Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper Review

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The Presto PopLite garners the top spot among air popped popcorn machines, with users raving about its evenly popped kernels and ease of use despite the lack of an on/off switch.

Scores of Presto PopLite reviews assign this hot air popper top grades, citing its ease of use, evenly popped kernels, and simple clean-up as supporting evidence. Although some reviews on Amazon gripe about the plastic build and the absence of an on/off switch (you have to plug and unplug the machine), for the price, this model is hard to beat. As with all hot air poppers, there's no need for oil (unless you choose to add melted butter or margarine after the kernels are popped), and the resulting product is slightly healthier than the popcorn made with stove-top and electric poppers, which require a spot of oil. Reviews on Walmart, for example, comment appreciatively on the saved calories and further note that the PopLite makes a more nutritious (and cheaper) treat than the microwave alternative. We did read a few comments about the dryness of air-popped corn, but many consumers say they prefer the fresh and natural taste and note you can always add flavorings when the popping's done. Reviews on Epinions praise its efficiency -- only a few unpopped kernels -- and what one user describes as its "brainless" operation. The Presto PopLite (starting at $20, Amazon) also scores with consumers for its user-friendly clean up (wipe out the popping chamber and give the plastic top a quick soapy bath, especially if used to melt butter) and durability.

Adding 1/2 cup of kernels into the popping chamber gives you about 18 cups of popcorn in three minutes. A few users point out that the PopLite's taller stature, compared to similar machines in the cheap price range, gives it a slight advantage because the kernels have more time and space to explode before shooting out into a bowl.

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In the cheap hot-air popcorn makers segment, the Presto PopLite receives the most consistent positive reviews. Its ability to produce big fluffy popcorn in an easy, straightforward manner makes it a solid pick.

Adding 1/2 cup of kernels into the popping chamber gives you about 18 cups of popcorn in three minutes. A few users point out that the PopLite's taller stature, compared to similar machines in the cheap price range, gives it a slight advantage because the kernels have more time and space to explode before shooting out into a bowl.

In the cheap hot-air popcorn makers segment, the Presto PopLite receives the most consistent positive reviews. Its ability to produce big fluffy popcorn in an easy, straightforward manner makes it a solid pick.

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