Best Electric Popcorn MakerSource: Cuisinart

Best Electric Popcorn Maker iMore 2020

Unpopped popcorn makes up around 90 percent of the product sold in the States for home consumption, so there's a big market for getting those kernels floofed. While great microwave and stovetop solutions exist, we're fans of money-saving electric popcorn makers, like our overall best choice the simple and affordable Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper by Presto which boasts a healthy hot air cooking process. There's a lot to be said for hot oil versions too though, so we're taking a look at all of the best popcorn makers available, after all, those kernels aren't going to pop themselves...

Best Overall: Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper by Presto

Orvile Popcorn MakerSource: Presto

From infamous popcorn making brand Orville Redenbacher, this hot air popper is the ideal tool to fluff up a tasty batch of its Original Yellow Gourmet Popcorn Kernels. Using nothing but hot air to create the corn, this is a healthy option that you can make less so by using the measuring cup on top of the machine for melting butter.

This pops up to 18 cups of delicious popcorn in less than two and a half minutes with virtually no unpopped kernels leftover and has a handy built-in cord wrap for tidy storage.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Healthy, hot air method
  • Fast, out of chute delivery

Cons:

  • Not the best looking

Best Overall

Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper by Presto

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Budget-friendly, healthy, and capable of family-size portions, there's a lot to like with this machine.

Best Deluxe: West Bend Stir Crazy Deluxe Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper

West Bend Popcorn MakerSource: West Bend

An incredibly popular option is the West Bend "Stir Crazy" popcorn popper. This solution does use a drizzle of oil on the base plate; then, you add your kernels, add optional butter on the top of the machine to melt down the internal sides, then press go. The heated base plate starts to pop the kernels while the stirring rod keeps them moving to stop sticking and burning. When done, you flip it over to use the clear dome as a bowl.

This can produce up to six quarts of popcorn at a time, and the dome and heating plate are both good to go through the dishwasher.

Pros:

  • Flip lid to bowl design
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
  • Stirring action

Cons:

  • High cost

Best Deluxe

West Bend Stir Crazy Deluxe Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper

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This high-end option is both deluxe and luxury, giving you the option to cook with oil and butter.

Best Compact: Dash Hot Air Popcorn Maker

Dash Popcorn MakerSource: Dash

Another hot air popcorn maker, Dash's option, is good-looking, colorful, affordable, and compact, making a great choice for dorm rooms and campervans. Available in red, aqua, grey, or white, you simply sling your kernels into the top of the machine, press a button, and wait for the hot air cooked popcorn to fall out into your waiting bowl.

This can make up to 16 cups of fresh popcorn at a time and also offers the option of adding butter to melt away on the top of the maker.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Compact
  • Healthy, hot air method

Cons:

  • Smaller capacity

Best Compact

Dash Hot Air Popcorn Maker

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This compact popper is colorful and cheerful, giving you hot-air fluffed kernels at the press of a button.

Best for Families: Hamilton Beach Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper

Hamilton Beach Popcorn MakerSource: Hamilton Beach

Similar to the West Bend maker, Hamilton Beach's electric hot oil maker has the same six quart/24 cup capacity and works in the same way, with oil poured on the base, kernels added, popping taking place, then inverting the popping dome to turn it into a serving bowl.

The motorized stirring arm stops sticking while maximizing popping potential, you can add butter in the top well, and the non-stick plate has heat-resistant handles when you're done.

Pros:

  • Makes up to 24 cups
  • Flip lid to bowl design
  • Stirring action

Cons:

  • No on/off switch

Best for Families

Hamilton Beach Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper

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A family-friendly maker with a large capacity, this will cook up to 24 cups of popcorn in a matter of minutes.

Best Looking: Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker

Cuisinart Popcorn MakerSource: Cuisinart

Popular kitchen brand Cuisinart also offers a handsome hot air popcorn maker with its CMP-100 "EasyPop" machine. Once you've added your kernels, this will deliver around 10 cups of freshly made popcorn up and out the chute in three minutes. As with other models, you can choose to melt butter on the top with the heat generated from the machine, then pour it on once the popcorn is ready.

All removable parts of this machine can go through the dishwasher, and it comes complete with a handy recipe book so that you can get creative with your popcorn cookery.

Pros:

  • Healthy, hot air method
  • 1,500 watts power
  • Dishwasher-safe parts

Cons:

  • Smaller capacity

Best Looking

Cuisinart Hot Air Popcorn Maker

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Sleek and streamlined, Cuisinart's hot air machine is capable and easy to clean.

Best Retro Design: Nostalgia Stirring Popcorn Popper

Nostalgia Popcorn MakerSource: Nostalgia

Finally, we're all about vintage, silver screen-style, movie theatre-themed nostalgia with this aptly named popcorn popper. We love the retro, rounded design, and chrome detail on this maker. It uses the hot oil and stirring arm method to make your popcorn — or you could totally cheat and buy the Nostalgia Pre-Measured Pouches, which can be poured straight in.

This machine will give you a yield of 24 cups of the good stuff, has an easy-to-clean, non-stick cook plate with cool-touch handles, useful as this flips over, and the lid becomes a bowl.

Pros:

  • 24 cup capacity
  • Flip lid to bowl design
  • Retro looks

Cons:

  • Not compact

Best Retro Design

Nostalgia Stirring Popcorn Popper

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If you want vintage Americana looks from your popcorn maker, Nostalgia has you covered.

Pop it like it's hot...

Every popcorn making solution in our selection is a capable, competent choice. The main thing you have to think about is whether you want a machine that uses hot air to pop your kernels, or if you are a fan of popcorn cooked in a little oil.

The hot oil machines all work well, thanks to their stirring arms, which stop the popcorn from sticking, and you can experiment with using as little oil as possible to try and make your movie snack as healthy as possible.

Our overall best pick is a hot air solution. The Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper by Presto has an excellent price tag, can cope with family-size capacities and delivers a fat-free (guilt-free!) portion of popcorn in mere minutes.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Amy-Mae Turner As someone who is er, careful, with her cash, Amy-Mae was all over these economic electric popcorn makers as soon as we said the phrase "money-saving solution."

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