Welcome to our pasta machine reviews. If like me, you enjoy the taste of great homemade pasta, then you will want to own some type of pasta machine. There are quite a few of these available on the UK market.
Sadly there are some very poor quality machines out there. To save you a lot of frustration you should avoid those like the plague. They just don't work, are a waste of your money, and would drive you crazy. In this review, I have only included pasta makers that are highly rated and very good quality.
Two Types of Pasta Maker
There are two types in the UK & European market right now:
- The Manual Pasta Maker
- An Electric Pasta Maker Machine
Most people will be familiar with the roller type pasta maker. You make your own pasta and the use this type of machine to roll it out and cut it.
The electric machines are relatively new. You actually make the pasta in the machine, and then use it to roll and cut. Often this is referred to as extrusion. These machines are either loved by buyers or hated by buyers. They get mixed reviews. I will cover those later in this review.
Manual Roller Type
A good manual hand style pasta maker costs around £45-50, whereas the machine style, cost around £100. In my opinion, you should only buy the electric type, if you plan on making pasta at home on a regular basis. These do allow you to make some of the more complicated pasta types.
Manual Pasta Maker Machines
The design for a manual roller type pasta maker is old, and has not changed over the years. There are four component parts:
- The cutters which cut your pasta to shape
- The handle -when turned it is this that turns the rollers
- The rollers - squeezes the home made pasta and should be non-stcik
- The knob that regulates the thickness
There are really only two high quality manual pasta machines, that buyers seem to really like. There is and always has been stiff competition between these two brands of pasta making machines.
- Imperia Italian Double Cutter Pasta Machine
- Marcato Atlas 150 pasta machine
Imperia Pasta Maker
Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker
These have dominated the UK marketplace for a very long time, and for very good reasons. They are both very high quality, make great pasta and last for years. It really is a matter of preference as to which you like the best. The Imperia has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, whereas the Marcato has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
The Imperia costs on average around £45, and the Marcato on average around £51.
Personally I own the Marcato Atlas 150. I bought that because of my Italian friends. My wife and I love home made pasta. The best I have ever tasted was made by my wife's cousins mother. That sounds like a bit of a mouthful. This is a wonderful lady who has been making her own pasta for over 70 years.
I asked her (in very bad Italian) what she recommended as a good pasta maker. She came with me to her local hardware store, and picked the Marcato one out. That was good enough for me. I have been using it for about 6 years now, and it is in as good a condition now, as it was when I bought it. More importantly though it does a fantastic job.
If you plan on making home made pasta, a couple of times a month, or more often, then one of the above would be a very good investment for you. If you only plan on using this a few times during the year, then you are probably better off with a cheaper machine. I have reviewed some of those down below.
Imperia vs Marcato Comparison Table
The easiest way to decide which is best for you, is to see them compared side by side. That way you can see at a glance, which will suit your needs, and your budget the best.
6 thickness settings
Makes two types of pasta: tagliatelle and fettuccine
Marcato Atlas 150
10 thickness settings
Makes four types of pasta including a flat roller for Lasagna, cutter for Fettuccine.
Types of Pasta That Can Be Made
Before you buy any machine, it is important to know what type of pasta it can make. If you are familiar with what is called "long pasta," then this is the type that is most commonly made using these machines. Most people will be familiar with spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel hair. These makers will also make sheet type pasta used for lasagna.
To make other shapes like ravioli you will need to buy other accessories.
Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker Review
This is the one that I own myself, and for me it does a great job. I know this costs around the £50 mark and that is not cheap. However this thing is built to last. It gets used about 2-3 times a month and has for about 6 years, without a hiccup.
This product is a strong and sturdy construction, that feels solid to use. It looks really well and it is also very easy to clean. Any of the older style Marcato attachments will fit the newer Atlas 150. That is great as you have no need to worry about buying an end of life product.
Imperia Italian Double Cutter Pasta Machine Review
This is the other main choice and it is slightly cheaper (£5-6) than the one above. This one also gets great reviews so if you prefer the look of this one, then you will not be disappointed with its performance.
I have used this one and it works really well. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, you can see that buyers also like this one a lot. There have been thousand of satisfied buyers, so certainly worth a closer look.
Cheap Pasta Maker Reviews
There are of course cheaper pasta makers available. You can get these from around £15-25 and buyers do seem to like those. I have included these below. I have used one of them and it did a decent job.
It is only when you use one of the more expensive ones though, that you notice some big differences.
VonShef 3-in-1 Stainless Steel Pasta Maker
This one has an average price of around £22, so about half the price of the ones above. Buyers like this one and have given it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Clearly that is an excellent rating also.
So if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the two Italian models reviewed above, then this could be a very good choice for you. It comes with a table clamp that helps hold the machine in place when rolling.
You also get a spaghetti measuring tool. This machine also has a an extended 2 Year warranty
Electric Pasta Maker Machines
I mentioned at the start, there are two types. Above I have discussed in detail the manual ones. It is worth pointing out that you can buy electric attachments for those. That way the electricity does the work of turning the rollers, rather than doing it by hand.
Imperia Pasta Presto Electric
This one does all of the work for you. Rather than having to add a motor to a manual pasta maker, this one is a contained unit, that does the grunt work for you.
This one costs around £180. That is 3-4 times more expensive than the manual models I have shown above. I did get to use this particular model and it works fine. Is it worth three times the price of a manual one? For me no it isn't. I enjoy hand rolling the pasta anyway so perhaps I am biased.
Buyers like this model though and there are plenty of buyers who rate this one at 4.6 out of 5 stars. Personally I would just struggle to justify the spend.
Advanced Electric Pasta Machines
However, even with the one above, you still have to make the pasta at home first. With the full blown electric pasta makers, they do that for you as well. The pasta is made inside the machine, and then extruded out into the various types of pasta that you want to produce. It is a bit like a food processor and a pasta cutter all in one.
The Pasta Gusto is one such machine.
I also mentioned earlier that these really do divide opinion. When I checked this one about half of the people gave it a full 5 stars, and the other half gave it just one star. The centre of debate seems to be the quality of the pasta it makes. Those who gave it a 5 star said, you had to strictly follow their recipe for great results.
It costs around £140 and for me the jury is out until I see a lot more reviews.