Pricing and Costs of Popcorn Machines

How to know you're getting a good deal on popcorn machines

Whether you're looking for a popcorn machine for a small business or a large restaurant, finding a good deal is important to everyone. In order to know if you're getting a good deal, you need to know the pricing and costs of popcorn machines in general. Once you have decided what type of popcorn makers will best suit your needs, you can start looking for the best machine for the least money.

Keep these tips in mind when buying commercial popcorn poppers:
  1. Don't be fooled--a popcorn machine cart doesn't necessarily include a popcorn machine, too.
  2. You can save money if you don't need the largest industrial popcorn machine on the market.
  3. Look into purchasing a used popcorn machine.

Know exactly what you're getting from a popcorn machine and cart

The style is where you need to decide if the extra money is worth it. The actual popcorn machine is often times not what offers the style, it's an additional popcorn machine cart that almost doubles the price of your machine. Midsized commercial popcorn machines run around $300 to $400. To add a cart to your purchase you will be adding another $300 to $400, depending on the number of ounces your machine can produce.

Decide if you can get away with a smaller popcorn machine

Popcorn machines come in a variety of sizes. If you can get by with making more batches of popcorn in a smaller machine, you may be able to save a little money. An average 4 oz. commercial popcorn machine runs around $300 to $400, 6 oz. machines are around $400 to $600, 8 oz. are around $600 to $800, and the price goes upwards. Any machines above 4 oz. have built-in heaters that keep the popcorn warm for hours at a time. It's important to evaluate the minimum size you can function with. The fresher the popcorn, the better anyways, so making more batches in a smaller machine may benefit you both the short term and the long term. Popcorn vending machines are also a possibility for those businesses who would like to offer popcorn to their customers, but don't plan on it flying out of the popper.

Buy a used popcorn machine to save some money upfront

In general, a good popcorn machine shouldn't need much maintenance other then a little cleaning every now and again. So, if you decide to buy a used popcorn machine, as long as the popper is still popping and the warmer is still warming, just be sure you're getting a clean machine. Used popcorn machines can be up to half the price of new machines. The only catch--they may not be as stylish as some of the newer models, but if your machine isn't going to be in a central place, the style shouldn't be an issue.
  • When considering the pricing and costs of popcorn machines, you need to also take into consideration the costs of the actual popcorn and oil, packaging of the popcorn, and cleaning products for your machine as well. Evaluate the costs of the additional items you'll need before deciding on your machine so you can take the whole picture into account.

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