Popcorn is an easy treat, light on calories and inexpensive snack that is loved by almost all. Popcorn is a high fiber snack even when heavily buttered and is a healthy snack when included in the overall diet plan. Popcorn made by you tastes better than the microwavable popcorn bags as when prepared by yourself it can be cooked and seasoned to suit personal preferences. To make the best popcorn, one needs a popcorn maker of great quality to maintain consistency in quality and perform excellently for a long while.
While there are several reviews on the best popcorn poppers available, there are many things to look into before finalizing the purchase. The first and most desirable quality in a popcorn popper would be the quality and taste of popcorn, although it is a highly subjective category, it is expected that the popcorn popper delivers maximum popped kernels, that are crisp and fluffy. The popper must be flexible enough for buttering and seasoning and most of all produce popcorn that is not burnt by being in contact with the heating surface for too long. Reviewers often even count the number of un-popped kernels after a round of popcorn making to compare the efficiency of popcorn makers.
The popcorn maker must be easy to store, clean and made of sturdy material to last longer. Popcorn makers may be microwave poppers, electric, stove top or hot air poppers. The hot air poppers do not use much oil and are easy to clean. Electric and stove top popcorn poppers definitely need the addition of oil to keep the popcorn from sticking to surfaces and to enhance its flavor. There are those popcorn poppers with non-stick interiors too, that do not require oil. The usual electric or stove top popcorn poppers may be made of stainless steel, aluminum or non-stick interiors. The microwave popcorn poppers are made of plastics. Caution must be taken to purchase a microwave popcorn popper that is free of bisphenol A (BPA). Even microwave popcorn poppers do not require the addition of oil.
The electric or stove top popcorn poppers are more versatile in the flexibility it offers in the preparation of various recipes, but are not as easy to clean as the other popcorn poppers like hot air or microwave poppers. Many popcorn poppers can double as serving bowls, have additional measuring cups and some varieties can also be used to roast coffee beans.
In our review, the Cuisinart CPM 700 Easy Pop ranked highest with its BPA-free make with a clear plastic top. It can make 14-16 cups of popcorn in 6 minutes and the plastic lid can also be used as serving bowl. It leaves no burnt popcorns or un-popped kernels. All its parts are dishwasher safe.
Next up for review is the West Bend Stir Crazy 82505 which can make 24-28 cups of popcorn within 5 minutes, all its parts are removable and dishwasher safe. The lid can double up as a serving bowl too. The appliance has a butter well for the addition of butter. It is an appliance of unique and impressive make.