If you make a lot of soup, investing in a good soup machine will save you time and effort. Read our review of the budget-friendly Morphy Richards soup maker.
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Morphy Richards Soup Maker 501040
Pros: Clear display with timer, easy to use, fast – smooth soup in 21 mins, chunky in 28 mins, clear instruction booklet and simple functionality
Cons: Only pre-sets available, except blend, minimum volume 1.3 litres
Morphy Richards gets top marks time and again for simple instructions and easy-to-use functionality, and this soup maker did not disappoint.
Out of all the models we tested, it was the easiest to use, from unpacking to making a steaming soup. It was also the speediest, producing our carrot & coriander soup (with no pre-cooking) in just 21 minutes. The soup was silky smooth, restaurant-style, and had a delicious depth of flavour.
We also tried out the chunky setting using the French-style pistou recipe included. This setting takes a little longer at 28 mins. The advice is to cut the vegetables into small chunks to ensure it's cooked properly, which we did.
There is the option to switch to the blend setting afterwards but we found we didn't need to. The vegetables and pasta had a great texture and we liked the addition of a little tomato purée to thicken.
The drinks function takes only two minutes. This machine has a top-down motor with the blade attached. It's powerful, but the small blade is not suitable for ice, so make sure the main liquid is fridge-cold for a refreshing drink.
The minimum capacity is 1.3 litres, which is a lot for a smoothie. It's fine if you're serving four, but if you want to rustle up a drink for one this is far too much. It did do a great job though, smoothly blending seeds in our berry and banana concoction.
The appliance is hand-wash only and must not be immersed due to electrical components, both in the lid and base, but it was very easy, using a brush and warm soapy water. We'd recommend doing it straight after use.
There are only six soup and three drinks recipes included in the booklet. We'd have liked a few more, but found it conquered our Good Food recipes very well and was so easy to use that we'd feel confident selecting our own recipes.
Capacity: Maximum 1.6 litres, minimum 1.3 litres
Dimensions: 37 x 28 x 22.5cm
Jug material: Stainless steel
Functions: Smooth (21 mins), chunky (28 mins), drinks (2 mins), blend
Cleaning: By hand, not dishwasher safe
Timer? Yes, a countdown for pre-sets
Keep warm setting: No
Removable jug: No, but detachable power lead
Guarantee: Two years
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