The best hot air popcorn makers

Updated July 19, 2017

One of America's favourite snacks, 16 billion quarts of popcorn is popped and enjoyed each year. Hot air popped popcorn is the healthiest way to make this snack, and there are many varieties of poppers on the market. Choosing the best hot air popper means taking into consideration the capacity, speed, and efficiency (does it leave many kernels unpopped?) of the machine. Other things to take into account are the aesthetic qualities of the popper and any special features.

Presto PopLite 04820 Popcorn Maker

The Presto PopLite can make up to 18 cups of popcorn in about two and a half minutes, enough for that all-night movie marathon. It includes a built-in butter melter, that can also be used as a measuring cup when loading the popcorn kernels. This machine has a plastic white and black base, and a yellow plastic transparent air chute on top. The Presto comes with a two-year limited warranty, but no on-and-off switch and must be unplugged to stop the popping. Users have commented that it leaves very few unpopped kernels in the bowl.

Toastess Hot-Air Corn Popper

The Toastess popcorn maker can make up to 16 cups of popcorn in three minutes, which makes it a little bit slower than some machines. This popper also has the handy butter melter, which doubles as a measuring cup for your kernels. The design is a bit square and stocky, with a clear plastic air chute, and features white and black colouring. It is advertised as being easy to clean.

Nostalgia Electrics OFP501 Old-Fashioned Movie

The best thing about this popper is its unique old-fashioned design, as it's based off of the early 1900s street-corner popcorn stands, but is small enough for your kitchen counter. Don't let the size fool you, it still pops about 16 cups of popcorn. It has a butter warmer on top, and can be partially disassembled to make cleaning easier. Users agree that it is easy to use; however, they also agree that it leaves quite a few unpopped kernels.

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Crystal Smith has been writing about art application, history and process since 2006. She has written articles as a florist and wedding floral designer. Smith has also written for childcare professionals including behavior guides, activity instructions and suggestions, as well as instruction books. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at North Island College.