I love this popcorn popper so much! It is a great way to make your own movie theater popcorn without all the chemicals of microwave popcorn. The only minor issue I have is cleaning. It isn't the easiest thing to clean, but if you let it cool and take the stirrer off, it can be cleaned with a paper towel or a dish towel fairly easily. You can make regular popcorn or kettle corn, and it comes with instructions on how to do this. I make my own clarified butter and use that instead of oil. Overall, I love this popcorn popper, and I use it at least a couple of times a week. Ease of Cleaning It would be easier to clean if the plate came off somehow, but I think that would be difficult do design. It's worth a very small amount of hassle! Ease of Use It is very easy to use, although it is a little big, so it takes up a fair amount of cabinet space. Totally worth it for me! However, if you have a small kitchen or don't have any extra space, it could be a problem. Durability I've had this popper for a while and have never had any problems with it. The lid/bowl still looks great.