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Things to Consider Before Buying a Popcorn Machine

Things to Consider Before Buying a Popcorn Machine

Obtaining a new popcorn machine can be both challenging and overwhelming. You are

supposed to make a choice between the many available machines on the market. It can,

therefore, be very hard and hence very important to have a set criterion against which you

can gauge the effectiveness of your machine. In this article, we will be hinting at some of the

things that you need to consider when going out to shop for your favourite popcorn machine.

It is time to make the right choice!


Look at the wattage

If you are looking for a popcorn machine that will spend very little time while cooking, then you should consider obtaining a machine with a very high wattage. For example, for anyone planning to

obtain a home theatre machine, then he/she should expect less cooking or popping time. We

advise that you obtain a machine working at around 640 watts. However, if you are dealing

with small batches of popcorn, then you can purchase a machine of low wattage.


Size of kettle

Before going out to purchase a popcorn machine, it is very important that you know the

amount of popcorn that you will be preparing. Depending if you’re wanting to bulk buy your popcorn for parties or purchase it occasionally as a healthy snack you can choose a popcorn machine with a kettle big enough to hold that volume of popcorns you require. Apart from the size of the kettle, you can consider the following:

  • Manuals
  • Availability of the machine- How easily can you find it?
  • Availability and instructions in the user manual.


Quality of the machine

Before buying the machine, it is very important that you consider its quality by looking into

the material used in making it. If you are that person who makes popcorns regularly, then we

would advise that you consider obtaining a machine made of metal as opposed to plastic.

Don’t only rely on the images posted online to purchase a machine, instead, ask to see the

machine and if possible, request for a demo before paying up for the machine. Remember,

the durability of your machine will solely depend on the type of materials used.



Now coming to the mother of it all, the cost! Before going out to look for a popcorn machine,

it is very important that you have a clear budget that you can easily afford. Remember that,

obtaining something new should never put you into a financial crisis. You can start with

something cheap and then upgrade later. Popcorn machines of different sizes and prices are

available and so you should be able to get the one that best suits your needs and situation.


Manufacturer’s warranty

Before obtaining a popcorn machine, you should be familiar with the type and terms of the

warranty that they offer. Don’t let the length of the warranty alone convince you, rather, look

into the firm’s reputation and how they deal with customers. The best company is the one

with good customer service care and not necessarily long warranty periods.

Finally, we want to wish you all the best as you go out there to purchase your new popcorn

machine. We hope that you will like your new product and that this article will come in handy

to help you when making this very important decision.

Orla Kiely – Mugs, Bags, and Other Designs

Orla Kiely – Mugs, Bags, and Other Designs

Ireland has given up many great writers and artists over the years. Oscar Wilde, Yeats and Alice Maher are just some of the household names gifted to us by our Irish cousins. Seated comfortably alongside these is Orla Kiely, a fashion designer from Dublin.

Kiely qualified as a textile designer while at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin before moving the New York to work for a fabric and wallpaper designer. From there she successfully applied for a position at Espirit, moving to London to work. While working she studied for her Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art. Initially a hat designer, Kiely has gone on to design a range of different items. Her patterns are seen as contemporary classics, with many printers and designers such as MS Mugs using her patterns on their products.

Fashion Design

In her exit show at the RCA, Kiely displayed a thesis range of hats which were then purchased by Harrods. Kiely then went on to work for several large companies to gather experience before setting up her own design company. Initially Kiely designed hats but changed to bags when her father noted that while not everyone was wearing a hat, everyone had a handbag. In the late ‘90s, she decided to try laminating cloth for handbags, a textile technique reserved at the time almost solely for tablecloths.

Queen of Prints

Described by the Guardian as the “Queen of Prints”, Kiely’s patterns can be seen across a range of objects, including stationary, wallpaper, furniture, and even cars (the Citroen DS3 which won both Top Gear’s “Small Car of the Year” and “Car of the Year” of 2010). Kiely’s motifs, notably pears and stems, reflect retro design but take a fresh, modern approach to colour and application.

In particular Kiely’s patterns feature regularly on table and kitchenware. Orla Kiely mugs, plates, tablecloths and white goods have all been major sellers for printers and designers. While Kiely focusses more on her fashion design, such is the unique quality that her style possesses that the royalty work alone means her name is never far from the lips of those looking for patterns.

Polly Smith of McLaggan Smith mugs says of Orla Kiely:

“MS Mugs are delighted to have Orla Kiely on our team of mug designers! Orla is well-known British designer and has moved on to design handbags, kitchenware and cars and of course mugs…Retro Orla Kiely mugs are extremely fashionable and will make a great addition to your home’s stylish décor.”

Awards and Recognition

Kiely deservedly has been recognised as one of the top designers currently producing work. In July 2010, she was one of six contemporaries – including Louise Kennedy, Philip Treacy, Paul Costelloe, John Rocha and Lainey Keogh –  featured on a set of An Post stamps. Kiely’s stamp represented her through the use of an image of a handbag with her distinctive leaf pattern set against a white background with large orange letters at the top of the stamp to spell out her name. Continuing with Irish awards, Kiely was also the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year.

Kiely’s fashion line also attracts the attention of many celebrities, including Alexa Chung, contributing editor for Vogue. The Duchess of Cambridge and Kirsten Dunst are also known to sport fashion designed by Orla Kiely.