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OMG! Just received it yesterday. LOVE AT 1ST SIGHT! It's a beauty! So durable and solid built. Inside are all very good quality stainless steel. Also, the plastic case is very nice and solid. It can be opened to clean the inside.... I am returning my KitchenAid 3 pieces set. No more switching. I cook a lot during the pandemic. I just have to find something fun and effective to make my life in the house happier. Thank you Amazon selling this gadget!! It is such smart design. This is a MUST HAVE if you have stand mixer. BTW, I have KitchenAid Artisan and Cuisinart Precision Master, tried on both and works perfectly on both machines. Only thing if i must pick on is that the dail number is a little bit hard to read (it has 8 thickness). I will give this baby 99.99 score :))
First let me say that if you want to save money making your own pasta, a pasta maker is not the way to go. I'll need to make about 3600 bowls of spaghetti to break even -- that's gonna take a while. But I guess if you have a KA mixer and are shopping for a pasta maker, the cost per bowl isn't a big concern.
That being said, this is a great value compared to the KA brand 3 piece set, and it does it all the same in one handy unit. We've used it a few times, and it works great. Rolls and cuts spaghetti and linguini type noodles. Easy to clean. No switching attachments to go between rolling and cutting. Seems to be well made and sturdy. Works best when listening to music by Louis Prima -- or at least it seems that way. And like most things from overseas, the instruction manual can be a humorous read.
So spend some dough to make some dough for less dough than the other dough rollers and cutters. 2 thumbs up Antree!
Yes it’s robust. Yes it works well as an attachment to a well known stand mixer brand. Be warned, though, that once a stray piece of pasta dough gets caught in the intricate metal machinery, it can be impossible to extricate even with the largely ineffective ‘cleaning’ brush. Once that happens, as I discovered, the detritus causes an almighty stink. The cupboard in which it was housed smelled like a charnel house a day after being stored there. Remember you are told you can’t submerge this in water. I have hours trying to clean it and still the odour does not diminish. I have used an item that cost close to £100 a grand total of 2 times and these hygiene concerns owing to poor design mean I won’t ever use it again. Steer clear of this item, as you risk wasting an awful lot of dough in more ways than one.
I finally broke down and bought this because it appeared that it would improve my spaghetti and fettucini making workflow and indeed it did exactly that. I already own (two!) sets of the Kitchen-Aid OEM pasta rollers and all their cutters that I have used thousands of times, so I would consider myself fairly expert. I make pasta usually a couple of times a week and also have the Kitchen-Aid extruder set as well as a whole host of other dough handling tools, molds, and multiple kinds of cutters. but when I first saw this device and realized I would be able to sheet and then immediately cut without having to hang the sheet first I was immediately attracted. Provided your dough is dry enough you can indeed do exactly this. Now I sheet, cut, and then nest pasta onto a silicon mat thus saving myself quite a bit of time and don't need to use anything to hang the pasta on while changing from roller to cutter.
The tool is very well made, solid and robust, easily on par with Kitchen-Aid attachments in terms of quality. Its' hard plastic hatch can be removed exposing the rollers and cutters which means it is also easier to clean. The only slight ding I would record here is that it's useable "rolling/cutting" width at 5 1/4" is 1/2" less than the Kitchen-Aid set although the overall width (outer edge to outer edge) is about the same.
If someone is looking at the Kitchen-Aid set and knows what I know now, they would opt for this single tool and save the money that the equivalent KA set would cost and still be getting something that is every bit as good and in fact, is in a couple of dimensions actually a superior design that makes using it a better experience than the original.
Update two months in. I am probably going to buy a second one and get rid of my two Kitchen-Aid KPRA/KSMPRA sets but keep the KPCA cutters since Antree does not seem to have one for cappellini & lasagnette yet. Another small benefit is that the box it comes in is smaller and requires less storage space.
The product seems to be well made. But, I really don't like the way the thickness scale is setup. It is really hard to read. I have to check the width of the opening rather than read the scale. Cleaning is quite easy. Not much gets into it as long as the dough is not too thin. As it is a 3-in-1 product, it is quite a bit heavier than the individual roller /cutter parts. So, you have to be careful not to drop it either on a glass table( as I have setup) or on a porcelain/ceramic floor. The longer screw is a nice touch. Overall I am satisfied but I wish I could say I was happy. Edit July 11-2020: this developed two problems. One it started a high pitch whine. But, more importantly the thickness adjustment knob stopped working while connected to the stand mixer. So, each time I had to stop the mixer, remove this attachment, wiggle the roller and square connector till it unlocked and then adjust the thickness and reattach to the mixer and so on. Amazon was kind enough to send an RMA and I am sending it back. It was decent while it worked.
Edit: Nov 06-2020. The merchant offered me $20 to delete the review so the product looks better. When I politely declined, the offer was increased to $30. I just thought people should know about these tactics.
Great product. I am a total pasta making novice and it was easy enough for me to use. I had to lightly separate the strands which was the only difficulty but well worth the investment. I didn't want to buy a kitchen aid brand one as they were so expensive and for me, this is just perfect to attach to my kitchen aid mixer. I was nervous it wouldn't fit or work as they aren't the same brand but it was great. I am going to go thinner when rolling next time now I know what I'm doing!
Excellent product, so good to have it all in one unit. Great value for money. Only gave 4 stars for easy to clean as I struggled to get the plastic case off initially. Didn’t fully cut through all the fettuccine but this is not a major problem. Fits perfectly to Kitchen Aid. Really pleased with this product.
This pasta maker is so easy to use. Considered paying the extra money for the kitchenaid pasta attachments because I am very fussy about quality ... don't bother. The 3 in 1 is much handier now that I've used it. When making spaghetti you can roll through a piece of dough then go go straight to cutting without having to change attachment. Comes with a little brush that is great for cleaning the rollers and cutters.