Airpoppers are one of the most purchased popcorn poppers. And rightfully so for many good reasons. In this article you’ll discover the benefits of airpoppers and what to look for when choosing the best Air Popcorn Popper for your home.
I will reveal the various benefits of air-popped popcorn further down, but first, what are the top selling airpoppers?
Best Air Popcorn Popper Comparison Chart
|Brand/Name||Image||Output (Cups)||On/Off Switch||Price||*Our Rating|
|Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper|
|Cuisinart Easypop Hot Air CPM-100|
|Hamilton Beach 73400 Hot Air Popcorn Popper|
|Presto Fountain Hot Air Popper|
|Aicok Popcorn Maker|
|TWOBIU Hot Air Popcorn Popper|
|Chefman Air Pop Popcorn Maker|
|NHL Stanley Cup Hot Air Popcorn Popper|
|Star Wars R2-D2 Hot Air Popcorn Popper|
|Star Wars Death Star Hot Air Popcorn Maker|
|Disney Mickey Mouse Air Popper|
|Nostalgia Hot Air Popcorn Maker|
Detailed Hot Air Popcorn Popper Reviews
Presto Poplite Hot Air Popper Review
The Presto Poplite is an absolute bestseller in it’s class and also when it comes to popcorn poppers in general.
Here is why everyone loves it:
The Presto air popper works very quickly. In less than 2.5 minutes it can make up to 18 cups of popcorn. And while the kernels are popping, you can melt you butter at the same time thanks to the removable butter warmer in the chute. That part also doubles as measuring cup to help you use the perfect amount of popcorn kernels every time.
If you are conscious about the material your food is cooked in, you will be happy to hear that although the housing and chute cover are made from plastic, the inside part that ‘cooks’ the popcorn is actually made from stainless steel.
The Presto Poplite comes in a variety of color options – I am especially partial to the red one. And there also are black, blue and several different variations of white.
We’ve been using a Presto popcorn maker in a slightly older version for a long time and love it. The only downside we found are the first few popped kernels running amok in your kitchen. They shoot out at high speed and usually don’t end up in the bowl underneath. To help remedy this, we partially cover the air popper with a tea towel at the beginning to help guide the first kernels into the bowl.
The Presto hot air popper is a great yet affordable choice to get started making popcorn at home.
Cuisinart EasyPop Popcorn Maker Review
This Cuisinart Air Popper is definitely the best looking air popper you can get. At least in my humble opinion. It comes in a royal blue and – my favorite – an elegant red.
Unlike other appliances that you may want to keep out of sight when not in use, this beautiful air popper makes a great permanent addition to your kitchen counter.
The Cuisinart EasyPop makes about 10 cups of popcorn per cycle, each of which takes less than 3 minutes to complete. The chute cover also includes a removable tray that serves as measuring cups as well as butter warmer.
The interior popping chamber has a stainless steel bottom and aluminum sides. And the on/off switch on the side makes operating the air popper really easy without having to unplug it every time.
Some users have remarked that the blow fan seems too strong, so that some unpopped kernels get blown out immediately after starting the cycle. But others have shared that letting the appliance run empty for a couple of minutes to warm up the inner chamber before filling in the kernels seems to remedy that issue. Tilting the air popper backwards during the first little while seems to help as well.
Overall, the Cuisinart air popper turns unpopped kernels into large and fluffy popcorn that nobody will say no to.
Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper Review
The Hamilton Beach Air Popper is another popcorn appliance that comes in a beautiful red color! It pops up to 16 cups of popcorn in mere minutes all without oil or any other added ingredients.
It includes a removable measuring cup/butter warmer built into the plastic chute. But use it for melting butter at your own discretion, as it doesn’t seem to be BPA free. Melting a little container with butter in the microwave at the same time is just as quick and convenient.
Users value the solid make of this air popper, because it doesn’t move around on the counter as other similar poppers do. The plastic chute is also sturdy without any issues of overheating and warping. Some have even washed those parts in the dishwasher without any problems.
My biggest beef with this air popper is that it doesn’t have an on and off switch. It turns on as soon as you plug it in and to shut it off you need to unplug it. Not a big deal if you can make it work, but a simple switch would greatly increase my love for this machine.
The Hamilton Beach air popper – like most air poppers – is noisy while in operation. Sadly it seem to take a little longer to completely pop a full batch of kernels with this one as well.
Overall the Hamilton Beach hot air popcorn maker provides really good value. At an average cost below $20 you’ll get a well functioning air popper at a really good price.
Presto Fountain Hot Air Popper
This Presto Fountain Hot Air Popper has a few unique features that set it apart from all the other hot air popcorn makers we are reviewing here.
Most noticeable is the fact that this popper is bigger than all the other ones. This is because the cover also doubles as a bowl that can hold up to 20 cups of popped corn. It also means that there will be absolutely no issue of popped or unpopped kernels flying amok around your kitchen.
Unpopped kernels aren’t really a problem altogether because the popping chamber can be covered with 3 stainless steel restrainers. These keep unpopped kernels from flying out too soon. Once the popping starts, the restrainers flip back to let the popped kernels out.
The plastic cover has openings at the top to vent out hot air. These vents can be closed with a lid to use the cover as a bowl.
Because of the openings at the bottom, any unpopped kernels that may have snuck out (as well as husks) are collected in the lid. This allows you to enjoy all of the popcorn without frustrating particles.
Keep in mind though that the Presto Fountain Air Popper will take up more storage space in your cabinets than any other air popper. And like so many other Presto air popcorn makers this unit does not have an on/off switch, and therefore is turned on the second it’s plugged in.
CONS: It does not have a built in a butter melter included. So if you like buttery popcorn, you will need to melt it separately.
If unpopped kernels and popcorn not landing in the designated bowl have been a turn off for you with other air poppers, and if you have always wanted to make really large batches of air popped corn, this fountain hot air popper is the solution for you!
Aicok Popcorn Maker Review
The Aicok Popcorn Maker is a compact air popper. It stands about 12 inches tall, which makes storing it super easy.
Due to its size you can pop only about 50-70 grams of kernels at a time, which results in about 5-7 cups of popped corn. So it is best suited for individuals or couples.
Making enough popcorn for family movie night (with a large family) might just take too long since the manufacturer also recommends to let the device rest and cool down for about 10 minutes after 2 popping cycles.
The Aicok hot air popper has a convenient on/off switch and comes in a sleek black color. The plastic cover and butter warmer/measuring cup are BPA free.
The popping cycle is fast – at only about 3 minutes – and the small appliance comes with a 2 year replacement guarantee.
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Twobiu Popcorn Machine Review
The Twobiu Popcorn Machine is an air popper with a whimsical design in white and orange colors.
It has a very handy on/off switch so you don’t have to plug in and unplug the machine just to turn it on or off.
And like almost every other air popper, the plastic cover includes a measuring spoon that can be used to melt butter during the popping cycles and also to measure out the right about of kernels for each batch.
The small appliance and its parts are easy to clean. The chute and butter melter are removable and can be washed with warm soapy water. Since the inside only ever touches popcorn kernels, you can just wipe it out with a damp cloth. Same goes for the outside surfaces.
With all that said, most users are extremely happy with the Twobiu Air Popper. Pretty much everyone is reporting that most kernels end up popped and fall straight into a bowl at the end of the chute. Which sadly can’t be said with too many other air poppers.
The 12 months warranty gives additional peace of mind when making the decision to purchase this popcorn small appliance.
Star Wars R2-D2 Hot Air Popcorn Popper Review
When it comes to novelty small appliances appearance seems to take priority over function. While they make fantastic gifts for movie, sports or comic character fans, some of these novelty popcorn machines aren’t actually that great at popping popcorn. Not so this Star Wars R2-D2 Hot Air Popcorn Popper.
While enhancing any Star War lovers kitchen, this R2-D2 shaped popcorn maker also makes a good bowl of popcorn for movie night.
The appliance has a handy on/off switch, as well as a measuring cup that doubles as butter melter in the top of the cover.
The chute of the cover doesn’t extend down very far. So to counteract popcorn flying all over your kitchen it is recommended to use a deep tall bowl to catch the popped kernels.
This cute Star Wars popcorn appliance will auto shut-off to prevent overheating. This safety feature will happen after about 2 popping cycles. If that happens, be sure to give it a 10 minutes rest and it will work again.
This is the perfect hot air popper for popcorn loving Star Wars fans.
What is an Air Popper?
Unlike most other methods of making popcorn, air poppers make popcorn without the use of oil. That’s right. No oil whatsoever. It solely uses hot air to turn hard kernels into fluffy popcorn.
If you proactively try to avoid oils or fats and yet want to enjoy a bowl of popcorn every now and then, you will want to get yourself one of the air popcorn poppers reviewed on this page. Not all are made the same and not all have the exact same built in gadgets, but they all do one thing: they turn corn kernels into delicious popcorn!
How do Air Poppers Work?
One of my favorite things about air poppers is how easy they are to use. Heck, you could even train a monkey on how to use them. I’m not saying that to insult a monkey’s intelligence, but rather to make the point that air poppers are super easy to use.
Here is how it works:
- Unpopped kernels are filled into a popping chamber.
- When turned on, the popping chamber circulates hot air.
- The hot air keeps the kernels moving so that they don’t burn.
- The kernels pop, resulting in an explosion of mouthwatering popcorn.
Once the kernels pop they are guided down a chute into a bowl that you need to place at the bottom of the small appliance. Most chutes also have a removable butter warmer built in.
You place a small amount of softened butter into the tray and during the popping cycle the hot air (that passed by underneath) will melt the butter. Once all the kernels are popped you can pour the melted butter on the finished popcorn.
That same butter tray can also be used at the beginning to measure out exactly the right amount of kernels needed per batch.
Air poppers really are that easy to use. You couldn’t do it wrong even if you tried!
Advantages of air poppers over other Popcorn Makers
There are several advantages to air poppers compared to any other popcorn makers.
The biggest advantage that sets aside air poppers from every other popcorn making appliance is that fact that they make popcorn without any added oil. Hot air alone is in charge of the whole popping process.
Of course you can add melted butter or coconut oil to the popped kernels later on, but you don’t have to. If you just want a simple, quick and healthy treat, air popped popcorn is the #1 choice with many health conscious snackers.
The second big advantage of air poppers also has to do with the fact that they operate without any oil. For that same reason they are super easy to clean.
You don’t even have to worry about the inner popping chamber, since that usually stays completely clean. Or at least a quick dry wipe will suffice. The same goes for the outer housing.
The chute can usually also just be wiped or you can also give it a quick rinse. Only the butter warmer tray – if you used it for melting butter – will need a good wash in hot soapy water.
Most air poppers are designed so that they only need to hold the unpopped kernels. Any popped kernels fly out into a bowl that is separate from the appliance.
Since they don’t have to hold the whole volume of an entire batch of popped popcorn, air poppers are the smallest among popcorn making appliances.
That means they don’t take up lots of space on the counter, cupboard, or wherever you decide to keep it. This makes them an ideal appliance if storage space is limited.
Hot Air Popcorn Popper vs Microwave Popcorn Makers
Many people don’t like to use a microwave if they can help it. Myself included. Nuking food with a million micro waves per second just does not sound like a healthy decision. Especially when there are other options available.
This same principle applies to popping popcorn kernels. There are plenty of microwave friendly popcorn bowls but why nuke popcorn kernels if you don’t have to?
With that said, here are a few reasons I will pick an air popper over a microwave popping bowl any day:
- Simple hot air instead of microwaves.
- No need for oil instead of high heated oil.
- No mess instead of greasy hard to clean bowl.
What to look for when Choosing an Air Popcorn Popper
The first question I would ask myself is: How much popcorn would I need to pop at a time? If it’s for two people, any of these poppers will do just fine. If it’s for three or more people, I’d make sure the air popper I pick can handle popping for that many in one or two cycles.
As a side note, if you will be popping regularly for a large family or groups of people, I would recommend taking a look at a bigger popcorn machine. They are not air poppers, but are specifically designed to handle popping large amounts of popcorn in one go.
Next, where will I be storing it? If it’s going to remain on the counter, I would want to make sure it is aesthetically appealing. Whether that is a an R2-D2 design or a fine looking plain color machine, I’d want to make sure it matches my kitchen at least somewhat.
Best air popper for roasting coffee
Hot Air Poppers are commonly used by home coffee roasters. Instead of buying very expensive coffee bean roasting equipment, air poppers can be used for the same purpose.
Usually, a little modification is required to make popcorn poppers work for roasting coffee beans. Most air poppers have an internal thermostat which will cause the appliance to shut off automatically when it reaches a certain temperature to avoid overheating.
For coffee roasting a higher temperature is required for a longer period of time than a popcorn popping cycle. For that reason home coffee roasters remove the thermostat or use an air popper that comes without it.