The 8 Best Soup Makers of 2020

Making homemade soup just got easier

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Our Top Picks
"This popular device can quickly make large batches of soup and even sear ingredients beforehand, for greater depth of flavor."
Best Dedicated Soup Maker:
Philips Soup Maker at Amazon
"Designed specifically for soup making, it can make small batches, for when you want just 2-4 servings"
Best High-Speed Blender:
Blendtec Designer 725 Blender at Amazon
"A professional-quality power blender that can heat soups using just friction."
"From the makers of Instant Pot, an impressive multi-function blender with a built-in heating element."
"This model boasts a removable stoneware cooking pot that’s easy to clean, and can be used on the stove for browning foods."
"A versatile soup maker that can also sear, steam, roast, make yogurt, and keep foods warm for up to 24 hours."
"This multifunction wonder can chop and sauté ingredients, then cook and stir soup—and even cleans itself."
"This popular device can quickly make large batches of soup and even sear ingredients beforehand, for greater depth of flavor."

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Soup makers can help you save time in the kitchen by making soups and stews without the need to constantly stir and monitor to make sure they don’t overcook. There are several different kinds: Some are simply high-power blenders that can simultaneously puree and heat soups with the friction created by their spinning blades; others are blenders with built-in heating elements to actually cook and heat raw ingredients; some are electric pressure cookers or slow cookers that can either make long-cook dishes in a fraction of the time or gently simmer for hours while you’re away; and finally there are dedicated soup-making machines with a blade that, unlike a blender, descends from the lid, rather than the base.

These specialized soup machines will heat and cook the ingredients that you add for a certain number of minutes before blending to your choice of a velvety or chunky texture. Many of these appliances offer additional functions and can make smoothies, juice, and cold soups or even frozen desserts, jams, and soy or nut milks. The best models simplify the process from start to finish, allowing you to chop ingredients, cook, and blend into a puree all in the same device. Some even offer a self-cleaning cycle. Here are our picks for the best of each type.

Best Overall: Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker has gained something of a cult following recently. It’s a multifunction kitchen appliance that—besides its many other functions—is perfect for making soup, from homemade stock to searing ingredients all the way to keeping soup warm until it’s time to eat. You can choose between cooking your soup quickly with the pressure-cook function or slow cooking it over a longer time.

The Duo is one of the more affordable Instant Pot models, yet it has a lot of useful functions like presets for making broths or stews, cooking rice, or sautéing. It has a generous capacity for feeding large families and can maintain food at the optimal temperature until it’s served. 

Best Dedicated Soup Maker: Philips Soup Maker, 1.2 liters

Designed specifically for soup making, this handy gadget is great for making small batches of soups, for 2-4 servings. It offers several preset cycles, for smooth or chunky soup, fruit compotes, or smoothies. It even has a special function that’s optimized for milk-based soups, and it can also be used for cold-blended soups and as a regular countertop blender.

It can make soup in as little as 18 minutes, but it’s better for vegetable-based soups or soups made with pre-cooked ingredients; it can’t cook large chunks of raw meat into a hearty stew. It also requires careful handwashing since the electric components can’t be immersed with water.

Best High-Speed Blender: Blendtec Designer 725 Blender

Blendtec is a U.S.-based manufacturer of professional-quality blenders (the brand produces blenders for many well-known national chains), and its blenders are some of the few that can achieve speeds high enough to heat ingredients through friction alone. This means you can use the blender to make silky-smooth soups and heat them at the same time.

It features a preprogrammed “hot soup” cycle just for this purpose, in addition to preset buttons for making salsa, smoothies, and even ice cream. The 36-ounce pitcher is BPA-free. This blender is great for vegetable purees or milk-based soups that could be ruined by overheating, but not for chunky soups or long-simmered stews.

Best Blender with Integrated Heater: Instant Pot Instant Ace Nova 9-in-1 Smoothie and Soup Blender

Unlike blenders that warm food using only the friction of their spinning blades, this machine, from the makers of the wildly popular Instant Pot, has an integrated heating element in the base that lets it cook soups while it blends, and it can make chunky soups instead of just purees. It can also be used without heat for making chilled soups, smoothies, blended cocktails, soy or nut milks, and even frozen desserts.

The pitcher is made from durable borosilicate glass, which is resistant to extreme temperature changes and won’t hold odors or stains. The only downside is that it’s a bit heavy, compared to plastic versions. 

Best Slow Cooker: Crock-Pot SCCPVI600-S Oval Slow Cooker

Electric slow cookers have come a long way since the first models with non-removable crocks that were a chore to clean. This model boasts a removable 6-quart, ceramic-finish cooking pot that’s not only easy to clean but has a stovetop-safe metal base. That means it can be used directly on the stove for searing and browning foods for deeper and more complex flavor before simply transferring it into the electric cooker for a slow and gentle simmer. It can even be used as a serving dish, directly at the dining table, cutting down on the number of pots and pans you need to clean.

A programmable digital timer for up to 20 hours makes it easy to use for set-it-and-forget-it cooking. For super-easy cleaning, both the cooking pot and the clear glass lid are dishwasher safe. Great for making broths and stocks as well as finished soups and hearty stews, you can also use it to braise meats and make pot roast.

Best Multipurpose: KitchenAid Multi-Cooker

This high-tech kitchen workhorse features a digital display with numerous preset functions for making not only soups and stews but also porridge, risotto, and even yogurt. The precision temperature and timer controls ensure perfect and consistent results. The cooker features a sear function, for browning soup ingredients before adding liquids, as well as a 24-hour keep-warm function. The 4-quart pot has a nonstick ceramic coating and it’s dishwasher safe. It comes with a steamer basket/roasting rack and a clear glass lid designed for easy pouring and straining.

Besides its multiple functions, it’s sleek and stylish enough to leave on your countertop and comes in attractive colors, like a shiny candy-apple red, to match the famous KitchenAid stand mixer line.

Best Hands-Off: Bellini by Cedarlane BMKM510CL Kitchen Master

This pricey but impressive appliance is a real multitasker. Not only can it make stocks and soups in its 2-liter stainless-steel bowl (with or without an optional stirring function), it can also knead bread dough, sauté, crush ice, whip cream, and steam. It can chop vegetables, then sauté them perfectly, with precise temperature control and adjustable stirring speed, for burn-proof results. You can then add stock to make a perfect vegetable soup. It even has a self-cleaning function.

You can practically sip a cocktail in the living room while this device makes an entire dinner on its own, unattended. It comes with a handy digital kitchen scale, for precise measuring of ingredients, as well as steamer accessories. 

Best Budget: Presto Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker and Steamer

This affordable electric cooking pot with a temperature-control dial is great for simmering simple soups and casseroles, but it can also function as a deep fryer and steamer and comes with a removable frying/steaming basket. The clear glass lid lets you monitor cooking. It has a nonstick coating for easy cleanup and is dishwasher safe.

It has a generous 6-quart capacity, to make enough servings for a large family and a “warm” setting to keep food hot on a buffet or at the dining table. It’s not the most multipurpose appliance we reviewed, but surprisingly versatile for its price point.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

This article was written by Danette St. Onge, formerly the Italian Food Expert for The Spruce Eats and a features editor at Cook’s Illustrated magazine (part of America’s Test Kitchen). An avid kitchen appliance junkie, she spends hours combing the Internet, comparing options, reading reviews, and testing devices to find the best tool for every job. 

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