6 Popcorn Makers That’ll Make Cozy Movie Nights So Much Better — and They’re on Sale

published Feb 9, 2023
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Even though streaming movies at home has largely won out over seeing new releases in the theater, the thrill you get from visiting the cinema never gets old. There are ways to replicate this feeling in your living room, such as investing in quality speakers and a big TV screen. You’ll also want to turn the lights low and snuggle up in your favorite blanket. And of course, no movie night is complete without a bowl of popcorn. The kind that comes in microwavable packets taste good — there’s no denying that — but to really achieve theater-worthy kernels, you’re best bet is to get a legitimate popcorn maker. We found six at Macy’s that are not only affordable to begin with, but they’re also marked down as part of the retailer’s Valentine’s Day sale. (Make sure to enter code VDAY at checkout for an extra 10 percent off when applicable!) These handy machines are easy to use and surprisingly compact, so pick the best one for your kitchen counter, grab your seasoning, and get popping!

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was $29.99

Bella's popcorn maker is so convenient, in large part because it spits the fluffy kernels right into your bowl, so you don't have to do any scooping. At less than $20, it's also the most affordable option on the list and doesn't take up a lot of horizontal space. Get it in black for a sleeker look, or opt for red for that vintage feel.

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was $47.99

Watch your kernels as they pop with this fast machine. It might look tiny, but it can make up to 3 quarts of the snack at a time, so you'll be covered for the whole movie marathon. This product features a nonstick plate that's easy to clean, as well as a built-in stirring system that allows for even heating and no unpopped kernels left behind.

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was $124.99

If you have kids or know any Star Wars fans, this R2D2-shaped popcorn maker is the ultimate birthday or holiday gift. Not only does it look just like the beloved character from a galaxy far, far away, but the machine also works like a charm. Its dome-shaped lid even detaches to become a serving bowl, so you can take it to the sofa, throw on your favorite episode, and enjoy.

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was $84.99

Bring the county fair to your kitchen with this old-fashioned cart-shaped popper. It might look like it came straight out of the 1900s, but this machine will have your snack ready in no time. It uses hot air to pop the kernels instead of oil, so not only will your popcorn be healthier, but the vicinity won't smell greasy, either. Place it on the table when friends visit for a fun presentation moment.

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was $59.99

This aluminum stovetop popper achieves quick and even heat distribution, resulting in crispy, fully popped kernels. Its wooden handle protects your hands as you remove it from the stove, and the pot's lid flips up halfway to easily pour the popcorn into your bowl without overfilling it. The popper works on all kinds of stoves, and you'll just want to hand-wash it when you're finished.

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was $24.99

If you're not into the novelty of old-timey popcorn machines or simply don't have any counter space to spare, this smaller collapsible alternative is for you. It's made of food-grade silicone and completely BPA-free, so you can rest assured your snack contains no harmful additives. It can also make up to 15 cups of popcorn at a time, which just takes a few minutes!