So maybe this is just a bowl, I don't know, I haven't compared it to trying to pop in a cereal bowl, but the fact of the matter its that it really works and is clean and easy to use. In terms of quantity, it's not tiny or huge - it makes enough for one hungry eater or two light ones.
The directions are for 1/4 cup of popcorn 2-4 minutes in the microwave. I did 3 minutes and burned quite a few kernels. 2 1/2 left a few unpopped. So I'm fiddling with the ratio of time to popcorn to hit the sweet spot since I can only adjust in 30 second increments.