After much deliberation and waffling back and forth over and over about which machine or brand to go with, I have finally decided on a Gold Medal Fun Pop 2404. I actually got very lucky and found a brand new in box unit on eBay for $200 with local pickup only, so it worked out very well for me. I was really kind of wanting a machine with at least a 6 oz. kettle, preferably 8 oz. but I also wanted a commercial quality machine that didn't break the bank, especially after reading about how so many people with Great Northern machines have had rust issues, or kettles burning out after a short time. After popping my first batch with the fun pop I think the 4 oz. kettle size will be just fine since it will be just the wife and I the majority of the time, and it will be quick and easy to pop subsequent batches as needed for when guests come over.
I never thought I would have put so much research into buying a popcorn machine, but I wanted to be sure to get the right machine. I would highly recommend Gold Medal machines, even if you have to save up to get one, the quality is top notch... popcorn machines as with many things in life, you get what you pay for.
The machine came with a small plastic popcorn scoop and some small plastic measuring scoops which should work well for when I use bulk popcorn supplies. I was a bit surprised that they recommend a half tablespoon of flavacol with 1 oz. of oil and 4 oz. of popcorn kernels, that seems to be an awful lot of salt/flavacol. I used just under a 1/4 tablespoon and it was plenty for the 4 oz. of popcorn. I'll try to find out how much salt, kernels and oil are in the 4 oz. fun pop pre measured packets if I have the time to mess with it later.
So what accessories should I look at for my new machine? I don't think I'll get a cart for it right away, but I was going to get a speed scoop and some kettle cleaner, maybe some bags to use when I have guests over, anything else?
Last edited by GlocksRock; 09-13-2017 at 01:06 PM.