As one of the best popcorn makers on the market, the West Bend Stir Crazy 82505 can make large quantities of great-tasting popcorn. Its cover and bowl are dishwasher safe, making it convenient to use. And it also comes with a built-in cord storage.
PROS & CONS
- This countertop popcorn maker can make 24-28 cups of tasty popcorn at a time, perfect for people who need to make a large amount of popcorn at a time.
- It doesn’t offer a measuring cup.
The West Bend Stir Crazy 82505 can create 28 cups of tasty popcorn within 5 minutes. Its huge capacity makes it perfect for those who have a large family or who need to prepare a large amount of popcorn. Its cover and bowl are both dishwasher-safe, so the cleaning becomes so easy. And it has an on-off switch for you to easy to operate it. It also comes with some popcorn recipes, so you can easily make tasty popcorn. Due these features, we choose it on our list of top 5 best popcorn poppers reviews.
Once you have it, you can use it to make a large amount of popcorn at a time. This is cool, especially if you have a large family and all of them love eating popcorn. The cover’s shape is also a little different from others and it is transparent. On the cover, there are many vents that are used to release moisture during the popping process. This means this model will never give you a soggy popcorn treat.
Of course, this is a hot oil popcorn popper. Therefore, you need to add vegetable oil onto its heating base first, and then add the kernels, and put its lid on. That’s all. To prevent from causing a lot of smoke or even burning the corn, it is not recommended to use lard, shortening, margarine or butter. After pushing the on button, it will start to work and you will see its stirring rod makes the kernels moved around inside gently. Its stirring rod is especially designed and it can reverse itself from time to time. This means kernels cannot get a chance to get stuck. This design is different from others. In a short time, you can get a large sized bowl of delicious popcorn. If you are the first time to make popcorn, you can follow its user manual which will tell you the specific amount of corn and oil you need to add. Therefore, it is so easy to get started.
However, this machine may cause a little waste, because a small bit of kernels will not be popped. For example, if you add a cup of kernels, about 1.25 teaspoons or less of kernels will not be popped. Fortunately, this is a little and it will not produce popcorn that is not burnt.
Although you cannot use butter as the hot oil, you can add butter during the popping process. There is a butter well on the top of its dome and you can add a little butter into the well. The butter will be melt because of the heat from the machine and steam. And then, liquid butter will drip down while the popcorn is being made. After the popping process is over, you can use a handy lid to put over the well and this can prevent butter from leaking out when you use the dome as a serving bowl by flipping the bowl.
Although an on-off button to a popcorn maker seems no essenitial, this on-off switch is different, because it is really an important safety feature you will appreciate. If you have children and your children want to make popcorn themselves, this feature is essential and useful. If a poprcorn maker doesn’t have an on-off switch, this means you need to plug or unplu its electrical cord to turn on or off it and you will adventure buring your arm by contacting the hot machine.
This machine has a clear plastic top which can also be used as a serving bowl. You just need to flip it over. The bowl and it plastic cover can be dishwasher-safe, so it is so easy to clean them. The popping base and the stirring rod cannot be dishwasher-safe, so you need to wash them by hand.
Its electrical cord is a little short, just about 29.5 inches, but this can reduce the chance of looping it down from the countertop. It also comes with a cord storage area around its feet, so it allows you to wrap the cord around its feet. However, it doesn’t have a measure cup.
On West Bend’s website, there are many popcorn flavoring tips and tasty popcorn recipes. You can easily find some information. For example, you can find confetti cake popcorn and you can try it.
Warranty & Support
This machine offers a 1-year warranty. If you have any question or problem, you can easily contact the manufacturer by phone or email. A user manual is also included, so you will find it is so easy to get started. If you lost it, you also can download another copy on the company’s website. FAQs are also available, if you have any question.
The Bottom Line
As one of the best popcorn poppers on the market, the West Bend Stir Crazy 82505 will not disappoint you. And if you need an affordable machine, this one is one of the best choices. If you or your family love eating popcorn, this machine is a must-have appliance in your kitchen.