Updated: June 8, 2015
Fondue Set Reviews:Before we get into the description of fondue sets, let's begin by describing a fondue meal. I was lucky enough to grow up in Saratoga, California which has the famous La Fondue Restaurant right on Big Basin Way. I was first taken to the fondue restaurant in my mid-20's and have been back several times. The food is excellent and the desserts are to die for. The fondue method of cooking is different in that you do most of the cooking yourself right at your table. The cooking methods include Court Bouillon, Punsch, Sake, Oil, or Grilling. You start with a nice cheese fondue for your vegetables and then switch to a bouillon fondue or grilling for meats, poultry, and fish. The finisher on the night is the chocolate fondue with fruits, marshmellows, candy, etc. I have recently moved to Portland, Oregon and found a similar fondue restaurant called The Melting Pot which also serves up a great fondue meal. In fondue cooking, you have a fondue pot which has melted cheese (flavored with wine or other items) or chocolate in which you dip your food items with fondue forks. If you have never had a fondue dinner at a restaurant, you need to experience it at least once in your life. Keep reading to find out about home fondue sets.
Buying Guide - When looking for a fondue set, you need to consider which type of fondue you will be making at your house - cheese, chocolate or meat (perhaps all 3). Home fondue sets are all the rage among the younger, professionals with fondue parties being hosted all the time. Fondue sets make it easy to create a great tasting classic cheese fondue for bread or vegetables. Even the meat fondues that are cooked in hot oil or broth are not hard to prepare. The most popular type of home fondues are those associated with chocolate. A chocolate fondue can be a romantic dessert for 2 or you can share it with friends and family. Look for a fondue pot that can handle high heat if you plan on doing meat fondues while cheese or chocolate fondues do better in thicker pots that don't scorch/burn the contents but still hold heat. Chocolate/Cheese fondue sets often are heated by candles only, but meat fondues will never cook with just a candle. Some fondue sets you find for your house could be electric powered. Fondue sets are made from cast iron, ceramic, enamel, stainless steel, copper and aluminum. They are usually coated with non-stick, glazed, or enamel surfaces. The top brands for fondue sets include All-Clad, Le Creuset, Staub, Swissmar, and Emile Henry. Expect to spend anywhere from $80 to $150 for a quality fondue set while some of the cheaper models are under $50. We researched fondue sets online at e-tailers like Amazon, Epinions, and Chefsresource.com. We read up on the latest fondue sets and users opinions to pick the "best of the best" listed below. You can browse the top selling fondue sets online here.