Popcorn is the go-to treat for movie watchers everywhere, but it's also a great nosh for whenever the hour hits snack o'clock. Whether you prefer sweet or savory flavors, you can generally count on it to satisfy your cravings. But pre-packaged popcorn isn't always the tastiest (or healthiest) option. If you're looking for a way to enjoy the good stuff without having to sacrifice convenience for taste, look no further. These ten popcorn makers will allow you to create delicious popcorn with no extra additives in the comfort of your home, every time.
10 of the Best Popcorn Makers to Pull Out for Movie Night
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How to Choose a Popcorn Maker
When you're looking for a popcorn maker, you should first consider the type you like to eat. Do you prefer your kernels air-popped or loaded with oil or butter? There's also the cooking method to take into account: Do you like making your 'corn in the microwave or on the stovetop? Or do you prefer a standalone option?
You'll also want to think about how much popcorn you'll need to make. Are you going for a single serving, or do you need to feed a crowd?
As for the maker itself, if space is an issue, that may be another factor to think about.
Once you've decided on what kind of popcorn you'd like to make and where you’d like to keep the machine when it’s not in use, you're ready to choose. Keep scrolling to discover the top 10 best popcorn makers for any snacking need.
The Best Popcorn Makers at a Glance
- Best Single-Serve Popcorn Maker: Ecolution Popcorn Maker
- Best Stovetop Popcorn Maker: Wabash Valley Family Farms Whirley Pop Popcorn Maker
- Best Oil Popcorn Maker: West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Maker
- Best Commercial Popcorn Maker: Olde Midway Popcorn Maker
- Best Microwave Popcorn Popper: Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Popcorn Maker
- Best Air Popcorn Maker: Kalorik Volcano Popcorn Maker
- Best Collapsible Popcorn Maker: Cuisinart Popcorn Maker
- Best Old-Fashioned Popcorn Maker: Nostalgia Retro Classic Popcorn Maker
- Best Novelty Popcorn Maker: Uncanny Brands Star Wars Death Star Popcorn Maker
- Best for Family Night: Pampered Chef Popcorn Maker
- Why We Love It: Microwavable, good color options, budget-friendly
Available in a handful of fun colors, the tiny Ecolution popcorn maker is the perfect size for those days you want just a little nosh—especially because the lid serves as a measuring cup, so you can make just the right amount (up to 6 cups). It's also extremely easy to use: Just pour your kernels into the wide-mouth top and pop it in (see what we did there?) the microwave for three minutes or less.
Best Stovetop Popcorn Maker
Wabash Valley Family Farms
- Why We Love It: Retro appearance, cooks every kernel, doesn't burn
Make it fun or don’t make it at all, we say. Luckily, that seems to be the motto for this old-fashioned popcorn maker by Wabash Valley Family Farms. We love using this beauty in our smaller space, since it doesn't require any plugs and really works: The special stirring mechanism found inside ensures each and every kernel pops evenly without burning. The only drawback? You have to clean it thoroughly once you're done.
- Why We Love It: Non-stick surface, butter-melting tray, lid doubles as serving bowl
This electric option, which works with hot oil, has quite a few impressive features. For starters, there's a butter-melting tray on top for more even distribution. It's also got a stirring rod that's similar to the Whirley Pop's to make sure all your kernels are getting heated properly. The clear cover doubles as a serving bowl, and the nonstick surface of the West Bend popper also means cleanup will be a breeze.
- Why We Love It: Quiet operation, included accessories
You'll feel like a regular movie theater connoisseur with this old-timey machine, which looks just like the ones you'd see at the cinema and reportedly gives results that are just as good. It's three-switch design (spotlight warmer, stirrer and pot warmer) is simple enough, and you'll also get all the old-school serving supplies, including a measuring cup, a tablespoon, a scoop and a salt shaker.
- Why We Love It: Innovative design, dishwasher-safe
Love eating your snack straight out of the bag? This set of silicone microwavable popper ones give you the convenience of bagged popcorn with none of the added ingredients. They've got a folding lid that's designed to keep your ‘corn warmer, longer, and the dishwasher-safe material has a handy measuring guide inside the base.
Most Air Popcorn Maker
- Why We Love It: Healthier cooking method, large portions
The slowest four minutes of your life are the four minutes you spend waiting for the microwave to finish its cycle. The Kalorik air-popper understands, and has an open domed bowl design that allows you to sneak a kernel or two as the batch cooks. While you'll want to keep an eye on it, as hot kernels can fly out of the bowl, it's a good choice for those looking to share, as it can make up to 24 cups in one sitting.
- Why We Love It: Easy to store, doubles as a serving bowl
If you have limited shelf space but an unlimited appetite for popcorn, the Cuisinart popcorn maker and lid was designed with you in mind. The popper collapses flat, allowing you to easily store it just about anywhere. It holds up to 10 cups of cooked popcorn, and you can eat right out of the microwavable bowl once it's done: No muss, no fuss!
- Why We Love It: Fully-popped kernels, measuring cap
If you love having vintage accents around your home, the Nostalgia popcorn maker is a great statement piece. This electric popper sits on your countertop and doesn’t require any oil. And while it looks like it comes from the '50s, the popping chamber uses modern technology to create a hot air swirl for making your favorite snack. It pop up to 8 cups in one sitting, and the cap works for measuring, too.
- Why We Love It: No oil required, fun design
Use the force…er, hot air, to create perfectly popped kernels, then snack from this one's included Death Star serving bowl. Needless to save, this novel little popcorn maker makes snacking an event, but it's fully functional, too—according to the brand, it has a 98 percent kernel-popping rate. No oil is required, either, making for a healthier option. Better yet, it comes apart for easy cleaning.
Best for Family Night
Why We Love It: Large capacity, collapsible, dishwasher-safe
Whether you have family movie night once a week or every once in a blue moon, this 12-cup popcorn maker will be perfect size for little hands to pass back and forth. The silicone, microwave-safe material is a breeze to clean, and can use either oil or butter to flavor your snack. When you're done, just throw it in the dishwasher and then collapse it down for storage.
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