If you are considering getting a soup maker, then have a quick read through this article as it will help guide you in the right direction. There are a few different types made by different brands, so it is worthwhile knowing which will be the best type for you.
They essentially come in slightly different types which are:
- The blender style
- The Kettle/Jug style
- Soup makers that also saute
- Soup makers that can also be used to make smoothies
Now the kettle style and the blender style are the two main types, and the capability of being able to sauté or make smoothies are features of these small kitchen appliance machines
So if you have never used one before which types should you go for? Hopefully we can answer that below.
Kettle Style Soup Maker
Blender Style Soup Maker
You can see from the image above that each type is easy enough to identify as they look completely different. The kettle style is now the most popular option and certainly sells the most. The most popular brand for these is Morphy Richards. The blender style is one that some people still prefer and brands like Andrew James, Duronic and VonShef are popular choices.
Soup Maker Price Difference
There is no real need to make your decision based on price as they cost almost the same irrespective of the actual soup maker type. The blenders cost around £40-45 and the kettle styles cost roughly the same. Some of the newer kettle styles like the Morphy Richards 501014 now also allow you to sauté, and those will cost about £55-60.
Blender Type vs Kettle Type Comparison
Both types work on similar principles. There is a heating unit at the bottom. You put the ingredients into the main unit, pick a setting and switch it on. The unit then goes to work making your soup. Below you will see a video of each type in use as then I think it is much easier to see the difference.
The Blender Type in Action
The Kettle Type in Action
We have used both and for me the kettle type and style is just a better option. We find them easier to use and you can just get on with doing other things when the soup is cooking.
We have heard some people say that cleaning up a blender style takes longer than a kettle style. Having used both there is very little difference in the time taken so we wouldn't worry too much about that. If anything the kettle/jug style is slightly easier but not really that big of a deal.
The easiest way to clean the blender style is to add some hot water and then pulse the blender a few times. After that it will need a quick clean and dried off. With the kettle style it is slightly easier as the kettle can be rinsed out with hot water and wiped dry with a cloth.
Benefits of the Sauté Function
As you probably know until recently many soup makers did not have the sauté function. This is in my opinion a great feature to have. Meats, fish poultry etc can not be put straight into a soup unless they have been cooked first. With the newer models of soup makers this function is included and that allows you to to that and keeps all of the flavours right inside the soup maker.
If you are thinking about getting one then I would strongly recommend to get one with this feature as it is worth the extra little bit of cost. Something like the Morphy Richards 501014 has this type of feature.
Being Able To See What is Happening
The most noticeable difference between the two is that with the blender you do have a clear vision of what is happening. With the kettle/jug type once you put the ingredients in, then this style of maker just gets on with it. As they are stainless steel and then programmed, you really only get to see what is happening at the end of the cycle.
Now you can hear what is going on thanks to the bubbling but if you like to see what is happening then a blender model might be a better choice.
The principle with all of these is that you put the ingredients in at the start and then hit a program button. If you are anything like me though it is easy to forget something. As many of the soup makers have a program cycle that is timed, (similar to a washing machine)then you can not interrupt it. The newer models are now made with an interrupt feature that will allow you to do that.
It is not a show stopping feature but we think a very useful one to have.