Marcato Atlas 150 VS CucinaPro Imperia 150 Review

Comparison between the CucinaPro versus the Marcato Atlas pasta maker

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 WellnessCucinaPro Imperia 150
BrandOriginal pasta roller brand, over 80 years oldGreat brand, proven itself on the pasta market
PictureMarcato Atlas 150 Wellness thumbnailCucinaPro Imperta Pasta maker is available on Amazon
Specifications0.6 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
AttachmentsFettuccine cutter
Spaghetti cutter
7 total available
Fettuccine cutter
Spaghetti cutter
6 total available
DesignPremium design
Available in 9 beautiful colors
Plastic hand crank
Basic design
Available in one color
Wooden hand crank
Warranty10 years1 year
Rating5/54/5
PriceBuy NowBuy 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.

Detailed colors of the Marcato Atlas 150

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).

CucinaPro Imperia with the fettuccine attachment while cutting

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.

Design

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.

orange, red, blue, gold, black, pink and blue marcato atlas 150 wellness

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.

Warranty

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.

Motorized attachment for the Marcato Atlas

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 Roundup: What pasta maker you choose if you want a motorized doesn’t necessarily matter, as the two are compatible with a motorized attachment.

Pricing

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.

Buy Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness on Amazon





Marcato Atlas Wellness 150

5 / 5

9 thoughts on “Marcato Atlas 150 VS CucinaPro Imperia 150 Review

  1. Vijay

    Bought the Marcato Atlas online yesterday and made fettuccine and spaghetti today for my family of five. The first ever pasta that I have made and cut at home turned out to be superb, and way better than the best we have had in restaurants. Silky smooth pasta rolled and cut evenly by the machine with little effort left me with the feeling that the expense was definitely worth it.

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  2. Pa

    Great information. Thanks!

    Are the attachments for the two machines interchangeable... Atlas works with Imperia and vice versa?

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    1. Julia

      Hi Pa,

      They are not interchangeable. The Atlas attachment does not work with the Imperia machine. The Imperia motor attachment does not work with the Atlas machine. You will need to get the appropriate attachment that matches your pasta maker.

      Julia

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  3. A. J.

    Very slanted, opinionated review rather than objective. Sounded like it was going to be objective, but obviously was NOT. What's with the "no metal flakes" in your pasta?????? I think I'd rather eat some steel flakes than eat some aluminum flakes. We need iron in our system. Aluminum has proven to be poison (as in underarm deodorants). Why would flakes be more likely with steel than aluminum???? You didn't state. To me, this is a pure subjective "push" in one maker's direction. Too obvious. Do the older Marcato machines have aluminum rollers? I don't think so. When did this "wellness" factor come about? You didn't state. Fabrication of a non-benefit to me. Finally, you tested the motor attachment for the Marcato, but not the Cucinapro? Lol!!!!! Very laughable. I came here looking for information on that very attachment on the Cucinapro and if it would fit on the Marcato. I am a Marcato owner. I have both an older Atlas 150 and an Ampia 110. Sounds to me that both are comparable machines. Warranty vs price is probably the only thing you need to make your mind up on. Oh, and color. By the way, can that color (powder coat I presume) chip off over time? Hmmmmmmmmmmm?

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    1. Julia

      Hi A.J. and thank you for your insightful comment.

      I am sorry to hear that you view the review as unobjective. I want the review to be objective, but my own opinion most likely leaks through the article as well. In the coming week I will review this post and see where I let my opinion take over this review. The Marcato is my personal favorite, yes, but both the Imperia and Marcato are great machines.

      Hard-anodized aluminum is twice as hard as stainless steel, making it very tough and durable. Anodization seals aluminum so that the metal can’t get into the food. I understand your view on aluminum and its health concerns, especially with aluminum being linked with Alzheimers in several studies. Personally I avoid deodorant with aluminum, but I still use my Marcato pasta maker. If you don’t trust the anodized aluminum rollers, you should avoid the Wellness models.

      Marcato has been granted the patent for the anodized aluminum rollers at the end of 2007. I haven’t found what the material of the rollers was before this time period. The granted patent states the following: “The aluminum used for anodizing the rollers is of moderate hardness and is not easy to dent and the wear resistance of the surface reduces to virtually zero the release of particles from the surface layer, and even in the event any particles were released, being alumina they are not considered harmful in food preparations.“ In the following month I’ll try and find out more about the “Wellness” factor and if their claims are correct.

      The colored versions of the Marcato Atlas use the same rollers as the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness. The housing of the colored versions are also made from stainless steel. I wasn’t able to find what method they use to color the housings of the 150 Wellness models. Yes, I’m sure the models can scratch if they bump into something with enough force. While making pasta I haven’t had the color chip. I have contacted Marcato and the following was their reaction: “Our is an suitable aluminum for food use, there aren’t chances that machine will chip off because it's not a coating but an induration of materials.”

      As I don’t own the motor attachment for the Imperia, I wasn’t able to test it out. From what I have read theI can tell you that the Imperia attachment won’t fit on your Marcato model. The connections aren’t the same, so to motorise your Marcato you will have to get the proper Marcato motor attachment.

      Julia

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  4. I need to know if the Atlas Pasta Maker with motor attachment will work with polymer clay. There is no sense buying the motor if clay is unacceptable. Please reply ASAP as I am ready to buy for my art studio!

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    1. Julia

      Hi Susan!

      I haven't ever tried using polymer clay myself using the pasta maker. I did some research for you and found a few comments from Amazon users that used the pasta maker in combination with the motor attachment. Yes, the Marcato Atlas will work with polymer clay, also when using the motor attachment. One user has been using it for over 3 years with polymer clay and hasn't run into any problems yet.

      One user commented that you should start with a wide opening of the rollers, and not start too thin as this might stress out the motor. It will work, but be careful when using the motor attachment and start of thick, not thin.

      remember to start off on a higher setting and work your way down to a thinner setting so the motor has a long life. If you start off thin, you will burn out the motor.

      Have a great December!

      Julia

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  5. Deanna

    Although the review covers most of what I expected, what I really wanted to know was more of "what's under the hood." That is what is most important to me. For example, I wanted to know if/how many parts are plastic when comparing the two models.

    One Amazon review stated they purchased this same model Imperia machine two years ago and had only used it 5-6 times before it broke. A picture shows a plastic piece that is broken resulting in the rolling mechanism no longer working properly.

    Another Amazon review stated that when comparing the same model Imperia machine from the late 60's she uses regularly (and describes as a workhorse) to the new one she bought for her brother that:
    1) The new machine has "quite a bit of plastic parts incorporated into the machine that are not present on mine."
    2) The new machine is somewhat lighter. The reviewer attributes this to the manufacturer taking shortcuts by the use of more internal plastic parts.

    When researching a product I am intending to buy, low maintenance, ease of use, price, and (most importantly) longevity are the factors that determine which product I buy. For example, when considering longevity, I am leery of machines with a lot of plastic parts since they seem to wear out/break quicker (especially if used on a regular basis). I realize a product warranty can address this issue. However, I am hoping I purchase a product that is built well enough that I don't need to make use of the warranty (especially when opting for a more expensive one). I do not want to purchase a product that has a long warranty but that repeatedly breaks down that I would have to deal with either. Warranty repairs should be more of a rarity if a company makes a high quality product.

    This is just an example of the type of information I would've liked to have been included in your review to assist me in my decision. However, I do want to thank you for the time you put in and amount of information you did provide in your review.

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    1. Julia

      Hi Deanna,

      Thanks for your extensive feedback! I know that both Marcato and CucinaPro have changed the way they produce their pasta makers, but I have no idea to what extent these product changes go. When comparing both machines, I did not take a look 'under the hood', as I was afraid of breaking the pasta machines. However, when I think about it I have to agree with you: it's not all about warranty, noone wants to return a product every six months even if it means they get a new one; it's not worth the hassle. I recently bought a new Marcato (collecting all the colors!) and will try if I can take a look under the hood. If this is successful I'll do the same with the CucinaPro Imperia somewhere in January.

      I'll also contact both companies and see if they can provide a bit of extra information. Marcato usually has very useful responses to my mails, so I can only hope the same goes for this question!

      I'll share my research in a future update of this article, as I'll be in Italy for most of December. Stay tuned and I hope to come back with some new findings!

      Thanks again and have a wonderful December!

      Julia

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