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Look for something sturdier, and easier to clean!
on November 28, 2015
I purchased this based on reviews, and a couple of the traits of this particular West Bend Popper are more problematic than I had expected prior to purchase. Bear in mind, it works well enough that I'm not willing to go through the nuisance of returning it, but once it dies I will not purchase the same model again. Here's why:
1. The coated popping surface isn't removable, and this was an appealing feature to me until I got the popper. It doesn't come off to clean it, but it is not sealed on the edges, either, so oil, hull, salt and pepper, etc... all get between the base and the popping surface. It's a clean-up nightmare because I can't get into the spaces to clean it well, the soap & water damp sponge clean up that is recommended allows moisture and soap to get under the popping surface edges, and even with pipe cleaners I'm unable to get all the stuff out of the cracks. I expect that some of the debris is even pushed further under the surface! Ugghhh!
2. The bowl/lid is very flimsy AND while popping, it collects condensation inside the lid causing some of the popcorn to be wet. Again, Ugghhh!!! I fully expect that one of these days, while I'm washing this flimsy lid by hand, it's going to crack and then, I suppose, West Bend anticipates that I'll purchase a new lid. Hmmm....