What's the best popcorn popper?

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March 27 2008 7:49 AM

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What's the best popcorn popper?

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Popability: 9 (out of 10)
Usability: 5 (out of 10)
Taste: 9 (out of 10)
Total: 23 (out of 30)

Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper

Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper, $16.94 The Presto PopLite looks exactly like the hot-air popper I used as a kid—right down to the ugly yellow top. But it gets the job done, popping all of the popcorn in just about a minute and half and leaving just a few unpopped kernels. Like the Toastess, it came with a useless butter warmer—is melting butter really this hard?—and no on/off switch. But it's also cheap, costing little more than a few boxes of the microwave stuff. And the taste was great: The kernels were airy and crunchy and were perfectly complemented with just a touch of salt and butter. I think the Presto and I will be very happy together.

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Popability: 9 (out of 10)
Usability: 6 (out of 10)
Taste: 9 (out of 10)
Total: 24 (out of 30)