Guide for Top Rated
Home Popcorn Machines

An antique looking home popcorn machine can be a great addition to a home theater

by Debi and Grant

We're frequently asked by friends and family what's the best home popcorn machine to buy. The answer really depends on budget and volume of popcorn you'll need to pop. Below, we've showcased popcorn machines that consistently rate well with consumers, have a record of durability, a good warranty and can meet a variety of budget ranges.

Helpful tip: When considering size, keep in mind that larger sized popcorn machines can pop smaller portions. So, a 6 oz popcorn machine could pop 4 ounces.

Review of Top Rated Home Popcorn Machines by Size

4 oz Popcorn Machines
A 4 oz. home popcorn machine is ideal if you want to pop a small amount of popcorn. How much is 4 ounces of popcorn? A little more than what's produced by a microwave popcorn bag. Producing about 16 1-ounce servings at one time and 92 ounces of popcorn per hour, this size is perfect for homes with an average size family (2 adults and 2 children), small home theaters (less space), small break rooms and game rooms.

Maxi-Matic EPM-450 Elite Tabletop Popcorn Popper Machine

Our pick for the best value in 4 oz popcorn machines for the home would be the Maxi-Matic EPM-450 Elite Tabletop Popcorn Popper. At well under $200, this popper is well constructed with glass and steel plus has features often found in more expensive models.

  • Very easy to wipe the kettle clean; just rotate down, the stirring rod stays out of the way since its' connected to top of the popper
  •  A dedicated warming light to keep your popcorn hot and fresh for hours

The Maxi-Matic Elite Popcorn Popper comes with measuring cup, oil spoon and popcorn scooper and has a 1-year limited warranty.

Paragon 1911 Originals 4-Ounce Antique Popper Popcorn Machine

The Paragon 1911 4-oz Popcorn Machine is one the best looking 4-ounce antique theater style machines and one the best-constructed American-made poppers under $400. If you're wanting an authentic-looking movie theater or street-style popcorn machine for your home theater, this will fit your needs. While it has an old fashion look, the technology behind this popcorn machine is very modern and innovative.

  • Hard-coated anodized aluminum kettle with the highest cooking heat transfer rate
  • Simple to operate side-hinged kettle for quick and easy cleaning
  • Solid commercial-grade cabinet construction
  • Stainless steel trays, drop doors and old-maid (unpopped kernels) drawers
  • Tempered glass side for easy cleaning

Made in the USA, the Paragon 1911 has a 3-year Manufacturer's warranty.

6 oz Popcorn Machines
Considered a medium volume producer, a 6 oz popcorn machine is ideal for larger home theaters or game rooms, larger company break areas, and small church or school PTA events. If you have a family of 5 or more or see yourself entertaining large parties (SuperBowl Sundays, Holidays, etc) , then consider a 6 oz machine. Generally, a good popper will produce 24 one-ounce servings every 3 minutes or about 112 servings per hour.

Deluxe 6 oz Popcorn Maker Machine by Paramount Entertainment

When it comes to a great value, the Deluxe 6 oz Popcorn Maker Machine is a great inexpensive choice for a home popcorn machine. Remarkably, you can find this machine for less than $150. It's simple to operate and has features often found in more expensive machines.

  • Stainless steel detachable kettle and acrylic door makes for simple cleaning (count on about 5-10 minutes to clean this machine overall)
  •  Thick tempered glass walls to resist high impacts
  • Warming deck built into the base of the popper to keep your popcorn hot and fresh
  • Multifunctional control switch to separately operate the kettle, stirrer and deck warmer

The Deluxe 6 oz Popcorn Maker comes with a 5 year warranty.

Paragon TP-6 Theater Pop 6-Ounce Popper Popcorn Machine

Made with high quality materials and sturdy construction in the USA, the Paragon Theater Pop (TP-6) Popcorn Machine is an excellent addition to any distinctive entertainment or game room. At under $500, it's a good value for those who appreciate great craftsmanship and performance.

  • Hard-coated anodized aluminum kettle with the highest cooking heat transfer rate
  • Simple to operate side-hinged kettle for quick and easy cleaning
  • Solid commercial-grade cabinet construction
  • Stainless steel trays, drop doors and old-maid (unpopped kernels) drawers
  • Tempered glass panels for easy cleaning
  • Warming deck to keep your popcorn hot and fresh

The Theater Pop line is Paragon's number 1 seller and comes with a 3 year warranty.

8 oz Popcorn Machines
Producing about 136 oz. of popped popcorn per hour, 8 oz. popcorn machines is ideal for large gatherings, clubs or church and school events. They're also ideal for fundraising events.

Deluxe 8 oz Popcorn Maker Machine by Paramount Entertainment

At around $150, the Deluxe 8 oz Popcorn Machine can be a great buy for those needing to pop a large volume of popcorn without impacting their wallet. The Deluxe is simple to operate and has features found in more expensive models.

  • Stainless steel detachable kettle and acrylic door makes for simple cleaning
  • Thick tempered glass walls to resist high impacts
  • Warming deck built into the base of the popper to keep your popcorn hot and fresh
  • Multifunctional control switch to separately operate the kettle, stirrer and deck warmer

The Deluxe 8 oz Popcorn Maker comes with a 5 year warranty.

Paragon TF-8 Thrifty Pop 8-Ounce Popper Popcorn Machine

Built in the USA, the Paragon Thrifty Pop 8 oz Popcorn Machine features many commercial-grade qualities at an affordable price. At around $400, the Thrifty Pop has a fire-red exterior and fun look. If you're on a budget and looking to add a high volume popcorn machine to a concession stand or need one for PTA school events or church fundraisers, you should consider the Thrifty Pop 8 oz popcorn machine.

  • Hard-coated anodized aluminum kettle with the highest cooking heat transfer rate
  • Simple to operate side-hinged kettle for quick and easy cleaning
  • Solid commercial-grade cabinet construction
  • Tempered glass panels for easy cleaning
  • Presentation lamp to highlight popped corn--great for added impulse sales or adding ambiance in a home theater

The Paragon TF-8 Popcorn Machine comes with a 1-year warranty.

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4 oz. popcorn machines: 92 oz servings per hour | For small gatherings, small-sized family, small home theaters, small break rooms and game rooms.

6 oz. popcorn machines: 120 servings per hour | For larger home theater or game room gatherings, video stores, mid-sized company break areas, and small church or school events.

8 oz. popcorn machines: 160 servings per hour | For consistently large gatherings, restaurants, bars and waiting rooms, larger church and school events.

12 oz. popcorn machines: 240 servings per hour | For commercial settings, concession stands and snack bars and large fundraising events.

Black popcorn machines: With or without cart

Red popcorn machines: With or without cart