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Best Electric Fondue Pot Reviews

Updated on August 30, 2012
- Best Electric Fondue Pot Reviews, by Rosie2010 -
- Best Electric Fondue Pot Reviews, by Rosie2010 -

Fondue is making a comeback! Oh yes it is! Remember the '60s when every household in America had a fondue set? What? You were not born yet? Me neither (wink wink).

But as the story goes, almost every Saturday, there was a fondue party going on. It was so romantic as the fondue then was heated by an itsy bitsy candle that sat at the bottom of the pot, which was more of a decoration really than anything else. And if I remember the story correctly, they could never get the cheese to stay melted and they didn't have microwave ovens then. Well, thank goodness the fondue manufacturers finally decided to invent fondue burners and gel fuel. That seemed to solved the problem. So instead of waiting forever to cook a piece of meat, with the gel fuel it took only about half that time. But I guess eating was not a priority in those days... smoking pot was... or so I heard.

With the success of The Melting Pot, with 140 locations across 36 states and recently opened locations across Canada, the fun in "fundue" is back! People of all ages are enjoying fondue again. And after having fun at The Melting Pot, people are deciding to have fondue at home, as it is a lot cheaper. So now fondue parties are in again! And the best thing is, we don't have to deal with itsy bitsy candles or gel fuels anymore. Well, you can still dust off your 1960 vintage sets if you like - yes, they are still selling fondue candles which they now call "tea lights" - or, get yourself a brand new electric fondue pot. The electric fondue pot is much more convenient and safer to use. Do I hear a Yippeedoodledoo?


Here are the best selling electric fondue pots in the market:


Rival FD300D 3-Quart Fondue Pot, Black
Rival FD300D 3-Quart Fondue Pot, Black

Rival FD300D 3-Quart Fondue Pot, Black

This nonstick electric fondue pot from Rival is a fine-tunable, worry-free alternative to the candle-heated fondues. And it has an attractive shape and a 3-quart capacity to boot. This pot heats up fast, and maintains heat with its easy thermal control. Remove the power cord and temperature gauge and you can immerse the whole pot for cleaning. For extra safety, Rival includes a magnetic breakaway plug that disconnects if the power cord is accidentally pulled or tugged. The set comes with a range of recipes, too, from tasty appetizers to delicious desserts.


Product features

  • Fully immersible with temp dial and cord removed
  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Eight fondue forks and fork holder ring included
  • 3-quart capacity, non-stick bowl
  • Magnetic breakaway plug for safety
  • Cool touch handles make for easy transporting to the table.
  • Easy to assemble and easy clean up with a non stick bowl.
  • limited warranty
  • recipe book included.


Customer Reviews

Out of 13 Reviews, 9 customers gave it 5 stars, 3 gave it 4 stars, and 1 gave it 3 stars.

Average customer rating: 4 1/2 stars

What customers like:

  • Super easy to clean
  • Heating is fast and even
  • Temperature setting, so no need to use a separate thermometer
  • Great size
  • Excellent product
  • Works perfectly

What customers didn't like:

  • the existing cord is way too short (about 3 ft)
  • the magnetic connection for the electric cord is too easy to accidentally brush and disconnect


Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker
Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker

Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker

This Cuisinart electric fondue is designed for use with oil, broth, chocolate, or cheese.  The set combines powerful electric heat with easy temperature control and handsome but tidy construction. The 3-quart stainless-steel bowl is lined with nonstick coating for keeping heated foods from sticking, and the stand, bowl, ring, and temperature probe all assemble and disassemble easily. A combination of finishes, such as brushed on the bowl and ring, mirror on the stand and handles, gives the unit a contemporary flair. Heat up is efficient, getting oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit takes between 10 and 15 minutes. Best of all, you can change the temperature setting with a simple turn of the dial to adjust for different ingredients or the passage of time. For clean up, remove the temperature probe and cord removed, you can wash it manually or ran it through the dishwasher. A set of eight color-coded fondue forks is also included. Fully assembled, this electric fondue pot stands 6-1/4 inches high, and the bowl is 8-1/4 inches in diameter at the opening.


Product Features

  • Electric fondue set suitable for chocolate, cheese, broth or oil
  • Includes base, bowl, temperature probe, 8 fondue forks, and fork rack
  • Elegant, brushed stainless-steel 3-quart bowl with nonstick interior
  • Adjustable temperature probe
  • Stainless steel fork ring
  • Removable temperature control is adjustable for wide range of recipes
  • Unit is safe for immersion and dishwasher; stands 6-1/4 inches high, bowl is 8-1/4 inches in diameter
  • recipe book included
  • limited 3-year warranty.


Customer Reviews

Out of 72 Reviews, 50 customers gave it 5 stars, 14 gave it 4 stars, 4 gave it 3 stars, 1 gave it 2 stars, and 3 gave it 1 star.

Average customer rating: 4 1/2 stars

What customers like:

  • Heats very quickly.
  • Very large capacity which is good if you have 4+ adults
  • Looks nice
  • High quality non-stick makes cleanup easy
  • It keeps the temperature just perfect for hours - no fussing with sterno cans
  • easy release/magnetic connection makes it safe for accidental tripping or child pulling the cord.

What customers didn't like:

  • Rubber feet are very fragile.
  • Heats unevenly
  • too powerful for cheese or chocolate fondues.
  • Cord is way too short (16" inches)


 Trudeau 0823004 Electric 11-Piece 3-in-1 Fondue Set
Trudeau 0823004 Electric 11-Piece 3-in-1 Fondue Set

Trudeau 0823004 Electric 11-Piece 3-in-1 Fondue Set

Turn any potluck night with friends into an extra-special occasion with the help of this electric fondue pot. The 56-ounce unit can be used for hot broth or oil-based fondue when dipping pieces of meat and seafood, or slip its stoneware double-boiler insert into place for serving cheese or chocolate fondue. The mirror-finish 18/10-stainless-steel pot sits securely on top of the electric warming base, which features a nonstick warming plate and offers a simple control dial on the front for easily adjusting the heat from low to high.

The stainless-steel pot can also be used directly on the stovetop, making it possible to cook a favorite fondue recipe in the kitchen before transporting it to the warming base, situated neatly on the buffet or dining-room table... no need to dirty a second pot.

Six stainless-steel forks come included, each with a brightly colored dot on the end for quickly distinguishing one from the other. For added convenience, a stainless-steel fork guide around the rim of the pot helps keep each fork in position. Other highlights include two loop side handles on the stainless-steel pot, an "on" indicator light on the warming base, and a quick-release magnetic power cord for safety. The 500-watt, UL-approved electric fondue pot measures approximately 9-2/7 by 9 by 9-2/7 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.


Product Features

  • Electric fondue pot with warming base and 56-ounce stainless-steel pot
  • Stoneware insert for cheese or chocolate fondue;
  • variable temperature control
  • an "on" indicator light on the warming base
  • Pot suitable for stovetop use;
  • 2 loop side handles; and fork guide
  • 6 stainless-steel forks included, each with a brightly colored dot on the end for quickly distinguishing one from the other.
  • break-away power cord for safety
  • Measures approximately 9-2/7 by 9 by 9-2/7 inches;
  • 1-year limited warranty


Customer reviews

Out of 45 Reviews, 27 customers gave it 5 stars, 15 gave it 4 stars, 2 gave it 2 stars, and only 1 gave it 1 star.

Average customer rating: 4 1/2 stars

What customers like:

  • The best one in the market for versatility, utility and stylishness.
  • Being electric it is very convenient to use and arguably safer than "sterno" units.
  • It is versatile and can be used with cheese, meat or dessert fondues. Compared to others presently on the market, it has the distinct advantage of being the only one truly designed for all three types of fondue.
  • the pot is separate from the heating base. This means you can heat the pot in the kitchen and bring it to the table when ready.
  • The heating surface is teflon coated for easy clean up.
  • The unit is also more "upright" than the other electrics which takes up less space on your table.
  • What gives the Trudeau its distinct advantage is the unique double boiler system where, when making cheese or dessert fondue, you fill the chrome pot with 20 ounces of water and insert a stoneware crock into the pot. The arrangement allows for even heating at lower temperatures which is essential for cheese and chocolate fondues.
  • For oil or broth fondues, the chrome pot sit atop the direct heat of the heating base as you would expect.
  • Six better than average fondue forks are included along with a fork holder for the chrome pot to keep the forks from sliding around.
  • Another nice feature is the patented electric plug which eliminates the guesswork of knowing which way to insert the plug into the base.

What customers didn't like:

  • the power cord (which attaches magnetically) detaches very easily


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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya jenesmith, thanks for dropping by. Me too! I want that Trudeau 3-in-1 that can do cheese, chocolate and oil and broth as well. That seems to be a great one to have. Let's wait til it goes on sale.

    Happy New Year!

    Rosie

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    jenesmith01 6 years ago from North Texas

    ive been dying to get a fondue pot ive always wanted to make it. ! Ill have to pick up one of these soon..maybe an early bday present to myself. I'm keeping this hub in mind when i do it was very useful thanks =)

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya my darling handsome cowboy Gets, hey I don't see your handsome pic. I know the problem now, if you don't sign in, you can still leave a comment but no pic. As getting an electric fondue, invite over your sister Chris and Terry and your daughters and grandkids for fondue Super Bowl party. That'd be awesome!

    Happy New Year!

    Rosie

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    Gets 6 years ago

    Hey Sugar....that sure beats trying to keep the fondue hot and melted with a pot on the stove or using candles. The question is...all things considereed (like I live alone and rarely have parties)do I really need one now? What you think?

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Pam, me too! I have not been to The Melting Pot that just opened here in Toronto, and I had given away my fondue set ages ago. But with the electric fondue, I think I'll give a try for a little get-together.

    Happy New Year!

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Will, so nice of you to drop by. Fondue is more for having fun while you eat but it could also be filling.. imagine all those strawberries dipped in mouth-watering melted chocolate... hmmm let the fun begin! But I'm sure men prefer barbecue because it's more filling and I must admit tastier!

    Happy New Year!

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya ssaul, so nice of you to drop by. You love cookware? This is a great addition to your collection. The Trudeau one is the best, aside from using is as fondue, you can use it as a food warmer. I'm getting that one.

    Happy New Year!

    Rosie

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    I haven't had fondue is ages but I remember how much fun it is to have it at a party. This pot looks nice.

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    WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I remember the '60s fondue craze, but my friends preferred a good barbeque. Maybe I'll try it this time around.

    Good Hub!

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    ssaul 6 years ago

    thanks for sharing i love cookware, i will be buying some soon!