According to the most credible reviews, the simple Back to Basics Microwave Popcorn Popper -- basically a large, lidded bowl -- is the best popper of its type. This inexpensive, easy-to-use popcorn popper turns out crunchy, fluffy popcorn without oil and leaves few unpopped kernels. Experts recommend microwaving popcorn in the Back to Basics popper on reduced power and watching it carefully to prevent burning. Some reviewers say the Back to Basics popcorn popper gives off an unpleasant smell the first few times it's heated, but this doesn't affect the flavor. If you like the idea of popping corn without oil, another option is a hot-air popper like the top-rated Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper (Est. $20).
We read the best review of the Back to Basics Microwave Popcorn Popper in one foodie magazine, where it earns the editors' top rating. We also read more than a dozen owner-written reviews posted to Amazon.com, which are overwhelmingly positive.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors test four popcorn poppers, including the Back to Basics Microwave Popcorn Popper.
Review: Microwave Popcorn Poppers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, March 2007
At Amazon.com, customers are invited to review their popcorn poppers. The Back to Basics Microwave Popcorn Popper earns an overall rating of 4 stars. Most owners are very happy with this popper, but a few are concerned about the odor it gives off during the first few uses.
Review: Back to Basics PC17591 Microwave Popcorn Popper, Contributors to Amazon.com