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In this article we are going to describe how to pick the best soup maker to suit you, and mention some of the more popular models currently available to buy in the UK, including models by Morphy Richards, Tefal, and the Nutribullet RX.

Why buy a soup maker?

With so many of us increasingly conscious of the ingredients in our foods, there is one fail-safe that wins on so many levels: home-made soup. You can control exactly what goes in there, it’s warm and filling, great for the diet, and neither the machine or the ingredients to go in it have to cost the earth.

Top this off with the removal of fuss and clutter in the kitchen, no saucepans and mess, and we think the best soup makers are an asset to any home.

It’s also worth noting that many of the top-selling soup makers also double up as smoothie makers and blenders, so you can also get more out of your gadget than just soup. You can even whip up a sauce or puree in some – so they really are multi-functional.

What does a soup maker do?

The best soup makers are a one-stop shop – they cook and blend your soup in a single place. Unlike when you make soup in the traditional way using a saucepan and hand-blender, with a soup maker, automatic processes mean that you don’t have to watch them during the cooking time, and as we may have mentioned already – there’s less to wash up!

How much do soup makers cost?

Even the best soup makers start at around the £40 mark, and you can spend up to £160 on some of the more complicated machines with a greater array of functionality eg. blending. But the cheaper models will still produce great soup and there’s no need to spend more if you don’t want to.

What are the different types of soup maker?

Here is a quick overview of the different equipment you can use to make soup, which will hopefully help you to make the right decision about which gadget suits your needs.

  1. Blending soup makers (for example the Nutribullet RX and the Cuisinart Cuisinart Soup Maker & Food Blender )
  2. Kettle soup makers (for example the Morphy Richards 501014 Saute and Soup Maker)

Blending soup makers

If you are looking for a soup maker that will perform a variety of other tasks for you such as making smoothies, sauces, nut butters and milks for example – then you may want to consider a blending soup maker.

Appearance-wise these gadgets look like ordinary blenders, with clear containers so that you can see what’s happening with your ingredients. However, some have the all-important heating element included in the base, which means that as well as blending they also cook your soup.

Some blender soup-makers such as the Morphy Richards 501014 Saute and Soup Maker  have a sauté functionality so that you can add extra rich flavour into your soup.

Certain types of blender soup makers, like the Nutribullet RX, don’t have a heating element but instead heat up the ingredients using the spinning of the blades. This takes a little time, usually several minutes – and can be noisy. It also means that for this type of soup-maker you need to pre-cook your ingredients.

Prices for this type of blender soup maker start at around £70 and can go up to around £150, but it’s very possible to pick up a deal if you shop around. For example check out this offer on the VonShef Multifunctional Soup Maker, Blender & Smoothie Maker from Amazon.

Kettle soup makers

On average the cheaper option when it comes to soup makers is the ‘kettle’ type.

As the name suggests, this type of soup maker looks like a large kettle with a metal or plastic cover. The downside of this is that you can’t see your ingredients during the cooking process as you can with the blender type.

The kettle soup makers have blending blades that come out from the lid of the gadget into the main jug, and as with some of the blending machines, there is a heating element in the base to cook the soup through.

They are very simple to use – you just add all your ingredients into the jug, choose the appropriate setting for smooth or chunky soup, press the button and very soon – in about 20-25 minutes, your soup will be ready.

You do need to watch the minimum and maximum levels on the kettle to make sure you have the right amount of ingredients and fluid in your soup maker.

Many include smoothie-making functionality so that you can use them for cold drinks as well as soups, and some also have a puree setting for making baby food for example.

Examples of the kettle type of soup maker include the Tefal Easy Soup Maker  and the Morphy Richards 501014 Saute and Soup Maker .

What should I consider before buying a soup maker?

When making the decision as to which soup maker you are going to buy, it’s worth thinking about a few things and weighing up the pros and cons of the different types.

  1. Appearance: if you are planning to keep your soup maker out on view then it’s worth considering what it looks like. The blender types can look quite attractive, but tend to be larger and bulkier than the kettle types. The kettle types are perhaps more functional in appearance, but certainly aren’t in any way off-putting.
  2. Capacity: Are you planning to make soup for one or two, or for a whole family? Do you want to batch cook and freeze? It’s worth thinking about what you would use the soup maker for and pick one with the right capacity. This can vary from as small as 0.8 litres to as large as 2.5 litres so it’s well worth bearing in mind.
  3. Sauté feature: as mentioned above, some soup makers have a sauté feature that allow you to brown vegetables and meat before turning them into soup. This can add to the intensity of flavour and is well worth considering if you plan to experiment with a lot of different ingredients.
  4. Blending options: do you want to experiment with different textures of soup? Do you want to make smoothies and have the option of using frozen fruit or even ice? The more variety of choice you want, the more blending options you should look for.
  5. Cooking and preparation time: some models, for example the Nutribullet RX, will whip up a batch of soup in around 8 minutes. But because there is no heating element, you need to pre-cook your ingredients and then blend on full power during the cooking time in order to generate enough heat to make the soup palatable. Other machines such as the Tefal Easy Soup Maker take around 20-25 minutes to create the soup, but you can start with raw ingredients as they will cook them for you as well. (And sauté them too as discussed above).
  6. Clean-up: unless you love washing up, it’s best to look for as many dishwasher-proof parts as possible to save time on clean-up. Also look for non-stick finish and BPA free plastic parts.

What are the best soup makers available to buy in 2017?

We’ve selected some of the best soup makers available to buy at the moment, and provided their specifications below. There is a selection of functionality and price-points for you to choose from.

Nutibullet RX

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  • The Nutribullet RX has the following specification:
  • Item weight: 7KG
  • Product dimensions: 16x16x44 cm
  • Capacity: 1.27 litres
  • Volume capacity: 1.27 litres
  • Power/ wattage: 1700 watts
  • Time taken to create soup: 8 minutes
  • Saute functionality: no
  • Blender thickness functionality: no
  • Smoothie maker: yes
  • Crushes ice: yes
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Morphy Richards 501014 Saute and Soup Maker

  • Morphy Richards 501014
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  • The Morphy Richards 501014 has the following specification:
  • Item weight: 2.3 KG
  • Product dimensions: 22.4 x 17 x 31 cm
  • Capacity: 1.6 litres
  • Volume capacity: 1 litre
  • Power/ wattage: 1000 watts
  • Time taken to create soup: 21 minutes
  • Saute functionality: yes
  • Blender thickness functionality: yes
  • Smoothie maker: yes
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Tefal Easy Soup

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  • The Teal Easy Soup Maker has the following specification:
  • Item weight: 3.4 KG
  • Product dimensions: 10x10x10 cm
  • Capacity: 1.2 litres
  • Volume capacity: 1.2 litres
  • Time taken to create soup: under 30 mins
  • Saute functionality: no
  • Blender thickness functionality: no
  • Smoothie maker: yes
  • Crushes ice: yes
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Swan soup maker and blender

  • Swan soup maker
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  • The Swan soup maker has the following specification:
  • Item weight: 2.7 KG
  • Product dimensions: 50.2 x 22.6 x 22 cm
  • Capacity: 1.2 litres
  • Volume capacity: 1.2 litres
  • Power/ wattage: 800 watts
  • Time taken to create soup: 25 minutes
  • Saute functionality: no
  • Blender thickness functionality: yes
  • Smoothie maker: yes
GO BUY