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Choosing the Right Popcorn Popper

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Everyone loves popcorn. The delicious, buttery smell makes mouths water, is a great giveaway, gift, or fun food for concessions/events and draws traffic to any size company! If you've decided to buy a popcorn machine for your business or event, the amount of options can seem overwhelming. Don't Worry! We've created this quick-reference popcorn popper guide to ensure that you choose the right size popcorn machine to fit your needs.

There are many different popcorn machines and sizes range from 4-ounce popcorn machines for small businesses all the way to 52-ounce popcorn poppers for large stadiums. Below are some typical uses for different sized machines.

Small Venue Poppers:

For your home or small business use, the 4-oz, 6-oz, or 8-oz poppers are your best choice. These popcorn machines are capable of producing 60-160 ounces of popcorn per hour. Their convenient size means they can fit on a countertop or be paired with a cart. These machines run on a standard 120V 15-amp plug. These models come with a removable E-Z Kleen Kettle, making them simple and easy for anyone to clean and maintain. The PowerOff Control is available on select models; these machines will automatically turn off after 15 minutes of idle time. Ideal for situations when there isn't a dedicated person operating the popper.

Commercial & Concession Poppers:

For commercial and concession popcorn poppers the 12/14-ounce size machine is standard. These machines can be used for fundraisers, corporate events, and school concessions stands. These models produce up to 210-ounces of popcorn per hour, can fit on a countertop or cart display, and has a 120V 15-amp plug. For easy cleaning, each has the stainless steel E-Z Kleen Kettle and select models feature the PowerOff Control for added safety.

High Traffic:

Larger concession stands require the volume of a 16-oz popper, capable of producing 240-320-ounces of popcorn per hour. These size models are perfect for retail locations, restaurants, cinemas, and some stadiums/arenas. For space, it would require either a large counter space or a cart/base. Additions features for these models include: 120V 15-amp plug, E-Z Kleen Kettles, PowerOff Control, and Big Eye Electronic Heat Control.

Large Venues & Manufacturers:

For those times when you need quality and quantity in your popcorn production, choose poppers sized 32-oz up to 60-oz. Grocery Stores, cinemas, stadiums/arenas, and manufacturing facilities require this type of a popcorn powerhouse. Production rates for these models, range from 500-ounces to 1,200-ounces of popcorn per hour. These machines are floor models that run off a 120/208V or 120/240V 50-amp plug. Additional features can include: updraft ventilation, fire suppression systems, and filtration capabilities. Plus, models with FlexiPop, allow you to tailor the popcorn batch size.

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From the smallest to the largest operations, JES Restaurant Equipment is your one-stop shop for all your concession needs, including carts, accessories, popcorn supplies, popcorn staging cabinets, cleaning supplies, and much, much more! Providing you with access to manufacturers, like Gold Medal Products, the leader in concessions and food specialty machines and supplies. With over 11 branches in the nation, Gold Medal is one of the largest concessions equipment companies; offering a variety of fun foods including, cotton candy machines, popcorn poppers, sno-kone shavers, funnel cake fryers, pretzel displays, hot dog rollers, and an array of food and drink flavorings!

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