Hosting a Super Bowl Party? How to Choose the Right Popcorn Popper Machine.

Choose the right popcorn popper machine for your Super Bowl Party

by Debi and Grant

When we throw a Super Bowl party at our house, popcorn is a popular snack food. And having a sport bar-style home popcorn machine tucked in the corner of the home theater definitely kicks up the festive spirit a notch.

The rapid sound of the popcorn popping in the kettle gets everybody's attention. And, of course, that rich, movie theater popcorn aroma will have your guests making frequent trips to the popcorn maker to fill their bowls.

When Choosing a Popcorn Machine for the Home, size is important

We hear of many people who buy popcorn popper machines either too small or too large for their needs. During the holiday season, several department stores sell attractive inexpensive popcorn machines with a 2.5 oz popcorn capacity. Much too small for a family of four, let alone a party.

In general, popcorn machines with 4 oz, 6 oz and 8 oz kettle sizes work best for home use. On average a child will eat approximately 1 ounce of popcorn. An adult will eat around 2 ounces.

Below is a quick guide of how many adult servings a popcorn machine pops:

4 oz Popcorn Machines
6 oz Popcorn Machines
8 oz Popcorn Machines  

Given that popcorn machines can pop multiple servings of popcorn quickly, a 4 oz popcorn machine could easily handle a family or party of four. A larger gathering of 6 to 8 people would probably need a 6 oz popper. If you frequently host larger parties, an 8 oz popper would be your best bet. We've found our 4 oz machine to suffice for most of our parties. But we're frequently having to pop multiple batches.

Keep Your Budget in Mind, But Don't Skimp

A 4 oz Elite Table Top Popcorn Machine is an inexpensive and popular popcorn popper.

You can find popcorn popper machines ranging from under $100 to $1,000. Quality and workmanship range as well. For home use a few times a month, there are several models like the Elite tabletop popcorn machine that serve your needs without breaking the bank. If you're fanatical about workmanship just as you are with football, then consider a 1911 popcorn machine. With a 4 oz version starting around $350, this is highly decorative, robust old fashion style popcorn machine made in America.

The stylish 1911 Popcorn Machine comes in 4 oz, 6 oz and 8 oz versions.

Buy With a Cart

A popcorn machine on a cart can be a highly attractive addition to your party room. However, if space is a premium, these units do take up room. However, since most carts also serve as a storage space for your popcorn supplies, it can be a useful decorative piece. If considering a cart, don't cheat. We've found many inexpensive and low quality popcorn machines on carts for sale. A good idea is to look for top rated popcorn machines without carts, and then purchase the cart separately.

Other features to keep in mind are when selecting a popcorn machine:

  • Old maid trays: This makes clean up a cinch
  • Bottom tray warmers: Keeps popcorn warm and fresh throughout the game and party (hard to find in 4 oz machines, the Elite Popcorn Machine does include a warmer)

If you should have leftover popcorn after your game, party or movie night, simply bag it up in an airtight container A theater-style popcorn machine can be a great investment for your home theater. And it can make your Super Bowl Party a more exciting visual and delicious experience. If you have popcorn left over after the game, simply bag it up airtight. It can last several days and you'll be prepared for you next movie night.

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