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Fondue Equipment
Choosing the Right Type for You

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Before hosting a fondue dinner, you have to ensure you have the right fondue equipment.

Having fondue is a fun and sociable event, but there is nothing that can ruin your evening as fast as having your fondue pot break under extreme heat or having your meal burn to the bottom of the pot.

So how can you prevent this?

By purchasing the right type of fondue equipment.

Each fondue pot has a purpose and this page will provide you with useful information to help you make an informed decision on the type of fondue pot you need.

The fondue pot shown above is the Swissmar Sierra 11-Piece Meat Fondue Set, Red Enameled Pot and it is suitable for hot oil, broth and cheese fondue as well as chili, soup and other warm appetizers.


Fondue Pots

When choosing fondue pots, if you want to buy one that will last you forever, I recommend that you stick to the reputable companies that have been making fondue equipment for years, like Swissmar, Trudeau and Rival.

There are 4 main types of fondue pots:

  • Cheese Fondue Pot.
    cheese fondue pot
    Swissmar makes excellent fondue pots for cheese fondue, like the Lugano 2-Quart, 9-Piece Cast Iron Cheese Fondue Set shown on the right.

    Cheese fondue equipment uses an adjustable alcohol or gel fuel burner to maintain the constant temperature required to keep melted cheese from solidifying again.

    These pots are made of ceramic or earthenware, have a flat bottom and have a large openings to accommodate dipping.
  • Hot Oil/Broth Fondue Pot. fondue pot for hot oil and broth Hot oil fondue pots, like the Trudeau 24 Piece 3 In 1 Lazy Susan Fondue Set shown on the right, must be able to withstand very high temperatures without cracking in order to fully cook your meat.

    As such, these pots are made of stainless steel, copper or cast iron. Note: ceramic pots are not suitable for hot oil fondue.
  • Dessert/Chocolate Fondue Pot chocolate fondue pot Chocolate or dessert fondue pots, like the Trudeau Zen Chocolate Fondue 8 Piece Set shown on the right, are smaller than cheese or meat fondue pots.

    These pots use a tealight to keep the melted chocolate at the right temperature and are made of earthenware, ceramic, porcelain or sometimes tempered glass.

    Of course, you can also buy a chocolate fountain if you want something a little more lively than a dessert fondue pot. Have a look at the Sephra Classic Home Fondue Fountain - It's the ultimate accessory for fondue lovers!
  • Electric Fondue Set.
    fondue pot
    In recent years, several electrical fondue pots like the Trudeau 3-in-1 Fondue Set have become really popular. Most are versatile enough to be used for all types of fondue, and as such, are considered to be a great investment when it comes to buying fondue equipment

    Plug it in, set the temperature, dip and enjoy. You should fully research the product you are considering before spending your money. Make sure to look at the length of the power cord to ensure your nearest electrical outlet is close enough... (or use an extension cord.)

    Nice features to have are a detachable cord, long enough cord for your dining room and dishwasher safe.

Read my reviews and recommendations for Rival fondue pots and fountains here.


Other Fondue Equipment

Of course, you will need more than a fondue pot to make your fondue night a success. Here is more information on other fondue equipment and supplies you will need:

If you've never hosted a fondue party, make sure to read more on proper fondue etiquette here.

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