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Inexpensive pasta machine?

Midlife Sep 12, 2010 12:50 PM

I'm developing a yearning to make pasta at home but not so much as to spend much on the machine. I found this one on Overstock, and the reviews on the site are mostly positive, but I was hoping someone here might have experience with it or something similar to recommend. Is an Atlas worth $30 more? Thanks.


  1. eoj Sep 12, 2010 01:24 PM

    I suspect it's probably fine. I got a made-in-China one called a "Jumbo Handy Machine" and it seems to be pretty much identical to the Imperia or Atlas ones. I certainly have no complaints.

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      AOski Sep 12, 2010 04:33 PM

      Just picked up an Imperia from W/S last weekend. Love it! That said, the one you've found will certainly saves you a couple bucks and looks pretty much identical...plus, the reviews seem good. (Side note: isn't it shocking how light Overstock can be on product information...)

      1. Zeldog Sep 13, 2010 06:37 PM

        If you check some other threads on the subject you'll find some folks who were not happy with their Chinese Atlas knock-offs. I don't recall the Imperia and Atlas being that much more expensive than the others, but keep in mind that they last for decades so you may only save a couple of bucks a year. Also, if you want to make more types of pasta or add a motor you might have trouble finding attachments for a knock-off. On the other hand, if you end up making 3 or 4 batches and decide it's not worth the effort, you're only out $30.

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          Nyleve Sep 14, 2010 05:38 AM

          Try Ebay for a good price on Atlas or Imperia. I bought one for my son recently - complete with all kinds of different rollers - for much less than it would have cost me to get a new knock-off.

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