Popcorn is a healthy snack that is high in fiber and can be seasoned according to personal preferences. While the usual popcorn recipes are flavored with salt and butter or chocolate and caramel, there are those that can be spiced up or seasoned with parsley, rosemary, thyme and sage. There are a wide variety of popcorn poppers available in the market ranging from microwave popcorn poppers to electric or stove top popcorn poppers and even hot air popcorn poppers. Microwave and hot air popcorn poppers do not require oil, whereas electric and stove top popcorn poppers require the addition of oil. Many popcorn poppers are dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Those that use oil are more difficult to clean than the others.
The methodology used by most reviewers in reviewing the best popcorn popper is usually similar and takes into account the number of un-popped kernels, burnt popcorns, taste, popcorn quality, consistency, ease of use, easy to clean and store. It is most desirable that the popcorn popper delivers airy and crisp popcorn in a short time and leaves no un-popped kernels or burnt popcorn. The appliance must consistently produce high-quality popcorn and must be made of sturdy material while being easy to clean and store.
West Bend Stir Crazy popcorn popper: It is a conventional model with a dome shaped plastic lid and shape. The oil and popcorn are placed at the bottom of the curved base and is stirred by metal arms to keep the kernels from burning. When the popcorn is ready, the popper can be turned over such that the lid acts as a serving bowl. The appliance also has a butter warmer that coats the popcorn with butter as it pops.
Progressive Microwave popcorn popper: This popcorn popper like hot air popper does not require the addition of oil. The kernel is placed in the heating circle at the bottom of the base with the help of a built-in measuring cup. It is the most economic popcorn popper in the market. All parts of the popcorn popper are dishwasher safe.
Toastess International hot air popper: This is easy to store model. Its butter warmer can also double as a measuring cup to measure the kernels to be added for cooking. A single batch takes about 3 minutes and delivers fluffy, light and crispy buttered popcorn. It is not dishwasher safe.
Cuisinart popcorn popper: This model is a unique and impressive design that is sleek but on a pricey side on the market. The popcorn is ready in four minutes.
Whirley Pop stovetop popcorn popper: Being a stove top popcorn popper it requires the addition of oil. It takes about 3 minutes to deliver cooked popcorn that is crunchy and good to taste. It does not leave any unpopped kernels. This popper is not dishwasher safe.
Presto Poplite hot air corn popper: This appliance as its name sounds works real fast and delivers popped corn in about a minute and a half and does not leave any unpopped kernels. It has a butter warmer. The appliance is cheap and produces fluffy, crunchy popcorns.