Nostalgia Electrics - Retro Kettle Popcorn Maker - Red

Nostalgia Electrics 8998436 Retro Kettle Popcorn Maker: Make every night movie night. This retro-inspired popcorn maker evokes memories of going to the theater as a kid as it pops up to 10 cups of hot, fresh popcorn. Because of its compact weight and size, this charming popcorn popper can fit on a kitchen counter and can easily accompany you to barbeques, fundraisers and holiday parties.
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Cool idea, poor in execution. Posted by: from: Missoula, MT on The idea behind this little machine is great, and I was super excited when I initially pulled it out of the box and set it up. I turned on the light, which lit up the "Popcorn" marquee and the inside of the unit, and thought "this is awesome!!1". The thing looked very authentic. There were several downsides during actual use, however. The kettle size is 2oz - compare this to a bag of microwave popcorn being 3.3oz. To achieve a similar yield, you have to pop two cycles in this machine. The metal lid over the kettle doesn't stay up on it's own when filling with oil and popcorn, which is more annoying the second run after the thing is super hot. When the kernels start popping, several unpopped ones are propelled out of the kettle in the process (because the kettle is so small), dropping the actual popped amount to about 1.5oz. Somehow, a few of them also flew out the vents in the back. The light is listed as a "warming" light, but is about 25 watts and way at the top of the machine, and is ineffective for warming any popcorn not immediately taken out. All the walls are plexiglass, which is more difficult to clean than regular glass and will haze up over time. There's no good way to get the extra popcorn and kernels out of the bottom, short of shaking the entire machine over the garbage can. To remove the kettle for cleaning, you have to unscrew the side lever that tips the kettle entirely each time you want to take the kettle out. Combined with the small size of the metal lid on the kettle which is not easily removed, cleaning is kind of a pain. This machine is an awesome idea, but after using it a few times, I ended up returning it to purchase a higher end machine with a larger kettle, heating element under the bottom deck to adequately keep the popcorn warm, and a removable bottom tray and glass walls to be more easily cleaned. This machine is a cool novelty item, but to get one where everything works without hassle, you'll have to drop a little more money.

39 out of 46 found this review helpful.

Don't buy this product Posted by: from: chicago on I couldn't wait to get this home and use it! I admit I read the bad reviews on this before I bought it..but did it anyway..bad move. The first one I got lasted about 3 weeks then the popcorn holder stopped turning and the popcorn burned...okayyyy...plan B...I took it back to try another one to see if it was just the one I had...nope..same thing only this time it died within the first week!...they are nice to look at but they don't work well...really a waste of money..don't buy it.

10 out of 11 found this review helpful.

Don't bother Posted by: from: charlesghopkins on This seemed like it would make a great family gift from my mother so we agreed to it. Unfortunately, function does NOT follow form in this case. Fully 1/3 to 1/2 of the kernels either do not pop or are thrown out of the popper with the popped kernels and it is difficult to get all of the popcorn out of the popper. What stays in the popper, burns in the popper. Lastly, the design of the internal popper bucket makes it nearly impossible to clean or function properly. Save your money and buy a LOT of microwave popcorn with what you save by NOT buying this device. Did I say how nice this thing looks?

8 out of 9 found this review helpful.

Love It! Posted by: from: on I hate microwave bagged popcorn and was spending too much going to Target twice a week to buy fresh popcorn from the deli. I've been dying to get a popcorn machine of my own and decided to get this one after reading a few reviews. The look was really what caught my attention. I'm very impressed so far. It was easy to assemble and very easy to use. I use it twice a week. So far, so good. The only downside is cleanup, but I don't think it is too much work to clean.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Very nice Posted by: from: on I have enjoyed this in my 50 s room. It does a good job popping corn the only down fall is I have to do too batches because I love popcorn but it is so fast that it is not a problem. I enjoy it being lit up and watching it pop.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Great popcorn machine Posted by: from: on Makes perfect popcorn. Easy to assemble and use . Looks great on the counter . Bought it for poker nights. Fun to use .

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tops in looks, short in batches Posted by: from: Pleasanton on I love my retro popcorn maker. It's fun and easy, looks great but puts out small batches. There is no way it puts out a gallon in a batch if you use the measuring spoon they provide. The popcorn cools down quickly too, not like theatre popcorn that stays warm. Other than that, I love it ~ Worth the money ~ Wish it came with a Scooper to Match :)

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Better off using microwave popcorn Posted by: from: Staten sland on Returne it fr a waring pro What a difference. Would not recommend this to anyone looking to enjoy actually eating their popcorn while watching the movie. More time spent at the machine making 2 or more batches to feed 3people

12 out of 15 found this review helpful.

More Trouble Than It's Worth Posted by: from: Tucson AZ on It's fun to watch the corn pop and imagine you have real movie theater popcorn. The machine is attractive. However, only about 2/3 of the kernels pop. The popper is awkward to remove and hard to clean. I honestly don't think I'm going to get a lot of life out of it.

7 out of 8 found this review helpful.

It's like being at the movies Posted by: from: on Stop reading this review. Go buy this and then come back here. I can only say great things about this machine. Only issue is that it's not the easiest thing to clean but only takes like 5 minutes.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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