Popcorn Makers Buying Guide

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Whether it uses hot oil or hot air, a popcorn maker produces a brimming bowl of delicious fluffy puffs. A popcorn maker takes the guessing and shaking out of popcorn making for consistent results. For a fast, easy, warm treat for the movies or after school, popcorn is always a happy, and even healthy, snack.

Types of Popcorn Makers

Types of Popcorn Makers

Whether it’s basic buttered for movie night or caramel corn for Halloween, there’s usually some fun associated with a batch of freshly popped popcorn. With popcorn machines, you can go the healthy route with an air popper, use the traditional hot-oil method, or look like a movie theater pro with a larger-capacity machine. Pick the popper and let the fun begin.

Air poppers

With no oil required, an air popper produces a healthy batch of popcorn that comes out through a chute and into a bowl. You designate the quantity, and the machine does the rest.

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Nostalgia Electrics
$23.09

Make a delicious and healthy snack with this popcorn maker by Nostalgia Electrics. Available in several bold colors, this hot air ...popper utilizes an oil-free design and comes with a convenient kernel measuring cup. Healthy, oil-free popping Very little... read more

Nostalgia
$20.59

The Nostalgia APH200RED 16-Cup Air-Pop Popcorn Maker is tabletop sized party pleaser. The electric popping system uses hot air ins...tead of oil, producing a light and healthy snack. Includes a measuring cup to ensure the proper amount of kernels are... read more

Deni
$19.99

Score! Enjoy a healthier snack alternative--no oil needed--with this hot air popcorn popper. Made in the shape of a sports ball, t...he popcorn maker prepares a bowl of popcorn in just two minutes. When the popping is finished, remove the lid on top and... read more

Deni
$19.99

Score! Enjoy a healthier snack alternative--no oil needed--with this hot air popcorn popper. Made in the shape of a sports ball, t...he popcorn maker prepares a bowl of popcorn in just two minutes. When the popping is finished, remove the lid on top and... read more

Oil

Oil poppers require a small amount of cooking oil in the base to get the kernels sizzling, then the popping begins. These machines often have a transparent dome-shape lid for watching the magic happen.

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Nostalgia
$159.00

2. 5-oz. stainless-steel kettle with built-in stirring system. Durable enameled steel construction. Storage compartment to keep su...pplies within easy reach and organized. Handy and convenient utility shelf for popcorn preparation. Tempered glass windows. read more

Nostalgia
$53.09

Modeled after the antique popcorn carts of the early 1900s this traditional hot oil popcorn popper with suspended 2-oz. self-stirr...ing kettle design and interior light looks great and pops up to 8 cups of popcorn per batch. Just add popcorn and oil turn... read more

Nostalgia
$118.20

2. 5-oz. stainless-steel kettle with built-in stirring system. Durable enameled steel construction. Storage compartment to keep su...pplies within easy reach and organized. Handy and convenient utility shelf for popcorn preparation. Tempered glass... read more

Nostalgia
$299.98

Easy-to-clean all stainless steel 8-oz. kettle with dual hingedlids. Makes 32 cups of popcorn per batch. Dispense popcorn right in...to a bucket or bowl with the gravityfeed popcorn dispensing system. Unique design catches un-popped kernels before... read more

Professional

With the look and feel of theater-style popcorn machines, these modified countertop versions often feature button controls to guide the process, a pivoting kettle with lid, and a heat lamp for keeping popcorn warm.

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Waring
$79.98

Add a new dimension of taste to your movie night with the help of this popcorn maker. Featuring the ability to hold up to ten cups... of pop corn at once, this appliance will be able to serve the entire family. Tilt access door for easy serving Nonstick... read more

Cuisinart
$99.95

General Brand: Cuisinart Name: Professional Popcorn Maker, Red Model: CPM-28 Feature Type: Popcorn Machine Specification Color: Re...d Color: As Shown. read more

Cuisinart
$99.95

General Brand: Cuisinart Name: Professional Popcorn Maker, Red Model: CPM-28 Feature Type: Popcorn Machine Specification Color: Re...d Color: As Shown. read more

Emson
$15.99

The Popcorn Wave eliminates the messy, piping-hot bag and goes right from the microwave to the table. It makes it easy to create a... mouthwatering movie night treat for the whole family in minutes. The two-piece bowl features a built-in handle for easy... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Some people opt for popcorn that is tried, true, and traditional -- popped in oil and drizzled with melted butter. Others are more focused on health and choose air-popped corn to cut calories and fat. Pick your preferred method before you buy a machine. All makers give you hot, fresh popcorn in minutes. It’s really just a matter of preference.

Size

Popcorn makers come in various shapes and styles, so consider where and how you will store the appliance.

Capacity

Air poppers and oil poppers can typically pop 4 to 6 quarts per batch, while theater-style professional poppers have the capacity to produce more.

Price

Air and oil poppers are inexpensive. Theater-style machines range in price depending on size and design.

Cleanability

Air poppers and traditional oil poppers are generally easy to clean, but the professional poppers can be tricky, as they typically have glass windows.

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Brentwood
$34.64 $27.71

If you're looking for a popcorn maker that can handle your marathon movie sessions and add some character to your kitchen in the p...rocess, then you've come to the right place. This sports-themed hot air popcorn maker by Brentwood features a cool soccer... read more

Nordic Ware
$52.97 $47.67

Make popieceorn over a fire or grill, or even stovetop. Versatile popper requires no electricity. Mesh lid doubles as a serving bo...wl; the base is the cooking vessel. Coil-grip handle keeps cool and provides firm control. read more

Brentwood
$29.99 $26.99

If you're looking for a popcorn maker that can handle your marathon movie sessions and add some character to your kitchen in the p...rocess, then you've come to the right place. This sports-themed hot air popcorn maker by Brentwood features a cool soccer... read more

HOLSTEIN HOUSEWARES
$72.13 $64.92

Birthdays, Super bowls, Christmases and even plain old movie night: all delicious reasons to pop some corn and party. But it doesn...'t end there. With the included measuring cup and spoon, you'll no longer stress about getting the proportions right.... read more

HOLSTEIN HOUSEWARES
$79.99 $71.99

Birthdays, Super bowls, Christmases and even plain old movie night: all delicious reasons to pop some corn and party. But it doesn...'t end there. With the included measuring cup and spoon, you'll no longer stress about getting the proportions right.... read more

Nostalgia Electrics
$34.99 $24.99

"Nostalgia Electrics Retro Series Mini Hot Air Popcorn Popper - RHP310. With its stylish 1950s look, this piece will be appealing ...for parties and beyond. It pops up to eight cups of healthy, oil-free popcorn per batch! A cap for measuring kernels is... read more

Kalorik
$39.99 $24.99

From the Manufacturer:The Kalorik White Healthy Hot Air Popcorn Maker is an easy-to-use, healthy alternative to a traditional popc...orn maker. It uses hot air to pop kernels without the addition of oil, resulting in a crisp and tasty snack. Use the... read more

Hamilton Beach
$29.99 $24.99

Pop a batch of hot, delicious popcorn in minutes with the Hamilton Beach(R) hot oil popcorn popper. This popper can pop up to 24 c...ups per batch and features: motorized stirring arm, butter well, transparent lid that can also be used as a serving bowl,... read more

Cuisinart
$54.99 $39.99

"Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker CPM100W. Pop healthier popcorn with hot air! The Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker ...is exceptionally easy to use. Kernels go into a popping chamber. No oil is required and hot air sends up to 10 cups of... read more

Nordic Ware
$146.00 $72.99

"Nordic Ware 365 Campfire and Stovetop Popcorn Popper - Online Only. Make popcorn over a fire or grill, or go old school and use t...his versatile popper inside. The mesh lid doubles as a serving bowl, and the base is the cooking vessel. The coil-grip... read more

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