Popcorn poppers offer one of the best snack foods you can eat. Simple and healthy. popcorn is also fun to prepare. Being relatively inexpensive to buy, a popcorn popper makes a great gift at any time of the year. It also is a handy way to enjoy making quick munchies when watching a movie or a game on television or simply kicking back with a book. Popcorn is always welcomed by the kids and they like to help make it. A good popcorn popper will offer tasty treats and entertainment at the same time. Here are some of the best popcorn poppers for the best prices according to the reviews and ratings.
Selling for between $20 - $30 the Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper comes in at number one on most of the reviews. I personally recommend it as my older model has had more that 20 years of heavy use and finally had to be replaced -- not because the machine broke, but because the plug finally fell apart! The current model is not much different than my older one, so although it doesn't have a lot of fancy features, it is a workhorse that produces an excellent quality of popcorn. Air popped popcorn is considered the healthiest way to eat popcorn.
The Nostalgia OFP501 Movietime Popcorn Popper is highly ornamental designed in red to look like a miniature 1900's full sized popcorn stand. It costs between $40 and $60 depending on if you can find a discount price, and it is very ornamental in the kitchen. This one came in rated as good in operations and highly appreciated in decor.
Also rated well in the category of air poppers is the Presto 04821 Orville Redenbacher Hot Air Corn Popper. It comes in a few dollars more than the Presto above and is essentially the same type machine.
The Back to Basics Microwave Popcorn Popper rated well in Cook's Illustrated magazine and Amazon.com reviews for an inexpensive microwave popper that uses oil. Costing only between $10 - $12, it produces a high quality popcorn, though there is a possibility that the first few times it is used it may have a bit of a plastic smell.
The Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper is a metal popcorn popper that can be used with most heat sources (not microwave) and is fun to watch. Costing about $25, The Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com and Epinions.com all gave it high ratings, though some of the materials are flimsily made. It does offer an 25 year guarantee, however, which should help allay concerns.
There are a number of other popcorn poppers you might prefer on the market. The brands I recommended here came in with the best reviews as the best popcorn poppers for the best price. You can buy one and consider reviewing it yourself. Or you can just kick back and enjoy popping popcorn with it!