Best Pasta Makers of 2019 - Automatic and Hand Crank Machines
We spent 80 hours researching pasta makers to find the best ones available. Of the models we reviewed, the Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker turned out to be our favorite. It is convenient; has plenty of labor-saving features; and can make spaghetti, penne, fettuccine and lasagna almost effortlessly. You simply put the ingredients inside, and the machine does all the work for you.
Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker
The fully automatic Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker is a no-fuss device that, with a push of a button, mixes, kneads and extrudes fresh pasta in minutes.
CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine
Small and sturdy, the CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine doesn't cost much, but this hand-crank model turns out fine basic pastas, and you can get extra attachments for other pastas.
HomeStart HST5018 Pasta Maker
The low-cost, Italian-made, steel HomeStart HST5018 Pasta Maker lets you hand-crank dough for good-tasting and fine-textured homemade lasagna, spaghetti and fettuccine.
The Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker creates about two cups of fresh pasta in 15 minutes. All you do is put the ingredients in the machine, close the lid and press a button, and the die-cast aluminum mixing paddle mixes the ingredients and then kneads the dough. The machine extrudes the dough through one of the pasta-creating disks that you place over the opening – and out comes spaghetti, penne, fettuccine or lasagna noodles. You can buy attachments for other kinds of pasta as well.
Since all the messy ingredients – such as flour, oil, eggs, water – are inside the Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker, there's nothing to clean up on your countertop after using this machine. A pull-out storage drawer in the lower back of the machine conveniently holds your pasta-making disks. This is one of the pricier pasta makers we found, but it is a quiet machine that’s remarkably convenient and easy to use.
The compact, sturdy steel CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine comparatively inexpensive but has enough features to make great pasta. The machine is a wooden-handled hand-crank model that produces sheets of pasta 6 inches wide, which you can then cut for making lasagna or ravioli. You turn a dial to adjust the thickness of the dough. Or you can use a dual cutter, which lets you make either spaghetti or fettuccine, and the noodles come out in a sleek, clean form without clumping.
To ensure the machine stays put on your counter or table when you're making pasta, the manufacturer includes a strong clamp to secure it tightly in place. You can buy other accessories to get greater use from your CucinaPro, including an electric motor and an assortment of attachments for pastas other than spaghetti and fettuccine.
The HomeStart HST5018 Pasta Maker is small enough to store easily but big enough to produce plenty of fresh pasta. This durable pasta maker is an inexpensive device that uses a hand crank – this might be a drawback if you have arthritis or any mobility problems that could cause joint or muscle aches. You make the dough yourself and put it into the machine, which then rolls out long, flat sections of pasta dough. You might repeat that process, depending on how thin you want your dough to be.
Then, you attach a slicer for either spaghetti or fettuccine to the machine and start rolling the dough through it, and it emerges as fresh pasta. You can adjust a knob located on the side of the machine to set the thickness of the pasta. It offers a selection of nine thicknesses.
Unfortunately, you cannot buy extra attachments to make any other kinds of pasta using the machine, so you are limited to basic noodles. An included clamp secures the machine to the counter.
Best Noodle Variety
The Weston Roma Electric Pasta Machine lets you make more than just traditional noodles like lasagna, spaghetti and fettucine.
Using this model, you can also whip up soba noodles, venison ravioli, venison pho, butternut squash ravioli and more.
This electric pasta maker has nine thickness settings, so you have plenty of choices. You hand feed the sheets of pasta into the maker’s combing tool. However, the dough must be the right thickness or it will clog the machine. In case you need to clear jams, the machine automatically stops when you lift the safety cover to protect you from injury.
Easiest to Store
The Italian-made Marcato Atlas Wellness 150 pasta maker is a hand-crank machine that weighs just a bit over 3 pounds and is rather short.
In addition, it disassembles, making it a snap to store in any kitchen cupboard.
This sturdy pasta machine lets you makes fresh lasagna, fettuccine and tagliolini. Separately, you can buy 13 additional accessories to make more types of pastas as well as a pasta drive motor. The Atlas Wellness 150’s accessories are made of steel with anodized aluminum alloy and polymeric resin combs, and Marcato says they don’t release troublesome dust particles on the pasta. This pasta maker comes in eight colors.
Why Trust Us?
We spent 80 hours researching pasta makers, evaluating each product to determine the nine best models on the market. We looked for durability, ease of use, the types of pasta you can make with the machine, how easy it is to clean and its overall size.
In addition, we checked the material the machine is made of, the extras you can buy separately and the attractiveness of the appliance since some larger models might be left out on the kitchen counter.
We also looked for good value – how a pasta maker performed in relation to its price. Most people who love to cook are willing to spend a reasonable amount on good-quality kitchen tools, but that doesn't mean they're willing to overpay, even for a name brand.
We found that well-made, but modestly priced pasta makers can yield excellent pasta. The multi-faceted, electrically powered Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker is 10 times more expensive than the HomeStart HST5018 Pasta Maker. The Philips does more things and works faster, but the HomeStart nonetheless is a sturdy machine that makes excellent pasta using a hand crank.
How We Researched
To learn as much as possible about pasta makers during our 80 hours of research, we scoured the internet for information and watched user videos. We also read food blogs and magazine articles and watched television cooking shows.
We looked at each manufacturer's website, read and evaluated their claims, and examined consumer reviews. Afterward, we scored each machine based on overall performance, durability, ease of operation, how much of a mess it makes during operation, and how easy it is to clean.
How Much Do Pasta Makers Cost?
Hand-crank pasta makers range in price from $30 to around $100, while motorized pasta makers can cost anywhere from $70 to $300, depending on the style.
Another style of "pasta" maker that has recently become popular is the veggie pasta spiralizer. These machines, like the Spiralizer Ultimate 7-blade, convert zucchini, summer squash, potatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, carrots and more into "noodles" you can use much like traditional pasta in many dishes. This is a great option for gluten-free eating and dieting or just to change up your pasta routine.
Another way to make homemade pasta is to use an attachment for your KitchenAid stand mixer. Individually, these can cost anywhere from $60 to $125. However, you can often find a three-pack, like the KitchenAid KSMPRA 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Attachment Set, on sale, which makes it a bit more affordable.
What to Look For in a Pasta Maker
Hand-Crank or Electric
Depending on your cooking style, an old-fashioned hand-crank pasta maker might appeal to you, since these often cost somewhat less and make fine pasta. However, if you have any mobility issues and don't want to turn a crank, or you simply want to spend more time creating the perfect sauce, the automatic electric models do all the mixing, kneading and extruding for you.
Most basic pasta makers let you make flattened sheets of dough that you can use for lasagna, or you can run them through slicers on the machine to create spaghetti and fettuccine noodles. If you want to make other shapes, it's smart to buy a brand that lets you purchase extra attachments so you can make the specialty pastas that you love.
If you are the owner of a KitchenAid stand mixer, there are two sets of attachments that we recommend looking into if you are serious about making your own fresh pasta. The KSMPEXTA Gourmet Pasta Press Attachment comes with six different pasta plates, allowing you to make spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, large or small macaroni. If flat noodles are more your thing, then the KitchenAid KSMPRA 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Attachment Set is the way to go. With this wide attachment, your KitchenAid mixer can create fettuccine, and spaghetti while the pasta roller can roll 6-inch wide sheets of pasta with eight different thickness settings. Lasagna, anyone?
Many pasta makers, even those that are modestly priced, are made of metal and will last a long time. Generally, people find stainless steel works well and lasts a long time. However, the partly plastic, partly metal electric pasta makers hold up quite well and are highly popular with consumers because of their fine performance and lasting power. In essence, it comes down to personal preference.
Pasta makers range in price from as low as $45 to as much as $259. Price depends a lot on whether the machine is automatic or hand-cranked as well as the materials it’s made of. However, you don’t need to spend a lot to get a good-quality machine.
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