So far we are happy with 1911 6oz the popcorn is awesome. We tried a few things and the whole families favorite is popcorn made with Organic Coconut oil from Costco with a little salt. I noticed you don't have to use the entire amount of recommended oil we use about half what the directions state...ok I eye ball it too. The result is the best popcorn we have ever eaten. We bought a few cases from the paragon site called "at the movies" and it is sooooooooooo overpowering salty is was way too much, I can't eat it when the entire amount of seasoning is used. When we use it we don't let most of the "yellow flavor" powder into the kettle and it is ok at best.
A few comments on the 1911 6oz
1. I'm glad we went with the 6oz vs the 4oz
2. Love the looks but not as much as the copper Cineplex. However the 1911 style is awesome just wish they had it in the copper.
3. I wish the kettle hung lower as it is hard to get the oil and popcorn into it, I have burnt my fingers twice. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? Seems like in pics of other models the kettle hangs lower.
4. The old maid dish is a must have not a nice to have.
5. The popcorn it makes is just awesome and much easier than I thought. Took forever to make enough batches with the hot air (but I do like it not needing oil) and microwave tastes horrible IMO
6. I was the only one that liked plain hot air popped so this is a great compromise. Has great flavor and I'm assuming the coconut oil is better than pouring butter all over the corn?
Keep in mind for these comments this is our first machine and I have zero experience with anything but a hot air popper and microwave corn. It was more than I wanted to spend but with 4 young kids that begged for popcorn every night it was $400 well spent. The begging for nightly popcorn has not stopped but I don't mind making it now. Just wish the stand for it wasn't as much as the machine itself, the wife is going to paint up a cabinet we have and include the kids so that should be a nice touch and more personal than the stock stand or cart. But I do like the looks of both just can't see spending that much on top of the machine cost.