Keen to invest in a soup maker this winter? Tefal’s new Daily Soup Blender costs less than big-brand rivals – we tried it out to see whether this cheap soup maker can make quick and hearty soups.
At £40, the Tefal Daily Soup is notably more affordable than the previous Tefal soup maker we’ve tested, the Tefal Easy Soup (usually £60-£85). It’s also cheaper than many of the market-leading Morphy Richards soup makers, making it a tempting prospect if you’re interested in getting into soup making.
We’ve been busy cooking soup to bring you our first impressions. See the Tefal My Daily Soup in action in the video below, then head to the Tefal My Daily Soup first look review to get our verdict.
First Look video: Tefal My Daily Soup Blender
Tefal Daily Soup vs other soup makers
The Daily Soup has two soup programs, so you can choose between smooth and chunky soups, and one for smoothies. It also has an easy-clean program, which swills soapy water round the interior using the blending blade. This should help to loosen any baked-on food.
It has a re-designed top handle, which doesn’t fold down like the Easy Soup’s. You’ll also lose the insulated walls and keep-warm setting of the pricier model. However, you do get a handy digital countdown timer, so you know exactly how long is left before your soup is ready.
It may not have as many extra features as more expensive models, but if you just want a easy way to make soup it could tick the boxes. Extras such as a sauté function or keep-warm settings can be handy, but it’s perfectly possible to make good soup without them. See our Best Buy soup makers for the full list of models we recommend, including some cheaper options.
Cheap soup maker reviews
- Tesco SOM16 Soup Maker 792-2059, £39
- Salter Electric Soup Maker, £40
- Morphy Richards Soup and Milk, £45
What you need to know before buying a soup maker
Soup makers are an easy and convenient way of making batches of homemade soup, which can work out much cheaper than shop-bought soup. There’s little work to do – you simply chop your ingredients, pop them in and set the soup maker to go. It will then get on with cooking and blending your soup.
One thing that stops many people from buying a soup maker is clutter; they are quite large, a bit bigger than a regular kettle, so you’ll have to decide whether you’ll have enough counter or cupboard space, and whether you’ll use it enough – as no one wants yet another kitchen appliance collecting dust.
Ideally a soup maker will have different blending options, flexibility in how much you can make, not take too long to cook, have a countdown timer and be easy to clean afterwards. Pricier models will also offer a sauté feature, so you can lightly fry your onions, garlic, meat or vegetables before cooking – for extra flavour.
You can’t tell all of this just from the specs though, so make sure you check out our soup maker reviews before buying.
Soup maker or soup-making blender?
Soup makers come in two main varieties: a soup maker, which is kettle-shaped and often cheaper, and a soup-making blender, which looks like a normal blender, but uses either friction heat from the fast-spinning blades or a heating element to cook the ingredients.
Kettle-shaped soup makers, such as the Tefal Daily Soup, will usually have strict maximum and minimum quantities of soup you can make. They tend to make soup in 20-30 minutes and have a smoothie function as extra. This makes them a good budget option, although they likely won’t be able to replace a full blender.
Soup-making blenders look almost exactly like a normal jug blender, but they tend to be bigger and more expensive than both soup makers and ordinary blenders. Unlike a kettle-shaped soup maker, a soup-making blender is more likely to be able to replace a regular jug blender.
Friction-heat models, such as the Nutribullet Rx, will make soup in less than 10 minutes, but you’ll have to endure the blender being on high power for the full time, which can be rather noisy.
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*All prices correct as of 31 January 2018