I grew up always having a hot air popper in the house. When it was time to move out on my own, one of the first things I bought was a hot air popper. I love my Presto PopLite. These things last forever. Hot air popped popcorn is cheaper than microwave popcorn and healthier. I feel better with hot air popped popcorn because I know there's not a bunch of chemicals it that I don't know.