Gear Guide: 4 Fantastic Fondue Pots

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Fondue pots have come a long way from the avocado-green saucepans of the ’70s. Newer models are dishwasher-safe, have heating elements that are easier to control, and are made with better insulation to prevent burning. Here are four models to try.

Cuisinart Electric Fondue Pot ($59.95)

If you don’t want to fuss with fire, this pot is for you. (Keep in mind that you’ll need to plug it in, which may limit where you can use it.) The set sits low for easy dipping, and the nonstick interior makes for easy cleaning.

Swissmar Lausanne 11-piece Copper Fondue Set ($119.95)

Copper, stainless steel, and ceramic make for impressive-looking cookware that uses a double-boiler method to keep fondue from overheating and sticking.

Emile Henry Flame Top Cheese Fondue Set ($125)

Heat-proof ceramic is light, easy to clean, and tough enough to stand up to high temperatures.

Le Creuset Heritage Traditional Fondue ($170)

The French classic has been streamlined with two small handles, and the cast-iron pot can also be used on the stove top and in the oven.