Solid, durable construction
Easy for one person to use
Versatile in use
Easy to store
Can only be used with a KitchenAid stand mixer
The KitchenAid name is synonymous with performance, quality, and style and the brand’s 3-Piece Pasta Roller and Cutter Set is a perfect example of why. With eight thickness settings and commercial-style rollers and cutters, this versatile set will turn your KitchenAid stand mixer into a one-stop pasta shop. We put one to use in our home, rolling and cutting fettucine to see how the final result compared—both in taste and presentation—to hand-crank models we’ve used. If you’re still deciding between the KitchenAid pasta maker or a more affordable alternative, read on for our verdict.
Performance: Restaurant quality
Just when you thought your KitchenAid stand mixer couldn’t get any more versatile, this three-piece pasta roller and cutter set is here to spice things up. Powered by your mixer, the roller attachment effortlessly forms six-inch sheets of pasta and allows you to create your ideal noodle with eight different thickness settings. This set includes two cutters: one for classic spaghetti noodles and another for hearty fettuccine noodles. The options don’t stop there, though—you can also use the whole pasta sheets to cut your own lasagna and ravioli.
Both cutters produced perfectly perforated, presentation-worthy noodles with almost no effort on our part.
We followed the basic egg noodle pasta recipe included in the instruction booklet to make fresh dough in our stand mixer, and then visited KitchenAid’s website for a tutorial video on how to use the pasta roller and cutters. It was super easy to attach and detach each of the pieces to our stand mixer, and after that, the machine basically did all the work for us.
As directed, we turned the stand mixer to speed 2 and guided one-quarter piece of the dough ball through the roller attachment multiple times (and on multiple thickness settings), leaving us with smooth, flat sheets of pasta. We chose to laminate the dough by dusting it with flour, folding it into itself in thirds and then flattening it again. This process helped improve the texture of the dough and prevent tears.
Next, we switched out the roller for the fettuccine cutter and fed several sheets through the attachment, using our hands to catch the freshly cut pasta as it swiftly came through the other side. We then repeated this step with the spaghetti cutter. Both cutters produced perfectly perforated, presentation-worthy noodles with almost no effort on our part.
We loved how fast and easy the process was compared to using a hand-crank pasta maker. In fact, the only problem was keeping up with the cutters as they churned out row after row of fresh pasta. Placing a tray under the machine to catch the pasta helped with this.
When you’re done, you can cook the pasta immediately or save it for later, using a drying rack to dry it. We dried our pasta for a few hours and then used the fettuccine noodles—as well as the those we made with three far less-expensive hand-crank pasta makers—to make fettuccine alfredo. In a taste test, all four machines delivered equally delicious pasta. We did find that the KitchenAid noodles were more sharply defined, though, earning this set higher points for presentation.
We loved how fast and easy the process was compared to using a hand-crank pasta maker.
It’s also worth noting that, unlike the hand-crank pasta makers we tested, the KitchenAid set is ideal for operation by one person and doesn’t require any helping hands. That said, pasta making is definitely a more-the-merrier activity, and a fun way to spend an evening with the whole family, a group of friends, or your significant other. One drawback of this set is that you can’t bring the fun to a friend’s house unless they have one too or you feel like lugging your 30-pound mixer over with you.
Design: Sturdy and stylish
The KitchenAid pasta-making set is crafted in Italy and boasts a sleek, stylish design and durable stainless steel construction. Weighing a collective 7.5 pounds, this set is lightweight and low-profile, making it easy to store in a kitchen cabinet when not in use. We found that the rollers and cutters were solidly built and easy to attach and detach. They also locked tightly into the stand mixer, providing a perfectly stable foundation for our work that we didn’t see as much with the hand-crank pasta makers.
We found that the rollers and cutters were solidly built and easy to attach and detach.
Cleanup: Tedious but worth the fuss
As with most pasta makers, this set should not be cleaned in the dishwasher or with water. Before use, we cleaned the roller and blades by running a piece of dough through them and then discarding the used dough.
After use, we let our pasta roller and cutters air dry for one hour, as recommended by KitchenAid, and then used a toothpick to remove the remaining bits of dough. We were able to remove the majority of the dough this way, but you can also use a pastry brush or cleaning brush if you have either on hand. After cleaning out the dried dough, we polished the roller and cutters with a soft, dry cloth. Cleaning a pasta maker is never an easy task, but we think the reward of fresh pasta is worth a little fuss.
Price: An investment piece that’s worth your dough
If you’re not sure pasta-making is for you, you might want to test the waters with a less expensive hand-crank model. But if you love fresh pasta and you’re confident you’ll get a good amount of use out of this $200 set, we think it’s a great investment that’s a cut above the competition.
Competition: Electric-powered vs. hand-crank
Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine: Once you go homemade, you won’t want to go back. The good news is, you can make your own fresh pasta from scratch without shelling out for the more expensive KitchenAid set. For less than $80, the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine delivers quality, consistent results and has most of the same capabilities as the KitchenAid. If you don’t mind putting in a little extra effort with a hand-crank machine, this is an excellent lower-priced option.
OxGord Pasta Maker Machine Review: For roughly $30, the OxGord Pasta Maker Machine gets the job done, helping you serve up pasta creations that are just as delicious as those made with the KitchenAid. While the OxGord is an ideal starter machine for novices to cut their teeth on, it’s definitely not as well made as the KitchenAid set and doesn’t offer the same stability and ease of use. Plus, like all hand-crank pasta makers, the OxGord can be hard to use without help.
CucinaPro Pasta Maker Deluxe Set: Very similar in style to the OxGord, the CucinaPro hand-crank pasta maker has a little bit more versatility with attachments specifically designed for making ravioli, lasagnette, and angel hair pasta. At $70 MSRP, the CucinaPro is twice the price of the OxGord, but still significantly cheaper than the KitchenAid. It’s a solid option for beginner pasta makers, but we still prefer the KitchenAid for its superior performance.
- Product Name 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Set
- Product Brand KitchenAid
- MPN KSMPRA
- Price $199.99
- Weight 7.5 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 9.7 x 3.8 x 2.2 in.
- Material Stainless steel
- Warranty 1-year from date of purchase