Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine at Amazon
"This Italian-made stainless steel pasta machine is made by a company that has been making pasta machines for generations, and it’s built to last a lifetime."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Imperia Pasta Maker at williams-sonoma.com
"Made in Italy, the Imperia Pasta Maker looks like a traditional, authentic pasta maker."
Best Pasta Maker Attachment: KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter Attachment Set at Amazon
"If you already own a KitchenAid stand mixer, this set will turn your machine into a powered pasta machine..."
Best Electric: Philips Pasta Maker at Amazon
"If you want homemade pasta with as little fuss as possible, this machine will do it all for you …"
Runner Up, Best Electric: Gourmia GPM100 Electric PastaMazing Pasta Maker at Amazon
"This machines mixes, kneads, and extrudes shaped pasta in about five minutes."
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Best Overall: Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine
This Italian-made stainless steel pasta machine is made by a company that has been making pasta machines for generations, and it’s built to last a lifetime. The included dual-side cutter can make spaghetti or fettucine, but a dozen more accessories are available for machine thin or thick shapes, or even ravioli. A pasta drive motor is also available, so you can turn the hand-cranked machine into a self-powered one.
The exterior of the machine can be wiped clean, but the cutters should not be immersed in water. After using, any adhered pasta dough can be left to dry and simply brushed out of the nooks and crannies of the cutters. The handle is removable for more compact storage.
If you want a splash of color in your kitchen, this machine comes in eight different colors, along with the traditional silver. The rollers are designed to make a rough-surfaced pasta that holds onto sauce better, as opposed to a slick, smooth pasta, and you can choose from 10 different pasta thicknesses.
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Runner-Up, Best Overall: Imperia Pasta Maker
Made in Italy, the Imperia Pasta Maker looks like a traditional, authentic pasta maker. It features two pasta rollers: one for solid sheets that can be made into lasagna and the other for fettuccine or linguini. You can purchase an optional attachment to make ravioli.
It's quality-made with chromed-steel construction, nickel-plated steel rollers, and a wooden handle for easy cranking. There's an extension plate that allows you to guide the dough, a sturdy countertop clamp, and rubber feet to prevent any slipping. To keep your machine from rusting, you should avoid water or detergent and instead wipe flour away with a brush and dry cloth. To keep the rollers turning smoothly, the manufacturer recommends occasionally adding a drop of oil.
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Best Pasta Maker Attachment: KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter Attachment Set
If you already own a KitchenAid stand mixer, this set will turn your machine into a powered pasta machine, and of course you can use your stand mixer for making the dough.
The wide roller is used for flattening pasta sheets that can be used as-is for ravioli or lasagna, or for cutting shapes by hand. The flat roller is also used for flattening the dough prior to using one of the other included cutters for spaghetti or fettuccine. The set also includes a brush for cleaning the roller and cutters.
Attaching the roller or cutters to the machine is a little less convenient than the same process on a hand-crank machine, but it’s much more convenient to be able to feed the pasta with one hand and catch with the other while the machine does the “cranking” for you.
The roller and cutters should not be immersed in water. After using, any adhered pasta dough can be left to dry and simply brushed out of the nooks and crannies of the cutters.
Other cutters, as well as a ravioli attachment, are available separately.
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Best Electric: Philips Pasta Maker
If you want homemade pasta with as little fuss as possible, this machine will do it all for you – you just need to add ingredients, and cut the pasta into usable lengths as it comes out of the machine about 15 minutes later.
The machine mixes and kneads the dough, then extrudes it through one of the included dies. The included dies make spaghetti, penne, fettuccine, and lasagna. Other dies might be available in the future.
This has an automatic shutoff when the process is done, and the shaft is detachable for easy cleaning. An LED display shows the progress. Cleaning tools to fit each die are included for easily removing bits of dough, along with a measuring cup, recipe booklet.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Runner Up, Best Electric: Gourmia GPM100 Electric PastaMazing Pasta Maker
Pasta making couldn’t be faster. This machines mixes, kneads, and extrudes shaped pasta in about five minutes. It includes six different dies, so you can use this machine for making angel hair, spaghetti, linguini, fettuccine, flat sheets for ravioli, and hollow tubes for penne or macaroni. If you want even larger sheets, just remove the dough after kneading and roll it out as needed.
The mixing bowl is removable for easy cleaning, and there’s a built-in compartment for storing the dies neatly. This is an electric machine at a budget price, so there’s a lot more plastic involved. The mixing, kneading, and extruding parts can all be immersed in water for cleaning.
How We Tested
Our reviewers spent six hours testing one of our readers’ favorite pasta makers. To get the most comprehensive results, they used it to make several different types of pasta. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this pasta maker, from its ease of use to the quality of the final product. We've outlined the key takeaways so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
What to Look for in a Pasta Maker
Electric vs. manual 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. With hand-cranked machines, you can simply stop cranking if you need to take a break for a phone call or clear more space on your counter.
Dies or cutters Pasta machines with included cutters allow you to make sheets of pasta or cut them into strips for spaghetti or fettuccine. Some machines also have attachments for making ravioli. Machines with dies let you make tubular pastas as well as shaped pasta like rotini.
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.