We took this popcorn maker to the family New Year's Eve party. The little kids (who have grown up with only bags of microwave popcorn) had so much fun watching the popcorn pop and accumulate in the popper. The house smelled so good and everyone was anxious to try it. There are only three things I did not like about this popper: 1) You have to be careful to put in no more than the recommended amount of popcorn kernals. The first time my husband used it he poured in too much and it burned. It smelled awful and was difficult to clean. 2) This popcorn machine is just plain hard to clean. There really is no good way to reach all the parts that get dirty. 3) You cannot add flavoring (such as butter) to the kernals before they pop. For me, it is hard to propery season the popped popcorn.