To choose the best popcorn bowl, there are a few different things to consider. First, how often do you use a popcorn bowl? If you make popcorn almost every night, you will most likely want a popcorn bowl that is sturdy and won't look worn. Popcorn bowls are most often made of glass, wood, plastic or metal, and don't vary much in price. If you want a bowl with a lid designed for popping popcorn in the microwave, it may be a bit more expensive.
Consider if you want one large popcorn bowl, for you and anyone else to share, or if you want a set. Some sets come with one large bowl for popcorn, along with four to six smaller bowls to distribute the popcorn individually. If you have kids, a set like this will probably make sharing easier and will prevent fighting over the popcorn bowl.
If design is important to you, there are many different types of popcorn bowls. You can find popcorn bowls in any color, and even have them personalized. There are bowls shaped like footballs, for example, which might look nice at a party. One popular type of popcorn bowl is a bowl designed to look like the old theater-style popcorn scoop boxes. These are also found in the movie theater tub designs. These are especially fun for kids to have at a movie night.
Other popcorn bowls are designed more for functionality. Some are designed to microwave the popcorn right in the bowl, and feature filters at the bottom of the bowl so that any unpopped kernels can be filtered out, along with a lid to prevent the popcorn from exploding all over the microwave. These are handy to have if you don't want to purchase the individual bags of popcorn, or if you do not have a separate popcorn popper.
Popcorn bowls can also make a nice gift. If you purchase a large popcorn bowl or a set of bowls, you might then fill it up with unpopped popcorn, a few movies or a coupon for some movie rentals, and a few small bags of candy. It is a relatively inexpensive gift to give someone a movie night at home, but they are certain to appreciate and enjoy it. They can then reuse the popcorn bowl. Popcorn can be a healthy, low-fat snack if it is air popped and not doused in butter, salt, or oil, and can be great to snack on in front of the TV.