Best Hand Blender for Soup Making
In this article we are going to review what we believe to be the best hand blender for soup making. When it comes to making soup you really only have a couple of sensible choices. You can either buy a soup maker or use some type of blender, if you like to have your soup smooth and blended.
Why Pick a Hand Blender?
While large kitchen blenders work really well, they are a bit of hassle to take out, use and then have to clean and put away again. Personally I prefer a soup maker, but they are not the cheapest of options. So a great compromise is to use a good quality hand blender as that is easy to use, easy to clean and then store away.
What Type of Hand Blender is Best for Making Soup?
There are any number of hand blenders on the UK market. Some are better for making smoothies, some are better for baking and some are just simply better than others for making soup. If you are going to blend soup, then you are doing that for a very good reason.
You want the soup to smooth and no sneaky chunky bits in there. Personally I prefer broth or chunky soup, but my wife and my two daughters prefer their soup to be thoroughly blended, that smooth and lump free way.
So what's important to be able to do that? In my opinion there are three key features that make a good blender for soup:
- A powerful motor that gets the job done and will not struggle when under a load
- Good sharp chopping blades that can easily make their way through vegetables
- A good grip on the blender so as it will not fall out of your hands, or be filled with vibrations that go through your hands and arms
Our No 1 Pick - Braun Multiquick 1 MQ100 Soup Hand Blender
This model from Braun is our number one choice, and it is number one because it ticks all of the important features that you will ever need to blend soup quickly and efficiently. It is also affordable with a RRP of £22.99.
In other words a very good and well known brand, at an affordable price that works really well.
There are hundreds of online buyer reviews to go on, and overall they have given this hand blender a very high 90% buyer satisfaction rating.
The blades are made from high quality stainless steel and it also has a very powerful 450 watt motor. The parts are dishwasher friendly and this one is extremely easy to use.
This blender allows you to chop, whip, shred and blend and buyers stated that it consistently delivers great results, and most importantly makes very smooth and well blended soup.
There is a simple one touch speed operation and it is also anti-splash.
Our No 2 Pick - Cheap But Good - Russell Hobbs Food Collection Hand Blender
This model from the popular Russell Hobbs is in my opinion a great choice for anyone who doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a hand blender. It certainly sells a lot as there are a ton of online buyer reviews, and that is always a great sign that it sells a lot of products.
The quality is not quite so high as our number one choice and online buyer reviews have given this hand blender a high 86% buyer satisfaction rating.
It has an RRP of £19.99, but you can usually pick up a better deal online if you shop around.
The blades are made from stainless steel and it has a 200 watt motor, so not as powerful as our first choice, but still good enough to get the job done. The parts are dishwasher friendly and this one is extremely easy to use.
This model has two speeds including a pulse speed which is always handy when you need it.
Our No 3 Pick - Highest Buyer Rated - Bosch MSM2610BGB Hand Blender
This model from Bosch gets the highest rated achievement of 94%, but this is certainly not a cheap option with an RRP of £62.99. For sure that price will put most people off. We only included it as it is the one that gets the highest buyer rating online.
The reason this one is so very good is down to an extremely powerful 600 watt motor, that will quickly and efficiently make its way through most foods in a very short space of time.
You can buy this model in black, grey or turquoise and all of them certainly look the business. The blades are made from very high quality stainless steel.
So if you fancy a potato and leek, tomato or carrot soup and don't have time to waste, then if you can afford it, then this looks like the one to go for.
The blender foot detaches and can go in the dishwasher, making cleaning up fast.
So those are our top 3 choices when picking the best hand blender for soup making. As you can see all of these are well rated and hopefully you have been able to find one that you prefer.
Soup Maker vs Hand Blender
I have used both a hand blender and a soup maker to make soup. There is no question in my mind that a soup maker is the better choice. That is because you chop up your vegetables, saute those in the soup maker, add your stock and then hit a button that says "blend."
You come back in 20-25 minutes to some pretty delicious soup.
With a hand blender you basically still have to make your soup, and then come back when it is ready and blend it.
The big difference though is the price. You can pick up a good quality hand blender from around £10-20, where as a soup maker of good quality can be anything between £50-100, depending on what features you want.
We have done an article here on the best soup makers if you want to read that.
We have also done an article here on the best mini blenders if you want to read that.
If you only make soup 1-2 times a week, then a hand blender is probably going to be enough for your needs. If you want soup more often than that, or have a larger family, then I would recommend that you invest in a good soup maker, as it does save you a lot of time.