Nostalgia Electrics - 10-Cup 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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (309 out of 357)

    Features


    Stainless-steel kettle with built-in stirring mechanism

    Pop up to 10 cups of popcorn in this large, easy-to-clean stainless steel kettle. The external handle makes it easy to keep things moving.

    Measuring spoon and cup included

    Ensure a tasty batch every time by accurately measuring your oil and popcorn using the included utensils.

    Clear, tempered windows let you watch from all sides

    Everyone will enjoy watching golden kernels of popcorn as they cascade over the side of the kettle.

    Attractive retro design in red

    The bright, cheerful red and chrome design will make a fun addition to your décor.

    Compact and portable

    Weighs 14.5 lbs. and stands 20.5" tall for easy storage and transportation.


    Customer rating

    4.2
    87%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Cool idea, poor in execution.

      Posted
      RobW

      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.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Like the machine, but tedious

      Posted
      Mugwumps
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a "starter" machine, and beneficial if you're only looking to pop one SMALL batch at a time and don't mind waiting. Takes 3-5 minutes to heat up and then another 3 minutes or so to pop a single serving size. When you try to scoop out the popped corn to enjoy, expect some to end up on the floor because the hinged front on bottom has nothing to prevent popped corn from falling out. Cleaning is somewhat cumbersome because you literally have to disassemble it to get it cleaned properly. Most nights, I ended up just making several bags of microwave popcorn because I wanted more than a single serving and didn't want to clean up or wait a while just to have fresh popcorn. It was a good buy at half-off, but I'd rather have spent the money on a bigger version because I truly do like popcorn!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      it's OK

      Posted
      KenNewYork
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      It's ok. Handle on doors useless. don't need anyways, Hard to clean, some areas almost impossible. Popping kettle way to small, have to make 3-4 batches for family of 3. BUT the popcorn does pop in about 1 minute once kettle gets hot so to do a family batch you're looking at 5min. Very cool looking especially with light on. Burned the 1st batch. I mean popcorn smoking! My fault, after clean up tried again- perfect! Popcorn directions were diff then instructions, use instructions! Be forewarned- I bought oil/popcorn/seasoning packs. Kettle so small I have to cut them into 4th's. Used to it now-no big deal. Once packs are gone I will go with sep flavored oil and bulk corn. For cost, it's ok, they had it in stock at the store. Had to do over again would wait and order bigger unit/kettle with glass doors and stand. But corn does taste great!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Neat

      Posted
      sweetjennylynn
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this popcorn maker for my husband's birthday. He LOVES popcorn. I had a Best Buy gift card and Best Buy Reward Certificate, so I got to looking around on the Best Buy website for the neat little gadgets they have and found this! It is small, but it's the perfect size to fit under our cabinets. I love retro, diner style décor so I just love the design of it. It's not the easiest thing to clean because the kettle has a motor in it. You can't submerge it in water, and the little lids that you have to flip open to clean it are tiny. Besides cleaning it (which is a probably more of a pain to me because I HATE to clean), I LOVE it. We can make 2-3 batches at a time- nice and fresh, no burning.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      this is more of a nostalgia product

      Posted
      deberney
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I had one of these a few years back and loved it. Made the best popcorn and I used it quite a bit for about 3 years before it stopped working properly. When I saw this again at BestBuy I picked it up. Brought it home and proceeded to make popcorn. I wasn't near the quality of the older model I had. The popcorn would end up all over the room as this unit is not fully enclosed at the top. Didn't pop most of the popcorn kernels. Cleanup on this was horrible. Had to remove the handle, remove the pot, then dig the kernels from the inside corners. The pot didn't clean well. The oil burnt on the surface even though this was only left on while pop corn was popping, turned off when popping stopped. This is a novelty, not a working popcorn popper.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      It looks great at first - that's it!

      Posted
      IllumeMJ

      This was bought for me as a gift. I love the look of it, and was so excited because I don't like the idea of microwave popcorn. But, guess what!? We use microwave popcorn all the time because this is such a PAIN to use and keep clean. I've tried everything. Grease gets stuck to the cheap plastic sides, and does not come off! The door cracked right after I got it - was a bummer. It's just cheaply made! The ONLY parts I can get very clean, with a TON of effort after every use, are the metal outside parts, and the supports. The rest remains "icky!" If someone has a good suggestion, would love to hear it. I am bummed because I had wanted one of these for so long! It does not keep the popcorn warm.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Don't bother

      Posted
      cHAZmEISTER

      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?

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Looks really cool, but performs poorly

      Posted
      NJLOCOMAN
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I was looking to buy a popcorn maker since I love popcorn but microwave popcorn has questionable ingredients. I was excited to use it, however, before one popped kernel emerged from the kettle, a lot of un-popped kernels came flying out of the kettle. The popcorn maker was fast, and did a good job, but the un-popped kernels wound up in with the rest of the popcorn, since there was nowhere for them to go, and there were a lot of them. I returned the product the next day and ordered a larger 8oz capacity popper. I think that the lid on the kettle is probably too light to contain the kernels in the kettle until they are popped. This popper looks really great, but I was disappointed with it's performance.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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