Customer Reviews: Cuisinart CPM-100 EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker, Red
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on May 11, 2013
So, I love this. I wore a Presto one out-after 1.5 years of 3-5 times a week use. With the Presto one-the lid cracked after about 6 months-I just sort of rigged it to make it okay. The Presto plastic got so hot and almost felt a little melted after every use.

Anyway- I almost didn't buy this because of all the "OMG!! It the hot air makes the popcorn fly everywhere!!!"-thank goodness I ignored those reviews (no offense to the popcorn coming out disliking people. ) Anyway-yes popcorn does come out of the shoot-becaue it is corn that "pops" when the hot air makes it hot enough-go figure. :)

Good Buy (for me at least) because-

Feels more sturdy than Presto.

Has an on/off switch (Presto is auto on when plugged in-kinda feel like its a race against time when-plugging and unplugging.

Looks better (it's out so much-it needs too-for my decorator want-to-be self)

Bad for some reviewers, I wouldn't have even noticed without the complaints, no matter its a solvable (and predictable "issue")
When popping popcorn with a hot air popper-put a bowl the size of a Kitchen Aid mixer bowl-sort of in front of it-the first few times just watch it to see where the popcorn comes out. That will catch it all-I use that-but the bowl back under the mixer-and put popcorn in a bowl for flavoring/storing. I hardly ever loose any-if you're really worried about it-but a bowl in the sink and put the popper on the edge of the sink.

I love it-glad I ignored "flying popcorn!" reviews and spent the extra $$$. If it ends up with any issues like I had with the others-I'll update because I'll feel ripped of for paying so much more.

-I have no time to write any (mother of 3 who are 4 y/o and under-plus I work) I do it because I read reviews for 100% of the many (and by many-I mean many-UPS guy knows my family-and we had him over to watch the Super Bowl!) Sooooo if you find this helpful, please say so-otherwise I'll probably use this time to do laundry. Or sleep.
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on January 25, 2012
This popcorn popper was a great investment, and I like it much better then the Presto air popper because this one is quieter and it looks nice so you can leave it on your counter all the time. The only problem I had was when I filled the 1/2 cup measuring tool all the way the top of the popper completely came off. You can fix this problem by using a 1/3 cup measuring tool instead. When you do this the popcorn won't go all over your kitchen like other air poppers do. There is also an instruction manual and at the back there is many popcorn recipes. If you are thinking about getting a popcorn popper then get this one. If this is to expensive the second best is Presto. I would avoid getting brands like Air Crazy, and do not get poppers that require oil because that is more unhealthy.
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on April 25, 2012
I bought a Cuisinart CPM-100 Easy Pop Hot Air Popcorn Maker a little over a month ago. I needed to replace an Oriville Redenbacher that I had for over 5 years, and with a little help from my 5 year old, seemed to have stopped working. I did a fair amount of research on hot air poppers and settled on this one. It has a high wattage (1500 watts), 1/2 cup capacity, on/off switch on the side, and of course its a Cuisinart. In reading reviews on Amazon, Newegg, Target, Wal Mart, and other places, the one thing that reviewers said about this popcorn popper that no one said about other is that it is quieter. All those things led me to buy one. Now here is what I thought.

I guess the machine is a bit quieter than the previous one I had, but not by all that much.

If I put in even a kernel more than the 1/2 cup, the blower isn't strong enough to move the kernels and they burn.

When the corn pops, it never falls out properly and pushes the plastic dome off the top. The result is that popcorn is then thrown all over my kitchen.

I had really high hopes for this machine, but I find that I have to stand over it and watch it the entire time I am making popcorn or the corn burns or ends up on the counter and floor.
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on February 21, 2012
This popcorn maker stands out against the competition. Purchased this item and LOVE it! Plan on purchasing one for parents and keep it as a gift idea for popcorn loving friends and family.


- BPA Free
- Easy to use
- Quieter
- On-Off Switch! (no more dangerously yanking the cord from the wall)
- Longer Power Cord (not too long, allows for heat space, safe from cupboards)
- Light, fluffy popcorn


- Gets, warm but not too warm to handle (as it should)
- Colour Choice (White, Red)
- Butter Melter feature

Con (minimal):

- Cost (minimal difference). With what you save using an air-popper and when weighed against the pros and cons of the competition (namely the presto), the price is easy to understand and respect. Remember, you get what you pay for!

Note: The red is not metallic red as it appears in the picture, it is a matte finish. If I were to purchase another it would be white.

Highly Recommended
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on January 29, 2012
The Cuisinart Hot Air Popcorn Maker is the Best Hot Air Popcorn Maker ever !!! I am impressed . The Hot Air Popper makes excellent popcorn . The machine is compact,not loud , On Off Switch,attractive and can be left out on the counter. All plastic parts that come in contact with the Popcorn are BPA Free, which was very important to me. I am soo happy I purchased the Cuisinart Hot Air Popper

Update: Still loving the Cuisinart Hot Air Popper. Cannot be without . The Best Popper
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on May 29, 2014
We have used the crap out of this thing since we got it. We never used to eat popcorn (son has allergies, so we can't eat any of the typical microwave popcorn), but now we eat it every Sunday for family movie time.

We bought one of the 8" plastic popcorn containers (dp/B002L0COVK) and it is the perfect size to catch the popcorn as it comes out of this popper. We pop plain popcorn then drizzle each batch with olive oil and sea salt and toss to distribute. Three or four batches fills our container and is plenty for our small family to sit and watch a movie.

Follow the directions (heat it up before putting the popcorn in, put in the right amount) and have a suitable container to catch the popcorn and you will love this popper.
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on January 11, 2015
It works fine. It has its pros and cons just like the Presto brand. It's too hot to touch and unpopped kernels fly out.

The first thing I should mention is, the Cuisinart video on this product skips all the crucial frames! Ha ha! This is not hands-free to use or else the popcorn will push the popping chute and cup open, you also have to tilt it back to control flying arsenals, and then you'll burn your hands!

As you've seen in the Cuisinart video, often the unpopped kernels get dragged out with popped kernels. I just collect them from the bowl and throw them back in the popper. My biggest complaint is it takes a good 10 minutes to finish my popping of 1/2 cup. Maybe 5 minutes until the kernels start to pop and then I have to turn off the popper, collect all the unpopped kernels in my bowl, throw them back in the popper, turn it on, and wait for another 5 minutes to pop. It takes longer than microwave popcorn, but it taste much softer and unburnt.

Also like some suggested, you have to tilt it back and modulate the tilt pretty much most of the time, except during the brief window the kernels rapidly pop and fill up the popping chute, but then after that you have to tilt it back again to make sure the remaining kernels don't fly out and give them a chance to pop. Of course it's too hot to touch and tilt, so you need gloves or a towel.

The other thing is you have to hold the bowl next to the popper so that things don't fly beyond the bowl. It's not hands-free, but it's worth the work over microwave popcorn.

I don't use butter, so I can't comment on it, but again, the cup and cover is so hot that it gets soft. You would think the cup and cover would melt like butter. Well...good to know any plastic in contact with the corns are BPA free since hot plastic will release it.

Given every air popper is designed like this, they all suffer from the same flaws with corn flying around and unpopped kernels escaping, and the heat. You could do just as well with the cheaper brands, but you're paying for the On/Off button and the Cuisinart name and design.

It would be innovative to have a tilt feature. Heck, the On/Off button was innovative. But, there's definitely room for a better design.
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on December 31, 2011
This popper is fast to heat up and pop the corn, it is not heavy and not as loud as our old air popper.
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on May 6, 2012
When I was a kid we had an air popper that we used pretty frequently. It's been a long time since I have had air popped popcorn and I wanted to try it again. Microwave popcorn just doesn't taste the same to me, and generally comes coated with all kinds of fatty flavorings. Corn popped in a pan tastes good but is kind of a pain to make and makes a big mess.

So far I've used it 6 times and this popper does a great job popping almost all of the kernels without making a mess. You can make up to 1/2 a cup of popcorn kernels at a time, although if you use premium popcorn (Orville Redenbacher and the like) you shouldn't use more than 1/3 cup as it pops up bigger than cheap stuff. I had one instance where the popped corn got stuck in the chute and that was when I made a full 1/2 cup at once. It is well designed in that the clear plastic top part does not snap in or anything, it just sort of sits on top so if the chute gets clogged it just pushes the plastic up. All I did was pick the top piece up a little and let the extra popcorn fall into the bowl and then put it back on and everything was good. Got some extra popcorn on the counter but no big deal. This appears to really only be a problem if you use to much popcorn.

Keep in mind that 1/3 cup of premium popcorn is enough to fill a fairly large bowl (I think about 16" wide by 10" tall) and if you should need more than that, the entire popping process takes under 2 minutes to complete so just throw some more in there after the 1st bowl is done.

-Pops almost all of the kernels. Maybe a dozen unpopped ones left in a bowl.
-Very fast, done in under 2 minutes.
-Has an on/off switch, witch a lot of the other air poppers on the market do not have.
-Easy to use

-The red color isn't the most attractive. I wish there had been more color options to choose from.
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on August 4, 2013
Can't someone figure out how to configure a good hot air popcorn popper? To make this one work properly, it must be angled backward about 40 degrees so that the unpopped kernels don't all fly out all over the kitchen floor like a hailstorm. One must make flanges on either side of the chute to keep the popped kernels from flying away from the bowl. All in all a frustrating experience and a lousy design.
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