My husband doesn't like bag popcorn he says it always burns and taste funny. So when i saw this i jumped on it right away. I always keep popcorn kernals on hand. What i did was put a few kernals in this bowl and put it in the microwave. What you do is stand it up then add 1/3 cup of kernals to it. Then put the lid on and start it for 2 mintues. I did notice there were some unpopped kernals at the bottom so when we tried it again i went for 2 mintues and 15 seconds and that was perfect. This is super easy to clean to so we love it. I would suggest this to anyone who loves home made popcorn.