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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Soup Maker UK Reviews

By  Enda McLarnon

Thanks for taking your time to read our reviews of the best soup makers that are currently available on the UK market.

Who doesn't like the taste of fresh home made soup? If you own your own soup maker, then you can. There is simply nothing like it, especially on a cold winter's day in the UK.

Soup tastes great, is highly nourishing and packed full of vitamins. The one thing that most people hate though is making it. That is why many people turn to packets of soup, tubs of soup and tins of soup. Those are for sure convenient ways of making soup at home.

The drawback of those is that they are never fresh, as they are not made from fresh ingredients. They are also packed full of ingredients designed to make food last longer, and those are certainly not natural.

It is always better, whenever possible, to make your own soup at home and freeze it if necessary. Then it can be ready to use as and when you need it.

Below we have reviewed the top soup makers currently available on the UK market. When a product is purchased, some buyers take the time to leave a review. We have read and summarised all of these reviews. That should allow you to make an easier selection.

A few soup maker buying tips before buying

Cost 

On average soup makers in the UK cost between £40-90 on average depending on what features you want to have. These can be as expensive as £150.

Size

These also come in various sizes ranging from 1-2 litres to 2 litres. The average size is 1.6 litres, and a soup maker of this size will make enough soup for about 4 people. For most homes that is enough for a single sitting. It is also a good size if you live alone and want to make enough for a week. You can of course make fresh soup and then freeze what you don't eat.

You can buy them as small as a 1 litre capacity which is perfect for 3 starter portions or 2 large portions of soup.

Features

Most soup makers come with the options of chunky, smooth, blended or juice types of soup or drink. You will pay extra for features such as a sauté function, pause function, keep warm feature, a timer function or a self-clean function.

Best Seller - Morphy Richards Soup Maker Soup Maker Model (48822)

Overall online buyers have given this soup maker an average buyer satisfaction rating of 90%

This soup maker is made from stainless steel and has a a motorised blade in the lid which allows you to make smooth or chunky soups in 25 minutes.

It also has a well liked easy clean design

It makes up to 1.6 litres of soup which is enough for 4 good servings

The operating controls are in the lid making it very easy to use

90% buyer satisfaction based on 10,000+ online buyer reviews

This is a good basic soup maker without any frills that has been out for a long time and gets consistently good buyer reviews. As you can see plenty of people have bought this and it remains the UK's best selling soup maker.

Pros

  • 76% of buyers gave this maker a full 5 star review  
  • Buyers say this does exactly what it is supposed to do and is very easy to use
  • Some buyers say this is their favourite kitchen gadget ever
  • Buyers liked the fact that it was very easy to clean and store

Cons

  • 5% of all buyers gave this model a bad rating  
  • A few buyers say it stopped working after a year
  • Some buyers received this damaged in the post

Best Soup Maker for 1 or 2 People Morphy Richards Compact Soup Maker

If you live alone or are just 2 people then a smaller 1 litre is a better choice unless you plan on making a batch and freezing it.

The Morphy Richards 501021 model is a smaller compact soup maker with a 1 litre capacity that can make 3 starter portions or 2 large portions of soup in around 20 minutes

It has 4 different settings - smooth and chunky soup, drinks & manual blend

It has an easy clean design

90% buyer satisfaction based on 4,500+ online buyer reviews

This is a good basic soup maker without any frills ideal for someone living alone or 2 people. It is one of the most affordable on the UK market.

Pros

  • 74% of buyers gave this maker a full 5 star review  
  • Buyers say this makes the right amount of soup for 1 or 2 people
  • Some buyers say this is the best value soup maker on the UK market
  • Buyers liked the fact that it was very easy to use and clean

Cons

  • 7% of all buyers gave this model a bad rating  
  • A few buyers say it blew fuses in their house
  • Some buyers say it is too noisy

Best Soup Maker with Keep Warm Feature -  Morphy Richards Compact Soup Maker

This is a 1.6 litre soup maker with some useful additional features.

It has a serrated blade which improves the chopping capability when compared to a standard blade.

You can make smooth soup in 21 minutes, chunky soup in 28 minutes, juice in 2 minutes and it also has a blend function

This model has a keep warm function so your soup is ready when you are

92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

This is a soup maker with the additional keep warm function and also has a serrated blade. It can also be used as a juicer or blender so some useful additional features.

Pros

  • 77% of buyers gave this maker a full 5 star review  
  • Buyers say this makes great tasting soup and does it quickly
  • Some buyers say the extra features really make a difference especially the keep warm
  • Buyers liked the fact that it was very easy to use and clean

Cons

  • 4% of all buyers gave this model a bad rating  
  • A few buyers say it doesn't chop that well
  • Some buyers say it is too noisy

Best Soup Maker and Smoothie Maker -  Tefal BL841140 Easy Soup and Smoothie Maker

This is a 1.2 litre soup and smoothie maker that can make 4 portions of tasty soups and smoothies for all the family to enjoy

This Tefal model can make smooth soup in 23mins, chunky soup in 25mins, compote in 20mins and smoothies in 4mins.

This is a stainless steel soup and smoothie maker that also has keep warm function, and a self cleaning function

92% buyer satisfaction based on 2,500+ online buyer reviews

This is a soup and smoothie maker with the additional keep warm function and also a self-clean function. It can also be used as a juicer or blender so some useful additional features.

Pros

  • 76% of buyers gave this maker a full 5 star review  
  • Buyers say this soup maker works great and is also very quiet
  • Some buyers say this soup maker is very easy to use
  • Buyers liked the fact that it was very easy to use and clean

Cons

  • 3% of all buyers gave this model a bad rating  
  • A few buyers say there is no pouring spout

Best Soup Maker with Sauté Feature -  Morphy Richards Saute and Soup Maker

This is a 1.6 litre soup maker with a sauté feature which means you can add onions, bacon, garlic, ginger or spices into the maker for maximum flavour before adding the vegetables and stock

It also has a pause function - that allows you to add seasoning during the cooking cycle and then restarting when the lid is replaced

It can make 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.

92% buyer satisfaction based on 3,000+ online buyer reviews

This is a soup maker with a sauté feature and a pause feature where you can add seasoning during the cooking process.

Pros

  • 80% of buyers gave this maker a full 5 star review  
  • Buyers say the sauté feature makes a huge difference to the taste of the soup
  • Some buyers say this soup maker is very easy to use
  • Buyers liked the fact that it was very easy to use and clean

Cons

  • 4% of all buyers gave this model a bad rating  
  • A few buyers say this can trip the home electric supply

Tower T12031RG Soup & Smoothie Maker

This is a 1.6 litre soup maker that can make up 4- 6 portions of tasty soups and smoothies for all the family to enjoy

This Tefal model can make chunky or smooth soups, or nutritious smoothies in around 20-25 minutes

This is a stainless steel soup and smoothie maker that also has a self cleaning function

This is a good basic soup and smoothie model that is extremely easy to use

90% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

This is a soup maker with the additional keep warm function and also has a serrated blade. It can also be used as a juicer or blender so some useful additional features.

Pros

  • 75% of buyers gave this maker a full 5 star review  
  • Buyers say this makes great tasting soup and does it quickly
  • Some buyers say the extra features really make a difference especially the keep warm
  • Buyers liked the fact that it was very easy to use and clean

Cons

  • 6% of all buyers gave this model a bad rating  
  • A few buyers say they received damaged goods

Soup Chef Soup Maker

This is a 1.6 litre soup maker with a sauté feature that can make soup in around 19 minutes

It can make smooth soups in 19 minutes and chunky soups in 25 minutes and also good for chilled soups, cold drinks or even nut milks.

It has a pause function, a keep warm function and an auto-clean function

This can make between 4-6 portions

92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews

This is a soup maker with the additional keep warm function, pause function and an easy clean function. This is an easy to use model from the popular Soup Chef brand.

Pros

  • 76% of buyers gave this maker a full 5 star review  
  • Buyers say this makes great smooth soup and also has a fantastic recipe book
  • Some buyers say the extra features really make a difference especially the keep warm
  • Buyers liked the fact that it makes a good quantity and is very easy to use and clean

Cons

  • 4% of all buyers gave this model a bad rating  
  • A few buyers say this is very loud

Highest Buyer Rated Soup Maker -

Ninja Blender and Soup Maker

This is from the high end Ninja brand that makes chunky and smooth soups, sauces, jams, smoothies, sorbets and more

This soup maker will chop, sauté, cook and blend soups in 20 minutes

It can make up to 1.7 litres of soups

It has 10 programs that include pulse, pause, blend, and self clean.

96% buyer satisfaction based on 2,000+ online buyer reviews

This is a high end soup maker with lots of features and works as both a soup maker and a blender. It is expensive but it is the one that gets the highest buyer ratings online.

Pros

  • 87% of buyers gave this maker a full 5 star review  
  • Buyers say this makes perfect soups and smoothies from start to finish
  • Buyers love the self cleaning feature as it makes life so much easier
  • Buyers call it their new best friend

Cons

  • 2% of all buyers gave this model a bad rating  
  • A few buyers say this is just too expensive

Soup Maker Buying Guide

The above list identifies the top 10 soup makers that we know are available in the UK. This section goes into a lot more detail about the various features you should know about soup makers.

Why should you purchase a soup maker?

Most people who make soup or broths at home will use the traditional methods. So what is the purpose of owning an electric automatic soup maker? If we look at some of the more traditional methods you will see that they offer the following methods:

Packet soups - where you buy a small package of soups in sachets and then add hot water to those and stir. The reality is these are processed and not that tasty.

Tinned soups - the soup comes in a tin and you can use as is, or add water and then heat it up in a pot or a microwave. Again this is processed food but still quite a popular choice.

Making your own soup at home - this is where you gather the ingredients, chop them up, add them to a stock and then cook the soup in a pot. This is the best of the bunch as it is fresh and tasty. The disadvantage is that it is time consuming to make from start to finish.

There are of course variations on the above methods as you can make many different types of soups and use a blender or a pressure cooker to get the desired result. Most kitchens in the UK will have a microwave which is handy for quickly heating up soups.

Some home owners prefer to use a blender, electric or hand style blender that they can use to get their soup looking the way they want it to. Clearly there are a lot of ways to do this as long as you have a few kitchen basics, a recipe to follow and the right ingredients.

You may well ask why bother with an actual soup maker? Given that they cost around £50-60 for a decent one, are they really worth the money and how do soup makers work?

Short Video on how soup makers work

Benefits of buying a soup maker

Soups are most popular throughout the winter thanks to our wonderful UK climate. Many people also use healthy soups as part of a diet. Let's face it packet and tinned soup will work, but they can be expensive and it just tastes ok.

With a soup maker you can chop up the vegetables as an example, add some stock and push a button. Around 20 minutes later you have great tasting fresh soup, and one appliance to quickly clean.

Some people will use a slow cooker and a hand blender and of course that works really well. The disadvantages of that is you now have two appliances to clean, and if you have ever tried to blend hot soup, then you will know how hard that can be to avoid splashing and burns.

In addition to that you also have to dig out the slow cooker, and the blender whereas with a soup maker, you just get one gadget, put the ingredients in and let it do the work. With a soup maker it is easy to use and easy to clean.

We think these are a great gadget to have in your kitchen. If you are someone who would have soup 2- 3 times a week then this will make your life a great deal easier. If you only have soup a couple of times a month, then save your money and spend it on something else.

A lot of people take soup to work for lunch most days. Some people make a couple of different soups at the weekend which takes about an hour. Then they divide them up into portions and freeze them. Then when they go to work, they use a microwave to heat them up, or a soup flask, and have the soup for lunch.

That allows them to make good use of the soup maker and also have a nice variation of the many different types of soup.

Which Brands Make Soup Makers?

The usual kitchen and small appliance brands make soup makers and these include Morphy Richards, Tefal, Tower, Salter, Cuisinart, Lakeland, Soup Chef, Chef Essential, Daewoo, and Ninja

Soup Maker Capacity

These come in different sizes with the most common size being 1.6 litres. A soup maker of this size will make enough soup for about 4 people. For most homes that is enough for a single sitting. It is also a good size if you live alone and want to make enough for a week. You can of course make fresh soup and then freeze what you don't eat.

You can buy them as small as a 1 litre and 1.2 litres capacity which is perfect for 3 starter portions or 2 large portions of soup.

Soup Maker Blades

Most soup makers have a blade secured inside the lid of the soup maker. These are known as a top down blade. You remove the lid and along with that comes the blade. You then add your ingredients, replace the lid and the blade does the chopping and stirring of the soup.

When the soup is ready, you remove the lid and the soup is ready inside the soup maker. By being able to remove the lid and blade makes the soup maker much easier to clean.

Some models also have a serrated blade which does really help improve the quality of the chopping and blending.

Soup maker blenders of course are slightly different. The blades are held inside the blender. That still works really well but does make the blending type soup makers more difficult to clean.

Heating Speed

These types of soup maker are all plugged into an electrical socket. The heater is controlled by a thermostat. The amount of time it takes the soup maker to heat up, will be determined by the wattage of the appliance. The bigger this is the quicker it will heat up. It also makes the soup maker much more efficient.

Irrespective of the heating up time, the average time to make a soup is around 22-25 minutes for the 1.6 litre sizes and 20 minutes for the smaller 1 litre soup makers.

Typical Settings

All soup makers will have some basic settings. These are typically smooth or chunky and blend and/or juice. Almost all of the settings are controlled from some type of LED display. They will contain something like a mode button, type of soup selection, a clock/timer and a start/stop button.

The more expensive soup makers will also have features such as keep warm function, easy clean mode, etc

The Saute Feature

Some of these makers have a sauté feature. That allows you to add certain vegetables such as onions or garlic to the soup maker. You can then soften those in the base of the maker, before adding the rest of the ingredients. By doing that, the flavour added is greatly improved.

Stay Warm Feature

Some of these makers have a stay warm or keep warm feature. This is an additional function that will keep your soup warm automatically after your selected programme has finished.

This is only available on some models such as the Morphy Richards 501022

Timing and Programs

The more expensive soup makers will have timers, countdown timers and also have programs. By setting those up, you can get on and do other things, and let the soup be ready when you want it to be.

Blenders and Crushers

Many of these soup makers are just what they state, and that is a simple soup maker. Some can also be used for blenders and for making things like "smoothies." Many of them also have the capability to crush ice and make things like ice cream. These are more like multi-purpose blenders.

We know that we have provided you with a lot of information, but hopefully you now know enough to be able to make a better buying decision, and help find the best soup maker in the UK.

Top Tips for using a soup maker

  • For best results cut all ingredients into thinner slices or 1" sized diced
  • Always make sure that you have put in the minimum amount of water to avoid burning and sticking
  • Always make sure that you do not go over the maximum fill level on your soup maker
  • Allow the soup maker to cool before cleaning
  • Always unplug the soup maker before cleaning (yes people have done this)
  • Do not put these in a dishwasher
  • Stock cubes added to boiling water make a nice quick stock for your soup
  • On sauté soup makers, add a little oil for this process to prevent burning
  • Don't forget adding noodles or pasta heated in a microwave make a nice addition to many soups

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