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  • 54 Models Considered
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    Best Pasta Makers

    Most home pasta makers have a marked width of six inches (150 mm), although the actual sheet size produced can be marginally less. They typically clamp to a table so as to remain stable while in use. All of the machines on our shortlist include a hand crank – even the Atlas, which is normally driven by an electric motor.

    Our review of the market's five best pasta makers has something for everyone. Home cooks of every kind – from those who don't eat pasta often to those who harbor a passion for all kinds of freshly made pasta, will find something here.

    Products we Considered

    • Atlas
      Electric w/Motor Set
    • Meglio
      Traditional Style
    • CucinaPro
      Imperia
    • Imperia
      Titania 190
    • Imperia
      Pastaia Italiana
    Steve
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    Currently Executive Chef at Bon Appétit Management Company, Steve began his tenure with Bon Apetit as Chef de Partie. He has over ten years of experience, including tenures at two- and three-Michelin star restaurants. Steve is passionate about all things cooking – products, supply chain, management, menu design, and budgeting.


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    Considerations

    Construction

    Size and weight are important considerations, but perhaps the most essential factor is the material with which the machine is made. It needs to be durable and easy to clean, but how does each manufacturer approach this?

    Features

    When it comes to pasta thickness and noodle type, different models offer different choices. In this part of our pasta maker review, we examine the various features offered by each contender.

    Real-World Performance

    Manufacturer claims don't always stand up to real-world use, so in this section of our ratings, we look at what each pasta maker is like to work with. To help with this, we incorporate valuable feedback from home cooks who have personally used these products.

    Price

    Cost may not be the most important factor when choosing a pasta maker, but for most consumers, it still has considerable bearing. Here we look not just at dollars/cents but also the overall value you get for your money.

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    You can also use a pasta maker to roll out crackers, wonton wrappers, cake fondant, and pastry dough.

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    Executive Chef
    Considerations

    Construction

    Meglio Pasta Maker

    The Meglio is an entry-level pasta maker with an overall size of 8.26 x 6.6 x 5.4 inches. Weighing approximately four pounds, the majority of the machine is made from stainless steel, although the internals are plastic. Many owners view this as a good thing, as it minimizes rusting. However, the Meglio's durability can still be an issue at times. A number of owners have reported breakages.

    CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine

    At 8.1 x 7.4 x 6.7 inches and eight pounds, the CucinaPro Imperia pasta machine is a little bigger (and a lot heavier) than the Meglio. Instead of using stainless steel, CucinaPro incorporates chrome-plated steel into this machine's exterior for a bright finish. Many customers also appreciate the authentic-looking wooden handle. Owner feedback is largely positive, with most saying the machine is very robust.

    Imperia Titania 190 Pasta Maker

    Shiny, chrome-plated steel is the material of choice for the Imperia Titania 190 pasta maker, which weighs around 6.5 pounds and measures 9 x 6 x 6 inches. Like the CucinaPro, the wooden-handled Imperia Titania receives rave reviews for its build quality. However, not all owners appreciate the manufacturer's instruction not to wash it. (Instead of washing, it's recommended that you run a small amount of dough through to clean the machine, then throw that dough away.) To be fair, most pasta machine makers suggest a similar process. This is due, in large part, to the fact that chrome-plated steel can rust if the surface layer is damaged.

    Atlas Electric Pasta Machine with Motor Set

    In spite of its motor, the Marcato Atlas Electric pasta machine weighs only eight pounds. The motor does add quite a bit to the overall dimensions, which are 7 x 8-1/4 x 13-1/4 inches. The main body is made of chrome-plated steel; most of the internals are made of nickel-plated steel. Durability is highly rated by owners. The only criticism the Atlas Electric Pasta Machine receives has to do with its motor, and these criticisms are few and far between.

    Imperia Pastaia Italiana Pasta Set

    The various components of the Imperia Pastaia Italiana Pasta Set are made primarily of chrome-plated steel. (A notable exception to this rule is the beechwood rolling pin.) The dimensions of this machine will change depending on which attachment the owner selects, but it's similar in size to competitors and weighs approximately eight pounds. As you would expect from this highly regarded manufacturer, the Imperia Pastaia Italiana is an expertly crafted machine.

    The Atlas Electric Pasta Machine's chrome-plated body and nickel-plated internals look great and provide fantastic durability.
    Considerations

    Features

    Meglio Pasta Maker

    Most of the pasta makers on our shortlist look a lot alike, and it's true that they all operate in much the same way. However, notable differences exist in the variety and thickness of the pasta they produce. Although the Meglio is a cheap pasta maker, it still offers the ability to roll flat sheets (lasagna, ravioli) and cut narrow strips (fettuccine, spaghetti) of dough. Thickness is regulated by a dial on the side. This dial offers nine different settings – a surprisingly large offering for a budget machine.

    CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine

    The CucinaPro pasta machine is designed to make basic lasagna and ravioli sheets. It also has cutters for 1/4-inch fettuccine and 1/16-inch spaghetti. Seven thickness settings are available. That's less than what the Meglio offers, but most owners agree that these options are more than enough, saying that setting "7" is very thin indeed. The main advantage the CucinaPro wields over the Meglio is the fact that numerous accessories are included.

    Imperia Titania 190 Pasta Maker

    Much like the Meglio, the Imperia Titania is quite a basic machine. It functions as both a roller for flat sheets and a cutter for noodles. The noodle products it renders range in width from one-fourth of an inch (for example, fettuccine) to one-sixteenth of an inch (for example, spaghetti). With only five thickness settings, this machine offers fewer options than our previous models. However, most owners agree that the five options are enough for them.

    The Atlas Electric Pasta Machine provides a choice of nine different noodle thicknesses. Along with a flat sheet option for ravioli and lasagna, the manufacturer says that you can cut fettuccine, spaghetti, and tagliolini with the included cutters. As with the CucinaPro, this range could be extended even further with the purchase of extra attachments. This machine's Italian manufacturer, Marcato, is keen to draw attention to the gears, which are tempered and case-hardened to reduce wear and extend working life.

    Imperia Pastaia Italiana Pasta Set

    While the Imperia Pastaia Italiana set offers fairly standard choices in terms of thickness, the additional attachment allows owners to produce sheets, fettuccine, tagliatelle, lasagnette, and round spaghetti. A star-shaped ravioli tray is also included.

    Offering a choice of nine different noodle thicknesses, the Atlas Electric Pasta Machine can produce ravioli, lasagna, fettuccine, spaghetti, and tagliolini.
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    Real-World Performance

    Meglio Pasta Maker

    Owner reaction to the budget-priced Meglio pasta machine seems to depend on what kind of pasta is being made. For flat sheets, it seems to work fine (though some found the thickness inconsistent). However, some problems arise when owners attempt to cut spaghetti or similar strips. Quite a few users have complained that the cutters don't perform well enough and that the pasta has to be separated by hand. (This is not a big deal for some people, but others found it frustrating!) A few also complained that the "C" clamp is too small for their work surface.

    CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine

    The main problem with the CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine has nothing to do with how well it makes pasta. In fact, owners rate the machine very highly. The trouble is with the instructions. Comments from users range from "poor" to "impossible" when it comes to the CucinaPro's written guidelines. Fortunately, consumers can find independent videos online to help clarify things. Most people, once they understand how to use the machine, are delighted with its pasta production, though one or two found the thickness dial hard to adjust – particularly with floury fingers.

    Imperia Titania 190 Pasta Maker

    The Imperia Titania's manufacturer claims that this pasta machine is elegant and easy to use. Owners tend to agree. Several did comment that the English instructions could be clearer (the machine is made in Italy), but most thought that the design was simple enough to manage without much help. In terms of actual pasta production, many say the machine is flawless. Those who bought the optional motor were enthusiastic about that, too.

    Atlas Electric Pasta Machine with Motor Set

    Unlike some other pasta makers on the market, the Italian-made Atlas Electric Pasta Machine operates with an electric motor. The motor enables a smooth drive, consistent noodle thickness, and hands-free operation. Many owners praise its effortless production, and a high number say they would recommend it to others. A very small percentage of owners said they had problems with the machine's motor. This is unfortunate, but under Marcato's warranty, a faulty motor should easily be replaced.

    Imperia Pastaia Italiana Pasta Set

    Given the reputation of this manufacturer (who also makes the Imperia Titania, our Best Bang for Your Buck contender), you would expect the Imperia Pastaia Italiana to rate highly with owners. In general, it does. Users comment that it's robust and easy to use. The well-made hand crank has been singled out by several consumers as an outstanding feature. In fact, the only negative comments made about this machine center around its ravioli tray. The tray isn't as deep as some people would like, and that limits the amount of filling that can be inserted into each piece.

    The elegant Imperia Titania 190 Pasta Maker is thought by many customers to be "flawless."
    Considerations

    Price

    Meglio Pasta Maker

    If you're looking for a cheap pasta maker simply because you want to try using one, or because you make pasta only occasionally, the Meglio, at just $39, is a no-brainer. It shares many desirable features with more expensive machines, and the stainless steel body will never rust. Durability is questionable – it's not a machine that you'll have forever – but if you become a fan of making your own pasta, you'll eventually want to upgrade, anyway.

    CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine

    One owner stated that he chose the CucinaPro pasta maker, which currently retails for $47, because it was a "mid-range" machine – not cheap, but not a huge investment if it didn't work out to be what he really wanted. That's actually a pretty good way to sum up this model. It's a quality machine at an entry level. Complaints are few; some owners have been annoyed because their machine's handle tended to fall off. Other than that, the CucinaPro's performance is quite good.

    Imperia Titania 190 Pasta Maker

    The Imperia Titania 190 Pasta Maker, at $59, is a close competitor of the CucinaPro. In our view, however, it exudes a sleeker, more attractive design. Owners are highly impressed by its build quality and ease of use. A number of "newbie" pasta chefs bought the Imperia Titania because it required only a moderate investment. Although the instructions could be improved, the overall experience appears to be worth the money.

    Atlas Electric Pasta Machine with Motor Set

    If you want the convenience and consistent output of an electric motor, the Marcato Atlas Electric pasta machine will cost you $169. Many owners consider this machine to be worth the expense. After all, there's more to the price than just the powered drive. This is an extremely well-made machine. Built by a highly regarded manufacturer, it's robust, it offers all of the features most people require, and it typically lasts for many years.

    Imperia Pastaia Italiana Pasta Set

    For some, the $120 Imperia Pastaia Italiana Pasta Set will be the perfect answer. A machine from one of the market's top manufacturers, this well-made set comes complete with attachments. Rather than opting for a cheaper model and buying extra pieces along the way, you get all the variety you need upfront with this purchase. No, the Imperia Pastaia doesn't make every kind of pasta under the sun, but it does make more than most. For many people, it's the only pasta machine they will ever need.

    Owners appreciate the sleek Imperia Titania 190 for its fine craftsmanship and ease of use.

    Best of the Best

    Our five finalists all offer something of value, but the best pasta maker on our shortlist is the Marcato Atlas Electric.

    This is a smartly engineered pasta maker with a chrome-plated steel body and nickel-plated internals. These materials render an extremely tough, long-lasting machine that's easy to clean. Since pasta makers aren't supposed to be washed (especially not in the dishwasher), we find this to be a particularly attractive feature. Most of the time, a small brush will do the job on the Atlas. After using the brush, you simply run a little pasta dough through the machine to pick up any other debris, then throw it away.

    Nine thickness settings are available. As one owner pointed out, this allows you to make extremely thin pasta if you so desire. The supplied attachment means you can produce ravioli, lasagna, fettuccine, spaghetti and tagliolini. (For an added cost, additional attachments are also available.) Thanks to the electric motor, owners have both hands free to concentrate on the pasta. A few people have criticized the machine for being a bit slow, but for most people, the speed is just about right.

    The Atlas is not a cheap pasta maker, but it is a very good one. Negative comments about this product are few and far between. Most people are delighted with their purchase and would recommend it to others. It quickly and consistently produces pasta in a variety of forms, and with minimal care, it should keep on doing so for years.
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    Thanks to the Atlas Machine's electric motor, owners enjoy having both hands free to concentrate on the pasta.

    Best Bang for your Buck

    This is a tough call, as many of the pasta makers on our shortlist offer a great value for the money. After thorough research and some deliberation, however, we've determined that the Best Bang for Your Buck pasta maker is the Imperia Titania 190.

    If you're looking for a pasta maker for beginners, the Meglio costs next to nothing. The CucinaPro gets few complaints, and you could make a good argument for the Imperia Pastaia Italiana set, too. On the balance of cost and performance, however, the Titania 190 just cinches the competition.

    Like all Imperia pasta makers, the Imperia Titania is made in Italy – and made very well. Strong chrome steel gives it a lovely bright finish that makes the machine look both traditional and modern. A relatively light and compact frame means it's not difficult to store the Imperia Titania when not in use. A large menu of possible products – lasagna, ravioli, fettuccine, spaghetti, and more – allow owners to make the specific type of pasta they're craving.

    The Imperia's written instructions are not as good as they ought to be. However, most owners agree that it's a relatively straightforward kitchen tool. For those who want additional help learning how to use it, several independent tutorial videos are available online to help with the task. Once the small hurdle of learning how to use this machine is overcome, the Imperia Titania 190 turns out delicious, fresh pasta time after time. At a cost of just $59, you simply cannot beat the deal you get for your money.
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    The Imperia Titania 190 turns out excellent pasta, time after time, at a price that won't break the bank.
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