NutriChef Countertop Fondue Melting Pot

Last updated date: October 29, 2019

DWYM Score
9.5

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We looked at the top 1 Fondue Sets and dug through the reviews from 14 of the most popular review sites including Food Gear, The Wise Spoon, BestReviews, Top 5 Reviews, Product Reviews, Heavy, Cookware Ninja, Kitchen Gear Zone, Kitchen Appliance Pro, Top Review Pro, Wiki EZ Vid, Sweet Revelations, Dream Kitchen Solutions and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fondue Set you should buy.

Overall Take

This pot has cool-touch handles and a heat-resistant bowl that's safe for countertops. The adjustable rotary temperature control makes cooking even easier. It includes six color-coded fondue forks too. In our test kitchen, we found that this fondue set heats up very quickly. We also loved the sleek and modern design. In our analysis of 85 expert reviews, the NutriChef NutriChef Countertop Fondue Melting Pot placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 23, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fondue Set for a detailed review of all the top fondue sets.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
14 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
134 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This is a versatile product with 64 ounces cooking bowl. It is constructed of durable material that makes it last long performer.
- Food Gear
The fondue pot is also comprised of handy cool-touch handles that are powered by LED Indicator light. The product is secure to be placed on any kitchen table or countertop and includes 6 dipping forks.
- The Wise Spoon
Cooking bowl can be removed from the heat and used a serving bowl. 64 oz capacity provides room for six dipping forks at once
- BestReviews
Another great thing about the pot is that it has an adjustable temperature control so that you can control the cooking easily.
- Top 5 Reviews
NutriChef looks very classy and it has a nonstick surface. It is also heat resistant. It has an attractively simple design with a built-in knob and a power led indicator which can be used in order to adjust its temperature settings.
- Product Reviews
May 19, 2019 | Full review
Its hand-washable design is not only easy to clean, but is also counter top-safe.
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July 30, 2019 | Full review
Cool touch handles keep your hands from getting burned when moving or transporting the pot. Other handy features include a removable serving bowl and adjustable temperature for optimal results, whether you’re making cheese, broth or chocolate fondue
- Heavy
The capacity of the cooking bowl is 2+ quarts, and it’s removable.
- Cookware Ninja
The cool to touch handles and adjustable temperature makes serving easy
- Kitchen Gear Zone
The nonstick pot is heat resistant and you can place the set on a countertop and kitchen table.
- Kitchen Appliance Pro
The six color-coded forks make the set perfect for partying and other social gatherings.
- Top Review Pro
Handles remain cool to the touch
- Wiki EZ Vid
May 3, 2019 | Full review
The removable cooking and serving bowl of this particular Fondue Pot makes it easy for you to melt either cheese or chocolate. It will also enable you to use low and even temperature to melt your delicacies without burning them.
- Sweet Revelations
The attractive unit has a dark red base and black pot. The removable cooking pot is Teflon-coated and non-stick. This makes it easy to clean after use.
- Dream Kitchen Solutions
October 8, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
some complained that the cooking is slow.
- The Wise Spoon
not the best option for cooking raw meat
- BestReviews
Cord is too short for some users
- Top 5 Reviews
Smaller capacity compared to other products
- Product Reviews
May 19, 2019 | Full review
Has unhealthy nonstick Teflon coating.
- Cookware Ninja
Upon initial heating, there is a smell of burning plastic but the manual mention that beforehand
- Kitchen Gear Zone
The heat deployment is low and isn’t enough to retain the heat.
- Kitchen Appliance Pro
There is always a drawback, and with this appliance, I have to say it is the length of the electric cord. While the pot can be moved easily with the cool-touch handles, the cord would benefit from being longer.
- Dream Kitchen Solutions
October 8, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Chocolate Fondue Melting Pot Electric Fondue Maker - Countertop Chocolate Fondue Melting Pot Features: Turn it On and Dip it In: Simple Plug-in Operation Compact & Convenient Fondue Food Melting Adjustable Rotary Temperature Control High-Powered Heating Element Removable Cooking / Serving Bowl Non-Stick & Heat-Resistant Convenient Cool-Touch Handles Power LED Indicator Light Dipping Forks Included Safe Placement on Any Kitchen Table or Countertop Perfect for Cheese, Chocolate & More! What’s in the Box: Fondue Warming Cooktop Teflon Bowl (6) Dipping Forks Technical Specs: High Powered Heating Element: 800 Watt Cooking Bowl Capacity: 2+ Quarts Cooking Bowl Diameter: 7.9’’ -inches Power Cord Length: 3.3’ ft. Power Supply: 120V Total Size (L x W x H): 10.1’’ x 8.9’’ x 6.6’’ -inches Sold as: 1 Weight: 4.52 lbs. The NutriChef Chocolate Fondue Melting Pot - Electric Fondue Maker - Countertop Chocolate Fondue Melting Pot. Turn it On and Dip it In: Simple Plug-in Operation - Compact & Convenient Fondue Food Melting - Adjustable Rotary Temperature Control - High-Powered Heating Element - Dipping Forks Included - Safe Placement on Any Kitchen Table or Countertop - Perfect for Cheese, Chocolate & More! What’s in the Box: - Fondue Warming Cooktop. Removable Cooking / Serving Bowl - Non-Stick & Heat-Resistant - Convenient Cool-Touch Handles - Power LED Indicator Light - High Powered Heating Element: 800 Watt - Cooking Bowl Capacity: 2+ Quarts - Cooking Bowl Diameter: 7.9’’ -inches - Power Cord Length: 3.3’ ft. - Power Supply: 120V - Total Size (L x W x H): 10.1’’ x 8.9’’ x 6.6’’ -inches.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 12
2. NutriChef Countertop Fondue Melting Pot
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 14
3. VonShef Swiss Fondue Set
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Swissmar Cast Iron Fondue Set
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Swissmar Meat Fondue Set
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 2
6. Boska Holland Tea Light Fondue Set
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Oster Titanium Infused Fondue Pot
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Nostalgia Stainless Steel Electric Fondue Pot
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 10
9. Dash Electric Fondue Set
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Boska Tea Light Tapas Fondue Set
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Fondue Sets

You can’t please everyone, especially while throwing a party. Choosing snacks is particularly anxiety-inducing. Food allergies, picky eaters and the amount of cleanup you’re willing to do all play a role in picking your party food. Fondue is a fun and flexible choice that adds a touch of class to any gathering.

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To make fondue, you heat up a liquid (like chocolate, cheese, oil or broth) in a communal pot. Once your dipping sauce is warm and ready to go, you use a long-stemmed fondue fork to pick up a small piece of food (like bread, fruit or veggies) and dip it in the fondue pot. The result is a tasty combo of your favorite foods and sauces. It’s also easy for picky eaters to customize; you can dip almost anything in the sauce, so it’s fine if one person wants to use bread, and another wants to try steak or fruit.

Cheese is a favorite savory option for any fondue pot, and chocolate is great for desserts. Chocolate-covered fondue strawberries are a Valentine’s Day favorite. Toasty broth and warm oil are great finds for winter party snacks.

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Classic fondue sets consist of a cast iron or ceramic pot, several long-stemmed stainless steel forks and a réchaud. Réchauds are small, portable burners that sit underneath the fondue pot and keep the pot’s contents warm. Réchauds use a gel fuel source to light up and keep your dipping sauce warm. You can buy inexpensive gel fuel in cans or in capsules online.

If you were married in the 1970s, says culinary expert Julie Chernoff, food journalist and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, you probably received one of these classic sets as a wedding present.

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“You would melt your chocolate, or cheese, on the top of a double boiler, and then pour it into the cast iron pot set over the small flame — enough to keep the mixture warm without burning,” she says. “Cheaper versions were set over tea lights.”

Cast iron pots are great for hearty foods, like melting thick cheeses. They excel at maintaining an even temperature for long periods of time. Ceramic pots have some of the same qualities, but they’re easier to wipe down and clean. 

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If you’re looking for a modern way to enjoy fondue, there are plenty of electric models available. They’re versatile enough to use for all types of fondue, and they have a number of heat settings to help you maintain the perfect temperature throughout a party or date night. Just plug them in, choose your heat setting and enjoy. Many electric sets are dishwasher safe, too.

The newer ones aren’t ceramic or cast iron, but rather made from heavy-gauge stainless steel, so there’s no danger that they might crack over extended heat exposure.

“Best of all, they have thermostats, so the heat can be gentle for chocolate fondue, mid-range for cheese, and high enough to safely cook proteins in broth or oil,” Chernoff says. “Maintaining an even temperature ensures that your fondue won’t burn, which in turn makes the fondue pot easier to clean.”

Once you’ve got a handle on your fondue basics, you’re ready to start looking for the perfect set for your needs. Take a look at our Tips & Advice for specifics on choosing a fondue set.

DYWM Fun Fact

Fondue’s delicious origins lie in Switzerland. A Swiss recipe book from 1699 contains the first recorded fondue recipe, which recommended a blend of cheese and wine for the dipping sauce. Although fondue is decidedly Swiss (it was named the national dish of Switzerland in 1875), the word “fondue” is French. The French weren’t ripping off the Swiss, though; French is one of Switzerland’s four national languages. 

Chocolate fondue is one of the most popular fondue options today, but it wasn’t invented until 1960. New York City can lay claim to the invention of chocolate fondue, but the person behind it wasn’t a native New Yorker — it was a man from Switzerland.

The Fondue Set Buying Guide

  • The first consideration you’ll want to make when choosing a fondue set is whether you want an electric pot or a classic pot heated by a réchaud. Electric pots are a snap to set up, and you can easily maintain your desired temperature with built-in settings. However, some people love the classic look and feel of a ceramic or cast iron fondue pot. Both varieties will make your next party delicious.
  • The fondue pot’s capacity is another major consideration to make. Pots come in sizes ranging from four cups to 12 cups. If you have a lot of parties or a large family, a larger pot is a good idea. If you prefer smaller gatherings, date nights or solo evenings with your fondue set, a four-cup pot will do just fine.
  • Make sure you’ve got enough room to store and use the fondue set you choose. If you’re in a small apartment, a four-cup set will be easier to set up and stash in your cabinets. If you’ve got a large kitchen, you can go to town with a 12-cup set. 
  • Electric fondue sets let you set the exact temperature you’d like. You’ll use a dial that’s marked from low heat to high heat to find the exact degree you need to melt your cheese or chocolate. 
  • If you go for an electric set, check and make sure the cord is long enough to make it to the nearest power outlet. It’s best to avoid using extension cords when using an electric fondue set. 
  • Check your fondue set’s cleaning directions before you make a tasty mess. Some sets are completely dishwasher safe, some are only partially dishwasher safe and others are hand wash only. If your set is hand wash only, you can fill the pot with gentle dish detergent and water, and let it soak overnight. Everything else can be wiped down with a soft, soapy towel and left out to air dry.
  • Many fondue sets come with color-coded forks to help everyone at your party remember which fork is theirs. If your set doesn’t come with color-coded forks, you can add a small dot of paint to the ends so that no one accidentally swaps forks.