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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple Operation - Nutritious, Delicious, Soups

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    pauldar
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    When I received this Philips – Viva Collection 1.3 Quart Soupmaker in exchange for a fair and comprehensive review, I wasn't too sure of what to expect. However, after three weeks of using this appliance I am never going back to my old-fashioned, time-consuming, scratch-soup recipes again. Philips has re-invented soup making by simplifying the whole process from preparation, adding ingredients / liquids, and using a pre-set program to create a scrumptious soup, blended and cooked to perfection. Philips calls it their SoupPro technology. Using my old soup recipes used to take hours. Now, I can have delicious steaming, soups made with fresh ingredients in under thirty minutes or less letting the Philips Soupmaker do all the work. WooHoo! One of the most unique features is the size of this unit. At first I thought, it only makes approximately 42 ounces of soup. But, that is enough to feed my four Grand Kids each a hot, tummy-filling cup of a soup with some left over for seconds. Or, depending on our appetites, two generous servings of soup for Grandma and me in either 12 or 16 ounce, sized bowls with also some left over for seconds. And, that is the real beauty of this soup maker – it doesn't make large batches. So, we don't have to deal with the same left-over soup the next or following day. We can make a totally different variety of soup every time we use this baby. I simply look at the recipe book included with this soup maker and buy a selection of veggies, required by that recipe. I buy them hand-picked and fresh on each of my shopping trips. Then, I have them on-hand when I am ready to make a variety of soups using my own, fresh-cut ingredients. How handy-dandy and healthy is that? Here is what I really appreciate about this Philips Soupmaker: ** Yummy Soups – For me this is the most significant feature of this Philips Soupmaker. It's why I love it. It was hard to believe this little guy could make such delectable soups in so little time with so little prep. I was totally surprised and impressed. Grandma thought I finally found my niche in life, as a soup-chef. At least the first two soup recipes, cream of broccoli and cream of cauliflower, made Grandma's palette take notice. So much so, she took over the soup making process (no arguments from me). As an experienced home-cook for over 50 years she adds these little touches, like a pinch of this and a sprig of that and makes the recipes spring to life. But, in the end, the Philips Soupmaker does most of the work. ** Saves Precious Time – We can start a soup recipe at 11:30 AM and sit down to enjoy a bowl of that creation by 12 Noon. It is absolutely amazing the number of hours and preparation time this unit saves over conventional soup making all the while delivering an outstanding, luscious soup. When we have folks over, we can serve them a soup-starter along with the fabulous feast of a dinner Grandma has prepared for them. If our prep is done ahead of time we can have the soup fresh and ready to serve in less then 20 minutes. Our Grand Kids love the broccoli soup, which Grandma can easily make in 25 minutes. How cool is that? ** Simple Preparation – The average prep time is usually 15 minutes or less depending on my ingredients. For best results I follow the Instructions and cut the vegetables or solid ingredients into ¾ inch sized cubes. Since most recipes average about 3 to 4 cups of any solid ingredients I can do this pretty quickly, or ahead of time. I cut up uncooked meat, chicken, or fish in ½ inch sized or smaller pieces (they will cook faster). I thaw out my frozen veggies first before I use them in my soup recipes. Instructions call for vegetables to be added first in the jug followed by meat, chicken, or fish, then the liquids. I always stir the ingredients in the jug and make sure the volume is between the MIN / Max line marked inside the jug. Then I am ready for the Philips Soupmaker to do the rest of the work. ** Simple Operation – When I select one of the 38 recipes out of the included Recipe Book, it outlines the prep, ingredients, spices, and cooking instructions for me. It also specifies one of the pre-set cooking icons; Puree Soup, Chunky Soup, Milk-Based Soup, Compote, and Cold Soup / Smoothie. There is also a manual blending button, which allows me to use in conjunction with any of my recipes to change the consistency of my soups, or as an independent blending function. Once I select the cooking icon the Philips does the rest. It blends and cooks according to that particular selected program. You can hear the blender function come on and hear the cooking taking place. It sounds odd at first, but overall it is fairly quiet while operating. When the Philips Soupmaker is finished, it will beep and the program lights will blink. The finished soup will stay warm for up to 40 minutes in the stainless steel jug. ** Well-Designed Unit – The Philips Soupmaker is well-built. Although it looks heavier, it weighs only 5 pounds. The Jug is made of Stainless Steel. It has a satin finish on the outside and polished finish on the inside for easy cleaning. It has two handles, one at the top and side of the jug. They appear to be made of a composite plastic with a finish made for gripping. The top of the jug houses the pre-set controls and icons. On the inside of the top housing is the blender motor, and blender unit with blades, and an overflow sensor. The bottom of the jug unit contains the 1,000 watt heating element housed in composite plastic. What I like is that there are three, non-slip grips on the very bottom of the jug unit to keep it steady and from moving while it operates in the blending function. ** Cleaning – This unit is not designed to go into the dishwasher. I have no problem hand-washing either the jug unit, and, or, the top motor unit. But, I do have to exercise care so water does not get into the motor unit, power connector or the jug power connector. After three weeks of cleaning I found that I can add hot water into the jug up to the MAX fill line. I then add a couple of drops of grease-dissolving dish soap and connect the power back to the unit. I place the blender in manual and let it clean itself for two or more minutes. Easy clean up for the jug and motor housing too. ** Creative Soups – After trying 14 of the 38 recipes Grandma has found her own way to make gastronomical soup creations. Grandma says as long as she stays between the MIN / MAX line inside the jug she can add her own ingredients and spices. She has made outstanding taste sensations like asparagus soup, cream of celery, french onion soup, and lentil soup, which are not found in the included Recipe Book. She also likes to tinker with the existing recipes by adding different combinations of fresh herbs and spices. She often substitutes heavy cream when it calls for a cup of milk, or adds a combination of half and half with milk or cream. Grandma says if the soup is going to be our main meal, the few extra calories in the soup by using cream or half and half is not a diet breaker for us, anyway. I am not going to argue with Grandma. The point is that you can be original with this Philips Soupmaker, and may just be amazed at how tasty your own imaginative cuisine can be. The more we use this appliance and are comfortable with its operation the more we are impressed with its versatility for making, soups, chowders, and desserts too. Wish It Had: ** Separate Lid – For the top of the unit to keep the soup warm when it is finished. It is very clumsy to pour the soup into a bowl with the motor unit and attached blender and blades in the way. ** Longer Cord – The included electrical cord is only 28 inches long. Even a 36 inch cord would be better for most appliance locations, especially since most kitchen counters are 24 inches deep from the back splash where the electrical outlets are. None of the above would prevent me from using this Philips Soupmaker or not recommending it to anyone. We love delicious soups, especially those that can be made with fresh, seasonal vegetables and ingredients. It is nutritious, healthy cooking and is uncomplicated. We love this Philips – Viva Collection 1.3 Quart Soupmaker, and, just bought one from Best Buy for our Grand Daughter, who is also an avid soup-lover. I highly recommend the purchase of this unit for your own family, as a wedding or anniversary gift, or to a special friend. If you are pressed for time to cook this is what you need You won't be disappointed

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very easy to use

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    SteveC
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    I’m not a big fan of soups, “Chili yes”, just never cared a lot for soups, my wife on the other hand, she could live on soup every day and she’s the one that’s mainly using this new soup maker from Philips. The device itself is larger than we expected, which is good as she likes to make soup good for at least two days and if she’s the one mainly eating it then she can get more than two days out of full sized batch. There’s a simple cook book included, it has a few recipes to give you an idea of what you can make but we read through them and went with our own recipes using the book as a guide as to what you can use. Operation really couldn’t be simpler, just add your ingredients up to either the lower or upper markings inside the container, put the top/blender section on it, plug it in, select the program you want and tap the power button. There are settings for pureed or chunky soup, and other settings for milk based soup “haven’t tried that yet”, compote, smoothie and manual blending. Our first test was Chili, we didn’t follow the recipe in the included book other than using it for reference. We added 1/2lb ground beef, chunked up, still raw, some onion, garlic, a can of diced tomatoes and a can of kidney beans “rinsed” and some beef broth. After plugging in the unit and selecting the “chunky” program I pressed the power button. Nothing much seemed to happen; it made a quick noise then went silent. After a few minutes we could smell it was cooking so I felt the side and was surprised how hot it got so fast “be careful putting your hand on the side of it, it gets hot surprisingly fast”. It made a couple more sort of loud short whirring sounds and then signaled it was finished. We were both skeptical when the buzzer went off because it has only been around 13 minutes, but were surprised when we opened the top to find fully cooked chili. The kidney beans didn’t survive the stirrer very well and were more chopped up than I like but overall it came out really good, even my wife was impressed. A couple days later she decided to make some butternut squash soup, her own recipe. She added around 2 cups of diced up squash, and good amount of onion, some fresh garlic, a couple diced up Roma tomatoes, salt, pepper, and some vegetable broth up to the top fill line. Once again the unit did the same thing as with the chili, only took around 13-15 minutes, making a couple whirring noises then beeping when finished. Like I mentioned before I’m not a big soup fan but this came out pretty good “I managed to finish my bowl :) “, but she was very impressed with how simple it was to just toss everything in the pot and have soup ready in just a few minutes, she’ll be using this device very often. Cleanup is pretty easy, just rinse off the stirring blades and under side of the top portion and wash out the bottom with a brush or abrasive sponge. You don’t want to submerse any of it in the sink or put it in the dish washer so this is strictly a hand wash device. It would be nice if the stirring blade was removable for cleaning “sort of like how a hand mixer would work” but it’s easy enough to take a brush to and clean it off really good. If you like soup and make it often you may really like this new Philips soup maker, it’s simple to use, cooks extremely fast and cleans up fairly easily. You really can’t make single sized portions with it, and the smallest batch is pretty big, “not stock pot big” but if your single you’re probably going to have left overs. The batch of chili we made lasted both of us two days so for us that’s about perfect as she always likes leftovers to take along to work. In all this is a pretty handy gadget. We haven’t tried the other blending settings “we have a blender”, she may never use them as it will be mostly used for soup making but it’s nice to see they added features you could use and cut down on the amount of devices sitting around in your kitchen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SOUP MAKER Saves $’s From Garbage

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    greenrita
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    The exterior of the PHILIPS HR2204 SOUP MAKER appears sleek but durable…and, it is! I was happy to find that the unit isn’t has heavy as it looks. The power cord is shorter than expected but; though not needed at the moment, I have enough heavy duty extensions in the house that afford a convenient solution. After the first use, you will get familiar with the icons on the control panel on top of the unit: The icon for PUREED SOUP I engaged to create a vegetable broth with a blend of veggies that I had on hand. Using the unit gave me the revelation that, when pressed to use vegetables that are near the end of their useful life, just dump them into the SOUP MAKER for a quick broth that can be frozen for future use. Just don’t dawdle, especially when you have the tool. Interestingly, any blender should have inspired that thought. Better late to evolve than never! LoL! For my next recipe, I rough cut a blend of veggies to use the CHUNKY SOUP icon. Just love that after adding liquid and spices, in 18 min I can return for delightfully satisfying meal that will stay warm for 40 min if I get hung up with other chores. I added flourishes for an additional flavor spin i.e. hemp seed, chopped ginger, slices of goat brie and chopped chives to reach for a bit more gastronomic ecstasy. And, since my favorite sugar free Knudsen cranberry sauce has been discontinued, I am now forced to make my own. Thankfully, this unit’s COMPOTE PROGRAM reduced a bag of fresh cranberries, stevia, vanilla, chopped ginger and cinnamon into a cranberry sauce more economical and more flavorful than the commercial. I have to kick myself again for not saving money earlier; but, it’s interesting how a new tool can shift your consciousness to a new level of “cuisine artistry”. Moreover, since I make a smoothie for breakfast every day, I now have the unit’s SMOOTHIE icon to make my usual smoothie or a frozen fruit bowl or an after dinner sorbet or soft serve sherbet topped with shredded coconut, cocao nibs and/or drizzled with tahini. Now, I don’t have to wait in line when the blender’s tied up. I stopped buying commercial ice creams and dairy products years ago when I learned that the stabilizers such as guar gum, carrageenan and the myriad of other additives were some of the key culprits behind my weight management problems. Now, I happily indulge in no-damage, blood type compatible frozen smoothies and desserts without the processed sugars and junk to keep the pounds off without deprivation diets. BTW, there is a discrepancy between the manual and the recipe book about the unit’s tolerance for frozen fruits and veggies. The latter says absolutely no frozen foods; but, the recipe book seems to allow frozen items. To err on the side of caution, I let my frozen fruits defrost a bit until I get a chance to consult with a Philips Customer Service Tech. Also, this unit has an icon for MANUAL BLENDING that allowed me to interrupt any of the pre-set programs. So, with first attempts, I easily made adjustments to my own recipes as well as to those in the unit’s recipe book, good for a nudge when stuck. The MAX/MIN fill line for liquids was a little hard to locate; but, I finally found it on the inside of the unit when the light illuminated the raised icon at the right angle. The picture of its location in the manual appears to point to the fill line as if it sits on the outside of the unit. Overall, the unit’s a quick clean-up and a wise buy for the fast and furious who need to be re-tooled for healthier diet. As noted, the SOUP MAKER makes the big play to save our produce dollars from the garbage disposal or the compost bin.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ideal For Soup Lovers

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    LindaCT
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    The Philips Soup Maker is perfect for those who love soup, but don’t have the time for all the hassle involved in making it. This unit makes hot or cold soup with such ease and seems so much easier and cleaner than making it on the stove. This soup maker is true to the saying “set it and forget it”. You can also make smoothies with this. Description: This soup maker will make 1.3 quarts of soup. I would say about 2 large size soup mugs or 4 smaller size cups of soup. When making soup, the ingredients should not go above the Max line or below the Min line located inside the stainless steel jug. It has an overflow sensor alarm in case you put too much in the base which is a nice feature. The alarm lets you know that you have to remove some of the ingredients from the base before restarting. An alarm will go off when the soup is finished. If you leave it, it will stay warm for about 15 - 20 minutes. I love HOT soup and this delivers. It is not quite hot enough to burn my mouth, but fresh out of the jug you will need to let it sit for a few minutes or take spoon it from the sides until it cools down a bit. This is the perfect temperature for me. The actual unit comes in 3 pieces: TOP: The top has a small hand grip to lift it from or place it back in the base. The top holds the motor unit within it toward the top of the shaft which holds the sharp Z blade that is at the bottom of the shaft for blending/mixing. The top also has the control panel with different program settings (puree soup, chunky soup, milk based soup, compote program, cold soup/smoothie and manual blending in case you want to make the soup finer). It also has a selection button so that you can choose one of the programs I just listed. That is also where the Start/Stop button is located. When putting the top on the base, you need to be aware to put it on properly because they plug into each other. CORD: There is a power cord that connects toward the bottom of the base handle. The cord is fairly short, I believe to be used on a counter top. JUG/BASE: The jug has a long handle for pouring your soup or smoothie. SIZE: It is bigger than it looks on the internet. It is not huge, but approximately the size of a small blender. Accessories: This comes with a great little recipe book with some pretty simple recipes that you can follow or adjust to your taste with spices, additional vegetables, etc. I like to add my own flare to most recipes. It has a great instruction pamphlet. Recommendation: I am a true soup lover and highly recommend the Philips Soup Maker. I was always too lazy to make homemade soup and only wish I had had something like this years ago. Cooking time is between 18 – 35 minutes and I LOVE a hot cup of soup and this does just that. It will keep your soup hot.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Makes, Making Soup Effortless

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    OmieOne
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    TLDR - Overall this has made two excellent blended veggie soups, and if you want a simple way to make homemade soups this is the device you never knew you needed, but love it. My only complaint with the device is if this device had a larger sibling so I could double or triple the soup output. So far we have used the device to make two different veggie soups. First was Butternut Squash and the other Carrot, and the Viva Soupmaker handled it fine. The first time I slightly overpacked the device and it took longer and a few restarts for it to fully work it's magic. When I say overpacked I mean it. Had to jam the top down with the blade so it took cooking and softening up the butternut squash before it could blend. Mea Culpa. Even then, it didn't burn the soup and I got effortlessly well blended and awesome Butternut squash soup. The second time we didn't pack the carrots and other veggies in as tight and in about 20 minutes I had a well blended thick and tasty carrot soup. I can do other things besides blended soups. It can handle chucky and has a lower heat setting for milk based soups. Additionally it can do cold soups and Fruit Compote as well as smoothies. You can also manually run the blender without using a program. But if you are hurried for making a quick healthy dinner for you spouse, or want to have soup as a starter this device makes it simple. Add your ingredients, hit the setting you want and come back in the time required. For non-cream soups its about 20 minutes. Cleanup is fairly easy with this, but you will have to hand wash and be careful not to submerge in water, due to the eletronics and heating element all being together. But it works and makes hot soups fast without burning. That was the part that got me. Usually on my stove its hard to get the right heat and not have to watch a thick soup and get it burnt on the bottom, or have to drag another device to blend it and never get it as smooth as this. The Soupmaker didn't burn the thicker soups I made, nor were there any chunks to be found. It was smooth. That alone wins prase since the blending unit doesn't really get anywhere near the bottom of the cooker I have impressed with its power and throughness. Overall I'm thrilled with this device. Its a cooking gadget that will help me get through the long winter without having to work hard for a healthy and fast dinner. I also look forward to warm apple compote when the honey crisps come into season. I haven't had a problem with Soupmaker and would not heistate to recommend one to anyone from a college student in a dorm to a hard working professional who comes home and wants a quick, healthy hot dinner. I hope you can enjoy it as much as I have.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mmm, Mmm, Good Soup Maker!

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    Janine
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    Boy was I excited to get this Philips Viva Collection Soupmaker! Although cooking soup the “old fashioned way” in a pot on the stovetop seems like a no-brainer, once you get the gist of what this small kitchen appliance can do, you’ll be wanting to make soup every day, like me. The ease of using this soup maker goes beyond mere convenience. After preparing all the necessary ingredients for your soup recipe, you simply add them into the “thermos-style” container. The machine literally does all the work of cooking, for you. No need to keep checking, stirring, adjusting heat settings or time. Just select one of the six preset cooking programs for whatever type of soup you’re making, and ... wait. Then, enjoy! I almost felt like a master chef after I created my first delicious homemade soup - Italian Zucchini Soup. Yum! The second soup I made was - Chicken Pot Pie Soup. Both of these I’d never made before, and they turned out better than I could have hoped. And this clever little machine doesn’t just make soups, either. With it, you can create desserts and drinks such as smoothies, compotes and even, hot chocolate. Delish! The Philips Viva Collection Soupmaker is really super easy to use. What’s nice about this small kitchen appliance, is that if you have children and they like to help you cook, this soup maker is the perfect way to include them in the preparation of ingredients and putting them into the soup maker, then pushing the button to begin cooking. Children will surely enjoy having “made soup.” Remember to take care handling the soup maker after it has finished cooking your soup. The exterior can feel quite warm to the touch, and be mindful when removing the lid, to allow for steam to escape. Cleanup goes smoothly, as long as you clean the appliance after it cools down, using a non-abrasive sponge. *Please do read the User Manual for those Important Safeguards, Cautions, Usage Tips, Cleaning Instructions, etc. A really nice extra included with the soup maker was a fully illustrated cookbook, which not only has the recipes explained in English, but French and Spanish, as well. The convenience of this Philips Viva Collection Soupmaker is just one reason why I like using this appliance. Besides that, it is quite simply fun. Being able to create fresh, tasty, homemade soups (and other dishes) makes spending time in the kitchen cooking, enjoyable.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quick way to make soup.

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    Wishkid
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    At first, I was a bit skeptical about buying a soup maker but once I started doing research on it I was intrigued by it. Upon receiving the package, I was very satisfied with how it was packaged. Upon opening the box, I came across a book with a variety of recipes. All the recipes were for soups and sauces. Some of the soup recipes included cold and hot soups. After skimming through the book, the recipe that called my attention was the chicken noodle soup. I decided to go with the chicken noodle soup as my first recipe. I diced carrots, onions, garlic, chicken breast. I added corn kernels, chicken broth and noodles to the Philips soup jar. Keep in mind that every ingredient was raw to include the chicken. After adding all the ingredients, I closed the Jar and set the program as specified by the receipt. About 18 minutes later the soup make made a beep noise and I opened the jar and was greeted by the chicken soup aromas. I was impressed that everything had cooked in such a short time. It was honestly magical like something you would see in a futuristic movie. After waiting for the soup to cool, I indulged in the soup. It was delicious. The only con I would add is that the soup needed additional flavoring but I guess that is something that will take practice. Also, there was some sticking of food on the bottom of the stainless steel jar. Other than that I given this product five stars! I would recommend this product for someone who is on the go and would like to cook something healthy.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Making soup on this unit is a time saver!

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    gonzaloejimenez
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    I love soups, and with my tight schedule It is hard to find time to cook meals, beside the fact that I am not a huge fan of eating out, so this soup maker is kind of a blessing for me. The cookbook that is included is extremely helpful and easy to understand. The Phillips Soup maker is based of 3 parts, the Container, the top motor unit with the blades and the power cable, that is all. It is easy to clean, I don’t mind at all that the parts or blades are not removable. 7 buttoms on the top, Power, 5 cooking selections, and one-touch manual blender buttom. Practically you don’t need to do anything with this unit, just pour all the ingredients you need in the container, put the top unit motor to close the container, it connects the heating unit that is located in the bottom and the motor for the blades to blend the soup. Setting are: smooth, chunky, milk based, or cold soups. Then select one of the 6 options (the last option is for blender), each option is extremely easy to understand, just follow the Phillips recipe booklet that comes with the unit, and that is it. I have prepared soups based on milk, so the 3rd option is the right one for me. Takes about 15 minutes to finished, I was concerned about using raw chicken or meat for the soup, but never mind, everything is well cooked and I really feel confident of the soup is being prepared by this soup maker. You can even prepare your own cooled shakes or smoothies. While is cooking it is quiet, and frankly I was amazed when I saw everything was perfectly blended and cooked, even with meat. Once you put all the ingredients in the container, you cannot really open the cover and see what is going on, so it will become basically a matter of trust. I really love this unit, it is a time saver, and makes cooking a fun time too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    You gotta really like soup to make this worth it

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    DakotaDan
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    I've been eating a bit more soup lately, so this soupmaker seemed worth the investment. Quick and easy soup - sign me up. Well, it's not as quick and easy as I thought but is a bit less work than making soup stove top. Cleaning: Super easy to clean, but be careful not to submerge it in water. Ease of Use: Read the manual carefully. Do NOT trust the handy dandy icons on the sticker attached to the soupmaker. The pictures aligned with recipes in the little cookbook that came with the soupmaker. I thought Awesome, spare me the manual. Nope, the icon for the chunky soup in the picture was not the icon shown on the picture. Severe disappoint with my first round of soup that was pureed instead of chunky, but I have to admit it did puree it quite nicely. Just tasted disgusting. My wife pointed out there are icons on the pictures in the actual recipe book that properly align to the correct icons, so that will be super useful in the future. As long as you don't trust the sticker, you should be fine. Heating: Did a great job heating the soup to the appropriate temperature. Time: Here's where I struggled a bit (other than trusting the stupid sticker). It took a long time by my standard. It seems to me it would be much quicker to blend it in a blender and throw it in a pot on the stove, but then you're facing multiple things to wash vs. this super easy to clean soupmaker, so it's a bit of a toss up. If you got the time, I think this soupmaker could really come in handy especially if you're looking for one of the more pureed settings but otherwise you might be better sticking to just doing it the old-fashioned way.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well, great for 2

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    Aaronxx7
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    This soup maker works pretty good, and cooks all the ingredients quickly in 18mins. Most other devices usually take about 30mins. One of the unique features of this soup maker, is that the mixer blade is attached to the lid, and has a slightly unconventional shape to it. The odd shape of the blade circulates the ingredients better, by forcing everything from the center to the outside. As opposed to a typical blender blade the forces everything into a whirlpool. The Philips blade rotates at ifferent speeds based on your program selection. So far the results have been very consistent between pureed and chunky soups. For pureed soups I don't waste much time chopping up ingredients, as long as I can get it into the machine, it turns out good. A little more care needs to be taken for chunky soups, if you want uniformly sized chunks. It's better to chop these to their desired sizes, before putting them in the machine. This also comes with a recipe book, with 28 different soups and drinks to make. The machine has 6 preset programs, all are easy to use, and require no supervision. Hot soups, cold soups, milk based soups, and smoothies, can all be made with little effort. You can even be creative, as this can be used as a regular blender too. Overall, this works great for a quick meal for 2, with a 1.2L capacity. Easy to use with delicious easy recipes. My only complaint, is that this is a little on the small size. As I was experimenting with different recipes and ideas, I found myself adding too many ingredients, forcing me to cook everything in 2 different sessions.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does soup (and more) well; just not a lot of it...

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    BillnMish
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    Pros: Quality -- feels great, looks great, clean, and clutter-free design Simple -- buttons on top to turn on/off and cycle through the various (6) settings Fast -- prep work of your ingredients aside, you're looking at ~25 minutes for most soups, actual range being 15-45 depending on specifics Versatility -- makes smoothies and compote, along with smooth, chunky, hot, or cold soups Cons: Size -- it's a little on the small side making it great for two *maybe* three people eating an entree sized portion of soup, but even three services would be pushing it. This could almost be a 'pro' if you are into making small batches of different things instead of a single massive pot of something that'll sit around for a few days hoping the leftovers get eaten. But, for me, that isn't the case...so it's a con :) Cleaning -- you can't immerse the cylinder in water, so *no* dunking, meaning you have to wipe and rinse, wipe and rinse. Not a complete deal breaker, but something to keep in mind Blade is affixed -- you can't take the blade out, which ties into the previous 'con' a little. If you want to really get in there and clean, while being quite small, the blade in the bottom of the cylinder does not come out, so you need to keep an eye out for it while reaching in there and try to get under it. Again, not a deal breaker. Those small 'cons' add up to losing a star. I definitely still recommend it and think that it's perfect if you enjoy soups on a regular basis. It comes with a nice cookbook that is printed on quality, thick gloss pages; a nice touch for sure.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Soup made easy for the rest of us...

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    knamed2016
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    I really enjoyed using this product. I was pleasantly surprised at how user friendly the soup maker was. There were multiple pre-set settings to make a variety of things including thick soups, thin soups, smoothies, and purees. This took the guess work out of what setting to select for all the different types of foods I used. I appreciated the recipe book that was included with the product, it was easy to follow and had recipes my kids and I wanted to try. So far, we’ve made 3 of the recipes in the recipe book, the Vienna hot chocolate, the banana smoothies and the chicken pot pie soup. The vienna hot chocolate was delicious, I definitely recommend it and so do my kids! The banana smoothies had a great smooth consistency and were a great fast & healthy treat for the kids. Unfortunately, the chicken pot pie soup was rather watery for our liking, but it did have a good flavor. You do not need to stir the ingredients once you’ve selected your setting which is convenient, also it can be used as a blender which is a bonus. I did find the soup maker extremely easy to clean and didn’t take up much counter space. One minor note when the setting is selected, and it starts working it would make a loud noise and startled me. You basically put your ingredients in, put the lid on and select the setting you want based on the textures or food products you are using, and the soup maker takes over and does the rest. I’d recommend this product to a friend or family and look forward to trying other fun and easy recipes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Delicious soups with ease in about 20 minutes

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    GameOverSuckas
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    So with a new year beginning my goal is to eat healthier and what better way than to start off with fresh home made soups? This thing has came in handy so many times already with all of the frigid weather we've been having. It has 6 preset programs, those being pureed soup, chunky soup, cold soup, compote (if you're like me I had no idea what this is.. but it's a fruit based soup) , and smoothies as well. I'm no chef by any means so the 38 recipe color book included was added plus for me. It has a 1.2 liter capacity which for us equaled out to four small bowls or two big bowls of soup. I love how you just pour everything in, push button sit back and relax and in less than a half an hour everything's finished and ready to eat. One thing they promoted was it uses SoupPro technology ensuring soups come out with the same results each and every time also making cooking milk based soups with no problems. First one we tried and my all time favorite is cream of broccoli soup. Fresh home made soup just doesn't compare to soup in a can with all of that sodium added. It came out rich and creamy and so fresh. The only somewhat negative thing is clean up. With things not being detachable you have to be careful how you wash and clean everything up. It'd be nice if the internal canister came out and the blade and pole detached for easier clean up but still love this thing and would highly recommend it to others

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Makes great soups

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    Capshroud
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    This Phillips Viva product does just what’s intended. It makes a small batch of soup in an astoundingly short amount of time. We’ve made four different soups so far and all have been quite good. There’s a nice cookbook included, and so far our favorites have been the coconut shrimp puree and the turkey chili. In both cases, these take 18 minutes to cook. Milk-based soups require about 30 minutes. It also does smoothies and compotes, but we’re yet to test those functions. There are enough recipes to give you a good feel for making your own or adapting your favorites. As I said, the results have been quite tasty, and it’s great to have soup from fresh ingredients cooked up so quickly. You do have to make exactly the 1.3 quarts it’s designed to do. The minimum and maximum fill lines are less than an inch apart. That amount makes a hearty soup meal for two or a decent appetizer for four. Since it mixes or purees whatever ingredients you use as well as cooks them, even the “chunky” soups are diced fairly fine. It’s a soup maker, not a stew maker. It’s specialized and does what it’s intended for very well. My only complaint is that it’s a bit awkward to clean. Neither the top which has the blender/mixer component nor the bottom with the heating element can be immersed in water, but that's certainly not a deal breaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The included recipe book gave me ideas on how to u

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    JerryZ
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    Phillips electric soup pot is easy to use. The included recipe book gave me ideas on how to use the soup pot and is a great starting point for my own. It includes some basic soups; cleanse recipes, all in multiple languages. Features that stand out: • Special outside coating is easy to clean • Inside appears to be stainless steel – also easily cleaned • “Z” shaped mixing blade is sharp and smoothly cuts or purees ingredients • The special swirls in the pot not only looks cool, it helps mix the soup • Timer shuts unit off after cooking is completed • Quick and easy clean up • There are lots of cooking programs to choice from and the recipe books helps me understand how to use each • - not really a problem, but you will hear the blade swirl through your ingredients during some cycle, like a blender • LOVE the silicon seal on the top and rubber feet underneath; keeps it on the counter!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It works good depending on the recipe

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    Chris
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    I made the best Chicken Noodle soup I've ever had in my life! (Sorry Mom) It made a pretty decent Leek soup as well. I followed the directions in the included booklet to make mushroom soup, and it was horrible... I also tried to make clam chowder in it, and I hit the milk based soup button because clam chowder has milk in it.. wrong choice! Out cam the most disgusting "Hot Clam Smoothie" I've ever tasted! I ended up feeding it to the stray cats in my backyard. Over all though it works and does what it says it will do, it just has a learning curve to figure out what recipes to use. My plan is to just use it to make chunky soups and Purees, because I can't afford to keep feeding my food to stray cats. It is pretty fast though, and it's nice to be able to load it up and let it stir itself while I do other things, but realistically I can use a crock pot, a normal pot, and a blender, all of which I already owned, to do the same thing this does. I wouldn't recommend this to a friend unless they don't already have the above mentioned kitchen appliances.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fresh Soup Just For You

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    dvdirv
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The Philips Soupmaker is a kitchen must if you enjoy eating soup from fresh ingredients. It is incredibly easy to use: just put the raw ingredients into the pourer container, select whether you want pureed soup, chunky soup, milk-based soup, compote (heating only) and cold soup and then press start. In 35 minutes or less you have fresh soup waiting for you. The soups came out just perfectly. You just can't buy canned soups that taste this good! This soup maker comes with a colorful 85-page recipe booklet to make your soup making perfectly easy. My only reservation is the cleaning process. There are only two parts to clean: (1) the pourer and the (2) mixer/controller. When your soups are completed, the parts have a heavy pureed coating that makes it difficult to clean, especially the sharp blade on the mixer. Even this complaint is negligible for what you get in return: fresh hot soup that it nutritionally good for you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A Crock Pot does much better

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    ARBaldridge
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    I was very hopeful for this gadget, but unfortunately it did not live up to the expectations. It is relatively small and would be good for a person who lives by themselves that really likes soup. Below is a summary of the shortcomings of this device. 1. Seems to be a space taker item that would not be used often. 2. Cannot submerge in water 3. The soup was tasty but could have been made in a pot or crockpot just the same 4. Might be handy for a one person household if the person likes soup 5. The soup kettle is not dishwasher safe 6. Electrical cord is really short, maybe 15 inches long 7. The recipe book that comes with the soup maker states that you have to chop the pieces in certain sizes in order to put in maker. If you have to cut the pieces so small anyway, why not use a pot?! That way you can cook how much you would like and not worry about the max fill line on the soup maker.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I Never Knew I Needed This...But I DO!

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    TechGuru
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    I have never made soup before. I have never *considered* makng soup before. Then I stumbled upon the Philips Soup Maker, and everything changed. Soup is easy to mak, with a "set it and forget it" approach to making soups. It essentially works like a mix between a slow cooker, and a blender. Meaning you can make all kinds of soups (hot or cold), and you don't have to worry about burning anything. The included recipe book is easy to follow, and so far, the recipes are delicious. Once I have used it a bit more, I plan on making my own recipes, which will be exciting. I love soups because they tend to be healthy, but now, since I am at the helm, I can better control how many calories and what nitrients are added. I think this might also be a good use for some leftovers, especially veggies! This is the one piece of tech I had no idea I needed, but it will be used regularly from now on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Souper

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    mikeheel
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    I'm really shocked at how much we like the Philips Viva 1.3qt Soupmaker. When I first brought up the idea of getting this soupmaker, my wife scoffed. Honestly, I scoffed a little, too. But we got it to try out, and we're both very glad we did. You can put a variety of raw ingredients in, push a button, walk away, and come back in under half an hour to perfect soup. It does a variety of styles and consistency. This is become a go-to now for quick lunch prep. Even if you are something of a casual soup fan, I encourage you to give it a try.

    I would recommend this to a friend