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Pasta machine: Kitchenaid or Imperia?

damiano | Mar 20, 201804:07 AM     22

I want to start making home made pasta, and I am considering 3 options.

Option 1 - Kitchenaid pasta roller EUR 65 (https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KSM...)

Option 2 - Kitchenaid pasta set EUR 130 (https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KSM...)

Option 3 - Imperia Pasta Presto 700 EUR 175 (https://www.amazon.com/Electric-Imper...)

Option 1 is a very cost effective way to start. I've been looking at some youtube videos, and notice that some people cut pasta by hand. So, by having the dough roller, I outsource the difficult part, and can cut ravioli or tagliatelle with a knife, or using manual rollers (see pics).

Option 2 includes the same KA dough roller, but also spaghetti and fettuccine cutters. So, I'd basically buy those 2 cutters for 65 euro (130 -/- 65 for the roller). I don't see myself making spaghetti a lot, as I just buy dried pasta for quick weekday dinners. Also, if I invest in the Kitchenaid set, I'm obliged to buy the very expensive ravioli cutter if I want one later: it's EUR 130.

Option 3 is a standalone electronic pasta maker that includes the dough roller, and cutters for fettuccine and tagliatelle. This involves a steep initial investment, but it will allow me to buy cheaper individual cutters afterwards, including the ravioli for around EUR 35. It will also open up more shapes of pasta, as these machines are omnipresent in Italy.

The problem is that any choice automatically inhibits the other options.

Any opinions on how easy it is to cut pasta by hand, or using these manual rollers? How about the durability of the Imperia Pasta Presto? Also, there are 2 Kitchenaid sets, the new one has round corners: anyone with a strong preference for the old or new set?

Thanks!

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