I bought a Nostalgia Electrics on clearance from walmart's online store for $89 dollars with free shipping. My friend had sent me a link from RedFlagdeals, which is a Canadian forum for just about ANYTHING that is on sale, or if it seems like a hot deal, someone will post about it.
I ordered it last Saturday which was a holiday weekend here in Canada, and it was sitting on my porch Tuesday when I got home from work (Monday was the holiday) so that was nice.
Anyways, the instructions were a little vague about the assembly of the cart, or maybe that was just me gapping out but it didnt take long to assemble, other than 10 minutes of looking for a screw I dropped and it disappearing into the apparent Abyss located in my living room it probably only took 20 minutes to assemble. I have to go back and read this entire thread to find out the good oils and flavor toppings you guys use.
I went to the grocery store, grabbed a small jar of Orville's kernels, some salt and vinegar topping, and a small container of just plain corn oil. I had an older container of vegetable oil so I tried that first, it was pretty horrible, the vegetable oil made it smell like a fast food restaurant and gave the popcorn a heavy oily taste, almost like deep fried fish or something so I threw it out. That was the first batch in a new machine so I didnt really plan on eating it all anyways, kind of like the first time you use a new BBQ you cremate some cheap hotdogs on it to "season" the grill. The second batch I made with the corn oil was way better, the popcorn tasted fluffier and had no added heavy taste, The salt-n-vinegar topping was awesome on it, so my tongue is destroyed as I type this today
It popped really fast, but it seems to use the oil really fast, I have to be careful not to burn it. Can I just add extra oil? Can anybody give me a crash course in making popcorn? I need to get my oil/kernel ratio set right, which kind of makes me want to get the premeasured packs.
It doesnt have a warming tray, but for 89 bucks plus tax I am happy with it. As soon as I grow a layer of skin back on my tongue I will be making more!