With the increased popularity of wide-screen televisions, surround sound systems, and theater rooms, people are now staying at home to watch movies. And more and more people are finding that to have the complete home theater experience, then you have to have your theater popcorn. This is easily made possible with a countertop popcorn machine. They fit conveniently on a countertop in the theater room or kitchen and makes fresh, crispy, theater quality popcorn every time. However, not all machines are the same, and there are some features that you should look for.
Pick a countertop popcorn machine that fits the size of your family. The kettle sizes are 2, 4, 6, and 8 ounces with the 4 ounce kettle being the most popular. A 4 ounce kettle can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children per batch of popcorn popped. For larger groups of people, just pop more batches. The bigger the kettle size, the bigger the machine is, so figure out how much space you have to work with.
Choose a countertop popcorn machine that has separate switches for the kettle stirrer and heating light. Once the kernels have popped, the kettle needs to be turned off. Leave the heating light on to keep your popcorn warm.
A feature that is often overlooked is to pick one that has a heating light and a heating element. This can make a significant difference in how well the popcorn is kept warm. A heating element will keep the popcorn heated better than a traditional heating light. Also, for families that keep their countertop popcorn machine in their theater room, the heating light can be a distraction. It's easy to replace the heating light bulb with a low wattage one, reducing the light, and still keeping your popcorn warm and crispier with the heating element.
Another important feature is make sure the countertop popcorn machine is quiet. Some machines are noisy. All you want to hear is your fresh, crispy popcorn popping.
All of these features help to make up the perfect countertop popcorn machine that will give you an enjoyable theater experience every time.