I bought this to go into a retro 50‘s-60’s themed garage to sit on the concessions counter.
There were some reviews on here and on other websites that stated that the popcorn would shoot out of the machine unpopped.
The key is to purchase higher quality popcorn, such as a name brand in a jar and not a generic in a bag. Also if the corn is over about 6 months old then the moisture in the kernel is about gone and will not pop correctly. Most homes in America have a bag of popcorn kernels in their pantry that they can’t remember when they bought it… don’t use them.
On first use I let the machine warm up, measured out the right amount of kernels and then dropped them in. Popcorn was ready in about a minute and I only had about 5% of the kernels come out of the machine unpopped which would be about average for any popcorn maker.
Another helpful tip is to find a rectangular container that is taller than a bowl that will fit between the wheels and slide in close the machine. Look at various size plastic storage containers and you will find one that is perfect. Then if you don’t eat it all you can snap on the lid and store it as well. If you try to use a bowl there is too big of a gap because the wheels will not let the bowl get close enough to the machine and the popcorn will go on the counter.
This machine looks nice if this is your theme and makes enough popcorn for 1-2 people. If you have a crowd then it is like anything else, you probably need to buy a bigger machine.
If you consider buying a kettle-type popper for more people, as a reference I have a 2.5 ounce kettle machine and this one makes about the same amount of popcorn. We fire it up when we want movie-theater taste, but for quick popcorn this one is the choice!