Pros / You can make oil- and butter-free popcorn with this popper, which is great for dieters and people who want to add different seasonings.
Cons / You will probably end up with some unpopped kernels.
Verdict / This comes close to the best popcorn makers, as you can enjoy 10-15 cups of light, airy popcorn in less than three minutes with this popper.
With the Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 popcorn maker, in a mere three minutes, you can whip up 10-15 cups of air-popped corn that you can eat as is for only 30 calories per cup. If dieting isn't on the agenda, you can easily melt some butter in the butter warmer on top of the machine or add other flavorings when the popping is done.
Unfortunately, you will end up with a bit of wasted popcorn. Both times we tested this machine using 3/4 of a cup of kernels, we ended up with a tablespoon of unpopped kernels. That is not a huge amount, but the best popcorn makers can create your snack with virtually no kernel left unpopped. If you want virtually no wasted popcorn, take a look at the oil-using, but excellent Cuisinart CPM-700 EasyPop Popcorn Maker that does a great job with every kernel.
Despite the fact that we used premium popcorn that typically yields less popcorn than the cheaper varieties, we got 10 cups of popcorn with this popper. One drawback, though, is that this air popcorn popper tends to shoot some stray bits of popcorn onto the kitchen counter and floor, so it's best to use a tall-sided bowl.
Cuisinart includes a helpful on-off switch, so you don't have to risk touching a hot machine as you unplug it. You simply push a button and it stops. The cord is a bit long at 32 inches, and it does not have a built-in storage area, which is something you find on the best home popcorn makers.
A great feature of this unit is that its removable parts are dishwasher safe, so clean up is fast and easy. You also can easily store this device out of sight when you're not making popcorn, since it is relatively small and quite light for a popcorn popper, weighing in at just over 3 pounds.
You get a measuring cup when you buy this popcorn maker. The plastic parts of the machine are BPA-free, which is good news for anyone concerned about potential health risks from this chemical.
Cuisinart offers some fun recipes in case you want to jazz up the product of this hot air popper. On its website, you'll find recipes for buffalo-style popcorn, pesto popcorn, curry popcorn and more.
You get a generous three-year warranty with this popcorn maker. You can get additional information from Cuisinart's website, including another user manual in case you lose the one that comes with the machine and a video demonstrating how to use the device.
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The Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 makes great popcorn in a very short time, is convenient as far as cleaning and storage goes, and comes with fine customer support. It produces about a tablespoon of unpopped kernels, but you still get 10 cups of crunchy popcorn.