Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper, Yellow
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- Pops popcorn with hot air, not oil
- Pops regular or gourmet popcorn
- Butter melter doubles as measuring cup
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From the manufacturer
- Base and cover simply wipe clean.
- One year limited warranty.
- Stock No. 04820. 120 Volts AC, 1475 Watts.
- Faster, healthier, and more economical than most microwave bag popcorn.
- Use regular or gourmet popcorn with terrific results — virtually no unpopped kernels.
- Pops up to 18 cups of gourmet popcorn in less than 2 1/2 minutes
- Hot air popped corn is all natural with no artificial flavors or added salt. Zero grams of saturated fat per serving.
- Butter melter doubles as a handy measuring cup.
- Chute directs popcorn right into your bowl.
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Best hot air popper! Convenient, natural and light! Pops regular or gourmet popping corn with hot air, not oil, for a healthy, low calorie treat ! Fast! Pops up to 18 cups of gourmet corn in less than 2 1/2 minutes. Leaves virtually no un-popped kernels. 120 volts, 60 Hz only.
Plug in Presto’s PopLite and the party begins. In less than 2-1/2 minutes you’ll have up to 18 cups--two large bowlfuls--of fluffy popcorn with virtually no unpopped kernels. And because the machine uses hot air instead of oil, the resulting snack is healthier and lower in calories. That’s not to say you can’t add butter; in fact, the 1/2-cup measuring cup on top of the popper doubles as a butter melter. Simply put in the desired amount of margarine or butter (room temperature is best), and it melts from the heat produced during the popping process. The clear plastic cover and cup, which must stay on during popping so the popped corn doesn’t fly all over the room, easily remove for hand cleaning with warm, soapy water. No other clean-up is required. While a few unpopped kernels spring out the chute as the machine begins to heats up, the chute does a good job of directing the popped corn into a bowl. The popper measures 14 by 9 by 6-1/2 inches, and is identical to Presto’s Orville Redenbacher Hot Air Corn Popper except for color and logo. Presto covers 1 year limited warranty. --Ann Bieri NOTE: State of California Proposition 65 requires that we include the following warning: WARNING! This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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I used Franklins Popcorn, Wisconsin Birch and Jiffy Pop jumbo pop. The Jiffy pop was the worst, Wisconsin Birch was the best.
Based on my experience, I would say that for whatever reason, the average popcorn does not taste good or have the proper texture after popping in this machine. Perhaps one needs to use a special popcorn. Surprised at my experience when so many people raved about this machine. I am going to try Orvilles popcorn and if that is good, I will change this review. Sorry Presto
One small durability note, the butter softener on top seems to have some trouble with the heat generated by the unit. The butter does not completely soften (unless you soften it first in the microwave, which I think kind of defeats the point), but somehow the corner of our butter softener dish has melted. Not sure how or when it happened as we don't use that tray very often, but now we have to maneuver it a bit to get it to fit in its slot. Not a deal breaker by any means, but something to be aware of.
The biggest problem I have with the unit is that there is no off switch; you just have to unplug the unit. Other reviews seem to suggest that it has an auto-off feature, but ours has never turned off on its own, which means you are pulling a live plug out of the wall. Not the safest thing in the world, so make sure you are not letting kids do this on their own unless they know how to handle the plug properly to avoid potential sparks.
We have made a ton of popcorn since we purchased this unit in February (we went through a bit of a popcorn craze after purchasing it), and it has shown no signs of burning out as other reviewers have found. Overall, we are pleased.
1. Popcorn kernels pop out all the time. I've tried angling it back but they still come out, at very hot temperatures. It's almost a game to catch and pop them back in without feeling the heat.
2. It takes longer to wait for them to pop than it does to make a pre-made bag in a microwave.
3. Since it takes such a long time for the kernels to pop, it actually melted the butter dispenser on the top.
We're still keeping it because of the few kernels that don't pop from the microwave but we probably won't use it as our main popcorn provider.
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I called Amazon and was told I would need to go to the Mf for warranty. I called Presto and they told me that they couldn't give me any warranty because we live in Canada. I call Amazon and they were AMAZING. They offered me a new unit or my money back. I chose the new unit and they send it with 2 day delivery. When we received the new one we realized that the original was missing a screen over the heater and motor. It was faulty not a bad popper. Our new one works fantastic and we would have no trouble recommending the Presto popper or our Amazon purchase.
I mean... hot air+kernels=popcorn. How hard can it be?
Apparently... VERY! I have had four popcorn poppers and all of them were possessed by Satan... or at the least some evil spirit. I mean... EVIL machines that throw popcorn everywhere except the bowl and then toss kernels into the bowl only for them to explode in the bowl throwing popcorn all over the floor.. It turned me off to popcorn they were so awful to use so I decided to finally buy the best rather then the cheapest.
Oh! I never knew that popcorn poppers actually WORK! Plug in... pop...pop...pop... enjoy. Who knew!
Yes, I am sure it's most lightly perfectly safe and such chemicals are so low it won't do anything at all.
Yes, I am sure other popcorn machines may also have the same issue, yet don't put a label.
But, with that said, wife does not want it and will be returning it.
- There is no ON/OFF switch
- The machine gets very hot. You cannot make back-to-back batches, you must wait for the machine to cooldown first, otherwise the plastic gets dangerously hot.
- The machine is only good at making a certain size batch. Too little and the kernels fly everywhere, too much and the machine overheats
- This machine does not waste many kernels BUT it is very messy. A lot of the kernels that fly into your bowl are so hot that they explode inside the bowl, sending popcorn everywhere. The popcorn bowl sometimes looks like a minefield.
- The machine is too light and moves around on the counter during operation. You need to keep an eye on it or hold it down.
The popcorn taste decent though so 3 stars.
Only negative is that it does not have an on/off switch.... you plug it in, and boom, it starts. Not sure how safe that is.
I hadn't made popcorn for a while and bought some this weekend which I tried to make it in one of those silicone microwave popcorn makers. but my old microwave seriously does not like those So I thought it was time to break out the big guns and get a real machine. This one.
I expected it to be easy to use and it was. It does not at all bother me that there is no on or off switch. It's simole enough to plug it when it use and unplug when done. But what I did not expect was how much superior the popcorn was when popped to microwave popcorn. With the same package of popping corn kernels I had used a few days earlier, the popped kernels with the Pop-Lite were clearly larger, softer and better tasting. This machine made a superior popcorn to anything I've used in ages. I had used the same popping corn a few days earlier and it tasted alright. But with my Pop-Lite it just tasted a bit sweeter somehow. Just better tasting and softer kernels.
I only took off 1 star for something that was not ideal for me. You do have to make A LOT of popcorn at a time, by filling the measuring cup. I am the only one eating the popcorn in my house. While I can store the unused portion, I'd prefer to make just the amount I want each time.
But yes, I love my machine. It makes some great tasting popcorn imo.
The kernels take so long to pop and they fly everywhere making such a mess. There’s a strong plastic smell every time I used it which stayed in the air for a while.
I was hoping with 9k reviews it was going to be decent. But putting a bag of microwaveable popcorn honestly seems like a better idea, no chance of it catching on fire and no buttery
Un-popped Kernels flying everywhere.