This is one quick little machine! For about the first minute, all it seems to do is blow the kernels around, but when it starts popping, it takes very little time for it to make it into popcorn. For something so small, it gets hot very quickly and moves A LOT of air. I wish they could make this where it added salt and butter as part of the process, but I completely understand why that can't be done because of the way it works. One piece of advice, use a BIG bowl because the pot I used was not big enough. Also, you might want to add a piece of paper or some sort of backstop because once this thing starts making popcorn, some unpopped kernels can get caught in the process and shoot out of the machine, and the air moves so fast it will shoot the popcorn past the bowl as well. No mess to clean up as far as the machine itself goes, and you can clearly see when it's done as it leaves no popcorn in the chamber to burn (no guess work like microwave popcorn). All in all, a great product that is super simple to use, and allows you to control how much butter and/or salt you want to add.