There are a few threads on this forum that go over this. But you should be looking for:
* Old Maid Drawer- the bottom will be perforated to allow unpopped kernels (old maids) to fall through and into the drawer. This makes cleanup much easier.
* Heated Deck- keeps the popcorn warm and even allows you to keep the popcorn in the machined overnight or for a few days and heat it up. Some people on the forum have said they like the popcorn better a day or two later.
* Kettle- aluminum, stainless or non-stick. Different manufacturers make different types of kettles.
For the money and warranty I think Paragon and Gold Medal are your best bets. Paragon has a Limited Lifetime (yes Lifetime) warranty on their 4 oz machines and their machines are built like tanks. Good luck deciding and let us know if you have any other questions.
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