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  • West Bend 82386 Kettle Krazy Popcorn Popper and Nut Roaster by West Bend
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MarcaFocus Electrics
Número de modelo82386
ColorNegro, Transparente
Dimensiones del producto30,5 x 38,1 x 24,1 cm
Potencia1000 vatios
Voltaje120 voltios
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Producto en desde15 de enero de 2013

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Color del producto: Negro, Transparente
Potencia: 1000 W
Voltaje de entrada AC: 120 V

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas I love this popper! 10 de enero de 2010
Por Amazon Customer - Publicado en
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I shopped around quite a bit for a popcorn popper. I was tired of microwave stuff, and don't like the results from a hot-air popper.

There are several like this, with a motorized stirring rod and a cooking surface, but either they get poor reviews for reliability (Cuisinart), or were too expensive, difficult to maintain, scratched the Teflon cooking surface, etc.

This model is very similar to the West Bend Stir Crazy, but has two heat settings (nuts or popcorn) and - most importantly - a much thicker stirring rod. With the more basic Stir Crazy, the rod is thin and easily flexed (think coat-hanger) and diverted by the weight of the popcorn itself, causing it to be pressed into the Teflon surface while rotating, thus scratching the Teflon. This model has a MUCH thicker stirring rod (I took a few pictures and added them above to demonstrate) that never makes contact with the surface.

The popper pretty much performs like it's supposed to. I was curious to see if the lid stayed in place while popping a full batch, because is simply sits on top and is only held in place by the weight of the cover. It does in deed stay put.

It doesn't seem to matter what brand of popping corn you use. Name brand or generic seem to perform the same - very well. I have never used the butter well, because I don't like how you wind up with a few soggy bits of corn rather than all of it having a consistent flavor and texture. I've experimented some and found that simply adding several pats of butter to the oil and corn does a great job of giving you a nice mild butter flavor. I thought maybe the butter would burn, but that did not happen. I also reduced the oil by 1/2T Spoon, but don't recommend reducing the oil much more than that, since the distributed hot oil is what promotes the rapid kernel popping. I also added salt directly to the oil and popping corn at the beginning of the process, which worked well enough, but was more difficult to clean in the end. I'm also worried that it might over time scratch the Teflon surface, so I don't plan to do that again.

The bowl is moderate thickness, and appears fairly sturdy. It is not flexible, so I imagine a hard drop might crack it. Because it is a hard clear plastic, it is susceptible to scratching if you use any kind of abrasive to clean it. I'm not sure why you would, considering it only takes a bit of soap and hot water to clean popcorn/oil/butter residue, but whatever.

Finally, it comes with a few recipes in the manual. We've tried a couple and they turned out well. One of them was Scotcheroo Popcorn - which is a sort of gooey sweet treat that includes chocolate and butterscotch chips.

All together we are really, really happy with this popper. I recommend it without hesitation.

UPDATE: UPDADE: I often wonder about these reviews. 99% of the good reviews are written in the first few days of ownership. This tell you nothing of the longevity of the product. So, I am back after a year to tell you that I still love this popper. It still does a great job, and has had absolutely no issues.
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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Poor Quality Product 16 de marzo de 2013
Por Karl F Migrin - Publicado en
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Kettle Krazy Popcorn Popper and Nut Roaster was manufactured in China with a date code of 1231 on the bottom and appears to be wired incorrectly. Two batches of popcorn were attempted with the control in the Popcorn setting using freshly dated popcorn. Only about 10% of the popcorn popped. A non-contact thermometer was used to check the surface temperatures of the heating surface using Underwriters Laboratory Standard 1083 as a guidance document. Although the Kettle Krazy model 82386 did not exceed the upper temperture limits for Corn Poppers, the cooking surface temperature measured 380-501 degrees F in the Popcorn setting, and 500-590 degrees F in the Nut setting. The Westbend support website states that the Popcorn setting temperature should be approximately 428-464 degrees F and the Nut setting should be approximately 365-401 degrees F. Two additional batches of popcorn were made with the control set in the Nut setting with both batches popping approximately 95% of the kernels. The bottom line is that if you do not want burnt roasted nuts, use the Popcorn setting. I would not recommend purchasing this unit until the manufacture can demonstrate a sufficient improvement in the quality of this product at the point of manufacture.
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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Love the popcorn it produces but poorly constructed from China. 30 de enero de 2015
Por Nathan - Publicado en
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Ease of use: 5 stars. Dump ingedients, turn on, enjoy!
Popcorn flavor: 5 stars. Can't beat the oil mixed flavor. Also it stirs and coats every bit of corn with salt/flavoring. I use pre-packaged popcorn with the oil and flavor ready to go. It takes 3/4 cup of corn.

Safety: -3 stars. The biggest problem is the lid. I have read many reviews that state lid breaks easily etc. My lid doesn't fit at all. From the very first batch on Christmas morning we all lined up around this thing to watch the maiden batch be created. The lid has a small gap all the way around. It feels like the lid is just ever so slightly out of round or the sides of the handle are too steep causing it to not seat perfectly with the base. This means as soon as the kernels start popping, hot oil gets sprayed out these cracks. I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old that have both gotten sprayed by this oil from 4' away. I can't pop corn without a shirt on either. It's worse than cooking bacon naked. This thing needs a higher flanged lip to prevent this. Also, the corn can easily lift the lid while popping. Due to the high arch of the domed lid, the popcorn after a while stops pushing itself upward with velocity filling the lid and instead starts to raise as an entire solid mass. This can lift the lit instead of filling up the 3" of air cavity at the top. Now popcorn and oil can escape.

Clean up:1/5 stars. The lid easily washes. The base is non-stick which is always easy to wipe off. I do have concerns over heated non-stick surfaces and cancer causing vapors, but we only use the unit a couple times a week. I would have preferred a stainless surface instead. The unfortunate fact is I have to wipe down my counters and back splash/walls from the sprayed oil every time. I wrap a kitchen towel around it now, hope it never catches fire. Also, melting butter in the top is very messy.

All around I think the unit has potential. Probably because made in China and quality might not be the best.
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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas This Popper is a Dud 9 de julio de 2015
Por Matt - Publicado en
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We've been using this popper for a little over a year now, and we are not satisfied with the quality of its construction at all.

Our previous popcorn popper was a West Bend Stir Crazy. We used it for many years with great results until the motor gave out a year ago. When we found this one on Amazon, with a similar price and customer rating, it seemed like a no-brainer. Not only that, but we got the additional bonus of being able to roast nuts as well. Cool!

We were wrong:

* The dome/bowl has a different shape than the Stir Crazy. It's more conical. As a result, it is frequently lifted entirely off of the base due to the building pressure as the popcorn expands to fill the container - even though there is plenty of room left at the top. Not too much popcorn, just a stupid shape. If we don't stand next to it and hold the handles down, we end up with a huge mess (see attached photo).

* The dome/bowl does not sit flush against the base. There is a 1/4" - 1/2" gap between them. Consequently, scorching hot popcorn seeds come shooting out during the popping process. We initially saw this as an annoying inconvenience, until our 1-year-old came to check out the popping action and burned her foot on one of the seeds that landed on the floor. We have made a habit of covering the popper with a towel to prevent this from happening. Terrible design.

* They seem to have used very cheep metal for the stirring arm and the nut used to hold it in place. The arm has held up OK, but twice the threaded piece has snapped right off of the nut. Thankfully, customer service has been great and they have sent us replacement parts. I'm just waiting for the threads to break off inside the popper, rendering it useless. Maybe third time is a charm? At least that would give us greater cause to give up on this popper...

* The labels for the controls have wiped off almost entirely within a year. The words "Popcorn" and "Nuts" are gone completely, and "Off" is beginning to smudge. You'd never know which way to turn the knob if you weren't already familiar with it. Which brings me to the last point...

* The usability of the control knob is TERRIBLE. It's somewhat difficult to describe, but I'll try. The OFF position is indicated by the top of the knob pointing to "OFF". When you turn it counter-clockwise, so that same point is now "POPCORN" on the left, the blue indicator light illuminates and appears on the left side of the knob as well - the same side as "POPCORN". So which setting is it on? You guessed it, "NUTS"! Oh...maybe you didn't guess it. We didn't either. It might seem like a small detail, but popping popcorn on the NUTS setting does not turn out so well, and has resulted in wasted popcorn.

I cannot recommend this popper to anyone. If it's between this or the Stir Crazy, as it was for us, go with the latter. Stay away from this piece of junk.

I should say, we haven't used this to roast nuts. Not even once in the past year (some bonus feature, huh?). So, I cannot speak to that aspect of this popper at all.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The good, the bad & the ugly 27 de diciembre de 2012
Por Amazon Customer - Publicado en
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I purchased this to replace an original West Bend Stir Crazy. There are improvements, and there are design flaws.

The good:

The cooking surface is no longer a thin piece of aluminum. The metal is thicker than a number of mainstream frying pans I could name. It is a uniform, uninterrupted, non-stick surface from the center post for the stirrer all the way to the edge of the base unit. It heats very evenly.

There's now a 3-setting switch: "popcorn" "off" and "nuts" are the settings.

The redesigned stirring rod is an almost perfect design. It needs to be a little bit longer because too much popcorn is pushed up to the rim of the heating surface even when using only 1/2 cup of popcorn. It never touches the cooking surface, and that's great.

The bad:

The appliance does not seem to heat up as quickly as the Stir Crazy..

Popcorn doesn't seem to pop kernels as fully as the Stir Crazy.

According the included product information, the bowl is not automatic dishwasher safe. Say what? It's good enough to handle hot oil splattering up from the pan, but not good enough to withstand the dishwasher? I put it in the dishwasher, anyway. The bowl I put in the bottom rack and the lid in the top rack. The bowl came out beautifully. The lid was warped. It appears the lid is the part that should not be put in the automatic dishwasher. The bowl comes out fine.

Unlike the Stir Crazy, the bowl sits only on the handles of the Kettle Krazy, and there is a small gap between the lip of the base unit and the bowl. That's nice for a gap to let out steam. However, smaller kernels also fly out, as do droplets of hot oil.

The ugly:

According to the instructions, one should turn off the appliance, unplug it and invert it to serve the popcorn or nuts.
If you try to turn off the Kettle Krazy while it is hot, and you have large hands (as I do) you will get burned on the back of your hand. My solution, when not making more than one batch of popcorn, is to unplug the appliance, invert it, and wait for it to cool before turning it off.

When flipping the appliance so that the popcorn or nuts end up in the bowl, one has to be exceedingly careful. As I mentioned before, the bowl rests only on the handles of the base unit. It is too easy to shift it just a bit and have popcorn everywhere if you don't get a secure grip. Especially if you are worried about being burned by the base.

I haven't tried roasting nuts in it yet, but the included recipe suggestions are iinteresting. Apparently, the appliance gets hot enough to turn sugar to carmel. Sounds tasty!

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