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Making pasta at home might seem like a daunting cooking project, but with the right tools, it's actually pretty straightforward and more fun than you might realize. Not to mention, the end result is well worth the effort since the taste and texture of fresh pasta beats the boxed stuff.
Whether you're an experienced home cook or a kitchen newbie, a dedicated pasta maker makes the process of rolling and cutting dough into noodles easy to master. There are traditional hand-cranked models that give you complete control over the process and electronic models that let you enjoy fresh pasta with minimal effort.
Once you've tried your hand at homemade pasta, we bet you'll want to make it from scratch all the time. Ready to whip up ristorante quality pasta dishes at home? Here are the six best pasta makers to get you started.
Cuts noodles cleanly
Versatile in use
Doesn’t come with spaghetti attachment
Built to last, this top-rated Italian-made pasta machine is made by a company that has been crafting pasta machines for generations. It's got a shiny, sleek look thanks to nickel and chrome-plated steel construction. It's also available in eight color options if you prefer colorful a pop of color.
Sheets of dough can be rolled to 10 different thicknesses and the included dual-sided blade cuts fettuccine or tagliolini. The rollers are designed to produce rustic rough-surfaced pasta, which holds sauce better than smooth surfaced noodles. There are a dozen blade options available to cut additional pasta shapes, including ravioli. If you'd prefer a self-powered machine instead of hand-cranked, a pasta drive motor accessory is available as an add on. Our tester gave this pasta machine high marks for how sharply defined its noodles turned out compared with a couple of other similar hand-crank pasta makers she tried. Plus, considering it was her first time making homemade noodles, "I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was," she raved.
The crank handle is removable for more compact storage and keeping the machine clean is pretty simple. Instead of soaking in water, the exterior should be wiped clean and any stuck-on dough left to dry, then brushed out of the nooks and crannies of the cutters.
"The fettuccine and tagliolini attachments consistently delivered cleanly cut noodles that rivaled those made with my other favorite pasta maker." — Tierney McAfee, Product Tester
Blades work smoothly and precisely
Easy to use and clean
Machine can be a bit wobbly when in use
This authentic Italian-made pasta maker is constructed from durable chromed-steel with nickel-plated steel rollers and a wooden handle for easy cranking. It comes with a 6-inch wide roller for making solid sheets of pasta that can be used as lasagna noodles and a double-sided blade for cutting strips of fettuccine or spaghetti. You can purchase additional attachments to make more pasta shapes.
Helpful features include an extension plate that provides extra support as you guide the dough through the rollers and a countertop clamp and rubber feet that provide sturdiness and prevent slipping while in use. To care for the machine, avoid water or detergent, wipe flour and dried dough away with a brush and dry cloth, and occasionally add a drop of oil to the rollers to keep them turning smoothly.
Several reviewers gave this pasta maker points for its solid, heavy-duty construction and how cleanly and precisely it produces pasta noodles.
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 will turn it into a motorized pasta maker. The stand mixer can pull double duty with this set: use the mixer to whip up a batch of pasta dough and then attach this pasta accessory to roll and cut the dough into piles of noodles.
This set includes a 6-inch roller that produces flat sheets of pasta that can be used for lasagna or cut into other shapes by hand. You also get two cutters for cutting dough into strips of spaghetti or fettuccine. Other cutters, as well as a ravioli attachment, are available separately.
Attaching the roller and cutters to the stand mixer is a little clunkier of a process than using a traditional hand-crank pasta maker, but you'll gain the convenience of having both hands free to feed the pasta with one hand and catch with the other while the mixer's motor powers all the “cranking” for you.
Our tester was pleased with how quick and easy it was to use this pasta maker, especially compared with hand-crank ones. In fact, the process was so fast that she had some trouble keeping up with the cutters as they churned out rows of noodles.
"Both cutters produced perfectly perforated, presentation-worthy noodles with almost no effort on my part." — Tierney McAfee, Product Tester
Very easy to use
Mixes and kneads dough fast
Includes four pasta shaping discs
Bulky and heavy to store
If you want homemade pasta with little user effort, this electric model will do nearly all the work for you. Simply measure flour and water for either a single or double batch of pasta, then let the pasta maker take over. It'll automatically mix and knead the dough, then extrude it through one of the included dies to make spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, or tubular-shaped penne noodles.
Our product tester gave this pasta maker positive reviews for how simple it is to operate and how quick and almost effortless the process is. The included plastic scraper makes the fun job of cutting the pasta into your desired length as it comes out of the machine easy. Plus, the whole process only takes about 10-15 minutes. An LED display also counts down the time and the machine will automatically shut off after each batch of pasta.
You'll receive a measuring cups for dry and liquid ingredients, a recipe book, and cleaning tools that fit each die to help you easily remove stuck-on bits of dough. Speaking of dies, a storage drawer is built into the unit 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
Durable stainless steel construction
Versatile in use
Machine is a little wobbly when in use
Handle doesn’t lock into place
If you want to give pasta making a try, but aren't ready to invest in a pricey model, the OxGord pasta maker packs plenty of value. It's affordable, easy to use, and simple to clean, making it a great choice to experiment with.
Constructed of all stainless steel, this machine comes with three roller and blade attachments that let you create flat sheets of pasta, fettuccine, and spaghetti in nine different thicknesses. The wooden handle can be removed for easier storage and there are predrilled holes so you can mount it to a work surface if you want to. Our reviewer, in her tests, found that the fettuccine and linguine cutters produced neatly perforated strips (though she noted that some of the spaghetti noodles stuck together).
One thing to note about cleaning this pasta maker: the product description states the parts are dishwasher safe, but the included instructions say these parts shouldn't be exposed to water. Like the other stainless steel pasta makers on this list, you'll want to let any adhered dough dry out before dry 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
The sleek Marcato Design Atlas 150 Pasta Machine is our top pick due to its durable construction, ease of cleaning, and—most important—precise and consistent results. If you prefer tube-shaped pasta like fusilli and rigatoni, try the automated Philips Pasta Maker Plus. It includes four die discs and is easy to use and clean.
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Cookbook author Donna Currie is a writer for The Spruce Eats. Her specialty is in product roundups and reviews, especially kitchen gadgets and appliances, so she's no stranger to what makes a good pasta maker. Check out her other small appliance roundups, including the best sandwich presses, leading stand mixers, and the top bread machines on the market.
This roundup was updated by Sharon Lehman, a home cook who happens to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She specializes in small kitchen appliance testing and reviews for The Spruce Eats and reviewed the Philips Pasta Maker Plus included in this roundup.
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 its 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.