On test: The best marble rolling pins

Marble is Kimberley’s material of choice when it comes to rolling pins. She put a selection through their paces.

Marble rolling pins

When used properly, wooden and plastic rolling pins will usually do the job, but spending a little more money on a marble rolling pin is worth it, especially if you make pastry regularly. As marble absorbs heat, it can be chilled before using, meaning it stays cool and stops pastry from falling apart – applying too much heat can cause the butter to melt and the structure of the pastry to fall apart. Not only that, the hefty weight of a marble pin means you don’t have to exert as much effort when moving it around.

What Kimberley looked for…

Rounded ends: So there are no marks left in the pastry.

A stand: For easy storage.

Affordability: Marble products can get very expensive due to material costs.

Smooth movement: A easy to hold pin that moves across surfaces smoothly.

Kimberley Wilson’s top five marble rolling pins

Best… Roller

DivertimentiGrey marble and blonde wood rolling pin

This pin moves very freely on its spindle so requires very little effort to roll. However, as the handles have decorative detail, care needs to be taken so that the grooves don’t trap food.

£40.95, from Divertimenti

Best… Length

Habitat rolling pinCream rolling pin

This simple rolling pin has a lovely long rolling surface. There are no handles, meaning you can't control the downward pressure and so this pin may be too heavy for very delicate pastry or biscuit dough.

£18, from Habitat


Best… Bargain

Horwood pinHorwood grey marble rolling pin and wooden stand

This had the shortest rolling surface of all the pins so more effort would be needed for bigger pastry jobs. However, it had a really smooth movement and was the most reasonable of all the pins.

£14.49, from Legend Cookshops


Best… Aesthetics

Marble treeMarbletree hand-crafted rolling pin and stand

This handmade rolling pin has a beautiful high polish finish with lovely rounded ends. With its matching stand, it’s beautiful to look at as well as to use.

£45, from Not on the High Street


Best… Lightweight pin

Masterclass pinMasterclass quarry marble pin and stand

The lightest of all the pins, this is suitable for use with more delicate pastry. It also has rounded ends that prevent marks being left in the soft dough. It comes with a 20-year guarantee and is dishwasher-safe so it’s a good investment for your kitchen kit.

RRP £19.99, from Kitchen Craft, available nationwide

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Which rolling pin do you use? Are you a marble devotee or more of a traditionalist? 

Comments, questions and tips

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8th Oct, 2014
I have a Horwood roller. It is better than my collectable china roller, into which you can pour chilled water. It is a good weight and requires little effort.
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