The best soup makers on the market
Love a warming bowl of soup in the winter? Check out our round-up of the best soup makers to buy in the UK, whatever your budget
On a chilly evening, there's nothing more comforting than tucking into a steaming bowl of hearty soup. Whether you prefer rustic minestrone or smoothly blended cream of tomato, soup is a classic winter warmer. If you're a fan, consider investing in a soup maker - it makes the process a breeze!
Plus, you'd be surprised at how many extra features you'll find included in many modern appliances. As well as making soup, most of them can be used to whip up smoothies and juice, and some of the more hi-tech models include programmes designed for everything from pasta sauce to frozen cocktails!
We've rounded up our favourite soup makers available to buy in the UK, from trusted brands like Morphy Richards, Cuisinart and Tefel. Read on for our favourite models on the market, from cheap and cheerful soup makers to multifunctional marvels ready to turn out anything from risotto to jam.
Best soup makers to buy in the UK
Cuisinart Soup Maker Plus
Cuisinart is one of our favourite brands for stylish kitchen appliances that will stand the test of time. This sturdy hi-tech soup maker comes with several blender settings and a sauté function, letting you prepare your soup from start to finish within its thermal glass jug - use it to chop and sauté your veg, then simply add stock and seasoning and leave to cook. Finally, blend and pour your ready-to-eat soup! What could be easier?
And, as the name implies, the Soup Maker Plus can whip up far more than a bowl of broth; in fact, its myriad settings can be used to make anything from risotto to hot chocolate. Plus, the stainless steel blades are strong enough to crush ice, making this a particularly useful appliance if you're partial to an ice-cold smoothie - or a frozen cocktail!
Morphy Richards 501025 Perfect Soup Maker with Scales
This kettle-look soup maker from Morphy Richards promises quick action - a tasty jugful of soup blended to your preferred consistency in less than half an hour. That's what we call fast food! The instruction manual even includes some tasty recipe ideas to get you started.
Like many soup makers on the market, the 501025 Perfect Soup Maker can also be used to blend up juice, smoothies and milkshakes. However, one rarer feature we especially love is the integrated set of scales, which comes in super handy if you're following a diet plan or just keen to try out a new recipe.
Salter EK1548 Electric Soup Maker
If you're looking for a cheap soup maker that still gets the job done, this model from Salter could be just the job. It might not be the most aesthetically pleasing appliance on our shortlist, but it's impressively budget-friendly and promises to have your soup ready in as little in 20 minutes. Plus, the generous 1.6 litre capacity is the perfect size to feed the whole family!
Just select your preferred texture setting from 'chunky' or 'smooth' - there's also a 'cool blend option for dips and dressings - and the appliance will do the rest.
Ninja Hot and Cold Blender and Soup Maker
The Ninja Hot and Cold Blender and Soup Maker is one of the pricier options on the high street, but as the name implies, it's actually a multifunctional kitchen appliance, whose possibilities go well beyond a hearty bowl of soup.
As well as chopping and sauté functions for start-to-finish soup making, the Ninja comes with 10 Auto-IQ preset programmes for sauces, frozen drinks and even jam. This intelligent technology is able to minutely adjust factors like temperature and blending speed to ensure the perfect texture. And whatever you end up making, the auto-clean function loosens any caked-on residue at the touch of a button.
Lakeland Touchscreen Soup Maker
We love the sleek chrome casing and touchscreen controls of this powerful soup maker from Lakeland - it would look great in a contemporary kitchen.
As well as settings for chunky or creamy soups, there's also an ice setting which blends without heat, making it handy not just for juice and smoothies but also cold dips and dressing. You'll also find an auto-clean mode, although the appliance comes with a cleaning brush, too, designed to help you get right under the blades.
And in addition to the preset programmes, Lakeland Soup Maker also comes with an independent temperature control and timer, which is useful if you like to follow new recipes which may call for a specific cooking temperature or time.
Tefal BL841140 Easy Soup and Smoothie Maker
With its control panel and preset programmes, the Tefal BL841140 soup maker is a hi-tech option at a fair price point. The preset modes let you not only choose between chunky and smooth soup, but also include programmes for smoothie making and for cooking up a compote - this setting is perfect for preparing homemade baby food, too. Plus, the keep warm mode ensures hot dishes stay warm until you're ready to eat.
And while a soup maker turns the actual preparation of your soup into a doddle, the clean-up can be trickier, as most models cannot be immersed in water or run through a dishwasher. So the Tefal BL841140's 'easy clean' mode is a very welcome feature - just fill the jug with water and press the button!
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