What are the best pasta machine brands in the marketplace? You want homemade fresh pasta, and though you know it's possible to roll it by hand, you're thinking of getting a machine. We've done some research to find which brands received high marks from their users.
Some of the best and most popular pasta machine brands are:
Let's take a look at these brands, and then look at the difference between manual and electric pasta makers. We'll also talk about costs and if a pasta maker is worth it.
The Best Pasta Makers
The Atlas pasta machine made by Marcato of Italy is our top pick. Italians know their pasta, so it's no wonder they also know their pasta-making equipment. Use this machine manually or add the auxiliary motor for easy electric use. Not only does it make beautiful pasta, but it's lovely to look at, too.
Imperia is the pasta maker line from Cucino Pro. With a tag line of "inspiring chefs everywhere," it's no wonder that there entire line up of pasta making equipment receives rave reviews. Elegant and functional, you won't go wrong with an Imperia.
Shule is an Asian company that specializes in pasta machines and other kitchen equipment. When we think of pasta, it's often Italy that comes to mind, but when you say noodles, it makes sense that we think of Asia. Udon noodles and ramens are a mainstay of Asian culture and cuisine. It's no wonder one of the best machines is made there. An even more significant advantage of this machine is its price, coming in at under $50 for a manual version.
Phillips Appliances makes a couple of different automatic pasta machines for the market. They are highly-rated by users, which is why we've put them on this list. Being electric, they are slightly more expensive than manual pasta machines, but they rank high for ease of use.
KitchenAid mixers are a staple in many households, and it's no wonder. They're well-made and have a whole catalog of attachable tools to use. These tools include a wide variety of pasta rollers and cutters to take the dough you've blended in the mixer and turn it into delectable homemade pasta.
What Should You Consider When Purchasing A Pasta Machine?
Pasta machines allow you to make fresh, delicious, foodie-approved noodles. They are more delicious than dried pasta but require more work than buying grocery store fresh. Fresh pasta can also be more expensive than dried pasta.
Here a few other things to consider when buying a pasta machine. First, how often are you going to make pasta? If it's only going to be for special occasions, then you might only need a manual pasta maker. Second, what types of pasta do you want to make? If you want lots of options, then choosing an electric maker might be right for you.
Electric VS Manual Pasta Maker; Which Is Better?
With pasta makers, you have two choices, electric or manual. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each and see which is better for your needs.
Manual Pasta Maker
Manual pasta makers are more manageable than making pasta by hand, but they still require some work. They're great for making long noodles like spaghetti and fettuccini but won't work for some fancier kinds of pasta like macaroni. A manual pasta maker doesn't need an outlet and is easier to clean because you don't have to worry about electrical components. They also are very reliable because of this. (Check out our link here for information on costs of pasta: https://kitchenseer.com/is-making-pasta-cheaper-than-buying/)
This Italian manual pasta maker from Marcato Design is a beautiful piece of equipment. There are numerous attachments available for this machine to make everything from capellini to ravioli. Start with the basic pasta machine and add pieces as you grow more skilled. It's not dishwasher safe but is easy to hand clean after rolling out your pasta dough.
This is the ravioli attachment for the above machine to give you an idea of what the attachments look like.
This manual pasta maker from Imperia made it to a "Best High End" manual pasta maker list (though it's less expensive than the Marcato model). The wood handle is so comfortable in your hand when cranking out the beautiful dough. The shiny-plated steel body is heavyweight and sturdy. It's heavy-duty and won't let you down. The basic version makes spaghetti and fettuccini, but there are add-on attachments for other types of noodles.
Electric Pasta Makers
Electric or automatic pasta makers are less work than manual ones. Feed-in your ingredients and let it do the labor for you. Of course, with this ease comes a cost. Electric pasta makers are more expensive than manuals. And they are also not as easy to clean. You must be careful of their electrical components when washing them. They are, however, more varied in the types of pasta they will make.
This is Razorri's Electric Pasta Maker. With this machine, you can make a pound of homemade noodles in less than 15 minutes. It even mixes the dough for you with its handy kneading function. After extruding the noodles, they can go straight into the pot of boiling water and be ready in a couple of minutes. Yum! The machine's tidy drawer at its base stores all 13 included noodle molds when not in use. Also, all of the removable parts on this machine are dishwasher safe.
This Phillips Compact Auto Pasta Maker is a perfect choice for the small kitchen, producing 2-3 servings of fresh, delicious pasta in less than 20 minutes. It has built-in storage for the shaping discs for spaghetti, fettuccini, and penne pasta styles.
Can I Get A Pasta Cutter For My Mixer?
The answer to this question depends on your mixer. If you have a KitchenAid mixer, then you sure can. (There's so much you can do with your KitchenAid mixer and we wrote about it here: https://kitchenseer.com/kitchenaid-accessories/)
Notice the bump-out on the mixer where the pasta roller attaches. If your brand of machine has a similar connection point, there may be a cutter or roller made for your machine.
This set of off-brand attachments fits your KitchenAid mixer. The set includes a pasta sheet roller, a fettuccine cutter, and a spaghetti cutter. They're made of food-grade stainless steel, but must be washed by hand.
Is A Pasta Maker Worth The Money?
That's a decision only you can make. If you don't plan on using your pasta maker very often, then we suggest sticking with a manual machine. They typically cost under $100, and some even run as low as about $40. It's not a massive investment if you think it might be fun. And making pasta can be a great family activity in the kitchen.
This manual pasta maker from Gourmex is under fifty dollars and highly rated. Just because you don't plan to make pasta often doesn't mean you shouldn't have the right tool. It has seven different thickness settings to help you achieve the perfect noodles for your dish.
Investing in an electric machine is a more substantial investment as they start around two hundred dollars but can go up to four or five hundred dollars for high-quality home machines. You can buy a whole bunch of store-bought pasta for that amount of cash. But if you're a real foodie, the cost won't matter because you know the ease of making your own will be worth it.
Automatic pasta machines like this one cost several hundred dollars. If you're not going to be using it regularly, then you may want to weigh whether or not one of these machines is for you.
Do you have your pot of water boiling? We sure hope so because homemade pasta sounds like the perfect dinner. Can't wait to see what you decide and how the pasta-making goes.
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