82505 Stir Crazy Popcorn Popcorn Popper
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Makes 27 cups of popcorn in 4 minutes

The West Bend 82505 makes 27 cups of fresh, homemade popcorn in 4 minutes, which is the same amount of corn at a faster speed than the similar 82506 unit. Like its sister, this Stir Crazy has a butter well, nonstick heating surface, and patented motorizing rod as well as other useful features that can improve your popcorn experience.

On/Off button activates triple-layer heating and stirring rod

One differentiating feature that the Stir Crazy popper has is its On/Off button. Turning the unit on will activate the triple-layer heating surface as well as the stirring rod. This gives you more control over when you want to start preparing the Stir Crazy and when you want to turn it off. Pushing an On/Off button is always safer than just plugging and unplugging a cord into an outlet, as well as more energy efficient.

Steeper side walls create more efficient popping

The Stir Crazy is also more efficient when it comes to popping corn kernels. The side walls are steep so the kernels stay centered at the hottest part of the cooking surface and pop at a faster rate.

Strengths

Works great with a variety of oils

Great popcorn doesn’t have to just use butter and salt to taste amazing. Oils like coconut, peanut, olive, and so on all add their own flavor dimensions to popcorn, and the Stir Crazy is up to the task with all of them. This gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to experimenting with flavors, which you simply can’t get with microwave or air-popped popcorn.

Makes healthier popcorn

Making your own popcorn is clearly a more healthy choice than eating microwave bags and you get total control over what the ingredients that go into your body. Also, because of the stirring rod, the Stir Crazy doesn’t need to use as much oil as stovetop poppers, automatically making it a healthier option while still keeping that great taste.

Easy cleanup and storage

Clean-up with the Stir Crazy is easy as you just need to wash the lid and wipe down the heating surface. The plastic lid doubles as a serving bowl, which saves on items to clean, and it is also dishwasher-safe so just stick in the top rack when its ready to wash. When everything is clean, storage is a breeze as the unit is compact and all the cords wrap around the base.

Weaknesses

Breaks easily after a few uses

The Stir Crazy has problems with its parts and can break after only a few uses. There are issues with melting plastic, rods breaking off, and flimsy lids. Frequently broken parts leads to more money spent on replacement bits or even completely new poppers.

Heating is inconsistent

Popcorn needs to have consistent high heat to pop properly, and with the Stir Crazy, this can be a problem. Sometimes the heating surface is not hot enough which creates soggy, chewy popcorn. Not enough heat or inconsistent heat (gets hot then cools immediately only to get hot again) also leaves a lot of unpopped kernels. Sometimes, this means that the unit you purchased is a dud, and after getting a free replacement from the company, the popper works great.

Overall Review

The Stir Crazy 82505 popper is faster than the other model while still making 27 cups, has steeper walls for better popping efficiency, and is a great option for you if you want an easy-to-use, self-stirring popper than can make healthy, plain popcorn, or a more decadent, buttery treat. There are some issues with durability and heating, so be aware of possible flaws in your popper and talk to the company about replacing your unit.