Best Soup Makers 2016-2017

Morphy Richards 501014 soup makersA bowl of delicious homemade soup is truly wonderful when you are hungry, especially on those cold winter nights.  A really good homemade soup, however, can take a long time to prepare and creates unnecessary fuss and mess, probably at a time you do not need it. This is exactly why you need the best soup makers, because although it is fine to make soup at home the traditional way, most people do not, due to the amount of work involved, so they open a can or tub instead.  Which means they are missing great soup.

No one would deny that freshly made soup at home is in on a different planet compared to the pre-packaged stuff you get at supermarkets or your local shop.

Thankfully, today we have kitchen appliances and gadgets which can come to the rescue. With this must have kitchen appliance, your soup machine can make about 4 bowls in 30 minutes or less, with no fuss and no mess which frankly is awesome!

The only issue you now have is finding the perfect one for your needs at a reasonable price to match your budget. With such a huge choice available it can be confusing at times for folk to pick out the right soup machine.

If you are not careful, you end up wasting money and getting something you are either not satisfied with or paid way too much for.

To stop this from happening, we have written this comparison guide so you can find the best choice that offers great value for money.

Everything has been organized into three separate sections. First we have the products we believe are of premium or high quality and well worth the higher cost. Second we look at alternatives that are a little cheaper but still fantastic and lastly the budget friendly options which although being classed as budget, still make delicious soup and also happen to be some of the best all-round soup making machines available in the UK.

Best Soup Makers for UK 2017 – Ratings

Product Rating Capacity (Litres) Power (Watts) Price
Morphy Richards 501014 best soup makersMorphy Richards 501014 4.7 1.6 1000   Find best price
Morphy Richards 48822 best soup makersMorphy Richards 48822 4.5 1.6 1000   Find best price
Cuisinart SSB1U soup makers reviewsCuisinart SSB1U 4.2 1. 75 800   Find best price
Tefal BL841140 soup makerTefal BL841140 4.2 1. 2 1100   Find best price
Salter EK1548 best soup makersSalter EK1548 4.1 1.6 1000   Find best price
Andrew James 7 in 1 automaticAndrew James 7 in 1 4.0 1.5 1100   Find best price
VonShef Automatic soup makersVonShef Automatic 4.0 1.7 900   Find best price
Tower T12001 best soup makers reviewsTower T12001 3.6 1. 5 1100   Find best price

 

The Best Soup Makers in the UK

1. Morphy Richards Sauté and Soup Maker 501014

4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
Morphy Richards 501014 Saute and Soup Maker

  Find best priceThe Morphy Richards 501014 soup maker is a superb choice considering its price and that it comes with a sauté function. If even just 1 person in your family loves soup, we can guarantee that the Morphy Richards 501014  will be the most used appliance in your kitchen, it truly is outstanding.

Strengths

In less than 21 minutes, you can make fresh, nutritious and delicious tasting soup with little effort.

Saute function – simply add bacon, ginger, onions, garlic and spices into the jug, then add the vegetables and stock and you are good to go.

  • Pause function – option to add seasoning during the cooking cycle.
  • Four settings – smooth soup in 21 mins, chunky soup in 28 mins, juice in 2 mins and a blend function to ensure texture is to personal taste.
  • Serves up to four people.
  • Non stick coating – easy to clean.

It is extremely easy to use. Simply add your ingredients oice and choose which setting you prefer.  21 or 28 minutes later and you have delicious home made soup!

One of the things that makes this kitchen appliance stand out is the excellent sauté function which lets you add garlic, spices, onions and anything else you fancy, straight into the jug to improve the flavour before you put in your vegetables.

There is also a pause function, which lets you add seasoning while the soup is still cooking by simply removing the lid, put the lid back on and it resumes. This is a great feature for when a soup calls for ingredients to be added near the end, or if you simply forget to put some of them in and want to fix it without any hassle or losing taste.

The jug has a capacity of 1. 6 liters, which might seem small, but is enough to prepare 4 average sized bowls which means that if it is just you, then you can always freeze the rest for another day.

The Morphy Richards 501014 also has a built-in control panel that is not only easy to use, but looks great too. Its most prominent feature apart from the easily distinguishable buttons is an LED timer that lets you know exactly how much cooking time still remains.

As the Morphy Richards 501014 also has a built-in juice function, you can easily make smoothies and juice drinks for those hot summer days. Win, win, now you do not need extra smoothie makers but we have reviews of those as well if you are interested!

Cleaning is nice and easy thanks to the non stick coating. Simply wash the jug and wipe with out with a soapy sponge or cloth, voila, job done.

Last but not least, the Morphy Richards 501014 comes with a 2 year warranty, which gives you huge confidence in the product and getting your money out of it.

Weaknesses

If I was to be really picky, I would say it is a little loud compared others but honestly, this is just me trying to find something bad to say about what is actually a superb soup maker and our number 1 choice.

Verdict

Throw in the fact you can make smoothies too and we are sold, might be a little on the pricey side but you definitely get what you pay for.  We hope you love it as much as we do.

2. Morphy Richards 48822

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Morphy Richards 48822 soup maker

  Find best priceMorphy Richards 48822 look stylish and is one of the best on the market right now. To put it simply, Morphy Richards 48822 are exactly what you need in your kitchen.

Strengths

With its striking stainless steel jug and tasteful black finish, the 48822 will compliment the style of any kitchen. With it’s small size, it won’t even take up that much room on your kitchen counter tops, leaving plenty of room for all your other appliances.

The jug has a 1. 6 lire capacity, which is good enough for 4 reasonably sized bowls. The manual says that 6 bowls can be made at one time, but we found it to be more like 4 bowls which is enough for a average size family.

Using it is extremely simple and straightforward, you just need to get your ingredients ready, pop them inside, select the desired setting and in 20-25 minutes you have some great tasting soup.

The different settings available on the Morphy Richards 48822 allow you to choose if you want your soup to be smooth or chunky, both equally delivering fantastic soup. If neither smooth or chunky suit your mood, you can always go for the manual blending option which gives you the ability to tailor the end result to your own specifications.

Even though the nature of stainless steel products do not allow for you to directly see the food as it is being cooked, there is a digital timer which displays how much time has elapsed, giving you peace of mind that everything is cooking just right.

Hot meals only go so far, so when you want to cool off in those hot summer months, the 48822’s superb juicer feature is great to make freshly squeezed juices and smoothies in absolutely no time at all.

One of the most annoying things about cooking is having cleaning everything up afterwards. Thankfully the easy to clean design of this appliance means that all you need to do is wash the jug. It’s hassle free and takes less than 5 minutes.

Weaknesses

  • Parts not dishwasher safe
  • Can’t see soup as it cooks or blends
  • Cooking time not adjustable

Bonus

The included recipe book has about 10 recipes, which is a nice extra to help you get started.

Verdict

The Morphy Richards 48822 is definitely one of the best right now at this price, and we highly recommend it to everyone, you will not be dissapointed.

3. Cuisinart SSB1U Soup Maker

4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)
Cuisinart SSB1U Soup Maker

  Find best priceCuisinart are famous for putting a new spin on existing technologies and mixing things up quite a bit and the Cuisinart SSB1U does not break this mold .

We are always very please when companies try to save us time and money by cleverly combining multiple kitchen appliances into one that delivers all equally well, we have been happily surprised by the Cuisinart SSB1U.

Let’s get this out of the way first – yes, this is, in fact, a blender. But how many other blenders can do more than just puree your food?

Sure, you will be able to use it to make a milkshake from time to time, but the main difference between this product and a conventional blender is the fact that it can also simmer, sauté and cook up some great tasting soup in no time at all!

Strengths

All of this is possible thanks to the non stick cooking plate at the base. All you have to do is add your ingredients and set the machine to sauté.  With an automated stirring function, you do not even have to worry about stirring your soup as it takes care of that for you.  Nifty!

Once everything has been sautéed to perfection, all you need to do is add some water or stock and switch to simmer mode. Finally, to add the finishing touches, the blend function allows you to choose how chunky or smooth you want to make your soup which makes it perfect for everyone.

The Cuisinart SSB1U has a capacity of 1. 75l which means that it is more than big enough to make soup for the whole family and keep it warm for a long time, either by turning on the correct feature on its hotplate, or keeping everything in its thermal glass jug which keeps it warm for quite a while.

Features

  • Quick heating element & non stick cooking plate which boils liquids, browns vegetables, & simmers soups.
  • Stainless steel blades which makes it a great blender if you need one.
  • Blends sauces and hot soups to required consistency, great if you want your soup slightly less chunky or smooth.
  • Add your ingredients anytime you want during the cooking process
  • Also, perfect for making dips dressings purees, sauces, smoothies, cocktails, and crushing ice.

The Cuisinart SSB1U surprises yet again with a self-cleaning function. Simply pour in some water and Fairy Liquid or other dishwasher cleaner, we are not biased, and let the machine take care of the rest.

Bonus

There’s also a recipe book with a number of different soup recipes to get you started, but we are sure you will want to ‘improve’ these according to your liking or try some of your own time-tested concoctions too.

Weaknesses

Customers all seem to be satisfied with the Cuisinart SSB1U’s quality build and functionality but there are a few points they take issue with. The most serious one has to do with how hard it can be to actually clean the thing.

The self cleaning feature does not seem as thorough as people would like, and the fact that the metal blade and hotplate cannot be taken apart without voiding the warranty does not make things any easier.

Another drawback is the lack of safety features, specifically the absence of a mechanism that would prevent the Cuisinart SSB1U from starting when the lid is not secured properly.

  • Jug not dishwasher safe
  • Bulky to store
  • No cleaning brush included

Verdict

When it comes to quality and convenience, the Cuisinart  SSB1U comes very close to being one of the best automatic soup machines we’ve seen so far.

With no mess, no stress and a lot of alternative uses, you will love using this little machine, especially if you do not have a blender already.

4. Tefal BL841140 Easy Soup Makers

4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)
Tefal BL841140 Easy Soup with Four Automated Cooking Programmers

  Find best priceAnother contender in the diverse and health-conscious soup machine world, Tefal has been a well-known manufacturer of quality kitchen appliances and propagator of healthier lifestyle choices, so it is no surprise that they’d have a horse in this race as well. Its name is the BL841140 Easy Soup, and it has a few tricks up its sleeve that might cause you to give it serious consideration.

Strengths

In essence, this is a jug blender that can make a variety of different dishes without much fuss. Don’t let the soup in its name fool you into believing that’s all it’s good for. With a choice of four different programmes, the Tefal BL841140 can also prepare juices, smoothies, compotes and sauces, all of which is a bonus!

The Tefal  BL841140 is extremely user friendly and straightforward to use – you simply add your ingredients and choose the desired programme, press another button and that’s it, your soup is on its way!  You can now forget about your dish for the next half hour or so and tend to other tasks. Once it is finished, you will hear a beep that lets you know everything is ready to serve.

If you’re expecting guests to arrive later or members of your family don’t all eat at the same time, the BL841140 also has a simmer function that can keep its contents at serving temperatures for up to 40 minutes.

In order to help you with the clean-up, the BL841140 also has a built-in easy-clean function similar to the one we encountered with Cuisinart’s model. Another similarity is the inclusion of a recipe book containing a number of different dishes to try.

Tip:  Can also be used to make smoothies, sauces, porridge, batters, baby food and more

Bonus

There is also a bonus recipe book containing 30 different soup, smoothie and desert ideas to get you started, but we’re sure you’ll want to tweak those to your liking or try some of your own time-tested concoctions too.

Weaknesses

While this machine generally does a good job of actually preparing soup and other dishes, there are a number of things to note. First, there’s no sauté function, meaning that any meat or similar ingredients will need to be pre-cooked if you want to use them in your creations.

  • Parts not dishwasher safe
  • Can’t see soup as it cooks or blends
  • No pause option during programmes

Once it starts cooking, the stainless steel jug and top blender prevent you from seeing exactly what is going on inside. Even though the final result tends to be creamy and delicious, some customers have reported that food can stick to the bottom of the jug and burn.

There’s no way of securing the lid to the rest of the machine, which can make for an unpleasant situation of something happens to knock it over.

Lastly, the easy-clean isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be either, since more often than not residue can still remain after its cycle is complete.

Verdict

The BL841140 Easy Soup won’t be winning any awards for the greatest any time soon, but it does what it’s supposed to do adequately.

With a number of different options to choose from and a straightforward approach to preparing meals, this is a great kitchen gadget for saving time in the kitchen and helps you to quickly prepare and enjoy healthier food, and with all the time saved from food preparation and cooking, you can now sit back and have a cup of tea.

5. Salter Electric Soup Making Machine

4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)
Salter Electric Soup Making Machine

  Find best priceThis Salter gadget is one of the best soup machines on our list of reviews. The Salter is an excellent option and won’t cost you too much.

Strengths

It is very easy and convenient to use. All you have to do is put in your ingredients of choice and fill the jug with water.

The rest is all automated and requires no effort on your part. This is especially due to the built-in intelligence control feature, which essentially helps to prevent the ingredients from burning and over spilling.

Regardless of if you prefer silky smooth puree or more the chunky style, the Salter has all the settings you need. Bonus, it only takes about 20 minutes to make a great-tasting dish.

Cleaning the machine is easy as well, just be sure to do so straight away, since letting the residue dry will make for a much tougher job later on.

Bonus

The included recipe book is an added plus for beginners and cooking aficionados alike and has some good recipes that you can adjust to suit your personal preference.

Weaknesses

  • Lid is heavy
  • Can only blend very large quantities
  • Butternut squash soup has a watery taste

Verdict

These appliances lets you choose between a smooth or a chunky soup, but there’s no sauté function – so if you need to cook and brown some ingredients, you’ll need to do this separately. It has a helpful function of pausing if you remove the lid during soup-making, and picking up where it left off when you replace the lid – handy if you’ve forgotten to add an ingredient or two.  If you want a delicious homemade soup made only from fresh ingredients, the Salter is a must have appliance that will save you time both with prep work and with the actual cooking.

Considering its price, it is a very good product and you will get your investment back from this maker in a matter of weeks.

 

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6. Andrew James Automatic 7 in 1 Soup Maker

4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)
Andrew James 1100 Watt Red 7 in 1 Soup Maker

  Find best priceThis Andrew James 7-in-1 machine is arguably the best at its price point. Andrew James generally have a reputation for producing good quality and well-made products at a reasonable price, and this 7 in 1 kitchen appliance is no exception.

Strengths

The first thing you’ll notice when admiring your new purchase is the sturdiness of its build. This really is a solid machine, but in this case that doesn’t mean that its style has been compromised. Even better, it doesn’t take up that much counter space, so you don’t have to pack it up every time you use it.

We tested the Andrew James out by making a few different batches of soup and were honestly very impressed with the results. Not only was the consistency want for a better word, consistent but the soup was always thoroughly cooked and ready to enjoy. You’re sure to love this feature, especially in the cold winter months.

It’s pretty easy to use as well, and requires very little effort. You simply put in all the ingredients and let it run for a while. If you like the dish to be silky smooth, you can expect it to take around 20 minutes.

The chunky setting will take a bit longer at 30 minutes. A filter needs to be used when a chunkier dish is prepared since adjusting the Andrew James to its appropriate setting won’t eliminate the smooth puree effect.

Cleaning is very easy and takes little to no time, which is perfect when you want to dig into your food straightaway.

The Andrew James 7-in-1 is an excellent multi function kitchen tool and can do all of the following extremely well:

  • Prepare and make delicious sauces, cocktails, fruit juices and milkshakes.
  • Grind coffee beans, spices and nuts
  • It can crush ice very easily thanks to its powerful motor and stainless steel cutting blades.
  • Easily make iced lemonades and chilly margaritas.
  • Steam vegetables and other food brilliantly thanks to its steamer basket.
  • Included egg boiler attachment that works great for both hard and soft-boiled eggs.
  • Reheat function, which is perfect for warming drinks.

Weaknesses

  • Parts not dishwasher safe
  • No sauté function
  • No stir option

Some users on Amazon have reported that while this kitchen appliance does make excellent soup,  it can struggle blending smoothies with frozen fruit or ice, not a biggy but should be noted if that is what you are looking for.  Another issue reported is that the noise whilst blending is a bit loud and there is a nagging beeping when the cycle is finished but these are not massive negatives that should put you off.

Verdict

We highly recommend these cheap soup makers, Andrew James honestly produces some excellent options right now.  The Andrew James Automatic Multi-functional 7 in 1 is perfect for small households of 2 to 3 people.  In busy households where time is a scarce but eating right still matters, this multi-functional machine is a must have.  Not only does it make delicious soup in little to no time, it also has plenty of other useful functions and is the perfect kitchen gadget to have in your home.

7. VonShef Automatic Soup Makers

4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)
VonShef Multifunctional Soup Maker

  Find best priceWhen you consider its price, the VonShef is a very cheap option and comes packed with tons of features. The VonShef multi-functional makers are good options if you want something that performs brilliantly and works effortlessly.

Strengths

All you have to do is put in your ingredients of choice, choose the right settings and wait for 20-30 minutes. It can make both chunky and smooth style soups and we found the consistency to be excellent.

There is a large 1. 7 liter jug, so you can make between 4-6 reasonably sized bowls, which is perfect for most families.

Your safety is of the highest priority to VonShef, and this is most evident in the over-spill function which, as the name suggests, prevents its contents from spilling out by refusing to run if the lid isn’t attached properly.

VonShef also have plenty of extra features that work well.

  • Can act as a blender for smoothies and milkshakes
  • It’s also a cooker
  • Soya maker
  • Sauce maker
  • Steamer
  • Boiler
  • Reheater
  • Egg Boiler

Weaknesses

  • Feels a little flimsy and not well made
  • Not great for making smoothies

Verdict

For a machine which doesn’t cost much, you don’t really expect these extra features, so we were pleasantly surprised. It really is ridiculously cheap and a great option at this price. We highly recommend it.

8. Tower T12001 Soup Makers

3.6 Stars (3.6 / 5)
Tower T12001 Soup Maker

  Find best priceLast but not least of the soup makers reviews is the Tower T12001, a blender type soup maker that has all the features to satisfy your blending needs whilst also the convenience of making delicious wholesome soups.

Strengths

At 1100 watts, this is one of the more powerful products we have reviewed. Capable of chopping anything from ice to celery, the Tower T12001 will have no issue taking care of any and all ingredients you throw at it. The Tower T12001 jug holds 1.5 liters of liquid, which is just enough for a small family dinner.

It comes with two sensors, one to prevent overflow and boiling over of your soup and the other alerts you if there is not enough liquid in the appliance. There is also a great 60-minute thermostat which allows you to start the process up and forget about it until your soup is ready to eat.

An interlocking lid ensures that the cooking process does not start unless it is fixed firmly in place.

Features

  • Interlocking lid
  • 60 minute timer dial
  • Pulse option on blend
  • Minimum liquid sensor and an overflow sensor to prevent the content boiling over

Weaknesses

One of the biggest issues with the Tower T12001 is its lack of thermostat. The most frequent complaint is that the water simply gets too hot, so the soup often boils instead of simmering as you would hope.

Another issue reported by users, involves the overflow sensors. If the overflow sensors malfunction, you will find that the maker will simply not start as the liquid level is seen as too high/or too full, by the faulty sensors.

Lastly, do you read the instructions that come with these products?  If so, you may be in for a hard time as one of the weaknesses of this otherwise good product is the instruction booklet. As the Tower T12001 is made in the China, the booklet is – it has to be said – awful.  Just a warning and you can get around it with a good recipe book which you will need anyway (or the internet).

Verdict

At the end of the day, the Tower T12001 is a solid soup maker / blender kitchen appliance that can deliver requirements at a reasonable price. If you do not mind keeping an eye on it whilst cooking, the soup it makes is creamy and in our opinion, delicious.

Factors to Think About

If you want to buy a product that will take up a permanent place on your kitchen counter, think about these factors before making your decision:

Consider these factors before looking for a high quality soup making machine.Product Features: Are you looking for a product that is dedicated to making soups or do you want a kitchen appliance that is multi-functional?

Some of the best soup machines we have reviewed can also work as ice crushers, vegetable steamers, and even coffee grinders, so they are extremely versatile. Whereas, there are some which simply make soup, which is not a problem as that is what you are buying. So, you need to decide before you buy, what is more important for you, lots of functions or one very good one?

Blender vs. soup makers: Apart from having different features, the different types of soup machines have positives and negatives that will undoubtedly make a difference for most consumers.

Blenders have a greater amount of features and can be used to make foods other than soup. However, these tend to be more expensive and some are harder to clean which needs to be considered. Dedicated soup machines are more limited when it comes to features, but they are most often cheaper and simple to use.

However, it should be noted that once the dedicated soup machines start working you more often than not cannot see the cooking process and have to hope that it will do its job the way it is supposed to which mostly they do.

Price: The most important factor for most people, and too right, it should be. It is recommended that you set your budget in advance so you are not swayed by what looks nice or what extra features one machine has over another. There are appliances which we have reviewed that are cheap and others that are expensive, you need to decide on how much you are willing to spend and stick to it.  Do not be swayed by looks alone, some of the best here are not the most expensive on offer!

To sauté or not to sauté?  If you really want to prepare rich, meaty soups without having to use a frying pan for the extra preparation then you want a soup maker that has a sauté feature.

Capacity: Obviously, this depends on how much you need to make. Typically, most will be able to make 4 bowls, however, the best can make 6 bowls, so this might fit your needs better.

Cleaning: Your new soup maker might have reduced the number of pans needed to make your favourite soups, but is it easy to clean? If a particular soup maker does not come with removable parts that are also dishwasher safe, you are inevitably going to have to do some extra cleaning which can be tricky as the space is more confined.  Just something to think about.

Conclusion

Our aim is to help consumers get a better understanding of what features the each of these machines have and there are some truly superb options on the market right now.

We have included and reviewed an extensive range of what we believe to be the best soup makers and have tried to cater to all types of consumers and requirements. Regardless of if you want something dedicated to making soups or a multi-functional kitchen gadget or appliance, something that is cheap or expensive, we have options for everyone.

The most important thing for us here at Expert Advice, Honest Reviews was to find the best machines that not only offer brilliant performance, but also provide excellent value for money.

If you thought that a kitchen appliance or kitchen gadget such as this was not necessary in your kitchen before, we hope that by reading through our guide you now see that a number of products we have reviewed ingeniously combine making soup with lots of other features that turn an expense you thought was a little unneeded for one product into money well saved by not buying an additional one, or two, or three kitchen appliances in some cases.

Having tested numerous different products available on the market right now, we confidently say that these products are the best options that are available and we are sure that you will agree.

Don’t just take our word for it, browse some of the Amazon reviews and let the satisfied customers of each and every one of these soup machines help you make up your mind too.