About Pastafina

Pastafina is a cylindrical tube with a straining lid on top that’s claimed to cook up to 1 pound of pasta, using thermal control to maintain an ideal temperature and provide perfect pasta in as little as 3 minutes, all in one pot.

And according to the manufacturer, Pastafina can also cook vegetables fast and fresh, and can even cook veggies and spaghetti at the same time.

In order to accomplish this, Pastafina is claimed to work over 3 steps:

  1. Add boiling water to your Pastafina, with the pasta already in place.
  2. Let it cook for as little as 3 minutes.
  3. Pop the top, strain, and serve.

And when you’re finished using your Pastafina, the manufacturer claims you can quickly rinse it out and add it to the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

As it turns out though, Pastafina might not meet your expectations or provide you good value for your money. Here’s why:

How Well Can You Really Expect Pastafina to Work?

First, however simple Pastafina’s manufacturer might make it seem, ask yourself this: “Is Pastafina really solving a problem?”

In other words, compared to opening a box of pasta and adding it to boiling water, you’ll now be adding your pasta to the Pastafina, and then add the boiling water to the Pastafina. What does this solve?

In our minds, this seems like you’re adding an unnecessary step to the process. On top of this, without the ability to stir your pasta, it seems like it’s a recipe for clumpy, undercooked results (we’ll come back around to this in the Reviews section below).

Similar Options to Pastafina

Next, although most “As Seen on TV” manufacturers would prefer you to believe that their products are unique and revolutionary, the truth is that they’re often simply different takes on existing products—or even rebranded products that are no longer available on the market.

Pastafina might be a prime example of this, as it appears to simply be an “updated” version of an older ASOTV product named Pasta Express. On top of this, it appears that other companies have “borrowed” from this same design to make their own version of the Pastafina, such as the Perfetto Pasta Cooker.

Customer Feedback for Pastafina

Since we first wrote our Pastafina review, 3 HighYa readers provided feedback about their experiences and gave the product an average rating of 1 star. This appeared to be primarily due to complaints that the Pastafina actually increases cooking time instead of reducing it.

While we didn’t encounter any other online Pastafina customer reviews at the time of our research, the nearly identical Pasta Express mentioned above had an average rating of 3.8 stars on Amazon. There, although several customers claimed that the device worked well after some trial and error, the most common complaints cited longer cooking times, pasta clumping together, and undercooked pasta.

Pastafina Pricing & Refund Policy

Two Pastafinas are priced at $10 plus $15.90 S&H, in addition to a $2 “web surcharge fee.” With your order, you’ll also receive a free recipe guide.

Pastafina comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that you’ll ultimately lose almost twice as much in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund if you’re dissatisfied.

With this said, in order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-818-8296.

Can Pastafina Help You Make Better Pasta, Faster?

Chopping to the point: Ultimately, Pastafina comes across as a cheap gimmick, since:

  1. It’s adding a step to the overall process, and
  2. It’s removing the ability to stir your pasta and make sure it’s thoroughly cooked before removing.

On top of this, you’ll lose more money in non-refundable S&H charges than you’ll actually receive as a refund if you’re dissatisfied by Pastafina’s performance.

Because of these concerns, we might recommend avoiding Pastafina altogether and hanging on to more of your hard-earned money.

3 Customer Reviews for Pastafina

Average Customer Rating: 1.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 0 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 0 2 stars: 0 1 stars: 3
Bottom Line: 0% would recommend it to a friend
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  • False Advertising

    • South Dakota,
    • Nov 17, 2014

    This product claims to "cook" pasta in as little as 3 minutes. The only pasta that it will cook in that are angel hair or fresh Gnocchi. The rest are at least 7 minutes. The times listed in the "cookbook" (which has 10 recipes in it and it 10 pages) are actually longer than if you cooked the pasta normally.

    I purchased this to save time in cooking pasta, not to have it take longer! The infomercial shows them cooking spaghetti and other pastas and says "in as little as 3 minutes" every time. I consider this false advertising and a scam. This product is useless.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money!

    • MD,
    • Mar 14, 2014

    It's easier to just make the pasta in a pot like normal. The email that I got from the company said that it would cost me 10.00, but my credit card was charged 27.90. It's a piece of crap. Don't waste your money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 21 out 21 people found this review helpful

    Most rediculous kitchen gadget of all time.

    • Washington,
    • Jan 10, 2014

    I am a Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation, a Culinary institute of America graduate "1985" this product is ridiculous, wheat flour does not cook below 212 degrees, sure you can put penne in a sink full of dirty dish water and it will get soft, but still is not cooked.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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