Best Popcorn Poppers

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 13, 2019
Popcorn is a quick and yummy treat for a large party or a pleasant chill with your loved ones. Are you raving about an unmatched popcorn flavor? Then simply choose one of the Popcorn Poppers reviewed below to make an awsome popcorn at home. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
POPPING METHOD
POPPED CUPS PER BATCH
BATCH POPPING TIME
USABILITY
CLEANING
DIMENSIONS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

A 2.5-ounce stainless steel kettle features a built-in stirring system to speed up kernels popping and reduce the number of unpopped kernels. Besides, it boasts a heating option to keep popcorn deliciously warm. 

CONS

The unit is pretty bulky. 

OUR VERDICT

The Great Northern popcorn popper offers commercial grade quality and functionality in a countertop design suitable for home use. A well-thought construction is easy to use while a retro style appearance will create a special atmosphere for an enjoyable movie night with family and friends. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

Electric popper

POPPING METHOD

Hot oil

POPPED CUPS PER BATCH

up to 16 cups

BATCH POPPING TIME

About 2 minutes

USABILITY

Warming light, 2 control switches, Removable popcorn tray, Measuring spoon, Measuring cup

CLEANING

The slide-out popcorn serving tray is dishwasher safe, Other parts are hand-washable

DIMENSIONS

18.75" x 11" x 9.75"

WARRANTY

30 days warranty on the kettle and bulb

90 days limited warranty on the machine

PROS
The popper is extremely easy to clean. Just remove the popping chute and put it in a dishwasher. The unit features a sturdy and well-balanced base and is not heated during operation.
CONS
Sometimes the popped kernels pop out too quickly.
OUR VERDICT
Cuisinart electric popper will fit a small family. Owing to the power cord storage compartment and compact dimensions, this model will become an excellent acquisition for a small kitchen. For your choice the unit is offered in red, white and metallic red colors.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Electric popper
POPPING METHOD
Hot air
POPPED CUPS PER BATCH

up to 15 cups

BATCH POPPING TIME
Under 3 minutes
USABILITY
On/Off switch, Removable chute, Butter warming / measuring cup (½ cup), Stay-cool housing, Cord storage
CLEANING
All removable parts are dishwasher safe
DIMENSIONS
12.7" x 8.3" x 5.5"
WARRANTY

3-year limited warranty

PROS

Owing to a high power of 1475 Watts, this model will pop up to 18 cups of warm crunchy delicacy in less than 2.5 minutes.

CONS

There is no on/off switch.

OUR VERDICT

The Presto 04821 is a practical and extremely fast helper for true popcorn lovers. Cooking your favorite snack virtually without any oil, it will let you taste healthy popcorn without excess carbs and fats. Meanwhile, compact size makes it suitable for a kitchen of any size.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Electric popper

POPPING METHOD

Hot air

POPPED CUPS PER BATCH

up to 18 cups

BATCH POPPING TIME

About 2.5 minutes

USABILITY

Built-in cord wrap, Butter melter/Measuring Scoop

CLEANING

Base and cover are hand-washable

DIMENSIONS

13.12" x 9.25" x 5.81"

WARRANTY

1-year limited warranty 

PROS

A clear vented cover also doubles as a serving bowl. Meanwhile, the unit is fitted with convenient cool-touch handles for your comfort and safety. 

CONS

There might remain some uncooked kernels. 

OUR VERDICT

If you like hot oil popped popcorn often cooked in a stovetop crank pot, you'll surely appreciate this electric popper form West Bend. Offering the creamy taste and rich flavor of pre-seasoned popcorn for a microwave, it can make a 6-quart bowl of a crispy snack within minutes. It's a great choice for joyful parties and feasts.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Electric popper

POPPING METHOD

Hot oil 

POPPED CUPS PER BATCH

up to 24 cups

BATCH POPPING TIME

3-5 minutes

USABILITY

On/off switch, Heat-resistant handles, Vented cover can be used as a serving bowl

CLEANING

Removable heating plate is dishwasher-safe

DIMENSIONS

14.5" x 12.5" x 10.2"

WARRANTY

1-year limited warranty 

PROS

A vortex popping chamber is specifically designed to create a swirling airflow that will minimize unpopped kernels. At the same time, quick hot air circulation allows sealing all the nutrients inside. 

CONS

Somewhat low capacity per batch. 

OUR VERDICT

Compact, affordable, and a breeze to operate and maintain, the Nostalgia RHP310 is a perfect model for home use. Its vintage design will add a special note to any kitchen style, while a lower capacity will rather suit occasional popcorn eaters than those who like to taste popcorn every second day.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Electric popper

POPPING METHOD

Hot air 

POPPED CUPS PER BATCH

up to 8 cups

BATCH POPPING TIME

About 2 minutes

USABILITY

On/off switch, Measuring cap

CLEANING

Hand wash

DIMENSIONS

11.8" x 7.5" x 6.2"

WARRANTY

1 year

Great Northern 6074

Commercial-grade Popper for Home Use

Do you like the charm of old-world carnivals, attraction parks, and movie theaters with old-style cotton-candy makers and popcorn machines? Unforgettable popcorn aroma lingered in the air, making your mouth water and filling the atmosphere with joy and fun. Today, the plastic taste of microwave popcorn packs can’t even get close to the taste of popcorn from those old-fashioned large carts. And what if you’d be able to replicate that authentic taste in your own kitchen? You can do it with the Great Northern electric popper that offers commercial retro design in a countertop format suitable for home use.

First things first, the Great Northern really reminds those popcorn maker carts and large commercial machines you come across in ball games, movie theaters, and kid’s stores. And though it is definitely smaller, it still replicates that original design and construction consisting of a transparent chamber with a stainless steel popper kettle and a collection tray inside. This model will create a festive atmosphere and become a focal point of any friendly get-together, family movie night, holiday, birthday party, kid’s feasts, or any other type of social gathering. Meanwhile, it can be easily placed on the countertop (yet, it is still a bit bulkier than its modern counterparts) and doesn’t require any separate area in your kitchen, rest area, or playroom to be allocated.

Seemingly difficult in use, in practice, the unit is a snap to operate and provides the best of what modern technologies have to offer to let you taste professional quality popcorn at home. A stainless steel popping kettle is fixed on the hangers over a plastic serving tray inside the chamber. Actually, you just need to turn on the popping switch to preheat the kettle for several minutes, then add some oil (since the system applies traditional hot oil popping method) and kernels to the kettle, and let the unit pop up for the next several minutes. The measuring scoop is included in the set, so, there is no guessing what amount of kernels you need to add per batch. A handy lever on the side will help you empty the kettle when popping is over. Besides, once the tray is full, you can remove it and serve your tasty homemade popcorn right in it.

Review of Great Northern 6074 Pop Pup Retro Style Popcorn Popper

Delicious Whenever You Taste It

The Great Northern comes complete with a 2.5-ounce kettle and can pop up about 1 gallon of popcorn per batch. That’s 16 cups of yummy treat in less than 2 minutes. Though this capacity is far less than that of commercial models, this model is still suitable for making popcorn in large amounts. While your taste your portion, you can load the next serving to be ready just in time. More than that, the popper comes with a warming function. A special light installed above the kettle will keep your popped popcorn deliciously warm and fresh until you are ready to eat it.

To conclude, distinguished by a well-thought construction, ease of use, and one-of-a-kind design, this model will be appreciated by all popcorn fans and add a special flair to all your family gatherings and events.

Great Northern 6074 Pop Pup Retro Style Popcorn Popper in the use

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Cuisinart CPM-100

A Perfect Fit Even for a Small Kitchen

For a long time popcorn has been one of the favorite dainties for the majority of people. You will hardly see a kid or a teenager who goes to the cinema without a bucket of flavorful crunchy popcorn. And most adults would love it either! Today, in a variety of sophisticated kitchen gadgets available on the market, you can find a simple special unit that will allow making popcorn at home whenever you want! Moreover, you will get a much healthier product as compared to a theater-quality popcorn usually made in plenty of oil. Air poppers use hot air to make popcorn. Everyone can eat it without worrying about extra calories and fats. Of course, when your kitchen is rather small you might wonder if it is worth buying another kitchen appliance. But Cuisinart CPM-100 will dispel all your doubts. A compact size and special cord storage make this popcorn popper an ideal acquisition in any household or apartment even if it's confined in space. Besides, a stylish design of this gadget will add to the interior of any kitchen. And you will have an opportunity to make your favorite snack at home. Isn’t it great?  

Review of Cuisinart CPM-100 PopLite Hot Air Popper

Unrivaled Usability

Cuisinart CPM-100 is designed with user's safety and comfort in mind. The unit will delight its owners with the number of features ensuring ease of use and convenient operation. The popper body does not heat up during operation protecting your hands from accidental burns. The only thing that heats is a popping chute. So, mind it and let the chute cool down before taking it off for cleaning. All plastic parts contacting with food are made of BPA-free plastic. A handy cup on a detachable popping chute serves both as a measuring cup (½-cup) and a butter warming cup. No extra tools or accessories are needed to measure the right amount of corn kernels and get the melted butter along with a deliciously hot popcorn. Another good news is that after a joyful party or a movie night you won't need to put a lot of effort while cleaning out the mess. With Cuisinart CPM-100 popper, removing grease and oils is easy as it's never been before. All removable parts are dishwasher safe and an oil-free popping causes neither scorch, nor leaves it stains. With a function-wise Cuisinart popper, making a delicious airy popcorn is a breeze! And the flavor possibilities for your crunchy delicacy are endless. 

Cuisinart CPM-100 PopLite Hot Air Popper in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Three or four batches fills our container and is plenty for our small family to sit and watch a movie.

Size & Weight

And I used a LARGE bowl that was perfectly sized for gathering and holding the popcorn.

Features

The top two removable plastic pieces are easy to clean in the dishwasher, especially key if you use the measuring piece to melt butter.

Power

The "Power" on/off button. I hate pulling a running appliance out of the wall while still on and that was the feature that swayed me.
 

Presto 04821 Orville

Fast as a Lightning

If you look for a relatively compact and affordable popcorn popper to meet your family needs in popcorn, you won’t go wrong with the Orville popcorn popper from Presto. Not to tiptoe around the subject, let’s get straight to the point. What sets this model apart from the rivals is its amazing popping speed. Actually, all electric popcorn poppers of this kind are pretty fast, achieving the speed of about 15 cups in 3 minutes. Yet, the Orville popper is even faster. In a bit more than 2 minutes, it can make as many as 18 cups of the crispy dainty. It’s a really amazing speed for an average home unit. Meanwhile, this capacity per batch is a rather high output. It means in mere minutes, you’ll get a 4.5-quart bowl full of popcorn to share with your family and friends while watching movies, playing cards, or simply having a good time when sitting on the terrace and chatting on a warm summer evening.

As fast and efficient as it is, the Orville popper is a no-nonsense and straightforward unit. To start popping, just take off a clear plastic popping chute, load the kernels into a popping chamber using a measuring cup included in the set, place back the chute, and plug the unit it. That’s it. There is even no single control button. Though simple, it’s still a bit dangerous on the other hand since you need to be careful and avoid leaning over a hot popper to unplug the machine when popping is over.

Using hot air to pop, the Orville is a breeze to clean. When the unit cools down after use, wipe it with a soft cloth, wrap the cable around the cord hook on the top of the power base, and stow the popper away for storage.

Review of Presto 04821 Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper

Yummy is Healthy

As we’ve already mentioned, the Presto Orville popper makes popcorn using only hot air without any oil. So, you’ll get not only a tasty but also a healthy and calorie-wise snack. As opposed to almost 90 calories per portion in oil-popped popcorn, air-popped treat contains only 30 calories and virtually no fats, not to say that homemade popcorn is free from any saturated fats, artificial flavorings, and sugars. As it is, popcorn is a great choice for a quick bite. It contains such essential nutrients as proteins and phosphorous, digestion improving fibers, and important antioxidants. Meanwhile, it is free from gluten and will suit even gluten allergy sufferers.

However, those who want a more traditional flavor can add some seasonings and butter, using a measuring cup that doubles as a butter melter and can be placed over a hot chute while popping.

All in all, the Presto Orville is a practical and extremely fast popper for true popcorn lovers. It can make a family-size treat in close to no time and will let you taste your favorite snack without excess fats and carbs in it.

Presto 04821 Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper in the use

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West Bend 8231 Stir Crazy Deluxe

Thought out to the Tiniest Detail

The traditional way of making popcorn is to take a thick-bottom pot with a lid and use some vegetable oil. Many modern electric poppers use hot air instead of oil to create a healthier snack. Yet, if you are more into old-fashioned popcorn popping but want to avoid the hassle and mess of making it on the stovetop, the West Bend Crazy Deluxe electric popper will definitely catch your fancy.

First off, it’s an electric model using hot oil popping method. A stainless steel heating plate is installed over a coil heating element that heats up to piping hot in mere seconds. So, just like with an ordinary pot, you heat the plate, pour some vegetable oil over it, spread the kernels over the plate, close a transparent domed lid, and let the unit do the rest. In contrast to other electric poppers, the West Bend comes fitted with a stirring rod that will ensure even popping results and moves in reverse from time to time to prevent clogging. Meanwhile, a thick heating plate is made of stainless steel and features anti-stick coating to avoid scorching and burned kernels that can cause unwanted smoking. If you like a creamy taste and want to add some butter to popcorn, on the top of the clear lid is a melting well where you can put several pieces of butter so that they melt and drip down right onto your treat through the steam vents.

When it comes to the unit maintenance, it’s easy as a piece of cake, despite using oil and butter for popping. Since the plate is covered with a dome-shaped lid when popping, there will be no mess, scattered popped kernels, and oil splashes on the countertop. Other than that, the plate with a rod is removable and dishwasher safe, and so is a big plastic lid. So, no hand wash is needed. You can enjoy your appetizingly warm and fresh popcorn and leave the cleaning chore to your dishwasher.

Review of West Bend 8231 Stir Crazy Deluxe Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine

Popcorn Is Never Too Much

Loved by kids and adults alike, popcorn is an ideal snack for parties, get-togethers, hangouts with friends, and family movie nights. And with the popcorn maker from West Bend, you’ll be able to make a really large amount of popcorn at a time enough to treat a whole crowd. Thus, the unit allows popping up 6 quarts or 24 cups of popcorn per batch. What’s more, the machine can do it in less than 5 minutes.

Other than that, the dome-shaped lid doubles as a serving bowl. Hence, once all kernels are popped, you just need to close the butter well with a special cap included in the set to prevent butter leakage, flip the lid over, add some salt, pepper or other spices to your liking and serve the dainty to your guests.

Though the whole unit is pretty bulky, it is stackable and won’t take much storage place. You can easily put the base into the bowl and stow it away to a kitchen cabinet.

To resume, the West Bend Crazy Deluxe popcorn popper will become a real find for all oiled popcorn lovers and those who often host parties or have a family of popcorn fans.

West Bend 8231 Stir Crazy Deluxe Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine in the use

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Nostalgia RHP310

Small and Mighty Home Popcorn Maker

Live in a studio or rented apartment or simply have a smaller kitchen that doesn’t have space for another bulky appliance, yet, are still desperate to have a home popcorn maker? With the mini popcorn popper from Nostalgia, you’ll have a chance to taste tasty and healthy homemade popcorn, no matter the size of your kitchen. And a fairly affordable price tag will become a pleasant surprise as well.

At a glance, you’ll see that the Nostalgia is really smaller than many other models available on the market. Thanks to a more compact footprint, tower design, and a slimmer profile, it will find its place on any countertop. More than that, you can take this little handy machine with you when traveling in your RV, caravan, or trailer. Popcorn will make a tasty and nutritious snack during long rides and a few things will compare to a bowl of warm popcorn and a glass of sweet soda when resting with your family or friends during overnight stops.

The Nostalgia can pop up to 8 cups of fluffy and crunchy corn kernels per batch, which is not the highest output. However, it’s a decent capacity considering the unit size. And you can always make a second batch if one bowl is not enough, all the more so as it won’t take you more than 2 minutes. A vortex popping chamber creates a hot air swirl to ensure even heating and minimize the number of unpopped kernels.

Since the unit uses hot air to pop up kernels, it is also a great option for all healthy eaters and low-calorie diet followers. You’ll get a yummy delicacy cooked virtually without oil and fats. Those who are rather into traditional popcorn tastes can add some melted butter or seasoning of their choice.

Review of Nostalgia RHP310 Hot Air Popcorn Maker

A Tribute to Retro Style

If you’ve ever seen the pictures, photos, and posters with kitchen appliances from the 1950s, you definitely noticed those unit designs with rounded edges, somewhat awkward shapes, silver linings, and ornate signatures. Today we call it vintage or retro style and many manufacturers give tribute to tradition and use some elements characteristic of that time in their modern models. This Nostalgia popcorn maker is a vivid example of 1950s reminiscence. A tall sided unit body in bright red with silver inserts and steel-color lining embracing it on the top and in the bottom will give kind of retro flair to your kitchen and send us back to that time when popcorn was just beginning to gain popularity.

Yet, despite a retro style, the unit design is not deprived of modern conveniences. Thus, the model has an on/off switch, which is seemingly a simple feature. But when it comes to popcorn poppers, it is about safety as well since you don’t have to reach over a steaming hot unit to turn it off. A bright red lid on the top also serves as a measuring cup and accommodates precisely a single portion of kernels to make 8 cups of popcorn. And finally, small non-slip feet will keep the unit stable on any surface and prevent skidding.

Summing up, the Nostalgia RHP310 is a really compact, functional, affordable, and portable mini popcorn maker that will come in handy both for home use and even for the use during your RV trips.

Nostalgia RHP310 Hot Air Popcorn Maker in the use

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What Is a Popcorn Popper?

Today popcorn is a synonym for entertainment and parties. At the same time, most commonly it is a tasty snack to eat and treat your friends while gathering around a TV set, watching movies or sportscasts. And a Popcorn Popper will help you make the necessary amount of popcorn quickly and without a hassle. This terrific device will make a popular popped delicacy out of corn kernels. Our review will help you decide on a popcorn maker model to be the best-ever acquisition in your household.

If you still don’t have a home theater system or home theater projector, make sure to get one to improve surround sound and your watching experience. For party-goers who adore gathering with friends for a movie, we'd like to offer shaved ice machine and cotton candy maker reviews where you can find most popular appliances to treat your guests and kids.

What Features to Compare

Type and Popping Method

There are several types of popcorn makers. Below you will find the poppers most suitable for domestic use:

  • Stove-top poppers look just like regular pots with a handle. They’re used for making a big batch of popcorn. By turning the handle, you will stir corn kernels to minimize popcorn overheat and scorching.
  • Electric kettle poppers are most common among users today. They work by way of hot-oil kettles with a built-in heating element. But it is worth mentioning that such units use much less oil as compared to the stove-top models. Usually, kettle poppers come with an automatic stirring system to ensure uniform heating of kernels.
  • Hot air popper is a type of electric popcorn maker too. Basically, it features a special popping chute that directs popcorn right into the bowl. With this unit, you will get much healthier popcorn and be able to add some melted butter if needed.
  • Microwave bowl is another quick and simple way to prepare popcorn dipped in hot oil.

Performance

The number of popped cups per batch is an important criterion to consider. On average, a standard serving size for one person is about 2-3 cups or even more. Most often, while watching an interesting movie or an exciting TV show people eat popcorn with enthusiasm and don’t even notice how they rush through the whole bucket. Thus, if you select a popper for two persons the unit popping up to 12-15 cups will be a perfect match. Meanwhile, if you have a big family with several kids raving about popcorn you need a higher capacity popper. The batch popping time is also a significant factor. While planning a get-together with friends you should think about the number of popcorn batches you'd like to make within a short period of time so that your guests don't need to wait for too long. With some popcorn makers, you can fill the kernels for popping the next batch immediately after the first batch is ready. But you should remember that most poppers do not have overheat protection and are not meant for commercial use. Hence, a 2-3-minute break between the batches is needed to let your popper cool down a bit.

Usability and Cleaning

For your convenience, electric units have ON/Off buttons. A cool-touch body or a stay-cool handle (in stove-top models) are a must for a safe and comfortable operation. Hot-air poppers usually come with a removable cup to melt the butter while making popcorn or use it as a measuring cup for kernels. Electric oil poppers should be equipped with a stirring mechanism to minimize the risk of popcorn scorch and ensure even heating of all unpopped kernels. If your unit has some removable or detachable elements it will significantly facilitate the cleaning and dishwasher safe parts will be a really nice benefit making cleaning a breeze. The design of certain popcorn makers allows using a base bowl for serving. At the same time, there are units that have a top nest combined with a bowl for a handy storage. And finally, pay attention to the size of a popper. It really matters if you have a small kitchen or you've got quite limited storing space.

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