- Value: 18/20
- Functionality: 20/20
- Quality/Ease of Use: 18/20
- Aesthetics: 18/20
- Nostalgia Factor: 19/20
- TOTAL: 93/100
With a tiny apartment and even tinier kitchen, I've resigned myself to “improvising” (read: living without) when it comes to most appliances. Slow cooker? Nope. Food processor? That’s what knife skills are for. Microwave? Hilarious.
Seriously—I don't have a microwave, which is a major problem when it comes to making my all-time favorite snack: popcorn. For one, our pre-war Brooklyn apartment barely has enough outlets to plug in a phone charger and a lamp at the same time. And don’t get me started on the counter space—or lack thereof. Sure, there are workarounds for making popcorn at home, but tell me that while shaking a 15-pound Dutch oven filled with corn kernels and sizzling oil over a flaming gas stove two minutes before Jeopardy is about to start.
After considering purchasing an electric air-popper (ultimately too bulky for my kitchen) I had resigned myself to a life sans popcorn. That is, until I had a revelation inspired by a batch of Jiffy Pop—you know, that nostalgic stovetop popcorn made in an aluminum pan that balloons as it heats. Enter the Whirley Pop, a delightfully kitschy appliance that makes, no exaggeration, the best popcorn I've tasted this side of the movie theater.