Best Tabletop Popcorn Machine
Enjoy Movie Theater Popcorn At Home
It's hard to beat the taste of hot, fresh popcorn. Not the microwave bag stuff. Real popcorn you make yourself, with quality kernels and quality oil. But to make great popcorn, you need a great popper.
Our Top Pick
With an eye catching, retro design and a 4 ounce kernel capacity, the Maxi-Matic can make 1.5 gallons of perfectly popped popcorn (enough for 2 adults and 2 kids) in about 4-5 minutes. It's well made, with a steel frame and steel door hinges.
The sides are all plexi-glass which isn't as nice as the tempered glass some higher-end poppers have but is still quite durable. The stirring arm that stirs the kernels is well made and evenly heats the kernels without jamming.
The Maxi-Matic is easy to clean and includes a stainless steel scoop, a 4 oz. measuring cup and salt/flavoring shaker. While it says the kettle (where the popcorn is heated) only holds 4 oz., I found it could easily hold 6 oz. without any issues. If you don't plan on eating all your popcorn right away, the built-in warming light does an adequate job of keeping your popcorn warm for later.
This popper is mid-sized, taking up about 1.5 ft. by 2 ft. of table/counter space. It's not the most compact popper on our list but it's not too big either. A nice touch is a magnet that holds the lid of the kettle (where the popcorn is heated) open while you pour in kernels, oil/butter or clean it out.
It may not have some high end features like tempered glass or a heating element in the base but it has all the basic features you need for great, movie theater style popcorn at a really great price.
Our Smaller Capcity Pick
If you're looking for something a bit smaller this Maxi-Matic is about half the size of the larger EPM-847 and around a third of the price.
It does a great job of popping 2.5 oz. of kernels at a time, enough for 2-3 people per batch. Unlike some poppers this size, it has a heating light to keep your popcorn hot and the removable container makes cleaning fast and easy.
This is the perfect size for occasional use or if you're only making popcorn for 1-3 people. It won't take up much space on your countertop and it has the same durable stainless steel and plexiglass build as the larger model.
Our Larger Capcity Pick
Need to make popcorn for more than 3-4 people at a time? This popcorn machine from Great Northern has a bigger capacity than the Maxi-Mini, creating 3+ gallons per batch from 8 oz. of kernels, enough for 6-8 people and has some nice added features such as a heated base and a stronger warming light to keep popcorn on the top and bottom warm, a heavy-duty powder-coated steel frame and tempered glass all around.
This is a great popcorn machine for offices, churches, fundraisers and small businesses. It's designed to stand up to added wear and tear and is very easy to clean. It also has the best warranty on our list, covering you for 5 years!
It's takes up about the same counter space as the Maxi-Mini, a bit less actually but it's taller and weighs nearly 15 pounds more thanks to it's more durable construction.
If you need to make lots of popcorn, this is the machine to get.