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Top 10 Best Cotton Candy Machines to Buy Online 2020

Some fair foods are pretty easy to replicate at home–funnel cakes, corn dogs, and candy apples, for example. But cotton candy, one of the most iconic and most fun to eat foods, is nearly impossible to make without a dedicated machine. Luckily, cotton candy machines are pretty easily accessible, even to those who just want to make some for themselves or the kids.

But whether you’re looking to whip up some fluff for a small slumber party or a big fundraiser, you’re going to want a machine that works for your needs. In this guide, we’ll go over the different factors to consider when choosing a cotton candy machine. At the end, we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started on your search.
  • Last updated: 10-30-2019
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How to Choose a Cotton Candy Machine – Buying Guide

Finding the right cotton candy machine can be a sticky process. The cute designs and fun colors of the machines may catch your attention, but don’t forget to take your own situation and needs into consideration first.

What Can You Turn into Cotton Candy?

What Can You Turn into Cotton Candy?
Aside from sugar granules, some machines can also turn any sort of hard candy into cotton candy to give you a huge variety of flavors. Some machines can even use sugar-free candy.
If you’re looking for some flexibility in the types of candy you can use and don’t want to have to buy special sugar just to make cotton candy, look for a machine that can use a variety of different candies.

Where and For How Many People Are You Making Cotton Candy?

Where and For How Many People Are You Making Cotton Candy?
Cotton candy machines are generally on the larger side, but how large you’re looking for depends on how much space you have and how much output you want to get. Larger machines (including free-standing ones) can make lots of cotton candy really fast thanks to the larger motor as well as the larger collection area.
But if you’re just looking to make cotton candy at home for a small group, then smaller machines that take up less storage and counter space will probably be enough. Just note that smaller machines are often of a lower quality than the big machines and may be more prone to breaking.

Look for Quality Materials like Stainless Steel and BPA-Free Plastic

Look for Quality Materials like Stainless Steel and BPA-Free Plastic
Cotton candy requires fairly high temperatures to change the state of the sugar, and at higher temperatures, low quality plastics can melt or leech chemicals into your food.
So, to avoid that and to ensure the longest possible life for your machine, go with something made from stainless steel or durable, BPA-free plastic. This is especially important for the areas right around where the sugar comes out.

Sugar Gets Sticky, So Look for Easy Cleanup

Sugar Gets Sticky, So Look for Easy Cleanup
One of the first things you realize when eating a cotton candy is how sticky your hands and mouth get, so imagine how gooey the machine that makes it can be! To save you time and trouble, look for machines that have parts that are easy to remove and disassemble. And while most machines might be too big for this, bonus points to any smaller machines that have dishwasher-friendly parts.
Another thing to consider when thinking about cleanup is whether the machine comes with a shield. Shields can mean that sugar is less likely to get on other things in the area (including you), but it also means there’s one more thing to wash when you’re done.

If You’re a Cotton Candy Novice, You May Need Other Supplies

If You’re a Cotton Candy Novice, You May Need Other Supplies
Cotton candy isn’t something most people can whip up in their kitchens, so chances are you might not have the (other) tools necessary to make it.
Some cotton candy machines come with some of the other things you might need including cones, sugar scoops, and even flavored sugar. If you might be buying all of those anyway, it might make sense to look for a machine that comes with it instead.

Top 10 Best Cotton Candy Machines to Buy Online

Now that you know what to look for in a cotton candy machine, here are a few of our favorites.

10. Nostalgia Vintage Hard & Sugar-Free Candy Cotton Candy Maker (PCM305)

$29.98

TakesFloss sugar, hard candy, sugar-free candy
Size12.5 x 12.5 x 9.5 inches
MaterialsPlastic
ShieldYes
Included2 plastic cones, 1 sugar scoop

9. Olde Midway Commercial Quality Cotton Candy Machine

$242.99

TakesFloss sugar
Size20.5 x 36 x 37 inches
MaterialsStainless steel
ShieldNo
IncludedSugar scoop

8. Vivo Electric Commercial Cotton Candy Machine

$184.99

TakesFloss sugar, hard candy
Size21 x 21 x 14 inches
MaterialsStainless steel
ShieldNo
IncludedSugar scoop

7. Vivo Standing Electric Commercial Cotton Candy Machine

$248.95

TakesFloss sugar, hard candy
Size21 x 21 x 35 inches
MaterialsStainless steel
ShieldNo
IncludedSugar scoop

6. Great Northern Popcorn Flufftastic Cotton Candy Machine

$190.88

TakesFloss sugar, hard candy
Size20.5 x 20.5 x 20.5 inches
MaterialsStainless steel
ShieldNo
IncludedSugar scoop

5. Suncoo Cotton Candy Machine

$149.00

TakesFloss sugar, hard candy
Size21.2 x 21.2 x 17.7 inches
MaterialsStainless steel
ShieldNo
IncludedSugar scoop

4. The Candery Cotton Candy Machine and Sugar Kit

$63.99

TakesFloss sugar, hard candy
Size17.8 x 13.9 x 8.1 inches
MaterialsPlastic
ShieldYes
Included3 flavors of floss sugar, 50 paper cones, sugar scoop

3. Clevr Compact Commercial Cotton Candy Machine

$154.99

TakesFloss sugar
Size20.5 x 20.5 x 13 inches
MaterialsStainless steel
ShieldNo
IncludedSugar scoop

2. Cotton Candy Express Pink Cotton Candy Machine

$59.99

TakesFloss sugar, hard candy
Size16.5 x 16.5 x 13.5 inches
MaterialsPlastic
ShieldYes
Included5 flavors of floss sugar, 50 paper cones, 1 sugar scoop

1. Great Northern Popcorn Junior Vortex Cotton Candy Machine

$199.99

TakesFloss sugar
Size20.5 x 20.5 x 12 inches
MaterialsStainless steel
ShieldNo
IncludedSugar scoop

How to Make Perfectly Spun, Fluffy Cotton Candy

How to Make Perfectly Spun, Fluffy Cotton Candy
As good as your machine is, it’s not going to do you any good unless you know how to use it properly. Here are a few tips to get you a delightfully fluffy cone.
The most important thing is patience. Give the sugar some time to accumulate on the sides of the machine before you start trying to collect it with the cone. Once there’s a nice amount of cotton candy in the bowl, touch the paper cone to the cotton candy and slowly begin to rotate it in the opposite direction of the way it’s being spun.
Don’t let too much accumulate on the sides between collection. If there’s too much, it’ll start to clump and re-crystallize.

Summary

So there you have it–a quick guide to finding the right cotton candy machine for you! Cotton candy can instantly brighten anyone’s day, so hopefully you’ve found the right machine for your needs.
By Jacqueline Oshiro

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