The chocolate fountain is popular in the buffet, celebration, wedding, and more. I think most of you like it very much, especially your kids. Who doesn’t like chocolate?
But, do you ever think you can make it at home easily? With the best chocolate fountains, you can enjoy it at home at any time such as gathering or party. You can also use buffalo, cheese, bbq sauce, and more. You can always create your own recipes.
In order to choose the best one for your family, I suggest you to read “How To Choose The Best Chocolate Fountain” if you have no ideas about that.
Below, I will introduce some most popular chocolate fountains on the market for you.
Out of the options below, my #1 choice is Nostalgia CFF986 4-Tier Stainless Steel Chocolate Fondue Fountain because it features 4-tier transparent tower, stainless steel heated bowl, separate heat and motor switches, and adjustable feet.
Table Of Content
- Wilton Chocolate Pro Chocolate Fountain – Chocolate Fondue Fountain, 4 lb. Capacity – [THE MOST EXPENSIVE]
- Nostalgia CFF986 4-Tier Stainless Steel Chocolate Fondue Fountain – [TOP PICK]
- Nostalgia CFF965 3-Tier 1.5-Pound Chocolate Fondue Fountain – [EDITOR CHOICE]
- Nostalgia CFF1000 Chocolate/Bib Ranch/Nacho Cheese/Buffalo Sauce Cascading Fondue Fountain – [EDITOR CHOICE]
- Nostalgia CFF300 3-Tier 1/2-Pound Chocolate Fondue Fountain – [BUDGET PRODUCT]
- Sephra Home Fondue Fountain Chocolate Fountain
- Chef’s Star Electric 3-Tier Stainless Steel Chocolate Fountain, Silver
- Wilton Mini Chocolate Fountain – Chocolate Fondue Fountain
- CHOCOMAKER 9807-CM Series Chocolate Fountain
- NutriChef 3 Tier Chocolate Fondue Fountain – Electric Stainless Choco Melts Dipping Warmer Machine
- BestEquip Commercial Chocolate Fountain 7-Tier Professional Chocolate Fountain
- VEVOR Commercial Chocolate Fountain Machine 80cm/31.5 inch
- Rival CFF5 Chocolate Fondue Fountain
- ClearMax CF-892 Chocolate Fountain, 5″, Silver
- Sephra CF18L Classic Home Fountain-Stainless Steel
- How To Choose The Best Chocolate Fountain
Best Chocolate Fountains
Wilton Chocolate Pro Chocolate Fountain – Chocolate Fondue Fountain, 4 lb. Capacity
[THE MOST EXPENSIVE] This is Wilton Chocolate Pro Chocolate Fountain. It weighs 5.25 pounds and measures 12 x 12 x 16.8 inches.
It comes with 3 canopies for you to easy dipping. Many kids can dip what they want at the same time. It will dress up your snack with a delicious chocolate coat in a short time.
The canopies are combined with the top cap, center tube, bottom tube, and the auger. All of them are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
When you want to use it, make sure you place it on a level surface such as a counter or table. On the bottom, there are 3 adjustable feet. When you adjust it, you can always see the bubble level on the back to make the leveling easier and faster. Otherwise, the fountain may not function properly.
In the front, there is a control dial. The middle option is “Preheat” and the rightmost option is “Flow”.
It can hold a 4-pound of melted chocolate at one time. Although it comes with the “Preheat” function, don’t melt the chocolate in the base directly. Otherwise, it will cause the unit to jam.
The chocolate should be melt in microwave or double-boiler. Make sure all the chocolate is completely melted when you pour it to the base. Some type of chocolate needs to add some vegetable oil. Read the manual carefully about that.
The electrical base can’t wash directly under tap water. Never immerse it into the water also. You can clean it with the damp cloth only.
If you want to wash it easier, don’t wait until the chocolate to harden in the bowl. Wash it after cool down.
Nostalgia CFF986 4-Tier Stainless Steel Chocolate Fondue Fountain
It comes with a 4-tier tower. More people can dress up their snacks at the same time. But it can only hold 2-pound melted chocolate at one time. If you serve it at the party, I think you need to refill the chocolate a few times.
The tower can be disassembled and totally transparent. You can see any residue left inside the tower easily. It makes cleaning easier and hygienic.
The stainless steel heated bowl can keep the chocolate flowing all the time. It can’t wash in the water directly. Don’t even immerse it into the water.
On the back, there are separate heat and motor switches. It makes you more flexible to control the machine. You can press it depends on the situation.
If you want to preheat, it will take 3-5 minutes. Remember, this function can be only used to keep the chocolate melt. It can’t use to melt the chocolate. You have to melt it in the microwave or double boiler. Otherwise, the machine will clog easily.
The adjustable feet under the base allow you to keep the machine steady on your table. If it’s not placed on the level surface, it may not work properly. The chocolate may also flow to your table.
When you use it, remember to keep it dry completely. Don’t mix any water to the melted chocolate or place the machine near water.
During the operation, the base will be hot. Always watch the machine, don’t leave it unattended while in use.
Nostalgia CFF965 3-Tier 1.5-Pound Chocolate Fondue Fountain
This model is quite small. The heated stainless steel bowl can only hold 1.5-pound in one time. It’s suitable for a small family. If you want to use it at a party, I think it’s not enough. You have to always fill the melted chocolate.
It comes with 3 easy-to-assemble heat resistant and cascading tiers. You can disassemble it for easy storage. The tower combined with 5 parts. I think you should prepare a box or a permanent place to store it. It will save you a lot of time to find next time.
The transparent color allows you to know any residue left in the component. It’s easy to keep hygienic than non-transparent. Cleaning is much easier too because you can always see through the parts.
In the front, you will see the control dial and the red indicator light. When you turn it on, the indicator light will go on so you can know the machine is in operation.
It comes with separate motor and heat settings. You can use it according to your situation. If your party not yet started, you can just keep the melted chocolate warm without turning on the motor.
The 24-count 7.0 inches round high-quality dessert plates with chic gold foil edges are included for you. It’s designed by Ashley, the founder of Sugar & Cloth.
When the machine is in operation, don’t touch the bowl because it’s hot and you may get hurt.
Nostalgia CFF1000 Chocolate/Bib Ranch/Nacho Cheese/Buffalo Sauce Cascading Fondue Fountain
When you see the product image, do you have the same feeling as me?
I love this design. It’s too special compared to other models on the market. The way the ingredients flow from the top to the bowl is too mesmerizing. It’s not only the chocolate fondue fountain to serve people but also a beautiful addition to your table.
Although the design is beautiful, it also has some disadvantages. I think it may be a little bit difficult and troublesome to clean compared to normal design. As you see, it’s also easily broken if the tiers are not handled properly.
It comes with 4 easy-to-assemble tiers. All of them are transparent. You can disassemble it for easy cleaning.
The stainless steel heated bowl can only hold 2-pound melted chocolate. Don’t pour too much. Otherwise, it will overflow and messy your table. As you know, chocolate is not easy to clean.
In the front, you will see the brand name, control dial, and the blue indicator light. When the machine is on, the light will go on so you always know it’s working properly or not.
Every time you need to pour the melted chocolate to the bowl, you have to turn the dial to “Heat” for 3-5 minutes to preheat. Otherwise, the chocolate may become hard at once and jam the unit, especially the weather is cold.
When your gathering or party start, just turn it to “Heat Motor”. Then you will see your fountain is alive.
Nostalgia CFF300 3-Tier 1/2-Pound Chocolate Fondue Fountain
It’s one of the cheapest models on the market. I think the main reason is the size. It can only hold 0.5-pound melted chocolate at one time. It’s quite small. It’s suitable for someone who wants to try or the budget is not enough.
There are separate switches for motor and heat on the back. Before pouring the melted chocolate to the stainless steel bowl, remember to preheat for 3-5 minutes.
Don’t pour chocolate that is not melted directly to the bowl. It will jam the unit. The chocolate should be melted by using a microwave or double boiler. The heat function of the machine is not capable to melt the chocolate thoroughly.
Although the size is small, it has a 3-tier. Because of the size, you may find it will be a little bit difficult to dress up your food with the chocolate coat. Therefore, it’s suitable for food in a small size.
All the tiers are brown. When you wash it, you have to check it repeatedly to make sure there is no residue left because the color of the chocolate is similar to brown. It’s not like transparent.
Remember only the tier can be washed directly in the water. Don’t wash or immerse the base to the water. It’s not waterproof.
There are no adjustable feet on the bottom. When you use it, make sure to place it on the level surface to ensure the machine is working steadily.
Sephra Home Fondue Fountain Chocolate Fountain
It’s a big model that can hold 4-pound of melted chocolate. It’s an ideal size for the party that can serve up to 30 guests. You don’t have to refill it much time like a smaller model.
If you want to buy it for the family use, of course you can, but the maintenance and the cleaning will be relatively troublesome because of the bigger size. You also need to prepare more space to store it.
Other than chocolate, there are many fondue choices such as caramel fondue, cheese fondue, salted caramel fondue, barbecue sauce, and ranch dressing for dipping veggies. Actually, the choices are endless. It just depends on your imagination.
It comes with a whisper-quiet motor so it won’t have any noise during operation. All the switches are on the back to prevent anyone from pressing it easily.
It comes with ON/OFF heat switch to serve cold fondue such as ranch dressing. Just keep in mind not all the fondue choices need to be heated.
The base is purely stainless steel without any paint. Honestly, it looks boring. Only the brand name in the front. The advantage is the maintenance is easier.
The tiers are made of food-grade high-impact plastic and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The transparent design allows you to check any residue left. It’s easier to keep hygienic.
If the 16-inch tall model is not enough for you, you can choose the 18-inch model to hold 4-6 pounds of melted chocolate.
Chef’s Star Electric 3-Tier Stainless Steel Chocolate Fountain, Silver
Most of the models on the market come with a plastic tower. Did you ask there is a stainless steel tower? If you are looking for this, you should take a look at this model.
It comes with a 3-tier stainless steel tower. I think most of you will agree it’s more durable, healthy, beautiful, and easy to maintain than plastic.
Although it’s better than plastic, it also has some disadvantages. The tower can not disassemble. It means the tower may be quite difficult to wash. You have to prepare a long brush. If your sink is bigger, you will wash it much convenient. Otherwise, you may feel pain.
It’s also heavier than plastic. But, I think it’s not a big deal. You don’t need to carry it everywhere.
The base is made of mirror stainless steel. It’s easy to get scratch. When you store it, don’t put anything hard together.
It can hold 2.5 pounds of melted chocolate. It’s best for fruit, marshmallows, cookies, pretzels, etc..
In the front, there are 2 big control dials. The left one is to control the motor and the right one use to preheat. Every time you use it, it should be preheated for 3-5 minutes to keep the chocolate in melted status.
If you want to use Ranch for a vegi fountain, remember to don’t turn the heat function. Otherwise, the taste will become weird.
Wilton Mini Chocolate Fountain – Chocolate Fondue Fountain
It’s a small fountain. The capacity of the bowl can hold 1lb melted chocolate only. It’s definitely not enough for party use unless you don’t mind to keep melting the chocolate and pouring the melted chocolate.
The 3-tier tower is made of stainless steel which is durable and heavier than plastic. The tower can not disassemble. I think you have to buy a long brush specifically to wash the tube. It may be difficult to clean.
It’s not transparent so you have to check carefully every time to make sure no residue left in the tower. If you want to keep as hygienic as possible, you have to put more effort.
In the front, it has one control dial with 2 options. I think this model can not use Ranch as it has no separate switch for heat and motor. It can only use hot ingredients.
Never melt the chocolate directly in the base. The heat will not enough to melt the chocolate completely. It will cause the unit to jam easily. Only use the microwave and double boiler instead.
When you wash it, don’t immerse the base in the water. You have to wash it by hand with the damp cloth. If you want to clean it easier, don’t wait until the chocolate becomes harden.
The auger and the tower are dishwasher safe. You can also with it in warm soapy water.
CHOCOMAKER 9807-CM Series Chocolate Fountain
It can hold 2 pounds of melted chocolate in the heated base. Before pouring the chocolate, make sure the machine is preheated first. Since the stainless steel bowl is cold, it will make the melted chocolate hard and jam the auger easily.
There are 2 buttons in the front, heat and fountain. Just simply press the heat button to preheat. If you use Ranch, it’s no need to preheat. When your gathering or party is ready, then press the fountain button to start the mesmerizing display.
Make sure the machine is placed on the level surface. There are 3 adjustable feet under the base. You can adjust it at any time to accommodate the table. Otherwise, the machine may not function properly.
The 3-tier tower is made of transparent plastic. You can disassemble it for easy cleaning storing. The transparent design allows you to any hard chocolate left so you can clean at once.
If you want to wash easier, don’t wait until the chocolate becomes solid that will be difficult to remove. You have to wash it when it’s still liquid.
Never immerse the base to the water or wash it directly in the water. It’s not waterproof.
Only the bowl is made of stainless steel. The tower and the base are made of plastic.
During the operation, don’t touch the hot surfaces. Never use it without supervision. It’s not designed for children to use.
NutriChef 3 Tier Chocolate Fondue Fountain – Electric Stainless Choco Melts Dipping Warmer Machine
The design of this model is quite beautiful. The base is white. There are 2 handles on both sides. It’s my first time to see the chocolate fondue fountain comes with the handles.
Actually, it’s good design. In case you want to move it to other places. During operation, the base will be hot so the handles are the safer way to achieve this.
The capacity of the melting pot is 16oz/2cup. The pot is made of stainless steel. It’s enough for family or small party use.
The 3-tier tower is made of ABS plastic with brown color. It can be disassembled for easy cleaning and storing. Since the color is not transparent so you have to check it carefully whether it has any chocolate left inside or not. You have to put more effort to keep it clean and hygienic.
Other than melted chocolate, you can also use candy, butter, cheese, caramel, and white chocolate for more dipping fun. You can dip strawberries, marshmallows, wafers, biscuit stick, banana dip, cookies, pretzel, bananas and more.
The high power 40-watt heating element keeps the melted chocolate warm and flowing all the time. The warning temperature reaches 140 degrees F.
Always melt the chocolate in the microwave or double boiler. Don’t melt it directly in the machine with the heat function that is only used to preheat the bowl and keep the chocolate warm.
BestEquip Commercial Chocolate Fountain 7-Tier Professional Chocolate Fountain
This model is fully made of food-grade 304 stainless steel no matter the auger, tower, and the base. It’s my first time to see the auger made of stainless steel.
It’s designed for commercial use so you will see it’s much heavier than the family use models. It can hold 17.6lb/8kg of chocolate at one time. It’s perfect for any special occasion use in family, celebrations, shopping mall, big parties, hotel, western restaurant, and company
It comes with 7-tier. The 40.55inch tall chocolate fountain makes a beautiful cascade of chocolate. It’s much mesmerizing than 3-tier or 4-tier.
There are many controls on the back. You can adjust the temperature by the control dial from 30-150℃. There are “Heat” and “Motor” switches also.
The powerful 200W heating element provides heating stability for your melted chocolate. The auto temperature control ensures the chocolate ingredients will not be destroyed.
During the operation, make sure the safety because the temperature can adjust to 150℃. The bowl and the base will be extremely hot. If you touch accidentally, you must get hurt.
The machine is quite big, heavy, and tall. It will be quite difficult to wash. But, who cares. The most important is the mesmerizing cascade of chocolate.
Since the machine is very heavy, the table must be steady enough. The weigh of the machine and the melted chocolate is almost 50-pound. Moreover, you still have to place many dishes such as strawberries, marshmallows, apple wedges, pretzels, cookies, ice cream balls, chilled peanut butter balls, and more.
VEVOR Commercial Chocolate Fountain Machine 80cm/31.5 inch
It’s not a normal family use chocolate fountain. It’s designed for commercial use so you will see the price is much higher and the weight is much heavier.
The 5-tier tower, bowl, and the base are all made of stainless steel which is more stable and durable. The tower is high enough to create a mesmerizing effect of flowing chocolate that can make every one mount water. I think chocolate is one of the most popular and attractive food in the world.
The capacity of the bowl is 8.82-11.02lbs(4-5kg). It’s enough to use in shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, weddings, etc. You can dip strawberries, pretzels, brownies, marshmallows and much more. Just dip everything you want.
Since it’s the commercial-grade machine. You can melt the chocolate directly in the bowl. You can adjust the temperature from 30-110℃ on the back. It comes with 150W heating power and 80W motor power so it can keep the chocolate flowing consistently and smoothly all the time.
Since the temperature can reach 110℃, so never leave the machine unattended. Don’t let the children use the machine alone to avoid the accidents.
When you wash the base, be careful don’t immerse it in the water. The power cord and the socket also need to avoid to get wet. It can ensure not to electric shock.
Every time you use, make sure all the parts are dry thoroughly. If the chocolate mix with the water, it will not thick enough and will not work well with the fountain.
Rival CFF5 Chocolate Fondue Fountain
The design of the base is quite beautiful. It’s different from other models. This one is more stylish. It can be used to decorate your kitchen.
It only has a 2-tier tower but it can hold 5-pound melted chocolate in one time. As you see the product image, the bowl is very depth. Compared to other family use models on the market, the capacity of this machine is much more.
In the front, there is a control dial with 2 options and the red indicator light. The options are HEATER and HEATER/MOTOR settings. When the fountain is running, the red indicator will go on.
Every time the fountain need 3-5 minutes to preheat. Don’t pour the melted chocolate before the preheat is complete. Otherwise, the chocolate will cool down and become hard. It will jam the unit easily.
Although the HEATER/MOTOR setting is capable to keep melted chocolate warm, do not use it to preheat. It’s not designed to do so. Use the HEAT setting to preheat only.
The tower can be separated into different parts. They all dishwasher safe. You can clean it a breeze. If you wash it by hand, I think you will feel pain because you have to make sure all the chocolate is removed completely. The process may not easy because it’s transparent. You have to check it carefully.
I think the selling point of this model is the bigger reservoir. You can melt a lot of chocolate so it can reduce many works.
ClearMax CF-892 Chocolate Fountain, 5″, Silver
It’s a 4-tier tower with 2.5 pounds capacity. It’s not big and not small that’s enough for family use. If you use it at the party and find the chocolate is not enough, just melt more in the microwave or double boiler.
Don’t use the heat setting to melt the chocolate because it will not hot enough. It just only can keep the melted chocolate warm.
There are 2 control knobs and the red indicator light in the base. The left one uses to control the motor and the right one use to preheat.
If you want to pour the Ranch instead of melted chocolate, just simply don’t use the HEAT function.
The tower, bowl, and the base are made of stainless steel. It’s easy to maintain and more durable.
Under the base, there are 3 adjustable feet so you can make it level all the time. It’s better placed it to the level surface such as your counter or table. It can eliminate the work to adjust.
It’s an auger style fountain. If the chocolate is not thick enough, it can not work well with the auger. Therefore, make sure all the parts that will contact will the chocolate are dry thoroughly. Otherwise, you will find your fountain will not move.
The stainless steel tower will be difficult to wash than a plastic one because you can not separate to a small part. You need a long brush to wash the tube.
Sephra CF18L Classic Home Fountain-Stainless Steel
It’s a 3-tier tower design that features QuickSet™ tier so you can assembly sets up in seconds. It also easy to disassemble.
The tower is made of high-impact plastic tiers with transparent so you can wash it easily. Compared to other colors or stainless steel, you can remove the chocolate effectively because you can always see through the plastic.
The stainless steel basin can hold up to 6 pounds of chocolate. It also can operate with 4 pounds of chocolate. You can adjust the quantity according to the number of guests.
Many people will ask how much chocolate do I need? This question confuses everyone. I have some guides for you.
- 20 guests or less: 4 lbs.
- 20 – 50 guests: 8 lbs.
- 50 – 100 guests: 12 lbs.
- 100 – 150 guests: 16 lbs.
- 150 – 200 guests: 20 lbs.
I think the guides above are clear enough for you to prepare the melted chocolate in the future.
It also comes with a WhisperQuiet™ motor so the machine will be quiet during operation.
Remember the base is not waterproof. Don’t immerse it into the water or put it in the dishwasher. It can be washed by hand only.
Before pouring the melted chocolate to the basin, make sure all the parts are dry completely. The chocolate can not mix with water.
Other than melted chocolate, you can also use caramel, cheese, barbecue sauce, and even ranch dressing.
How To Choose The Best Chocolate Fountain
How Many Tier
The more tier, the more beautiful of the cascade of the flowing chocolate, the more mesmerizing of your chocolate fountain.
The number of tiers can range from 2-7. Normally, family use fountain range from 2-4. Commercial grade range from 5-7
The price may not always directly proportional to the number of tiers. It’s also related to the brand.
Therefore, don’t make the decision just depends on the tower or the brand.
Normally, a family use fountain can hold 0.5-5 pounds of melted chocolate. The commercial fountain can hold up to 17.6pounds at one time.
If you don’t know how to choose, you can follow the guides below.
- 20 guests or less: 4 lbs.
- 20 – 50 guests: 8 lbs.
- 50 – 100 guests: 12 lbs.
- 100 – 150 guests: 16 lbs.
- 150 – 200 guests: 20 lbs.
Plastic/Stainless Steel Tower
If the tower made of plastic, it’s either transparent or non-transparent. The main advantage of transparent is you can wash it much easier because you can always see through the tower whether it has chocolate residue or not. It makes cleaning faster and effectively.
The main disadvantage of a stainless steel tower is it can be disassembled. It may be difficult to clean if your sink is not big enough. It’s also easy to left some residue inside.
If you like Ranch, you need to choose the one with this feature because Ranch can not heat. The separate switch can make the fountain alive without heat.
It’s much easier to adjust the fountain to accommodate different surfaces. Without this, you have to make sure the table is level enough. Otherwise, it may not work properly.
With this feature, you can check the fountain level or not much easier.
When the fountain is in operation, it will go on. It let you know the fountain is working or not.
Only one model in my post comes with the handle. The only advantage I can think of is you can move the fountain without getting hurt when the base is still hot.
It’s only in the commercial-grade chocolate fountain. You can adjust it at any time for different ingredients.
It’s also available in some of the commercial-grade chocolate fountains. It helps to protect the machine if the short circuit happens.
In the end, I think most of you realize having a chocolate fountain at home is much easier than expected. Just melt the chocolate and pour it to the bowl. Then turn on the machine.
You don’t have to go to the buffet or restaurant just for the fountain. You can make it as you like.
I have to agree the cleaning is the most troublesome part. But, if your kids have fun and smile, will you still care about that?
If your kids like chocolate, I think they should like cotton candy also. With the best rated cotton candy machines, you can make it at any time without much effort just like the chocolate fountains.
I hope my post bring you more fun in your daily life. If you have any questions, please leave them below, I’d love to hear that.