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salbree silicone microwave popcorn popper review – closeup of the bowl with popped popcorn

Hello! It’s Bryn, Collin’s sister & sidekick!

I have a confession – I eat a HUGE bowl of popcorn on my own at least once daily. 🍿

Some of you may be thinking, popcorn?!🤔

YES. And let’s review why I don’t feel guilty about it thanks to the Salbree Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper. This little and easy to store collapsible popcorn popper has literally changed the way I snack. When I am craving something crunchy and satisfying, I just pop a batch of fresh popcorn in minutes instead of reaching for chips, pretzels, or other snack-y items.

salbree silicone microwave popcorn popper review – closeup of the bowl with popcorn being poured in

So what’s so great about this popper anyways?

Besides this gadget being inexpensive, it is also super easy to use! You literally expand the popper to its full size, pour your popcorn kernels into the popper using the etched lines in the bottom of the bowl, place the lid on top, and place the popper in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes.

salbree silicone microwave popcorn popper review – bowl in the microwave with popped popcorn

Once the popcorn has popped, just grab the two silicone handles on the sides of the popper, remove it from the microwave, and your snack is ready! So easy!

And the best part is that you get perfectly popped popcorn without using oil or butter while cooking (see my flavoring tips below!). And this popper makes a TON of popcorn – I usually get at least 8-10 cups of popped popcorn in one batch!

Once you’re done with the popper, just rinse it out with warm water (or throw it in the dishwasher!), let it dry, and collapse it down to store in a cabinet or drawer.

salbree silicone microwave popcorn popper review – ingredients i love to pop and flavor popcorn

If you want to add some yummy flavor to your popcorn with little to no calories, consider grabbing a bottle of Coconut Oil Non-Stick Cooking Spray and some Diamond Crystal Popcorn & Nut Salt. Once your popcorn is popped, spray the popcorn with the cooking spray, sprinkle with salt, and toss! So delicious and very few calories!

Have you used a popper like this? Do you have any tips/tricks to add?

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Comments 61

  1. Kerri

    We have a similar one that we got from pampered chef. We love it!

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Awesome! Glad you found one you like too!

    • Lauren

      Funny, I was eyeing the Pampered Chef one, but now I’m going to get this and spend my PC money on something else 🙂

  2. Abby

    I have one from another brand and I use it daily. I love it!

    • jennine

      Yay! Glad to hear this way works! I prefer not to use spray can (just because 😉 fun fact they Are recyclable they just have to be empty like any other metal can placed in your bin.

  3. Mama28spencer

    I’ve had mine for years! Hands down the best popcorn ever. I use a scoop of coconut oil and put it on kernels before popping then after I add a little pink Himalayan salt on top. It’s so good. The whole family loves it. We love popcorn in our house.

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      YUM! I am going to have to try your cooking method – sounds delicious!

  4. Josie

    Or you can save the money you would have spent on a product made in China and just pop it in a brown paper lunch bag made in the USA. I make my popcorn this way all the time and it turns out great. Each paper bag costs 2 cents. After popping, I pour the popcorn into a bowl and add salt and olive oil. Delicious!

    • Susan

      Using a brown paper bag every day is not nearly as environmentally friendly as using a reusable container. After popping popcorn, especially if using oil, the bags are not recyclable.

      • JD

        This is the eternal debate. If you add in the water and soap load to the environment of the reusable container the brown paper bag might be a better choice than you think. Paper disintegrates into the landfill fairly quickly and that silicone container won’t and eventually it is going to the landfill. I’m old enough to remember when plastic grocery bags where sold to the public as so much better than paper because they could be recycled. Don’t we wish we could turn back the hands of time on that one. Add into that the factor that what we think is recycled when we put it in that bin may actually not be (see recent news) and that China is now refusing to accept our trash for recycling it is time for some serious scientific studies of what actually are our best choices.

        • Maria

          You can also just use a pot with a glass lid on the stovetop. Eternally reusable, and not just for one thing!

        • Julianna

          You must also consider the water and energy used to produce the paper bag, the source of the paper fibers (is it made from virgin pulp, 100% post-consumer paper, or a mixture of both?), and the fuel required to ship it to your local store. It also does not degrade in the landfill as quickly as you may think; when they cap landfills to reduce methane emissions they also prevent the trash from getting any oxygen, which is required for degradation. They have found 50+ year old newspapers in landfills that are still perfectly legible for this reason. Silicone, however, only needs to be produced and shipped once, and the amount of water and energy required to clean it is much less than producing bags for a lifetime. If you no longer want/need it, sell or donate it to someone that will use it instead of sending it to the landfill!

      • Josie

        You don’t add the oil or butter to the bag. Pour the popped corn in a bowl and then add oil. The bags are biodegradable and actually break down into beneficial soil elements. They are one of the recommended products for compost piles. Without being soaked in oil, of course.

      • Heather

        They are compostable though, and can throw them in your yard waste.

    • ana

      If she eats it everyday, I do too 😋it’s definitely more cost effective to get something you can reuse daily. Paper bags will add up quick over time.

  5. 50ShadesofLipstick

    I love popcorn. Homemade is great but for a quick store-bought option, Trader Joe’s Movie Theater Popcorn is CRACK you guys.

  6. Buttonrla

    I actually use a brown paper lunch bag to pop popcorn in microwave. No oil needed. Just pour kernels in bag and fold top down once. Orville Redenbacher seems to pop best and very few kernels are left unpopped.

  7. Jackie

    Love it have still experimenting. What power level and time do you use to get a consistent pop? We’ve tried medium power at 2 minute increments and high. Tested 4 minutes it burnt it so backed down on time and high.

  8. Tammy

    What’s the best way to get the buttery flavor without making the popcorn soggy?

    • Jessica

      After popping, I use a buttered spray or buttered flavored coconut oil.

    • Ana

      Sprinkle real butter and shake it at the same time.
      Also Orville is best for not getting weighed down with butter.

    • Tammy

      Thank you for your suggestions Jessica and Ana!

  9. lindak

    What’s the best popcorn? My local stores seem to carry popsright and they want about $8 for a bottle. I would eat it everyday too if I could afford it.

    • Heather

      My daughter loves Pop Secret. If you live near a publix or winn dixie, when they have it on sale buy one get one, it includes the jars.

    • Carol

      Our dollar store sells name brand and I stock up when they have it!

  10. Jessica

    I’ve had this exact one for a while & love it! After popping you can add salt or even spices as well as pickle salt or juice. This is indeed a money saver & another way to experiment with various flavors in a healthy way while having fun with the family especially on movie night. Thanks for posting this and sharing yet another awesome item & deal!!!!!

  11. Liz

    How well would this work in a small microwave, like 700 watt? I can’t even pop the bags in it, it never comes out right. Anyone use this with a smaller one? What was the time and power? Thanks.

    • lee

      The silicone one I have (like above in pic) I have to elevate with a microwave safe bowl.

  12. Babymair

    I have this one and we LOVE it .My two boys can even make it ,when we have night … We sometimes put a little garlic power ,on it … and for a treat I put a little cinnamon sugar on it .. yummy .THX guys for all you do …and God bless.

  13. kidsallgone

    This sounds like something hubby and I would use! I’ll also have to try the paper bag method just because Harris Teeter puts my groceries in paper bags and I have a collection of them 🤷‍♀️ But….nothing can compare to using my electric popper when my 2 grands are over (1.5 & 2.5 years old). The expression on their faces and their squeals of delight just warms my heart ❤️

  14. Kellie

    We sprinkle the seasoning packets from Ramen noodles on popcorn sometimes. It’s amazing! Put what seasoning we don’t use in an empty spice jar for next time. We make Asian slaw, etc. using only the noodles so it’s a good use for the seasoning pack!

    • Karen

      Great tip! We use Seasoned Salt, which is a mix of things including paprika, sugar, salt, etc

  15. tarasand

    I will have to try this! We use the Whirlypop. It has been he best tasting popcorn I’ve ever tried!! Coconut oil and salt.

  16. tarasand

    We use the Whirlypop!! It has been the best tasting popcorn I have ever made!

    • Suzanne

      I agree! Whirleypop is the best! It tastes just like the movies!

  17. M

    Is this supposed to be safe, since the microwave kinds you buy are not? My son loves popcorn…and well, me too! 😉

  18. Miriam

    Does silicone release chemicals into the popcorn when heated in the microwave?

  19. Yazzay

    We have this exact one and absolutely LOVE it!!!!!!! In fact, I’m such a fan that I bought a couple more as gifts for friends – in colors that coordinated with their kitchen decor (lol – don’t judge!).

    I add some butter-flavored coconut oil and sea salt before microwaving so that they coat the kernels as they pop – Sooooo good!!!!

    Here’s the coconut oil I use: Butter Flavored Coconut Oil by Franklin’s Gourmet Popcorn. 30 oz Tub.

    • Karen

      ……ooooh! I like the idea of adding pre-popping. My stuff tends to get over or undercoated when applied post pop!

  20. MamaBear5

    I have a 100 count package of brown paper bags that I have been trying to use up for the last 3ish years! (I don’t even remember buying, think they’re from my teaching days) Now I know exactly what to do with them 😁. That’s why I enjoy coming here, ideas coming from the Hip Team and from the readers. Thanks ladies, we’re about to get our popcorn on over here😉!

  21. mikeB

    Sorry… but microwave popcorn like orville redinbocker and jolly time is totally gross compared to air popped.

  22. AZ

    If you’re doing it at home then Alton Brown’s method is the absolute best. No messing w/ brown paper bags or buying special bowls for this purpose. The taste is incredible!

  23. Jennifer

    I received one of these as a gift and ended up throwing it out. I tried it 3 times and the popcorn got burned every time. I stick to cooking it on the desktop.

    • Karen

      Hoping there is some auto-correct going on with your post 😉

    • Rockstar

      😂 Karen, I had to read it 3 times to catch “desktop.”

  24. N

    We like to put nutritional yeast flakes on our popcorn for a nutty, cheesy flavor.

  25. MJ

    Dollar Tree has non GMO Jolly Time popcorn for $1- every bit as good as Orville Redenbachers –

    • laurie kerze

      Thanks MJ

  26. Belinda

    I read there in only 5 carbs per cup when you make it this way compared to the tons on normal bagged popcorn. I don’t no what they add to it. It would be hard to only eat a cup full, but better than none at all.

  27. SJ

    Perhaps I shouldn’t burst any bubbles but I just bought the Chef Buddy (looks identical) at for pick-up in store for $7.63. Just saying…

  28. Erin

    I researched microwave poppers extensively several years ago because my mom had one back in the day that just didn’t work. I settled on the Presto Pop, which is amazing! All the kernels pop without oil and butter and none burn. It works so well!

    • Mel

      I have a Presto Pop too and love that all the kernels pop and no scorched popcorn! But the discs that go on the bottom are getting harder to find at local stores. Guess I’ll have to order a few from Amazon while I have Prime!

  29. HeyItsYess

    Anyone know a good recipe for kettle corn flavored 🍿 ? It’s my kids favorite

  30. SLLaude

    Sometime the fall, I believe, Aldi’s sells a bowl for making microwave popcorn; in my area, it is about $6.00. I LOVE it; I have TWO, you know, just in case of SERIOUS popcorn cravings! No, really, it’s in case someone else wants popcorn as well, or something happens to one of them. They are awesome!

  31. hillcrest05

    I have one from pampered chef and every time I use it, I burn the popcorn. I’ve tried everything and given up. Now I’m just making it on the stove.

    • lee

      Try eleeating it with a bowl b 4 microwaving.

  32. ambersteph

    Just ordered mine to try

  33. Celeste

    How does this fit in the Keto diet?

    • 50ShadesofLipstick

      Lol it doesn’t…popcorn is high in carbs and has a high GI. Not very compatible w/ keto.

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