$20 is all you need to pay to end up with a reliable cheese grater tool in your kitchen.