West Bend Electric Popcorn Popper Machine

Last updated date: January 31, 2020

DWYM Score
7.3


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 38 expert reviews, the West Bend West Bend Electric Popcorn Popper Machine placed 11th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 20, 2020:
Checkout The Best Popcorn Maker for a detailed review of all the top popcorn makers.

Expert Summarized Score
6.8
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
3,707 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Fast pop time
- Mashable
it allows you to melt butter directly into the popcorn as it pops through a grate on the top
- Reviewed
Besides being super easy to use (an on/off switch controls the motorized stirring rod to make sure all the kernels pop), it’s also got a fun and convenient feature in the cover. After you’re done making the popcorn, just use the large lid as the serving bowl — it’s a 2-in-1 product!
- The Spruce Eats
Equipped with a motorized stirring rod
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
Can’t use without electricity
- Mashable
This cumbersome, clunky, and downright difficult device was a pain to use, requiring you to literally flip the entire unit upside down to remove the bowl after the popcorn was popped.
- Reviewed
One reviewer did point out however that it’s harder to clean than others because the popping surface isn’t removable so oil and seasonings can get trapped in the edges
- The Spruce Eats
motorized stirring rod can scrape off popper's non stick coating
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

The West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper is a convenient and efficient way to make tasty popcorn from home. It has its own built-in butter well and a motorized stirring rod to evenly coat your snacks. This electric popcorn holder provides heat-resistant handles for improved safety and convenience. Its base is also heat-resistant to protect your counter tops. The West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper's popping surface features a nonstick coating to help make cleaning simple and fast. It offers a 6-quart capacity and is made for easy maintenance. This electric popcorn popper also provides a lid that can be flipped over and used as a serving bowl. It's a convenient and economical alternative to pricy theater snacks. Now you can make fluffy, light, delectable popcorn in the comfort of your own home with the help of the West Bend popcorn popper.

Overall Product Rankings

1. HOTPOP Original Microwave Popcorn Popper
Overall Score: 9.9
Expert Reviews: 6
2. popco Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper with Handles
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Great Northern Popcorn Antique Popcorn Machine
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 0
4. Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Popcorn Popper Kit
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Presto Orville Redenbacher’s Hot Air Popper
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Franklin’s Gourmet Popcorn Popcorn Machine
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Nordic Ware Microwave Popcorn Popper
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Forty4 Hot Popcorn Maker
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 0
11. West Bend Electric Popcorn Popper Machine
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Popcorn Makers

Make movie night at home just as special as movie night out with a delicious bowl of homemade popcorn. Find your favorite recipe and make it a gourmet popcorn or just add some butter for a classic favorite. The best popcorn maker will pop every last kernel without burning any and that can be a tough thing to find. There are several different types of popcorn makers out there so let’s see which are the best right now.

First let’s explore what it is that makes corn pop. When you buy popcorn kernels at the grocery store it is a kernel made with a hard shell around it. Inside the shell is some moisture and starch along with the kernel. When heated, the moisture makes the shell pop off and the starch, moisture and corn instantly mix to create the puffy white food we love to eat. There must be enough moisture inside the shell, the heat has to rise enough, and the shell has to open for the corn to pop. If one of these is missing, your kernel will stay a kernel.

So now that we have a simple understanding of the process, we can think about what makes a good popcorn maker. There are a couple of different types of popcorn makers. There is the old-fashioned type that looks like a pot with a lid but features a handle that turns the blade on the bottom of the pot such as The Whirley-Pop Popcorn Popper Kit. In this version, the kernels sit on the bottom of the pot as it heats up on the stove. The blade turns the kernels so they don’t burn before they can pop open. The Great Northern Antique Popcorn Machine works similarly but is a bigger display unit with all the mechanics showing for a fun popcorn experience.

If you want a simple way to make kernels pop in the microwave without getting the bags, you will need a special bowl and lid. The Original Microwave Popcorn Popper and Popco Silicone Microwave Popper with Handles are two that will get your kernels popping in no time. These two popcorn makers create a steamy interior with a lid that sits snug against the silicone bowl in the microwave. This makes sure that the popped corn doesn’t burn while the last of the kernels continue to pop. These options are made from food-grade silicone for a safe cooking experience.

There is no better way to enjoy movie night than with a bowl of perfectly popped corn with your own personal topping to make it a great treat. Find the best popcorn maker for you and you’ll be halfway to that cozy night in with an exciting new movie.

DYWM Fun Fact

Here are a few fun facts about popcorn:

  • Roughly 17 billion quarts of popcorn is eaten in the U.S. every year.
  • Nebraska is the leading producer of popcorn at roughly 250 billion pounds per year.
  • Illinois has an Annual Popcorn Day since popcorn is their official state snack.
  • One quart of popped corn is equivalent to two tablespoons of kernels.
  • One cup of popcorn kernels is about 1,600 kernels in total.
  • Studies show that autumn is when most popcorn is consumed.
  • Unpopped kernels are referred to as “spinsters” or “old maids.”

The Popcorn Maker Buying Guide

  • Make sure you have the freshest kernels for the highest levels of moisture. An old bag of kernels will have dried out a bit and won’t pop like they should.
  • Popcorn needs a higher temperature to make the moisture cause pressure on the kernel so make sure you heat it up appropriately.
  • If using a microwave, be sure to check the power level before popping the corn and match it to the power level recommended on the bag of kernels.