Best Popcorn Poppers

Last update March 16, 2017
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 removable stainless steel kettle with a stirring rod will always ensure just an excellent result and supreme popper durability. A unique measuring cup with a separator will help you measure oil and kernels simultaneously for an ideal combination.
CONS
Rather large and takes a lot of space.
OUR VERDICT
Hamilton Beach is a perfect choice for any household. It will make 6 cups of a tasty snack for a couple as well as a maximum batch for crowded gatherings. Just use a measuring chart on the lid and you will always get the right portion.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Electric popper
POPPING METHOD
Hot oil
POPPED CUPS PER BATCH
Up to 24 cups
BATCH POPPING TIME
~6 minutes
USABILITY
On/Off button, Base becomes a convenient serving bowl with handles, Top nest for storage, Measuring cup for oil and kernels, Measuring chart on the lid, Removable stainless steel kettle with a stirring rod
CLEANING
Removable popping chamber is top-rack dishwasher safe
DIMENSIONS
15" x 15" x 15"
WARRANTY
1-year limited warranty
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
A high performance of this smart popper has an obvious advantage over other models. On average, it will make a gourmet popcorn 30% faster than any other leading poppers and almost without unpopped kernels.
CONS
An extra care must be taken when unplugging the popper to avoid burns by hot air.
OUR VERDICT
This model is a decent and handy solution both for a small family and for lively parties. Presto popper features a beneficial combination of an affordable price and premium quality. It is available in spectacular white/yellow, black, red/black and white colors.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Electric popper
POPPING METHOD
Hot air
POPPED CUPS PER BATCH
Up to 18 cups
BATCH POPPING TIME
2.5 minutes
USABILITY
Removable cover, Butter melter/ Measuring cup, Max fill line inside the chamber
CLEANING
Hand washing
DIMENSIONS
13.5" x 10.5" x 6.5"
WARRANTY
1-year limited warranty
PROS
A built-in butter well allows melting the butter over the corn as it pops ensuring even butter distribution over your delicious bite. Just add some salt and enjoy your meal!
CONS
Cleaning might be a bit complicated as the cooking plate is not removable.
OUR VERDICT
Just an immaculate popper that will quickly make a big bowl of mouth-watering popcorn for a small movie or kids party. Even a child will cope with this extremely easy-to-operate unit.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Electric popper
POPPING METHOD
Hot oil
POPPED CUPS PER BATCH
Up to 24 cups
BATCH POPPING TIME
5 minutes
USABILITY
Nonstick-coated popping surface, Heat-resistant handles and base, Plastic cover doubles as serving bowl, Plastic cover nests in the base for storage, Built-in butter well with lid, Stir rod
CLEANING
Hand washing
DIMENSIONS
14.2" x 11.8" x 9.5"
WARRANTY
1-year limited warranty
PROS
A patented stirring mechanism will prevent popcorn sticking and burning while it pops. This nice and efficient popper is covered with a 25-year warranty for all moving parts.
CONS
Whirley pop is to be seasoned before the first use. Yet, it is a rather simple procedure.
OUR VERDICT
A worthy model for get-togethers with friends. A stove-top design is a real benefit giving you an opportunity not only to make popcorn at home but also enjoy your favorite crispy snack on a picnic. Just place the kettle on the fire and let the popper do its magic!
detailed parameters
TYPE
Stove-top popper
POPPING METHOD
Hot oil
POPPED CUPS PER BATCH
Up to 24 cups
BATCH POPPING TIME
3 minutes
USABILITY
Stirring mechanism, Removable clip-on lid, Stay-cool wooden handle
CLEANING
Hand washing
DIMENSIONS
17" x 10" x 8"
WARRANTY
25-year warranty on all mechanical/moving parts. 90-day warranty on pan and wooden parts (for further service, please, contact the customer service)

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.

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What To Look For

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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Review of Hamilton Beach 73310 Party Popper Popcorn Maker

Hamilton Beach 73310 Party Popper Popcorn Maker

Hamilton Beach 73310 Party Popper Popcorn Maker

Commercial Quality Operation

Hamilton Beach 73310 is a powerful popcorn maker equipped with a first-class stainless steel kettle to pop the corn kernels. Such popping method is very similar to the one used in commercial popcorn machines. With this smart unit, making theater-quality popcorn at home is a piece of cake! You will need some corn kernels and a bit of oil. In 6 minutes you will get 24 cups of flavorful hot popcorn. The kettle has a built-in stirring rod to prevent your airy dainty from scorching. Thanks to the small amount of oil needed for popping, you will get a lite tasty snack that will not deposit on your waist. It is a real benefit for those individuals who care about their weight and overall health trying to follow the low-fat diet. But if you are a lover of traditional popcorn flavor simply add some melted butter and a variety of seasons to the popped kernels. Just a perfect match for a party or a movie night with friends! 

Review of Hamilton Beach 73310 Party Popper Popcorn Maker

Measure the Pleasure

This high-capacity popcorn maker is great not only for an intimate date night with your beloved one but also for large-scale events and brisk parties. With this ingenious popper, you will only need 20 minutes to make 25-35 servings of 2-3 cups. Meanwhile, Hamilton Beach 73310 is extremely simple and convenient in use. A unique measuring cup with two compartments allows adding the proper amount of kernels and oil every time without a hassle. And for your ultimate comfort and convenient measuring, the popper lid features a measuring chart. Just load, pop and serve right from the bowl! Add some Parmesan cheese, chili powder or cinnamon sugar. Customize your snack the way you want and impress all your family and friends with a scrumptious homemade popcorn. And be sure, it will taste even better than a popcorn in a movie theater! Easy to load, easy to serve, easy to clean and store, Hamilton Beach Party Popper Popcorn Maker is certainly worth your attention!

Hamilton Beach 73310 Party Popper Popcorn Maker in the use

More Products to Consider

A scrumptious popcorn from Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Kernels with Colored Coconut Oil will satisfy all popcorn lovers with the same great taste and well-known flavor found in movie theaters.

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Hamilton Beach Party Popper Popcorn Maker 73310
Hamilton Beach 73310 Party Popper Popcorn Maker
Hamilton Beach 73310 Party Popper Popcorn Maker
 
Review of Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop  Hot Air Popcorn Maker

Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker

Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker

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 EasyPop  Hot Air Popcorn Maker

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 EasyPop  Hot Air Popcorn Maker in the use

More Products to Consider

A homemade soda from the Innovee Soda Siphon will become an ideal match to the bowl of popcorn. And with Kernel Season's Mini Jars Seasoning Variety Pack you can vary the flavors of your deliciously fresh hot popcorn.

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Cuisinart Hot Air Popcorn Maker CPM-100
Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop  Hot Air Popcorn Maker
Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker
 
Review of Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper

Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper

Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper

Premium Quality at an Affordable Price

Presto 04820 is an outstanding popcorn maker that boasts an affordable price and an impressive efficient operation claimed by numerous users. Many customers highlighted high-performance characteristics of this simple yet powerful unit. Make a healthy treat with a Presto Poplite Popper. It pops with hot air, not oil. So, you will get all natural popcorn without any artificial flavors, saturated fats or preservatives. You can add your favorite seasonings, some grapeseed oil, olive oil or any topping to your liking. Hot air popcorn will be highly appreciated not only by healthy diet followers but also by all parents of schoolchildren. Mix the popcorn with some dried fruit, roasted nuts and chocolate chips to make a yummy snack for a child’s lunchbox. Moreover, Presto 04820 is much faster and more economical than a microwave. It pops up to 18 cups of a gourmet corn in less than 2.5 minutes with virtually no unpopped kernels. It will deliver a delicious crunchy snack both for a cozy family get-together and a noisy crew watching a football match. Everyone will get a serving of a lip-smacking popcorn and you can pop batch after batch over and over again! 

Review of Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper

Popcorn Health Benefits

With Presto Hot Air Popper you will get a healthy calorie-wise snack. 1 cup of airy popped popcorn contains only 31 calories! Besides being a flavorful treat, popcorn has many health benefits. Since it contains neither sugar nor oil, it is a dream snack for all weight watchers. Popcorn is just a perfect bite between major meals. It is packed with a number of essential nutrients. Thus, popcorn contains more proteins and phosphorus than potatoes. And the iron content is higher than in eggs or spinach! Furthermore, popcorn is a whole grain composed of dietary fibers. 1 cup of popcorn has 1.3 grams of fiber. Professor Joe Vinson from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania states that grains contain even more antioxidants than fruit or vegetables. Meanwhile, grains are more digestible for a human organism. It is also worth mentioning that popcorn is absolutely gluten-free. And it is definitely a real benefit for individuals who suffer from a gluten allergy. So, popcorn is a versatile snack that will satisfy your savory cravings without any harm to your health. And Presto 04820 will always provide deliciously fresh and crunchy popcorn.

Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper in the use

More Products to Consider

While purchasing a popcorn maker stock up with Trader Joe's Organic Popping Corn to make you favorite snack whenever you desire. And Fresh Popcorn Bags will become unmatched serving items.

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Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper
Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper
Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper
 
Review of West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy Electric Popcorn Popper

West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy Electric Popcorn Popper

West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy Electric Popcorn Popper

Original Stir Crazy Popcorn Maker

In the middle of the 1970s, West Bend introduced its original Stir Crazy® electric corn popper into the market which is still most popular model in America. However, the manufacture moves beyond that, keeping the best features of the old model and adds some new options to satisfy their customer needs and desires to the maximum. The West Bend 82306 belongs the modern Stir Crazy models. It will easily make the necessary amount of popcorn without any fuss. Just add the oil, load corn kernels and let the popper do its magic! In 5 minutes time, you will have 24 cups of immaculate popcorn. The non-stick popping surface and a stirring rod will ensure even heating of kernels and prevent burning. While you enjoy your party or make some other tasty bites, the popper will do all the work. As a result, you will get a big bowl of appetizing hot popcorn. You can eat it plain, salted, spiced, sweetened or lightly buttered. It is all good. A lovely gourmet snack for almost any occasion and to any taste! 

Review of West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy Electric Popcorn Popper

A Few Words About Popcorn Background

According to John Russell Bartlett’s ‘Dictionary of Americanisms’ (1848), the name of popcorn is derived from the noise produced by the kernels when they burst open. Today we can hardly imagine watching a movie without chewing this crunchy dainty. And probably we’d be surprised by the fact that most theater owners were not enthusiastic about selling popcorn. They thought it would create some additional troubles and costs related to the extra vents needed to get rid of a smoke while making popcorn.  At that time, the hawkers saw the potential of popcorn sales and started selling it while walking between the aisles in the movie theaters.  During the Depression, the sales of most treats significantly reduced, but the popcorn sales suddenly rose. Many movie theater owners got wiser and came much easier to this popular snack. In 1938 Glen W. Dickson took a risk and installed popcorn machines right in the lobbies of his theaters on the Middle East. Of course, he had to invest a lot in construction changes. But he reaped the fruits very quickly. Since then, popcorn gained unbeaten popularity and nowadays a lot of manufacturers of kitchen appliances including West Band itself give us an incredible opportunity to enjoy popcorn even at home watching TV, playing cards or simply chatting with friends or family members. 

 

More Products to Consider

Some extra accessories will be definitely of use to fully enjoy both the process of popcorn making and eating. For example, a Snappy Popcorn 1oz Gallon Jug Syrup Pump will be great to measure your favorite syrup. While a Winware Stainless Steel Dredges 10-Ounce with Handle is a handy tool for seasoning your popcorn with salt and spices.

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West Bend 6 quart Stir Crazy popcorn popper
West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy Electric Popcorn Popper
West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy Electric Popcorn Popper
 
Review of Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper

Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper

Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper

Popcorn is Never too Much

Despite its simple design, Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn is a high-capacity unit. With this unbelievably easy to use popcorn maker, you will get 24 cups of great tasting popcorn in about 3 minutes. It is twice as much as a capacity of a standard microwave popcorn bag. And it is possible thanks to the aluminum pan, for this metal heats up pretty quick. 4 steam holes are designed to take out the excess steam without impacting the whole popping process. Hence, the popped popcorn will be crispy and dry just like that sold in a movie theater and, at the same time, it will melt in your mouth immersing you in its savory flavor and unforgettable taste. In addition, the Whirley-Pop popper has almost no limits on the frequency and intensity of use allowing you to make lots and lots of popcorn with the whole array of seasonings, toppings, and tasty ingredients. When the big party is coming up Whirley-Pop Popcorn Popper will help! 

 

Review of Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper

Ready, Set, Pop!

Before the first use, season your Whirley-Pop popper with oil. Just sprinkle the bottom with a tablespoon of oil, spread it accurately to cover the whole popping surface, heat it up and then simply wipe the oil residues with a napkin. It will help avoid popcorn sticking and burning. And it makes cleaning a breeze. No washing is needed. Just wipe the pan with a paper towel and that’s it! Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop is a well-known stovetop model. You can heat it on a gas or electric stove and even on the fire. Owing to such design, the popper is a real catch for a picnic or any outdoor event. The pan comes with a patented stirring mechanism operated by a cool-touch handle. By turning the handle you will move the rods inside to stir every kernel until it pops. It is an excellent choice for the people seeking for maximum control over the popping process and making the popcorn with a variety of added ingredients right in the popper. The popcorn maker is always a good and decent alternative to the microwave popcorn bags. You will get the same awesome taste and flavor without any chemicals and harmful admixtures.  

Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper in the use

More Products to Consider

To make a mouth-watering popcorn in this stovetop popcorn popper you will surely like using Franklin's Organic Popping Corn kernels, Snappy Popcorn Colored Coconut Oil and Amish Country Popcorn Pack of 5 Gourmet Popcorn Seasoning.

Detailed review of Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper

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Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper Review/Demo
Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper
Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper
 
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