Cook N Home Aluminum Popcorn Popper Stove-Top Review
Most Cook N Home Aluminum Popcorn Popper reviews express satisfaction with this manual-stir stove-top popcorn maker. There are many fewer reviews than appear for the Wabash Valley Farms Whirley Pop, but the Cook N Home Aluminum Popper (starting at $18, Amazon) nonetheless has its partisans. Reviews on Amazon, for example, describe the popped corn as tender and delicious and say the aluminum base heats quickly and evenly. A review on Overstock.com adds that it serves up a mean kettle corn.
We found many more reviews for the pricier stainless steel version of the Cook N Home, which starts at $31. Users of this model like the thick bottom and durable build but note that its 3.3-pound weight makes for heavy lifting when emptying the popcorn into a bowl. The metal gears in the wood-handled crank on both the aluminum and stainless poppers are a key selling point for many users (other stove-top poppers feature plastic gears), but several Cook N Home Stainless Steel Popcorn Popper reviews on Amazon assert that the gears don't mesh well; one user reports metal shavings fell into the pot on first use and another cautions that the lid doesn't shut properly, so oil splatters.
Both the aluminum and stainless Cook N Home Poppers make up to 6.5 quarts of popcorn. Users gripe at the absence of instructions in the packaging, which leaves you on your own to figure out the optimal volume of kernels and the ratio of kernels to oil.
The Cook N Home Stove-Top poppers are good alternatives if the all-metal construction is important to you. And, if you prefer a stainless steel build to aluminum, there is a Cook N Home option. But the reported gear problem gives us some pause, so take that into account when making your decision.