National Presto Industries 05200 Stirring Popper Review

popcorn-maker-01With National Presto Industries 05200 Stirring Popper, you can make a large amount of delicious and tasty popcorn within several minutes. And you will seldom get unpopped or burnt kernels. Although it is a basic model, it also offers some extra features. In a word, its excellent performance will not disappoint you.

This Presto Stirring Popper 05200 is one of the best popcorn poppers on the market. You just need to add about a 3/4 of a cup of kernels. Several minutes later, it will produce 20-24 cups of tasty popcorn and there are no unpopped kernels. Due to its simplicity and excellent performance, we add it to our list of top 5 best popcorn poppers.

No uppopped kernels also mean there is no tooth-destroy problem with this popcorn maker. As a hot oil popcorn maker, you will also not get burnt popcorn either, if you strictly follow its instructions.

Its manufacturer claims that this model can make 24 cups or 6 quarts of popcorn at a time. Out test shows that it can make at least 20 cups. We used name-brand popcorn which may produce less popcorn than using less-costly popcorns. No matter what types of popcorns are used, the taste is good.

This machine has a heating plate which is a little different from other popcorn poppers on the market. Most of them use Teflon-like nonstick material to coat the metal surface, but this machine has a metal heating area that features a different texture. Even if the heating area doesn’t have a non-stick coating, anything will not stick on the area.

The kernels will be moved by its the rotating stirring rod around the heating plate through the oil. Several minutes later, you will get a lot of popcorn. You also can add some butter to your popcorn by putting a little butter on top of its heating vent area. The heat of the machine and the steam will make the butter melt and drop onto the popcorn inside. Of course, you cannot add butter onto the heating plate directly, because this will cause smoke.

Once you don’t hear any popping, this means all the kernels are popped. In order to prevent melted butter from oozing out, you need to grasp its handle of the dome and quickly flip the dome over. And then, you can get a serving bowl of fresh popcorn to eat.

Features

As a basic model, this countertop popcorn maker doesn’t come with many extra features. For example, it doesn’t have an on-off switch. This means if you want to turn on or off it, you only can plugg it into an outlet or unplug it to shut it down. This is not convenient more or less. The stirring rod, cover, bowl, as well as the heating plate cannot be washed in the dishwasher. Therefore, you need to wash them by hand. It has a 35.5 inches cord, but it doesn’t offer a cord storage area.

Extras

If you are the first time to make popcorn yourself, some recipes are essential. In its instruction booklet, there are some popcorn recipes that can help you easily to make popcorn. For example, if you plan to make Sassy South of the Border Popcorn, the ingredients include chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, red pepper, as well as other usual seasonings, like salt and butter. However, this one doesn’t come with a measuring cup and it doesn’t use BPA-free plastic.

PROS & CONS

PROS

  • It can help to make a large amount of popcorn within several minutes.

Cons

  • This model doesn’t have an on-off switch. This means you need to turn it on or off by plugging into an outlet or unplugging.

Warranty & Support

This machine comes with a 1-year warranty, similar to other similar models. If you have any problem, you can contact its customer service through phone or email. Its user manual is very detailed and it lists most problems and solutions when it comes to cleaning or operating this popcorn maker.

The Bottom Line

Obviously, this National Presto Industries 05200 Stirring Popper is a simple, basic popcorn maker on the market. It doesn’t have many extra features, but it is able to make a large amount of fresh tasty popcorn at a time. With this machine, you will never encounter burnt or unpopped corn. It is one of the best popcorn makers you can rely on. Of course, compared with theater style popcorn popper, it is so simple but so affordable at the same time.

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