The Nostalgia brand of popcorn makers takes that fun factor to another level with designs that mimic the street corner popcorn carts of a century ago, but the designs themselves are completely practical and modern. Start by checking that the power switch is off; then plug in the unit. Once your popper is hot, turn it off again. Put a bowl under the chute to catch your popcorn, pour the kernels into the popping chamber, and put the measuring cup back into its spot on the popper.
We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers. Making popcorn on the stovetop can lead to burnt corn and unpopped kernels, while instant microwave popcorn is often too greasy. With a dedicated popcorn machine, you can pop theater-quality popcorn at home every movie night. Popcorn machines vary from compact microwave models to large commercial popcorn carts.