Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper

by Debi and Grant

Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn PopperThe Presto PopLite Hot Air Popcorn Popper is the simplest and most healthy method to pop popcorn. A blower blasts hot air, which heats popcorn kernels, they pop and the result is a healthy popcorn snack of about 31 calories per serving.

We feel that Presto makes one of the best air popcorn poppers. We've tried others, but have consistently been disappointed with their performance. Not so with the Presto. It’s a diehard that can last several years. And the design helps to prevent popped popcorn from getting stuck in the chute (which we experienced with other brands).

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Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper
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Operation is simple. Pour popcorn in the ½ cup measuring cup. Pour into the Presto popcorn maker, plug it in and watch the popcorn kernels spin and jump. You can add butter to the top of the hot air popcorn maker to melt over the popcorn as it pops. In 2 ½ minutes, you’ll have popped 18 cups of fluffy, crispy popcorn. Clean up is a breeze.

What we like about the Presto Popcorn Popper

  • Low calories: For those watching their diet, this is the best way to go for popping popcorn.
  • It’s actually faster to use this popcorn maker than it is with microwave popcorn bags.
  • Plus, it’s economical. The Presto popcorn maker is inexpensive, and, if you eat a lot of microwave-bag popcorn, you’ll quickly see a return on your money with this popper.

Things to consider before purchasing the Presto hot air popcorn popper

If you’re use to the rich (and calorie-filled) flavors of microwave popcorn, you could be in for a shock to the simple popcorn flavors this popper produces. However, with simple popcorn seasonings, you can jazz up the flavor and readjust your taste buds to healthier popcorn. Most of our favorite popcorn recipes use air popped popcorn.

Also, be prepared for flying unpopped kernels. While this is a minor nuisance, it has taken some consumers by surprise. Simply tilting the popcorn maker back a bit with a lid seems to fix this problem.

And, like a hand-held hair dryer, this is just as loud. But only for 2 ½ minutes.

Our overall impression of the Presto Poplite Hot Air Popcorn Popper

We've tested a number of hot air poppers. With the exception of the Presto, we've been very disappointed with their performance. Quite simply, there's a reason the Presto Hot Air Popcorn Popper gets 4.5 out of 5 rating from customers on Amazon. It's a quality workhorse of a popcorn popper. And it has been for a very long time.

Do you own the Preston 4820 PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper? Let us know about your experience with this popcorn maker.

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