I bought this for my daughter's birthday present, she is a chef's apprentice at a local upscale restaurant. She makes pasta regularly as part of her job and wanted a pasta maker for home use as well. She said that this pasta maker is actually BETTER and more heavy duty than the pasta maker at work. I noticed an earlier review stated that the handle comes out to easily - this is actually how all pasta makers are made. It is done this way intentionally to make cleaning and operation easier. This item was heavier than expected and much more sturdy, I definitely recommend it.