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Soup maker buying guide

Find out the top 4 things you need to know when you're buying a new soup maker.

Nothing is as satisfying and warming as a bowl of hearty soup on a cold day. If you love making your own but don't like the time it takes or the washing up, a soup maker is for you. You can blitz up your own ingredients in a flash using fewer pots, pans and dishes.

Capacity

Ranging from 1 to 2 litres, the capacity of your soup maker should be pivotal to the choice you make. If you're making quick soups to take to work for your lunch, then you'll only need a smaller model. Between 1.6 and 2 litres should cover you if you're creating wholesome soups and broths for the whole family. Keep in mind that the more ingredients you intend to blend will affect the time it takes to cook.

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Speed

A variety of blending speeds gives you the flexibility to create different textures and flavours and quickly switch things up if you need your soup ready in a hurry. So, you can make soup just the way you like it or try something new. A slower speed is perfect for something thick and chunky, while a pulse or turbo setting will blast through your ingredients and make a smooth and creamy mix.

Cleaning

One of the biggest pains of making soup is the washing up afterwards. If you're looking for a soup maker and want to make something quick, take into account the amount of parts and the materials that may need washing. For the ultimate time-saver, have a browse for a soup maker with dishwasher safe parts or a non-stick interior. This means you can focus on cooking up a storm instead of worrying about the cleaning.

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Other features

Some soup makers come with a really handy sauté feature. By using a heating element, it will lightly fry your vegetables or meat before it comes to creating the soup. This adds that extra bit of flavour and means you don't have to prepare ingredients in other pans before you start. A simmer setting will keep your tasty soup nice and warm, perfect if you're waiting for the rest of the family to get home.

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