I read the reviews, and hunted high and low for one of these babies, and it was so worth it! I have to admit that I couldn't bring myself to pay full price, so went off and found a second hand one, noting that lots of people had thought homemade pasta was a good idea, but when it came to the cruch, the amount of effort they had to put in was beyond their enthusiasm. Well, all I can say is that their loss was my gain. The Imperia set is well worth the investment. So many people have said that the higher cost of this is fully justified, and I have to concurr. The pasta machine is heavy, the attachments are so very robust, and the build quality is superb. The one main thing you need to know, when you're starting out at this is, that you need to give yourself enought time. You can't make a batch of dough, stick it through the mangle, and then shove the resulting outcome in to a pot of boiling water. You need patience. Lots of it. Make your dough. Let it rest. Mangle it. Let it dry. Shred it. Let it dry some more. Allow yourself loads of time. Make a huge batch, and store the rest, as it's not a clean process - your kitchen will be covered in flour! Then, when your pasta is nice an dry (as well as hanging it from broom handles bridged across two chairs, you can always find new uses for your clothes airer too!), you can cook the stuff in a few minutes flat. Just make sure you use the biggest pot you have, filled with rapidly boiling water, a good pinch of salt, and dollop of olive oil. Rescue your pasta before it goes gloopy, and top it with a gorgeous homemade sauce. The taste difference is fantastic. The texture is brilliant. Pasta making is very therapeutic after a long days work, and it is so nice to be able to say 'I made that' (especially when the plates are practically licked clean!). If you've been contemplating buying one, you should. Put it on your wish list. Borrow one. Just try it. Oh, and then of course clean it - I find a pastry brush, or even a small paint brush is brilliant.