We tested 10 famous popcorn machines to see which ones produced the most popcorn quickly, with the fewest unpopped kernels.
We spent 80 hours testing all manner of popcorn makers, from the hot-air only variety to the stir-stick on the bottom models, and came up with nine of the best for your household. Our favorite was the Cuisinart CPM-700 EasyPop Popcorn Maker that creates 14-16 cups of great-tasting popcorn in just six minutes. This easy-to-use popcorn maker employs a stirring arm on the bottom of the popper to move the kernels around on the hot surface. The plastic dome overhead contains the kernels as they pop and can be flipped over later so you can use it as a serving bowl.
Cuisinart CPM-700 EasyPop Popcorn Maker
* It can make 14 cups of popcorn.
* It rarely leaves unpopped kernels.
* The machine has a built-in cord storage area.
* The cord is very short.
* You must always use oil to make popcorn.
* You have to follow manufacturer timing carefully.
For an exceptional, all-around popcorn maker, the Cuisinart CPM-700 EasyPop Popcorn Maker is tough to beat. This well-designed popper lets you whip up 14 to16 cups of fresh, tasty popcorn in only six minutes.
Our tests showed it left behind no unpopped or burned kernels – if you follow the manufacturer’s instruction carefully. This cheery red popper works with a heated plate at the bottom with a stirring rod that moves in a circular fashion. Add the recommended amount of oil and popcorn, push the button and start.
This device is covered by a clear plastic dome with vents to release moisture. It also keeps popcorn from spewing all over the place during the popping process, and you can flip it over later to use as a serving bowl.
This popper comes with a measuring cup so you can determine how much popcorn you want to make, and both the instructional manual and Cuisinart’s website offer fun recipes for such things as curry popcorn (curry powder, turmeric and cayenne pepper) or buffalo popcorn (hot sauce and cider vinegar).
The Cuisinart popper is easy to clean, stays in place with rubber feet, and provides a three-year warranty and solid customer support, including a how-to demo video on its website. It comes with a 27-inch cord, which is fairly short for popcorn makers, and that could be a drawback if you have only a few outlets in your kitchen. That said, the Cuisinart’s features, performance and extras make this a first-rate popcorn maker.
Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100
* The resulting popcorn is light and tasty.
* It takes only three minutes.
* You can make 10 to 15 cups of popcorn.
* There will be some wasted kernels.
* The cord is a bit long.
* Some stray kernels don’t land in your bowl.
The Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 lets you easily prepare 10 to 15 cups of oil-free, air-popped corn that tastes delicious and weighs in at a mere 30 calories per cup, which is perfect if you’re on a diet. If you still want that butter boost, you can simply put some in the circular warmer on top of the machine.
Although the EasyPop quickly makes some great popcorn, there is some waste – our testing showed a tablespoon of unpopped kernels. It also can be a tad messy when making popcorn since the force of the motor blows some stray pieces of popcorn onto the counter and floor. To keep things neat, it’s wise to use a tall bowl so you capture as much popcorn as possible.
You get an on/off switch with this air popcorn maker, which means you won’t need to risk reaching past a warm machine to pull the plug to turn it off. The cord is rather long at 32 inches, but there is no built-in storage area onboard, which is a feature found on the best popcorn makers.
Clean-up is easy with this popcorn maker since its removable parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher. In addition, it’s compact and lightweight at approximately 3 pounds, so it’s easy to store. This Cuisinart Hot Air popper comes with a measuring cup, which is always helpful. The plastic used in this machine is BPA-free, which will no doubt please many people who might be concerned about the possibility of health problems associated with BPA, although the Environmental Protection Agency has said it is safe at low levels.