Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bean Love this popcorn machine
This machine was bought as a gift for my husband. We have a huge party (@ 150 ppl) at our house every year and he wanted to be able to make large quantities of popcorn quickly and efficiently for all the kids. We got the machine about two weeks ago and have used it several times practicing for the big day, which is this weekend. We can't wait to see the kids faces. This machine does everything it is supposed to do. My husband researched forums about tricked out home theaters and time and again this model was the machine everyone said was the best. They were right.
December 27, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by chargedparticles Solid Build Quality
We were hesitant about machines that used plastic/lexan knowing that they would easily scratch during use/cleaning and would become discolored/brittle over time from being exposed to heat. With this machine, there is no worry due to the stainless steel and tempered glass construction.
The machine has a solid build quality to it. The only problem we had was, since it was shipped (for the most part) fully assembled, some of the pieces, especially the door hinge parts attached to the frame, needed a bit of adjustment.
With the aid of a rubber mallet, a few washers, and a screwdriver, we were able to get everything pretty close to square but it still makes me think that it would have been better if it was shipped unassembled. Once the doors and tray are properly adjusted, the magnet does an excellent job of keeping the doors firmly closed.
The kettle heats up very quickly. As other reviewers have mentioned, if kits are being used, the best cooking method is to preheat the kettle first, and then dump the entire kit in at the same time. The amount of time they recommend for preheating with the oil portion already in is way too long and will cause it to smoke out.
Once the popping stops, the combination of the lamp and the heater in the deck keeps your popped corn warm and crisp all night long. The old maid tray is a nice feature, helping to keep kernels out of the corn and avoiding an unexpected dental visit.
After everything has had a chance to cool down, clean-up is quick & easy. A brief rub down with a damp sponge (rinsed as necessary) followed by a once-over with a dry towel gets the job done, even on the glass.
The only operational issue we've encountered thus far is the lid can sometimes get hung up on the support bracket, which will prevent popcorn from escaping the kettle and will quickly cause the stirring rod to jam. So you have to keep watch during the popping cycle lest your popcorn be scorched.
The rating that did not score as excellent would be the energy efficiency - this thing pulls 1.35kW of power so keep that in mind if you're using it on a 15A branch circuit, there will be little capacity for running much of anything else.
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December 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by roger popcorn popper
this popcorn popper is great everyone is enjoying it at home. It will be used at our daughter wedding well worth the money!!
April 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by st1987 This product has every feature you will want for added home theater entertainment
This popcorn popper is a great addition to any family home theater and entertainment. It provides great tasting popcorn quickly and just like going to a theater or your local ballpark. It is also easy to clean. The kettle is stainless steel and easy to wipe down, the heat lamp keeps your popcorn warm and will even warm it up hours later.
October 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by vermontp Great addition to the Home Theater!
This machine has met my expectations. I use it often and it pops my corn and keeps it warm. I use portioned bags from Great Northern. 4, 6, and 8 oz depending on how many people are eating popcorn. This is a very easy unit to run and maintain. So much fun to have around.
November 26, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JSchafer This Machine is Awesome!
This Machine does exactly what it is suppose to do. So easy to use my children can use it.(supervised) The popcorn has amazing flavor. " Just like at the movies" say my children. Thank you Home Depot in Willmar, MN and Customer Service associate Simon for all your help in placing my order.
February 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by asp575 Great Popper at a Great Price!!
Bought this unit and used it multiple times in a 3 week span. Makes delicious popcorn however once it finishes popping, you have to let the rest out by dumping the kettle. There are sometimes too many kernels, but I think thats just me where I didnt wait long enough, however it does cook very fast with 860 watts. Comes with the bags. plastic measuring spoons, plastic scoop AND aluminum scoop, which I wasnt expecting but works great!! Only issues were that the right side door doesnt line up with the magnet, it almost seems the hinges are slightly off, but its not a significant problem at all. Unit was uneven on bottom feet out of the box but after tightening them it was no problem. Definitelty cannot touch GN's best 8oz popper at this price either!!
February 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JAGar Works well, great value
Very pleased with this product. Arrived quickly, easy to assemble and run. Pops well and looks good.
January 3, 2012