The West Bend 82306 6 Qt. Stir Crazy Corn Popper comes equipped with a rotating arm, which helps it pop practically all of its kernels to a tasty crunch. A transparent lid allows you to monitor the popcorn and doubles as a serving bowl. But some users complain the lid is fragile and the rotating arm needs tinkering to keep it from scraping the non-stick base. Still, many claim the unit holds up well to heavy use.
A bowlful in six minutes. The West Bend Stir Crazy has a loyal following with many owners sticking to this model even after their old ones die. Users love that the Stir Crazy makes great-tasting popcorn within six minutes, popping nearly every kernel. However, be sure to unplug the popper as soon as you hear that last pop to prevent the popcorn from scorching. Most owners use a bit of oil to coat the non-stick surface, although one Amazon owner reports good results without using any oil at all. Just be sure to remove the cover quickly so the popcorn doesn't get soggy from the condensation.
Fast cleanup. The Stir Crazy popper is easy to use and clean as long as you don't melt butter in the well at the top of the machine, which creates a greasy mess. Its transparent lid doubles as a serving bowl. But flipping the unit over can be a little tricky. After the popper cools down, wipe off the non-stick base with a paper towel to remove the salt residue and then finish cleaning it with a damp cloth. The remaining parts require hand-washing. However, a couple users report washing the bowl in the dishwasher with no ill effects. Its rounded cover makes it bulky to store.
Stirrer needs fiddling. A common complaint of the Stir Crazy popper is that the metal stirring rod grinds against the non-stick base, causing several owners to worry they are eating bits of Teflon with their snack. The problem can be corrected by loosening the knob and bending the stirrer's arms slightly until they no longer scrape the surface, suggests one Amazon user. Numerous owners also complain about the thin lid, which is prone to cracking. There are mixed reports on the unit's longevity. One user says his Stir Crazy poppers last two years with daily use, while others report enjoying their poppers for several years.
Chris Phillips reviews the West Bend Stir Crazy for TheKitchn, extolling its ability to produce mouthwatering popcorn. Phillips advises not to use the well at the unit's top to melt butter since it makes a mess. Also, don't get too close to it since the steam released from the popping kernels can burn.
Review: Good Product: West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper, Chris Phillips, Oct. 3, 2006
About 1,150 users gave feedback on the Stir Crazy popper, giving the unit a 4.1 out of 5 stars.
Negative reviews focused on the thin plastic cover, the metal stirrer grinding around the edges and durability issues. One user suggests loosening the central bolt securing the stirrer and bending its arms.
Review: West Bend 82306X Stir Crazy 6-Quart Popcorn Popper, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
Viewpoints owners gave the Stir Crazy an 88 out of 100, giving the unit a perfect score for performance, settings/features and ease of use. Several say the popper is efficient and fun to use, especially if there are children in the home.
Review: West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Maker 82306 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of August 2013
More than 200 users reviewed the Stir Crazy, giving the unit 4.5 stars out of 5, with about 70 percent giving it a perfect score. Many of the users write that they make popcorn at least twice a week but that their poppers are durable and can withstand years of heavy use.
Review: West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of August 2013
More than 50 users gave the Stir Crazy popper an average 4.4 out of 5 stars, judging it on value, durability and usefulness. Many praise the popper's ability to make delicious popcorn. But a few users find the unit difficult to clean since it needs to be disassembled.
Review: West Bend - Stir Crazy 6-Quart Popcorn Popper - Black/Clear, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of August 2013