Waring Pro WPM25 Professional Popcorn Maker, Red
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- Classic Look, Vintage Styling With Magnetized Door Detach For Easy Cleanup. -Perfect Portions, Pops Up to 8 Cups of Fresh Popcorn, Fun to Serve! -Optimum Results, 300 Watts of Power. Pivoting Kettle for Efficient Popping -Performance, Removable Serving Tray.
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Everyone Wants Popcorn. And the Waring Pro WPM25 Professional Popcorn Maker delivers up to 8 cups of hot, delicious popcorn in just a few minutes. Great for kid's parties, game time snacks, or just because you're in the mood. The magnetized door and pivoting kettle easily remove for easy cleaning, and includes a removable serving tray. Dimensions of the item; Inside the Gift Box (LWH)- 14 x 14 x 19.75 inches, Weight- 13.8 lbs. Out of box (LWH)-11x 11.5 x 17 inches, Weight- 13 lbs.
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I already had an electric stirring-type popcorn popper (Presto, the Orville brand), and was very satisfied with its performance and simplicity of use and clean-up. It remains my standard, everyday popper, but when I want the best popcorn, I use the Waring Pro.
There are a few caveats, though.
First, you must use coconut oil, the same as the theaters. Use "virgin," not some hydrogenated product or adulterated version. Read about this to confirm it's not unhealthy.
Second, use only the pre-measured amounts, a ratio of 1/3 cup of popcorn to 1 tablespoon of oil.
Third, use popcorn salt. It is ultrafine and clings to the popcorn. It only takes 1/2 teaspoon for the above corn/oil.
Fourth, put the salt in with the oil and corn while popping to assure even distribution.
Those caveats apply to all popcorn makers to get the best results.
The Waring Pro in particular has its own quirks. First, it doesn't make 9 cups at a time, as advertised. It is more like 4 cups, so it does not make a lot, only enough for 1 person or perhaps 2 at a time. It can be re-used right away though, so it will make those 9 cups in 2 poppings, which will about fill the included plastic tray.
The popping unit is a little small, making cleanup somewhat difficult. The recommended way to clean it is to put water into it after use and boil the water and then empty it into the tray. This is not a good way. It is messy, somewhat prone to spilling the hot water, and not completely effective. The inside of the covers (the ones that flip up during popping), for instance, will not be cleaned with this method. However, the popping unit is easily removable after a little practice. It must be unplugged from inside and then can be rinsed out with a little soapy water in the sink and the entire inside of the popcorn maker must also be wiped out to get rid of occasional oil splatters.
Much more popcorn of nearly equal quality can be made with the bubble top type electric stirring poppers. My Presto will make nearly 3 times as much as the Waring Pro, for example, but the quality is not quite as good due to limited air escape, making it a little bit on the soggy side, while the Waring Pro makes dry, light, fluffy popcorn due to excellent air circulation. It does leave a few more unpopped kernels than the Presto, though. Some of them simply explode out of the popper during popping, but it is not an excessive amount. It will leave a dozen or more unpopped kernels, while the Presto will leave only about a half dozen.
The appearance is, of course, part of the experience, and no bubble top can compare with a theater style popper. I only wish I had bought a bigger unit to complete the experience, but then storage becomes a problem, as the small unit is already a bit large to store. I keep it on top of my refrigerator where it looks nice, but not everyone may like this option, and a larger unit (one that has its own stand, for instance) would need to go in a more dedicated space.
Altogether, I am very happy with this product. It is reliable, looks good, makes the best popcorn (though not a lot at a time), and is not overly expensive.
Good quality popcorn oil and salt are available from Paragon, via Amazon.com
We also ordered a few other items to go with it. Popcorn, popcorn salt, theater butter and coconut oil.
Spent just under $100 total... yes thats a lot to spend for popcorn... but we like good popcorn.
This machine has performed with out a hitch... well over 100 pops and it is still going.
I will buy another once this one quits.
When we have company over they want us to pop some popcorn. They also agree its great popcorn.
it takes a little longer to pop than microwave corn but its so much better.
Time about 7 minutes to pop first batch... which is just enough for 2 people.
-- second pop is quicker by 3 minutes...
-- On the other hand this beats having to hand crank a pot popcorn maker.
Plastic is what this is mostly made of... no real glass on it at all.
Clean up can be a challenge... the pot is removable but the metal hangers are not... they have sharp edges
Spilled popcorn... when you dump the popping pot it will pour popcorn out the front every time. (we just move the catch container forward to catch the popcorn to avoid this.)
Price is right
from what I can see this machine will end up saving us money on our popcorn. ( used it to make popcorn balls for christmas time )
Quality of the pot... it has held up well ... better than I expected.
Because it is small it takes up very little space. ( this was what made me disappointed when we got it... now its a definite plus)
I would definitely recommend this one... but I have never had a problem with it so I have not had to call customer service.
At this point I have definitely got my moneys worth out of this little machine.
- Pops up to 8 cups of popcorn at a time
- Fun for kids to watch the kernels pop (great for children's birthday parties)
- You can control how much butter, salt, sugar goes into each batch
- Easy to clean (love the pull out tray)
- Looks very fun and cute in our "man-cave"
- For about 8 cups of popcorn, you end up with about 1/9 cup of unpopped kernels. Expected.
***** Update ***** 2 yrs later ... We have used this 6 times a year
- Still works great. No broken or defective parts to date.
- No burnt popcorn. We have never had any burnt popcorn. Each pop has been delicious!