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16 November 2021

Best pasta makers

We tested pasta makers from Argos, John Lewis, Lakeland and more, to find out which is the easiest to use and helps you to make perfect pasta
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Olivia Woodhouse
Someone using a pasta maker

You can't beat a bowl of fresh pasta and, contrary to popular belief, it's not that difficult to make your own.  

In October 2021 we tested seven pasta makers ranging from £25 up to £56, from retailers including Argos, John Lewis, Lakeland and more. 

Using our homemade pasta dough, we stretched and shaped our pasta into spaghetti and tagliatelle with each pasta maker. We tried out a number of settings with each maker, and found the main issue separating the best from the rest is the build quality. 

Whether you want to gift the gourmand in your life or simply upgrade your kitchen cupboard, read on to find out which pasta maker we loved from our tests, plus what we learned while testing them. 


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The best pasta makers

Only logged-in Which? members can view the pasta maker reviews below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the pasta makers we tested.

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Argos Home Pasta Maker

Argos Home Pasta Maker

Cheapest price: £25 at Argos

Dimensions: 20.5 x 15 x13.2cm (H x W x D)

Pasta types: Spaghetti, lasagne sheets

Key features: Nine thickness settings, one-year guarantee 

This is one of the cheaper pasta makers we tested and it only produces two types of pasta. Did its limited capability affect the final result? 

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Imperia Pasta Machine

Cheapest price: £55.73 at Stephensons, also available at Amazon, John Lewis

Dimensions: 12 x 20.5 x 12cm (H x W x D)

Pasta types: Tagliatelle, spaghetti, lasagne sheets

Key features: Six thickness settings, five-year guarantee 

You'll get six thickness settings with this pasta maker from Imperia and you can make three different types of pasta, so you can tailor it to suit your preference. 

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John Lewis & Partners Stainless Steel Pasta Machine

Cheapest price: £35 at John Lewis

Dimensions: 13.3 x 19.5 x 20cm (H x W x D)

Pasta types: Tagliatelle, spaghetti, lasagne sheets

Key features: Nine thickness settings

This machine has a total of nine thickness settings. It also has a removable handle, similar to all the pasta makers, which makes it easier to store. 

We noticed some key differences in the quality of the removable handles we used. 

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KitchenCraft pasta macker

KitchenCraft Stainless Steel Pasta Machine

Cheapest price: £20.47 at Amazon, also available at John Lewis, Wayfair

Dimensions: 25 x 34 x 20cm (H x W x D)

Pasta types: Tagliatelle, spaghetti, lasagne sheets

Key features: Nine thickness settings

This is the cheapest of all the pasta makers we tested. KitchenCraft claims to help you 'capture the true taste of Italy with this heavy duty pasta maker.'

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Lakeland pasta Maker

Lakeland Pasta Machine Chromed Steel

Cheapest price: £29.99 at Lakeland 

Dimensions: 15 x 22 x 21cm (H x W x D)

Pasta types: Tagliatelle, linguine, spaghetti, lasagne sheets

Key features: Eight thickness settings, three-year guarantee 

This pasta maker has the most roller cutters of any we tested. You also don't have to attach the rollers on to the main body as you do with the other pasta makers we tested. 

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Macarto Atlas 150 Pasta Maker

Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker Machine

Cheapest price: £59 at Borough Kitchen, also available at Amazon, Lakeland 

Dimensions: 15.5 x 20 x 15.5cm (H x W x D)

Pasta types: Tagliatelle, spaghetti, lasagne sheets

Key features: 10 thickness settings, 10-year manufacturer's guarantee

Marcato is known for its pasta makers, but did the Atlas live up to its reputation? 

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Premier Houseware Pasta Maker

Premier Housewares Multi Pasta Maker Set

Cheapest price: £50.69 at Amazon, also available at Argos, Retail Direct

Dimensions: 15.5 x 20 x 15.5cm (H x W x D)

Pasta types: Ravioli, farfalle, tagliatelle, spaghetti, lasagne sheets

Key features: Nine thickness settings, manufacturer's one-year guarantee 

This pasta maker set from Premier Housewares comes with an attachment for ravioli and a pasta drying rack, as well as its three rollers.

Find out whether we felt this was gimmicky or a useful plus. 

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Can you make pasta without a pasta maker?

Lakeland pasta roller set
Lakeland 5-Piece Pasta Making Set

We tested the Lakeland 5-Piece Pasta Making Set (£29.99) as an alternative to the classic pasta maker to see whether you can cut corners – and clutter – in your kitchen cupboard. 

After trying it out, we were left unimpressed with the results. It's also more expensive to buy this set than some of the pasta makers we tested, although there are cheaper ones on the market. 

The ravioli cutters worked well but the roller is poorly made, with little flecks of wood sticking out of the roller itself. It produced pappardelle that was very rough around the edges, and required a lot of pressure to actually cut through the pasta dough. 

Of course, if you'd prefer to really go back to basics then you can roll out the dough with a rolling pin and then cut it into shape with a knife or cookie cutters. 

You'll have to get the dough to 3-6mm for tagliatelle, and it's suggested you stick to around 1.5mm for spaghetti. Once you've achieved your desired thickness you'll need to cut it into strands with a knife. 

What we learned testing pasta makers

  • The clamp needed to stabilise the pasta maker could rule out use on certain countertops and tables. A particularly thick table or a countertop connected to drawers beneath might cause issues.
  • It’s best to play around with thickness settings before you make your final batch. We found tagliatelle and fettucine generally come out fine on the thinnest setting, but spaghetti seemed to work better on thicker settings. 
  • A sturdy handle is a must. One that falls out has the potential to fall on to your feet and injure you.  
  • They're all difficult to clean. All the pasta makers we tested are tough to clean because you can't take the mechanisms apart. Most pasta makers can't go in the dishwasher, so you'll have to handwash them and get to hard-to- reach areas with a long brush. 

How to make pasta dough

To make our dough we used the recipe below. 

Ingredients (serves eight)

300g '00' pasta flour

Two eggs and four yolks

Semolina flour for dusting 

Recipe

  1. Make a well out of the flour on a countertop. Add 3/4 of the eggs to the centre of the well and lightly beat them together, gently mixing in the flour as you go until the mixture comes together in a ball. The dough shouldn't stick to your hands or fall apart. Add more flour if the former happens and the rest of the eggs if the latter happens. 
  2. Knead the dough until it's nice and smooth.
  3. Cover with cling film and leave it to rest for 30 minutes.

How we tested pasta makers

We selected seven widely available pasta makers sold at popular retailers and put them to the test. We always pay for the products we test, so you can rest assured we're providing you with honest, unbiased reviews. 

Ease of use

Two researchers spent time using each of the pasta makers to find out which were the most intuitive to use, straightforward to put together and had the best build. 

Performance

After we played around with the pasta makers for a while, we got down to business and made a small handful of tagliatelle and spaghetti with each machine (or just spaghetti for the Argos maker). 

We also tested any additional functions, although this didn't count towards the final score. We hung each batch on a drying rack and took photos so we could later decipher which machine produced the most uniform, clean-cut pasta. 

Ease of cleaning

After we'd used all the pasta makers, we cleaned them all with a wet cloth. We found all of them quite difficult to clean.