I'm somewhat of a popcorn expert, or at least I eat a lot of it. So when it came time for me to buy a new air popper I just couldn't decide. I ended up getting the Presto PowerPop microwave popcorn popper for Christmas and I'm very glad I did.

I initially wanted this over just the typical air popper just because it said on the commercial that you could pop with oil. I really wanted this option because that's my favorite kind of popcorn but I also wanted the option for lighter versions too.

The one downside to this product is that you have to buy concentrator refills. However, it's reusable and I used it about seven times before I had to switch to another one. The instruction manual says that it's time to switch when you start getting a lot of unpopped kernels. This is a thin disc that holds the oil, popcorn, and salt. You can just use any regular popcorn kernel in this.

This microwave popcorn popper really works a lot like the typical bag of microwave popcorn once you pour in the kernels. Just put it in the microwave and wait until there are just a few seconds between the kernels popping. You'll need to save certain toppings until it's finished popping because cheese powder will burn in the microwave but the instruction manual has a full list of this as well as a few recipes. It has a warning as well that it might not be compatible with all microwaves.

It's also fairly inexpensive, ringing in at under $20 if you buy it at Wal-Mart. However, it can be a little bit difficult to find in the actual store. An associate said that it was by the other air poppers but instead it was by the microwaves, which was an ingenious if somewhat confusing shelving choice.

I've only had this for a few months but have been choosing lighter popcorn over just pretzels or chips. The popcorn comes out moist, even if you don't use oil. You can spray the kernels with cooking spray for flavor. It really doesn't taste dry the way that most air poppers make popcorn. When you add the oil beforehand, the popcorn doesn't come out soggy the way it does when you pour butter on top of it. It’s the only popcorn that I’ve been able to eat without a lot of flavoring, oil, or butter. So whether you want a guilty pleasure or a healthier version consider a microwave popcorn popper.