What We Like
Durable stainless steel construction
Versatile in use
What We Don't Like
Clamp doesn't fit over some countertop edges
Machine is a little wobbly when in use
Handle doesn’t lock into place
Cutters don’t fully perforate all noodles
If you’re interested in making fresh pasta but have been on the fence about buying your own machine, the OxGord Pasta Maker is worth a look. The gadget is economical, easy to use, and delivers most of the same features as pricey top-of-the-line machines. Whether you’re craving fresh fettucine or lasagna noodles for replicating your grandma’s recipe, the adjustable OxGord will have you creating your own pasta in no time—no prior experience necessary, either. We tested the pasta maker in our kitchen for a few weeks, taking notes on key factors like performance, design, and cleanup. Read on for our verdict.
Performance: Gets the job done—and makes it fun
This was our first time using a manual, hand-crank pasta maker and we couldn’t believe how easy, fast, and fun the process was. This simple yet versatile machine will help you serve up fresh and delicious pasta that will wow your friends and family at minimal cost and effort on your part. With nine adjustable thickness settings and three detachable blades, the OxGord Pasta Maker has the ability to create a variety of different pasta types, including fettuccine, spaghetti, and linguine. You can also use the flat pasta sheets to hand cut your own lasagna, tortellini, or ravioli.
After following a quick and easy recipe for fresh pasta dough—which involved kneading together flour, salt, and egg—we were ready for the fun part: rolling and cutting our own pasta. As directed, we guided one quarter piece of the dough ball through the roller portion of the machine multiple times, and on multiple thickness settings, continuously turning the handle to crank out flat, even sheets of pasta. We found it a bit awkward to feed the dough into the machine with one hand while cranking with the other, but having a helper made the whole process a lot easier.
This was our first time using a manual, hand-crank pasta maker and we couldn’t believe how easy, fast, and fun the process was.
Next, we fed the sheets through the fettuccine, linguine, and spaghetti cutters, turning the handle to produce freshly cut pasta. We noticed that some of the spaghetti noodles stuck together, while the fettuccine and linguine cutters had better results, producing neatly perforated strips.
We used the fettuccine noodles—as well as 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, we found that the KitchenAid noodles were more precisely cut, earning them higher presentation points. That said, all four machines delivered equally delicious and fresh-tasting noodles.
For our second test, we also used the OxGord to create spaghetti noodles for clam pasta. The simple dish proved to be a huge crowd pleaser.
Design: No-frills and not without its flaws
Though the OxGord earns high marks for value, it’s not without its flaws. We found it a little bit tricky to attach the blades to the body of the pasta maker, and didn’t like having to anchor the machine to our countertop. The clamp was a little too wide for our shallow countertop edges and failed to fully secure the pasta maker, causing it to move around ever so slightly when in use. We found that it was easier to work with a second person who could help stabilize the machine.
We also noticed that the OxGord’s removable handle squeaked a little and didn’t lock tightly into the machine, causing it to occasionally slide out of place when in use. At such a great price, we didn’t see these issues as deal-breakers, but others may feel differently.
We found it a bit awkward to feed the dough into the machine with one hand while cranking with the other, but having a helper made the whole process a lot easier.
Though the OxGord can be described as a no-frills machine, its simple stainless steel construction nevertheless makes it an attractive and minimalist piece. And at 6.4 x 8.2 x 8.4 inches, this is a low-profile kitchen tool that you can conveniently store in a cabinet.
Cleanup: Tricky but quick
According to the instruction manual, this machine should never be washed in the dishwasher or with water. But unlike the other pasta makers we tested, the OxGord’s detachable blades are dishwasher safe. To clean the body of the machine, we simply wiped it down with a dry cloth.
The instructions also note that you can use a brush or wooden rod to remove any lingering bits of dough. Since we didn’t have those on hand, we used a toothpick to free up the remaining pieces of dough while cranking the handle. It wasn’t exactly an easy process, but it didn’t take long.
Price: Unbeatable and worth every penny
The OxGord Pasta Maker offers an excellent value at an unbeatable price. We were impressed with how well it worked and how much fun and versatility it provided for just $30. If you’re not as satisfied as we were, you can also rest easy knowing that this product comes with a 100-percent customer satisfaction guarantee and can be returned to OxGord for a full refund at any time.
Competition: The battle of budget vs. high-end
KitchenAid 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Set: Created by one of the most renowned kitchen appliance brands, the KitchenAid 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Set is definitely a cut above the OxGord in terms of performance, ease of use, and construction. But at a mere fraction of the KitchenAid’s $200 price tag, the OxGord has all of the same capabilities and serves up equally delicious noodles. We think the OxGord is the perfect lower-priced alternative, especially for customers who don’t own the KitchenAid stand mixer required for use with the brand’s pasta maker set.
CucinaPro Pasta Maker Deluxe Set: The CucinaPro hand-crank pasta maker is very similar in style to the OxGord, but it comes with bonus attachments specifically designed for making ravioli, lasagnette, and angel hair pasta. While these custom extras are fun and easy to use, we don’t necessarily think they’re worth the higher $70 price tag—especially since you can technically use the OxGord’s flat pasta sheets to hand cut your own lasagna, tortellini, or ravioli. Our preference goes to the OxGord for its unbeatable price, or the KitchenAid for its superior performance.
- Product Name Pasta Maker Machine
- Product Brand OxGord
- MPN KAPM-01
- Price $29.99
- Weight 6.1 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 6.4 x 8.2 x 8.4 in.
- Material Stainless steel