If you want a fast easy way to make popcorn that requires no oil and no mess a hot-air popper could be just what you’re looking for. Hot-air poppers are not only easy to use they create a healthy fat-free version of popcorn.
Popcorn is an unprocessed whole grain that contains a lot of fiber. New research also suggests that popcorn is high in antioxidants. Air popped popcorn, especially without any fattening toppings, can be a healthy snack. In our search to find the best air popcorn maker, we reviewed these fine choices.
One of the most common and best rated hot-air poppers is the Presto poplite hot-air popper. This is the popper that I’ve been using for years to make healthy fat-free popcorn. The poplite works great, and it only takes about 2 ½ minutes to pop about 18 cups of popcorn. The pop corn comes out fluffy and light with no unpopped kernels.
Another nice feature of this popper is that the lid on top is a half cup measuring cup which you can use to measure out your popcorn kernels. After you have your popcorn popping you can put butter in the measuring cup and the heat of the popper will melt the butter. Freshly popped popcorn with real melted butter. Yum!
- Pops 30% faster than other leading poppers
- Virtually no unpopped kernels
- Pops without oil
- Comes in four colors: black, white, yellow and red
If you’re looking for a popper that is a little more high-end, the Cuisinart is a good choice. This popper looks great sitting on your counter and runs a little bit quieter than the Presto popper.
Another great feature of this popper is that it has an on and off switch, so you can stop the popper in mid-pop. Most other hot-air poppers don’t have this feature. This popper comes in red and white. It also has the multipurpose measuring and melting cup. The dishwasher safe popcorn shoot directs the freshly popped corn right into your serving bowl.
Melt a little butter and drizzle over the top and you are good to go. This popper makes up to 15 cups in less than 3 minutes with no added oil.
- Stable base
- 1500 watts of power
- Dishwasher safe popcorn shoot and measuring/warming tray
- On and off switch
- Easy cord storage
The folks at Great Northern seem to know a thing or two about popcorn. They make a hot-air popper that is similar in quality to the Presto popper. This is an economical and simple hot-air popper.
This basic popper has a plastic popcorn shoot and the plastic measuring cup that you can melt butter in. It doesn’t have an on and off switch, but it does what a popcorn popper is supposed to do. It makes hot fluffy popcorn in a couple of minutes with almost no unpopped kernels.
This particular model comes in yellow and white and there is also a red and black version. This is a no-frills popper, but it will get the job done.
- 18 cups of popcorn in less than 2 ½ minutes
- Virtually no unpopped kernels
- Easy clean just wipe and go
- Measuring cup doubles as a butter melter
This popper is another winner from great Northern. If you’re looking for a little more flair from your hot-air popper, you might like this red and black unit with a gray plastic popcorn shoot and measuring cup.
Air-popped popcorn has no artificial flavors or fats, and there are 42% fewer calories. You can get up to 18 cups in about 2 ½ minutes. Plus, you’ll look stylish while doing it with this red and black model.
This is a nice looking, affordable model without a lot of bells and whistles. It makes fresh hot air popped popcorn in a couple of minutes. This model doesn’t come with an on and off switch, but most customers have been happy with the way it works.
- Cool red and black color
- Very few unpopped kernels
- Fast and efficient popping
- Dual-purpose measuring cup and butter melting cup