Cost and overall performance takes the Kalorik CHM 41044 BK Cascading Chocolate Fondue Fountain to the top of this list. It's the lowest price fountain here, yet performs like a higher end units. The auger-style feed replaces the pump for smooth flowing chocolate and fondue, and only the basin is stainless steel, which keeps the price down but also means that you have to take it easy when washing the tiers. This option has a "heat" only setting for melting chocolate, and a "heat/motor" setting for when you want it to flow. It will only hold 1 1/2 pounds of chocolate, but that makes it very economical and reduces possible waste for each use. This fountain can also accommodate fondue as well and you can manually level the legs to keep the unit on even keel. If you throw parties on a regular basis, maybe this Kaloric unit isn't right for you but for the occasional party or get together on a budget, you really can't do better than this pick.
Sweet Fountains Mammoth Dual Cascading Chocolate Fountain
If price is no object and you want the best commercial fountain that will literally be the life of the party, then you want the Sweet Fountains Mammoth Dual Cascading Chocolate Fountain. At 55 inches tall, this bad boy is easy to set up/break down and the "Dual" in the title means that you can use two different types of chocolate with this fountain. You'll need eight pounds of chocolate per side, but you can combine white and a dark chocolate for incredible contrast, and no one walk away from the fountain unhappy.
The fountain is auger powered so there are no worries about a pump failure, the parts clean up in 15 minutes in your dishwasher, and the unit comes with an amazing lifetime warranty, with an additional two year motor warranty. This unit has a simple on/off button for the motor and the heating unit, and there's also an indicator light when the unit is running. For bragging rights, for the largest parties, or if you just want the ultimate chocolate fountain, the Sweet Fountains Mammoth Dual 55-inch has your name on it.
Quiety, built to last, dishwasher safe with food grade plastic tiers, that's just some of what you'll get with the Sephra CF18L Classic Home Fountain. This is essentially a commercial grade fountain which uses an auger instead of a pump to make the chocolate flow smoothly. You'll need a minimum of four pounds of chocolate to get it flowing, and it will take up to six pounds in total, making it perfect for larger gatherings. This fountain heats so effectively that you don't have to pre-melt the chocolate first as many other machines recommend. It's even versatile enough to get caramel, cheese, and even ranch dressing flow like a river. It's also the quietest running unit here and all you have are the on/off switches for the heat and motor. If you plan on throwing a lot of parties, the Sephra CF18L is the next best thing to a dedicated commercial-only unit.
For the best in a novelty fountain, look no further than the Total Chef WTF-43 Stainless-Steel Double-Tower Chocolate Fountain. You can do both white and dark chocolate at the same time for a fountain treat that will be the centerpiece of the party. This fountain has two separate pumps, one for each side of the unit with a center divider which keeps the chocolate flavors separate from one another on each side. It has a simple motor and heat switches, with corresponding indicator lights to let you know they're both on and working. Although this is fountain offers a neat design, it's also the most difficult unit to clean on this list due to multiple paths for the chocolate to take. There have been user complaints about motor noise during operation, but in a noisy party setting most people won't notice. This unit comes with a 30 day money back manufacturers warranty.
The second most cost effective fountain on our list, the Wilton Chocolate Pro 3-Tier Chocolate Fountain, 2104-9008 is one of the best deals around. This auger-powered chocolate fountain holds 4 pounds of chocolate but operation goes a lot quicker if you heat up and melt the chocolate yourself before adding. It will take a minimum of two pounds of chocolate to get the sweets flowing working, but for that quantity and the price you'll pay, it's a very good deal. As with our other picks, it's simple on/off switches for the heat and motor, there's manually adjustable feet, and a built-in level. The 30 day limited warranty belies the durability of this product, but for medium sized parties where you don't want to spend much on a chocolate fountain, the Wilton Pro will handily suit your needs without breaking the bank.