If you are looking for a high quality pasta roller, your eyes should be set on either the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness or the CucinaPro Imperia 150. Both these machines are excellent pasta rollers, but there are some differences between them that you should know about. In this pasta roller comparison we will look at the differences, reviewing both what we like and dislike about these pasta makers. We will compare the Marcato Atlas versus the Imperia, and at the end of this review you will know which pasta roller suits you the best.
If you want to read the single reviews first on both pasta rollers, here is the link to the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness review and the CucinaPro Imperia 150 Pasta Roller review.
Comparison Marcato VS Imperia
|Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness||CucinaPro Imperia 150|
|Brand||Original pasta roller brand, over 80 years old||Great brand, proven itself on the pasta market|
|Specifications||0.6 mm to 4.8mm rollers|
9 different thickness settings
Motorized Attachment available
|0.9mm to 4.3mm rollers|
7 different thickness settings
Motorized Attachment available
7 total available
6 total available
Available in 9 beautiful colors
Plastic hand crank
Available in one color
Wooden hand crank
|Warranty||10 years||1 year|
|Price||Buy Now||Buy Now|
Marcato and CucinaPro brands compared
Both the Marcato Atlas 150 and the CucinaPro Imperia 150 are from an original and high quality pasta roller brand. The two brands manufacture their pasta rollers in Italy, and Marcato is a traditional Italian company that has over 80 years of experience in the pasta roller market.
Marcato has a line of both electric and manual pasta makers, and they have been making pasta rollers for over 80 years, whereas CucinaPro has been on the market since 2004. That being said, CucinaPro has proven itself over the years that is an excellent manufacturer of pasta machines and other kitchen appliances.
Roundup: Both companies know how to manufacture high quality pasta makers and they are going for the long run. This means that both companies will most likely still be around in a few years, so you don’t need to worry about warranty if you would experience a problem with the pasta machines.
Pasta Roller Technical Specifications
If we compare the specifications of the Marcato Atlas and the CucinaPro Imperia, we aren’t looking at many differences. Both models feature a 6-inch wide roller, which means that the maximum width of the dough sheets are 6 inches. This width is perfect for when you are making homemade pasta, as it will provide enough pasta for you and your family (and friends of course). That being said, the width of 6 inch is an almost universal standard on all consumer pasta machines.
The base material of the pasta rollers is the same in the CucinaPro and the Marcato, as they are both made from chromed plated steel. However, stainless steel does not mean that you can wash or clean it with water, as this will ruin your pasta machine. Do not clean it with water.
The Marcato Atlas 150 is equipped with Wellness rollers which are made of anodized aluminum. Anodized aluminum is twice as hard as stainless steel, making the chance of metal particles less likely with rollers made from anodized aluminum. As Marcato has patented this technology, there are no other pasta rollers that have this same feature. If you and your family try to avoid aluminum with cooking altogether,
Every high quality pasta roller should be able to roll pasta into various thicknesses, and every pasta maker has different thickness settings. While the Marcato has 9 different thickness settings, the CucinaPro has 7. This doesn’t necessarily make the Marcato better, but the Marcato can make a bit thinner pasta which is nice for some types of pasta.
Roundup: If we look at the technical specifications of the two pasta machines, the Marcato is the better choice. The Wellness rollers that keep out any harmful metal out of your pasta is a big plus compared to the CucinaPro, as health is very important in our food.
The 9 different thickness settings of the Marcato are a plus, yes, but we wouldn’t say that this is a deal breaker for the CucinaPro.
Pasta Maker Attachments
One of the most important aspects of any pasta maker are the attachments, not only what types of pasta they can make but also how well your homemade pasta is when using these attachments. If we compare the Marcato attachments with those of the CucinaPro, we don’t spot any difference. With both machines you get two attachments: one for fettuccine and one for spaghetti (and vermicelli if you use a very small thickness during the rolling process).
As there is no big difference between the attachments of the Marcato and the CucinaPro, we had to test whether there is any difference between how the pasta is rolled and cut with the attachments. We obviously used the same dough for this test and cut in half, one for the Marcato and one for the CucinaPro.
Amazing. That is what we said when we looked at out fresh fettuccine and spaghetti. Not one single strand of either the spaghetti or fettuccine was sticking together! Both pasta machines did a perfect job, the pasta was great and there was no dough stuck in either roller or the cutters.
Beside the roller and the two cutters, there are more attachments available for the two pasta makers. The Marcato has a total of 9 different attachments available for long types of pasta, and CucinaPro sells up to 6 different attachments for the Imperia.
Roundup: If we are comparing the attachments of the Marcato Atlas 150 versus the CucinaPro Imperia 150 attachments, we can say the following: they are both perfect and make delicious homemade pasta. The only plus is that Marcato has a bigger variety of attachments for the Atlas 150 Wellness.
One thing can be said for sure: if we are looking at the design of the pasta rollers, the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness would definitely be the winner of the two. Featuring a classic and high-class design, you get the feeling you are looking at a high quality product. From the beautiful beveled logo to the nine different colors that the Marcato is available in: it just looks and definitely feels right.
Nine different colors? That’s right! With the ongoing success of the Marcato Atlas 150 series, Marcato decided to make the model available in nine different colors: copper, red, heavenly blue, gold, pink, black, blue, green and of course the standard chromed edition.
The CucinaPro on the other hand has a very basic design, as the CucinaPro looks very comparable with all the other pasta rollers out there on the market. However, the wooden handle on the hand crank is a very nice touch, and it definitely looks great on the basic design of the CucinaPro. However, the Marcato Atlas 150 still has that premium look when you compare the two pasta makers side by side.
Roundup: If you want a premium design or want a pasta machine that is more colorful, the choice should be easy: Marcato has proven that pasta makers shouldn’t be boring kitchen appliances and can actually look really fabulous.
Not the most fun thing to discuss, but not any less important than all the other aspects. The warranty of the CucinaPro and Marcato actually differ a lot and since a pasta roller is a piece of equipment that comes with gears and other mechanisms that can break, it is important to look at the warranty.
The CucinaPro comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, and we are just going to be honest here: this isn’t a very long period of time, especially compared to the warranty of the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness.
Marcato offers an almost unique period of warranty, a total of 10 years. The Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness has a standard warranty of 2 years, but Marcato adds another 8 years which sums up to a total amount of 10 years. This demonstrates the company’s trust in the product, and it is definitely a good thought to have in the back of your head.
Roundup: Hands down, the Marcato is the absolute winner if we are comparing the warranty. With a total of 10 years versus the 1 year that the CucinaPro offers, it is almost a bizarre comparison.
Optional Motor Attachment
The two pasta rollers can be turned into real motorized pasta machines with their respective motor attachments. The pasta machine motor for the Marcato and CucinaPro are both made of plastic and steel, which was a negative point in our eyes. That being said, the motor attachment on the Marcato Atlas 150 works great with the two speeds that you can choose from.
While we tested the motor attachment for the Marcato, we didn’t test it for the CucinaPro. Comparing the specifications of the two attachments, there doesn’t seem to be a difference, and we suspect that they both work just as well. For the review of the Marcato Atlas that already comes with a motorized attachment, read that
The Marcato pricing starts around 70 USD, while the CucinaPro is priced 10 dollars lower at around 60 USD. If your budget is as low as possible, the CucinaPro is an excellent choice and will do a perfect job at making pasta. These prices do fluctuate every now and then, but the price difference isn't a lot more than a few dollars in the case of a price fluctuation.
However, if you want the best manual pasta maker that is on the market then choosing for the Marcato is something that can recommend to everyone. The colored versions of the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness series start at a higher price, around 95 USD, but you do get a beautiful pasta maker in return.
Winner - Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness
Two great pasta rollers that help you make delicious homemade pasta. However, one of the two stands out and that is the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness. With the price difference of only 10 USD, we recommend that buying the Marcato is a better choice from our expert and consumer view.
With its premium design it makes any kitchen look good, and the attachments work perfectly together. Treat yourself, a loved one or a friend with an amazing pasta roller and it becomes the perfect gift.
With all the positive points of the Marcato, it definitely is the winner of the two. A total 10 years of warranty, a premium design and plenty of optional upgrades such at the attachments and even the motorized upgrade that works perfectly.
Bottomline: The Marcato Atlas Wellness 150 is the best manual pasta maker out there. It features a beautiful yet sturdy design and is the perfect tool for making fresh homemade pasta.
If you want a good look at the Marcato, watch the video below to see how great it looks and how easy it is to operate.