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Popcorn Makers Buying Guide

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 itís basic buttered for movie night or caramel corn for Halloween, thereís 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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Cuisinart
$39.95 $75.00
at CHEFS Catalog

Specialty Electrics & Accessories - Pop healthier popcorn with hot air! The Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker is exceptional...ly easy to use. Kernels go into a popping chamber--no oil is required--and hot air sends up to 10 cups of popcorn up and out the chute right into a waiting bowl. And it all happens in less than 3 minutesProduct Features Makes up to ten cups of popcorn in under 3 minutes 1500 watts of power On/Off switch Removable chute and butter warming tray All removable parts are dishwasher safe Cord storage Limited 3-year warranty - Specifications Made in China Model: CPM-100 read more

Brentwood
$19.99 $21.99
at Sears

Make your movie night more entertaining with this hot air popcorn maker

Brentwood
$19.99 $21.99
at Sears

Make your movie night more entertaining with this hot air popcorn maker

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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Hamilton Beach
$31.99 $34.99
at Sears

Hot & delicious popcorn in just minutes Pops 24 cups per batch Motorized stirring arm maximizes popping Butter well lets you add f...lavor while popping Nonstick popping plate Transparent lid doubles as a serving bowl read more

Hamilton Beach
$34.90 $39.99
at Sears

The Hamilton Beach 73300 Hot Oil Popcorn Popper makes a heaping bowl of popcorn in less than four minutes. Enjoy theater-quality p...opcorn that you can customize to everyone s taste. The popper makes preparing the famous snack so easy that it will become routine during family movie night. As the kernels pop, they re automatically stirred around the nonstick cooking surface for fluffy results. After popping, the lid doubles as a serving bowl and cleans up in the dishwasher as the credits roll. read more

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Whats better than a mountain of hot,buttery popcorn? Getting it for FREE!Receive 3 Popcorn Tubs & 3 Perfect Popcorn 3-in-1 Packswi...th the purchase of a Funtime Popcorn machine.The Hollywood Hot Oil kettle popcorn popper features classic Art Deco styling and a unique, light-up marquee. See your name in lights, or personalize any other message, using the included 150 vinyl letter pack, or by printing your own computer creation. Features a 2-ounce stainless steel kettle with a built in stirring system and makes up to 8 popped cups of popcorn per batch. Includes a measuring spoon for oil and measuring cup for popcorn kernels, so every batch pops perfectly. Perfect for home theaters, game rooms and anywhere you want to look and pop like a star.The HKP-200 Features: * Art Deco movie palace design with light-up marquee and ticket booth detailing * Personalize the marquee using the 150 included vinyl letters or with your own computer crea read more

Max Tool

Whats better than a mountain of hot,buttery popcorn? Getting it for FREE!Receive 3 Popcorn Tubs & 3 Perfect Popcorn 3-in-1 Packswi...th the purchase of a Funtime Popcorn machine.The Hollywood Hot Oil kettle popcorn popper features classic Art Deco styling and a unique, light-up marquee. See your name in lights, or personalize any other message, using the included 150 vinyl letter pack, or by printing your own computer creation. Features a 2-ounce stainless steel kettle with a built in stirring system and makes up to 8 popped cups of popcorn per batch. Includes a measuring spoon for oil and measuring cup for popcorn kernels, so every batch pops perfectly. Perfect for home theaters, game rooms and anywhere you want to look and pop like a star.The HKP-200 Features: * Art Deco movie palace design with light-up marquee and ticket booth detailing * Personalize the marquee using the 150 included vinyl letters or with your own computer crea 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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Frontgate

Makes 12 cups of popcorn. Uses 600-watts of power. Heat lamp keeps popped corn warm. Removable pivoting 4-oz. kettle and front doo...r allow for easy cleaning. 110V. Our Professional Popcorn Maker brings the movie theater experience to your home. This countertop popper yields enough fresh, cinema-style popcorn for the whole family in less than 2-1/2 minutes.. . . . . 5' cord. Please note: Popcorn Maker sold separately from Popcorn Cart. read more

CHEFS Catalog
$59.95 $110.00
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Specialty Electrics & Accessories - Enjoy healthy and light, natural-tasting popcorn with the Waring Pro Popcorn Maker. With halog...en heating and 1,000 watts, this advanced popcorn maker pops up to 20 cups of theater-style popcorn. Using only 2 tablespoons of oil, this home popcorn machine efficiently pops more kernels in less time. Halogen heating prevents cold spots and unpopped kernels. The built-in stirring arm on this popcorn popper circulates kernels continuously and distributes oil, ensuring a healthy movie-time snack. Vents under the lid allow steam to escape and release moisture, creating light and airy popcorn. With the nonstick aluminum cooking plate, popped kernels release easily, without sticking. The Waring Pro Popcorn Maker ensures quick popping and less cleanup -- dome lid inverts to use as a serving bowl. Easy-access on/off switch. Nonslip feet. Hand wash removable popping plate, measuring cup and bowl.Product Features Pop up to 20 cups of theater-style popcorn using only 2 tablespoons of oil With halog - Specifications Model: WPM10 Materials: stainless-steel and plastic 1,000 watts 10 3/4? Dia. (13?L w/handles) x 5?H (11? w/bowl) Capacity: 20-cup (popped kernels) Weight: 3-lb., 8-oz. Cord: 24?L 5-year motor warranty Made in China Care and Use Hand wash removable popping plate, bowl and measuring cup Wipe clean base Turn off and unplug machine after each popping cycle read more

Waring
$59.95 $110.00
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Specialty Electrics & Accessories - Enjoy healthy and light, natural-tasting popcorn with the Waring Pro Popcorn Maker. With halog...en heating and 1,000 watts, this advanced popcorn maker pops up to 20 cups of theater-style popcorn. Using only 2 tablespoons of oil, this home popcorn machine efficiently pops more kernels in less time. Halogen heating prevents cold spots and unpopped kernels. The built-in stirring arm on this popcorn popper circulates kernels continuously and distributes oil, ensuring a healthy movie-time snack. Vents under the lid allow steam to escape and release moisture, creating light and airy popcorn. With the nonstick aluminum cooking plate, popped kernels release easily, without sticking. The Waring Pro Popcorn Maker ensures quick popping and less cleanup -- dome lid inverts to use as a serving bowl. Easy-access on/off switch. Nonslip feet. Hand wash removable popping plate, measuring cup and bowl.Product Features Pop up to 20 cups of theater-style popcorn using only 2 tablespoo read more

BuyDig.com
$49.95 $110.00
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Popcorn party! Waring Pro dresses up this Professional Popcorn Maker in bright red to make it the life of the party. But it's a pr...ofessional-quality popper, engineered with a halogen heater that delivers even heat fast, and a stirring arm that lets you use less oil and pops corn more efficiently. That arm keeps turning throughout the popping process to pop more kernels than other popcorn makers. Make lots of hot, fresh, delicious popcorn in minutes, and then just flip the popping bowl and it turns into your serving bowl. It's a fun popper for birthday parties or movie nights. 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. Itís 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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Schumacher
$23.00 $29.99
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The versatile Schumacher 12 Volt Electric Saucepan/Popcorn Popper is designed so that you can enjoy soups, stews, beans, steamed h...ot dogs, fresh popped popcorn and much more while you're tailgating... read more

Schumacher 12 Volt Electric Saucepan/Popcorn Popper - Model 1214
Waring Pro
$172.94 $258.61
at Sears

600 Watts of Power. Yields approximately 12 cups popped corn in less than 2 -1/2 minutes. Heat lamp keeps popped corn warm. Pivoti...ng kettle is removable for easy cleaning. Removable door for easy cleaning. read more

Waring Pro 12-Cup Professional Popcorn Maker - Chili Red
Nostalgia Electrics
$17.65 $24.99
at Sears

With its stylish 1950's look, the Nostalgia Electrics RHP310COKE Coke Mini Hot Air Popcorn Popper will be the hit of every party! ...It pops up to 8 cups of healthy, oil-free popcorn per batch. Included is a kernel cap for measuring popcorn kernels, so every batch pops perfectly. The clear, top housing allows you to watch fresh and delicious popcorn overflow into a bowl below. With the Nostalgia Electrics Coke Mini Hot Air Popcorn Popper, popcorn has never tasted so good at home! read more

Nostalgia Electrics Coca-Cola Series RHP310COKE Mini Hot Air Popcorn Popper Red
Nostalgia Electrics
$19.97 $49.99
at Sears

Hot-Air Retro Popcorn Maker is Popping Cute Nostalgia Electrics Hot-Air Retro Popcorn Maker is designed to capture the looks and r...etro feeling of old time street corner popcorn stands or diner-style poppers commonly seen in the 1900s. Red with white details, this attractive, retro, electric popcorn maker measures 7-3/5 by 11 by 15-3/5 inches and fits perfectly on a tabletop. Set it up in your den, family room or media room and you can enjoy fresh, hot popcorn while you watch your favorite movies. Because this charming popper uses hot air instead of oil, you won't have to feel guilty when you fill a bag with low fat, high fiber popcorn. The Hot-Air Retro Popcorn Maker is perfect for small spaces like apartments, dorm rooms or tiny kitchens and it brings color and pizzazz to any space. It's a perfect blend of form and function. It's easy to clean and comes with its own measuring cap so you always know the optimum amount of kernels to place into the popper. read more

Nostalgia Electrics 50's Styel Hot-Air Retro Popcorn Maker Red
Nostalgia Electrics
$15.29 $24.99
at Sears

Mini Hot Air Popcorn Machine has Great Look for Parties or as a GiftThe Retro Mini Hot Air popcorn machine from Nostalgia Electric...s will get lots of use in your home. Its vintage-inspired look takes you back to a free-spirited way of life. The red color catches the eye and matches easily with other kitchen appliances. Its size is small enough to fit on the counter or to tuck away in a cabinet. What a terrific conversation starter at a party!The Mini Hot Air popcorn machine has easy, fast set up, whether you want to make a snack for one or feed a crowd. No assembly is necessary to start making the delicious popcorn. It plugs in and uses 1040 watts of power. Your guests can gather round to watch production of the healthy, fat-free popcorn. It's fun for both kids and adults to watch the kernels burst in the compact machine. It makes up to 8 cups of fat-free popcorn per batch, with no need for oil. The plastic top doubles as a popcorn kernel measure, too. Pick up an extra Retro Mini Hot Air Popcorn Popp read more

Nostalgia Electrics Retro Mini Hot Air Popcorn Popper Red
Cuisinart
$35.29 $59.99
at Sears

Pop healthier popcorn with hot air! The Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker is exceptionally easy to use. Kernels go into a po...pping chamber no oil is required and hot air sends up to 10 cups of popcorn up and out the chute right into a waiting bowl. And it all happens in less than 3 minutes! read more

Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker, White
Nostalgia Electrics
$72.94 $119.99
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The Nostalgia Electrics HKP-200 Hollywood Kettle Popcorn Maker evokes a classic style reminiscent of the movie palaces of Hollywoo...d's golden era and will be the hit of all your star-studded affairs! It features a stainless steel kettle with a built-in stirring system and pops up to 10 cups of popcorn per batch. It includes a measuring spoon for oil and a measuring cup for corn kernels, so every batch pops perfectly. A vented, tempered window and marquee light allows you to watch the popcorn popping, and the handy drawer simplifies serving. Over 150 reusable vinyl letters allow you to customize the marquee. Popcorn has never tasted so good at home! read more

Nostalgia Electrics HKP-200 Hollywood Kettle Popcorn Maker Red
Presto
$68.48 $99.99
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Convenient home-sized theater popcorn popper. Stainless steel kettle features a motorized stirring arm for enhanced popping perfor...mance. Lighted cabinet and transparent walls provide the look of an authentic theater popper. Pops up to seven cups of popcorn in minutes. Cabinet holds up to 24 cups of popped corn. Side vents release moisture to help keep popcorn tender and crisp. Kettle tilts to pour popped corn in tray. Cabinet tray removes for easy serving and cleaning. Special measuring spoon and cup included for dispensing popping oil and popcorn kernels in kettle. Kettle and hinged door detach from cabinet for convenient cleaning. 120 volts AC, 300 watts. Stock No. 05310 read more

Presto Orville Redenbacher's Theater Popcorn Popper
Cuisinart
$44.95 $69.99
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The Cuisinart CPM-700 EasyPop Popcorn Maker makes it easier than ever to pop crunchy homemade popcorn. The Cuisinart EasyPop Popco...rn Maker pops up to 16 cups and has special vents in the popping bowl to let moisture escape. Popcorn lovers can select the desired amount of oil and salt to make popcorn just the way they like it. When popping is complete, they can serve right from the popping bowl. The Cuisinart EasyPop Popcorn Maker operates with the simple flip of a switch. Cleanup is easy too: All removable are parts are dishwasher safe. Easy! Fast! Fun! read more

Cuisinart 16-Cup EasyPop Popcorn Maker Red
Cuisinart
$35.29 $59.99
at Sears

Pop healthier popcorn with hot air! The Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker is exceptionally easy to use. Kernels go into a po...pping chamber no oil is required and hot air sends up to 10 cups of popcorn up and out the chute right into a waiting bowl. And it all happens in less than 3 minutes! read more

Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker, Red
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