Best Pasta Maker 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Pasta is a staple food in many homes across the country. From Spaghetti Bolognese to pesto pasta and even a tuna pasta salad for lunch, it is wonderfully versatile.

A fresh bowl tastes even better than the shop bought versions, and it isn’t hard to make at all if you have the right equipment. Plus, making it yourself means you can experiment a bit with flavours, additions and even make it gluten free if necessary.

Many Italians and professionals will shout that manual machines are the only real way to get the job done, but there are electrical models out there too for anyone who prefers the easy life or wants to make more complicated shapes. There are also stand mixer attachments out there which could help you save space and money.

To find the ones which are worth your time, we reviewed some of the most popular models out there to find the best pasta machines around.

The Best Pasta Machines – Our Top Picks

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Marcato Atlas 150
  • Dimensions: 20.3 x 20.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Options: Lasagne, Fettuccine, Tagliolini
  • Material: Aluminium
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Imperia Pasta Machine Kit
  • Dimensions: 20.4 x 18.3 x 15.7 cm
  • Options: Spaghetti, Tagliatelle, Fettuccine, Lasagnette
  • Material: Chromium-plated steel
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SMART Pasta Making Machine
  • Dimensions: 54.4 x 44.8 x 30 cm
  • Options: Spaghetti, Noodles, Tagliatelle, Macaroni
  • Material: Plastic
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Best Pasta Makers

Marcato Atlas 150

With three aluminium rollers for making Lasagne, Fettuccine and Tagliolini, this is a brilliant machine which has been crafted with the best possible pasta in mind.

The rough surface of the rollers creates a porous texture for the pasta. This helps the cooked article to absorb the sauce and create a tastier dish. You can choose from ten different positionings to change the thickness of the pasta too.

If you want to be even more adventurous, there are thirteen extra attachments you can purchase too, such as spaghetti, linguine and lasagnette makers.

The build quality is great, with a strong handle despite this being plastic. It is quite heavy because of this, but a lighter machine probably wouldn’t be able to cope as well. A basic recipe for dough is included in the box which should help you get used to the machine before you turn to more complicated blends.

We like

  • Efficient cutters
  • Easy to clean with small brush
  • Colour choices

We dislike

  • Don’t push it too much - flatten pasta as much as possible before inserting

Final Verdict

Fixes easily to the worktop and the build quality makes it one of the strongest options around

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20.3 x 20.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Options: Lasagne, Fettuccine, Tagliolini
  • Material: Aluminium

Imperia SP150 Italian Double Cutter Pasta Machine

Sturdy and built to last, with a ‘Duplex’ cutter, this is a machine for those serious about their pasta.

You can make your dough in six different thicknesses, and tagliatelle and fettuccine with the included attachments. Plenty of others are available to buy also, such as lasagnette, pappardelle and ravioli.

The solid steel and wooden handle is easy to turn, and comfortable as well. The clamp is also high quality, so there is no chance of the unit moving around when you’re concentrating on getting the perfect results.

A simple recipe book is included which should get your creative juices flowing, and it is also relatively compact in case you want to store it. Imperia is the brand of choice for many Italians, so you’re definitely in safe hands.

Our only niggle is that it must be clamped to a bench, and can’t sit freestanding. With some other machines, you have a choice. This is going to make it unsuitable for some kitchens.

We like

  • Solid and well made
  • Simple to clean with a brush

We dislike

  • Needs clamping to a bench

Final Verdict

A fantastic starter kit, and there are plenty of additional bits and bobs available for when you get more confident

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20.4 x 18.3 x 15.7 cm Options: Tagliatelle, Fettuccine Material: Chromium-plated steel

Imperia Pasta Machine Kit

If you are going into this completely brand new, with bare kitchen cupboards but a big open imagination of what you’re going to make, then you’re going to need a lot of equipment.

Thankfully, this kit comes with all of the basics. It is technically a gift set, but we think it would also be a brilliant gift to yourself.

You get four different cutters – spaghetti, tagliatelle, fettuccine and lasagnette. These are the staple pasta types. So many others come with fancier attachments, but there is a good chance that these will be the most common ones you use.

The rollers are adjustable so you can choose from six different thicknesses, and you also get a ravioli mould and wooden rolling pin so you can make stuffed pasta and roll out the mix before inserting for an easier job.

Don’t feel like this is too much to handle; instructions are included on how to use the machine and all of the attachments, and there are some handy tips too.

We rated the actual Imperia machine highly in our review above, and all of the additions round it off nicely, particularly if you’re a beginner.

We like

  • Great machine
  • Most of the basics included
  • Fab instructions to guide you

We dislike

  • You may find after time that making ravioli by hand is easier than using trays

Final Verdict

A fantastic starter kit, and there are plenty of additional bits and bobs available for when you get more confident

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20.4 x 18.3 x 15.7 cm
  • Options: Spaghetti, Tagliatelle, Fettuccine, Lasagnette
  • Material: Chromium-plated steel

SMART Pasta Making Machine

All you need to do is add the flour, eggs and water to this electric pasta maker, and the machine will do the rest, from combining to the kneading and extraction.

It takes just six minutes to make fresh pasta, which makes it well worth the effort. The dough is mixed and then pushed through the nozzle for perfect results. Pasta is air dried as it comes out of the machine, which makes it less likely to all stick together and will also speed up the end drying process if you won’t be cooking it straight away.

It comes with all the accessories you need to make the pasta which is best for your mealtime, whether it be spaghetti, noodles, tagliatelle or macaroni. Six attachments are included, and you also get a measuring jug, the spanner to take it apart, cleaning brush, and even a free cheese grater for adding the finishing touches – we all love a bit of cheese on pasta.

A large LED display and soft touch buttons make it nice to control, so you get the results you are after. The price perhaps means it is best for serious home chefs or those who will be needing it in a professional atmosphere, but the ease of use makes the cost perfectly valid.

Because you can only make spaghetti or shapes, you’ll still have to use the good old manual method for making lasagne sheets or pasta for ravioli, but it does the hardest types to save you the effort.

We like

  • Hassle free to use
  • Quick
  • Great consistent results
  • Dries the pasta partly

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Really easy to use, and takes the effort out of some of the most complicated pasta forms. Worth the money if you’re willing to pay it

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 54.4 x 44.8 x 30 cm
  • Options: Spaghetti, Noodles, Tagliatelle, Macaroni
  • Material: Plastic

John Lewis & Partners Pasta Machine

John Lewis has a great record in making quality yet affordable kitchen appliances like this. If you want to spend that bit less but still want it to be worth the bother, this is a great option.

You get nine thickness levels, which is more than some which retail for twice the price. All you need to do to set it up is attach the handle and clamp it to the kitchen surface, and you’re good to roll.

The fact that the handle and clamp are removable is great for those who need something compact for easier storage. We did find that the handle could come out when we were rotating it, so you do have to go carefully and smoothly.

It doesn’t produce the best results of those we tested, but it is still great pasta to say it is homemade and perfect if you want to watch what you eat on a budget. For the price, the quality is great.

We will say to look at a few other reviews and possibly change the recipe from that included in the box, too. It does tend to slip through too easily on the thinner settings.

We like

  • Comes with good care instructions
  • Price

We dislike

  • Clamp doesn’t hold the machine very steady on thicker settings

Final Verdict

Not the strongest build or smoothest to use, but the pasts produced is still stellar - and that is all that matters, especially at half the price of other models such as Imperia

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20 x 34 x 25cm
  • Options: Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Ravioli Sheets
  • Material: Stainless Steel

Jamie Oliver Pasta Machine

Although it isn’t a machine or name which you’d usually find in an authentic Italian kitchen, this Jamie Oliver model still produces great tasting pasta which even the fussiest critic would be a fan of.

It is easy to use and can roll pasta up to 17cm wide, meaning you can get more done in a shorter time. The sheets of pasta produced are even, so you get consistent results, which makes it all easier to boil when the time comes.

We have chosen the copper-hued model because we know that will appeal to loads of you out there who like all of their appliances to match, but it is available in full silver too.

We like

  • Attractive, sleek design
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Great brand

We dislike

  • On the basic side from a name like Jamie Oliver

Final Verdict

Simple to use, and while only basic attachments are included, the results are pretty faultless

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 15.2 cm
  • Options: Pappardelle, Tortellini
  • Material: Stainless Steel

VonShef 5 in 1 Fresh Pasta Maker

VonShef is great at making affordable yet trustworthy small kitchen appliances, and this pasta maker is great for anyone who wants the most options for their money.

The four attachments are wide and varied, with a choice of five different kinds of pasta possible. It is nice and user-friendly to turn, thanks to the ergonomic handle and strong stainless steel build. You can adjust it to make various thicknesses too so that you can match the pasta perfectly to the dish. The thinnest is actually perfect for very fine noodles.

The clamp for securing it to a table or kitchen bench is included, so you can use both hands to glide the pasta through the machine safely. It is a little tricky to clean afterwards, but not more so than the others available. For the cost, we would say it is fabulous if this is going to be your first pasta machine or if you simply like the varied results it can offer.

We like

  • Four attachments included
  • Quick to build
  • Good choice of thicknesses

We dislike

  • Instructions aren’t the clearest

Final Verdict

Easy to assemble, and plenty of choice for the price without having to buy extra

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 32.5 x 24.4 x 16.3 cm
  • Options: Lasagne, Spaghetti, Tagliatelle, Ravioli, Fettuccine
  • Material: Stainless Steel

Philips HR2332/11 Viva Collection

Electric machines are usually not the first choice for a lot of professional Italian pasta chefs, but they are still used by some big names. If the sheer idea of manually turning the handle is tiring you out, an electric model could be the answer.

450g of pasta can be made in just over 15 minutes, which is plenty to feed a small family. All you need to do is pop the ingredients into the machine, and it will do the rest for you. It is fully automatic, so you have no winding or manual feeding to do – it will even mix and knead before extruding.

The stirring bar design is unique to this Philips model and ensures that the flour is combined with the other ingredients perfectly for the tastiest pasta possible. The kneading tube is also long, which gives it plenty of opportunities to combine and also results in soft, bouncy pasta.

Different flours can be used, from spelt and wholewheat to durum or quinoa, to ensure the end result is just how you want it and even gluten-free if need be. You can also add various flavours to the mix, whether it be beetroot or carrot juice for colouring or herbs and spices for a bit of a flavour kick.

Despite its talents, it is actually quite a compact and small appliance for keeping on your kitchen counter or popping away in between uses. You get a free recipe book filled with some inspiration which goes beyond the basics, which is nice if you get the hang of it all quickly so need some other ideas to spice up your meal times.

We like

  • Great for experimenting
  • Handy recipe booklet included
  • All ingredients combined well
  • Small drawer in bottom of machine to keep all attachments in one place

We dislike

  • Have to take the machine apart to clean which is a fiddle

Final Verdict

Takes a little while to get the consistencies right, but will cut out all of the faff if you want to put in less effort but still get great results

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 13.5 x 35 x 28.7 cm
  • Options: Spaghetti, Penne, Fettuccine, Lasagna
  • Material: Plastic

KitchenAid 3-Piece Pasta Attachment Set for Stand Mixers

This only features near the bottom of the list because you need a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Model for them to work. If we were rating them on performance and quality alone, they’d get the 5* treatment.

It gives you the electric performance in a much more manageable sense, as you just use the mixer as you would ordinarily, and the attachments work their magic by thinning out and cutting the sheets. The lack of manual operation makes it ideal for anyone who wants ease but still wants to be involved, as you just need to pop the pasta through as opposed to turning the guide too.

The range of KitchenAid attachments available makes it one of the best stand mixers around, and these are perfect for any pasta lover. You can make ordinary lasagne, and you also get the cutters for perfect fettuccine and spaghetti. The former rolls widths of 15cm which should be plenty for your lasagne dish, and you can select eight different thicknesses.

They aren’t cheap, but if you already own a KitchenAid then it makes sense to buy these attachments to save some space, plus you’ve already made a significant purchase.

We like

  • Great, space-saving idea
  • Strong builds
  • Easy to attach

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Must-have attachments if you have the base unit, and build from the quality which you expect from KitchenAid

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: N/A
  • Options: Lasagne, Fettuccine, Spaghetti
  • Material: Stainless Steel

Lakeland Silver Pasta Making Machine

Nice and streamlined, this pasta maker is good for anyone who wants a product with a small footprint.

You get all of the usual bits and bobs in the package; the clamp to secure it to the bench, and the handle are both easy to fit and take apart for storage. There are eight thickness options to choose from, so you can cater it to your liking and what the dish requires.

Because the handle is removable, it does fall off quite a bit when you turn it, but this is quite a surprisingly common issue. However, we would have to say it happened the most with this Lakeland model so it may not be the best option if you are easily frustrated by things like this.

We like

  • From a good brand
  • Removable handle and clamp for storing
  • Build feels strong

We dislike

  • Handle fell out a few too many times for our liking

Final Verdict

There isn’t much to say apart from that it produces the goods. The annoyance with the handle is reduced once you get used to the best way to turn it

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 22.8 x 22.2 x 17 cm
  • Options: Lasagne, Fettuccine, Tagliatelle
  • Material: Stainless Steel

Help and Resources

Pasta Maker Buying Guide

Manual or Electric?

Manual and automatic pasta rollers both have their own pros and cons.

Manual:

  • Easier than making pasta by hand
  • More affordable than electric – can be found for ~£30
  • Can roll flat sheets for lasagne easier
  • Best for long sheets
  • Need two hands to guide pasta free so need to clamp them to the counter
  • You need to turn the handle
  • You still need to do a lot of prep such as kneading and flattening pasta beforehand
  • Difficult to clean – can’t use water so dried dough must be brushed out

Automatic:

  • Can often mix and flatten pasta – you just need to add ingredients
  • More pasta types are available such as small macaroni shapes
  • Usually able to be taken apart for easier cleaning
  • Often best for small pasta shapes as opposed to flat lasagne sheets
  • Quicker than manual options
  • Higher price – often well over £100
  • Electric so more likely to go wrong in time
  • Often more difficult to store
  • Users often can’t control the thickness

Types Of Pasta

If you usually eat spaghetti or tagliatelle, you’re going to want a machine which can form these variations. Same with small pasta shapes such as fusilli or macaroni.

Many will produce lasagne sheets as standard, but not all will (especially if they’re electric), so check beforehand. If you have the basic lasagne sheet, it is often easier to make pasta shapes by hand in the very worst circumstances, and it also makes it easier to produce stuffed shells, tortellini or ravioli.

Dimensions

Not a massive deal unless you are storing the pasta maker in between uses. Your cupboards are probably stuffed with gadgets and small kitchen appliances, so ensure you will be able to safely store and bring out the maker.

Speed

Electric pasta makers are usually much quicker. They can knead and roll faster than you could turn the handle, which is great if you’ll be making large batches at any one time. If you aren’t, a manual model will be fine – it could even be quite satisfying to see your work go into it.

FAQ’s

Why Should I Make Homemade Pasta?

There are a whole host of reasons. Firstly, the taste is much nicer – fresh pasta as opposed to the supermarket dried stuff is a much better texture and will cook quicker. You can also control what goes into it, such as seasonings and colourings, if you prefer to add it to the pasta rather than the sauce or filling. It can also help open pasta up to you if you suffer from allergies, such as gluten or dairy, as you have more freedom to make alternatives. These usually cost a lot in the shops.

Talking of cost, though, it could be pricier to make your own. By the time you’ve bought the eggs, flour, oil and other bits, it could come in more than buying a large bag of ready-made pasta. Then there is the effort you have to go to to make it.

But if your mind is set, our buying guide will help you find the best possible machine for your needs.

What Other Appliances Do I Need To Make Pasta?

  • Mixing Equipment – If you don’t have an electric machine which does all the prep for you, you’ll need a whisk for the wet ingredients, a rolling pin for the dough and a mixing bowl. You may also want a dough scraper
  • Tacapasta – AKA pasta drying rack. If you are making a bumper batch of pasta so you can have some another day, it will need to be dried for appropriate storage
  • Pasta Cutter – If your machine doesn’t cut the pasta design you want, or you’d rather do it yourself to get the right thickness, a range of cutters are widely available
  • Dispenser – Some form of storage container, which makes it easy to get any pre-made dried pasta out without it sticking or clumping together

Which Is The Best Flour To Make Pasta With?

Italian 00 flour is seen as the top choice. It is highly refined and the whitest part of the grain. Other good picks are durum semolina, and many people use all-purpose as it is often the one found in their cupboard at home. You will have to experiment with flavours, ingredients and amounts to get your chosen results.

How Do I Make Coloured Pasta?

If using a machine, simply add the colouring to the dough before you knead it and it goes through the pasta maker. Some good options are beetroot juice for purple pasta, spinach juice for green, squid ink for black (great with seafood), or a golden orange/red from tomato juice!