This is the same basic pasta maker I've seen elsewhere for twice the price. I've seen other reviewers complain about the handle coming out, but it's made that way so the whole thing can be broken down and stored. This brand and model have been around for a million years, and I think you'd have to pay a small fortune for a more automated, easier model. Having said that, it's not hard to operate, and Youtube is full of video's using this exact model. I'd recommend it. Pasta is hard to make, no matter what you use, so this is as good a tool to learn on as any, and economical.