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Old 06-19-2014, 08:18 AM - Thread Starter
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Popcorn machine.. has anyone used both GM and paragons? preference?

Like the title says, looking to see if anyone out there has used both Gold medal and paragon popcorn machines and which you prefer overall.

Also, I'm torn by the kettle's material (anodized aluminum vs stainless).

My main concern is that the anodized aluminum might break down over time where as the stainless will not.... so they say.
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:09 PM
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I have used a Gold Metal and Paragon...and own a Paragon. I think that says a lot right there.

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I'd love to get more feedback on the OP's question I'm looking at a 4oz machine and planned on getting a Paragon. I was able to look at both a Paragon Cineplex and a Gold Medal FunPop. I like that the Paragon is made in the USA versus the Gold Medal which is made in China. Not sure I like the kettle setup on the Paragon though. It appears a little "fussy" compared to the FunPop. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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Gold Metal is assembled in the USA with foreign sourced parts(China). Paragon is 100% made in the USA with USA materials. Despite the country of origin, these are both great poppers, and both offer commercial series, that i strongly recommend. I would stay away from the aluminum kettle as they are hard to clean and keep clean, this rings true for the lazy among us who pop the corn and will clean up tomorrow, but tomorrow comes three days later. Yes i am in that group. Stainless steel kettles are much easier to clean and will last for years. I own a 6oz Professional Series Paragon that i purchased reconditioned years ago for $300. In January i had to replace the kettle, and that cost $115, word of advice, if you loan it to family members make sure they know how to use it!
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