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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
This was the best popper I had ever used, all four times I got to use it before it disintegrated. The manufacturer suggests washing the popping plate in the dishwasher, which seemed to be a great feature. However, after using the machine only four times, the plastic housing for the tension mechanism that snaps the popping plate onto the motor fell apart in the dishwasher. The disappointment was only exacerbated by the fact that this machine DID indeed easily produce theater quality popcorn. Basically, this was the best popcorn machine in the world . . . until it wasn't.

I bought the more expensive model after reading reviews from customers who had purchased Cuisinart's lower-priced popper. Apparently those reviewers were disappointed that their machines had broken prematurely as well. Erroneously, I assumed that Cuisinart had likely worked out the poor workmanship issues when they produced the newer and more pricey machine; afterall they ARE Cuisinart.

Simply stated, this was essentially a disposable machine. At approximately $80, this machine that produced a total of 4 batches of popcorn, cost $20 bucks a pop!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
I used to cook popcorn with a kettle on a gas stove, but it was hard to keep shaking the whole time, it used a lot of oil, cleanup was a pain, and most importantly, a dozen or so kernels always burned resulting in yucky popcorn. After doing some research, I decided the CPM-950 has the most features and is very easy to use and clean compared to the others. It costs a little more than a hot-air popper, but as they say, you get what you pay for.

I specifically wanted a popper that could make my favorite flavor, chocolate, which I can rarely find on the store shelves. After doing some recon on Amazon, it became clear that many people were experiencing durability issues with this particular model. However, I decided to dive in anyway because I couldn't find another popper with the same set of features out there.

After receiving it, I was relieved that the flavor mixer is no gimmick! This thing made the chocolate popcorn on par with store bought, only better because the ingredients are fresh. The overall design of this machine is brilliant! The wire that stirs the kernels ensures that nothing ever burns, and the oil-roasted taste is there. I use 2 tsp of olive oil for the cooking, then top it with sea salt and a tablespoon of olive oil to replace the butter, which makes the popcorn quite healthy. You can eat right out of the bucket, and everything cleans up nicely in the dishwasher.

As for durability, I've made over a dozen batches. Judging from the reviews here, the weak point seems to be the plastic clip that secures the heating element to the base. My solution is to baby this part when connecting the heating element to the base, although it is thrown into the dishwasher every time. If this breaks, I will be updating this review appropriately, but so far I am beyond happy with this popper.

UPDATE April 14, 2012:
I'm still using this popper almost daily and it's holding up well. After probably 50 batches nothing has broken yet, so it looks like the durability problem has either been addressed with updates to manufacturing, or it is not happening with everyone. It was definitely worth taking a chance with this product!

UPDATE December 19, 2013:
Something finally broke! My daughter was playing with the on/off switch, being her usual destructive self, and it seemed to come loose inside. I opened it up and there was a pretty thin and flimsy piece of plastic that snapped, causing the switch to wiggle when I turned it on or off. I did a quick fix by drilling a new hole in a thicker section of plastic, then reinserting the screw and it holds nicely now. Still glad I bought this popper despite the setback.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
This is a great popper! We have a air popper and seriously doubt we will ever use it again. This one does it all. The mixing feature is wonderful. We have mixed salt, butter, and popcorn seasoning. But, last night was the best when we made caramel corn. Mixed everything well and kept the popcorn warm. The handy top that turns into bowl, makes it even easier. Just place the lid on and go. Cleaning is a snap, all the pieces are dishwasher safe, but washes up great with soap and water. Great when entertaining and needing to make multiple batches, like we did last night with the caramel corn. We own several Cuisinart products and for a good reason. This popper is well made,stylish and easy to use. While on the pricier end for popcorn makers, we got a very significant discount going through Amazon. Worth every penny.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2012
I absolutely loved this popper as it made fabulous popcorn. Then my daughter came to me complaining that the switch had fallen inside the base of the machine. Being mechanically inclined, I opened up the base to get the switch and put it back together. It turned out that the switch was held in by two small screws that were fastened to thin brittle plastic. To make matters worse, the screws were set on the very edge of the plastic piece... sure to break in a short amount of time. I began looking for the the machine information so that I could order parts... MADE IN CHINA. Found the number I was looking for and cuisinart of course does not make the part that I need nor do they sell that section of the unit. I can't see spending $80 on a disposable item and so I am now stuck with figuring out how to make a part to replace the broken one... at least that one part will be quality made in the USA.

I thought I could trust a name like cuisinart as all of the other products we have that are made by them are heavy duty. However, I know that I cannot trust anything made in China. I will no longer buy Cuisinart unless I see that it is made in the USA. This product is JUNK.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2012
Used it two times and it fell apart. It is bad design and poorly constructed. It has a top that snaps on the bowl once the corn is popped but doesn't fit well. You have to apply downward pressure to get it to snap into place. Ours wouldn't snap into place and in applying more pressure to get it to snap it pushed the entire heating element away from the red plastic band that surrounds it breaking apart. These two parts are just tied together with a gasket and some small brads. No way to fix it. It has to be replaced.

You have to have the top secured to the bowl when turning it over because the bottom of the bowl (when turned over) has a big hole for adding butter. Without the top the popcorn spills out.

To be covered under warranty you have to pay Cuisinart $10.00 plus your shipping cost. Why spend the money just to get another defective product?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2012
We have had this Cuisinart popcorn popper for a while, have used it infrequently...perhaps four times a year.

I was popping up treats for my son's class Halloween party tomorrow...and on batch #3, the unit burst into (small) open flames. Thankfully I was in the room, and was able to put out the fire and use oven mitts to carry the smoldering contraption outside. I used the measuring cup that came with the machine, so I was not overloading its capacity.

But considering I thought of this a fairly low-risk appliance...one that I would let my children use without my being too close at hand...I thought I should post a comment so that others with this popper can be careful.

I have many different Cuisinart appliances, and have never had a problem with one before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
I got this as a gift for Christmas. And although reading the reviews about the clips breaking I defended the product thinking that the clips were breaking cause people were being to rough. I was very gentle with the machine.
As I was putting the hot plate back on it the other day a clip broke and snapped off! Can not be fixed. Once it happened I realized with further inspection that it's POOR plastic and spring. I mean really poor ! I used this machine for the first time Dec. 27 it's not Jan. 25 ! and I pop corn every night. I DO NOT RECOMMEND this product. I'm a huge fan of Cuisnart but lately the products suck !
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2012
The Cuisinart Easy Popper stopped working several days after I got it as a Christmas present from my wife. It worked for a few popcorn servings, then it simply wouldn't get the popcorn hot enough to make popcorn.

Then I noticed a tiny piece of plastic on the kitchen floor, it was small and made out of what appeared to be brittle plastic like a cheap toy.

And there was another problem.

I found that you have to be careful not to burn your hand with hot steam when you flip it over to get the popcorn out.

And washing it is more difficult than it should be.

I wouldn't give it to my worst enemy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
This lasted for about 11 days. The heating element no longer got hot enough to pop the kernels. This was an exchange for another unit that I had for another two weeks. The red prongs broke. I see from online reviews that this is a problem. This was within the 30 day return policy so I sent it back to Amazon. I had a previous model that lasted for years. This is just another example of outsourcing to China and poor quality control.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
Does not pop like it was rated, I would Not recommend the Cusinart easyPop popcorn Maker, it was not what i expected, did not pop all of the kernels also burned the popcorn.befoe it was halfway thru.
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