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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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Nostalgia Electrics
$18.79 $19.99
at Sears

The Nostalgia Electrics APH200BLUE Air Pop Hot Air Popper is a table-top sized party pleaser. In just minutes, family and friends ...can enjoy the taste of freshly popped popcorn! Its electric popping system uses hot air instead of oil, producing a light... read more

Nostalgia Electrics
$18.79 $19.99
at Sears

The Nostalgia Electrics APH200RED Air Pop Hot Air Popper is a table-top sized party pleaser. In just minutes, family and friends c...an enjoy the taste of freshly popped popcorn! Its electric popping system uses hot air instead of oil, producing a light... 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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Hamilton Beach
$32.89 $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
$32.89 $34.99
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

Hamilton Beach
$33.90 $45.99
at Wayfair

Hamilton Beach Hot Oil 20 Cup Popcorn Popper Features: -20 cup capacity.-Optional butter dispenser with removable cover.-Easy-clea...n non-stick surface.-Motorized bar sticks kernels as they heat up for fluffy, thorough popping.-On / off switch.-Product Type: Hot air popper.-Distressed: No.-Kettle Included: Yes -Kettle Material: .-Pivoting Kettle: .-Removable Kettle: .-Kettle Capacity: ..Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 13.5.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 16.5.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 11.-Overall Product Weight: 5.6. 73300 read more

Fun Time

Feel like a kid again when you use this hot oil popcorn popper. Its made from materials that resist rust and corrosion, so you can... look forward to years of homemade munchies during movie nights. A glass front lets you take a peek to check progress. 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 Pro
$149.00 $360.00
at Buydig

Bring the carnival right into your home with this old-fashioned popcorn maker that's perfect for healthy and delicious snacking. W...ith a 9.5 cups popped, you'll have enough popcorn to feed the block Features 600 Watts of Power Yields approximately 9.5 cups popped corn in less than 2 ę minutes Heat lamp keeps popped corn warm Pivoting kettle is removable for easy cleaning Removable door for easy cleaning Limited one year warranty read more

Waring Pro
$49.95 $110.00
at Buydig

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

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
$59.95 $110.00
at CHEFS Catalog

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

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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Paragon

Attract your customers to your concession stand or snack area with the Paragon 3080810 Cineplex popcorn stand! This popcorn stand ...is specially designed to work with Paragon 4 oz. poppers so that you can cook and flavor delicious popcorn in one convenient area. The whole stand is made of steel for long-lasting durability, and its powder-coated paint finish resists chipping for a sleek, flawless appearance. A spacious storage area makes it easy to keep extra supplies on hand, and thanks to its wrap around door, the whole stand has a smooth, streamlined look. Made in America. Overall Dimensions: Width: 16 1/4" Depth: 14" Height: 32 read more

Paragon 3080810 Cineplex Popcorn Stand for 4 oz. Poppers
Paragon

Attract your customers to your concession or snack area with the Paragon 3090030 large popcorn cart! This popcorn cart is speciall...y designed to work with Paragon 14 oz. or 16 oz. Classic Pop popcorn machines and accessories so that you can cook and flavor delicious popcorn in one convenient area. The whole cart is made of steel for long-lasting durability, and its powder-coat paint finish resists chipping for a sleek, flawless appearance. And for convenient transportation and storage, this cart easily collapses when needed. Made in America. Overall Dimensions: Width: 44" Depth: 25" Height: 33 read more

Paragon 3090030 Classic Popcorn Cart for 14 oz. or 16 oz. Poppers
Paragon

Create delicious popcorn for your hungry customers with the Paragon 116450 Kettle Korn 6 oz. popcorn popper! This popcorn machine ...creates 113 one ounce servings per hour for maximum output, and its durable frame helps ensure long-lasting product life. The side windows allow for a full view of the interior without sacrificing strength, and the kettle is designed to easily tilt to one side so you can easily dump your finished popcorn to the bottom of the machine. The floor is aerated to help get rid of kernels and smaller pieces of popcorn, and its built-in warming deck ensures your popcorn stays hot even after it's finished. UL and NSF Listed and comes with a cord and NEMA 5-15P plug. read more

Paragon 1106450 Kettle Korn 6 oz. Popcorn Popper
Paragon

Attract your customers to your concession stand or snack area with the Paragon 3080800 Cineplex red popcorn stand! This popcorn st...and is specially designed to work with Paragon 4 oz. poppers so that you can cook and flavor delicious popcorn in one convenient area. The whole stand is made of steel for long-lasting durability, and its powder-coated paint finish resists chipping for a sleek, flawless appearance. A spacious storage area makes it easy to keep extra supplies on hand, and thanks to its wrap around door, the whole stand has a smooth, streamlined look. Made in America. Overall Dimensions: Width: 16 1/4" Depth: 14" Height: 32 read more

Paragon 3080800 Cineplex Red Popcorn Stand for 4 oz. Poppers
Paragon

Attract your customers to your concession or snack area with the Paragon 3090710 professional large popcorn cart! This popcorn car...t is specially designed to work with Paragon 12 oz. or 16 oz. popcorn machines and accessories so that you can cook and flavor delicious popcorn in one convenient area. The whole cart is made of steel for long-lasting durability, and its powder-coat paint finish resists chipping for a sleek, flawless appearance. And for convenient transportation and storage, this cart easily collapses when needed. Made in America. Overall Dimensions: Width: 44" Depth: 25" Height: 33 read more

Paragon 3090710 Professional Large Popcorn Cart for 12 oz. or 16 oz. Poppers
Paragon

Attract your customers to your concession or snack area with the Paragon 3090010 large popcorn cart! This popcorn cart is speciall...y designed to work with Paragon 12 oz. or 16 oz. Theater Pop series popcorn machines and accessories so that you can cook and flavor delicious popcorn in one convenient area. The whole cart is made of steel for long-lasting durability, and its powder-coat paint finish resists chipping for a sleek, flawless appearance. And for convenient transportation and storage, this cart easily collapses when needed. Made in America. Overall Dimensions: Width: 44" Depth: 25" Height: 33 read more

Paragon 3090010 Large Popcorn Cart for 12 oz. or 16 oz. Poppers
Carnival King

This replacement 8 oz. kettle for Carnival King PM850 8 oz. popcorn poppers is a great way to keep your popcorn popper looking and... working its best for as long as possible. Use it to replace a broken kettle, or a kettle that has just seen better days so you can keep boosting your impulse sales with attractive presentation of crisp, fresh popcorn. read more

Carnival King PM8KETTLE Replacement Kettle for PM850 8 oz. Popcorn Poppers
Paragon

Attract your customers to your concession stand or snack area with the Paragon 3080510 Thrifty stand! This popcorn stand is specia...lly designed to work with Paragon Thrifty 4 oz. poppers so that you can cook and flavor delicious popcorn in one convenient area. The whole stand is made of steel for long-lasting durability, and its powder-coat paint finish elegantly displays the word "POPCORN" and resists chipping for a sleek, flawless appearance. And thanks to the interior storage area, it's easy to keep extra supplies on hand for when you need them. Made in America. Overall Dimensions: Width: 17" Depth: 17" Height: 33 read more

Paragon 3080510 Thrifty Stand for 4 oz. Popcorn Poppers
Paragon

Attract your customers to your concession stand or snack area with the Paragon 3080820 small black and chrome popcorn cart! This p...opcorn cart is specially designed to work with Paragon 4 oz. 1911 Original and Gatsby poppers so that you can cook and flavor delicious popcorn in one convenient area. The whole cart is made of steel for long-lasting durability, and its powder-coat paint finish elegantly displays the word "POPCORN" and resists chipping for a sleek, flawless appearance. A storage area makes it easy to keep extra supplies on hand, and for convenient transportation and storage, this cart easily collapses when needed. Made in America. Overall Dimensions: Width: 34" Depth: 21" Height: 33 read more

Paragon 3080820 Small Black and Chrome Popcorn Cart for 4 oz. Poppers
Paragon

Attract customers to your concession stand or snack area with the Paragon 3200310 red classic pop popcorn stand! This popcorn stan...d is designed to support 20 oz. Classic Pop popcorn poppers, and its stainless steel top and steel body enable long-lasting durability. It comes with two interior shelves for an accommodating storage capacity, and the included leveling feet help provide a level surface on uneven floors. And thanks to its compact footprint, this stand requires less space than wheeled carts. Made in America. Overall Dimensions: Width: 34" Depth: 30" Height: 22 read more

Paragon 3200310 Red Classic Pop Popcorn Stand for 20 oz. Poppers
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