There are a lot of good and popular pasta machines, but a lot of them have problems as well. As high as these may be rated by users, there are a few machines that are frustrating in their own right. The problems can be overlooked, but they’re still problems nonetheless.
The manual hand crank tends to fall off when being cranked. It appears that the handle fits snugly into the machine and the wide noodle cutter, but can’t fit into the narrow noodle cutter. The handle or the machine itself might need some adjustments or modifications with tools.
A big drawback to the CucinaPro Imperia can’t be washed conventionally. In order to clean this pasta maker, you need to use a brush. Make sure to keep this machine from the water. There are also many nooks and crannies where the pasta dough can get lodged.
The crank and gears aren’t very smooth. It could use something that could make turning the crank easier ling bearings. The CunicaPro Imperia only have two settings, a small fettuccine setting and a regular spaghetti width. More settings would’ve been nice. It is a little heavier than it should be but the weight adds stability to it. It needs to be cleaned regularly if used frequently like in restaurants.
Lello 2730 3000 Pro Pastamaster
The Lello 2730 3000 Pro Pastamaster is noisy, which is understandable for a machine with a really strong motor. The noise of the engine can be very annoying when working with dough. It’s horrible if it’s going to be used in a commercial setting because chefs won’t be able to pick up any noise because the engine is as loud as a blender. At least the noise is reduced once it starts making the pasta.
The Lello 2730 3000 Pro Pastamaster has a problem with pushing out pasta at a constant rate. This usually happens when the stirring paddles don’t push enough dough through the auger slot. This can easily be remedied by turning off the machine and repositioning the dough and turning it on again.
If your Lello 2730 3000 Pro Pastamaster is new, it might have the paint of smell. It goes away after a while.
Rome 6 Inch Traditional Style Pasta Machine
The quality of the gear mechanism is inconsistent. Some reviews say that they break easily whereas others say that they last longer than a few months to a year. Better quality control might be needed.
A motor can be attached to the machine which is handy, but it only wears out the gears even faster. The rollers don’t line up properly when adjusted so you might end up with uneven pasta at times.
The cutter doesn’t penetrate through all of the pasta sometimes so manual cutting might be required. If your Rome 6 Inch Traditional Style Pasta Machine is brand new, you’ll need to run scrap pasta dough through the machine six times just to get the grease and the metal filings out.
Atlas Pasta Machine
As great as the Atlas Pasta Machine might be, it can only make four pasta shapes. Macaroni is not one of the options. What a shame. The motor is weak and is prone to slowing down, but it makes feeding dough into the machine easier. The motor is encased in a plastic casing which makes the machine prone to overheating so you might have to go easy on the motor. At least the warranty is three years. The motor is also very noisy.
Many pasta machines, makers like to boast about their product’s features that they overlook quality control. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll be more cautious when making a purchase, whether it’s online or in a store.