I bought this unit even after reading the few negative reviews – i should have listened to them. It looks great, but doesn’t pop corn. I have tried it twice now thinking maybe i needed a different type of popcorn or oil. I warmed the unit(first time 5 min, second time longer)put in the oil and then the corn. The first go round i got no popped corn at all and the second try i got about 10 – 15 popped kernels after 25 min. The unit didn’t seem to get hot enough. I have now had to clean it twice with no popcorn to show for the trouble. I agree with a previous review, only good for a paperweight. 5-2-13 amendment: i contacted nostalgia electrics and explained the problems i was having with the popper.
Ok, this product is what i expected it to be. It’s a cheap version of commercial popcorn maker. It could be worse by being an hot air popper so it has that going for it. The popcorn comes out perfectly cooked. My only gripe is that quite a few uncooked kernels pop out with the cooked ones. I’m guessing the lid is a little too light.
I bought one and the kids loved it and my parents loved too. We use it weekly for family movie night and still works great over a year later.
This popcorn machine is great. The look is unique, and better yet, it make wonderful popcorn. I pop my corn with coconut oil, and flavocol, the seasoning used in the theaters. The machine works quickly, and the whole house has that wonderful theatre popcorn smell. I deffinately recommend this machine. Makes just enough popcorn for two to three people at a time perfectly every time.
- We have had this machine for 2 years. I
- Very nice old fashion style
- It pops almost every kernel and easy set up
Nostalgia HKP200 2.5-Ounce Popcorn Popper with Lighted Marquee
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- Pops up to 10-cups of popcorn per batch
- Perfect for use with all Nostalgia Popcorn Kits! (Theater Hot Air & Kettle Kit-KPK400, PCJ30-Shoft shelled Popping Kernels, PPB600-Reuseable Popcorn Bowls)
- Large, 2.5-ounce stainless steel kettle with built-in stirring system
- Vented windows
- Vented windows
- Pull out drawer for easy serving access
- Includes 150 reusable vinyl letters to customize the lighted marquee!
The pan could be a little bit bigger, but is easy to use and make fast popcorns .
I read many of the reviews on different sites and i would have to say buy it if you don’t like it send it back. For me this thing is awesome. I wanted a popcorn maker that could make popcorn like the theater and thats what this thing does.
It’s not as easy to disassemble for cleaning as our other machine. It looks really cool though.
We have a new game room and we received this as a present to entertain the grand kids. I was skeptical after i read the reviews here, but was pleasantly surprised. The kids loved listening and watching the popcorn shoot out. You do have to listen and when it is almost done popping, turn the handle to empty the pot so the popcorn left inside doesn’t burn. I used good old orvil and the popcorn tasted great. We added salt and butter, but toppings are optional for those dieting. Cleaning is a little time consuming, but not impossible. We wiped the inside down and soaked the popper and bottom bowl with soap and it was ready to go for the next party. It is harder to store than smaller units, but not an issue for us.
I really like the popcorn machine. Its real easy to used n looks good in any room.
I’ve owned the ‘nostalgia hollywood popcorn maker’ for over a year now. Used it on many occasions and quite happy with this popper. I’ve also used many different brands of kernels (tho i favor some brands over others), and on each occasion received a successful pop. There are some instructions one must follow (included), but in doing so, i’ve never experienced burnt popcorn, or an extreme of undercooked kernels. Once the kettle cools, clean it out after each use (yes, hand washing required). Note: i’ve popped an array of plain, buttered, and caramelized popcorn in this machine, and i get a yummy bunch each timeeach batch can feed 2-4 people (depending on how hungry they are). A kettle wash-&-clean is not required if a second batch needs to be made soon after the first batch. I’ve learned batch #2 is easier to make when the kettle is still hot from batch #1. Simply remove all popped corn from the kettle’s first batch, turn the power back on for a minute or two at most, fill with oil, fill with kernels and batch #2 is underwaycleaning the popcorn maker is not much of a hassle. Before replacing the clean kettle back into the machine, i wipe down the popper’s insides with damp paper towel.
It pops almost every kernel and easy set up. My only complaint is that the kettle does not have a magnet for the lid so it falls easily and since you have to preheat the kettle it can burn.
I bought 6 of them for gifts at the christmas party. 3 out of 5 had a problem out of the gate. 2 of them a kernel got stuck on the rotating arm inside of kettle. After freeing them up they have been working. The dump arm on one was stuck and would not dump the popcorn. After forcing it started working.
It was a gift for my granddaughter and her family.
The hollywood kettle poporn maker was at the top of my granddaughters christmas list (she found it in a catalog). It came with measuring cups for the oil and popcorn so it was easy for her to use correctly. It worked great from the first time, even over flowing the kettle just like at the theater. The day after christmas she had fun popping popcorn for most of the neighborhood.
The price of movies and those $10. 00 bags of popcorn are sometimes out of my budget, so i rent a movie and make popcorn in my nastalgic popcorn popper with my own name on the marquee.
I have this popcorn maker for about a year now, and we love it. The kettle could be a bit easier to clean, but over all, the popcorn comes out really good. No more microwaveable popcorn for us.
We got this machine a few days ago, we loved the look of it when we took it out of the box. But the real test came when we put it to the test because we are true popcorn lovers in my household. This machine was great and the popcorn taste was just of that of the movie theater. I do think the plastic sides, back and front could be a little thicker but still over all still give it high stars.
Last christmas, this was one of only three things my 8-year-old daughter wanted for christmas. She got it and we are very happy with it. It may not make a whole lot of popcorn all at once but once it’s warmed up, it is so fast and fun to watch, who cares. It makes plenty of popcorn for our family-of-four movie nights and it was a hit at our daughter’s 2nd grade, last-day-of-school party. We even put ‘good bye second grade’. 5 stars for the novelty of it and 5 stars for popcorn it makes.
We have had this machine for 2 years. I wouldn’t say we use it ‘regularly’. Once or twice a month when the kids have their friends stay the night, or if we are entertaining guests. We have yet to have any problems out of this thing. I would have given it 5 stars, but this thing is insanely loud.
Awesome to have a movie theater style popcorn maker at home.
I used this almost every week in my classroom. It is easy to clean and store. The price was much better on amazon than in my local stores. My purchase was refurbished i believe so i paid a great price for it.
Have not had much of a chance to use it yet. Although the few times i have used it my wife loved it.