Ok. So my theatre room isn't finished yet but I couldn't wait to get a popcorn machine.
Who doesn't love the smell and taste of fresh popcorn when watching a movie right?
I did several comparisons online listing all the various features of each brand of machine before making a decision.
I was looking for a smaller unit (4oz,) because it is mainly my wife and I that will be using it. I figured that we could do multiple batches if the need arises.
Any ways...I settled on the Benchmark Street Vendor 4 oz. model.
It had several features that I liked. Some of the other machines also have these features but sometimes not in the 4 oz. models.
First off I liked the retro styling as it fits the room decor better.
I also liked the idea of a warming deck and "old maid" drawer.
The unit arrived (after I ordered it online) in about a week and a half without any issues.
There was virtually minimal setup and after a thorough cleaning inside and out it was ready to go.
I didn't like the color of the scroll piece on the top so I painted it gold and gave it an antique glaze to give it a richer color. It came a brown color that made it look cheaper in my opinion.
Here is the repainted version.
My first impressions are very good. It has a 3 year warranty and works very well.
I was surprised that the stirring motor was as noisy as it was but overall I like the features on the unit:
-Double plexi front doors
-"Old Maid" drawer
-Very good fit and finish
I hope this thread will give you an idea of what this model looks like if it is one of the models you are considering purchasing.
Oh yeah, here is a shot of where the unit power cord is located if that is something you would like to know.