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Best Pasta Machines

By Gladys Wangari

October 19, 2021


Homemade pasta is a fun project and not as complicated as it might seem. It also allows you to customize ingredients to your preferences and dietary requirements and enjoy the delicate texture and taste of fresh pasta whenever you’d like.

You don’t have to have a master’s degree in food preparation either. A dedicated pasta maker makes the process of rolling and cutting dough into noodles easy to master.

The options include traditional, hand-cranked models that clamp to a kitchen counter, attachments for the stand mixer you might already own, and the latest development: electronic models that let you enjoy fresh pasta with minimal effort.

  1. Marcato Design Atlas 150 Pasta Machine

This popular pasta machine is made from sleek, chrome-plated steel and comes in six stylish colors. It’s built to last and has a removable crank that not only stores neatly under the machine, but also comes with a handy storage box.

It’s an innovative, multi-purpose pasta maker for home use, allowing you to make 10 different kinds of noodles out of pasta dough. You can easily make your own fresh fettuccine or tagliolini (a type of thin spaghetti) with this tool. The attachments included allow you to make rough-surfaced, chewy noodles that hold more sauce than traditional smooth noodles.

As well as the standard blade that comes with the machine, there are 12 more blade options available for purchase if you want additional pasta shapes, including spaghetti and ravioli.

One of the drawbacks is that it can be a bit tricky to simultaneously turn the hand crank, feed dough into the machine, and catch and guide the pasta emerging from the other end. An accessory motor is available as an add-on.

This pasta machine provides a good value for the money. In comparison, other similar products were either much more expensive or much less effective in making quality noodles. First-time users found this product to be quick and easy to use.

What We Like

  • Sturdy construction
  • Cuts noodles cleanly
  • Versatile

What We Don’t Like

  • Doesn’t come with a spaghetti attachment

2. KitchenAid 3-Piece Roller And Cutter Attachment Set

If you own a KitchenAid stand mixer, this attachment set will make preparing homemade pasta a breeze. Prepare your dough right in your stand mixer by attaching the dough hook, then roll the dough out using the two attachments.

There are two parts to the pasta machine. A 6-inch roller uses pressure to flatten dough into sheets of pasta, which can be cut or hand-formed into other shapes using additional attachments.

While it can be harder and less convenient in some ways to use a stand mixer, the benefit is that your hands will be free to feed in the dough and catch the strands as they spiral out.

Our tester was so excited about how quickly and easily this pasta maker worked, she almost couldn’t keep up. And when she couldn’t wait for the noodles to be done, she cooked them separately. They were still delicious, says the tester.

What We Like

  • Solid, durable construction
  • Easy for one person to use
  • Stylish

What We Don’t Like

  • Can only be used with a KitchenAid stand mixer

3. Philips Kitchen Appliances Pasta And Noodle Maker

To make homemade pasta with minimal effort, you can go with this electric model. You just have to measure the flour and water for either a single or double batch of pasta, throw the ingredients into the machine, and let it do the rest. The motor has enough power to knead even stiff dough.

This food processor makes making pasta simple! The instructions are clear, the instructions are easy to follow, even if you have never made pasta before. Plus, this pasta maker is fast and easy to operate, and the included plastic scraper makes cutting your pasta into you desired length fun and easy. Plus the whole process will take only 10 to 15 minutes.

This pasta-maker makes the most of your time. It includes measuring cups for dry and liquid ingredients, a recipe book, and cleaning tools. The machine is easy to use, with just three buttons and an LED guide. Best of all, the attachments and detachable parts are all dishwasher safe, unlike manual steel machines.

What We Like

  • Easy to use
  • Mixes and kneads dough quickly
  • Can make tube-shaped and short pasta
  • Dishwasher-safe parts

What We Don’t Like

  • Bulky and heavy
  • Expensive

4. OxGord Pasta Machine Maker

If you aren’t ready to invest in a pricey pasta maker, we recommend the budget-friendly OxGord pasta maker as it packs plenty of value for its low price. It’s affordable, easy to use, and simple to clean. This manual machine is made of stainless steel. It comes with roller and blade attachments that allow you to make flat sheets of pasta in nine different thicknesses, as well as fettuccine and spaghetti. The wooden handle can be removed for storage.

Although this machine is designed to be clamped to a work surface, the included clamp didn’t fit around most kitchen counters and we found that we had to use an external clamp. In our tests, the reviewer found that the machine was a little wobbly during use and that you had to press down hard on the top of the machine to get an effective clean. However, she felt that it did provide a thorough cleaning of her teeth and left her mouth feeling fresh.

This device is safe to put in a dishwasher, but the parts that touch food (like the handle) should be cleaned by hand.

What We Like

  • Made of stainless steel
  • Versatile
  • Affordable

What We Don’t Like

  • Machine is a little wobbly when in use
  • Handle doesn’t lock into place

5. CucinaPro Pasta Maker Deluxe Set

This pasta machine includes 5 cutters at an affordable price, so it’s great for those who want to make many kinds of pasta right off the bat without having to order extra attachments. You can make spaghetti, tagliatelle, fettuccine, pappardelle, and linguine with the cutters included.

It’s not as sturdy as some of the others we tested, and on smooth surfaces it tended to slide during use, but it’s made in Italy from high-quality stainless steel. As with most pasta machines, the cuts are finished by hand.

What We Like

  • Affordable
  • Includes a variety of cutters
  • Easy to clean

What We Don’t Like

  • Can slip on smooth countertops

6. Consiglio’s Premium Pasta Extruder With Five Brass Dies

This press clamps to the edge of a counter or tabletop. As you feed narrow rolls of dough through the funnel-shaped hopper, you turn the lever with the other hand, and the machine extrudes flat sheets of dough into thin strands of spaghetti or linguine that are ready for cooking.

Although the press is not dishwasher-safe, it can be disassembled, and the parts can be hand washed with dish soap and water. The press is smaller and lighter than other hand crank machines, and the handle is also detachable for easier storage.

While the only available attachments are for making five types of pasta, that should get you started, especially since they are among the most commonly prepared pastas in Italian cuisine.

What We Like

  • Can make five pasta shapes, including tubes
  • Dies are made of durable solid brass
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Small and lightweight

What We Don’t Like

  • Pricey
  • No additional die shapes available

7. Oxo Good Grips Tabletop Spiralizer

A spiralizer is a tool for making vegetable noodles. It’s a great tool for people who want to eat more vegetables or who can’t eat regular pasta for dietary reasons.

While it’s true that soft produce, like tomatoes, can’t be turned into pasta… there are still so many other delicious options. Zucchini noodles, sometimes called zoodles, are probably the most popular veggie pasta , but you can also spiralize carrots , cucumbers, sweet potatoes – even beets !

The OXO tabletop spiralizer includes three blades to create thin fettuccine, thicker spaghetti, and wide ribbon “noodles.” A storage case is included to safely stash the blades and it attaches to the spiralizer to save space.

What We Like

  • Simple design
  • Extra sturdy suction base
  • Easy and comfortable to use
  • Lidded box for safe blade storage

What We Don’t Like

  • A bit more expensive than other models

What to Look for in a Pasta Maker

Electric vs. Manual

Manual machines, operated by a hand crank, are less expensive than electric and are ideal for thin sheets of dough or long, flat pasta. And they’re great for kids to use. It’s a little awkward to feed the dough into the machine on one end, guide the pasta through the rollers and cut it off at the other end. But you can easily figure out how to do it in a few minutes.

Electric models are easier to use, but you have to work with the speed of the machine or it’s too frustrating. Some even mix the dough, which is easier than doing it manually, but they can be tricky to clean.

Material

A quality machine should be made of stainless steel. If you look for a machine that is made in the US, then there is a higher chance that it is durable and will last longer.

Dies or Cutters

Pasta extruders, which can take a variety of forms, including stand-mixer attachments and manual pasta makers, let you make a variety of different shaped pastas. You can even make your own fresh dough or use dried pasta.

Availability of Extra Dies or Cutters

There are several different pasta cutters and dies available for purchase, and may not include all of your favorite pasta shapes. Before you buy, check to see if there are additional dies or cutters that you can add to your collection in the future.

How do you clean a pasta maker?

Manually operated, metal pasta makers should not be cleaned with water (to avoid rusting).

Wait an hour after using your machine to allow any remaining bits of dough to dry; it will be easier to remove once it’s dried a bit. Use a cloth, paper towel or pastry brush to wipe flour and dough from the outer parts.

To clean an electric pasta machine, you should disassemble the machine and wash each part separately; for other types of pasta makers, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Should you lubricate your pasta maker?

Once in a while, metal pasta rollers or cutting attachments might start to squeak or not turn as smoothly as once did. But don’t fret. We have a solution for your culinary conundrum. Just place a few drops of food-grade mineral oil—yes, you can use anything from baby oil to olive oil—at either end of the roller or device, and voila! It should work like a charm.

Gladys Wangari

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