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Choose the Best Popcorn Popper! (Popcorn Popper Reviews)

Updated on September 5, 2016
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Susan loves caring for her home and family. In her articles she shares tips, reviews, and helpful information for other homemakers.

A new popcorn popper is a great gift idea.
A new popcorn popper is a great gift idea. | Source

Looking for the best popcorn popper? I'm here to help you find it.

Shopping for a new popcorn popper? Not sure which one is best for you? Need advice for giving a popcorn popper as a gift? Let this gift guide help you find the best popcorn popper to suit your needs based on these best popcorn popper reviews and customer favorites.

Popping popcorn at home is a fun family activity that can become a memorable tradition. Do you have memories of popcorn night at your house? In researching products to present on this page, I came across many reviews from customers who remembered the popcorn popper their family used when they were kids. My goal is to help you choose the best popcorn popper to help make memories with your own family. And, of course, one that's reliable and fits your lifestyle.

Read on for the best popcorn poppers we could find as I review four different varieties - and a bonus. Hope you find just what you need!

P.S. A new popcorn popper is a great gift idea for families and college students!

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Which is the best popcorn popper for your family?

I've searched for the best of four different types of popcorn poppers based on customer reviews so that you'll be able to make the perfect choice for your needs.

Read about each type of popper and choose from the customer favorites below based on your own specific circumstances and personal preferences.

Don't miss the bonus review of what I believe is the best choice for a family gift. How do I know? Because our family received one! Read on...

Best-Selling Air Popcorn Popper: Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper - Pop popcorn without oil. Great for the health-conscious family!

The Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper is certainly a bestseller. In fact it's been the bestselling popcorn popper at Amazon.com for years and a customer favorite with over 7000 four and five-star ratings by satisfied customers. And the price is certainly right (starting right around the very affordable $20 mark)!

In their reviews, many customers mentioned that they've had their Presto hot air popper for years. Some even grew up with the same model in their family's home! I think it's cool that this one pops faster than the microwave variety. That's really fast!

Click on the popper (or any popper on this page) to read the customer reviews, for full details, or to order. Also available in merlot and black.

Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper
Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper

Handy measuring cup doubles as a butter melter; 14 by 9 by 6-1/2-inch.

Makes up to 18 cups in less than 2-1/2-minutes

Produces virtually no unpopped kernels with either regular or gourmet popcorn

Faster and more economical than microwave-bag popcorn

Electric popper uses hot air, not oil, for a healthy, low-calorie treat

 

The Best Electric Popcorn Popper: West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper

I remember this style popper. Just flip it over after the corn has finished popping and the lid becomes the bowl!

Our family's popper from 'way back when didn't have the stirring rod that makes the West Bend 82306X Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popperl a bestseller and huge customer favorite.

Uses a minimal amount of oil and pops fast, leaving few kernels behind.

With going on 2000 four and five-star reviews, well, could that many customers be wrong?

West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper
West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper

The newer version of this classic popcorn popper has a motorized rod to stir the popcorn so the popper doesn't miss even a kernel. Makes up to 6 quarts of popped corn at a time, plenty for a family or a crowd. Easy to clean! Like butter on your popcorn? Add it to the "well" and let it melt as the corn pops. Doesn't that sound like a snack you'd love?

 

Presto Microwave Popcorn Popper - Here's the picture. Read the review immediately below.

Presto 04830 Microwave Popcorn Popper - Reviewers love it!
Presto 04830 Microwave Popcorn Popper - Reviewers love it!

The Best Microwave Popcorn Popper: Presto 04830 PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper

Here's an awesome gift for less than $20 (price subject to change) and a great choice for a small family or college student.. The Presto 04830 PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper pops with or without oil. It's easy to clean, fully submersible and dishwasher safe! Works in compact microwaves, too!

With well over 1000 five- and four-star reviews, it's obvious that customers love this microwave popcorn popper for its speed and ease of use. Another best-selling popcorn popper!

- Fits most microwave ovens, even compact microwaves.

- Pops 3 quarts of popcorn in about 2 1/2 minutes, rarely leaving an un-popped kernel behind.

(I've included a bigger picture above this review to help you see the details.)

Presto 04830 PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper, Black
Presto 04830 PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper, Black

Used to microwave popcorn bags scorching? No problem with this popper!

It has a removable base and a transparent bowl.

It also uses a disposable paper cup in the bottom of the bowl to help concentrate the microwave radiation. The cup can be re-used for several batches and replacements are available.

Dishwasher safe! That's a big bonus in this popper's favor.

Dimensions: 9 3/4 inches in diameter, 6 inches high

2-year warranty

 

The Best Stovetop Popcorn Popper: The Back to Basics Stainless-Steel Stove-Top Popcorn Popper

A little closer to the old-fashioned way your family may have popped popcorn when you were a kid.

This Great Northern Stainless-Steel Stove-Top Popcorn Popper popper has nearly almost 900 four and five-star customer reviews and is a bestseller in Amazon's popcorn popper category. I chose it to present here over the Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper with its 1000+ reviews simply because this is a stainless steel popcorn popper. Both are best-selling models, and certainly either would be a great choice if you prefer the flavor of old-fashioned popped-on-the-stove popcorn. I just prefer stainless steel.

Great Northern Popcorn Original Stainless Steel Stove Top 6-1/2-Quart Popcorn Popper
Great Northern Popcorn Original Stainless Steel Stove Top 6-1/2-Quart Popcorn Popper

With its 6.5 quart capacity, this choice also has a clad bottom for even heat distribution. I like the stainless steel pan and lid.

 

Bonus: An Old-Fashioned Popcorn Cart: The Nostalgia CCP510 Full-Size Popper - Nostalgia time with movie theater popcorn at home!

Yes, we know we promised you the top four types of poppers, but we couldn't pass up this nostalgic popcorn cart and popper, perfect for a family or for people who do a lot of entertaining in front of the big screen.

The Nostalgia CCP510 Full-Size Popper seems to be just as popular as its predecessor (a previous year's review of the CCP509) and already is a great customer favorite. It's affordable and really not so big at only 21 x 16 1/2 inches and just under 5 feet tall. Wouldn't this look nice in a family room or country kitchen? Or how about a home theater room? Customers say it works great and is easy to use. Plus, it comes with a 90-day warranty and free shipping! Approved for commercial use as well.

Give this popcorn cart bonus points for brightening up one corner of our kitchen! Bet it'll be cute in your house, as well! Take it from me, this was a great gift to receive!

Nostalgia CCP510 53-Inch Tall Commercial 6-Ounce Kettle Popcorn Cart
Nostalgia CCP510 53-Inch Tall Commercial 6-Ounce Kettle Popcorn Cart

Modeled after antique popcorn carts of the early 1900s, this full-sized popcorn cart pops up to 1-1/2 gallons of popcorn per batch, popcorn that tastes like you bought it at the movie theater. The large, stainless-steel kettle features dual-hinged lids, a built-in stirring system, and a kernel catcher to keep out unpopped kernels.

The traditional hot-oil popper sits on top of a full-size working cart, which includes two 16-inch solid-core tires with gold-spoked wheels for easy maneuverability. There's also a compartment in the base of the unit for storage and a supplies compartment to help keep the cart well stocked and tidy.

Easy to use, easy to clean, and fun to watch. What a great, nostalgic style gift for a family that enjoys watching movies and truly loves popcorn!

 

Fresh, hot popcorn! - This is the first batch from our Nostalgia popcorn cart popper, a Christmas gift for our family.

Hot, tasty popcorn!
Hot, tasty popcorn!

Amazon.com is #1

Amazon.com was rated the No. 1 shopping spot for small appliances in the leading consumer research magazine for four consecutive years and shoppers surveyed say they love Amazon's selection.

And their discounted prices are hard to beat.

That's why we've included the best popcorn poppers from Amazon.com with ratings from their satisfied customers.

Are you ready for a bowl of hot, yummy popcorn? - Mmmmmmm, good!

Ready for a bowl of hot, yummy popcorn?
Ready for a bowl of hot, yummy popcorn?

Popcorn's a great snack when you're watching the big game. It's inexpensive to feed a crowd and, if you go easy on the toppings, it's easy on the calorie count, too!

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Cool - and convenient! Great choice, Sylvestermouse! Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you learned about microwave poppers!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      These are some really great options! As I have gotten older, I tend to look for things that are going to require less mess and less clean up. The microwave popper that will go in the dishwasher is my first choice! I didn't even know they made them for the microwave. How very cool is that!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @lolliescr: I hope you found something here that you like! So glad you stopped by.

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      lolliescr 3 years ago

      We are actually in need of a new popcorn popper, great tips!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @anonymous: Sounds like you have some good family times around that cherished popcorn popper. Thanks for your personal recommendation!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thanks for your bargain tips Susan. I appreciate it. We have a Nordic Ware 60120 Microwaver Popcorn popper at home. It's one of our most cherished items in our kitchen and my kids love it!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @TonyPayne: I like that idea, too - double duty! Thanks for the visit, Poddys!

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      Tony Payne 3 years ago from Southampton, UK

      We have a hot air popper but the popcorn ends up a bit on the dry side, and with a bowl at the side it still manages to spit out corn all over the place. I like the idea of the first one on this page, where the bowl acts as a lid.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Arachnea: You should check it out. They work really well and they're not quite so messy. Let me know if you try one and how you like it!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I didn't realize there was a microwave popcorn popper on the market. I'll have to check it out. I use a paper sack and salt and oil then put it all in the microwave. It's a bit messy though. Thank you.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @sha-ron: Hot popcorn really sounds good with the weather we've been having!

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      yum I would love some of these

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @shadowfast7: Sounds like a great plan!

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      Sure Temp 3 years ago

      mmmm makes me want to get a movie out and some cheddar sprinkle ! yum

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @VioletteRose LM: I agree, homemade popcorn is much healthier for you and can taste just as good as movie popcorn. Glad you found the information helpful!

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for this information. Popcorns are something we can't avoid when we go for movies and I am actually looking for options to make it myself since that will be more healthy. This is really helpful!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @acreativethinker: The air popcorn machine certainly produces a healthy product. Sounds like a great choice! Thanks for your visit!

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      There are so many here that I like, it is hard to choose, but maybe an air popcorn one. Thanks for sharing this great information on them. Take care :)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @homeschoolkids: I really don't, but Great Northern, Waring, and other companies make commercial popcorn poppers and they're listed on Amazon. If I were researching for that particular purpose, that's where I'd start and I'd look for customer reviews and take notes. Good luck!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @homeschoolkids: I agree! Thanks so much for sharing that warm recollection!

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