We bought this to replace our air popper, which made a horrible mess and left numerous kernels unpopped. That was one of the first things we noticed about this machine; very few kernels go unpopped. Also, it’s not messy like then air popper; everything is contained in the bowl. It might be a little heavy for some to flip over, and we found that the popcorn was a little oily if you followed the oil instructions given, so we scaled back a little. It’s a little difficult to clean throughly because you cannot submerge the base, and the plastic bowl/lid gets greasy, which is why I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5. However, we have used it often since purchasing, and I would buy it again.