So you have made your lovely loaf of bread in your bread maker and the winter nights start to draw in so what can you use to warm yourself up? Surely there’s nothing better than a nice bowl of soup where you can dip your soldiers into? Added to that is the fact that freshly prepared soup is so much better than your off the shelf alternatives.
So, with that mouth watering thought in mind, we thought we would have a look at some of the best soup makers to buy so that you will be able to make your own soup with your chosen ingredients, that way you know what is in it.
So what makes the best soup maker?
- So what makes the best soup maker?
- Morphy Richards 48822 Soup maker
- Morphy Richards 501014 Saute and Soup Maker
- VonShef 800W Soup Maker Machine
- Tefal BL841140 Easy Soup Soup Maker
- Salter EK1548 1000W Electric Jug Silver Stainless Steel Soup Maker
How easy the soup maker is to use? To prepare your own soup by hand is a time consuming task, so you do not want to be taking almost as long to make your soup with your soup maker.
How much soup the soup maker can actually make. If it can only make a mug sized amount then that will be no good for a family but would be fine for a single person.
The power rating for the unit is also important as it will let you know how powerful the soup maker is as they also blend the ingredients in the making process so the more powerful the motor the better the consistency unless of course you want chunky soup.
Finally, the actual cost of the soup maker as you don’t want to spend a fortune on them so it has to be value for money.
There are a plethora of Soup Makers out there on the market so we have picked what we think are the best soup makers to buy with you here:
- An easy to clean unit
- Soup Capacity of 1.6 Litres
- Soup maker body made of Stainless Steel
- Integral motorised blender blade in the lid
- Controls located on the lid
All that you need to do with this is to cut up your ingredients into pieces about 2cm in length, then put them into the soup maker, choose your consistency of smooth or chunky and set it off to be able to make soup for up to 4 people in as little as 25 minutes.
You also get a basic recipe book with the 48822 soup maker to get you started.
With the addition of the blender incorporated into the lid of the unit you can also use it to make yourself a smoothie or milkshake which would be a perfect alterative on a hot summers day.
The 1000Watt Morphy Richards 48822 is 16.5cm x 13.5cm x 32 cm in size and made from stainless steel.
This is one of the lower priced models and defiantly worth considering if your budget is a bit tight.
Morphy Richards 501014 Saute and Soup Maker
- An easy to clean unit
- Serves 4 with it’s 1.6 litre capacity
- 4 texture settings of chunky, smooth, juicing or blend
- Pause option
- Sauté functionality
The Morphy Richards 501014 shares a lot of the same features as the 48822 model, however it has one major difference. This model has a in built sauté function which means that now after preparing your onions, garlic, spices, ginger or bacon you can add the oil to sauté them directly in the soup maker before adding the rest of the ingredients and setting off the actual soup making process. Once again you can choose if you want a soup with chunky pieces in it or if you would rather the soup to be smooth.
Incase you need to add seasoning the soup maker has a pause function so that it will allow you to take the lid off to add your herbs and seasoning and then continue where it left off in the cooking process. The whole cooking process time is shown on an LED display on the handle counts down from 21 minutes for smooth soup or 28 minutes for chunky soup to completion, and it bleeps when it has finished. Of course soups are not the only thing that this can make as it’s serrated blade is very efficient at blending so you can juice or make smoothies with this. To get you started you are provided with a number of starter recipes in the instruction book.
After you have finished cooking the soup maker is easy to clean as well with warm soapy water. This 1000Watt brushed stainless steel soup maker is 22.4cm x 17cm x 31cm and is a mid ranged priced soup maker, but well worth the money and is our personal favourite.
VonShef 800W Soup Maker Machine
- Makes fresh soup within 25
- Can make Juices and smoothies as well as Chunky/Smooth soup
- 1.6 litre capacity
- 2 Year Warranty
The VonShef 800W Soup Maker is 26cm x 22.2cm x 33.8cm and made of stainless steel. Featured on ITV’s “This Morning” program it can not only make you your chunky or smooth soups but among the other things that it can do is make smoothies, crush ice and blending as well as being able to make cocktails.
It has a 1.6 litre capacity which should be able to feed 4 adults. The recipe book that comes with the soup maker has some handy recipes in it but sometimes refers to features not present on this model. This is currently available at the low price range and is good value for money though not as powerful as the Morphy Richards 48822.
Tefal BL841140 Easy Soup Soup Maker
- Can make soup in 23 minutes
- Large clear controls on the lid
- 1.2 litre capacity
- Auto warm mode
- Easy clean mode
- Automatic and manual programs to make your soup
The Tefal has automated buttons to create your chosen soup be it smooth or chunky and there is also a manual mode for you to create your own. The programs also make non heated blends and composites should you wish. Once you prepare your ingredients and select the cooking mode the soup make will prepare your soup and upon completion will alert you that it has finished and enter the automatic ‘keep warm’ mode. This mode makes use of the double layered insulated walls of the soup maker and keeps the soup warm for up to 40 minutes.
After you have finished there is a clean mode which will speed up the cleaning of the soup maker after the lid has been removed. Once again you also get a quick recipe booklet with this to get started as soon as you get it out of the box.
This mid price ranged soup maker is good value for money and well thought after by customers, but the slightly smaller capacity and lack of the sauté option just put it behind the Morphy Richards 501014.
Salter EK1548 1000W Electric Jug Silver Stainless Steel Soup Maker
- Fresh soup within 20 minutes
- 3 settings for your soup maker of chunky, puree or blend
- Easy pour stainless steel jug
- 1.3 – 1.6 litre capacity
- System controls to stop the soup maker drying out or over spilling
The Salter EK1548 1000Watt Soup Maker is 36cm x 22.2cm x 21.8cm made of a 1.6 litre stainless steel jug. It comes with a handy recipes with the instruction booklet to let you get started quickly. It is fairly simple to use, all you have to do is to prepare your ingredients put them in and choose your required setting using the controls on the handle.
The soup maker has inbuilt automatic controls to guard against the jug boiling dry or boiling over, and when it has finished the easy pour lip ensures that the soup only goes into your bowls. There is no sauté function or countdown timer with this, and some customers have said that the ingredients need to be stirred just before you start cooking to reduce the chance of them burning, but this is only a small amount that have had this issue.
The jug is removable from the lid which makes this easy to clean when you are finished. This is currently selling in the mid price range, but I feel that you can get better value for your money elsewhere.
I think that the best soup maker to make that steamy bowl of soup has to be the Morphy Richards 501014, but I do think that the Tefal came a close second.
Also why not look into getting a recipe book to go with your soup maker so that you can tantalise your taste buds with an assortment of flavors!
A good book to look for is: 100 Soup Maker Recipes by Liana Green
So slice up that freshly baked bread and get those soldiers dipping. Yum!