Homemade pasta is simple and fun to make with a manual pasta machine, but it can become even easier with an electric pasta maker. If you want to enjoy fresh pasta without too much effort, an electric pasta maker is the perfect kitchen accessory for you. I have reviewed the four best electric pasta makers that are available in 2016, making it easier for you to make a choice.
There are two types of electric pasta machines: pasta rollers and pasta extruders. Pasta rollers resemble the classic machines where you roll the pasta dough through the rollers, but instead of using a hand crank there is a motorized attachment that will do all the work for you. A pasta extruder is a whole different kind of machine; it pushes the pasta shapes out instead of rolling the pasta dough.
Below here you can find a table with four electric pasta makers that are sorted by rank.
|Image||Product Name||Specifications||Where to buy|
|Philips Pasta Maker||Best electric pasta extruder. Multiple attachments available. Mixes the dough and extrudes your pasta. Perfect!||Buy on Amazon|
|Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness with Motor||Electric version of the Marcato Atlas Wellness. Easy and fast to use, less work to make homemade pasta.||Buy on Amazon|
|CucinaPro Imperia 150||Great attachments for your KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Consists of the pasta roller and the pasta cutters. Expensive if you don't own a KitchenAid.||Buy on Amazon|
|Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness with Motor||Pasta extruder that comes with eight different pasta shapes. No need to buy more attachments. A little bulky and makes more sound than the Philips.||Buy on Amazon|
Differences between electric pasta machines
The first major difference between an electric pasta roller and an extruder is the way that both machines work: with a pasta roller you will have to make the pasta dough yourself and with a pasta extruder you will have only have to throw the ingredients for the dough into the machine and it will mix the dough for you. This automatic process can save you a lot of time if you plan on using your pasta maker often.
The second difference between both these electric pasta makers is that pasta rollers and extruders can make different kind of pasta shapes. Both machines can make shapes such as fettuccine, spaghetti and lasagna sheets, but with a pasta extruder you can also easily make shapes such as fusilli and penne. These shapes are also achievable with a pasta roller but this will take a bit more effort than when you are using a pasta extruder.
In the comparison below we have reviewed four electric pasta machines, both extruders and rollers. If you want to read more about these pasta makers, you can read each machine’s individual review on its own page.
Marcato Atlas 150 with Motor Attachment
I am going to be honest, the Motorized Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness is my favorite electric pasta roller and definitely the best one out there. This pasta roller is the ideal kitchen companion for pasta lovers that want a versatile pasta roller that aren’t looking for an extruder: it can be used as both a manual and an electric pasta roller.
The Marcato Atlas with the Motor Attachment comes with an attachment that will let you make three different pasta from the start: fettuccine, spaghetti and lasagna sheets (but more are attachments are available). This electric pasta roller is from the Wellness series, guaranteeing that no harmful metal particles will get in your pasta.
This is the best sold electric pasta roller on Amazon and I would recommend you to take a look at our comprehensive review of the Electric Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness.
Quick Review: Great build quality and warranty, can be used both as an electric pasta maker and as a manual pasta roller. The past few years this has been the best choice for those looking for a classic pasta roller with motorized functionalities.
Philips Pasta Maker HR2357/05
Making your own pasta cannot get any easier with the electric Philips Pasta Maker. This all-in-one is one of the best electric pasta extruders that is available on the market. It will mix the dough for you and without almost any effort you will have your pasta ready in 15 minutes. With the Philips Pasta Maker it really is as simple as pressing a button.
The Philips comes with a set of 4 shaping discs that can make the following pasta shapes: spaghetti, fettuccine, penne and lasagna sheets. There are additional attachments available that allow you to make more shapes such as tagliatelle and pappardelle.
In comparison to other electric pasta machines (especially extruders) the Philips is a very silent machine that doesn’t produce a lot of sound, whereas other pasta extruders tend to make a lot of noise when mixing and extruding the pasta. With the Philip's low production of sound, this isn't a nuisance at all.
The Philips Pasta Maker has been receiving a lot of love by reviewers since its release in 2014, and we agree on the way the cooking community loves this machine: this is definitely the best electric pasta extruder in its price range. Want to know more about this beautiful automatic pasta maker, read our full review on the Philips Pasta Maker.
Quick Review: Best in it’s price class, amazing build quality and easy to clean. Will help you make homemade batches of pasta really quickly. Best consumer electric pasta maker available right now.
Lello 2730 3000 Pro Pastamaster Pasta Maker
The Lello Pro Pastamaster electric pasta extruder has been around for quite a while already, entering the market around 2005. After 10 years this pasta machine is still a great purchase for pasta lovers that are looking for a pasta extruder. Just like the Philips Pasta Maker the Lello Pro Pastamaster takes the hard work out of your hands, as it does both the mixing and the extruding with the press of a button.
The Lello Pro Pastamaster comes with six pasta shape attachments, meaning you can immediately start experimenting with different pasta shapes. This pasta machine also comes with a handy pasta recipe book, featuring 38 delicious pasta recipes.
While there are many different pasta extruders out there that go for a cheaper price than this model, I have to emphasize there is a reason that this model is in the top 4 of electric pasta machines on Amazon. Read the full review on the Lello Pastamaster 2730 here.
Quick Review: Easy to use and decent build quality. If you don’t want to pay the premium price that comes with the high class Philips Pasta Maker, this is a safe bet.
KitchenAid KPSA Pasta Attachment Set
If you own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer and you are looking for an electric pasta machine, then you should consider the KitchenAid Pasta Roller set. These attachments can be easily connected to your KitchenAid and all you will have to do is let your dough roll through the cutters and rollers to make perfectly thin pasta.
With these three different rollers that you get with this attachment set you can immediately start making three types of pasta: spaghetti, fettuccine and lasagna sheets. The rollers and cutters are easy to clean with the cleaning brush and toothpicks.
If you don’t own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer at the moment but you are looking for one and for an electric pasta machine as well, you should consider getting both. For around $350 dollar you will have an excellent stand mixer and a top of the line pasta machine. To read more about this set you can check our review on the KitchenAid KPSA Pasta Roller & Cutter Set.
Quick Review: Works perfectly, but a KitchenAid Stand Mixer is necessary if you want to use this attachment. Easy and quick and the build quality is comparible with the premium Marcato pasta makers. Read the full review on the KitchenAid Pasta Maker here.
Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness with Motor
+ Top of the line pasta maker brand
+ High quality design and materials used
+ Comes with 3 basic pasta shapes
+ A lot of attachments available
+ Small compared to electric pasta extruders
- Have to make the pasta dough yourself
Philips Pasta Maker
+ Best pasta extruder in the $300 price range
+ Very silent
+ Comes with 4 basic pasta shapes
+ A lot of attachments available
+ Easy to clean
- Bigger than a traditional pasta roller
Lello Pastamaster 2730
+ Best pasta extruder in the $200 price range
+ Comes with 6 basic pasta shapes
+ Free pasta recipe book featuring 38 recipes
+ Louder than the Philips Pasta Maker
- Bigger than a traditional pasta roller
KitchenAid KPSA Pasta Roller Set
+ Perfect if you own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer
+ High quality materials and design
+ Easy and intuitive to use
- You’ll need a KitchenAid Stand Mixer
- Have to make the pasta dough yourself
While there are definitely a lot more different pasta maker brands out there, I have found that these four pasta machines are your best choices. In comparison to cheaper electric pasta machines, they have a good build quality and the pasta that they make is of great quality. Most cheaper pasta machines tend to have a lot of minor (and major) problems with their build quality, making them products that I wouldn’t recommend.
Not sure yet if you want an electric pasta machine or a manual pasta roller? Read ourguide on buying the best pasta maker to see what pasta machine is best for you. And as always, buon appetito!
FAQ about Electric Pasta Makers
There are a lot of questions that you might want an answer to before you purchase an automatic pasta maker. With a lot of different machines available on the market, it might be hard to find the pasta maker that suits your needs the best. The following questions are commonly asked and the answers will help you make the right choice. This section will be slowly expanded, as I keep getting more questions in the comments and with the contact form.
Electric extruder or electric roller?
If you are planning on making pasta on a regular basis, an electric pasta extruder might be the best solution for you. These machines take a lot of work out of your hands, which can proof to be very helpful on those days you find yourself in lack of time. Since pasta extruders mix and extrude the pasta for you, you will have a lot of time to spare on other activities; preparing the sauce, other dishes or flat out other activities that might require your attention. Electric pasta rollers are more popular with people that make pasta only once or twice a week.
Difference electric and automatic pasta maker
There actually is a difference between electric and automatic pasta makers. An electric pasta machine is a machine that is powered by electricity, but this doesn't mean that the machine itself is fully automatic. A fully automatic pasta maker will the dough and cut the dough for you, whereas an electric pasta maker will roll and cut the dough for you. An automatic pasta maker such as the Philips Pasta Maker takes a lot of work out of your hands, as you will only have to press a few buttons and cut the pasta to choose the length of the pasta that you are making.
Attachments for electric and automatic pasta makers
All the electric pasta makers that have been mentioned in the review above come with a certain set of attachments. The type of pasta that these attachments can produce depend on the pasta maker itself. The most usual attachments that you will receive with your purchase of an electric pasta maker are the spaghetti, fettuccine and lasagna attachments. The KitchenAid is already the full attachment set for your KitchenAid stand mixer, so you won't need more attachments if you buy this set. The Lello Pastamaker comes with eight different attachments and more cannot be purchased. However, you can make a lot of different pasta types without extra attachments by simply using your hands or a ravioli stamp.
Is it worth the price difference of a manual machine?
This is one of the more common questions that I receive in my inbox. A lot of my readers want to know if it is worth buying an automatic pasta maker over a manual pasta machine. Sadly, the answer isn't a straightforward yes or no; the answer depends on the person asking. My rule of thumb is that if you want to make pasta multiple times a week or make a big batch once a week, you are best of buying an automatic pasta machine.
What flour should I use for my electric pasta machine?
There isn't a different type of flour that you should use when making fresh pasta with an electric pasta maker. The only difference might be the ratio of flour, eggs and water when making the pasta. Most pasta makers come with a manual that explains this ratio and might even showcase a few recipes that you can use with your new machine. If you are interested in learning what type of flour you can use for making homemade pasta, whether you're using a classic or electric pasta maker, you can read in my Pasta Flour Buyer's Guide.