I had an earlier version o f this model and it worked marvellously for several years. I dislike the lack of an on/off switch, but if that knocks $10 off the price compared to other models, I'll settle for the savings. That model burned out -- literally, and a bit troublingly, the other month. I see now that these have an internal safety switch if the popper overheats, and it is possible that mine was not broken, but had merely had its switch tripped -- but I stuck it outside, for fear their might be an electrical fire waiting to happen, and as it happened, the rain finished off what I had begun.
So, we bought this one. It's a very good popper. It does NOT pop as efficiently as the old one did, though I don't know why. Two possibilities: a) the cup for loading kernels may be bigger and the popper can't handle that many; b) it doesn't heat as quickly or evenly. Either way, I'm content with this for the price and would recommend it.
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