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Top 5 Best Popcorn Poppers for Your Family | 2017 Reviews

February 6, 2017
Top 5 Best Popcorn Poppers For Your Family

Top 5 Best Popcorn Poppers for Your Family | 2017 Reviews

Popcorn is the quintessential snack almost everyone is absolutely familiar and in love with. It could be associated to movies, county fairs, carnivals or even romantic date nights at home. Popcorn is something that you would most likely go for when you want to feel a little less guilty indulging in crunchy, salty goodness, although it comes in other flavors too, like caramel and chocolate.

But why are people so in love with popcorn, making a popcorn machine so irresistible? Maybe it’s because of the way its savory smell wafts in the air, or the way the kernels are warm to the touch as it is almost always made fresh, or maybe the crunchy goodness it brings. Whatever your reasons may be, we are sure that once, if not most of your life, you have fallen helplessly addicted to a tub of freshly popped kernels. This now brings us to the hunt for the best popcorn poppers in the market today; and not the big commercial popcorn machines.

But wait, why do you need a popcorn popper?

There’s only one reason why, and that is you are one of those people who want freshly popped popcorn easily accessible to you anytime you want. So in order to achieve this goal, you might want to look for the following in choosing what is the best popcorn popper for you.

The only thing to consider is performance, there are a lot of popcorn poppers that you can find in the market but in order to figure out which comes first in terms of performance, you might want to check popcorn machine reviews that details the amount of popcorn produced, how long it took, and if there are any unpopped kernels. And we have that exactly available for you in this article. We also threw in the additional features that come with the popper and the cleaning that is involved.

So without further ado, here are the top 5 best popcorn poppers that you could buy for your family.

Quick Comparison Table

Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper

West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper

Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker

Waring Pro WPM10 Professional Popcorn Maker

Great Northern Popcorn Hot Air Popper

Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper
West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper
Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker
Waring Pro WPM10 Professional Popcorn Maker
Great Northern Popcorn Hot Air Popper

$$$

$$$

$$$

$$$

$$$

15 to 18 cups

16 to 18 cups

10 cups

20 cups

10 cups

2-3 minutes

2.5 minutes

3 minutes

4 minutes

3 minutes

Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper

Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper

When making popcorn at home, one of the usual problems we encounter is the time it takes to make popcorn with gourmet quality. You could opt to get it done through a microwave but the experience and the taste of freshly popped kernels is pretty much what appeals to you. Plus some microwaved popcorns don’t pop at all, which is what makes popcorn tough. What we love about this little device is that it could produce around fifteen to eighteen cups of popcorn in 2 to 3 minutes from half a cup of kernels. Using an electric motor as its main heat source this popcorn popper makes use of hot air in producing popcorn, makes it real healthy and light. Talk about feeling less guilty while you continue to munch on your favorite snack. It’s small so you can use it whether on the regular or gourmet popcorn types.

If you are one of those people who love butter, you have the option to add it in this popper, with the help of the measuring cup found on top. Just make sure that the butter is in room temperature so that it could be easily melted by the heat produced while popping the kernels. You also won’t have to worry about popping kernels going haywire, just make sure that the clear cover stays on while you are popping the kernels. Don’t worry if there are few stray popped kernels during the onset of the popping process the chute is made in such a way that when the popping is continuous the popcorn will fall exactly on the bowl you placed under it.

Once the popcorn is cooked you could just easily remove it for manual cleaning, note that warm, soapy water is the best way to do this. Easy clean up and quick popcorn fix? We’re pretty sure you will find the presto better than most commercial popcorn machines in terms of value, which is why it is our top choice.

Details of the Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper

Popcorn Production

15 to 18 cups

Popping Time

2-3 minutes

Popping Method

Hot Air

Heat Source

Electric Motor

Dimension

11.6 x 10 x 7 inches

Features

Pops without oil, artificial flavors, saturated fats or added salt, measuring cup

West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper

West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper

There are a ton of things to appreciate about the West Bend Stir Crazy Electric Popcorn Popper, first is because we love the cover. The cover doesn’t only prevent the popcorn from spreading mayhem in your kitchen but also doubles up as a serving bowl for the freshly popped popcorn, certainly less hassle to clean after enjoying your popcorn, unlike other electric popcorn poppers. One of its best features is the stirring rod, which makes sure that majority of the kernels you put in are popped therefore lessening wasted kernels.

Also, similar to the Presto, it also produces up to a maximum of 18 cups of popcorn in about 5 minutes. You just need to put the kernel in and make sure that the butter is in the built-in well, prop up your comfy chair and get your favorite drinks; you’ll be having your fresh popped popcorn in no time.

What we liked about this West Bend popcorn popper is that the handles and base are heat resistant and that the popping surface is nonstick coated, which means easy cleanup for us especially if you only want to rest after a relaxing movie. You just need to wipe it with a sponge and then you’re done.​

In addition, we’re pretty sure that you want other variations on your popcorn so the recipe book provided is surely a great thing to have. However, the only thing that makes this popcorn popper our 2nd choice is that it is a bit bulky when placed on the counter top and it could easily accumulate grease over time.

Details of the West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper

Popcorn Production

16 to 18 cups

Popping Time

2.5 minutes

Popping Method

Oil

Heat Source

Heating Plate

Dimension

11.8 x 14.2 x 9.5 inches

Features

Motorized stirring rod, nonstick-coated popping surface, heat resistant handles and base

Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker

Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker

The Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air popcorn maker is our third best choice because of the following reasons. Similar to the Presto, it makes use of hot air to pop the corn kernels making it healthier than the normal popcorn. The unpopped popcorn yield is around 1 tablespoon making sure that fewer kernels are wasted during the popping process. It’s also good that it comes with an on and off switch making the process of cooking a little controllable, hence, you could turn it off once you decide that you have already achieved the amount of popcorn you desire. The popping chute also helps in making sure that the popcorn stays in one place, and that is inside the bowl of your choice. On top of the device, you would be able to see the multipurpose cup, aside from being the cover you could also melt the butter there while the popcorn is popping and pour it afterwards. If you are starting to run out of ideas on how you want your popcorn served, you could definitely browse the recipe book included. Create awesome flavor variations and delight your guests in your creations.

However, despite these we believe that it still pretty much produces lesser amount of popcorn as we would like given the popping time. Also note that you could opt for just 1/3 cup of kernels so that it won’t overflow compared to having the half cup recommendation. Otherwise, a picture of a bag of popcorn always on your side could be easily made to reality because of the Cuisinart EasyPop.

Details of the Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker

Popcorn Production

10 cups

Popping Time

3 minutes

Popping Method

Hot Air

Heat Source

Electric Motor

Dimension

7.5 x 15 x 10 inches

Features

Dishwasher safe parts, cord storage, on/off switch

Waring Pro WPM10 Professional Popcorn Maker

Waring Pro WPM10 Professional Popcorn Maker

The Waring Pro Professional popcorn maker is a great device to have if you are a huge fan of popcorn and, yes we meant HUGE. This popcorn popper produces 20 cups of popcorn from 0.6 cup of popcorn kernels in just 4 minutes. Yes, we’re thinking popcorn party; this definitely could compete with a large popcorn machine used in stores. But unlike the usual popcorn machine heating element, this one uses a Halogen heater and similar to the West Bend Stir Crazy, it has a built-in stirrer system. The stirrer is the one that makes sure that all the popcorn kernels are popped and lessens waste, bang for your buck. You also get the plastic cover which doubles up as a serving bowl which is a little bit thicker than most best of all, it stays attached through the popping process. No need to worry there for stray popcorns. To keep the popcorns fresh and not soggy it has a large vent that releases the steam, while also allowing the melting of butter on top for the perfect flavor you are looking for. It also has an on and off switch, so if you worry about the energy consumption, it won’t be much of a problem. We did say it could produce your desired results in 4 minutes.

When it comes to cleaning, since the base could be separated from the heating unit, you won’t have to worry about the grease. However, because of the fact that it could produce a huge batch of popcorn, it might not be ideal for everyone. It is also bulky and if you are not planning to use it often, it could use up a lot of space in your counter top.

Details of the Waring Pro WPM10 Professional Popcorn Maker

Popcorn Production

20 cups

Popping Time

4 minutes

Popping Method

Oil

Heat Source

Halogen Heater

Dimension

11.8 x 11.8 x 11.5 inches

Features

On/Off Switch, large vents for steam release

Great Northern Popcorn Hot Air Popper

Great Northern Popcorn Hot Air Popper

The Great Northern popcorn hot air popper is a great popper to use at home. It produces what we think is just the right popcorn serving size amount a typical family will be able to consume in less than 3 minutes. Perfect to have around when you want a quick tub of popcorn anytime you want to. It also uses hot air to pop the kernels, so it produces the perfect batch for the health buffs. But if you are like us who loves butter and other flavors, you don’t have to fret because you could still melt the butter on the top to achieve greatness. 

Overall, it functions similarly with the previous poppers plus the size is great to keep around the house, even the children could appreciate.​

Just always make sure that you are putting the right amount of kernels as advised, which is half a cup, so you won’t have to deal with a lot of mess. It’s our number 5 because despite all the things we love, it has a really long electrical cord and you might find it hard to decide where to put it in your kitchen and if your butter is not at room temperature, that could be a problem as well.

Details of the Great Northern Popcorn Hot Air Popper

Popcorn Production

10 cups

Popping Time

3 minutes

Popping Method

Hot Air

Heat Source

Electric Motor

Dimension

6 x 10 x 14 inches

Features

Base and cover simply wipe clean, measuring cup

Conclusion

After doing the popcorn popper reviews, it is safe to say that we do love popcorns, that we go the lengths to either get it through going to stores or having our own popcorn poppers at home. Just keep in mind that even the best rated popcorn popper if you used improperly could cause a lot of problems. So whichever you decide whether go fancy with gourmet or choose the regular ones, only one thing is for sure and that is you can never go wrong with adding flavor innovations to that freshly popped goodness and we guarantee that there is still a lot to discover about this quintessential snack.


Originally posted 2016-08-17 06:16:33.


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