If you enjoy bringing the theatre experience home often, then the industrial popcorn machines can be a great investment. Not only will it pay itself off in the long run, but it is also tastier, healthier, and faster than buying popcorn at the movies. Even better, you get to control exactly how much butter, salt and other seasonings to put in, so it compares favourably against other microwave popcorn brands. Also, when compared to making popcorn manually in a pan over the stove top, popcorn machines are much cleaner and requires less multi-tasking.
There are many features to be on the lookout for when browsing different popcorn makers. The most important thing is performance: you want the machine to produce popcorn quickly, and efficient without wasting unpopped or burnt kernels. How much popcorn it can produce will be up to your preference, as is the popping method (oil vs hot air). Other features to consider is power consumption, cord storage, how easy it is to clean, and how much space it takes up. With these features in mind, here are the best popcorn machines.
Table of Contents
- Table of the Best Commercial Popcorn Machines Reviews
- 10. Nostalgia KPM508 Vintage Kettle Popcorn Maker
- 9. Great Northern Bar Style Lincoln Antique Popcorn Machine
- 8. Great Northern Roosevelt Antique Countertop Popcorn Machine
- 7. Great Northern Popcorn Matinee Movie Theater Popcorn Machine
- 6. Great Northern Popcorn Machine Pop Pup Retro Popcorn Popper
- 5. Great Northern Popcorn Red Foundation Popcorn Machine Cart
- 4. Cuisinart CPM-100 Pop Hot Air Popcorn Maker
- 3. Great Northern Popcorn Foundation Popcorn Machine and Cart
- 2. Elite Deluxe EPM-450 Maxi-Matic Tabletop Popcorn Popper Machine
- 1. Nostalgia OFP501COKE Coca-Cola Hot Air Popcorn Maker
Table of the Best Commercial Popcorn Machines Reviews
10. Nostalgia KPM508 Vintage Kettle Popcorn Maker
If you’re looking to bring home the classic movie-going experience, the KPM508 by Nostalgia Electrics offers a solid kettle style cooker. This machine has a vintage style aesthetic with tempered plastic windows and a tilt-out door for easy serving. This popcorn machine pops up to 8 cups of popcorn per batch and has its own built-in stirring system to circulate popcorn. This machine works by pre-heating the kettle for 3-5 minutes, placing oil and kernels into the kernel, and then simply waiting until the popcorn has finished. To make life easy, it comes with a measuring spoon for oil and measuring the popcorn kernels to get the perfect batch every time.
9. Great Northern Bar Style Lincoln Antique Popcorn Machine
Whether you’re entertaining guests for a movie night or catering for your kid’s birthday party, the Black Bar Style by Giant Northern Popcorn Company will excite the crowd. It is built with a heavy duty stainless steel construction that is durable and can make 3 gallons of popcorn per batch. It is simple to clean with just wiping it down with water. There are 3 switches that control the spotlight warmer, automatic stirrer, and pot heater. It also comes with a reject kernel tray, oil scoop, and popcorn scoop.
8. Great Northern Roosevelt Antique Countertop Popcorn Machine
Giant Northern Popcorn Company offers many popcorn machine options that accommodate different budgets and sizes. The Roosevelt Popper is a deluxe model with an antique style design combined with modern conveniences. Its industry-leading 8-ounce steel kettle uses 860 watts of power instead of the standard 640 watts. It also features 3 position control switches instead of 2. It can around 3 gallons of popcorn per batch.
7. Great Northern Popcorn Matinee Movie Theater Popcorn Machine
The Red Matinee by Giant Northern Popcorn Company is another moderate-sized, antique style popcorn machine. It features 3 position control switches and an 8-ounce kettle. The kettle uses 640 watts and can make 2-3 gallons of popcorn per batch. The switch controls include a spotlight warmer, pot heater, and stirrer to ensure maximum convenience. As per usual, the bottom is lined with a tray for unpopped kernels, and the tempered glass windows/doors are safe.
6. Great Northern Popcorn Machine Pop Pup Retro Popcorn Popper
The Pop Pup by Giant Northern Popcorn Company is great if you’re looking for a small sized popcorn machine but still want a bit of retro flair. Its 2.5-ounce kettle comes with a built-in stirring system and it can make up to 1 gallon of popcorn per batch. The warning light can be toggled to keep your popcorn movie-ready, and the slide-out popcorn tray makes serving easy. This tray is dishwasher safe, which makes cleanup a breeze.
5. Great Northern Popcorn Red Foundation Popcorn Machine Cart
The Giant Northern Popcorn Company 6097 is a combination popcorn maker and cart with a full antique finish. This machine has an 8-ounce kettle with 850 watts of power. It has 3 switches for position controls for the spotlight warmer, stirrer and pot heater. It features 16 ball bearing wheels for smooth mobility. Another convenient feature this has is its supply storage in the base. You can put things like popcorn bags, scoops, and napkins in it. It even comes with a free starter kit with 25 bags, measuring cups and a popcorn scoop.
4. Cuisinart CPM-100 Pop Hot Air Popcorn Maker
If you’re not interested in the antique aesthetic, then the Easy Pop Cuisinart CPM-100 is a solid, inexpensive option. With its 1500 watts of power, it uses hot air to make up to 10 cups of popcorn in under 3 minutes. Simply place the kernels in the popping chamber and turn on the machine. It also comes with a convenient removable chute and butter warming tray. All of the parts are removable and dishwasher safe. It comes with cord storage and is simple to use with just an on/off switch. This popcorn machine by Cuisinart is modern, durable and efficient.
3. Great Northern Popcorn Foundation Popcorn Machine and Cart
Get the best of both worlds with Giant Northern Popcorn Company’s vintage style popcorn machine/cart with modern technology integration. This deluxe model comes with a 560 watt 6-ounce kettle, and 2 position control switches. The switches control both the spotlight warmer, as well as the stirrer/pot heater. The motor is whisper quiet and it makes popcorn in a flash. The wheels contain 18 ball bearings for smooth movement while carting it around. If you’re looking for a slightly smaller vintage cart style machine like the 6097, this model is a great choice.
2. Elite Deluxe EPM-450 Maxi-Matic Tabletop Popcorn Popper Machine
The Maximatic EPM-450 is a solid, affordable popcorn machine if you’re looking for something a bit more modest in size. It has a 4-ounce kettle capacity that uses 600 watts of power. It has a power switch as well as a warmer switch. The inside has a kernel crumb tray, and the tempered glass on the sides are safe to touch. This unit can make up to 1.5 gallons of popcorn per batch in just 5 minutes. The EPM-450 has a fun carnival style design that is sure to please your family.
1. Nostalgia OFP501COKE Coca-Cola Hot Air Popcorn Maker
The Coca-Cola series by Nostalgia Electrics combines modern sensibilities and technology with a cool, vintage style. This popcorn maker uses hot air as its popping method, which is healthier than other oil-based methods. It can yield up to 12 cups of popcorn at a time. It can fit right on top of your countertop and does not require much assembly. Since it doesn’t use oil, it is very easy to clean.