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Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 popcorn maker review

The Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 Popcorn Maker is a small but mighty hot air popper that quickly makes 10-15 cups of popcorn.

Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 popcorn maker review
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Our Verdict

With the Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 popcorn maker, you can enjoy 10-15 cups of light, airy popcorn in less than three minutes with this popper.

For

  • Air popped is great for dieters
  • Butter warmer at top of machine
  • Small and easy to store
  • Dishwasher safe

Against

  • You will probably end up with some unpopped kernels
  • Some popcorn misses the bowl

With the Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 popcorn maker you can whip up 10-15 cups of air-popped corn in minutes. The end result is only 30 calories per cup, which is ideal for dieters. 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. The Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 popcorn maker is one of the best popcorn makers we reviewed. To find out why, keep reading. 

Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 popcorn maker: What you need to know

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. For larger batches, check out the West Bend 82505 Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper. One drawback of the Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 popcorn maker, 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.

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.

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.

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Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air image: This popper makes healthy popcorn with its air-pop method.

Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air image: This popper makes healthy popcorn with its air-pop method.
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Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air image: This popper helps make movie nights at home feel like you are in the theater.

Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air image: This popper helps make movie nights at home feel like you are in the theater.
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Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air image: This popper is available in multiple colors.

Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air image: This popper is available in multiple colors.
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Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air image: There are controls for turning the popper on and off, so you don't have to unplug it while it's hot.

Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air image: There are controls for turning the popper on and off, so you don't have to unplug it while it's hot.
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Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air image: Cleaning is easy with this popcorn maker because the removable parts are dishwasher safe.

Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air image: Cleaning is easy with this popcorn maker because the removable parts are dishwasher safe.

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.

Should you buy the Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air CPM-100 popcorn maker? 

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 a few unpopped kernels, but you still get 10 cups of crunchy popcorn.