It used to be that you needed oil to make popcorn in the old days, a practice that is neither too efficient nor healthy. With the invention of modern air popping techniques, traditional oil-based popcorn making has become a thing of the past, even though some people prefer it to this day. While many people prepare popcorn via microwave, that method too involves the use of vegetal oils and other chemicals.
On the other hand, air popping is perhaps the healthiest, most efficient way to prepare popcorn, which explains why it has become so popular over the years. This being said, let us find out what are the ten best hot air popcorn poppers on the market today and what makes them so special to begin with.
10West Bend 82421 Air Crazy Mini Popcorn Machine
Despite being a very compact device, West Bend 82421 can still pop up to 8 cups of popcorn in less than 3 minutes. Also worth mentioning is the fact that it has a cool-touch popper base with a very small footprint which makes it perfect for office or home use. What’s also important to point out is that it features very easy-to-use controls that you will definitely be able to use instinctively.
9Nostalgia Electrics RHP-310
Nostalgia Electrics RHP-310 Retro Series Mini Hot Air Popcorn Popper is designed to yield up to 8 cups of popcorn per batch, which is more or less the quantity most people expect. Thanks to its convenient countertop size, you aren’t likely to run into any trouble finding a place for it in your kitchen or when storing it after being used. Furthermore, it also features a measuring cup to enable you to set up portions.
8Presto 05314 Orville Redenbacher’s Fountain Theater
Designed to be used either privately or commercially, this efficient home-sized theater popper boasts an incredible performance by all standards. For instance, it will pop up to 20 cups in about 3 minutes with virtually no unlopped kernels to deal with. We should also point out that its cabinet can hold up to 40 cups of popcorn, a cabinet designed to catch all the popped popcorn while its side vents keep the popcorn crispy during the process.
7Nostalgia Electrics APH200RED
This 4-ounce air pop hot air popcorn maker can make up to 16 cups of popped popcorn per batch, a lot more than most popcorn makers out there. It does so without the use of any accessories or labor of any kind due to its easy-to-use nature. The great thing about it is that it has a countertop design, meaning that you can place it almost anywhere without the nuisance of having to make space for it. Also, as far as effectiveness is concerned, this popper will pop virtually all kernels.
6Nostalgia Electrics Coca-Cola Series OFP501COKE
Not only does it look unlike any other hot air popcorn maker out there, but the OFP501COKE from Nostalgia Electrics will also pop kernels quicker than most. Designed to yield up to 12 cups of popcorn per batch, this countertop device requires very little assembly prior to being used. Despite its peculiar design, this popper is also very easy to clean when you’re done using it, mostly as a result of its detachable parts.
5West Bend 82416 Air Crazy 3.5 Quart Corn Popper
Like the name suggests, this particular popper can process 3.5 quarts of popcorn, doing so in less than 3 minutes. Because of its ingenious engineering, it will pop virtually all kernels in the cup while its angled chute directs the popcorn straight into a bowl of your choice. It also comes with a measuring cup that you can very well use as a butter melter, a feature you will find very useful in the long run.
4Hamilton Beach 73400 Hot Air Popcorn Popper
Designed to provide you with delicious popcorn in just a couple of minutes, the 73400 Hot Air Popcorn Popper from Hamilton Beach is one of the most efficient poppers on the market today. We say this because it can pop up to 16 cups per batch in a timely fashion, doing so without leaving any unpopped kernels behind. As you would expect, the device also comes packing a butter melting cup that doubles as a measuring cup.
3Presto 04868 Orville Redenbacher’s Fountain Hot Air Popper
The first thing you notice about the Presto 04868 is the unique design that is unlike any other popper out there. It is perhaps because of its peculiar design that this popper is so efficient, being capable of processing 20 cups of popcorn in a little over 3 minutes. Furthermore, it also features a vented cover that guarantees the popcorn to be crispy. Not only that, but the device also features an interesting design that allows the base to nest inside the cover for easier storage.
2Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker
This particular popcorn maker can process ten cups of popcorn in less than 3 minutes which is impressive, to say the least. Also impressive is its removable chute, an essential piece that most hot air poppers have built into the frame of the device. At the same time, the device comes with a butter warming tray, a cord storage system, and 100% dishwasher safe removable parts to make it easier for you to clean the popper when you’re done using it.
1Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper
Efficient, compact, and inexpensive, Presto’s 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper is one of the most popular poppers on the market today and rightfully so. Given its ingenious engineering, it can pop 18 ups of gourmet corn in less than two and a half minutes. As a matter of fact, this particular popper has been proven to pop kernels 30% faster than a majority of all other popular hot air poppers out there. Overall, Presto 04820 is one of the best hot air popcorn poppers money can buy.