As you already know, I love bread. But what I love almost as much as bread is fresh, homemade soup. Get both of them together and you have a match made in heaven! I’ve been making soup for many years now so when I came across soup makers recently I wondered what all the fuss was about. I have to say though that they have been life changing and I eat so much better and healthier because of it. If, like me, you’re curious to know the best soup maker around check out these soup maker reviews!
What on earth are soup makers? Is it just another gadget?
Yes, those were the first words that came to mind when I heard about these things. I envisioned something that was just going to gather dust in the back of a cupboard. What happened was further from the truth and like I said before, I use mine at least a couple of times a week now.
Soup makers are what the name implies – they are small kitchen appliances that make soup. They sometimes look like smoothie makers and sometimes they have a look of a kettle about them. What you do is you put the vegetables, meat (pre cooked is a good idea), stock and whatever else in in your soup recipe inside, turn it on and in about half an hour (sometimes less, sometimes more depending on which automatic soup maker you choose). The soup maker will cook and blend the mixture so that it’s just right for you.
What to look for when choosing the best soup maker
The top soup makers have a few things in common and you should look out for them when choosing your ideal soup blender.
- smooth and chunky setting so you get it just right for you
- easy to clean – you know if it isn’t it won’t be used!
- ability to add ingredients at different time
- a big enough capacity to suit your needs. Most of them serve 4 – 6 people
Our soup maker reviews
I hope the following reviews of soup maker machines are helpful in getting you to narrow down all the available options around at the moment.
Morphy Richards 502024 Saute and Soup Maker
Morphy Richards seem to be the kings of the soup maker world and for good reason. This is the one I have, but it took me a while to figure out which one out of all their range to buy. They have more basic ones, one’s that have an added milk making function (for nut and soya milks) and then this one.
If you’re looking for the cheapest Morphy Richards soup maker then you might want to look at the 48822 model which is more basic than this one but is extremely popular.
The reason I chose this one is for the saute function. I like for my onions to be fried off before adding other things – I think it gives it all a better taste and when I’m making soup with bacon in it it’s good to have that option too.
It’s also an all round, really good machine – it’s not much more expensive than the more basic models out there so for me the added benefits this one gave were excellent value.
- saute function eliminates the need for an extra pan
- has a pause function so you can add ingredients and seasonings
- 1.6 L jug – enough for four people.
- Has four settings – smooth soup, chunky soup, a smoothie setting and a further blend function so you can get it just how you like it.
- some people have had issues with it burning the soup at the bottom
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Tefal BL841140 Easy Soup
I really like the look of this soup maker – it looks really classy and I think would suit a wide range of kitchens.
It’s a slightly smaller capacity to the Morphy Richards above coming in at 1.2 L which is also 4 servings so they must be a little bit stingier in what they serve! This is a basic soup maker and just boils the vegetables rather than having a saute function. It works really well though and can make a wide variety of different soups (30 recipes included in their booklet) as well as smoothies and compotes when you don’t use the heat function.
- 23 minutes for smooth soup and 25 minutes if you like chunky
- 40 minute keep warm mode
- has an easy clean wash programme!
- Slightly smaller than average size
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Cuisinart SSB1U Soup Maker
the Cuisinart looks more like a smoothie maker than anything else and actually, this one makes excellent smoothies as well! Primarily it’s designed as a soup maker though and you add the ingredients and let it get on with the cooking. At the end you can then blend the soup to your desired consistency.
- 1.4 L capacity for hot liquid (1.7 for cold)
- Glass jar
- makes soup in 20 minutes
- smoothie maker as well
- blends from the bottom so you don’t need to make large quantities of soup – good for smaller households
- On the expensive side
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VonShef Soup Maker Machine
If you’re on a budget and looking for a cheap soup maker this one by VonShef could be a good option for you. For the price you get most of the features of ones that are at least £10 or so more expensive.
It works very simply – roughly chop the vegetables and ingredients and add to the soup maker. Choose which consistency you like, switch on and wait 20 – 30 mins. Your soup should then be ready to enjoy!
- Inexpensive and good value
- makes soup and smoothies
- 2 year warranty
- reports of food sticking to the inside
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Morphy Richards 501020 Total Control Soup Maker
Finally, I thought it would be good to mention another of the Morphy Richards range but this time one of the more premium products. It is more expensive than the one I mention at the beginning of the article, but has a few different features that are worth thinking about.
The Total Control range is designed so that you have no food waste. Some of the soup makers on this page work best when at capacity which isn’t always good when you are cooking for just yourself or don’t want to freeze the excess.
- cuts down on food wastage and helps control portion sizes
- 9 settings – Smooth, medium and chunky soup settings, Saute, Drinks, Reheat, Blend and Pre Clean.
- easy to use touchscreen display
- expensive compared to some other models
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