The best-rated popcorn poppers of the last 10 years were made by Presto and Whirley. Consumer Search gives these models best-reviewed status, while Amazon.com user reviews give the models 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars.
Presto's PopLite hot-air corn popper pops corn very fast, does not need oil and is simple to use and clean. It is readily available at many retailers for an inexpensive price.
Professional tasters and product owners are consistently impressed by this machine, according to Consumer Search. Reviews cite how quickly the machine pops and how it pops most of the kernels, while not burning them. The only cons listed are the lack of an on/off switch and hot kernels flying out of the chute.