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While part of the appeal of store-bought pasta is how quick and easy it is to prepare, making homemade pasta is a fun project and not as complicated as it might seem. It also allows you to customize ingredients to your preferences and dietary requirements and enjoy the delicate texture and taste of fresh pasta whenever you’d like.
You don't have to be a master chef, either. A dedicated pasta maker makes the process of rolling and cutting dough into noodles easy to master. The options include traditional, hand-cranked models that clamp to a kitchen counter, attachments for the stand mixer you might already own, and the latest development: electronic models that let you enjoy fresh pasta with minimal effort—some even weigh ingredients and mix the dough for you!
Ready to try your hand at making fresh pasta from scratch? Here are the best pasta makers to get you started.
Best Overall: Marcato Design Atlas 150 Pasta Machine
Cuts noodles cleanly
Doesn’t come with a spaghetti attachment
This popular manual pasta machine is from an Italian company that has been crafting them for generations. It’s made from sleek, chrome-plated steel, features a removable crank handle that makes storage easier, and is also available in six stylish colors, including red, green, and rose gold. Beyond its looks, it performs exceptionally well.
You can roll sheets of dough to 10 different thicknesses and the included dual-sided attachment cleanly cuts either fettuccine or tagliolini. These rollers are designed to produce pasta with a rough surface, which holds sauce better than smooth-surfaced noodles. Besides the cutter that comes with the machine, there are 12 more blade options available for purchase if you want additional pasta shapes, including spaghetti and ravioli.
One drawback to this type of machine is that it can be a bit tricky to simultaneously turn the hand crank, feed dough into the machine, and catch and guide the pasta emerging from the other end. It’s made easier with two people, but if you prefer to keep your hands free for guiding the pasta, a drive motor accessory is also available as an add-on.
Overall, our tester gave this pasta machine high marks for the sharply defined noodles it turned out, compared with other similar hand-crank pasta makers she tested. Plus, it was her first time making homemade noodles, and she raved, "I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was."
"The fettuccine and tagliolini attachments consistently delivered cleanly cut noodles that rivaled those made with my other favorite pasta maker." — Tierney McAfee, Product Tester
Best Mixer Attachment: KitchenAid KSMPRA 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Attachment Set
Solid, durable construction
Easy for one person to use
Can only be used with a KitchenAid stand mixer
If you already own a KitchenAid stand mixer, this attachment set is an easy answer for homemade pasta. This set makes your stand mixer extremely versatile: Use the mixer to whip up the homemade pasta dough and then use the pasta attachments to roll the dough thin and cut it into noodles.
The set comes with a 6-inch roller that produces flat sheets of pasta that can be used to make lasagna, or you can cut or form the sheets into other shapes by hand. It also comes with two cutters for slicing the dough into strips of spaghetti or fettuccine. Cutters for other shapes, including a ravioli attachment, are available separately.
Attaching the roller and cutters to the stand mixer is more difficult than using a traditional, hand-cranked pasta maker, but you'll gain the flexibility of having both hands free to feed the pasta with one hand and catch with the other while the mixer's motor does all the cranking for you.
Our tester was pleased with how quick and easy it was to use this pasta maker, especially compared with a hand-crank process. In fact, it was so fast that she had some trouble keeping up with the cutters as they churned out piles of noodles.
"Both cutters produced perfectly perforated, presentation-worthy noodles with almost no effort on my part." — Tierney McAfee, Product Tester
Best Electric: Philips Kitchen Appliances Pasta and Noodle Maker HR2357/05
Easy to use
Mixes and kneads dough quickly
Can make tube-shaped and short pasta
Bulky and heavy
If you want homemade pasta with minimal effort, this electric model is the way to go. All you have to do is measure the flour and water for either a single or double batch of pasta, throw the ingredients into the machine, and watch while it takes over. It automatically mixes and kneads the dough and extrudes it through one of the included dies to make your choice of spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, or tube-shaped penne.
Our product tester gave this pasta maker a glowing review for its simple and speedy operation. The included plastic scraper makes cutting the pasta into your desired length as it comes out of the machine fun and easy. Plus, the whole process only takes about 10 to 15 minutes. An LED display counts down the time and the machine will automatically shut off after each batch of pasta.
The machine comes with measuring cups for dry and liquid ingredients, a recipe book, and cleaning tools. Even better, all of the accessories and detachable parts are dishwasher safe, unlike manual steel machines. On the downside, the machine is bulky and heavy, but it features a built-in storage drawer for the dies and other accessories and you can purchase additional dies to make even more pasta shapes.
"Measuring the flour and liquid was fool-proof, thanks to the included measuring cups." — Sharon Lehman,Product Tester
Best Budget: OxGord Pasta Maker Machine
Made of stainless steel
Machine is a little wobbly when in use
Handle doesn’t lock into place
If you aren't ready to invest in a pricey pasta maker, we recommend the budget-friendly OxGord pasta maker as it packs plenty of value. It's affordable, easy to use, and simple to clean, making it a great entry point for homemade pasta.
Made from stainless steel, this manual machine comes with three roller and blade attachments that let you create flat sheets of pasta in nine different thicknesses, as well as fettuccine and spaghetti. The wooden handle can be removed for easier storage. While the base features pre-drilled holes for clamping it to a work surface, the included clamp doesn’t fit around some countertops and our product tester found the machine a little wobbly during use. Our reviewer, in her tests, found that the fettuccine and linguine cutters produced neatly cut strips, though she noted that some of the strands of spaghetti stuck together.
Like the other stainless-steel pasta makers on this list, the machine and attachments aren’t dishwasher safe: For cleanup, you’ll need to let any adhered dough dry out before brushing it away.
"Though the OxGord can be described as a no-frills machine, its simple stainless steel construction nevertheless makes it an attractive and minimalist piece." — Tierney McAfee, Product Tester
Best Value: CucinaPro Pasta Maker Deluxe Set
Includes a variety of cutters
Easy to clean
Can slip on smooth countertops
This pasta machine includes a wide variety of cutters at an affordable price, so it’s great for those who want to make many kinds of pasta right off the bat without having to order extra attachments. The included cutters make spaghetti, fettuccine, angel hair, lasagnette (which is ribbon pasta, or slightly thinner lasagna), and ravioli. Plus, the design is user-friendly and our tester reported delicious results with all the cutters.
This machine is not as sturdy as some of the others we tested, and on smooth surfaces, it tended to slide during use, but it’s made in Italy from chrome-plated stainless steel. As with most pasta machines, the cutters aren’t dishwasher safe and should not be immersed in water, so you need to let any leftover bits of dough dry before brushing them away.
Best Manual Extruder: Consiglio’s Premium Pasta Extruder with Five Brass Dies
Can make five pasta shapes, including tubes
Dies are made of durable solid brass
Easy to use and clean
Small and lightweight
No additional die shapes available
This traditional, made-in-Italy manual pasta press clamps to the edge of a counter or tabletop. As you feed narrow rolls of pasta dough through the funnel-shaped hopper (made of anodized aluminum), you turn the long crank handle with the other hand and the pasta is pushed through one of the five included solid brass dies to form several different shapes. It can produce round or square spaghetti, twisted casarecce, or tube-shaped maccheroni and bucatini.
Although the press is not dishwasher safe, it can be disassembled, and the parts, unlike stainless-steel cutter attachments, can be hand washed with dish soap and water. The press is smaller and lighter than most hand-crank machines, and the handle is detachable for easier storage. The dies are made of thick, solid brass, so they’re more durable than plastic or aluminum dies.
The main disadvantage of this option is that you are limited to the five types of pasta that you can make with the included dies—no additional attachments are currently available for it, but if the included types happen to be your favorites, it’s a great option for making them at home and should last for quite a while.
The sleek Marcato Design Atlas 150 Pasta Machine is our top pick due to its durable construction, smooth operation, and—most important—precise and consistent results. If you prefer a machine that does all the mixing and kneading for you and lets you make short pasta like penne and fusilli, try the automated Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker. It can make a wider variety of pasta, is easy to use, and its detachable parts are dishwasher safe.
What to Look for in a Pasta Maker
Electric vs. Manual
Manual machines, operated by a hand crank, are less expensive than electric and are ideal for thin sheets of dough or long, flat noodles. It’s a little awkward to feed the dough into the machine on one end, guide the pasta as it exits the other, and turn the hand crank at the same time, so it can be easier to operate a manual machine with two people. Some models, though, offer an optional motorized attachment that does the turning for you. Electric pasta machines are easier to use than manual ones, but you have to work at the speed of the machine, cutting the pasta to length as it’s extruded. Some electric models even mix the dough for you, but they can be tricky to clean.
Look for a sturdy machine made of stainless steel, rather than aluminum. Weightier stainless steel will have greater stability and durability, and it’s also inert and won’t rust.
Dies or Cutters
Cutter attachments, used with manual, hand-crank machines and as stand-mixer add-ons, allow you to make thin sheets of pasta and cut them into long, flat strips like pappardelle or fettuccine. Die extruders, which are available with many electric machines, as stand-mixer attachments, or in manual versions, let you also make round and tubular pasta, like spaghetti and rigatoni, as well as short, shaped pasta, like fusilli.
Availability of Extra Dies or Cutters
Pasta machines come with a variety of dies or cutters to get you started, but they may not include all of your favorite pasta shapes. Before you buy, check to see if there are additional dies or cutters that you can add to your collection in the future.
How do you clean a pasta maker?
This depends on the type of pasta maker, but manually operated, metal pasta makers should not be cleaned with water (to avoid rusting) and they are not dishwasher safe. Wait about an hour after using your machine to allow any remaining bits of dough to dry; it will be easier to remove once it’s dried a bit. Use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe flour and dough from the outer parts of the machine, and a dry pastry brush, thin wooden dowel, bamboo skewer, or toothpick to remove any bits of dried dough from the crevices of the rollers and cutter attachments.
To clean an electric pasta machine, you’ll need to disassemble the machine and wash each part separately; for those and other types of pasta makers, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Should you lubricate your pasta maker?
Occasionally, metal pasta rollers or cutting attachments might start to squeak or not turn as smoothly as they once did, and lubricating them can help resolve these issues. Place a few drops of food-grade mineral oil at either end of the roller and give it a few turns to distribute the oil evenly. Don’t use vegetable oil to lubricate your machine, as it could grow sticky or rancid.
Can you make homemade pasta without a pasta maker?
People made pasta by hand for hundreds of years before machines were invented, and all you really need is a rolling pin (or even a wine bottle!) to roll out your dough and a sharp knife to cut it. But pasta machines or attachments make the process easier and faster and give more uniform results, for pasta that cooks evenly. Pasta machines also make a wider variety of pasta shapes possible, as some are difficult, if not impossible, to make by hand.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This roundup was written by Danette St. Onge, formerly the Italian Food Expert for The Spruce Eats and a features editor at Cook’s Illustrated magazine (part of America’s Test Kitchen). A cookbook author and kitchen appliance tester, she spends hours combing the Internet, comparing options, reading reviews, and testing equipment to find the best tool for every job. She personally owns and uses the Marcato Design Atlas 150, our Best Overall pick.
Several of the pasta makers on this list were fully reviewed by our product testers: Sharon Lehman, a home cook who happens to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Tierney McAfee, a food writer who has tested numerous small appliances and kitchen gadgets for The Spruce Eats.