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6oz popcorn Machine w/ Cart $89?!? RUN!!!

post #1 of 20
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http://www.homedepot.com/p/Nostalgia-Electrics-Vintage-Collection-59-in-Popcorn-and-Concession-Cart-CCP-610/203079923?cm_mmc=CJ-_-4485850-_-10368321&AID=10368321&PID=4485850&SID=HevjxAtKEeOcKx5kXHyt6Q0_8qWg3_0_0_0&cj=true

You are welcome.

Ship to store to avoid S&H.
Edited by coolhand - 8/22/13 at 9:58am
post #2 of 20
Thanks for posting this! They seem to be sold out online, at least for now, but how can you beat $90?

Heck, even if the heating element burns out, it would be worth it just as a decoration and/or holding container for popcorn prepared from another source.

Scott
post #3 of 20
Very tempting! Has anyone purchased this unit?
post #4 of 20
My sister got me the baby brother of that unit for Christmas. Maybe a 2oz version? Can't remember.

Only used it a handful of times, but it seems to be a pretty solid unit. The door and bottom tray is a little flimsy, but the heating element is heavy and robust. smile.gif
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by srw1000 View Post

Thanks for posting this! They seem to be sold out online, at least for now, but how can you beat $90?

Heck, even if the heating element burns out, it would be worth it just as a decoration and/or holding container for popcorn prepared from another source.

Scott

Shoot. When I posted it they had store pickup free.

Where is WI are you (Madison here)
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by srw1000 View Post

Thanks for posting this! They seem to be sold out online, at least for now, but how can you beat $90?

Heck, even if the heating element burns out, it would be worth it just as a decoration and/or holding container for popcorn prepared from another source.

Scott

Shoot. When I posted it they had store pickup free.

Where is WI are you (Madison here)
I'm north of Milwaukee. I called them on Thursday night, and they opened a ticket to see if they will be getting any more in stock. The Home Depot rep was very friendly, but said that there was no information at all in their system about them. I should hear back from them in the next couple of days.

Were you able to order one? If so, congratulations!
post #7 of 20
Well, I received the email reply from Home Depot. The good news is that they're back in stock!

The bad news is that the price had gone up to $229.

A big congratulations to anyone who was able to snap one up at the special sale price.
post #8 of 20

I had a Nostalgia Electric machine, thank goodness it was a freebie because it only lasted a year.

 

Paragon unit is on my Christmas list now

 

http://www.paragonpopcornmachines.com/contents/en-us/d2.html

 

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by PioManiac View Post

I had a Nostalgia Electric machine, thank goodness it was a freebie because it only lasted a year.

Paragon unit is on my Christmas list now

http://www.paragonpopcornmachines.com/contents/en-us/d2.html



I have that one in the 4oz model. It is great. You can get it cheaper than that on ebay and get the stand for it very cheap there as well.
post #10 of 20
Personal, I'm not a fan of Nostalgia Electric. I had the smaller 4oz model and it didn't even last a year. The problem I had was purely mechanical, to the point that it seemed like a pretty big design flaw.
If I remember correctly, the agitator that spun within the kettle was not directly connected to the motor. It engaged with a gear when the kettle was in the popping position. The problem was that the only thing that held the gears together was the weight of the kettle. So when the kettle would begin filling with popcorn and the agitator would get the tiniest bit of resistance, the kettle would kick out a bit and the gear would skip.
This happened occasionally at first, and then began happening so often that it would just stop spinning and the popcorn would burn into a congealed mess on a regular basis. I began creating home-made wedges to hold the kettle in place, but that was just a band-aid and never solved the problem completely

For $90, I'd have almost said, "go for it", but even at $90, (unless theyve changed the mechanics) I find the quality really poor.

For $200+, I'd suggest a paragon. I upgraded soon after I grew frustrated with my Nostalgia unit, and I've been very happy with it.
post #11 of 20

I had gear issues too but the biggest pita with my Nostaglia Electric popper (2.5 oz unit) was having to unscrew the handle to remove the kettle for cleaning

sometimes it would stick (reverse threaded) and eventually snapped clean off (bracket welded to the kettle...toast!)

 

post #12 of 20
I pitched a fit and got one from Home Depot. Took a few phone calls to customer service, though. Oddly enough, the webpage the CR reps see on their end evidently still shows the sale price.

Should arrive at my local store for pick up next week.
post #13 of 20
Made my first batch Thursday night for the NFL game. Loved it!

I thought the specs on the website mentioned a 6 oz. kettle. But box arrived with big blurb on it touting an 8 oz. kettle. Well worth the $97 including tax I paid for it (free ship to store for pick up).

This will replace a 4 oz. I picked up at Costco three or four years ago clearanced down to like $110 or so. Box said it was made by Elite, but didn't really feel any more solid than the one I just got from Home Depot.
post #14 of 20
If memory serves me correctly, there should be an old thread that tells how to fix the gear issue.
post #15 of 20
On the third batch I've made with this unit (today for football) I decided to use coconut oil. Followed unit's written directions: let kettle heat 3-5 minutes, then turn off, add oil and kernels, then turn kettle on again. After a minute, kettle started smoking. My media room was once an attached 1-car garage. Fuse box is in room, as is a smoke alarm on ceiling near fuse box. Smoke triggered alarm, alerted alarm company, which I had to quickly call to tell them not to send the fire department. First two batches with canola oil did not smoke.
Do I:
1) use less coconut oil,and use more canola instead. Foe example, 1 TSP coconut + 2 TSP canola
2) adjust thermostat in kettle to work better with coconut oil? Don't know if kettle is too hot or not hot enough, though...
3)something I know nothing of...

I am a novice in all things popcorn-related, so I appreciate help.
post #16 of 20
Coconut oil will melt in your hand. Try putting in the coccnut oil first, turn on the heating element and as soon as the smoke starts to rise, add the corn and turn on the stirrer. I find that when doing a second batch immediately after a first batch, the oil melts and starts smoking really fast, so you have to watch it.
post #17 of 20
On this model one switch turns on kettle and stirring at the same time. Second switch is for light and tray warmer.

But i will follow your advice: I will try putting oil in first, then heat kettle, watch for smoke, then add corn. Will report back results. Thanks!
post #18 of 20
Surprised that my jar of "solid" coconut oil became nearly all liquid once I'd had the air-tight seal on the lid broken after my first batch with it. Put oil in, then turned on kettle heater/stirring bar. First sign of smoke, I added kernels. Better results than previous time. Less smoke overall, and didn't set off smoke alarm on ceiling. Thanks!
post #19 of 20
I got one of the Nostalgia machines from the 1st post for $199 at Sam's Club about 6 years ago, we only make a couple batches of popcorn every weekend, but it's holding up just fine.
post #20 of 20
Good to know it is holding up. Loving mine so far.
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