Popcorn Poppers: Ratings of Sources
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Pop Off: What's the Best Popcorn Popper?
by Torie Bosch
Our AssessmentTorie Bosch tests several popcorn poppers' ability to pop all kernels without burning them. Usability and taste are also part of the ratings criteria. The West Bend 82306 6-quart Stir Crazy Corn Popper earns the lowest rating due to its abundance of unpopped kernels. Two standouts: The Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper worked quickly, left few kernels unpopped, and its popcorn turned out fluffy. The Whirley Pop is named the best stovetop popcorn popper and earns an overall rating of 23 out of 30 – slightly less than the PopLite. Slate also includes a photo of each product next to each review.
Popcorn Makers: More Pop for Your Buck
by Anjali Athavaley
Our AssessmentReviewers tests four popcorn poppers for ease of use, how much butter and oil is used and whether unpopped kernels remain. No official rating system is used, but the Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper and Back to Basics Microwave Popcorn Popper receive positive feedback.
Catalog Critic: Popcorn Poppers
by Sarah Robertson
Our AssessmentEditors evaluate five popcorn poppers and crown West Bend's 82306 6-quart Stir Crazy Corn Popper the winner. They like its lid, which can do double duty as a bowl and describe its popcorn as "buttery." The Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper is named the best value and is said to be fun to use. Editors say Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper by Presto turns out flavorless corn, while the Nostalgia Electric Old Fashioned Movie Time popper ejects kernels and leaves a lot of unpopped corn behind. Although this review (reprinted at FineLiving.com) is dated 2003, all the models tested are still current, and we like the fact that multiple types of poppers are compared.
Microwave Popcorn Poppers
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentEditors test four microwave popcorn poppers and find two to recommend without reservation. Each microwave popper is tested by cooking up a few batches of popcorn in each. Editors rate each product according to ease of use, ease of cleanup and the quality of the popcorn produced. No official numerical ratings or grades are provided, only a brief discussion and whether each model is "recommended," "recommended with reservations" or "not recommended." We wish this review compared popcorn poppers of different types.
Popcorn Popper Reviews
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAt Amazon.com, customers are invited to review their popcorn poppers. Among those poppers garnering 200 or more reviews, the Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper, the Presto PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper, the Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper and the Nordic Ware Popcorn Popper are the highest rated, each maintaining an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. The Cuisinart CPM-900 EasyPop Popcorn Maker earns an average of just 3 stars in 40 reviews. Several Nostalgia poppers have low average ratings.
Stovetop Popcorn Poppers
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentAfter evaluating four stovetop poppers, editors conclude that all major popper types -- stainless steel-clad, unclad and enamel-coated aluminum -- work equally well. Unfortunately, two of the models tested have been discontinued, but feedback on the two current models is valuable. Each popper is rated according to ease of use, ease of cleaning, quality of popcorn produced and safety; editors grade each with a status of "recommended," "recommended with reservations" or "not recommended."
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentJust over a dozen popcorn poppers are available on Cooking.com, and most haven't received any reviews at the time of our visit. The Nordic Ware Microwave Popcorn Popper is the highest-rated, with an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on 190 owner-written reviews. Owners love being able to control exactly the amount of oil, butter, salt and other seasonings in their popcorn, and they say the popcorn produced by the Nordic Ware is tasty. The Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper also receives positive feedback, with owners saying it requires little oil, leaves few unpopped kernels and produces flavorful popcorn.
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentEpinions.com invites consumers to review products they own, but it's difficult to sort products by average rating, and consumers have to click through a few screens in order to read reviews. Top-ranking popcorn poppers here include the West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Popcorn Popper and the Presto PopLite. The Presto Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper by Presto is also rated favorably.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com is a newer consumer-review site offering useful product snapshots and review overviews. While easy to navigate, this site hasn't yet accumulated a large number of reviews for most popcorn poppers. The Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper and Presto PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper are the highest-rated poppers among those with more than 10 reviews.
Best Popcorn Popper Uses Least Oil or Butter?
by Contributors to Chowhound.com
Our AssessmentWhen asked to name the best popcorn popper for preparing low-fat corn, contributors name Whirley Pop, the Presto PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper, the West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Popcorn Popper and the Presto Orville Redenbacher air popper. Whirley Pop receives the greatest number of mentions. We wish this thread were more up-to-date, as the most recent comment is from 2007.