Cuisinart PartyPop Popcorn Maker CPM-900 : Make popcorn the way you like it! With this quick-and-easy popcorn maker, you choose the flavoring. Popcorn maker puts the crunch back into homeade popcorn and it's healthier than microwave popcorn. Unique motorized stirring mechanism thoroughly coats each kernel so more kernels get popped with less oil. One-half cup of kernels and 1 tablespoon of oil yield up to 10 cups of fresh popcorn. Popcorn pops into 4-quart bowl that flips for serving. Both the bowl and popping plate are dishwasher safe. Imported. 3 year limited warranty. 8 1/4" Dia. (10 1/4" with handles) x 12 1/4" H. Model: CPM-900. Product Features Pops up to 10 cups of popcorn in under 5 minutes Popcorn pops right up into its own plastic serving bowl, just turn the bowl over and dig right in! A removable stirring mechanism requires less oil and thoroughly coats kernels ensuring more kernels get popped Simple design delivers one-switch operation Popping plate and serving bowl are removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning Included measuring cup eliminates guess work Cool touch handles on popping plate stay cool to the touch Elegant stainless steel base adds classic style to this popper Conventional popper adds a healthier alternative to microwave popcorn Illustrated instruction booklet and 13 popcorn recipes included
I used the original version of this popper for several years before it finally quit working, but I was never satisfied with it. The older popper was not vented well, making the popcorn tough and sometimes soggy. I even added vents with a drill, but the old model never came close to what I would call "movie popcorn."
Now, this new model looks pretty much the same as the older model, but it is a VAST IMPROVEMENT over the older one. In fact, this new model amounts to a near-complete re-design of the popper, but you really don't become aware of this until you use it.
The entire top surface of the clear bucket is a vent. The solid color cap on top is removeable -- it is similar to a tupper-wear lid -- and is used only if you eat the popcorn right out of the bucket itself. Personally, I prefer a common bowl, so I never use the lid except to keep dust out of the machine when stored.
Speaking of storage, the popper takes up about the same space as a common 12-cup coffee brewer. Thus, it fits in the pantry, in most cabinets, or it can be left on the countertop without sacrificing much space. Like the old model, this new model is completely dishwasher safe (except for the base, of course, which does not get soiled in normal use). There is absolutely NO wiping clean to do.
The two latches that secure the plate to the base, which on the old model had breakage issues, appear to have been redesigned and made stronger. Also, the cooking element, which was exposed on the old model and could burn a finger if accidently touched, is now sealed into the dishwasher-safe popping plate, which means that the base is always cool.
How does the new model perform? It makes really, really good popcorn! Right out of the popper it comes closer to "movie popcorn" than any other home popper I have tried. Virtually every kernal pops, and a single popping is usually enough to feed both my wife and me.
Cuisinart Convection Toaster Broiler Oven : For the busy chefs who appreciate elegant looks and multifunctional convenience, this extra-large capacity Cuisinart Toaster and Convection Oven fits a 12" pizza, a 9" pie or 6 slices of toast. The ideal countertop second oven for side dishes, desserts and entertaining extras. The brushed chrome exterior and side grips and stainless-steel bar handle add to the sleek industrial-style look of the powerful 1,500-watt oven. Exact Heat sensor maintains programmed temperatures for four versatile cooking options: toast, broil, convection bake and conventional bake. Broil a salmon fillet, toast sandwiches or bake potatoes or a family-sized roast with electric touchpad efficiency. Features include 7 browning levels, defrost and reheat buttons and removable oven rack and broiler pan. View-through window and easy-clean interior with slide-out crumb tray. Product Features Brushed chrome exterior and side grips with stainless-steel handle add a stylish look Extra-roomy .6-cubic foot capacity fits a 12" pizza Powerful 1,500 watts cook foods quickly and thoroughly 4 cooking functions: toast, broil, pizza/bake and convection bake Convection oven bakes up to 33% faster than conventional ovens Electronic touchpad with LCD readout lets you program single or combination settings Exact Heat sensor maintains precise oven temperatures Touchpad Shade Control lets you choose 7 browning levels when toasting 4-6 Slice button adds extra time for toasting muffins, bagels and thick breads &$149; Perfect Timing setting lets you customize toasting via any 4 touchpad settings Always Even Shade Control internally monitors and adjusts toasting temperatures Defrost and Reheat buttons give you added cooking convenience View-through window lets you check on cooking progress Two-position oven rack and two-position broiler pan remove easily Slide-out crumb tray keeps countertop clean LCD clock is always displayed and built-in timer rings until it's shut off Interior sides feature a nonstick coating that is easy-clean Wire rack, broiling pan and drip tray are dishwasher-safe Convenient cord storage hides excess cord Includes instruction and recipe booklet with 24 recipes from basil bruschetta and margherita pizza to Cajun pork chops and chocolate souffle cake Limited 3-year warranty Imported
Construction, appearance, and performance are what you would expect from the Cuisinart brand, and it is easy to use to boot. I use it almost exclusively for toasting, and the variable browning feature, which I believe is referred to as the "Always Even Shade Control," works differently compared to any such devices I have used previously. This is a very nice feature because it appears to give preference to adjusting radiant heat more than toasting time, and in connection with that, when doing successive "loads" of toast, the machine appears to automatically adjust to the preheated condition produced by the first load so that the next load comes out browned to the same degree as the first, all without user intervention. Now that's pretty cool (or hot, maybe?).
The few cons are minor: cleaning the crumb tray is a little awkward, the top of the machine gets hot enough to melt something like a bread wrapper thoughtlessly left sitting on top, and the display is a little hard to read in low, under-counter light.