Best Stovetop Popcorn Poppers 2016

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81NID0tOxgL._SL1500_Stovetop popcorn poppers are definitely old school.  But, they’re also very effective. Stovetop models tend to leave very few kernels unpopped.  And they’re much better for you compared to microwaveable popcorn packs.   

Before microwaves came out, everyone cooked popcorn over the stove.  The popcorn you get when you cook kernels this way tastes delicious.  

Factory made popcorn packs contain lots of added chemicals and preservatives.  You need to be a professional chemist to figure out what you’re eating.  

But with a stovetop popper, you have total control.  You can choose your popcorn cooking oil yourself.  And you can pick out whatever spices and flavors you want to add.

If you’re interested in buying a popcorn machine, you have tons of different options.  Here are four of the best stovetop poppers currently on the market today.

The Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper by WhirleyPop

WhirleyPop’s Stainless Steel Popper is the most popular stovetop popper on the market right now.  It’s easy to understand why so many people like it.  

 

Some poppers are built out of aluminum, but this one is made out of solid stainless steel.  It’s built to last forever and it has a 25 year guarantee.  This one may be the last stovetop popper you’ll ever buy.

What We Love:

  • The 25 year guarantee.  The people at WhirleyPop seem to be very confident in this appliance.  The warranty on this product lasts for a quarter of a century.  
  • It’s super fast.  You can make a ton of popcorn in a short amount of time with this appliance.  It churns out 6 quarts of popcorn in under 3 minutes.
  • The hand crank prevents burnt popcorn.  The crank is attached to a thin wire, not a thick piece of metal.  The rod never jams because it’s thin and doesn’t get caught in the popcorn.

What We Didn’t Love:

  • The metal that connects the handle to the pot is very thin.  The pot itself is made of thick metal that will probably never dent.  But the part that connects the handle to the pot is a bit flimsy.  Because the connector thin, it doesn’t transmit much heat.  The handle is always cool.  But if the handle breaks off or bends, you’ll probably need to use that 25 year warranty and send your unit back to WhirleyPop.

365 Indoor/Outdoor Popcorn Popper by Nordic Ware

This indoor/outdoor popper is very unique.  It’s the only popcorn cooker we could find that can be used anywhere.  One great thing about this popper is its coiled wire handle.  It never gets hot, and because it’s not made out of wood it won’t break down if you leave it out in the rain.  

 

But the bad thing about the handle is that it’s quite heavy.  That’s why this unit has balance issues.  If you brush against the handle while you’re cooking, the whole pot could easily topple over.

What We Love:

  • You can use it over a stove or over a campfire.  Most outdoor poppers come with extra long handles.  But you don’t need that much length to pop popcorn over a fire.  This popper is smaller and more portable than most outdoor poppers.  It also works great indoors.
  • The lid can be used as a popcorn bowl.  When you’re camping, you don’t have to pack an extra bowl.  When you use this popper indoors, you have one less dish to wash.
  • Sun, wind, rain and snow can’t wear it down.  The wire handle is coiled and does a good job of resisting heat.  And because it isn’t made out of rubber or wood, the elements won’t wear it down.

What We Didn’t Love:

  • It tips over easily.  The wire handle is great, but it’s heavy.  If you touch it while your popcorn is cooking, you’ll make a mess.

Cook N Home Stovetop Popper by Cook N Home

This stovetop popper looks a whole lot like another popper we know: the Whirley Pop.  The main difference between71s37Mt2jtL._SL1500_ this stovetop popper and the Whirley Pop is the base.  This popper’s base is thicker than the Whirley Pop’s.  That’s why it distributes heat just a little bit better.  You won’t have to use the stirrer so much if you choose this popper over Whirley Pop.

 

If it weren’t for a few minor design flaws, this stovetop popcorn popper would be better than the Whirley Pop in every way.  It’s the details that prevent this popper from being the best.  The stirrer isn’t quite so smooth as the Whirley Pop’s.  Also, it’s hard to get the lid on because the locking latch and its hole have to be lined up exactly.

What We Love:

  • The thick base distributes heat evenly.  All your kernels will get heated evenly and equally if you use this popper to pop corn.
  • The stainless steel construction.  Instead of aluminum, the manufacturer opted to go with stainless steel.  That was a good choice.
  • Easy to clean.  You’d never notice that this popcorn cooker lacks a non-stick coating.  Teflon isn’t necessary when you’re just cooking popcorn.

What We Didn’t Love:

  • It’s hard to get the lid on.  To get the lid on, you have to twist the latching pin until it’s aligned with the hole.  If it’s not perfectly lined up, you won’t be able to get it on.

Zippy Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper by Zippy Pop

This popcorn cooker can also be used to roast coffee and nuts.  That’s why its surface lined with Teflon.  Depending on how you feel about non-stick coatings, that could be a good thing or a bad thing.  Some experts feel that Teflon is unhealthy, but others say that it’s perfectly safe.

 

If you want a cooker that you can use for more than just popping corn, the Zippy Pop may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.  But if you’re wary of Teflon coated cooking surfaces, you should go with a different product.

What We Love:

  • A patented feature allows you to add seasoning as you cook.  This is the only stovetop popper on our list that allows you to add seasoning to the mix as you cook.  The silicon plug drains your seasoning onto the kernels via a unique flavor distribution system.
  • Comes in blue, red, green and black.  If color coordination is important to you, the fact that this stovetop popcorn maker comes in many different colors might win you over.
  • Can be used to roast nuts and coffee.  This popper’s non-stick surface makes it quite versatile.  

What We Didn’t Love:

  • The Teflon non-stick coating.  If you agree that man-made non-stick cooking surfaces are as safe as the manufacturers say they are, this potential downside isn’t an issue.  But anyone who is concerned about the health risks of Teflon should choose a different product.  

Stovetop popcorn poppers are a great choice for families that want to take advantage of the older style of making popcorn. It’s hard to replace that the delicious taste that comes from making popcorn on a stove. Also, some of the best stovetop popcorn poppers work better than hot air, or microwave models. Using this type of popcorn machine is a great way to save on counter space as well.

 
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