How we tested manual pasta machines
We tested four 150-millimeter manual pasta machines priced from $32.75 to $69.25, using them to make fresh pasta sheets, fettuccine, and angel hair. We also made fresh gluten-free pasta with our winning machine. We measured the thickness of a sheet of pasta as it passed through each thickness setting available on each model. Machines were evaluated on design features, including their knobs, attachments, and thickness settings.
We gave more points to machines with knobs that clearly indicated the thickness setting chosen and could be adjusted with only one hand.
USING YOUR NOODLE (CUTTING ATTACHMENT)
Machines with attachments that had sharp, well-aligned blades cut noodles more cleanly and were awarded more points.
THROUGH THICK AND THIN
We gave more points to machines with a wider range of thickness settings.
Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine
Winner - Recommended
THICKNESS SETTINGS ★★★
NOODLE-CUTTING ATTACHMENT ★★★
Thickness Settings: 10, ranging from 0.24 in to 0.02
Fresh is best. So is this pasta machine.
You can roll fresh pasta with a rolling pin and cut it into noodles with a knife, but a manual pasta machine makes the process faster and easier (which, let’s face it, means you’re likely to enjoy homemade pasta more often). We recently put four manual pasta machines to the test, rolling out and cutting ravioli, fettuccine, and angel hair, plus a gluten-free pasta dough. Our winner pulled ahead of the pack early and stayed there.
Winning Traits of the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine:
• Simple to set up
• Produced pasta with the greatest range of thicknesses, rolling out chunky ¼-inch sheets and paper-thin sheets
• Smart design makes it easy to adjust thickness with one hand (versus two)
• Sharp attachment blades cut noodles precisely every time
How to Use a Pasta Machine
Anchor the base to a table or counter and then turn the crank to rotate two rollers, feeding the dough through them in order to flatten it. A knob on the side of the machine allows you to adjust the distance between the rollers and thus the thickness of your pasta sheet: You start with the widest (thickest) setting and progressively reduce the distance between the rollers until the dough reaches your desired thinness. Once the sheet of pasta is as thin as you want it to be, you can use it to make ravioli or other stuffed pasta; alternatively, you can cut it into either fettuccine or narrow angel hair strands with the noodle-cutting attachment, which comes standard.