Reports show that Americans on average eat 68 quarts of popcorn each year, and 17.2 billion quarts per year. That's a lot of popcorn, right? But who can blame us! Freshly popped corn is definite the best, but using a pan on the stove, or a microwave to achieve this can be hard going and result in either lots of un-popped kernels or worse, burnt popcorn. Not good! So for the best quality popcorn you'll have anywhere, you need a popcorn maker for the job. This article will take a look at what's on offer and give you our top three best popcorn makers and poppers. Enjoy!
There are basically two options when buying a popcorn maker and popper. The electric popcorn maker and the stove top maker. All of our top three are the first type. Although a stove-top popcorn maker works well, it does require a stove (obviously!) and we loved the flexibility and speed afforded by the electric popcorn makers.
West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper
( 4.2 out of 5.0 )
Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper
( 4.3 out of 5.0 )
Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker
( 4.1 out of 5.0 )
C.Cretors & Co invented and made the first ever popcorn maker for commercial use in 1885. So for over 130 years we've been enjoying popcorn from popcorn makers in the US! Popcorn can be a treat (with butter, salt, caramel etc.) or a healthy snack when made without oils and flavorings. So something for everyone. Popcorn makers offer a great alternative to the microwave makers. They're just as fast but much healthier and as such, the popcorn maker has become more and more popular since the 1970s with many of us now owning our own maker and popper.
It is hassle-free, safe and results in the popcorn you want every time.
There are different types of popcorn makers. All of our top three are electric (rather than stove-to) but even within this there are different types. Let us explain!
Look out for oil poppers where the oil is optional. A good compromise if you've got different popcorn tastes at home!
With toppings, there are so many options. From low calorie flavors such as chilli, cinnamon and garlic, potato chip style flavors such as bar-b-q, salt and vinegar and cheese powder to sweet options of caramel, toffee and sugar. Definitely something for everyone, and you should have fun trying out new options!
There are also different oils you can try which will affect the flavor. Coconut oil is thick, sweet, nutty and lasts a long time without going over. Great for nut allergies too! Vegetable oil has a neutral flavor and is very sticky so works well with powdered flavorings. Rapeseed oil (or canola oil) is very healthy, kind to the environment and inexpensive with a high tolerance for heat. Finally corn oil has a mild taste, easy to find, inexpensive and complements popcorn well. You could even try out different oils as you experiment with your popper. Also consider, Sunflower oil and nut oils. So much choice!
So finally our top three! We rated them according to taste, ease of use, crunch and cost.
We all loved the popcorn from this popcorn maker. It is so easy to use, with virtually no wasted un-popped kernels and even though it's oil-free the popcorn was delicious and crunchy. Loved it!
The popcorn is delicious and crunchy, it's quick easy and great value. Also not a bulky item to store.
The bowl where you catch your popcorn can get quite hot. It isn't a problem, just keep little-hands away!
Another electric popcorn maker, this time an oil not hot air model. Great popcorn, quick, easy and delicious.
This is great popcorn, and as long as you want an oil popper, we can't recommend this product highly enough. Delicious, easy to use and you can make a lot of popcorn in one batch.
As with all oil popcorn makers, it will need regular cleaning after each use.
Another hot air popcorn maker. This one isn't quite as fast as the Presto but it is good!
A hot air maker again with the option of a melted butter addition. Makes great popcorn, although not quite as fast as the Presto. That said, it does feature an on-off button so you don't have to turn it off at the plug which is good.
The chute can be a little over-forceful. We'd recommend a dishcloth to help funnel the popped corn into your bowl!
We definitely recommend the electric popcorn makers and poppers. But whether you go for the hot air or oil popper is personal choice. Each of our top three gives great popcorn flavor at a good price every time.
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