Author: Maurice Savaryego, M.Sc.Eng. (Learn More)
Because the majority of people looking for pasta machines will most probably opt for manual ones, we will consider here mainly the hand-cranked units. In order to help you compare pasta machines, we will focus on the Imperia, Atlas and Prime Pacific brands which were the most popular bought by Amazon customers at the time this article was written.
IMPERIA Pasta Machine
This machine is one of the most popular pasta makers bought by Amazon customers. No matter which pasta machines review you look at, you can find only praise for this little wonder. It is made of heavy duty, chrome-plated steel. It measures 9 x 12.5 x 6.5 inches and has a 6-inch wide roller with double cutter head that makes wide fettuccine (1/4-inch) and thin spaghetti (1/16-inch) noodles. It is equipped with an easy-lock dough roller adjustment dial, a fancy wood grip handle, and can make a large variety of noodle styles thanks to additional attachments available for purchase separately. It also comes with a clamp to securely attach it to your counter top or table to facilitate the use of the hand crank.
Important to note that this machine had received a 4.5 star rating on Amazon at the time this article was written due to its remarkable durability as well as ease of use and maintenance. This is a well made pasta machine, small and easy to store, with all its parts well designed to do their intended job - making perfect pasta!
Mercato ATLAS Pasta Machine
Additional attachments--including a motor-driven unit--are available separately for a wide variety of noodle styles. The Atlas pasta machine measures 8 by 8 by 6 inches. The easily adjustable, 9-position dial regulates thickness of pasta dough. Maintenance is a breeze as all you need to do is wipe it clean.
Like the Imperia, you will find that this machine produces perfect pasta, and it is a lot of fun to use. But you'd have to be patient if its your first try at making pasta. It takes a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but the machine itself will not give you any problems. Just follow the directions on how to use and clean it, and you will create great pasta.
Our opinion is that Atlas and Imperia machines are almost equally good with Imperia a small notch above its main rival the Atlas, because it feels and looks like it is a bit more solidly made. So, buying either pasta machine, you would be making a good choice.
PRIME PACIFIC Pasta Machine
The Prime Pacific machine is good enough for occasional use, and it does its job well-enough for the price you are paying. It also comes in stainless steel which is great for durability and ease of cleaning. However, if you are planning to use your pasta machine often, you may want to upgrade to an Imperia or Atlas.
So which Pasta Machine to Get?
Imperia, Atlas and Prime Pacific Pasta Machines on Amazon
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IMPERIA PASTA MACHINES
Imperia Pasta Machine Motor
Mercato Atlas Pasta Machine
ATLAS PASTA MACHINES (with motor)
PRIME PACIFIC PASTA MACHINE
PASTA DRYING RACKS
Pasta racks are very useful to dry the pasta you make at home. You could dry many pounds of fresh pasta all at once.
A Must Have Book for Pasta Doughs: Making Artisan Pasta
- Numerous recipes for pasta doughs using ingredients such as buckwheat and whole wheat flour, spinach, roasted red pepper, and even squid ink and chocolate!
- Beautifully illustrated instructions for preparing the dough for all kinds of pasta, including gnocchi, cannelloni, lasagna, ravioli, pappardelle, tagliatelle, and many of other types of pasta.
The Definitive Pasta Recipe Book: The Pasta Bible
Impeccably illustrated in full color, this beautiful book is perfect for adventurous cooks who like to do it all from scratch, though there is also an excellent guide to preparing dried pasta. The book describes clearly how to make fresh pasta, whether cut by knife or pasta machine, and contains directions so clear that even a novice can easily follow them. The recipe list includes a wide array of both Italian and Asian, ranging from the simple and relatively inexpensive to the more elaborate and gourmet.
This book is a James Beard Cookbook Winner.
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