Home cooks hail Ninja gadget that makes ‘perfect’ soups and smoothies


Kitchen gadget brand Ninja are best known for their air fryers, with the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer proving a popular buy among home cooks. Now, shoppers are whipping up delicous and healthy meals in under half an hour with the help of the Ninja Foodi Blender & Soup Maker.

Hailed a “tremendous addition to any kitchen” by one user, the Ninja appliance makes fresh soups in 30 minutes or less, with “minimal mess and easy cleaning”. Able to blend and cook at the same time, simply pop the fresh ingredients into the jug and it will use the built-in heating element to cook and the clever blending feature to finish to your desired texture. 

The Ninja Foodi Blender & Soup Maker isn’t just for making soups, it can blend cold ingredients to enjoy ice-cool smoothies, frozen drinks, milkshakes and desserts, as well as smooth or chunky jams and pasta sauces. It has 10 Auto-iQ programmes with pre-set timings and a non-stick coating for minimal effort cleaning. 

You can buy the “fantastic piece of kit” through the Ninja website itself for £129.99, or it is stocked at John Lewis and Lakeland. For a money-saving deal, savvy shoppers are snapping up a refurbished model for £89 on eBay. That’s a saving of over 40%. 

Able to hold 1.4 litres of hot liquid, it’s not the largest soup maker avalaible as the Dunelm Digital Soup Maker, £39, is able to store 1.4 litres, however it has impressive ratings. Over 700 customers have given it an overall average score of 4.8 out of five stars on the Ninja website and more than 650 of those are full marks.

One person said: “For a busy household who loves to cook and eat fresh produce this is a real asset. Purchasing cooking gadgets can quickly fill up valuable cupboard space so choose wisely what to purchase and this item is a must! Add your ingredients, walk away and in 30 minutes you have an amazing, wholesome soup for 4! It even has a clean function! My only warn of caution – be careful with the lid and locking mechanism.” 

A second user wrote: “I’ve had this blender 3 years and it’s still amazing and well used in my kitchen. Milkshakes, pasta sauce, soup, to meal prep. I have two young children and it’s such a blessing. Who knew eating fresh could be so easy.”

Another reviewer explained: “Love my Ninja blender and soup maker it’s an absolute game changer. All you do is load it and the soup maker does the rest. I would most definitely recommend anyone to buy one well worth the price.”

Many customers were happy that it comes with a free recipe book included and have used it to make refreshing cocktails, too. New parents have also praised the blender for how well it makes baby food, as well as helping reduce food waste. 

However, not everyone was happy as it was noted that the “only slightly negative thing is it is very loud when using it.” For a soup maker that is pretty much silent when in use, we tried and tested the Morphy Richards Classic Soup Maker that is £60 at Amazon. 

We found a meal could be made from start to finish in under 30 minutes, and as you know exactly what ingredients are being added, it’s a much healthier option than a tinned variety.

Other alternatives include the ProCook Blender and Smoothie Maker, currently £149 down from £229, and the £39.99 Lakeland Compact Soup Maker which is on sale for £20 cheaper. 

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