Electric fondue is short for electric fondue pots and electric fondue sets. The bottom line is that electric sourced heat for fondue is the flexible modern approach to heating fondue pots. There is no comparable method for controlling, moderating and changing temperature. Some claim that an important element of the charm of fondue is lost when you take away traditional approaches to heating fondue through gel or candles, but the utility of electric heating is hard to beat.
The flexibility of a good electric heat source enables one to provide optimal heat for the full range of oil, broth, cheese or chocolate fondues. With such a broad capacity, it is particularly helpful to have a thermometer available as part of the set. A good example of this combination is the highly popular Cuisinart Electric Fondue Set.
One of the challenges with an electric pot are the inconveniences that come with the electric connection. One such issue is the electric cord, which can be tripped over, or which can pull a pot full of scorching hot fondue onto the floor or worse onto someone’s body. There are real danger issues here. Another concern is the possibility of ruining the electrical element when trying to wash it. A good example of dealing with both of these issues is found in the design of the West Bend Electric Fondue Pot. The temperature control is removable, and the pot is dishwasher safe. The electrical cord is particularly sensitive and will detach if pulled accidentally.
No matter how utilitarian and exceptional the electric aspect, some people simply cannot get over the loss of traditional charm and glamour. One excellent strategy has been developed to deal with this concern in the Swissmar Alpenglow Set. There is a unique illuminating flame effect that provides that traditional atmosphere. The black cast iron pot is also designed to optimize the old world traditional look.