Nothing goes better with a movie than popcorn, the favorite movie snack of entire generations. What partly makes popcorn such a preferable movie snack is the fact that you can easily make it at home with a simple popcorn maker and without employing any difficult cooking techniques.
It is also quite healthy as a snack unless you add too many spices to it of course. Even so, some popcorn machines are definitely better than others, because they’re not all built to the same standards. To avoid getting any sub-par machine, we prepared a list of the ten best popcorn machines for home theaters that you definitely need to take a look at.
Best Popcorn Machines for Home Theaters 2017
10Hamilton Beach Popcorn Popper
Operating on a hot oil basis, this effective popcorn maker from Hamilton Beach is definitely a must-have for anyone who enjoys eating popcorn regularly. This device can prepare delicious popcorn in just a few minutes and it can put out 24 cups of popcorn at a time. It also benefits from a motorized stirring arm that maximizes popping as much as possible, along with a nonstick popping plate for good measure.
9Great Northern Popcorn Machine Pop Pup
What makes this popcorn machine stand out is the fact that it can make up to one gallon of popcorn per batch. It does so with the help of a stainless steel kettle with a built-in stirring system and with a convenient pull-out popcorn tray to go with it. It also benefits from a warming light to keep the popcorn warm and from two popping kettle hangers, a removable popcorn tray, a measuring spoon, and a cup to go with it.
8Nostalgia KPM508 Vintage Collection Popcorn Popper
This machine can pop up to 10 cups of popcorn per batch with the help of a large dual-hinged 2.5-ounce stainless steel kettle designed to handle multiple loads within a short period of time. It also benefits from vented windows and a lighted interior that lets you keep an eye on the popping process. Not only that but it also features a tilt door for easy serving access and from a design that makes it stand out in any environment.
7Great Northern Popcorn Hot Air Popper
It is important for any popcorn machine to work fast which is precisely what this powerful hot air popper does. We say this because it has the capacity to pop a batch in less than three minutes, which is faster than microwave popcorn by more than a minute. At the same time, we should point out that this popper uses regular or gourmet popcorn, which makes the popped batch much healthier than oil or salt-based microwave popcorn.
6Great Northern Popcorn Original Stove Top
Simplistic by design, this popcorn machine will surely meet anyone’s needs when it comes to preparing a quick batch of popcorn. In fact, it can prepare no less than 5-quart of popcorn in just a few minutes. On a related note, it should be said that it features real wood handles and knobs that give the device quite a rustic outlook. Not only that but it is also very easy to clean up thanks to its rather basic construction.
5Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker
This machine can make up to ten cups of p[opcorn in less than three minutes, which is impressive by any standard. It does so with the help of an electric heating unit that uses 1,500 watts of power. It also benefits from a removable chute and from a butter warming tray that should come in handy in the long run. Interestingly enough, all of its parts are entirely dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning the device so much easier.
4West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy Electric Popcorn Popper
If you’re looking for a popcorn popper that adds a bit of style to your kitchen then look no further. You see, this machine isn’t just capable of popping six quarts of popcorn in less than five minutes, bit it does so with the help of a motorized stirring rod designed to ensure that all kernels will pop during the preparation of a batch. Also worth mentioning is that it features a nonstick coated popping surface and heat-resistant handles for good measure.
3Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper
It may boast a seemingly simplistic design but we assure you that this particular popper is just as efficient as high-end popcorn machines in every other way. For instance, it can prepare six quarts of theater style popcorn in just 2-3 minutes, which should be fast enough by anyone’s standards. At the same time, this stovetop popcorn popper features a patented stirring mechanism that not only prevents sticking and burning but also maximizes the popping probability of each kernel.
2Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper
What makes this particular popcorn machine stand out is the fact that despite being very affordable, it pretty much rivals any other such machine out there, especially the top-notch expensive devices the market has to offer right now. Interestingly enough, it does so without using any oil to speak of, thus making each batch as healthy as possible. Performance-wise, let it be known that this compact yet highly effective device can prepare no less than 18 cups of gourmet corn in less than three minutes.
1Great Northern Popcorn 6010 Roosevelt Top
There is perhaps no better popcorn machine for home theaters than the Roosevelt Top Popper from Great Northern Popcorn. This deluxe model features a 3-position control switch instead of the 2-position you find in regular poppers such as this, a feature that gives you better control over the popping process. At the same time, the machine features a spot light warmer, a stirrer with a pot heater, and a heated warming deck to top it off. Last but not least, it features a heavy-duty powder-coated steel and stainless steel construction that makes it quite durable.