Our Top Picks
Best with Pressure Cooking: Instant Pot LUX60V3 at Amazon
"The LUX Insta Pot allows you to cook your soup quickly under pressure or slow cook it over a longer time."
Best High-Speed Blender: Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender at Amazon
"This blender can achieve speeds high enough to heat the ingredients through friction, making it perfect for tomato soup."
Best Slow Cooker: Crock-Pot SCCPVI600-S Oval Slow Cooker at Amazon
"This model boasts a removable stoneware cooking pot that’s easy to clean, and can be used on the stove for browning foods."
Best Dedicated Soup Maker: Philips Soup Maker at Amazon
"Designed specifically for soup making, it's great for small batches of soups that don't require a whole stockpot to prepare."
Best Multipurpose: SoyaJoy G4 Soy Milk Maker & Soup Maker at Amazon
"While this is marketed as a soy milk maker, it’s also great for blended soups, since it can create a smooth, heated puree quickly."
Best Blender with Integrated Heater: AICOOK Professional Cooking Blender at Amazon
"Unlike blenders that heat through friction, this machine has an integrated heater in the base that cooks soups while it blends."
Best for Smooth and Chunky Soups: Smart Living Soup Maker at Amazon
"This soup maker lets you choose from four settings from the digital interface on the top: blend, chunky, smooth, and juice."
Best Splurge: Bellini by Cedarlane BMKM510CL Kitchen Master at Amazon
"This multi-purpose appliance can cook your soup, knead bread, or even perfectly sauté onions."
"This no-frills electric cooking pot means you can have soup without firing up the stove, as long as you have electricity,"
01 of 09
Best with Pressure Cooking: Instant Pot LUX60V3
The Instant Pot has made electric pressure cookers popular in home kitchens, and it’s a perfect way to make soup, from making homemade stock all the way to creating the final meal. Even better, you can choose between cooking your soup quickly under pressure or slow cooking it over a longer time.
The LUX is one of the more affordable Instant Pot models, yet it has a lot of useful functions like presets for cooking rice, making stews, or sautéing meats. Of course Instant Pot has a wide range of models to choose from, including those with extra features and functions, and any one of which would be great for soup making.
02 of 09
Best High-Speed Blender: Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender
The Vitamix is one of the few blenders that can achieve speeds high enough to heat the ingredients through friction. This means you can use the blender to make silky smooth soups and cook them at the same time. It’s great for tomato soup, butternut squash soup, or any other blended soup that you serve hot, but you won’t be about to use this for heating chunky soups.
The heating feature can also come in handy for making cooked puddings, lemon curd, and similar foods, and of course, it can be used for a shorter time—so heat isn’t produced—to blend cucumber soup or gazpacho, make milkshakes, or make chunky salsa.
03 of 09
Best Slow Cooker: Crock-Pot SCCPVI600-S Oval Slow Cooker
Slow cookers have come a long way since the first models with non-removable crocks that made cleaning a chore. This model boasts a removable stoneware cooking pot that’s not only easy to clean, but it can also be used on the stove for browning foods before slow cooking.
A digital timer and simple buttons also make this model easy to use. For super-easy cleaning, the cooking pot and lid are dishwasher safe. Great for making stock as well as making finished soups, you can also use it to braise meats, make stews, and slow cook pot roast.
04 of 09
Best Dedicated Soup Maker: Philips Soup Maker
Designed specifically for soup making, this gadget is great for making small batches of soups that don't need a whole stockpot to prepare. The 1.2-liter size is great for making soup for two for dinner, or four servings when soup is being served as an appetizer.
This appliance can blend soups when you want them smooth, or you can choose an un-blended soup when you want something more chunky. When it’s not making soup, it doubles as a blender, so you can use it for milkshakes, purees, compotes, and more. It has to be hand-washed, taking care to avoid getting water onto the electric components.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Best Multipurpose: SoyaJoy G4 Soy Milk Maker & Soup Maker
While this is marketed as a soy milk maker, this tool is also great for blended soups, since it can create a smooth puree as it heats the mixture from the bottom. When you use this for your favorite cream of celery soup recipe, you’ll end up with a smooth, hot, ready-to-eat soup in no time.
The SoyaJoy can also be used for blending without heating, so you can use it for a smooth gazpacho or any other blended recipe. When you’re done with making soup, you can use this for making soy milk, almond milk (or other nut milks), and grain milks.
06 of 09
Best Blender with Integrated Heater: AICOOK Professional Cooking Blender
AICOOK may not be a household name, but they’ve been making inroads in the American market with a variety of cooking appliances. Unlike blenders that heat food through friction, this machine has an integrated heater in the base that lets it cook soups while it blends. It can also be used without heat for chilled soups, smoothies, and blended cocktails.
This model has a variety of presets that control the heating and blending functions for making soup, soy milk, and porridge, along with grinding, pulsing, keep warm, and on/off buttons. A cleaning function makes sure the blades and jar are clean, so all you need is a quick wipe and rinse, and it’s ready for the next use.
07 of 09
Best for Smooth and Chunky Soups: Smart Living Soup Maker
Some soup makers are great for chunky, unblended soups, while others are all about the smooth purees. This soup maker lets you choose from four settings from the digital interface on the top—blend, chunky, smooth, and juice—for exactly the results you’re looking for.
When using the chunky setting, it still stirs the soup so you can set it and forget it without worrying about burning or sticking. When the lid is lifted, the machine resets, so you may need to time the cooking manually if you decide to add ingredients partway through the cooking process.
Not just for hot soups, you can also use this without heat to make cold soups, smoothies, and purees, and the 1.6-liter size makes it right for family meals.
08 of 09
Best Splurge: Bellini by Cedarlane BMKM510CL Kitchen Master
This multi-purpose appliance can cook your soup, stir it gently, or blend it at high speed for the perfect puree, and you can even turn the stirring off when you’re making a batch of soup stock. But it also does a lot of other jobs. It can knead bread, crush ice, whip cream, and steam vegetables. It can chop your onions, then sauté them perfectly, with precise temperature control and an adjustable stirring speed so your onions get stirred as they cook, for burn-free results. After, you can add carrots and celery and give them a chop before you add your stock to make a perfect vegetable soup.
It even comes with a separate scale for exact measurements when you’re making finicky foods like custards or risotto. Calling it a soup maker doesn't do it justice—this kitchen appliance can practically cook a whole meal.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Best Bargain: Presto 06006 Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker/Steamer
This no-frills electric cooking pot means you can have soup without firing up the stove, and it lets you cook anywhere you have electricity. You can use this in your RV, let it keep food warm on a buffet, or move it to a table in the dining room when the kitchen is too crowded. For more versatility, it also includes a steam/fry basket, so you can use this to steam vegetables above the boiling water then remove them neatly, or cook soup noodles in the basket for easy draining.
The basket is designed so you can lift it up and attach it to the rim of the cooker for straining and draining. Temperature can be set from warm to 400 degrees, so you can set your soup at a gentle simmer or crank it up to boil if you need to move things also. When soup’s not on the menu, it gets even hotter for deep frying your chicken wings.
Cleaning is easy since this pot and lid are fully immersible once the heat control is detached.