Popular in the Seventies, fondue is making a comeback as a retro dinner party favourite as it’s actually an enjoyable thing to do if you’re entertaining family or friends. Getting everyone together around a hot pot of yumminess for a shared dining experience is heart-warming, especially in the colder winter months. We’ve hand-picked six fabulous fondue sets that are perfect for heating oil, melting cheese or warming chocolate.
MasterClass Cast Iron Fondue Set
Suitable for meat, cheese and chocolate, MasterClass’ fondue set uses gel fuel or methylated spirits. The central part of the set is an enamelled cast iron bowl which offers excellent heat retention for long, lazy fondue sessions and boasts a contoured splash guard design for anti-splash safety reasons. The set is completed by six colour-coded fondue forks so you can be sure everyone uses their own utensil.
Severin FO 2405 Swiss Fondue Set
This fondue set is a 1,500-watt electric option, powered by a variable thermostat for heating and keeping warm the pot’s contents. Still, it’s actually a removable stainless steel pot that can also be used on the hob. Both the pot and the removable splash guard with fork supports can go through the dishwasher. The set comes with eight fondue forks, so perfect for entertaining a small crowd.
VonShef Swiss Fondue Set
We love this set’s classic, vintage Swedish looks with its single side handle, graduated red exterior and cream interior. Powered by gel fuel or methylated spirits, the set’s pot is made of ultra-tough, heavyweight cast iron for excellent heat distribution and retention. It sits on a splash guard to protect against drips and comes complete with six long-stemmed fondue forks with colour-coded handles.
KitchenCraft 3-in-1 Fondue Set
Another set that’s powered by gel fuel or methylated spirits, KitchenCraft’s fondue set is an excellent three-in-one option that comes with two fondue cooking choices — a ceramic bowl (perfect for cheese and chocolate) and a stainless steel metal pot, both of which fit neatly on the metal stand. There’s also a set of six colour-coded fondue forks to avoid mix-ups.
Artesa Deluxe Stainless Steel Swiss Fondue Set with Lazy Susan
This set is the genuinely deluxe option for fondue fans and comes gift-boxed so makes a great present. The set includes six ceramic dipping pots, each with a fondue fork and mini ladle spoon and a rotating, Lazy Susan-style acacia wood base for an attractive table centrepiece. The actual pot is stainless steel with a smooth wood handle and a built-in fork holder.
Clatronic FD 3516 Fondue Set
Our final choice is an award-winning fondue set from Germany. Clactronic’s 1,400-watt electric option has a completely adjustable thermostat with overheat protection. The removable pot is made from stainless steel and has built-in fork holders, and there’s also a stainless steel hot plate. Another set suitable for eight diners, this gets colour-coded forks that are long-handled for safe dipping.
If you love the idea of having a fondue party, but the concept of naked flames and people consuming alcohol scares you, then consider the Severin fondue set. It’s an electric version, so you don’t need to worry about the fire hazard.
However, if you really want to vamp the vintage feel of a fondue evening, a traditional set like
Artesa’s amazing deluxe option will really offer the wow factor while it’s Lazy Susan design makes for a great party centrepiece.
If you’re just looking for a good solid and affordable option, then our overall staff pick a choice from
MasterClass is an excellent all-round fondue set with a sturdy design and attractive forks.
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