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bdshort
01-11-06, 12:04 AM
I'm looking for a good quality popcorn popper. Something that doesn't use the microwave, and is able to pop most of the kernels. I'd prefer hot air, but will look at all options. No more than $50. And it should look cool!

Brian

X
01-11-06, 12:08 AM
Since it has to look cool...

http://www.eiu-china.com/upload/EHD-10.jpg

kvrdave
01-11-06, 12:34 AM
Give in to the dark side of popcorn
<img src=http://www.snappypopcorn.com/images/vader_4oz-cart.gif>

bdshort
01-11-06, 12:40 AM
X: :lol:

kvrdave: Maybe when I have a house with a dedicated theater :D

big whoppa
01-11-06, 12:57 AM
The hand-cranked whirlypops are the best. Most kernals are popped and flavor is great.

jiffy97
01-11-06, 06:39 AM
Stir-Crazy

BigPete
01-11-06, 07:15 AM
The hand-cranked whirlypops are the best. Most kernals are popped and flavor is great.

yep, perfect. virtually no oil req'd

Morf
01-11-06, 09:18 AM
http://www.homecouture.com.au/prodimages/prodshots/studio-Saucepan-with-lid_ch.jpg + http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue395/labnotes2.jpg

beavismom
01-11-06, 09:21 AM
The hand-cranked whirlypops are the best. Most kernals are popped and flavor is great.

Another vote for the whirlypop!

Dr. Henry Jones, Jr.
01-11-06, 09:24 AM
http://www.valley-popcorn.com/popcorn_popper/hot_air_popper_small%5b1%5d.jpg

das Monkey
01-11-06, 10:15 AM
I highly recommend the QuickPop Popcorn Popper (http://www.thatvideosite.com/view/1017.html).

das

ShallowHal
01-11-06, 10:19 AM
I like the one in Scream, but I don't have enough money. :(



http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/6612/drewlengua6mk.jpg

taa455
01-11-06, 10:28 AM
Whirley pop. Been using mine for 4 years now. It's awesome.

http://www.popcornpopper.com/stovetop-poppers.html

Sdallnct
01-11-06, 10:30 AM
Depends on your budget,

I'm about to order (hope to have in time for Super Bowl) the Fun Pop 4 oz, runs about $300 or so,
http://www.stargatecinema.com/home/theater/popcorn/machine/images/funpop_2404.jpg

Or this is a very good deal at Costco as it comes with cart for $249 shipped (+tax). Made by Nostalgia Electronic. Overall good reviews, some reports of jambing.
http://www.costco.com/Images/Content/Product/873996L1.jpg

For the inexpensive ones the Stir Crazy is a favorite. Currently I'm using this microwave one and it does a fair job,
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005IBXK.01._PE15_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg

IMHO one of the best things you can do is try coconut oil. YUMMMY...adds a slight nutty taste and is very, very good. I find myself using much less butter topping when I pop in coconut oil.

Edit, sorry read your post fast, didn't know you had a $50 limit. Try a wirly pop, stir crazy or the above microwave. I have never tried the wirly, but I didn't like the stir crazy as to me it was to greasy.

AGuyNamedMike
01-11-06, 10:52 AM
http://www.homecouture.com.au/prodimages/prodshots/studio-Saucepan-with-lid_ch.jpg + http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue395/labnotes2.jpg

Seconded, except I use corn oil, for that Extra Corny taste.

roger_d
01-11-06, 11:21 AM
4 min in the microwave is a cheaper popcorn popper.

bboisvert
01-11-06, 11:30 AM
Yet another vote for the Whirley Pop:

http://us.st11.yimg.com/store1.yimg.com/I/popcornpopper_1876_5863665
http://www.popcornpopper.com/24000.html

It's only about $30, you can control the oil (use very little, or use a bunch... both work well). It cooks very quickly and it's rare to have unpopped kernals. I've had one for over 2 years now and it is really fantastic.

McHawkson
01-11-06, 11:43 AM
Yep, Whirley Pop is a great popper - high recommended!

Cygnet74
01-11-06, 12:05 PM
Stir-Crazy + 4oz. MegaPop packs

The Infidel
01-11-06, 01:18 PM
These are the best:

http://207.142.131.37/fullsize/04820.jpg

No oil, plus it has a little cup on top to melt your butter. I've been using one of these for years.

DaveNinja
01-11-06, 01:47 PM
William-Sonoma kitchen store has a nice popper. it spins the popcorn in the bottom over an oil coated hoat plate. fancy but it looks cool when popping

Flashback
01-11-06, 02:40 PM
http://www.homecouture.com.au/prodimages/prodshots/studio-Saucepan-with-lid_ch.jpg + http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue395/labnotes2.jpg

3rd this ... no need for more crap in the kitchen.

Morf
01-11-06, 02:41 PM
3rd this ... no need for more crap in the kitchen.

Exactly. Unitaskers piss me off.

Kittydreamer
01-11-06, 02:42 PM
These are the best:

http://207.142.131.37/fullsize/04820.jpg

No oil, plus it has a little cup on top to melt your butter. I've been using one of these for years.

:up: Another vote for this model.

Y2K Falcon
01-11-06, 02:54 PM
http://207.142.131.37/fullsize/04820.jpg

...plus it has a little cup on top to melt your butter. I've been using one of these for years.


I have (and like) one similar to this. Do I use too much butter, or do you leave it on way longer than it takes to pop the corn...

I have to do my butter in the microwave. (or do you like plan way ahead and get the butter to room temp first :whofart: )

kvrdave
01-11-06, 03:49 PM
Depends on your budget,

I'm about to order (hope to have in time for Super Bowl) the Fun Pop 4 oz, runs about $300 or so,
http://www.stargatecinema.com/home/theater/popcorn/machine/images/funpop_2404.jpg


I have one very similar. You will be very happy that you did this. Do they make Kettle Corn paks for these? Anyone?

kvrdave
01-11-06, 04:08 PM
Stir-Crazy + 4oz. MegaPop packs

I use Snap Paks and just looking around, they seem to be close to half the price of MegaPop. Have you tried them?

Dead
01-11-06, 04:09 PM
...
Or this is a very good deal at Costco as it comes with cart for $249 shipped (+tax). Made by Nostalgia Electronic. Overall good reviews, some reports of jambing.
http://www.costco.com/Images/Content/Product/873996L1.jpg
...


Wow! Do you have to be a Costco member to order from their website?

Xanager
01-11-06, 05:48 PM
Wow! Do you have to be a Costco member to order from their website?

You can still order. I think they add a 6% surcharge or something along those lines for non-members.

The Infidel
01-12-06, 02:29 AM
Pretty far-out recommendations, considering the OP stated he wants to spend less than $50. :lol:

Sdallnct
01-12-06, 08:50 AM
I have one very similar. You will be very happy that you did this. Do they make Kettle Corn paks for these? Anyone?

I'm not sure, just starting looking at the options for the actual popcorn. Figure I'll start with just the 4oz regular kits and then experiment after that.

Y2K Falcon
01-12-06, 09:07 AM
Wow! Do you have to be a Costco member to order from their website?
Dead, if the surcharge is a dealbreaker (I think it's 5%), let me know. I can have it shipped to you with me using my membership... Though I pay tax. Don't know if you would.

This sale ($249) is part of their "passport" savings, and ends on the 15th...

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11034341&whse=&topnav=&browse=&s=1


Looks like free shipping for a 75 pound item???? :hscratch:

Summary
Subtotal: $249.99
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Tax: $20.62
Order Total: $270.61

beavismom
01-12-06, 09:36 AM
I also recommend the pouches you can order that contain the oil, salt and popcorn. It makes it super easy so my kids can make popcorn for themselves.

http://www.popcornpopper.com/popcorn-pouches.html

bdshort
01-12-06, 11:16 AM
It sounds like these pouches will work in a pan as well as something like the stir crazy? I actually ended up making some popcorn in a pan on the stove, and it worked pretty well, though there were still several unpopped kernels. I'm starting to lean towards the whirley pop.

Thanks for all the replies so far. I like the big theater style poppers but I really don't have room for one of those right now.

kantonburg
01-12-06, 11:46 AM
Exactly. Unitaskers piss me off.

Ok Alton.

Green Smurf
01-12-06, 12:30 PM
I use the whirlypop (when I used to eat carbs) it did a great job. Got one at target for 12 dollars.

DRG
01-12-06, 01:33 PM
Anyone know of the pros/cons of the Whirley Pop vs the Stir Crazy? From what I can tell they're about the same price and cook popcorn in a similar fashion, but the Stir Crazy is a standalone unit while the Whirley Pop is a stovertop unit. I would imagine the Whirley Pop is easier to store and doesn't take up counter space, where the Stir Crazy is more automated and requires less manual work. Any other pros/cons between the two units?

Sdallnct
01-12-06, 01:45 PM
Anyone know of the pros/cons of the Whirley Pop vs the Stir Crazy? From what I can tell they're about the same price and cook popcorn in a similar fashion, but the Stir Crazy is a standalone unit while the Whirley Pop is a stovertop unit. I would imagine the Whirley Pop is easier to store and doesn't take up counter space, where the Stir Crazy is more automated and requires less manual work. Any other pros/cons between the two units?

I tried the Stir Crazy and it always seemed to greasy to me. Now, if you REALLY read up on it, many who use the Stir Crazy immediatly dump the popped popcorn onto a cookie tray and into a 200 degree oven for 10-15 minutes to "dry it out". But seemed to much work for me.

I have not tried the Whirley pop.

What sold me on getting the big "commercial" machine is a friend has one. He often will pop several batches on Friday and it is still very good Sunday night. It will also look good in my bar. Well if I order the popcorn maker it will motivate me to build the bar!

tbird2340
03-14-06, 02:34 PM
I just bought my wife a Whirley Pop because she ruined a cooking pot already.. We just tried it for the first time.. We tried the "Red & Green Kettle Corn" recipe minus the food coloring. It seemed to take FOREVER (literally about 7-10 minutes).. Now, I'm not sure if it was just the added sugar that made it take longer or what.. Just the plain jane popcorn is supposed to take 3 minutes to cook so I'll try that later tonight.

What is everyone's favorite recipe?

Sdallnct
03-14-06, 09:36 PM
I just bought my wife a Whirley Pop because she ruined a cooking pot already.. We just tried it for the first time.. We tried the "Red & Green Kettle Corn" recipe minus the food coloring. It seemed to take FOREVER (literally about 7-10 minutes).. Now, I'm not sure if it was just the added sugar that made it take longer or what.. Just the plain jane popcorn is supposed to take 3 minutes to cook so I'll try that later tonight.

What is everyone's favorite recipe?

I did get my Fun Pop 4 oz before the Super Bowl and love it. Anyway, I've been mainly using the pre-packaged stuff, but I also like just popping in coconut oil and using garlic salt after popping.

ItsGreekToMe
03-15-06, 01:19 AM
Whirley pop. Been using mine for 4 years now. It's awesome.

http://www.popcornpopper.com/stovetop-poppers.html

Huh. I've had two of them. They tend to give out after 5 or 6 months of use. The little crank on the top stops working.

kvrdave
03-15-06, 01:47 AM
Just had some from a big machine. Just like I love stale Cheetos, I like my popcorn a few days old. This is perfect. :)

milpool
03-15-06, 03:47 PM
Huh. I've had two of them. They tend to give out after 5 or 6 months of use. The little crank on the top stops working.

Yep. The gears are made of plastic and don't stand up to the heat very well.

I've seen similar poppers that use metal gears, but I've never tried them.

kitkat
03-15-06, 04:22 PM
Yep. The gears are made of plastic and don't stand up to the heat very well.

I've seen similar poppers that use metal gears, but I've never tried them.

I have this one. (http://www.ekitchengadgets.com/bacstovtoppo.html) It shows no signs of dying after over a year of heavy use.

whotony
11-06-11, 05:31 PM
http://nostalgiaelectrics.com/default.asp?c=4&p=437

Anyone try that one yet?
it's around $80 but I have seen it for $50.

Been using a hot air popper but the popcorn tastes dry and stale.

whotony
11-06-11, 05:34 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/whotony/650c660b.jpg

Sdallnct
11-06-11, 06:12 PM
Looks to small to hold any decent amount of popcorn.

I LOVE my 4oz Fun Pop (posted a few pages back). I did get it when I said I would, so had it 5 years. It cleans up like brand new and I use it a lot.

The 4oz Fun Pop is an excellent unit. And has an over sized kettle. So I often use the 6oz premeasured kits. But pop a few of those quickly for a party or something and the unit does fill quickly. I could see the 6oz unit being nice for the added size.

So yea, that concerns me about the unit you posted. Looks to small even if it works well.

antspawn
11-06-11, 06:24 PM
I bought this one for a friend and it rocks

http://www.amazon.com/Presto-114316-04820-PopLite-Popper/dp/B00006IUWA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320621776&sr=8-1

whotony
11-06-11, 06:32 PM
Like I said, i dont like the air popper i have.

The one I posted is bigger tha it looks. this would only be mostly for me and the wife so it doesnt have to pop a ton of corn. The box says it holds up to 8 cups of poppcorn, that sees like enough to me.

TomOpus
11-06-11, 06:41 PM
Another vote for the Whirley Pop. I have the red one and it makes the best popcorn. Sort of a pain to clean but it's worth it.

Sdallnct
11-06-11, 06:42 PM
Like I said, i dont like the air popper i have.

The one I posted is bigger tha it looks. this would only be mostly for me and the wife so it doesnt have to pop a ton of corn. The box says it holds up to 8 cups of poppcorn, that sees like enough to me.

Ok, sounds like your mind is made up.

But for comparison, a large popcorn at a movie theater is about 20 cups. So that maker there holds less than half a large popcorn. Depending on the theater a small popcorn is about 8 cups.

And at that small of a kettle size, I don't think your going to be able to use pre-measured packets. Which not totally a pain, it is easier. Since you won't be using the packet, I highly recommend using coconut oil and the flavacol if you want something close the theater taste.

big whoppa
11-06-11, 07:11 PM
Just buy a whirley pop. Those replica movie theater poppers look like a pain to clean, take up a lot of space, and cost three times as much.

Pizza
11-06-11, 07:21 PM
I didn't like my Whirley Pop which I quickly nicknamed the Whirley Poop. i was all excited when I bought it. Then I got it home and tried it. It sucked. Going by all the raves, maybe I got a bad one.

Xander
11-07-11, 09:43 AM
We have a Whirley Pop at home and love it. Not quite as healthy as air-popped, since you use a little oil to pop the corn, but I think it tastes way better!

bdshort
11-08-11, 01:34 AM
Funny seeing a resurrection of a 5 year old thread I don't even remember starting! :lol:

I now have a $20 Presto hot air popper I bought at Wal-Mart, though I also like stovetop in a regular old kitchen pan. Say no to microwave popcorn!!