While a motorized pasta roller like the Shule Electric takes a lot of the labor out of making fresh pasta, it does not save you from having to mix and knead the dough by hand before you can actually make pasta from it.
If you already own something that can take on the first part, doesn’t it make sense to do all of your pasta-making jobs using the same appliance?
Note that, here, we’re only talking about some accessories that fit into the attachment hub of pretty much every household mixer KitchenAid has ever made. The appliance itself isn’t included.
A Solid Choice
When it comes to trusting brands enough to open your wallet to them, a company specializing in a few high-quality products is rarely a bad choice.
Still, there’s something to be said for going with an option manufactured by a large, experienced group with thousands of customers and the resources to design and build products that are truly user-friendly and durable.
This pasta maker combines the best of both worlds: though KitchenAid is headquartered in America, they chose to outsource production of this item to Italy.
Since this roller/cutter set takes its power from the mixer, it’s tough enough to deal with nearly anything you throw at it, which says much about its durability and ease of use. This also makes it a good choice for someone who wants to prepare huge quantities of pasta at once.
Nice If You Already Own the Mixer, But Not Better than a Dedicated Machine
One thing which makes this product a little awkward to use is that the dough sheets are fed in from the top instead of the side. Although, with the freedom to use both hands, this isn’t a critical shortcoming unless your mixer stands very tall.
The weight of the appliance also anchors everything in place and, since you won’t be applying much sideways force, you won’t have to deal with one of pasta makers’ characteristic headaches: having to anchor it to a surface and often still seeing it slip while you’re working.
This product, like the Marcato, features pretty sturdy construction and good workmanship, though the surfaces seem to be somewhat more prone to sticking and less easy to clean. This will be a minor concern unless your dough isn’t floury enough.
The one thing to dislike about this option is simply its price. Considering that you’re limited to lasagna sheets, spaghetti, and fettuccine, and that each of the three attachments is just a fairly simple mechanical gadget, we might have expected to pay less for this add-on.
If the lack of variety bothers you, you can look at the KitchenAid KSMPEXTA. This allows you to create a few more types, including hollow shapes like macaroni and even bucatini.
- A really fun little gadget if you already own a KitchenAid
- Takes up little storage space
- Capable of churning out large amounts
- On the expensive side for just a fitting
- Only yields lasagna, spaghetti, and tagliatelle
- No use at all without the mixer