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Tuesday Tips: Popcorn Poppers

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means….. festival, fairs and concessions stands at your local baseball fields! Are any of these events truly complete without some good popcorn? We think not! It is important for owners and operators in these fields to know what type of machine works best for their application. There are three things to keep in mind when shopping for a popcorn popper: production, capacity and kettle construction.


1 oz. Servings per Hour: Each popcorn popper Central sells includes information for how many 1 oz. servings per hour the machine will make. This will directly correlate with the kettle capacity. Using both the kettle capacity and 1 oz. servings per hour capabilities, you will be able to determine the popping cycle time. Again, it is important to consider how your demand fluctuates and if you are able to pop on an as needed basis.
Keep in mind that not all kettle sizes and 1 oz. servings per hour are consistent. They vary among different manufacturers, so be sure to read about each one thoroughly.


Kettle Capacity: All popcorn machines include kettles. Within these kettles is where the unpopped kernels and oil are placed. Their capacity determines how much popcorn can be popped at one time. The most important factor in choosing a machine is matching your demand with the poppers capacity. You want to match a machines capacity as closely as possible to your demand. This will allow you to maximize your profits and reduce product waste.

Kettle Construction


  • Plated Steel: Heavy duty construction
  • Anodized Aluminum: Extremely even cooking heat
  • Stainless Steel: Durable and long-lasting


  • Anodized Aluminum: Maximum performance with easy cleaning
  • Nickel Plated Steel: Maintenance free operation
  • Aluminum: Extremely even cooking heat
  • Dupont® Scratchguard®: Non-stick surface makes for easy cleaning

Holding Cabinet

Heated Corn Deck: If you will be popping your popcorn in bulk, then you will want to consider a heated corn deck. This feature will help keep your popcorn fresh for longer. Keeping the popcorn fresh tasting helps maximize product while keeping customers happy.

Ready to browse? View our plethora of options on our website! Still need help deciding? One our helpful product consultants is happy to assist you at 800.215.9293!