Popcorn Machine Olympics

On your mark get set go.  We time the fastest popcorn machines for the Popcorn Olympics.  You can watch the videos to find out the fastest time on a popcorn kettle.

Street Vendor Popcorn Machine shown below. Pop Cycle Time: 4:45.4

Theater Popcorn Machine Pop Cycle Time: 3:50.1

Art Deco Popcorn Machine Pop Cycle Time: 5:01.1

Home Theater Popcorn Machine Pop Cycle Time: 4:44.0

Watch the Olympics of Popcorn Machines, you can also check them out at HTmarket.com home theater popcorn machines

Choosing a Popcorn Machine

If you’re considering a popcorn machine for your home theater, you’ve no doubt noticed that there’s a huge variety of popcorn poppers available. It’s important to choose the one that’s right for your needs. To make the best choice, you might find it useful to think about some of the following factors.

Price
This is the most obvious factor when making any purchase, and popcorn poppers are no exception! It’s important to bear in mind that the least expensive machine may not be the machine that’s best for you. This device will be making popcorn for you and your guests for a long time, so it’s best to find a compromise between cost and quality, and make sure you don’t regret passing up a popper that’s a little better!

Kettle Size
You’ll notice that popcorn machines are available with a range of kettle sizes, from 4oz machines all the way up to 16oz. This is the amount of unpopped popcorn kernels the kettle can pop in one go. 1oz of unpopped popcorn makes roughly 2.5 cups of popped popcorn, so a 4oz kettle will make 10 cups per batch, and a 16oz kettle will make 40 cups! A 4oz or 6oz kettle is ideal for many home theater owners. If you’re going to be making popcorn for a large family or a business, however, you may wish to consider a popper with one of the larger kettles.

Features
Popcorn poppers come with a variety of features, which may or may not be something you want in a popper. Some have their own lighting, and many feature doors, carts, or cabinets for oil and other popcorn supplies . A warming deck can keep popcorn warm until it’s ready to be enjoyed, which is a good thing when you’re hosting events. Kernel drawers, anodized non-stick kettles, push-button oil dispensers and popcorn supply storage are just a few of the many useful features to consider.

Style
Last but certainly not least, poppers come in a wide variety of designs. Whether your home theater has a classic or contemporary feel, there’s a popcorn popper that fits your decor perfectly. Your popcorn machine will be a very visible part of the room, so consider how its colors and design will fit in. Style matters!

Movie Theater Popcorn at Home

Perhaps you’ve got the right screen, seating and sound… but your home theater is still missing something. It’s the sound, smell and taste of freshly popped, theater-style popcorn!  A popcorn popper is an excellent way to complete that theater feel at home, to delight your family and impress your guests. 

Adding a popcorn popper brings authenticity, charm, and- most of all- fun to any home theater.  HTmarket.com has a popcorn machine that’s just right for your home theater, with a huge variety of styles and kettle sizes. They also have a great popcorn supply selection (such as butter, buckets, and oil), as you’ll need popcorn supplies to keep your movie theater popcorn popping!

I want a popcorn machine!

I was looking at popcorn machines over at HTmarket.com, and
it got me thinking… I could really use
one of these. I daresay I need one.

When I was a younger guy, I worked in a four-screen movie theater
called the Glen Theater, as an usher and concessions
booth worker. And lemme tell ya, was pretty much the best job a 16-year-old guy
could have. The work was easy, and came in very short, very intense bursts,
punctuated by hours of playing cards and talking about movies. We were allowed
to see free movies anytime we liked, with no limit. We got free popcorn and soda,
and the occasional bag of candy. I also had a crush on half the girls who
worked there…

Anyway, Thoreau had his Walden, Lyra had her Oxford, I had the Glen.
Everything about it was perfect, even the imperfect parts.

A big part of the job was keeping the popcorn machine running. It was an 8 oz.
kettle machine, with an automatic oil pump. It was truly ancient- probably older than I am. Nevertheless, it worked flawlessly.

That smell was everywhere. It was completely and permanently
infused into my work shirt- I only had one, after all, and I worked almost
every day- and no amount of washing could cause the shirt to lose that characteristic
popcorn essence. Not that I ever wanted it to, of course; I could be anywhere,
and as long as I smelled that popcorn smell, I was in a good mood. Pavlov would
be proud. Remarkably, over a decade later, it still works that way! I can’t
imagine walking into a theater without smelling fresh, kettle-popped popcorn,
and the minute I step through the doors, any theater feels like home.

Microwave popcorn is nowhere close, in my opinion. I’ve mentioned that I’m
going to have a home theater of my own someday, and I still intend to do so.
When I do, mark my words: it will not be complete until I have a real popcorn machine, popping away, filling my brain with memories via those marvelous
popcorn sounds and smells.