Pasta Maker Reviews for Spaghetti Lovers Like You
See below for the Pasta Maker Reviews Directory---But first, here are some "Things to Keep In Mind" as you read our Pasta Maker Reviews ....
Based on the philosophy that no one machine is really the best one for everybody, we review a variety of different kinds of equipment, including manual, electric, free-standing roller-type, free-standing extruder-type, electric mixer attachment kits, and more.
However, since we are a spaghetti site, all our reviews focus on the ability to successfully use the equipment to make spaghetti and other “strand” pastas (either round or flat). So, if you want the option to make other kinds of pasta with the machine you buy, you may want to keep in mind that the roller-type designs can typically also make sheet pastas (lasagna, ravioli, etc.), while the extruder-type designs can typically also make small piece pasta (macaroni, fusilli, etc.).
You also need to know that in many cases, to be able make these additional kinds of pastas, you will have to buy additional attachments sold separately. So be sure to price those attachments, and factor them into your overall pricing.
To get the most out of these reviews, I encourage you to first read our article on how to choose a pasta maker if you haven’t done so already, so that you will be familiar with the various different kinds of equipment, and some of the issues associated with each kind. Then be sure to come back and read these reviews, to educate yourself about the popular models out there.
And lastly, be sure to verify for yourself with whomever you will be buying from, the details that are important to you regarding the particular model or models you are considering buying. I recommend this because, while the information contained in these reviews was diligently researched, and was accurate to the best of my knowledge when written, I am not perfect and things are always changing. And I want you to be as pleased as possible with your final selection.
Oh—one more thing. Before you actually use your newly purchased pasta maker, be sure to do an initial machine cleaning, as described in the article on cleaning pasta makers. You may be really glad you did!
Pasta Maker Reviews Directory
Category 1 – Free-Standing Roller-Type Pasta Makers
You can get either a manual or an electric free-standing roller-type pasta maker. For either one, you run the prepared dough through a series of rollers that progressively flattens out and elongates it into a long thin sheet. You then cut the sheet into strips as long as you want your spaghetti to be, and run each strip through a cutter that cuts it up into lots of individual strands. There are different cutters for each pasta strand size (i.e. for spaghetti, vermicelli, capellini, etc.)
Category 2 – Free-Standing Extruder-Type Pasta Makers
With the extruder design, the dough is put in a machine that forces it through small round holes in a die. The dough comes out of the die shaped it into a bunch of individual strands of spaghetti. The strands are cut off when the desired length is reached. Again, extruder type pasta makers can be either manual or electric. And different dies are available for the various sizes and types of pasta you want to make.
Category 3 – Pasta Maker Mixer Attachment
Some brands of free-standing electric kitchen mixers offer pasta making attachments. These can be either the roller-type or the extruder-type. In either case, they are securely mounted onto the body of the mixer and then powered by it.
Category 4 – Pasta Cutting Frame (Chitarra)
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A Chitarra is a wooden device originating from the Abruzzi region of the Old Country (Italy), for manually cutting individual sheets of hand-rolled pasta dough into spaghetti strands.