Lakeland Touchscreen Soup Maker: It’s not just for soup! (Review)
The Touchscreen Soup Maker is one of Lakeland’s newest additions to their extensive range of kitchen appliances. It isn’t just a ‘soup maker’ either. This fantastic piece of kit can make sauces and blend without heating to create smoothies, milkshakes, baby food, and cold dips. What’s more, there’s very little mess and fuss. It even cleans itself too!
Naturally, when I was given the opportunity to review Lakeland’s New Touch Screen Soup Maker I was delighted and also intrigued. Lakeland claims it takes the fuss and mess out of soup-making, creating delicious, homemade soups in only 30 minutes.
I love the idea of adding the ingredients and letting a machine do all of the hard work. In fact, if it really is that simple, it could be just what I need to revert back to making homemade soup. No more standing over a soup pan, stirring every now and again to stop it sticking and burning. No more transferring the soup to a blender to get the right consistency. Plus, rather than end up with a pan and a blender to clean, I’d only need to worry about cleaning the jug. But guess what? It turns out I don’t even need to worry about cleaning the jug, because the clever little machine even has an auto-clean function. Simply add 1 litre of cold water and a couple of drops of washing-up liquid to the durable glass 2 litre jug and press a button and it will clean itself in 5 minutes. How amazing is that?
It couldn’t be easier to use: add your ingredients, select one of the pre-programmed functions using the touchscreen LED panel and it will chop, blend, saute, cook, simmer from start to finished perfection, all in one jug.
Video review of Lakeland Touchscreen Soup Make, including a demonstration of soup-making and auto-clean function.
The Lakeland Touchscreen Soup Maker is a thing of beauty. It oozes quality with its sleek, stylish stainless steel and black trim. One of the first things that struck me about the Soup Maker is how well-built it is. It’s solid and sturdy, with a heavy-duty glass jug rather than a plastic one. Plus, it’s packed full of useful functions, including 4 automated settings and several manual options. A lot of thought seems to have gone into the design of the machine to ensure soup, smoothies, milkshakes and baby food can be made easily and with minimal effort.
Why use a soup maker?
So why do you need a soup maker in your life? What’s wrong with the old-fashioned method of making soup in a pan? I’ve been using the machine for a few weeks now and for me, the answer is simple: it’s so much easier and more convenient to use. I just pop the ingredients in, press a button and let the soup maker do the rest, leaving me to get on with all of the other jobs on my mummy ‘To do’ list.
My kids love soup, but rather than faff about making my own, I have to confess I end up buying fresh soup from the supermarket to save time. This isn’t ideal because it means I end up throwing vegetables away when they’d be fine for soup making and I waste even more money buying expensive fresh soups.
So, does it make delicious soups in a low mess, low fuss way? I’ve been putting the soup maker through its paces over the last few weeks, using the recipes supplied with the machine and I have to say I am impressed. It does take the hard work out of soup making. But the proof of the soup making is in the tasting so I was interested to see what my family thought when I made them chicken and sweetcorn soup using the recipe that came with the machine. This would be a good test because chicken and sweetcorn is a favourite of ours and we’ve sampled many of the supermarket versions.
So what was the verdict? Mr T and the girls all agreed our homemade version, made with only a handful of ingredients (chicken, spring onion, sweetcorn, chicken stock and salt and pepper) was much tastier than the shop-bought fresh soups. Even better, instead of paying around £2-3 for 500ml of supermarket fresh soup, we made twice as much soup for less than £1.
I’m happy to report that the auto-clean function works like a dream too, which is just as well because you can’t wash the jug in the sink or dishwasher because the base contains the blade and electronic components.
- Add your ingredients and select one of the automatic settings.
- Makes chunky or smooth soup in just 30 minutes and sauce in 20 minutes.
- Keeps your soup warm for 20 minutes, so it is ready to serve to the table.
- Ice setting blends without heating to create smoothies, milkshakes, baby food, cold dips and sauces.
- Manual setting so you can still cook your favourite recipes. Set the temperature from 75.C to 100.C, the timer up to 60 minutes and the blend speed on low, medium or high.
- Simple to use, touchscreen LED display with countdown timer, so you know when your soup is going to be ready.
- Blends your ingredients in short, gentle bursts of slow stirring during cooking. Manual blend button also allows you to reach your desired consistency.
- Audible beeps – when stirring, finished cooking and finished keeping warm.
- Versatile, quick and convenient; with no messy transferring from pan to blender.
- Heavy-duty, durable glass jug makes it easy to see your ingredients and check consistency.
- 2-litre jug, with 1.4 litre capacity for soup and hot liquid, and 1.75 litre capacity for cold ingredients.
- Removable measuring cup in the lid so you can add ingredients during cooking.
- Recipes included.
- Stainless steel blades.
- Power cord storage
- Strong suction feet.
- Powerful 500W motor and 1000W heating element.
- Non-stick heating plate.
- Auto-clean setting – just add 1 litre cold water and a couple of drops of washing-up liquid and the 5 minute auto-clean function will clean the jug.
I’m seriously impressed with Lakeland’s Touchscreen Soup Maker. It looks great and the build quality is superb. More importantly, it really does make delicious soup and takes the effort out of soup making, with minimal fuss and mess. What’s more, I love it’s versatility, with the four automatic settings, manual settings and ice setting enabling me to create soups, sauces, smoothies, milkshakes and dips with ease. And if that weren’t enough, it even does the washing-up!
The Lakeland Touchscreen soup maker is a big hit in the Taylor household. We think it’s worth the £124.99 price tag too as it will pay for itself in the long run because we’re eating plenty of fruit and veg, we’re wasting less food, and we’ve stopped buying expensive fresh soups.
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I was given a Lakeland Touchscreen Soup Maker for the purposes of this review. As always, the opinions and words are my own honest assessment.
I love the idea of this. We do a lot of soup too but we make it in the traditional way. I love the self cleaning feature #MarvMondays
Thanks for your comment, Kirsten. I honestly do love this product. £125 is a good investment in my opinion because over time, I think it will pay for itself for folks who buy fresh soup or if they throw out veg that’d still be okay to use for soup or a smoothie.
I love soup and have to admit that we buy a lot of fresh ones. I need to look into buying something like this because long-term I am sure that it would save us money #MarvMondays
I think it will definitely save you money in the long-term. I only gave a little snapshot of what it can do. We’ve tried the chorizo soup and also the tomato soup recipes and have just bought some more fruit to make smoothies.
I love a good soup, this looks like a fab way to make it! #TriedTested
Well now you have me feeling that I need a soup maker! I love how easy this looks to use and I’m already thinking of the varieties of flavours that I could try!
This looks like a great machine. I make soup in my Thermomix, it tastes so much better than shop bought and is definitely cheaper too 🙂
I do love a good kitchen gadget, this looks really substantial. #TriedTested
Brilliant demo Jane, well done just fancy some soup now!
This looks fantastic, I’m all for modern gadgets that take the time and effort out of cooking and meal prep. Loved the video too X #HomeEtc
Looks like a really good machine. How hot is the soup? That is always my only query with such machines as I like my soup boiling hot! Great comprehensive review and your a natural in front of the camera! #HomeEtc
Aw, thanks Molly! I’m with you, I love my soup scorching hot, just like my coffee. It really is hot and stays that way for 20 minutes. I’m using it at least once a week. It’s great at lunchtime as the kids help me throw stuff in and then we start it up and get on with other things, knowing we have half an hour til lunch.
So when can I come for lunch? Although you can leave out the sweetcorn – food of the devil.
Sounds like a funky machine although I have no more room in my kitchen for newfandangled appliances I’m afraid!
This looks very impressive, We make soup weekly as it is so tasty and really is the best way to get vegetables into my children. #MarvMondays
Fab review Jane. The soup maker looks really good and useful too. I am going to make soup today but using the traditional methods of using a saucepan. Wish I had this soup maker instead. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x
This looks amazing! ‘MY friend loves her soup maker but I’ve never really understood why it’s so much better until now… Thanks will be looking into it x #fortheloveofblog
Until I read your review I rather thought a soup maker was a fairly pointless idea, but actually it sounds like a genius time saver!
Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x
What a fab product!! I LOVE making soup — but generally just stick it all in the pan and then blend it if I need to — I love the the idea of a gadget that does it all in one. And it cleans itself too?!!! Amazing! #HomeEtc
Thanks, Caro. We do love it! Every soup has tasted great, with minimal ingredients or fuss!
Do Lakeland do a recipe book for this product? I’ve brought one expecting it to come with a recipe book which it doesn’t.
I know it has a few recipes in the instruction manual, but feel it needs a designated recipe book as it functions differently to other makes of soup maker.
Hi Bob, as far as I know, it only has the recipes in the instruction booklet. I’ve tried many of the soup recipes in the booklet and then I’ve simply used them as a reference in terms of quantity of vegetables and the amount of liquid for when I’ve made my own soups. I agree, a recipe book with lots of other soup ideas would be great though!