For Hands-On Cooks
This compact crank-style Marcato Atlas 150 (from $94) is as sleek as an Italian sports car. A range of settings lets you tailor the thickness of your pasta from 7/8 inch to 1/8 inch. Choose from three pasta shapes simply by moving the hand-crank position. Plus, it comes apart easily for cleanup, meaning fewer chores and more carbonara.
For Pasta Modernists
The Philips Compact Pasta and Noodle Maker (from $180) is a game-changer for traditional fresh-pasta fiends. All you have to do is pour your ingredients into the hopper, and in about 20 minutes, the machine extrudes two to three generous servings of penne, spaghetti, or fettuccine. Welcome to the 21st century, nonna!