Let’s face it; popcorn is the best thing about going to the movies – it always seems to taste better than the kernels you can pick up from the store or make in the microwave. The only real downside to theater popcorn is the fact you can only get it when you go to the theater. Well not anymore, because here is our list of the top five best popcorn makers on the planet, each designed to provide you with brilliant popcorn that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own couch.
#5 Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper
One of the biggest-selling popcorn makers in the world, the PopLite Hot Air Popper claims to out pop other leading poppers, popping up to 30 per cent faster and leaving behind virtually no un-popped kernels. The PopLite is healthier than microwave popcorn and dishes out around 18 cups in 2 ½ minutes. This is one of the best popcorn makers on the market and one of the easiest to use; however, it is let down by one major flaw: leave it on for any length of time when it is out of popcorn and the hood near the cup starts to melt. This really hampers the longevity of the product.
#4 Great Northern Popcorn Hot Air Popper
Similar is design, style and function to the PopLite, the Hot Air Popper is a great budget appliance capable of popping out 18 servings of regular or gourmet popcorn without the use of oil in around 2 ½ minutes. It comes in red, white/black, and white/yellow. Users of this product will need to be aware of the type of kernels they purchase, as small, light generic kernels can easily fly out of the machine. This can be rectified by tilting the popper back a little, but this isn’t something you’d ideally want to be doing.
#3 Great Northern Roosevelt
The Great Northern Roosevelt is the biggest and coolest-looking product in our list of popcorn maker reviews – and also the most expensive. However, if you value the aesthetics of your appliances as much as performance, this is a great model. The antique retro design is more akin to the commercial units you would find in theaters and is capable of churning out a massive three gallons of popcorn per batch. This deluxe model comes with a built-in warmer light, stirrer, heated warming deck and its very own scoop for that authentic feel. The downsides? A slightly flawed build quality and a lack of a decent instruction manual.
#2 CHEFS Stainless-Steel Stovetop Kettle
Stovetop appliances are renowned for producing excellent popcorn and the CHEFS Popcorn Kettle is one of the best out there. While it is rather on the expensive side, consumers are provided with a real top of the range product. The stainless steel pan comes with a sturdy handle and well-crafted lid – both of which can be cleaned with ease. A wide try-ply base ensures no hot or cold spots and every kernel pops. Seasonings can also be added easy by removing a silicone cup instead of the lid – this helps preserve heat. Other than the expense, there are no flaws to be found here. A real top-notch product.
#1 Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper
For an old school popcorn making experience, the Wabash Valley Farms Popper is as good as it gets. Capable of making six quarts of popcorn in three minutes from just one or two tablespoons of oil, the popper uses a patented stirring mechanism to ensure every kernel pops and delivers great tasting popcorn every time. The build quality is great and every moving part comes with a 25-year warranty. This stovetop popper can do everything that the CHEFS popper can do at a much cheaper price and, for this reason, is our best popcorn maker of 2016.