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Top 10 Best Fondue Sets in the UK 2020 (Boska, Princess and More)

If you are looking for a way to entertain that provides food as well as being a whole lot of fun, then look no further than a Swiss fondue set. These retro bits of kit are enjoying a well-deserved comeback, and now is the time to get in on it. 


Whether you're thinking of a more savoury spread with meat or cheese, or perhaps you have sweet tooth and fancy the idea of diving into a bowl of melted chocolate, this guide will help you choose. We've looked at the best electric, cast iron, steel and ceramic fondue sets from Argos, eBay, Amazon and John Lewis, so let's get stuck in. 

  • Last updated: 20-11-2020
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How to Choose a Fondue Set in the UK - Buying Guide

There are a few basic components that make a fondue set what it is. The first is a pot in which you melt your ingredients, and the second is a source of heat. Outside of these essentials, there is a lot of variation. You might be looking for a certain colour, material or size, and we're going to help you find them. 

Decide Between Cheese, Chocolate and Meat... Or Don't

Decide Between Cheese, Chocolate and Meat... Or Don't

Fondues generally consist of melting cheese or chocolate into which tasty morsels can be dipped. There is also the meat fondue option, which involves cooking chunks of meat in hot oil or broth. 


The vast majority of fondues will be suitable for all of these styles, so you don't need to worry about getting a different fondue for each. However, some might say that they work better for cheese or perhaps chocolate, so check whether this is specified or not before you buy. 

Appearance Isn't the Only Consideration When It Comes to Material

There isn't an enormous amount of choice when it comes to the materials from which fondues are made, but it is still an important decision. It will, in a large part, come down to what you think will look good, but the choice between metal and ceramic is slightly more complicated than this. 

Metal Is Sturdy and Often Light, and Could Be Steel, Cast Iron or Copper

Metal Is Sturdy and Often Light, and Could Be Steel, Cast Iron or Copper

Stainless steel is a popular choice, and one that is often lighter, making it easier to move or put away. It is also far less likely to break when dropped than the ceramic alternative. 


Choosing a metal doesn't just mean that it has to have the stainless steel finish that you might expect. Stainless steel can have a copper coating which is all the rage at the moment, or you might choose something completely different like cast iron which has a more classic look. 

Ceramic Looks Attractive but Can Be Heavy

Ceramic Looks Attractive but Can Be Heavy

When it comes to fondue sets, it is unlikely ceramic will just be used by itself. The pot might be made from ceramic, but the stand and burner will probably be made from metal. 


Ceramic bowls can offer a softer, more homely look that lends some authenticity to your fondue evening, but bear in mind that they can be heavier and – if dropped – they are more likely to break. 

Choose Between Real Flames or Electric Heat

Choose Between Real Flames or Electric Heat

A traditional fondue uses real fire, which is part of the excitement of this unique meal. Often, fondues that use real fire use an alcohol burner, which is very easy to control and therefore very safe. They can be filled either with methylated spirits, or packets of burning gel which you can buy separately. 


If you want more control over the heat exerted, an electrically-heated fondue is a good idea. These use a heat pad as opposed to a direct flame and normally have a dial which you can use to raise or lower the temperature. This is very convenient, but some might say it is not the true fondue experience. 

Get a Fondue That Will Provide Enough Food

Though it will depend on the members and appetite of your party and whether the fondue is an extra or the meal itself, it's a good idea to make sure your set is of a sufficient size to provide for everyone. Here are some tips to help you work it out. 

Check the Pot Size and Dimensions for a Better Indication

Check the Pot Size and Dimensions for a Better Indication

This tip is quite obvious, but a small fondue is going to feed fewer people and be more difficult for everyone to tuck in at the same time. If you're just looking for a fondue for two (or maybe even just one) then this isn't an issue, and you might actually want to look for something smaller to reduce waste


For most people, though, a fondue is the ultimate sharing meal. This could mean having four, five or six people all digging in, and you want to make sure you have enough for everyone. 


Frustratingly, there is no standardised way of measuring a fondue. Some will use the circumference of the pot, others the overall volume, and some will just rely on the complete dimensions – stand and all!   

The Number of Forks Is a Good Size Indicator

The Number of Forks Is a Good Size Indicator

A fondue set wouldn't be complete without the little forks used to dip your favourite foods into the molten cheese, chocolate or oil. They can also be a good indicator of how many guests the set is designed to feed. 


A standard set tends to come with about six forks, though you can always look for models with a few more for bigger parties. They should have a different colour on the handle to make it much easier to keep track of which one you have been using. 


They are simple in design, consisting of a two-prong metal fork that is attached to a long metallic stem. The handles can be made of plastic, wood or metal. If they are made of metal, don't worry, precautions will have been put in place to stop the heat spreading all the way up and potentially burning you. 

Check Whether It's Suitable for All Hob Types, Especially Induction

Check Whether It's Suitable for All Hob Types, Especially Induction

Whilst the alcohol burner does a good job of keep the fondue pot hot throughout the evening, it often requires a bit of help to get the ingredients melted in the first place. This means starting the mixture on the hob before transferring it to the table. 


To make sure that this is possible, check whether the fondue set is compatible with the hob type you have. The most common issue will be with induction hobs, so this is particularly important to check if you have one of these. 

Look Out for Any Other Extras

Look Out for Any Other Extras

We've already discussed what must be included in order for a fondue to work, but what about all the fun extras that aren't essential but make your fondue set a bit easier to use?


This might mean having little pots that you can hold under your item of food whilst transferring it from fondue to mouth, making what is usually an extremely messy meal slightly less so. Or, if you're not much of an experienced fondue cook, look for a set with a bain marie which heats gently and slowly to prevent the contents burning. 

Most Fondues Require Hand Washing, But Check for Dishwasher-Safe Models if Necessary

Most Fondues Require Hand Washing, But Check for Dishwasher-Safe Models if Necessary

After getting very messy and probably having quite a lot of leftovers swimming at the bottom of the fondue pot, it is not always wise to pop it straight into the dishwasher. This is not to say you can't; some models are dishwasher-friendly and will speed up the cleaning process. 


Plenty aren't dishwasher-safe, though, and it is important that you hand wash a pot if that is what the instructions say. This will protect the fondue pot for future use. 

Top 10 Best Fondue Sets in the UK

Once the huge quantities of cheese or chocolate have been bought, and dipping items too, it's time to get cooking. We've made a list of our 10 favourite sets out there, all a little different, but all guaranteed to bring the fun of a fondue evening. 

10

BoskaCheese Fondue Set

£43.36

Cheese/Chocolate/MeatCheese, chocolate
Material(s)Ceramic, stainless steel, wood
Heating SourceCandle
Size17 x 17 x 16 cm, 400 ml
No. of Forks 4
Suitable for Induction n/a
ExtrasNone
Dishwasher-Safe No
9

Paxton and Whitfield Large Cheese Fondue Set

£95.00

Cheese/Chocolate/MeatCheese
Material(s)Ceramic
Heating SourceAlcohol burner
Size42.5 x 10 x 23.2 cm
No. of Forks 6
Suitable for Induction No
ExtrasNone
Dishwasher-Safe No
8

ArgosStainless Steel Fondue Set

£30.00

Cheese/Chocolate/MeatAll
Material(s)Stainless steel
Heating SourceAlcohol burner
Size16 cm diameter
No. of Forks 6
Suitable for Induction n/a
ExtrasNone
Dishwasher-Safe No
7

MasterClassCast Iron Fondue Set

£42.82

Cheese/Chocolate/MeatAll
Material(s)Cast iron
Heating SourceAlcohol burner
Size12 x 17 x 22 cm
No. of Forks 6
Suitable for Induction n/a
ExtrasNone
Dishwasher-Safe No
6

SeverinFondue and Crêpe Maker

FO2409

£66.35

Cheese/Chocolate/MeatAll
Material(s)Stainless steel
Heating SourceElectric
Size1.3 litres
No. of Forks 8
Suitable for Induction Yes
ExtrasCrêpe pan and tools
Dishwasher-Safe Yes
5

Villeroy & BochCast Iron Fondue Set

£29.99

Cheese/Chocolate/MeatAll
Material(s)Cast iron
Heating SourceAlcohol burner
Size20.6 x 20.4 x 17.8 cm
No. of Forks 6
Suitable for Induction Yes
ExtrasNone
Dishwasher-Safe No
4

John Lewis Croft Collection Copper Fondue Set

£85.00

Cheese/Chocolate/MeatAll
Material(s)Copper-plated stainless steel
Heating SourceAlcohol burner
Size20.5 cm diameter
No. of Forks 6
Suitable for Induction n/a
ExtrasNone
Dishwasher-Safe No
3
Cheese/Chocolate/MeatAll
Material(s)Aluminium cast iron, bamboo
Heating SourceElectric
Size1.5 litres
No. of Forks 8
Suitable for Induction n/a
ExtrasBamboo stand
Dishwasher-Safe No
2

John Lewis & Partners Ceramic Fondue Set

£39.00

Cheese/Chocolate/MeatAll
Material(s)Ceramic, stainless steel
Heating SourceAlcohol burner
Size16 cm diameter
No. of Forks 6
Suitable for Induction n/a
ExtrasBain marie option
Dishwasher-Safe Yes
1

PremierStainless Steel Fondue Set

£32.26

Cheese/Chocolate/MeatAll
Material(s)Stainless steel
Heating SourceAlcohol burner
Size34 x 27 x 34 cm
No. of Forks 6
Suitable for Induction No
Extras6 spoons, 6 dishes
Dishwasher-Safe No

Compare the Best Fondue Sets

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1
Premier Stainless Steel Fondue Set 1

Premier

2
John Lewis & Partners  Ceramic Fondue Set 1

John Lewis & Partners

3
Princess Fondue Set 1

Princess

4
John Lewis  Croft Collection Copper Fondue Set 1

John Lewis

5
Villeroy & Boch Cast Iron Fondue Set 1

Villeroy & Boch

6
Severin Fondue and Crêpe Maker 1

Severin

7
MasterClass Cast Iron Fondue Set 1

MasterClass

8
Argos Stainless Steel Fondue Set 1

Argos

9
Paxton and Whitfield  Large Cheese Fondue Set 1

Paxton and Whitfield

10
Boska Cheese Fondue Set 1

Boska

Name

Stainless Steel Fondue Set

Ceramic Fondue Set

Fondue Set

Croft Collection Copper Fondue Set

Cast Iron Fondue Set

Fondue and Crêpe Maker

Cast Iron Fondue Set

Stainless Steel Fondue Set

Large Cheese Fondue Set

Cheese Fondue Set

Features

This Rotating Set Comes With Everything You Might Need

This Fondue Allows Two Materials to Work Together

Features a Wooden Frame to Keep Everything in Place

A Classy Centrepiece for a Grown-Up Fondue Evening

A Fondue That Can Be Used on All Hobs

An Electric Fondue That Gives You Control

A Cast Iron Cream Option That Blends Old and New

A Simple Fondue Set That Will Do The Job

From the Swiss Alps to Your Dining Room

This Mini Set Is Great for Children

Price£32.26£39.00£49.99£85.00£29.99£66.35£42.82£30.00£95.00£43.36
Cheese/Chocolate/MeatAllAll AllAllAllAllAllAllCheeseCheese, chocolate
Material(s)Stainless steel Ceramic, stainless steel Aluminium cast iron, bambooCopper-plated stainless steelCast iron Stainless steelCast iron Stainless steelCeramicCeramic, stainless steel, wood
Heating SourceAlcohol burnerAlcohol burnerElectricAlcohol burnerAlcohol burnerElectricAlcohol burnerAlcohol burnerAlcohol burnerCandle
Size34 x 27 x 34 cm16 cm diameter1.5 litres20.5 cm diameter20.6 x 20.4 x 17.8 cm1.3 litres12 x 17 x 22 cm16 cm diameter42.5 x 10 x 23.2 cm17 x 17 x 16 cm, 400 ml
No. of Forks 6686686664
Suitable for Induction Non/an/an/aYesYesn/an/aNo n/a
Extras6 spoons, 6 dishesBain marie option Bamboo standNoneNoneCrêpe pan and toolsNoneNoneNoneNone
Dishwasher-Safe NoYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo
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The Perfect Add-Ons for Your Fondue Night

The Perfect Add-Ons for Your Fondue Night

Whether you fancy chocolate, cheese, or a bit of both, check out the recommendations below for some bonus products to add to your online basket. Getting prepared will mean your fondue night can only lead to sweet success!  

Summary

Winter is the time for snuggling up and eating lots and lots of comfort food, and what's more comforting than melted cheese and chocolate? These fondue sets mean you'll be able to bring this firm winter favourite all the way from the Alps and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. 

Author: Emma Cramp

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