Which Popper is Right for Me?

If you’re thinking about buying a popcorn machine, the amount of options can seem overwhelming. Don’t worry! With six simple questions, we can help point you in the right direction.

  1. Where will the popper be used?
  2. Who will be operating the popper?
  3. How many servings do you need to make in one hour?
  4. How much space do you have for the popper?
  5. How much electric is available?
  6. Who will be responsible for cleaning and maintaining the popper?

Small Venue Poppers:  For home and small business use, you should look at 4, 6, or 8-oz. poppers. These machines will produce 60-160 oz. of popcorn per hour. The convenient size means they can fit on a countertop or be paired with a cart. They run on a standard 120V 15-amp plug. All models come with a removable E-Z Kleen Kettle, so it is simple for anyone to clean and maintain. The PowerOff® Control is available on select models, which will automatically turn off after 15 minutes of idle time. This is ideal in situations when there is not a dedicated person operating the popper.

Commercial & Concession Poppers:  The next size up is the 12/14-oz. size, which is right for standard concession stands such as schools, corporate events and fundraisers. You can anticipate producing up to 210 oz. of popcorn per hour. Countertop or cart display is possible. This size also has a 120V 15-amp plug. For easy cleaning, each has the stainless steel E-Z Kleen Kettle. In most cases, the person operating the popper will be trained. For added safety, consider models with the PowerOff® Control.

High Traffic:  Larger concession stands need the volume of a 16-0z. popper capable of producing 240-320 oz. of popcorn per hour. This size works well in environments like retail locations, restaurants, cinemas and some stadiums/arenas. For space, it would require either a large counter space or a cart/base. The 120V 15-amp plug is still used for these models. Additional features include: E-Z Kleen Kettles, PowerOff® Control and Big Eye Electronic Heat Control. It is recommended that only trained employees operate this level of equipment.

Large Venues/Manufacturers:  When you require quality and quantity in your popcorn production, look at poppers sized 32 oz. up to 60 oz. Grocery stores, cinemas, stadiums/arenas and manufacturing facilities require this type of a popcorn powerhouse. Production rates range from 500-oz. to 1,200-oz. of popcorn per hour. These are floor models that run off of a 120/208V or 120/240V 50 amp plug. Features may include: updraft ventilation, fire suppression systems and filtration capabilities. Plus, with FlexiPop, you will be able to tailor the batch size. Training is required for all operators.

From the largest to the smallest operations, Gold Medal has the knowledge and experience to recommend the right popper for your needs! Eliminate the guesswork by contacting our concession professionals today at 800-543-0862 or via email at info@gmpopcorn.com.

Categories: Concession Industry, Popcorn/Gourmet Popcorn

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