My 6 year old daughter wanted a popcorn machine for her birthday. We bought this one because Cuisinart is a quality brand. We have several small appliances of this brand and like them all. Also, it is just hot air... no hot oil to be worried about. Clean up is easy. If you buy non-GMO popcorn, the kernels are smaller so before it starts popping, there will be a lot of kernels that fly out. We just keep an extra bowl ready and when it starts popping, we switch bowls so we don't have a lot of unpopped kernels in our popcorn. We are very happy with our purchase.
Love this popper! The only thing I would suggest to the manufacturers is to make the opening curve to angle downwards more, that would prevent the popcorn and kernels from missing your favorite bowl or container...better than other comparable brands. Would definitely purchase again!
This is my second time around with this particular model. I had forgotten how careful one has to be with the transparent tube that guides the popped corn out of the popcorn maker; a tube that fits somewhat precariously into its narrow groove. If one hits that tube accidentally, it topples and the popped corn is unconfined and flies freely wherever it pleases. On the positive side - the maker is compact and requires only a small surface. Furthermore, it is beautiful, and it pops the kernels exceedingly well. All things considered, it gets good marks.
I love this popcorn maker! Healthy popcorn for the family! I even purchsed a second one for my Daughter and Son in law because microwave popcorn isnt healthy. My friend had a heart attack from smelling microwave popcorn everyday in the office.. it was from teh smell of the popcorn fumes which is poisonous . that office has now banned microwave popcorn!... true story...
Kind of noisy but all the kernals pop - no waste. Also the popcorn doesn't shoot out all over the room like some other brands. Just put a bowl underneath and you're good. My daughter is super happy with this product in her tiny apartment