Undoubtedly, these hot air popcorn machines are the most versatile and efficient on the market. We love them for their fast popcorn making, easy cleaning (they hardly need cleaning) and small size.
Hot air popcorn makers are for all kind of people and all occasions. Also, they will make us saving good money and being the healthiest in the market.
Popcorn makers suitable for children
If we have already exhausted all the resources to entertain children and do not know what to do, running a hot air popcorn machine into operation can be a perfect option.
It’s a complete plan, from preparing the popcorn, which is usually very entertaining, to enjoy them with their favourite movie, that one we’ve undoubtedly seen more than once.
Watching them popping is very funny, almost hypnotic, but the aroma of corn of freshly made popcorn predisposes us to have a good time.
Popcorn is usually associated with movie evenings, but it’s also a healthy snack alternative for kids on birthdays, football afternoons on TV.
Nowadays, there are many designs of hot air popcorn machines. There are beautiful ones, for those of us who are vintage lovers we can have one of these in the kitchen and delight with it. But there are also minimalists so as not to stand out in the decoration, or children and thematic.
NOTE: While this type of popcorn has little risk to children, using air at high temperatures can cause burns, so an adult should always use this type of popcorn.
Hot Air Popcorn Maker Origin and Characteristics
The healthiest option when buying a popcorn is undoubtedly a hot air popcorn. The hot air popcorn machines appeared in the 70’s although their marketing to home version came stronger to the market only a few years ago.
Their leading quality is that they do not use oil or butter to make popcorn. These popcorn makers have a space like a metal cup where hot air circulates and a ventilation system for the extraction of it.
In general, they are somewhat more expensive than microwave popcorn makers, but cheaper than oil popcorn machines. However, the cost is reflected in healthier food.
The Healthiest Popcorn Maker
Considered ideal for those who want to have a low-calorie diet, this type of popcorn are the best because they do not have any added, just corn.
They are straightforward to use, add the grains, plug and wait for them to explode. In this case, the hot air is the one that takes to the temperature of explosion to the grains of corn.
The variety of popcorn we can make with this type, however, is a little less than what we can do with oil machines. Operating without any oil, it is tough for salt and other seasonings to adhere to our freshly made popcorn.
We will have less seasoned popcorn, but healthier.
For every 100 grams of popcorn, we will be eating 375 Calories, where 11 grams will be protein, 4.3 will be fat, and 74 grams will be carbohydrates. The rest of the grams belong to fibres, mineral salts and vitamins such as B6.
NOTE: Do not add any oil, butter or salts to the hopper of the popcorn. If you wish to season it must be done outside the appliance.
The Hot Air System to Pop the Corn
These popcorn makers use a system where popcorn is created by hot air so that popcorn is made from the corn kernels. These models form the ready-made popcorn pass through a hopper and fall directly into the bowl from which we are going to eat this delicious snack.
These models are designed for people who want to have popcorn and do not want to incorporate salt or other spices to accompany them while it is going to be challenging to stick to the popcorn. However, they are the healthiest of all and each.
Other Aspects to Keep in Mind
Popcorn Production Capacity
Always leads us to the same question: how often and for how many people are we going to make popcorn? If they have little volume, we must respect it, since in the desire to obtain more popcorn the only thing we will achieve is that the machine overflows and breaks down, or that many grains of corn remain unexploded.
Popcorn Machine Energy Consumption
The more power, the faster the popcorn will be made; but it will also depend on how many popcorn we want to prepare, since, to make small quantities, we will not need much power. Generally, they range from 700w for small quantity popcorn, to 1500wats if there are many of us at home and we need a more significant popcorn maker.
Design and Materials of the Hot Air Popcorn Maker
Most have a challenging design, similar to the old cars that made and sold popcorn on the street, but we will also find many with a design similar to any other appliance. If we get a machine made of metal, we are going to ensure more useful life than with one made of plastic materials. Furthermore, we know that plastic in the kitchen is not very welcome, that it is free of BPA is almost a mandate because we have to prevent plastic components from migrating to food.
Size of the Popcorn Maker
These popcorn take up little space when it comes to storage; they are ideal for home, office, picnic, camp, etc.
On/off Switch System
Not all machines come with an on/off switch, many of them are actuated by plugging and unplugging the outlet. It’s a matter of convenience more than anything else; even some popcorn makers have automatic disconnection at the end of cooking. In any case, what is ideal for popcorn making machines is a safety system that avoids overheating, to prevent accidents and end the useful life of the device.
Depending on where we place it, we must think about the length of the cable, especially if we plan to use it in the living room for a meeting or birthday. There is always the alternative of using an extension cord; sometimes even a cable too long can be annoying in the kitchen. We must think about this aspect depending on the most frequent use we give it.
The cleaning of the popcorn should be as simple as possible, to have appliances in the kitchen that after is all a subject to clean them, is not to our liking. If the machine can be dismantled, it will make the task much easier, we can even put its parts in the dishwasher; if, on the contrary, we have to clean it without being able to disassemble it, not only will it not be easy, but also perhaps we will not ensure a proper cleaning.
Noise is the critical issue in most appliances. Popcorn machines are usually quite quiet, but so is the fact that in some cases that noise can even be annoying.
Hot air popcorn is faster than microwave popcorn and other types of popcorn. You’ll have your popcorn in about 1 minute.
Also, it leaves very few grains uncooked, less than 5%. It happens because the grains are expelled with force along with the popcorn at the time of the explosions.
Some extra details that we can find are that they have their lighting, an eye-catching feature that can give a touch to our parties, a manual with recipes, especially if we like to experience new flavours, measuring containers, ideal for calculating both the oil or butter and the amount of corn without passing and overflowing the machine.
Usually all hot air popcorn makers have a 2 Year Warranty and 100% Service: If you have any problems, contact the seller and they will most likely refund your money.