Whether it’s a Friday movie night with the family and you want to prepare a bowl of buttery popcorn, or it’s the afternoon and you’re looking for a tasty snack, upgrade your collection of small kitchen appliances
with a popcorn maker. Read on for advice on picking the best popcorn maker for your needs, whether it’s a cinema-style maker, a funky retro design or easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
What is the best popcorn maker?
There are a wide range of popcorn makers to choose from, and the best one for you depends on your personal needs. Let’s have a look at the four most popular types of popcorn makers:
Microwave popcorn poppers offer the convenience of microwavable popcorn bags, but without all of the added chemicals. With microwave popcorn makers, you can control the number of toppings you desire, and most microwave poppers are dishwasher safe.
Stovetop poppers are the ticket if you are looking for a more traditional method of popping popcorn. Stovetop makers normally have a handle on the lid that allows you to turn the kernels and the popped corn so that they don’t burn. Some oil is required when making stovetop popcorn.
Electric popcorn makers are a quick and easy way to make popcorn. They feature a butter well that evenly distributes melted butter over the popcorn as it cooks, and a motorised stirring rod for even popping. Brands like Stir Crazy offer a wide variety of electric options.
Hot air popcorn makers are ideal for making tasty, healthy and fresh popcorn. They use hot air circulation to pop the corn, with no oil necessary.
What is the best oil to use in a popcorn machine?
Choosing the oil for your popcorn maker machine is an important decision, as oil affects the taste and nutritional value of your popcorn. The most common types of oil used in popcorn machines are:
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil is popular because it burns clean and tastes good. The only downside is that coconut oil has a high-fat content.
- Canola oil: Canola oil is a popular choice for popcorn makers because it has a lower fat and cholesterol content, and doesn’t leave behind too strong of a taste.
- Vegetable oil: Vegetable oil is not recommended for your popcorn popper machine because it can catch fire with the heat of the kettle.
Where to buy popcorn makers?
You can browse a wide range of popcorn makers and other kitchen products
on the Houzz UK shop, such as serving bowls and measuring scoops.