Best Electric Pasta Maker 2018

by | Dec 8, 2017

Best Electric Pasta Maker 2018

In our Best Electric Pasta Maker 2018 review, we take a look at these amazing machines. They not only mix the ingredients and knead the dough but they also extrude the dough into different shapes. This is a real game changer for those who love to make freshly made pasta but find it difficult or messy. They are also ideal for those who want to create the kind of shapes that simple rolling and cutting cannot do. These are the Bread makers of the Pasta world! So, which is best electric pasta maker 2018 ?

If you have ever tried making your own fresh pasta you will know that it involves mixing, kneading, rolling, cutting and a funny machine that you turn with a handle. However, things have changed and now with these electric pasta makers you can have fresh homemade pasta in less than 20 minutes. Not only that but because the pasta is extruded, you can have different shapes including spaghetti, noodles, penne and other favourites.

Pasta machines found in food processing plants and some restaurants are usually large metal machines that churn out pasta in large quantities. Recently, several models have come on to the market for home use. We have been very fortunate enough to have access to some of these to review for you and find the best electric pasta machines 2018.

Related: Best Pasta Machine for Rolling and Cutting

There are several features and other considerations to bear in mind when selecting an electric pasta maker. For instance, the capacity will determine how much pasta you can make at once.

The next consideration is ease of use which includes cleaning. When mixing flour and eggs it is perhaps inevitable that things will get a bit messy. The machine needs to be disassembled and reassembled to clean. Then there is the actual cooking process and how simple this is.

The pasta gets its shape from various moulds or dies that the dough is squeezed through. Make sure that the machine you purchase has sufficient pasta shapes and especially your favourites.

Value for money must also be a key consideration with prices varying considerably.

Finally, if you are prepared to spend significant amounts on an electric pasta maker, you need the peace of mind of knowing that if things go wrong, you can get your money back or a replacement. With a two-year warranty on some machines, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Dough Recipes Used in Extrusion.

If you have ever made fresh pasta in the traditional way using a pasta roller and cutter, you will nee to adjust your recipe somewhat. Traditional pasta can be made using different flour and liquid mixes but typically uses ’00’ flour and eggs. When you make pasta for extrusion you need a dry dough. You will need to use more semolina than usual. I would suggest at least 50% and maybe even 100%. This gives the pasta a nice yellow colour, makes it high in protein and it has the property of requiring more liquid. Whether you choose eggs or water is up to you. Many restaurants use water with semolina which is what is used to make dry pasta. Personally, I would always use an egg mixture unless cooking for vegans. If you choose to use 100% semolina I would suggest 3 parts semolina flour to 1 part liquid by volume. In the liquid you should always add 2 table spoons of oil per 500g of flour to provide the lubrication needed for extrusion.

In our best electric pasta machines of 2018 we used several different recipes. Some were suggested by the manufacturers in their recipe books. However, in our tests, we found that the 100% semolina recipe worked best.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Automatically mixes, kneads and extrudes the dough
  • Makes 450g of fresh pasta in just 18 minutes
  • Four shapes available: spaghetti, penne, fetuccine and lasagna
  • Excellent colour book of instructions and recipes including coloured pasta

The Philips HR2332/11 Viva Collection Pasta and Noodle Maker, 150 W makes it on to our best electric pasta maker 2018. This is one of several models available from Philips and is the latest and cheapest. As expected, you put in the flour and egg mix and within a few minutes you have perfectly formed extruded pasta. You get to choose from 4 pasta shapes by changing the plastic die through which the pasta is extruded.

The unit is solidly built and surprisingly heavy. It is predominatly made from plastic. The container where the pasta is made is completely removable, as are the moving parts within it. There are about 7 parts all together e.g.  the container, paddles (mixers), screw thread to force the pasta through the dies, tube etc. These are easy to assemble and dis-assemble and can also be washed in hot soapie water. You should expect to allow about 10 minutes to strip it down, wash and dry then re-assemble.

The unit comes with a measuring cup for the flour and a measuring jug/pourer for the egg mix. At its capacity it can make 450g of pasta which is a decent amount for four people. You can also make half this quantity for two people. Inevitably, there is some wastage at the end with dough still in the machine but was quite a small amount and nobody starved as a consequence.

It is possible to pause the process mid way through to replace the die. This means you can make a batch of say spaghetti and then another batch of a different type e.g.

When in use the Philips HR2332/11 Viva Collection Pasta and Noodle Maker, 150 W is relatively quiet which was surprising when compared to the industrial machines we have used in other places. The pasta comes through fairly slowly at about an inch every 5 seconds. This is therefore easy to cut to the right length as it comes out of the machine. Given the dry mixture, there was no sticking and the pasta could be placed directly on to a plate or tray without the need to hang on a pasta dryer.

So, in our best electric pasta maker 2018 tests this unit performed very well. In terms of value for money only you can say. As stated previously, Philips do offer a higher end device costing more. When you consider that an electric pasta roller and cutter will set you back around £90, this doesn’t seem too expensive. After all, this machine does a lot more.

In conclusion, this is an ideal machine for those wishing to make their own pasta but don’t want to get too technical. It will do everything the traditional roller and cutter will do and more. A worthy candidate for best electric pasta maker 2018.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Automatically mixes, kneads and extrudes the dough
  • Makes 450g of fresh pasta in just 18 minutes
  • Five shapes available: spaghetti, penne, fetuccine, linguini,  and lasagna
  • Excellent colour book of instructions and recipes including coloured pasta

The Philips Avance Collection HR2354/12 Fresh Pasta Maker Machine Pasta and Ravioli Machine is the second Philips contenders in our best electric pasta maker 2018. This is one of several models available from Philips and is a more up market version HR2332/11. This is a much more robust machine with a more quality feel about it. It also has an additional die making 5 in total.

As with the other Philips electric pasta makers, the parts are easy to remove for washing. It makes the same amount of pasta in either a single or double quantity (450g). It also comes with the measuring cups needed.

Performance wise, this machine is much more refined. However, the results were more or less the same as with the previous Philips HR2332/11 electric pasta maker.  Given that these devices are fairly recent (2016 for this one), we wonder if the prices will reduce, in which case this would certainly be  good value for money. However, at the moment, we would have to say that this device is too expensive to win our best electric pasta maker 2018.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Automatically mixes, kneads and extrudes pasta
  • Separates the mixing and extrusion process to allow for dough to ‘prove’ if desired
  • Comes with 6 pasta dies
  • Dries the pasta as it comes out to prevent any sticking

This SMART Pasta Maker is a little bit of a wild card in our best electric pasta maker 2018 reviews. SMART are more famous for their Smart weighing scales which connect to an app on your mobile phone. However, this looked to be a very promising candidate for our best electric pasta maker 2018 and comes in much less than the Philips alternatives.

It is worth mentioning that the SMART Pasta Maker is more in line with the traditional pasta makers used in restaurants and factories where pasta is made in large quantities. SMART have taken the concept and made a domestic equivalent on a smaler scale. As with the Philips electric pasta makers, it is made predominantly from plastic instead of the steel ones you find in restaurants and factories.

Another factor that SMART recognise as part of the past making process is that pasta dough should ideally be left to prove before being rolled and shaped. The SMART Pasta Maker is the only domestic electric pasta maker which allow you to do this. It won’t star the extrusion process until you tell it to. This is unlike the Philips electric pasta makers which start extruding the pasta almost straight away. This, in our view is a huge advantage for SMART and results in better dough mixture which in turn produces better pasta.

The SMART electric pasta maker works in several stages. First, the ingredients need to be weighed. There are different recipes including gluten free. All are nicely explained in the accompanying booklet. The flour is placed inside the machine followed by the egg mix. The mixing then starts and continues for several minutes until a good dough mixture has been produced.

You now have the option of starting the extrusion process or leaving the dough to improve. If you want, you can remove the dough, which is now in a ball and wrap in cling film and place in the fridge. If you weren’t using and electric pasta maker and were making pasta in the traditional way, this is what the recipe would tell you to do. And there is good reason to do this. By allowing the pasta dough time to improve, the quality of the pasta is greatly improved. You don’t have to and if you are in a rush you can get straight on with the extrusion process. They point here is that you can if you choose. This option is not available with the Philips devices.

To begin the extrusion process you press one of the buttons and the pasta is moved into another container where the screw forces it through the pasta die. There are 6 in total which is more than the Philips. The pasta dough comes out more quickly than with the Philips. As it does so, a stream air is blown at the pasta causing it to dry. This ensures that whatever type of pasta dough mixture you use, it won’t stick on the way out.

The pasta dough is now ready to be placed directly on to a plate or tray with no need to hang it on a pasta dryer.

In conclusion, the SMART Pasta Maker is less expensive than any of the Philips range. It is also more flexible. It recognises that pasta needs to be mixed thoroughly to make good dough and ideally has to stand for an hour before being shaped. All in all, we believe that the SMART Pasta Maker is an excellent contender for best electric pasta maker 2018. Ultimately, you as a consumer will need to decide whether you are happy going with a brand less familiar than Philips.

Conclusions of the Best Electric Pasta Maker 2018

Having tested three different types of electric pasta maker we have been impressed by the build quality and the overall results. Of the three, the SMART Pasts Maker is our overall best electric pasta maker 2018 based on its versatility and value or money. If you wanted an electric pasta maker with a well known brand name then Philips would be your natural choice. Of the two Philips electric past makers we reviewed, we would recommend the Philips HR2332/11 Viva Collection Pasta and Noodle Maker, 150 W. This may not be as well made as its more expensive cousin but the pasta it produces is indistinguishable.