We've had a string of similar poppers through the years, and we've liked them all, but this one is even better than the others! It's so much more substantial, being made of stainless steal, while the others were all aluminum. The gear, which is usually what deteriorates on the others, is made of brass and does not look like it will fall apart any time soon! It takes a little longer to heat up than the aluminum ones, but it produces the same light puffy popped corn. This is so much better than microwave popcorn!!
This popcorn popper delivers the goods! I've used it for 4 batches of popcorn so far, and this is what I think: 1) It feels solid and heavy duty- like it will last a long time. 2) It has brass gears, not plastic ones like some other popular brands. The gears mesh smoothly and consistently. 3) It is stainless steel, not aluminum. No one knows whether aluminum is bad for you but it is good to not take chances... 4) It's easy enough for my 10 year-old to use. 5) It is so easy to pop off the lid and clean the pot and the parts. I've heard of people who just wipe it all out with a paper towel after each use- I think that might work! I use coconut oil and Orville's popcorn. It tastes just like movie popcorn. I'm in love with this popper.
We got 4 years out of the first one, then it started leaking. It would pump water out on the counter, and make little if any coffee. After looking around, we couldn't find anything better for comparable price, so we bought another one. The brass strainer (used instead of coffee filters) did not fit, but the one from our original did. The 4 year old one also had an insulated metal carafe, but this one came with a glass carafe. And, the original had stainless side panels and this one's are plastic. So we're using our old strainer and carafe in the new coffee maker. I would be annoyed by that, but any other model from any other vendor seems to be nearly twice the price. So overall, its ok. I just hope this one lasts more than 4 years.
We are very satisfied with the product,, Works great and popcorn comes out great... Stainless is easy to clean.... I have seen comments about others about the gears being a hard plastic, but these are brass and should never have a problem with them... Very satisfied.....
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