How Much Does a Popcorn Machine Cost?
A popcorn machine is an appliance that is able to pop freshly popped popcorn while adding salt and butter for flavor. This is much like the machine you may see in a concession stand or at a movie theater. Shopping around for a popcorn machine can be a daunting task, especially when faced with such a host of options. Popcorn makers are available in a range of designs and purposes. There are models for home use or there are units for business purposes, but they all come with a wide range of features and options. Choosing the right popcorn machine is essential as it can influence your overall satisfaction in the purchase.
How much does it cost?
- On average, a popcorn machine can cost anywhere from $30 to as much as $300 depending on the type and features.
- For instance, counter top bar style popcorn machines can cost $30 to $300. A full popcorn machine with carts for easy transportation costs from $190 to $325. Kettle popcorn machines are also available. A 2.5-ounce kettle will cost $40 to $65, while a 12-ounce kettle can costs $75 to $100.
- The highly popular Presto 04820 retails for $19 to $30.
- At ManufacturersClearance.com, the prices of popcorn machines range from $19.99 for a hot-air mini popcorn maker to $119.99 for a large unit that can make up to 1-1/2 gallons per batch. Popcorn and concession carts are also available, with costs ranging from $129.99 to $289.99.
- Target.com has a selection of popcorn machines priced from $19.99 for a countertop-size popcorn maker machine to $149.99 for a tabletop unit.
What is going to be included?
- A popcorn machine can be bought in tabletop, countertop, or full machine units. Kettles normally come with a plug and an instruction manual.
- Many popcorn machines come with measuring spoons, measuring cups, popcorn scoops, kernel scoops, oil scoops and instruction manuals.
- Some dealers offer a free starter kit for larger purchases. The kit may include plastic serving cups, popcorn serving bags, measuring cups and popcorn scoops.
What are the extra costs?
- You will need to buy popcorn-making ingredients including popping corn, topping, caramel glaze, popping oil, and popcorn salt and seasoning.
- For convenience, buy a popcorn starter kit which can cost $30 to $50. These kits usually consist of all the basic items needed to start making popcorn, including portion packs, popcorn containers, measuring tools and scoops.
- Buying a popcorn machine necessitates buying popcorn supplies as well, such as a popcorn scoop, measuring cups, popcorn warmer, a kettle guard, as well as carts and bases with which you can carry your popcorn machine.
- Popcorn portion packs or pre-measured kits that are convenient for those who intend to use the popcorn machine for business. These packets include pre-measured popcorn and various combinations of salt and oil.
- Cleaning products and supplies are also needed for proper maintenance of the popcorn machine.
Factors that influence the price:
- Model. Popcorn machine models offered by different manufacturers vary greatly in terms of appearance, style, and function. The more sophisticated models usually have higher prices compared with units having standard look and designs.
- Size. Smaller popcorn machines (4-6 oz.) are usually purchased for home use. Many of them cost less than $20, are not equipped with a kettle and use hot air to pop the kernels. Medium-sized popcorn machines (6-8 oz.) are suitable for bars and small concessions. Higher-end models can cost more than $1,000. Large popcorn machines (12 oz.), which are usually for heavy duty commercial use, can cost more than $3,000. Popcorn machines (16 0z. and up) with kettle sizes of 20-52 oz. and above cost up to $12,000.
- Material. Popcorn machines manufactured using superior material like premium grade steel and tempered glass are resistant to scratches and are less likely to warp. Compared with plastic-made popcorn makers, units made with first-rate components have longer life spans and are more durable, making them more expensive.
- Shipping. Some popcorn machines weigh a lot, making shipping costs expensive. Blanket wrap services, wherein the moving company picks up the machine and delivers it to the customer’s house by using a truck can cost more than $400, depending on the moving company’s terms. Shipping the machine as freight can lower the cost by approximately half of the amount. In this setup, the seller drops the machine off at a freight depot and the buyer picks it up at a freight station.
Tips to know:
- Look for manufacturers that provide specific details about the warranty they offer.
- When buying a kettle for your popcorn machine, make sure you refer to the manufacturer’s kettle selection guide in order to buy the correct kettle.
- Ask about the return/refund policy in the event that the ordered item arrives with defects or damages.
- Check the product’s warranty information and ask for the details on the coverage.
- When ordering online, make sure to ask how you can check the status of your order. This will help you track your order and find out how long it will take before it arrives.
How can I save money?
- Buy from wholesale dealers. They usually offer prices that are considerably lower than most retail stores.
- Purchase popcorn machines at online retailers that offer free shipping without requiring minimum purchases.
- Take advantage of free store pickup offers at some online sellers. Doing so can eliminate shipping charges. Many dealers allow orders to be picked up in as little as 45 minutes.