Whether it’s movie night or you just want to kick back with a delicious snack, it doesn’t get much better than hot buttery popcorn. And if you want to take the experience to the next level, there’s no better way than with a home popcorn maker.
Here are our top three picks for popcorn machines, along with pricing, product dimensions, features, and warranty information.
Orville Redenbacher’s Hot Air Popper
The name Orville Redenbacher
will forever be synonymous with popcorn. In 1965, Orville created his signature “ideal popcorn hybrid that was light and fluffy.” And by 1970, his popcorn was a smash hit all over the nation. Since then, the brand has continued to expand and not only carries some of the highest quality popcorn but also some of the best popcorn machines on the market.
Case in point, Orville Redenbacher’s Hot Air Popper
is one of the best on the market. It weighs just over two pounds and with dimensions of 6.94 x 9.77 x 11.71 inches. It’s a high-powered popcorn popper that takes up minimal counter space. With it, you can pop up to 18 cups of popcorn in a lightning-fast 2 to 2 ½ minutes. And it leaves nearly no unpopped kernels behind.
This product uses hot air rather than oil for healthier, natural popcorn that’s not loaded in fat. The chute conveniently places popcorn right into your bowl, and the butter melter also doubles as a measuring cup. Clean-up is also easy with a simple wipe-down.
West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Machines
With dimensions of 11.5 x 11.7 x 7.5 inches and weighing 3.35 pounds, the West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Machine
is slightly larger than Orville Redenbacher’s Hot Air Popper but still fits easily on most countertops. One of the coolest features is the dome shape top that’s a “clear, vented cover that can be used, with the butter cap, as a popcorn serving bowl.” Genius!
With this popcorn maker, you can pop up to six quarts of popcorn at once, making it perfect for families. And the transparent cover lets you see the popcorn popping process from start to finish so you know exactly what you’re getting. That way you can ensure perfect popping every time (rather than having to guess when microwaving).
This product also includes heat-resistant handles for easy gripping, and the plate is nonstick coated for mess-free cleanup.
West Bend 4 Qt. Theater Popcorn Machines
While the West Bend 4 Qt. Theater Popcorn Machine
, admittedly, isn’t the most practical popcorn maker, it’s perfect if you want a serious movie theater experience. It weighs 7.5 pounds and has dimensions of 10.27 x 10.87 x 17.72 inches with a vintage look with red trim that’s oozing with nostalgia.
With it you can pop up to four quarts of popcorn in just minutes, making it perfect for large families and parties. It features a traditional non-stick stainless steel kettle that can be easily removed and cleaned. There’s an easy-serve tilt door for fast popcorn scooping. There’s also a quick-release lever that allows you to empty popcorn into a bowl. In addition, it has a magnetic kettle cover and kernel catcher. This product comes with a “serving scoop, ¼ cup kernel cup, and 1 Tbsp. oil spoon.”
If you’re looking for something a bit more heavy-duty and need serious popcorn production, this is the popcorn maker for you.
Do You Need an Extended Warranty for Popcorn Machines?
Most popcorn machines have a one-year limited manufacturer warranty which covers defects stemming from poor workmanship. After that, however, you’re no longer covered. That’s why we recommend getting an extended small appliance warranty, especially for larger investments like the West Bend 4 Qt. Theater Popcorn Machine.
While adding extended coverage probably won’t make sense for smaller purchases, it’s a good way to protect your investment long-term for bigger ones. And with Upsie it’s quite affordable. A two-year warranty on a $79.99 West Bend popcorn maker
costs just $9.99, while a three-year warranty is $16.99.
Besides just covering defects like a manufacturer warranty, Upsie also covers mechanical failure, power failure, heating and cooling issues, and more. That way you have complete peace of mind and can easily get a repair or replacement if needed. You can learn more about how Upsie works here
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