Popcorn has always been the snack of choice when we head to the movies or the ball game. But now that it is recognized as a naturally healthy alternative to chips and other highly processed foods, interest in enjoying it at home has grown. Making your own popcorn is healthier and more cost effective than buying it ready-made or making it in microwave bags, so sales of popcorn poppers is growing rapidly. When in the market for a quality popcorn popper, you soon discover there are a dizzying number of models from which to choose, with a huge range in pricing. In this guide, we’ll give you some tips for selecting a popper that will be right for your home or organization.
Which Type of Popper to Buy
The first and obvious question involves the location of the popper. If you plan to use it strictly at home, then there are a number of excellent choices, whether you want a kettle-style machine, an air popper, or a stovetop unit. For personal or family use, many poppers give you the ability to produce one to two quarts of popcorn in each batch. These units start in price at about $20, and can cost somewhat more than $100 if you choose a model that has style features built in. If you enjoy entertaining and serving popcorn as part of the festivities, there are a number of poppers built with commercial grade components that are designed like antique, retro, or movie theater poppers. They bring a bit of flare and ambience to the fun, and some even sport a vendor’s cart that adds style and storage capacity. If making the popcorn is half the fun at your house, take a look at a stovetop popper that requires manual stirring with the built-in handle. Kids will love being a part of the process.
If you plan to emply the popcorn popper for commercial or organizational use, consider one of the large capacity commercial units we have featured in our reviews. Most are traditional kettle-style units that require oil to pop, and feature a stirring mechanism to produce a fully-popped flavorful batch of popcorn. There are sizes to match any budget and styles to fit any taste. They will produce between 90 and 175 servings of popcorn per hour, and have the durability to deliver continued, long-term service. Most of these units feature easy access doors, a warming element to keep popped corn hot and fresh, tempered glass, and easy to clean design. Check prices on these units, because you will find that often paying just a little bit more for the popper will get you a machine that delivers a lot more capacity.
Health conscious consumers will want to consider an air popper, since they use no oil and will produce a lower calorie snack. But keep in mind, oil poppers use very little oil, and compared with comparable processed snacks, popcorn made with oil is still a very healthy choice, and is naturally high in fiber, as well. Modern air poppers make crisp popcorn with excellent texture and taste, and work very well with regular and gourmet brands. Air poppers also deliver the popcorn the fastest, and are the easiest to clean.
Take some time to peruse our reviews and guides, and we’re confident you’ll find the popcorn popper that will satisfy your cravings in a style you will love.
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