What We Like
Durable stainless steel construction
Versatile in use
Made in Italy
What We Don't Like
Handle doesn’t lock into place
Cutters don’t fully perforate all noodles
Clamp doesn't fit over some countertop edges
Not completely stable when in use
With three attachments and seven settings, this capable little pasta-making set earns high marks for versatility and ease of use. But with so many affordable hand-crank pasta makers on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best in its class. If you’re still noodling over whether to purchase the CucinaPro Classic Pasta Maker or a similar alternative, read on for our verdict.
Performance: Easy to use and effective
A great product for beginner pasta makers, the CucinaPro is affordable, effective, and easy to use. The directions provided in the instruction manual were somewhat vague, so we looked up tutorial videos online to guide us through the simple process of making fresh dough and rolling and cutting our pasta.
Each cutter was easy to use and yielded tasty results.
After using the roller to create smooth, flat sheets of pasta, we fed them through the spaghetti and fettuccine cutters, using a tray to catch the freshly cut pasta as it came through the other side. The cutters, which were a little bit tricky to attach and detach, did their job well, though the noodles did not come out as precisely cut as they did with the KitchenAid pasta maker we tested. Because of this, we had to separate some of the noodles by hand, which was a bit time-consuming, but not a deal breaker.
We used the fettuccine noodles—as well as additional noodles we made with two similar hand-crank models and with a far more expensive KitchenAid attachment—to make fettuccine alfredo. In a taste test, all four machines delivered equally delicious results, though the KitchenAid attachment and Marcato machine received top marks for presentation.
We loved that this set came with a wider variety of cutters than others we tested. The CucinaPro can make standard noodles like spaghetti and fettucine, but it also includes attachments for ravioli, lasagnette, and angel hair pasta. Each cutter was easy to use and yielded tasty results.
We loved that this set came with a wider variety of cutters than others we tested.
The included ravioli maker is an impressive tool that fully assembles—AKA fills and seals—the pasta shells with a filling of your choice. Although this attachment worked well, we found it produced very small shells that didn’t hold much of our spinach and ricotta filling. If you’re specifically looking to make ravioli, this pasta maker may not be the best choice for you, but it’s definitely a fun bonus tool.
Design: Well-made but imperfect
The CucinaPro Classic Pasta Maker Deluxe Set is made in Italy and constructed of chrome-coated steel for a look that will complement any kitchen. Overall, we thought the CucinaPro had an intuitive, easy-to-use design, and we liked that this machine had a little more weight to it than some of the others we tested, making it feel a little more secure during use.
That said, the CucinaPro is not entirely without its flaws. We found that the clamp did not securely hold the machine in place, causing it to move around a little bit while in use. This issue was compounded by our shallow countertop edges, which didn’t allow for maximal use of the clamp. We remedied the issue by asking a second person to help stabilize the machine while we turned the handle.
We thought the CucinaPro had an intuitive, easy-to-use design.
We also noticed that the removable handle didn’t lock into the machine, causing it to occasionally slide out of place when in use. Nevertheless, the CucinaPro got the job done and we don’t think any of these minor issues were deal breakers.
Cleanup: Tedious but worth it
Like most pasta makers, this set should not be cleaned in the dishwasher or with water. We followed tips we found online to clean the roller and blades by running a piece of dough through them several times and then discarding the used dough.
After use, CucinaPro recommends letting your pasta roller and cutters air dry for a while and then using a pastry brush to remove any remaining bits of dough and/or canned air to blow flour out of the nooks and crannies. We didn’t have either of these tools on hand, so we used a toothpick and turned the handle to work out the lingering bits of dough.
Cleaning a pasta maker is never an easy task, but the CucinoPro wasn’t any harder to clean than the others we tested. We think it’s a small price to pay for fresh, delicious noodles.
Price: Lots of bang for your buck
This versatile set is reasonably priced for all the features it offers—especially considering it’s made in Italy. Though it has an MRSP of $70, you can frequently find it on sale for nearly half the cost.
Competition: High-end vs. hand-crank
OxGord Pasta Maker Machine Review: The OxGord Pasta Maker Machine is very similar in style to the CucinaPro but without the latter’s custom ravioli, lasagnette, and angel hair pasta cutters. Still, the OxGord’s unbeatable price—just $30—makes it a top choice for us.
KitchenAid 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Set: This state-of-the-art set takes all the hard work and elbow grease out of making fresh, authentic pasta from scratch. We loved how well this three-piece pasta set worked with our KitchenAid stand mixer. Not every customer will be able to cough up $200 for a single-use kitchen tool, though. If you’re new to pasta making and don’t want to make a big investment, the OxGord or the CucinaPro are both great lower-priced alternatives.
Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine: At first glance, the Mercato Atlas 150 is very similar to the CucinaPro in style, price point, and functionality. While the CucinaPro has a little bit more versatility, with attachments specifically designed for making ravioli, lasagnette, and angel hair pasta, our vote goes to the Atlas 150 for its sturdier construction, superior ease of use, and much longer warranty (10 years to CucinaPro’s one).
- Product Name Pasta Maker Deluxe Set
- Product Brand CucinaPro
- MPN VD-43551KC
- Price $69.95
- Weight 10.78 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 8 x 7.75 x 6 in.
- Material Chrome-coated steel
- Warranty 1-year limited