This is a small pan, but I was able to make lots of dipped chocolate items with it in a single swoop. If you are planning to do a huge amount of work with it you might want a larger size but this is great for a single batch of something. Worked well, cleaned easily both times I used it. Everyone liked my chocolate dipped strawberries. No burning, no mess.
I used this to make a single batch of a basic Seven-Minute frosting recipe, and the results were disastrous. The unit is too small, so was unable to beat the frosting long enough or let it reach its peak temperature. While trying to pour the frosting onto the cake, the water poured out of the chamber and onto the cake as well.
Is it easy to use? YES is it spacesaving? YES is it a good concept? YES does it melt chocolate? YES BUT like another reviewer stated here, if you tip it whether on purpose or in error the water pours out, her problem was her cake. my problem? THE SCOULDING HOT BOILING WATER POURS ONTO YOU. MY PAN SIMILAR TO THIS ONE TIPPED SLIGHTLY WHILE MAKING MARSHMLLOWS DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE POURING THAT HOT HOT WTER ONTO MY THIGH & MIDSECTION. I NOW HAVE 2 VERY PAINFUL SECOND DEGREE BURNS AND A PAN IN THE TRASH WHERE MY HUSBAND THREW IT. Th spout should be on the front, have a cover & not allow the water to come back out without it being release by you. it also boils that water over & out of the spout once it gets to a rolling boil, which it does very easily. make it better & I'll say it's great but as is.. not a safe item at all AND I WAS BEING CAREFUL with these thoughts in mind before this mishap, This needs recall!
I generally look at the"price comparison retailers" when provided, but upon looking for this item found that the PRODUCTS being compared to are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from the product on the Overstock page. Specifically, the price comparisons for this 'one piece double boiler' are actually for two and three piece double boilers, all of different manufacturers! Thus, no product pricing can be compared and those who do not actually look up these other retailers can easily be very mislead.